Louisa Cochrane and Scott Johnstone react after she just misses her putt during the Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Louisa Cochrane and Scott Johnstone react after she just misses her putt during the Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club.

Special Olympics golf tourney raises $20,000

The annual Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular and Silent Auction raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for Vernon Special Olympics.

A golf tournament has teed up some major funds for local Special Olympics.

The final numbers are being tallied, but it’s expected the annual Special Olympics Charity Golf Spectacular and Silent Auction raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for Vernon Special Olympics.

The two-day event featured a co-ed Texas scramble at the Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club’s executive nine-hole course. It also featured some very wet conditions.

“The event was held under very trying circumstances, particularly Saturday, where we didn’t have just a little or light rain, we had a torrential downpour,” said golf spectacular organizer John Topping.

“It was hard on the volunteers and hard on the golfers, but even after all the wetness, everyone was in great spirits.”

Major winners at the golf tournament included:

Friday, June 22:

Low Score of the Day – City of Vernon;

Most Fun Team (Hidden Score) – The Who;

Saturday, June 23:

Low Score of the Day – Blast from the Past;

Most Fun Team (Hidden Score) Kamloops Coyotes;

Costume Team Winner – Wicked:

Costume Team runner-up – Stacey 1;

Long Drive Contest Friday:

Men – Wayne Lippert; Ladies – Kyla MacPhail

Long Drive Contest Saturday, June 23;

Men – Ian Hesseleen; Ladies – Heather Hornell;

Hole-in-One – Closest to the pin – Chandra Hamilton, Winner of City Furniture Bar Fridge.

Putting Contest – Ryan Smith, winner of $750  Prestige Hotel package in Sooke, on Vancouver Island.

Topping said there were many runner-up winners not mentioned in the above categories.

Hockey Hall of Famer Howie Meeker and his wife, Leah, were the honourary chairpersons for the tournament.