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Three members of Moody clan from Vancouver claims title at Osoyoos CDI Pro-Am tournament
Bernice and Burl Moody have had such a good time coming to Osoyoos and participating in the Canadian Desert Invitational (CDI) Pro-Am tournament over the past 15 years, they convinced their son Aaron to join them four years ago.
Aaron Moody, a professional golfer with GolfTec Vancouver, has come close to winning the professional division in the CDI the past three years.
“I was second last year, third the year before and third the year before that,” said Moody.
While he didn’t play particularly well in the 2013 tournament, Moody’s team, which included his parents and good friend Matt Roto and newcomer Jeff Zimmerman, were the winning amateur team in last week’s tournament, held Thursday and Friday at the Osoyoos Golf Club. The tournament features the professionals each playing their own ball on each hole, while the other four members play a scramble.
Once on the green, the pro has to “putt out” and finish each hole on his own, but can help his team by hitting one putt as part of the scramble format.
The score registered by the professional on each hole can count towards the team score if it’s lower than the team score. In other words, if the pro has a birdie and the team only manages a par, the team score is marked as a birdie.
All four amateurs confirm their handicap before the tournament starts.
The Moody team shot an impressive minus 29 to win the team title at this year’s tournament.
“On the first day, we had a lot of tap-in birdies because one of us would hit our approach shot close and then on Friday we were draining long putts from all over the place,” said Burl Moody. “That’s why this tournament is so much fun because you have a chance to get a birdie on almost every hole.”
Being able to play with their son as part of this format is nerve-wracking, but fun, said Bernice Moody.
“He’s playing against other pros and you want him to do well, but he’s also part of the team and we want him to have some fun with that,” she said. “That’s what makes the format for this tournament so unique and why so many people enjoy playing in it.”
Despite not playing his best golf, Aaron Moody said he loves coming to Osoyoos and playing in this tournament.
“It’s an excellent tournament … a real blast,” he said. “The format is fun, the food is fantastic, the beer is cold and everyone has a lot of fun. There’s nothing not to like about it.”
All five members of the winning team said they will return next September to defend their title.