The Charity Golf Classic will return to Alberni Golf Club this weekend for the first time since 2019, but the COVID-19 break hasn’t slowed things down one bit.
According to Richard Chernomaz, co-chair of the planning committee, the tournament has been sold out since April.
“I think everyone is very excited to come together to play golf, have fun and raise money for a good cause,” Chernomaz said.
The tournament began in 1994, created by local NHL referee Rob Shick. Since then, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities.
This year, funds raised will go to the Alberni Valley Hospice Society, Sage Haven Society (formerly Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society), Port Alberni Shelter Society, West Coast Hospital Foundation and KidSport Port Alberni.
A five-person scramble will take place on Saturday, July 9. Since this event sold out so quickly, the organizers decided to add a two-person team event on Friday July 8th. As of June 30, there was still room left in the Friday event.
There will be live music on both nights and Saturday will also feature a helicopter drop, mystery box and raffle.
Rob Shick will be at the tournament, as he attends every year. But there will be no other celebrity guests for this year’s Charity Golf Classic.
“We wanted to keep it as close and local as possible,” Chernomaz said. “There are a lot of locals, and we were able to recruit a lot of sponsors.”
For those who won’t play golf, the Alberni Golf Club will be offering a “fine selection” of silent and live auction items. All funds raised from these auctions will go to this year’s selected charities.
For more information, contact the Alberni Pro Shop (250-723-5422) or email [email protected]