2019 John Sperdakes Memorial Golf Tournament

The John Sperdakes Memorial Tournament was started in 2001 by a special group of individuals, team members and baseball players. Yes, that’s right, baseball players, all of whom shared a vision to be the best team on, and more importantly, off the field. In January of 2001 the team suddenly lost long time coach and friend John Sperdakes. In memory of John the tournament began as an intermediate “A” baseball tournament with the host team winning 3 of the 4 years…actually let’s just say the Chiefs won it every year.

In 2005 the event moved to the golf course where it has continued to thrive and has even begun to raise funds for select charities. The event began raising funds in 2010 and within a short time frame and with large support from the community and golfers, managed to raise $4000 in its first year of fundraising. In 2011 the tournament developed an annual bursary in memory of those Alumni that have since passed. The bursary is given to an underprivileged child to put towards costs of community sports.

The JSMT has been designed to accommodate a more intimate field of players with nearly 40 participants in this annually sold out event. The event includes a full array of activities including an Opening Reception, Welcome Breakfast and the Day of Golf, followed by an Awards Banquet Dinner and after hours party.

This tournament could not happen without the support of our participants, volunteers and sponsors and we thank you all for your contribution.

The organizing committee wishes to thank everyone for their support in helping us reach our goal of raising funds for select charities over the years. Whether you are a sponser, supporter, volunteer or golfer, this day would not be a success without you.


The Troy Barnet Award was instituted to remember all of the individuals we have lost over the past years who have been synonymous with the Sackville Chiefs and the JSMT Golf Invitational. Troy was a kind, loyal, hard working and generous person who never once complained during his fight with cancer. Being the humble individual he was, this Award is to not only honor Troy, but to remember ALL of those we have lost during our time together on the ball field and golf course, Troy, Glen Hansen and Louis Chiasson, just to name a few. We will be donating $1,000 to a local Sackville charity.


In support of a local community charity in the amount of $1,000.




Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.

CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of CF severity differs from person to person, however, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF.

Typical complications caused by cystic fibrosis are:

  • Difficulty digesting fats and proteins
  • Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies because of inability to absorb nutrients
  • Progressive lung damage from chronic infections and aberrant inflammation
  • CF related diabetes
  • Sinus infections

It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF. More than 4,300 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics.

For more information about disease management, please visit Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Causes of Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that occurs when a child inherits two abnormal genes, one from each parent. Approximately, one in 25 Canadians carry an abnormal version of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis. Carriers do not have cystic fibrosis, nor do they exhibit any of the symptoms of the disease.

When two parents who are carriers have a child, there is a 25 percent chance that the child will be born with cystic fibrosis; there is also a 50 percent chance that the child will be a carrier; and a 25 percent chance that the child will neither be a carrier nor have cystic fibrosis.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a multi-system disorder that produces a variety of symptoms including:

  • Persistent cough with productive thick mucous
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Frequent chest infections, which may include pneumonia
  • Bowel disturbances, such as intestinal obstruction or frequent, oily stools
  • Weight loss or failure to gain weight despite possible increased appetite
  • Salty tasting sweat
  • Infertility (men) and decreased fertility (women)

Diagnosing Cystic Fibrosis

If a doctor suspects a patient has CF, a ‘sweat test’ may be administered. This test measures the amount of salt content present in the sweat. If the test comes back positive, it means the sweat collected contains more salt than usual and supports a diagnosis of CF. Genetic testing, prenatal and newborn screening for CF are other methods of determining the presence of CF.

We Care

When you donate, it has an amazing impact on the lives of our friends, family and neighbors across the province living with Cystic Fibrosis.

We Enable

We exist to raise money in the community and in turn fund initiatives in the community.

We are Accountable

We are stewards of the money we raise and are responsible to our donors and volunteers to ensure transparency, integrity, efficiency and public trust.





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2018 TOTAL

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“It’s About the Positives”


Est. 1921 New Minas, Nova Scotia

Located in the heart of the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Ken-Wo Golf Club was formed in 1921. Ken-Wo is a member-owned course welcoming guests to its championship location. Being one of the oldest clubs in Nova Scotia, Ken-Wo boasts a challenging 18-hole layout over 6,300 yards. In recent years, the club has hosted the Canadian Junior Championship and the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, recognizing its reputation as a challenging course. More close to home, Ken-Wo hosts the annual Apple Blossom Tournament, a significant golfing event in the early season that draws many top provincial amateurs. Ken-Wo has a course rating of 70.1 and a slope of 130. The Club also provides a fully stocked Pro Shop, three practice putting and chipping greens, a driving range, as well as power cart and club rentals.



Ken-Wo boasts a challenging 18-hole layout over 6,300 yards.
Take a virtual tour of the course in the heart of the beautiful Annapolis Valley.

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2018 Teams and Tee Times

Good luck and have fun!


