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Bennett Boyles’ family. (Photos courtesy Penn Cove Brewing Co.)

Tourney winners “The Whidbey Golf Boys.”

Local golfers and business owners combined recently to honor the memory of Bennett Boyles and raise $10,000+ in his name.

The fifth edition of a memorial tournament for a young Coupeville basketball star who bravely fought cancer will benefit both the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The tournament drew 87 players, with “The Whidbey Golf Boys” taking top honors.

That foursome consisted of Arik Dahlen, Mike Lacey, Dan Phillips, and Ryan Bryne.

The tourney was organized by Mitch and Marc Aparicio, with the support of their employees at the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

 

This year’s sponsors:

Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
Brown Lantern Ale House
The Captain Whidbey Inn
Cascade Lumber, Inc.
Ciao
Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools
Farmstrong Brewing
Fort Casey Inn
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Greenbank Cidery
Hierophant Meadery
The Home Depot
Honeymoon Bay Coffee
Island Aesthetics & Dermatology
Kapaws Iskreme
Madrona Blossom
Misfit Island Cider Company
People’s Bank
Pilates Collective
Porter Whidbey Insurance, Inc.
Red’s Construction
Benito Rivera
Savi Bank
Seaside Spa & Salon
Spyhop Public House
Sunshine Drip
Ron Tellis
Mike Tenore
Steve Thompson
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
Tyee Restaurant & Motel
Walton Beverage
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation
WIBC, LLC
Windemere

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Bennett Boyles 

Registration is open for the 5th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors a Coupeville Middle School student who passed away in 2017 just shy of his 13th birthday, is put on by the Penn Cove Brewing Company.

Bennett, a basketball player and member of Coupeville’s Class of 2022, waged a remarkable battle against autoimmune encephalitis, in which the immune system attacks the brain.

Even while undergoing frequent radiation treatments in an attempt to slow the growth of inoperable tumors on his brain stem, his smile never wavered.

Former hoops teammate Hawthorne Wolfe has worn Bennett’s name on his basketball shoes as he has pursued their mutual hardwood dream, and the CHS boys basketball program left a seat open in his honor during a cancer fundraiser.

Penn Cove Brewing owners Mitch and Marc Aparicio have used the golf tourney to pay tribute to their fellow Coupeville native, while raising money for several charities.

Even with the pandemic affecting things in 2020, the tourney pulled in a record 83 players, with money raised being split between the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

This year’s tourney is set for September 25th, with a 1:00 PM shotgun start at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the 2021 event will go to support patients and families through WhidbeyHealth’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Services, and to provide scholarships to Bennett’s graduating class.

 

For more info, and to register or arrange sponsorship, pop over to:

https://bennett-boyles-memorial-golf-fundraiser.com/

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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:

 

Diamond:

Whidbey Island Business Consulting, LLC

 

Platinum:

Cascade Custom Homes
Penn Cove Brewing Company
Ron Telles

 

Gold:

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

 

Silver:

Ciao
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:

GOLF REGISTRATION

 

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Bennett Boyles (Photos courtesy Lucienne Rivera, Pat Kelley, and Konni Smith)

Never forgotten. Always loved.

Three years ago today Bennett Boyles battle with cancer ended.

He didn’t lose, as he fought with everything he had. But his body reached its breaking point.

Facing off with cancer is something no one should have to endure, much less a 12-year-old with his life stretching out in front of him.

Having lost family members to cancer, I know the mix of sadness, of anger, and of disbelief.

In his fight, in the way he faced an unyielding foe, Bennett touched many lives.

His fellow classmates, who are now sophomores at Coupeville High School, have never forgotten him.

They are carrying Bennett with them through every step of their school journey, from messages on the rock outside the school, to honoring him when they play basketball, a sport he loved.

When Hawthorne Wolfe launches a three-ball and the orb slips through the net without a ripple, Bennett is there with Hawk, his name written on the shoes which carry Wolfe up and down the court.

As we watch Xavier Murdy, and Grady Rickner, and Logan Martin, and Wolfe in action, it’s very easy to imagine Bennett out there, once again running the court with his friends.

That his classmates and coaches and friends and family and teachers and strangers alike embrace his memory, celebrate his life and accomplishments, keep alive everything good, binds our community together.

We will not forget Bennett.

There is anger, and there is sadness, and those are justifiable, and a lot of that will never fade.

But there is love and there is hope, and that is what Bennett means to Coupeville.

Every time a basketball net snaps, he’s here.

Every time we show kindness and grace to someone else, he’s here.

Every time we celebrate his soaring spirit — and it was there, firmly in place, long before his health problems — he’s here.

When the CHS Class of 2022 walks to the podium to receive their diplomas, when players like Hawk and X celebrate their Senior Nights on the basketball court, he will be there with them.

As a community we carry Bennett with us every day, and that will never change.

Never forgotten. Always loved.

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