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A golfer lines up a putt while helping raise money. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville’s embrace of Bennett Boyles and his family continues.

The former hoops star, who fought valiantly against brain cancer as a middle school student, remains a vital part of Wolf Nation, his memory held aloft by those who knew and loved him.

Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Famer Bennett Boyles. (Photo courtesy Lucienne Rivera)

One of the best public tributes to Bennett is the annual memorial golf tourney named for him, now in its fourth year.

Spearheaded by CHS grads Mitch and Marc Aparicio, and sponsored by their business, Penn Cove Brewing Company, this year’s event raised $15,000.

Mitch Aparicio commands his ball to “get in the freakin’ hole!” (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

That’s up $6,000 from a year ago, and especially nice to see at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made putting on the tourney considerably more difficult.

The money will go towards scholarships for the CHS Class of 2022, which Bennett would have been a member of, and to support patients and their families through the WhidbeyHealth Foundation.

Playing for Bennett are, l to r, Helen Taylor, Molly McPherson, Sarah Flay, and Aaron Wiley.

There were 84 golfers at this year’s event, with a team made up of Todd Melnick, Robert Tercero, Lucas Horrobin, and Jeremy Amundson claiming the team title.

They combined to shoot a 54, holding off two teams tied at 61 strokes.

The other big winner was Coupeville teacher Jackie Saia, who drilled a 75-footer to claim victory in the putting contest.

Jackie Saia, sharpshooter.

Todd Melnick, Brenden Hansen, Shawn Blouin, and John Fish claimed awards for being “closest to the hole,” while Maria Reyes, Melnick, and Lucas Horrobin smashed the longest drives of the day.

Konni Smith gets ready to crank it.

Many people contributed to make the tourney a success, led by the event’s sponsors:



Whidbey Island Business Consulting, LLC



Cascade Custom Homes
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Ron Telles



Benito (Papa) Rivera
China City
Greenbank Cider Company
Windermere Property Management
Windermere Real Estate



Humphrey Sign Company
McPherson & McPherson Law
Penn Cove Taproom
Porter Whidbey Insurance
Salon Blue
Seaside Spa and Salon
Terra Firma Wealth Management
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
Whidbey Weekly and Printing


Raffle Prizes:

Callen’s Restaurant
China City
Cozy’s Roadhouse
Ebey Academy
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Madrona Blossom
Orlando’s Bar and Southern BBQ
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Pizza Factory Coupeville
Prima Bistro
Seaside Spa and Salon
Tyee Restaurant
Union Tavern
Vail Wine Shop
Whidbey Golf Club
Willowood Farm
Wicked Teuton Brewing Company

Tim Grove (left) and Shawn Blouin enjoyed their day on the links.

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Local golfers are keeping the memory of Bennett Boyles (center) alive, while raising money for WhidbeyHealth. (Konni Smith photo)

Registration is open for the 4th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors the memory of a young Coupeville athlete who fought valiantly against brain cancer, is staged by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, with proceeds benefiting WhidbeyHealth.

This year’s event, which will be staged using social distancing guidelines as the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is set for Saturday, Sept. 19.

Play begins at 1 PM at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

The format calls for a four-person shotgun style of play, and you can register as a pre-made team or as a single player.

For more info, or to register, become a sponsor, or donate, pop over to:



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After 33 years, Island Greens in Clinton will no longer be available for local golfers.

It’s the final round for one of Whidbey Island’s unsung sports gems.

Island Greens, a nine-hole golf course which has operated in Clinton since 1987, has been sold, and the new owners are planning to close down operations.

The news came via an announcement on the business’s Facebook page Thursday:

We regret to inform our community that Island Greens has sold.

From what we know the new owners are not going to keep the golf course operational.

Island Greens will lock up the gate at the end of the day on the 23 of August.

We would like to thank the people who supported the golf course and we wish you all the best.

Any questions you might have call 360-579-6042.

Island Greens offers the only public driving range on South Whidbey, and the nine-hole course, a fun, and challenging series of par-threes, operates dawn to dusk, with payments taken on the honor system.

Back in my Videoville days, there were several of us who golfed, and I played the course numerous times, always enjoying it.

Their Facebook page put it best:

Huge majestic trees, winding hills, ponds, wet lands and wild life.

Island Greens is known for its challenging nature. Narrow fairways and small greens challenge the advanced golfer as well as the beginner.

Perfect for working on your short game or just coming out to enjoy nature at its finest.

Island Greens is about having fun.

It will be missed.

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Ben Vincent lines up a putt. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Jacquie Vincent sends her ball towards the hole.

One shot to win the Masters, and save the world. Or at least liven up the day.

John Fisken has been let out of the house.

The intrepid photographer is back to his wandering ways, and Thursday his travels took him to the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

While there he captured some pics of duffers taking advantage of sunny weather, and slightly-relaxed pandemic restrictions.

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Bennett Boyles

Thousands of dollars were raised last weekend at the 3rd annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament, continuing to spread the impact the former Coupeville resident has had on his town.

Put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, the event raises money for the WhidbeyHealth Foundation’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services.

Money will also go to scholarships which the Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools will bestow on graduates of the CHS Class of 2022.

Boyles, who passed away after a long fight with cancer, was a vital part of that class.

He was a key member on Coupeville SWISH basketball teams, and one of his former teammates, Hawthorne Wolfe, continues to wear Bennett’s jersey number on his shoes while playing for CHS.

This year’s tourney was held at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor, with close to 80 duffers participating.

A team repping Savi Bank won the tourney title, edging out 16 other groups.


Tourney sponsors:

Above All Aviation
Cascade Lumber
China City
CK Electric
Graham Carpentry
Humphrey Sign Co.
Little Oaks Preschool
Penn Cove Brewing Company
PNW Carpenters Union
Seaside Spa and Salon
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation


Additional Donations:

Captain Whidbey Inn
Haggens (Oak Harbor)
Oak Harbor Golf
Pacific Indoor Tactical
Sunshine Drip
Whidbey Island Golf
Whidbey Island Kayaking



Brew Brothers
B’s Boyz
Cara and Jonas Jones/Joe Naff/Lucienne Rivera
CK Electric Services
Hansen/Brendan/Heather T.
Jensen and Joseph Price
Moch Construction
P & L General Contractors
Pacific Indoor Tactical
PNW Carpenters Union
Savi Bank
Sultans of Swing
Tee for Four
Whidbey Telecom
Who’s Your Caddy
Windermere Property Management

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