Pro-Am Golf Tournament helps junior golfers pay for post-secondary education – Rimbey Review

By Michaela Ludwig

Playing golf on a beautiful course, being in good company and helping the next generation achieve their dreams – what could be better?

The 16th Annual Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Gull Lake Golf Course will be held July 15-16, 2022, funds raised will go towards a scholarship fund for junior golfers at the Gull Lake Course.

Participants of the junior golf program at Gull Lake can apply for the scholarship if they meet the criteria.

“The scholarship gives them money for their post-secondary education,” said George Smith, president of the Gull Lake Junior Golf Foundation. Smith says post-secondary education doesn’t have to be golf-related.

“We’ve had teachers, a graphic designer, a lawyer, an airline mechanic, a fashion designer – we’ve actually only had one scholar pursuing a career in golf.”

Due to COVID, there was no tournament in 2020 and the 2021 tournament has been pushed back to September. But the tournament is now on track and ready for the golfers.

The silent auction will begin on Tuesday, July 12. On Friday, July 15, junior golfers will hit the course with a professional golfer in their group. There will also be a dinner party, live auction, and pro skins game on Friday.

On Saturday there will be a breakfast for the shootout contestants, then the nine-take shootout will start at 9am, then lunch and a Texas scramble competition, followed by prizes and a dinner of liquidation.

Several professional golfers will take part in this year’s tournament, including Chad Feener, Paul Devenport, Chris Melbourne, Scott Anderson, Laura Witvoet, Sandra Palmer and Gordy Scutt.

“It’s a fun day and you’ll make new friends,” Smith said, when asked why people should sign up to play the tournament. “At the end of the day, it benefits the children in the future. If we can help them go to school and cover some costs, we will.

To date, the foundation has distributed approximately $80,000, which equates to approximately 60 scholarships.

Registration fees for adult golfers are $300, $200 for seniors and $125 for junior golfers.

Visit juniorgolffoundationofgulllake.ca for more information.

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