Darryl O’Brian

Darryl O’Brian

Classic swings up $175,000 for VJH

The event at Predator Ridge Golf Resort Sunday drew 132 participants

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s fifth annual Charity Classic golf tournament was a resounding success.

The event at Predator Ridge Golf Resort Sunday drew 132 participants and raised $175,000 for medical equipment for the two top floors in the Polson Tower at VJH.

“This remarkable result is thanks to the golfers, donors and sponsors,” said Dr. Chris Cunningham, campaign co-chairperson.

“Major donations and sponsorships received from title sponsor Telus, Predator Ridge, RBC Dominion Security and Kal Tire helped make this event the golf tournament to attend in the North Okanagan.”

The format was a Vegas Scramble and holes could be won or lost by the roll of the dice.

The corporate team challenge winner was a combined team of Dan Gaudet and Scott Moffat, from Vernon Seed Orchard, and Steve Pelke and David Arndt, from Universal Packaging.

The ladies’ longest drive went to Predator Ridge’s A.J. Eathorne, who was ineligible to win, but Mary O’Grady willingly accepted the prize, as well as a prize for ladies’ closest to the pin. The men’s longest drive went to Malcolm MacPherson, and the men’s KP went to Bruce Shepherd.

Darrel Oshiro sunk the longest putt, while Chris Martin and Audrey Lammle won closet to the line honours.

On behalf of Predator Ridge, Brad Pelletier and Eathorne handed out one dozen new Taylormade Jetspeed Drivers, one dozen Taylormade Jetspeed Fairway Woods and one dozen Adidas Shirts and sleeves of balls to lucky teams who were drawn randomly from three flights of golfers.

“Hole sponsors brought imagination to the course in an attempt to win votes from the golfers,” said Sue Beaudry, with the VJHF.

“From Mardi Gras to calf roping, there was no shortage of fun, food or beverage. But the 2014 hole sponsor award went to the Falcon Point residents and Olive Us.”

Auctioneer Don Dodds encouraged participants to open their wallets in support of the cause and the 13 items auctioned off resulted in $19,200 for the foundation.