The Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament had another successful year with amazing support from the sponsors and players. This is the fourth year of the rebirth of our great little tournament. We have worked hard over the last four years to provide more opportunity to the youth in our valley. Our goal has been to support a diverse group of new or existing youth organizations, programs or initiatives.
This year saw 72 players take on the Chinook Cove Golf Course. We lucked out again with the weather and had a beautiful day on the links. The course was in fine shape, allowing for some great golf and low scores. The winning team this year was a local squad of Deb, Cory, Theresa and Jeff with a 5 under 31! The most honest team was a repeat of last year with Stretch, Aimee, Michelle and Susan taking home the coveted pink shovels ( to help fill in their divots ). After the game all enjoyed a great meal hosted by the Chinook Cove Golf Course while they shared their stories from the day.
Following the dinner all players pulled a number for their prize in the amazing tables of goodies, thanks to the support of our sponsors! After each team received their prizes, the long drive and KP prizes were handed out with some impressive shot-making. To wrap up the evening the silent auction items were awarded to the successful bidders and the huge table of door prizes were handed out.
All in attendance were very impressed with the sponsors and their support of our area youth this year. At the end of the day it was a huge success all around.
Each of the last three years we have put $6,000 each year back into the valley. This year will be $7,500, for a total of $25,500 over four years. We have supported the following groups on a one time basis or multiple times, at various levels, over the last four years:
Aboriginal Engagement – Success by 6, Barriere Curling Club, Barriere and Area Literacy Outraech, Barriere Bike Park, Barriere Elementary Grade 7 trip, Barriere Elementary – Battle of the Books, Barriere Elementary Meal Program, Barriere Elementary Garden Program, Barriere Emergency Services Bursary, Barriere Secondary Dry Grad, Barriere Secondary Math Program, Barriere Secondary Basketball, Barriere Splash Pad Committee, Barriere Youth Soccer Association, Bonnie Cruzelle-Myram Bursary, Celebration of Rural Living Expo, Farm Kids Scholarship Fund, Kamloops Minor Fastball Association, Little Stars Child Care, North Thompson Fish and Game Club, North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre, North Thompson Recreation Society, Upper Thompson Army Cadets, and Yellowhead Community Services –After School Program/Youth Night.
The members of the committee work hard each year to put this event together and make it the success it is. The amount we are able to give back each year is so impressive when you compare it to other events, especially when you consider it is a 9 hole golf tournament in a community of under 2,000 residents.
We love to see the large variety of programs and hope we can continue to support the success of each of them as they are also supported by their own incredible and hard working volunteers.
We live in a great part of the Province where most people are willing to pitch in and make it a better place to live.
Thank you again to all the special people that make this event happen and those that support us each year.
Tournament Coordinators: Darin Underhill, Deb Young, Al Kirkwood and Dana Napier