Colton Sparrow of the Vipers watches his girlfriend

Colton Sparrow of the Vipers watches his girlfriend

Vernon Vipers tee up charity golf tourney

NHLers confirmed for Vernon Vipers' inaugural Charity Golf Tournament for KidSport at The Rise.

Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens is confirmed. So is Jerred Smithson of the Florida Panthers.

The two NHLers, who have strong ties to the Vernon Vipers, will help jumpstart the B.C. Hockey League team’s inaugural Charity Golf Tournament for KidSport.

The 18-hole scramble goes Sunday, Aug. 26 at The Golf Club at The Rise, who are running the tourney alongside the Vipers.

Entry fee is $150 which includes golf, power cart, dinner tee gift and prizes. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

“We’d love to get 120 players and fill it,” said Lee Ranger, head pro at The Rise. “It’s wide open to adults and juniors and we’ll have special hole sponsors and hole-in-one prizes.”

The Vipers will open the weekend with an exhibition game on the Saturday night against the North American Hockey League Wenatchee Wild (Wesbild Centre).

Proceeds from the game will also be directed to KidSport. There will be silent auction items available at both venues.

“KidSport is the charitable arm of Sport B.C. and has been distributing money to underprivileged children that could not afford to participate in sports, since 1993,” said Ann Holmes of Vernon.

“KidSport communities have been created around the province to allow the funds to be administered locally, with all monies raised staying right in the community. In 2001, the Greater Vernon KidSport Fund was established, and started raising funds and distributing money for children in need in the Greater Vernon area.”

Entries and sponsorship at several levels are required. Interested parties may call Ranger at 250-545-7425, or e-mail lee.ranger@therise.ca, or Vipers’ marketing manager Paula Coulter at 250-542-6022 ext. 200, or marketing@vipers.bc.ca.

KISS-FM and The Morning Star are confirmed as major tourney sponsors.