Happy, rather than mournful, celebratory instead of sombre, we were honoured at Osprey Valley this past Saturday, to host The Big Al Invitational, a tribute to the life of our friend Alan Sydney Lyman, who passed almost exactly a year ago on July 17th, 2014.
Alan and his son Kevin stumbled across Osprey Valley Golf eleven years ago when driving by the Heathlands course on Main Street. Instantly intrigued by the rolling fescue covered dunes, they stopped into the clubhouse to inquire about the courses and to pick up some scorecards. The two set a tee time and the rest was history. They even held Alan's surprise 60th birthday party on Toot!
When Alan was taken from friends and family all too early, Kevin approached us about a memorial for him here in Osprey Valley. The Lymans love all the courses, but Alan's favorite was Hoot, with its dramatic wasteland bunkers, level changes and towering pines. And at the Big Al Invitational on Saturday, a new bench was waiting for the gathering on the tee of Hoot Number One, dedicated to Alan’s memory.
After family and friends had enjoyed the bench, Kevin stepped up to the tee with his father’s driver. “I love you, Dad,” he said quietly, then swung away. Watching the flight of the ball he grinned and said, “Right where he would have put it.”
Alan Lyman’s positive approach to life was contagious. A true family man, he was known for chatting with and getting to know everyone he came in contact with, from all of us here at Osprey to the airport check-in personnel, bank tellers, grocery store clerks, waiters, and even the nurses in the hospital during his final weeks. He had a smile for everyone, and everyone smiled back. We were honoured to know him, and are proud to have him memorialized here in Osprey Valley.
Alan Sydney Lyman
May 24th, 1947 - July 17th, 2014