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Big Brothers and Sisters Kincardine and District have been hard at work planning its Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Weekend of Golf on Sept. 10 and 11 at Blackhorse Golf Course. The golf tournament has been a major fundraiser for BBBSK, an organization that has seen many of its events cancelled because of pandemic restrictions.
The first event took place in 2013, known as the Golf for Kids’ Sake: Travelling Roadshow (formerly the Dennis Riggin Memorial Golf Tournament) and then became the Golf for Kids’ Sake Ladies Tournament in 2014.
Three tournaments are scheduled for this year, the men’s tournament on Sept. 10, the women’s on Sept. 11 and new for 2021, a co-ed tournament, which will also be held on Sept. 10.
All play starts at noon, and the ticket price includes 18 holes, use of a cart, a gourmet boxed lunch and swag bag and more. Because of the pandemic and limits put on groups dining together, this year’s tournament won’t include dinner.
“At this point, it is difficult for us to gauge how many people will be allowed to gather outside, even in the fall,” said BBBSK executive director Yolanda Ritsema. “Out of respect for the golf course and staying aligned with the regulations set out by Public Health, we will not be having a dinner at our Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Tournaments. We are offering gourmet boxed lunches and a drink ticket instead. There will be door prizes and prizes for the winning teams of each tournament.”
Early bird pricing runs until July 19, and offers tickets at $125 per person or $500 per team. After July 19, ticket prices will increase to $137.50 per person or $550 per team, so don’t delay. As an added incentive, golfers who purchase tickets before the early bird date will be entered into a draw to win one of three rounds of 18 holes of golf at Blackhorse. Tickets are available through the website at https://kincardine.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca.
“We are so thankful that we will be able to host our Golf Fore Kids’ Sake Golf Tournaments again this year,” said Ritsema. “Fundraising has been very challenging over the last year. It’s so wonderful that golf is one fundraiser we can host. We are especially excited to offer a coed tournament to our lineup this year.”
Sponsorships are still available and more information can be obtained by contacting Ritsema at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the website.
“My son started with Big Brothers helping out with the 'big bunch' meetings, and has since been a mentor to two little brothers,” said Jim Beaton, Golf Fore Kids’ Sake planning team member. “Seeing the impact of the program on the Littles and the mentors through my son's involvement has shown me the benefits the program offers to both parties. I decided to help with the golf tournament organizing team this year to do my part to ensure that Big Brothers and Big Sisters can continue to support the young people in Kincardine and surrounding areas who might benefit from a little extra support through those development years. The golf tournament provides a fun afternoon with friends and an opportunity for us to sponsor this great program. COVID has made it tough to keep fundraising activities viable, but the needs of these kids don't go away. We hope that the Golf Fore Kids’ Sake tournament on September 10th and 11th will be another success this year and continue to grow in the years to come.”
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent