Marty Steele

Marty Steele

New Car Dealers of Vernon Association’s golf tourney rolls out funds for charities

Charities were the big winner during the 20th annual Fun in the Sun golf tournament.

Charities were the big winner during the 20th annual  Fun in the Sun golf tournament.

The New Car Dealers of Vernon event at the  Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club raised $15,000.

“This is our 20th year, and in that time, we have donated more than $150,000 to youth and health care in our community,” said Ross Blankley, New Car Dealers Association president.

“We’re all feeling pretty good about that.”

Of the funds raised, $7,500 will help the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club of Vernon build a climbing wall and $7,500 will support the Upper Room Mission’s Fresh Start program.

The first place team, with a score of 10 under par was Watkin Ford Motors 2, made up of Scotty Cameron, Greg Kowal, Kim Lehr and Doug Dennison. Right behind them with a score of 9 under was Toyota 1, comprised of Marty Steele, Erma Main, Tim Proctor and Janice Ogata.

Also with 9 under in third place was Watkin Ford Motors again, this time Team 5 with Ross Blankley, Mark Roberts, Scott Morrice and Jonathan Jones. This is such a tight competition that once again the RCGA Rules were necessary to break a three-way tie for second, third and fourth place.

Finishing just out of the medals was Team Adesa who took home the winning trophy in 2011.

With a time of 42 seconds, the winners of the speed round was The Morning Star comprised of Ian Jensen, Alan Tomiak, Sheryll Bissell and Glenn Mitchell.

KP winners, in no particular order are: Adrian Wyant, Ross Blankley, Brad Ohashi, Ryann Finnie, Dick Rosman, Grant Boeckx, Scott Finlayson, Kim Lehr, Janice Ogata, Angie Culbert, and Luke Hornhardt.

Ladies longest drive was taken by Jenn Scott and the men’s by Audias Valverde.

“The members of the association would like to sincerely thank all of their donors from the hole sponsors and the players to the auction and door prize contributors,” said Blankley.

“This event and the funds it is able to provide to the community would not be possible without your tremendous support.”