Little Big Golf raises funds

Little Big GolfA record number of participants in this year’s Nancy Greene’s Little Big Golf Challenge helped to raise more than $9,000 for the Sun Peaks Education Society and the Sun Peaks Heath Association.

Nancy Greene, event organizer and patron, said this year’s event was a great success, with 33 twosomes, comprised of one little (child) and one big (adult), taking part in the nine-hole tournament at Sun Peaks Golf Course on Saturday, September 6.

“Everything went well. The kids really like the format. It’s fun for them to do the other sports challenges as well, and competing against mum and dad always helps,” Greene said.

“(Weather wise) we had a spectacular day. It’s always good when Mother Nature cooperates.”

The nine-hole tournament is broken up with several challenges which count towards a team’s score. Along with golfing challenges like longest putt and straightest drive, other sports are thrown in, such as a football toss (sponsored by the B.C. Lions), a basketball competition and a hockey shoot.

“We look at the scores in these special categories, so even if you’re a lousy golfer but you happen to do good at the other events, you can do really well,” Greene said.

The six to eight-year-old category was won by Aaron and Kyle Okano with 37 points, followed by Owen and Barney Mowatt (41) and Ashwynn and Jas Deol (47).

Michael and Keith Hutchinson finished first in the nine to 11-year-old category with 32 points. Niko and Chrigel Linder were close behind with 33 points, and Emma and Curtis Wilkinson on 34.

For the 12 and over category, Jenna Bevan and John Green took out first place with 32 points, ahead of Korina Linder and Reid Liske (35) and Emily and Ken Hinds (36).

Encouraging children and their families into golf was another advantage of the event, according to Greene.

“The course is a difficult course, but it’s a very family friendly course. Kids can golf free after 2 p.m. if they’re golfing with an adult, which is a great deal.”

Greene said the Little Big Golf Tournament was already bearing fruit, with one beginner twosome proclaiming: “We’ll be back next year, and we won’t be beginners.”

“That’s what you want,” Greene said. “You want to introduce families to the beautiful game of golf.”

The Sun Peaks Education Society thanks all sponsors, donors and participants for their support.