The 10th Emily Brydon Youth Foundation Golf Tournament saw about 80 golfers take over the Fernie Golf and Country Club for a friendly round of golf. The fundraiser raised over $26,000, with all of the proceeds going to the Emily Brydon Youth Foundation.
Each hole featured a different gimmick or competition for the participants, including prizes for a hole-in-one, a heckler hole, or teeing off with a brown bag over the golfer’s head. One of the more noteworthy holes was the air pressure tee, where the golf ball was blown roughly three centimeters off of the ground to challenge the golfers.
Other games were held on the course. Players were encouraged to find the pink flamingos that were hidden in the course; for every pink flamingo brought in, the player’s name would be entered into a special draw prize. There were also prizes for the best-dressed team, which went to the group that dressed up as The Flintstones.
The friendly game was followed by a dinner, which served just over 100 people.
Rosemary Brydon, organizer of the event, said that the event was intended to be a fun, entertaining time for everyone involved.
“Because it’s not serious golf, the few serious golfers, by the time they’re half way through, they realize that this is not serious. It’s just to laugh and I think everybody has some great laughs for that day,” she said.
Brydon said that because her administration costs are kept to a minimum, all of the money raised went directly to the Foundation, which supports youth arts, education and sport throughout the Elk Valley. “It’s not just sport – it’s everything. We send them to camp, we send them dancing, we send them wherever they want to go,” she said of the Foundation’s work.
This is the last year for the golf tournament fundraiser, but Brydon said that they are already brainstorming ideas for a new fundraiser next year.