Shriner’s Annual Charity Golf Tournament tops last year

A group of golfers took to the links at the Golden Golf Club to enjoy the Shriner’s 16th Annual Charity Golf “Best Ball - Fun Tournament.”

Graham Mann

Dozens of golfers enjoyed a sunny day at the Golden Golf Club during the Shriner’s 16th Annual Charity Golf “Best Ball – Fun Tournament.”

There was a short delay due to frost, but everyone took to the course an hour behind schedule.

The shotgun start, Texas Scramble tournament is an annual fundraising event that helps the Golden Shriners support programs and organizations like the Gizeh “Care Cruiser,” the local hospital, Alberta’s Children’s Hospital, BC Childrens Hospital, STARS Air Ambulance as well as individual children in the Columbia Valley who need financial assistance for medical issues.

“I just have the rough number right now, but when it’s all said and done we should be somewhere north of $22,000,” said Bryce Piggot with the Golden Shriners.

That is an increase from the $15,000 raised last year, and Piggot says that there was one generous donor who put them over the top.

There were 82 golfers on the course that day, including David Birnie whose drive landed closest to the hole on Hole 1. The shot earned him free Teen Burgers for a year (one a week for 52 weeks), generously donated by A&W owners Graham and Kara Mann.

Fountain Tire also sponsored a chipping contest at the end of the day, getting golfers to try and chip a ball into a tire.

“It went really well, and it was a beautiful day,” said Piggot. “We’re very happy with how it turned out.”