Swing for Charity

There aren’t many people in Fernie who haven’t made it to the Fernie Golf & Country Club (FGCC) at one time or another. Whether for the love of golf or the love of beers on the deck, either way you’ve probably witnessed people on the fifth throwing their hands up in joy or throwing their putter into the water. However there are a few events a year where there is certainly no club throwing. There instead are only smiles, prizes and lots of excitable players dressed head to toe having a fabulous time.

One of these events is the Golf Fore the Cure and from personal involvement over the past few years, there is no doubt that it’s a great, pink, fund raising golf fest that every lady who has ever swung a club should think about being a part of.

If you’ve ever played at FGCC, you’ve perhaps sat on one of the few benches by the yellow tee box, with the noticeable ‘pink ribbon’ emblem lovingly engraved. It’s a well-known and thought provoking symbol. Now’s your chance to do more than just sit on one of the benches, as Golf Fore the Cure is fast approaching, taking place on Tuesday August 2.

I asked Pat Moore, who’s organising this year, a few questions about the event and what it means to those involved, the fundraising efforts and the Fernie community.

How long has Golf Fore the Cure been running in Fernie?
“It is now in its eight year and was started by Beth Field, who is still heavily involved.” Being there from the beginning she’s certainly seen it evolve and every year there is a new collection of first timers taking part, which is a great thing for the evening and the Club.

Who is the main supporter/sponsor?
“The main sponsors are the Investors Group, Corona and Subaru,” and they are undoubtedly great supporters of the event. With fantastic prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin as well as a very tricky ‘hit the ball out the bunker’ challenge, and many opportunities for taking home anything pink, there are numerous bonuses to this good cause.

How much do you raise?
Of course it’s the question always asked and to be honest I was really impressed by the answer. “Last year we raised around $9,000,” and this year they have an extra fundraiser, “a full queen sized quilt made by Val Emond,” which you can enter for in the Clubhouse and the winner will be drawn on the event night.

Where do you see the event going?
The main aim every year, aside from all the hilarity and the gaggle of pink ladies with pink balls, is to “raise more money for breast cancer research.” And an important fact to note, all money raised stays in BC which undoubtedly counts for a lot. Not to mention the event staying strong, sponsorship continuing to roll in and the money raised continuing to grow quicker than your scorecard.

How do people enter a team or sponsor the event?
As Pat says, “for how to take part in this fun and worthwhile event please sign up the pro shop.” Sponsor and registration sheets are available there or from Pat at 250-423-7393, via Alice Booth or Beth Field.

If you’ve only ever been as far as the deck or perhaps even the putting green, this is the evening to step a few paces further to the first tee box and see what happens. The worst-case scenario is a few lost balls, whilst on the other hand you could help raise invaluable funds for a great cause close to every women’s heart, not to mention go home with some great prizes. Maybe even some new balls.

For all you gents or those ladies that happen to miss this fundraising opportunity, there are others including the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation taking place this September17. All funds raised by this event stay in the Elk Valley, directly benefiting youth in their efforts to pursue their passion. Instead of pink, players are encouraged to dress their “best” with prizes being given for creativity among other humerous categories. Visit www.emilybrydonyouthfoundation.com to register and learn more.