Chances of Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht driving distracted are next to impossible, right? And then the chief would never, ever go out of his way to admit his actions, right?

Nope.

Consider Tuesday afternoon under bright sunny skies at the Windermere Golf and Country Club. Knecht offered a round of golf for two guests for the 2017 ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction.

But, when a skiing mishap injured his shoulder swing a golf club was out of the question. Still, he went along for 18 holes of golf to share time with the package’s highest bidder Stephen Forest … and support the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Catholic Social Services and Adopt-A-Teen.

He also drove a golf cart for deputy chief Kevin Brezinski, who golfed for him.

In an email exchange, Knecht explained the situation.

“On the ninth hole I was sending an email while driving the cart and almost ran into the back of Stephen’s cart,” Chief Knecht said. “I confessed to distracted driving a golf cart.”

We’re sure if — ready for this? — police were called.

But there were some other close calls.

“I had four close calls where I was almost hit by a golf ball,” said Knecht. “Twice by golfers on other fairways, once by Kevin and once by Stephen. I think Grandma Hillary was the only one that did not have a close call.”

Grandma Hillary, as in Hillary Forrest, grandmother to Stephen.

“The reason I brought my grandma was that she shares the same passion for the game of golf as I do,” said Forest. “I also thought it was a good idea for an early birthday present as she will be celebrating her 70th birthday this year. We also like trying out new golf courses that neither one of us would have a chance to play on. My grandma had an amazing time.”

Grandma Hillary has a new fan in Knecht.

“I was most amazed at what a steady and consistent golfer Grandma Hillary was,” said Knecht. “Every shot was straight down the fairway. I don’t think she ever went into the rough, however a couple of her balls did go for a swim.”

Stephen is 28, a proud Edmontonian married to Dominique with two twin boys. He has been in the Canadian army for almost a decade now and is a supply technician at the Edmonton Garrison.

One day, while having lunch, Stephen was reading the Sun and browsed the 200 packages to bid on.

“The reason I made the bid to go golfing with the police chief, was that I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to hang out with person who is in charge of the Edmonton Police Services,” Stephen said.

Thanks to other people behind the scenes of putting this together: Windermere GM Dave Warren, head pro Jason Hnatiw and Chad Tawfik, chief of staff for Knecht.

We’re busily putting together packages for the 2018 ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction coming in October.

Stay tuned!

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