Golfers deliver big results for Greyback KidSport tournament

Just hours before the shotgun start, Jamin Feist answered the call to play in the Greyback KidSport Golf Tournament May 31. At first, he didn’t even know what he was supporting, just that he was playing golf.

“It’s good, fun and helping out is pretty nice,” says Feist, who was part of a large contingent of golfers that helped KidSport raise funds for kids who couldn’t afford to access sport.

The final figure raised won’t be known for a few weeks, however.

"Of the 18 years that we have run the tournament, this will likely go down as the most successful to date," says KidSport committee chair Dave Lieskovsky.

Shaun McCafferty, among the group of supporters, understands the importance of the event and what it means to families. His daughters play sports and have friends who can’t afford to get into organized sports.

“I think it’s a good cause,” says McCafferty, whose played in the tournament four times as his employer, Greyback Construction puts in a team and are now the name sponsor. “It’s a good day out with my guys.”

McCafferty was impressed by the turnout, adding it seems “like a full house” every year. He hopes it continues that way for years and says he is proud that Greyback is the primary sponsor.

Cory Hilditch, who has played in the tournament five times, said the turnout is one of the better ones he has seen.

“It’s a great community. The same guys are playing that I have seen since I was a junior that taught me how to play,” he says. “It’s a great group of people.”

Hilditch says the event is good and it is a great way to raise money for kids. The latter makes the tournament enjoyable to him, as does the competition. A bonus for the golfers is being rewarded with prizes at the end.

"I am always so impressed by the dedication and hard work of the tournament committee. And I'm equally impressed by the scale of support from the Penticton business community,” says Lieskovsky. “Everyone involved in the tourney seems to appreciate sport and its positive impact on the development of our youth.

"Our committee is extremely grateful for this tournament,” Lieskovsky continued. “We have seen it develop and grow over the years which is wonderful - as the need for KidSport funding continues to grow each and every year."

KidSport supports families by awarding a maximum of $400 per child ages 18 and under for those that apply for funding for their choice of sport. Families wanting to apply can do so online. Anyone who wasn’t able to support the Greyback KidSport Golf Tournament by participating or donating can support KidSport Penticton by donating funds on the website. A donate button can be found on the homepage of Penticton KidSport.

Article by Emanuel Sequeira