Community tees it up for charity

The second annual Community Golf Day tournament is less than a week away, and it is shaping up to be even bigger than last year.

The second annual Community Golf Day tournament is less than a week away, and it is shaping up to be even bigger than last year.

“It’s just a fun event for the whole family,” said event chair Bruce Shepherd, adding that golfers of all skill levels are invited to come out.

The charitable event, taking place on Sunday at the Vernon Golf and Country Club in partnership with the Kalamalka Rotary Club, is in support of the maternal child department in Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s new patient care tower.

The golf itself is free, but there is a minimum $50 donation to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations.

The tournament includes a full round of golf, golf carts at member prices, a by-donation barbeque, and complimentary range balls for those who want a bit of practice before they tee off.

“Regular green fees (at Vernon Golf and Country Club) are $65,” said Shepherd. “So it’s still a great deal.”

For a lucky few there will be some incredible hole-in-one prizes including a $10,000 golf cart, a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, and a $10, 000 investment package donated by First Choice Golf, Vernon Dodge, and Greg McKinnon/Sunlife.

There are also several individual hole sponsors including Prospera Credit Union, Clarke Robinson, Edward Jones/Bruce Shepherd, Candeloro/May Wealth Management, KPMG, Davidson Lawyers, Lett Agar, Royal LePage, National Bank Financial, Romei Plummer, and Andy Erickson/Investors Group.

One hundred and fifty golfers have already signed up for the tournament, but there is room for 220.

“Hopefully we can fill up,” said Shepherd. People can still sign up as late as Saturday, but the sooner the better as the good tee times are getting filled up.

It should be a great event says Shepherd. “And it looks like the weather is going to co-operate, fingers crossed.”