Golf event remembers Dan Botkin

North Okanagagan Emergency Services Golf Tournament runs Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m. raising funds for the Dan Botkin Memorial Scholarship

Emergency services personnel will be trading hoses and ladders for golf clubs to remember a fallen comrade.

The North Okanagagan Emergency Services Golf Tournament runs Saturday, June 9, at 4 p.m. at the Spallumcheen Golf Club’s executive course.

The event will raise money for the Dan Botkin Memorial Scholarship Fund in Enderby.

Botkin was a captain with the Enderby Fire Department, killed in the line of duty fighting a fire in December 2011.

“We hope to get as many emergency personnel out to that,” said Kevin Dalgarno, fire prevention officer with BX-Swan Lake Fire Rescue. “Our department usually has a golf tournament every year for team building and camaraderie. This year, we thought we’d open it up and try to involve more of the agencies and make it a little more interactive.”

The focus initially is on recruiting police, fire, ambulance and search and rescue personnel to take part in the tournament, but Dalgarno expects to open entries to the public as well.

“Those who want to come out and support, have fun and raise funds for the memorial scholarship will be appreciated,” said Dalgarno.

The entry fee is $50 which includes the nine holes of golf and a chicken and steak dinner.

There will also be a silent auction and other fun activities to help generate funds for the scholarship.

The Enderby Fire Department created the scholarship in memory of Botkin after receiving many donations after Botkin’s funeral in January which drew hundreds of emergency services personnel from across Canada.

The Enderby department will dole out the scholarship funds at their discretion.

Dalgarno is hoping for a minimum field of 64 golfers and a maximum of 99.

If you’re involved with emergency services, or you want to take part as a member of the public, call Dalgarno at 250-545-1739 (leave a message and he’ll call right back), or Devin at 250-833-8734 for more information.

Spallumcheen golf course is contributing $10 per $50 entry fee to the memorial fund, and there will be a number of corporate sponsors backing the tournament.