Golfing in aid of football

Columbia Valley Bighorns coach Bruce Marlow hopes to start a gold tournament to help raise funds for the team.

Football will hit the links at Copper Point Golf Course on May 20 as the Columbia Valley Bighorns host the team’s first ever golf tournament.

Head Coach of the Bighorns Bruce Marlow said there will be some future Canadian Football League (CFL) prospects at the event along with the hope that some current CFL players will be in attendance as well.

There will be room for 11-12 foursomes to play on the day at a cost of $100 per person. Players will get to golf at Copper Point and have dinner at the Great Hall at Panorama in the evening.

There will also be a silent auction that night and a live band performing after the dinner.

The event at the great hall will also be an alumni dinner for the team.

“We are inviting all the players who have ever played for the team to come. It is $25 per plate and is a chance to bring the players from the past to meet the players from this season,” Marlow said.

The hope is to have all teams finishing their rounds by 3 p.m. so that some of the guests at the tournament will be able to drop by Home Hardware in Invermere to sign autographs for fans.

“In the past I have done alumni dinners in the city. We are looking to getting the bantam team going in the fall and promoting football in the Kootenays. We are going to do a fundraiser to raise some funds and this is a celebration of all of the players who have been involved with the team,” he said.

Marlow added that the current Bighorns are very excited to meet the prospects and CFL players.

“The kids are really excited. Some of these players have never seen a live CFL game. They are also excited to meet some of the players who have played Bighorns football in the past. They have heard stories about them.”

Any interested in taking part in the tournament or making a donation can call Marlow at 250-342-8852 or Paul Glassford at 250-341-1395.