Men’s Mountain Classic celebrated its 29th Anniversary in 2017. Here is how it all began in 1988!
The original idea came from two individuals Dave Yachyshen and Bob Milligan. As the story goes, Dave had moved back to Jasper to work with CN Rail, but his house was not ready for him to move it. Thus Dave stayed with Bob while he waited for his house. One night after a few cocktails, the two of them came up with the reason for the tournament:
”A golf tournament to re-connect with former Jasper golfers who had moved away.”
It began in Jasper at the Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course in 1988 and successfully went on until 2004.
Due to several reasons including availability of the course and rising costs, the executive of the MMC moved the tournament to Trickle Creek Golf Resort in Kimberley, BC in 2005.
It started as 144 golfers with a traditional start from the 1st tee for three rounds of stroke play. Later it changed to a to an 8:00 am shot gun start. When the tournament moved to Trickle Creek it was changed to a 10:00 am shot gun start for the duration of the tournament.
In 2008, the 20th Anniversary of the Tournament the Executive Committee after years of organizing and growing the tournament decided to retire and the tournament was over.
However, this was only a temporary situation as Richard Moser and his family picked up the Executive Committee responsibilities to continue the tournament tradition into the future. Richard, who is the only participant that has attended all 29 years, worked hard from 2009 to 2013 to keep the tournament alive. Then after 5 years the reins were handed over to the capable hands Albert and Christopher Jones. With the continuing support of the tournament participants and sponsors and a little help from Richard, the tournament is sure to continue for many years to come!
-MMC Executive Committee