Telus on course for junior golfers

Telus sponsoring four junior golfers at the Vernon Vipers Tee Off for KidSport charity tournament at The Rise.

The Vernon Vipers Tee Off for KidSport charity golf tournament at The Rise has dialed up some sponsorship from Telus.

The communications corporation will once again sponsor four junior golfers to play in the Sunday, Aug. 25 Texas scramble (1 p.m. shotgun start) as guests of the Vipers.

Tourney organizers are looking for four new junior golfers, with entries to be drawn from a list next week. The four selected will also be guests of the Vipers for their B.C. Hockey League exhibition game versus the Salmon Arm SilverBacks on Saturday, Aug. 24 (7 p.m.).

There are also regular entries available for the scramble, which will split net proceeds between Greater Vernon KidSport and the local Royal Bank Cup committee.

The $160 entry fee includes dinner, prizes, tee gift, silent auction, autograph session and a ticket to the Vipers-Backs exhibition. Confirmed for the tourney are Aaron Volpatti of the Washington Capitals and Jerred Smithson, a free agent formerly with the Edmonton Oilers.

Organizers are also in need of several hole sponsors. To register, or for sponsorship information, contact The Rise head pro Lee Ranger by phoning 250-545-7425, or e-mailing Or call the Viper office at 250-542-6022.

Meanwhile, the Vipers will be lining up alongside Greater Vernon Minor Hockey.

The two organizations have agreed to collaborate on a number of initiatives that will benefit players and coaches in the coming season.

Included in the agreement are:

Player mentorship program – Viper players will be attending two practices for each GVMHA team throughout the season.

Coach mentorship program – Viper coaches will assist GVMHA coaches, and will put together a seminar during the season.

Fundraising opportunities – The Vipers have provided a couple of fundraising opportunities for minor hockey that include a ticketing program and 50/50. Any GVMHA player for the coming season will be eligible for a general admission season pass for $50.

Vernon head coach/GM Jason Williamson said this partnership is great for both groups.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to put this together this season with Greater Vernon Minor Hockey,” said Williamson.

“The board has been fantastic to deal with and this is a relationship that we believe will continue to grow for years to come.”

As an added bonus, Vernon’s Rep teams will be wearing Viper replica jerseys for all games this season.