Paul Waddington teed off at the Golf For Kids Sake tournament at Newlands while Randall and Deb Kovacs and Betty Ann Waddington watched the shot.

Golfers tee off for kids causes

Golfers helped raise thousands for local kids programs last month.

A nice day on the links has helped out thousands of kids around Langley through two recent events.

The 10th annual Langley School District Foundation Golf Tournament grossed $80,000 on Aug. 26 at the Redwoods Golf Course.

Proceeds will go towards helping provide breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to more than 3,000 Langley students who come to school hungry every day, said foundation executive director Susan Cairns.

The good weather held on just long enough for the tourney to have a sunny day, Cairns noted.

Hole in one hit

The Aug. 13 Golf for Kids Sake tournament at Newlands Golf and Country Club was also a success, said executive director Mary Reeves.

“We’re just under $55,000,” she said of the funds raised. “We’re quite happy with that.”

A highlight was when a one golfer actually managed to hit a hole in one on a hole where a contest was being held.

“Unfortunately, the person who got it was the person who was sponsoring the hole, so he wasn’t eligible!” Reeves said.

The hole, sponsored by the Investors Group, was offering a prize of either $5,000 or a trip to the 2016 Masters Tournament.

Sponsorship played a big part in the tournament this year, Reeves said.

The money raised will go towards directly helping kids, thanks to other fundraising efforts taking care of Big Brothers Big Sisters Langley’s administrative costs, Reeves said.

“We’ve really got an increase in requests for our group programs,” Reeves said.

While the charity is most well known for pairing up young children and older mentors, it also offers the eight- to 10-week programs for kids suffering from self-esteem or peer pressure issues.

The children, aged about eight to 12, are referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters from local schools and social services.

Their mentors work on fostering healthy bodies, minds, and spirits.

Reeves said the planning for next year’s golf tourney will probably start in January.

(Below: Firefighters (left to right) Daniel Craig, Kevin Anderson, Aaron Speers, and Doug Sampson manned the grill at one of the holes at the Redwoods Golf Course for the annual Langley School District Foundation fundraising tournament. Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance photo)

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