Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament raises over $7,000 for youth initiatives in the area

911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament raises over $7,000 for youth initiative programs

The winners of this year’s Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament was team Muldoon from East Barriere Lake

The winners of this year’s Barriere 911 Emergency Services Golf Tournament was team Muldoon from East Barriere Lake

By Cpl. Darin Underhill

On August 24, 2013, the Barriere RCMP with BC Ambulance, Barriere Volunteer Fire Department and Barriere Search and Rescue hosted the annual 911 golf tournament.

It was an amazing response this year from the golfers in the area and local sponsors.  Last year we had 16 teams out with the first year back after a leave from the tragic fires of 2003.

This year I got the course booked the week before the Annual Fall Fair and Rodeo in August.  I started to call teams back from last year and with the word of mouth we were up to 20 teams within 2 days and the advertising wasn’t even out yet!  I continued to take names and teams in the event there was a cancellation, ending up with about 30 teams interested in our tournament.  As our beautiful course is only 9 holes this presented some challenges.  The coordinators decided to cut the number off at 20 with two teams on each hole and three on the par fives.

We had another picture perfect day of weather, hot with a light breeze.  Everyone was there early, signed up and warmed up for a great time on the links!

For the ladies and men we had long drive and KP’s, a hole in one worth $10,000, putting competition between hole 9 and 1 and tables of great prizes and silent auction items.  Each player received a prize after drawing a number from the bucket.  This way they didn’t know what they were getting for a prize.

Our generous sponsors provided some incredible packages to bid on in the silent auction with BC lions package, golf packages, art work package and others.  There was a wide variety of prizes on the table to be won with the all important token toaster going to one lucky guy!

Again there were some low scores with three teams tied at four under par!  The count back gave us a new winner this year with team Muldoon taking top honors and the coveted trophy.

Team Campbell won the most honest team award and took home a couple extra special prizes to remind them of their “honest” score.

The golfers were treated to a great supper at the Chinook Cove Golf Course with good stories and laughs throughout the evening.

I would like to thanks our many sponsors, especially the Star/Journal, and the hardworking group of tournament coordinators; Dana Napier, Al Kirkwood, Deb Young, Jason Platteel, and Tim Hoffman.

At the end of the day we tallied up the money and raised over $7,000 that will go back into the community for youth initiatives and programs.

If you know of anyone who is in need of funding assistance please stop by the Barriere RCMP Detachment to pick a request form.  There will be a deadline of November 4, 2013 to have the applications in by for the Coordinators to review and allot the funding.  It was a pleasure working with all that helped out this year and I look forward to another great event next year.

Cpl Darin Underhill – NCO i/c Barriere RCMP Detachment