Sports

A little competition, a whole lot of fun

 | August 18, 2010

Talk about multitasking. Golfers at the Nancy Greene Golf Benefit won’t just enjoy some tee time and get a chance to win cool prizes, they’re also helping out a worthy cause.

The 14th annual Nancy Greene Golf Benefit is happening on Aug. 20 this year. The event raises funds for the Sun Peaks Health Centre.
Teams of four will compete against each other in a scramble tournament. There’s over $70,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including three hole-in-one prizes: a 2011 Buick Regal from Zimmer Wheaton GMC, a deluxe $16,000 hot tub package from Sun Peaks Aquatics, and a $15,000 African Safari for two courtesy of BFL Canada.

“The Nancy Greene Golf Tournament is one of the major fundraisers the Sun Peaks Health Association benefits from,” said Pat Miller, who’s one of the Sun Peaks Health Association directors. Miller said funds received by the association are used for the clinic’s operation and the capital fund that’ll be used to build a permanent clinic in Sun Peaks.

Miller said having a remote diagnostics system in Sun Peaks is crucial. “That would save a lot of our guests from being transported off the mountain because we don’t know if they have a strain, a broken back or whatever.”

Steve Darling, co-host of Global TV’s Morning News, will be the master of ceremonies for the program.

“I’m from the golf industry in Vancouver so I knew Steve from hosting and emceeing a number of events at my old club,” said Colin Brost from Tourism Sun Peaks who extended Darling an invitation to the event. Brost is playing again this year with members of Tourism Sun Peaks.

Daimion Applegath has been competing in the event for about five years. He says he enjoys “the chance to be social with everyone around and have fun playing golf.”

“We do our best to try and play well for the tournament,” said Applegath. “The guys that we put in (our team) enjoy playing golf and do it frequently. Sometimes we’re successful!”

Applegath is excited to hit the course again this year with his team. “It’s a very well-run community event. It’s a lot of fun. It’s good to see the improvements that the resort has made to the course every year we go, and the funds generated go to a great cause.”

The game will be followed by an awards dinner and auction at the Delta Sun Peaks Resort.

Registration is $175 per person which includes 18 holes of golf with shared power cart, complimentary food and beverages on the course, contests and prizes, an event souvenir and a ticket for the awards dinner and auction. The cost of attending just the awards dinner is $60 per person.

To register, e-mail Melanie Smith at <a href=”mailto:[email protected]>[email protected]</a> or call 250-573-1941.

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