9:00AM: Light breakfast, ke-wo golf club house
10:00AM – 11:30AM: JSMT tournament tee times – ken-wo golf course
6:30PM: Awards Banquet

  • 10:00AM
  • Rene George \ Scotty Forrest \ Scott Sturgeon \ Craig MacDonald
  • 10:09AM
  • Murray Boutilier \ Wayne MacDonald \ Wayne Burns \ Rick Hamilton
  • 10:18AM
  • Sean O'Flaherty \ Ron O'Flaherty \ Yorke O'Flaherty \ Dan O'Flaherty
  • 10:27AM
  • Paul Nurse \ Barry Nurse \ Caden Nurse \ Steve Nurse
  • 10:36AM
  • TJ Armstrong \ Andrew Bondy \ Kipper Standen \ Andrew Mills
  • 10:45AM
  • Billy Harris \ Colin Brien \ Pat Churney \ Ron Armstrong
  • 10:54AM
  • Matt Fleming \ Craig Rigby \ Todd Sparkes \ Scott Pellerin
  • 11:03AM
  • Chris Sperdakes \ Frank Murphy \ Peter Murphy \ Andrew Bartlett
  • 11:12AM
  • Steve Foot \ Marco Ferro \ Jim MacDonald \ Mark Cairns
  • 11:21AM
  • Ryan O'Flaherty \ Peter MacDonald \ Matt Gaudet \ Jeff O'Flaherty
  • 11:30AM
  • Jarrod Romyn \ Adam Masland \ JJ Doyle \ Mike Thorne
  • 11:39AM
  • Nick Pearl \ Rodney Spike \ Mike Burns \ Mike Duffy



  • 2018
  • Nick Pearl / Rodney Spike / Mike Burns / Mike Duffy
  • 2017
  • Rene George / Elwin George / Scott Forrest / Kipper Standen / Billy Wilson
  • 2016
  • Jeff Lockhart / Murray Boutilier / Harold Mills / Luke Smith
  • 2015
  • Sean O'Flaherty / Adam Masland / Jeff Lockhart / Randy Hillier
  • 2014
  • Dan O'Flaherty / Robert Blackwood / Jarrod Romyn / Jason Joseph Doyle
  • 2013
  • Mark Cairns / Matthew Mills / Billy Wilson / Chris Sperdakes
  • 2012
  • Sean O'Flaherty / Scott Sturgeon / Trevor Doyle / Kipper Standen
  • 2011
  • Matt Fleming / Mark Cairns / Ryan Butler / Andrew Bartlett
  • 2010
  • Matt Fleming / Frank Murphy / Peter Murphy / Scott Sturgeon
  • 2009
  • Paul Nurse / Rodney Spike / Pat Churney / Mike Burns / Mark Cairns
  • 2008
  • Sean O'Flaherty / Troy Barnet / Peter Murphy / Andrew Bartlett
  • 2007
  • Sean O'Flaherty / Peter Murphy / Pat Churney / Andrew Bartlett
  • 2006
  • Sean O'Flaherty / Peter Murphy / Pat Churney / Andrew Bartlett
  • 2005
  • Wayne MacDonald / Peter MacDonald / Ron Boutilier / Dennis Fougere



The tournament organisers would like to thank the following proud past participants in the John Sperdakes Memorial golf tournament.

Ron Armstrong
TJ Armstrong
Andrew Barlett
Troy Barnet
Barry Barnet
Troy Benoit
Rob Blackwood
Andrew Bondy
Murray Boutilier
Ron Boutilier
Colin Brien
Mike Burns
Wayne Burns
Ryan Butler
Mark Cairns
Pat Churney
Cory Cox
Kris DeWolfe
JJ Doyle


Dan Duffy
Mike Duffy
Marco Ferro
Matt Fleming
Steve Foot
Dennis Fougere
Matt Gaudet
Elwin George
Rene George
Matthew Ghiz
Bill Harris
Rick Hamilton
Rob Hansen
Carl Hausman
Ryan Hawkins
Randy Hillier
Jack Hingston
Todd James
Brian Kelly

Jeff Lockhart
Gary Kelly
Peter MacDonald
Wayne MacDonald
Jimmy MacDonald
Shaun MacDonald
Stewart Martin
Adam Masland
Jeff McMullin
Andrew Mills
Harold Mills
Matthew Mills
Peter Murphy
Frank Murphy
Barry Nurse
Paul Nurse
Steven Nurse

Ryan O’Flaherty
Dan O’Flaherty
Jeff O’Flaherty
Ron O’Flaherty
Sean O’Flaherty
Mike O’Flaherty
Yorke O’Flaherty
Bruce Partridge
Nick Pearl
Scott Pellerine
Mike Reid
Craig Rigby
Jarrod Romyn
Matt Rossong
Todd Sparkes
Chris Sperdakes
Rodney Spike
Kipper Standen

Mike Thorne
Scott Sturgeon
Mike Walker
Travis Whitehead
Craig Whynot
Billy Wilson
Brian Wishart
Gregor McPherson
Craig MacDonald
Mark Benoit
Mike Stickland
Danny MacDonald
Adam Kneale
Adam Schellenberg
Scott Forrest
Caden Nurse
Rodney Hillier

“If you play one year, we invite you back the next year. It’s about a group of people who all know each other.”


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Chris Sperdakes

6174 Quinpool Road
Halifax, NS, B3L 1A3
Work: 902.446.3202
Cell: 902.830.2512

Andrew Bartlett

1648 Riverside Drive
Lr. Sackville, NS, B4C 2Y8
Work: 902.422.7383
Cell: 902.430.0426