NOCLS scores with annual tourney
Good times, good company, a great cause.
Ask any player, or caddy, out on the Vernon Golf and Country Club course Friday why they were there and the latter reason is unanimous.
Each one is there to help make a difference in the lives of clients of the North Okanagan Community Life Society.
And they did just that as the 23rd annual event raised $115,898.
“We had 142 golfers and 144 is a sell-out,” said Garry Moltiwenik, NOCLS executive director.
Thursday evening’s caddy auction alone raised $12,700.
The most sought after caddy this year was the Vernon Fire Department’s Lawrie Skolrood, who started a bidding war and ended up going for $2,600.
Skolrood offered breakfast at the firehall, escort by firetruck with the sirens going, a two-hour firefighters adventure, four Saskatchewan Roughriders 100th anniversary jerseys (one autographed by George Reid), an Okanagan Springs beverage pack and all sorts of extra goodies.
“Eat your heart out Warren,” said Danny Miller, referring to his competition before he successfully claimed rights to Skolrood as a caddy.
Miller also enjoyed reminding Skolrood that although he was this year’s top seller, he is far from Miller’s $10,000 record.
“I have the highest this year but not the highest ever,” said Skolrood of the price Miller fetched last year.
“He has not let me live it down.”
Like Miller, who comes up from California every year to support the cause, everyone is happy to lend their support.
“This is my ninth year here,” said Clifford Automotive’s Cliff Smith. “It’s a great cause, a lot of fun and a good day.”
Similarly, Ryan Nickoli is always happy to help NOCLS by enjoying the golf under sunny skies on a great course. He was even gracious enough to lend his wife out for the day as a caddy. Paired with world-class curler Jim Cotter, Serena Nickoli collected $1,600 for the cause (plus her husband’s golfing fees).
“Good food, great company and a great course,” said Ryan. “And it’s for a great cause.”