CHAMPLAIN - On any given day during golf season, Arthur H. Vanderbeek could be found on at the North Country Golf Club perfecting his game. When cardiac arrest claimed the life of the 85-year-old Rouses Point man Feb. 18, his family thought a way to honor his memory would to be to hold a tournament in the very sport he loved.
With that, the Art Vanderbeek Memorial Golf Tournament was born.
"My father was a member of the golf club for more than 50 years, including serving on the board for many years," said Arthur Vanderbeek's son, Henry "Hank" Vanderbeek. "He organized countless golf tournaments and worked hard to make sure they were a success."
That drive and determination are what prompted Hank Vanderbeek to host a tournament in his father's honor, the proceeds from which will benefit the Lakeside House in Saranac Lake. The Lakeside House - which provides psychiatric rehabilitation services to adults with severe mental illness - was one of several charities the Vanderbeek family considered when deciding what organization the tournament would help and ultimately the one the family thought was most in need.
The decision for the tournament to benefit a charity at all stemmed from the commitment to the club and the greater community that Hank Vanderbeek saw from his father and his father's friends like Pat O'Connor, Leo O'Connor, Bob Casey, Bob Manigold and Larry Kelly, he said.
"He always believed in giving back to the community that gave him and our family so much," Hank Vanderbeek said of his father.
"It was only fitting to hold a tournament in his honor," said Hank Vanderbeek's sister, Clare Vanderbeek, who added she would like to see the tournament become an annual event. "He loved to play golf. It's a nice tribute to our dad."