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Fourth annual putting tournament returns to Riverside

Proceeds send local and Vancouver students to Outward Bound

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The fourth annual Neil Falkner Memorial BBQ and Putting Tournament is set for Sunday, Aug. 13 at the Riverside Greens, with proceeds going to an Outward Bound scholarship program.

Falkner passed away while ski touring in the Rockies back in 2002, and was an Outward Bound graduate. Since then his family has organized the putting tournament and other events to raise money for the scholarship, which sends one student from Falkner’s old high school in East Vancouver, Britannia Secondary, and one student from the Sea to Sky corridor to Outward Bound. This year the Sea to Sky scholarship winner was Pemberton Secondary student Geoffery McLeod.

Although the tournament has been supported in the past by Neil’s friends and family, his mother Judy Lynne is hoping to focus more on the scholarship aspect than the memorial this year to include more families, locals and visitors in the putting tournament.

The tournament will run from noon to 4 p.m. and Lynne is asking for a minimum donation of $25 to $100 per person. Kids 10 and under will play for free.

That includes the putting tournament, a barbecue lunch, draw prizes, a silent auction and access to the beer garden for putters 19 and older. There will also be activities for families and children, including badminton, bocce, the adventure playground, and possibly a scavenger hunt.

All of the proceeds will go to the scholarship fund, and tax receipts will be provided for payments of $40 or more.

To help the tournament run smoothly, Lynne is asking local businesses to donate prizes, sponsor holes, buy banner space, purchase tickets on behalf of inner city youth to help them attend the event, and/or enter their business and employees in the tournament.

For more information or to get involved in the tournament, contact Judy Lynne at jmlynne@telus.net or call the Riverside Campground at 604-935-2996.

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