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Golfers raise $65K for local charities


The Telus Mountain Valley Golf Classic was a figurative hole in one at Nicklaus North this year, completely selling out with 37 teams of four taking part.

In the process, the event raised more than $65,000 for the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation, which helps to fund local non-profit charities and community groups.

The winning low net team was FRC Holdings, led by former golf-pro turned realtor Lance Lundy, and backed by Gord and Susan Annand and Ken Downie. The team beat out Hy’s Steakhouse when Downie, a solid 36 handicap in real life, knocked in the team’s second shot from the fairway on the 18 th hole to scratch up an eagle.

Warren McLeod took the men’s long drive contest, and Marilyn Rodford out-drove the ladies. David Harrison took the men’s closest to the pin, Tony Fierro won the putting contest, and Craig Stevenson won the Best Poker Hand Contest.

The after-party was held at Dusty’s with prizes, an outdoor silent auction, a martini bar and live music. Steve Podborski emceed the event and Gary Raymond got the crowd’s attention when he auctioned off three personal items, including his beer, for $25.

Larry Donen won the ladies Longines Dolce Vita watch donated by Keir Jewellers, and Michael Carmichael of Labatts won the 50-50 draw – and donated all $1,020 he won back to the Foundation.

The Whistler Blakcomb Foundation is now accepting applications from Sea to Sky non-profit organizations for funding. Applications are available online at, or by calling the Foundation office at 604-938-7321.