A beautiful, early autumn day greeted golfers in the annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters tournament last weekend.
Nearly 40 golfers were out on the Richbar Golf and Gardens course last Saturday in support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Quesnel.
The fundraiser brought in over $6,000 dollars for the charity.
Organizers were pleased with this year’s sixth annual event.
“It’s a beautiful day and it’s always really good to be out here at Richbar,” Maggie Bello, the Executive Director of BBBSQ, said.
“It’s a good fundraiser for us.”
The tournament began with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. After a few hours out on the course, the golfers were treated to a dinner at the clubhouse, which included steak, chicken and salads, cooked by Michelle Munch a big sister herself, followed by desserts.
Margaret Mok, a longtime BBBSQ supporter, gathered the most pledges for the organization. She managed to collect $810 to support the cause.
For this, Mok received a pass for two to the 108 Mile Golf course, along with accommodations for one night for two people at The Hills Health Ranch near 108 Mile.
Donna Dorosh drove closest to the pin (KP) for the ladies, winning a night of the Coast Hotel in Kamloops, along with a pass for two at Rivershore Golf.
Dorosh dominated on the course, also winning the longest drive for the ladies. She received a couple passes for Richbar Golf for her drive.
For the men, Keith Hildebrand hit the KP. For his accuracy on the fairway he received a night at Riverside B&B and a game for two at Eagle Point Golf.
Ray Blackmore hit the ball with the most verve, winning the men’s longest drive. He won a game for two at the Quesnel Golf Course, including a golf cart rental.
Bello, and the organization, are thankful to all the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this year’s tournament a success, including Cariboo Pulp and Paper, Community Policing, Dr. Mandy Jawanda, Bob Simpson, RE Rasmussen and Cariboo Forest Consultants, who sponsored individual holes.
There are currently 30 children waiting for Big Brothers or Big Sisters in Quesnel.
And, Bello said, not only is being a big brother or sister a great way to give back to the community – “It’s only a few hours a week and it’s fun.”