RCMP golf tourney raises nearly $10,000

The Williams Lake RCMP hosted its 28th Annual Williams Lake RCMP Charity Golf Tournament.

Williams Lake resident Alex Wasylenko tees off at the RCMP Charity Golf Tournament.

Williams Lake resident Alex Wasylenko tees off at the RCMP Charity Golf Tournament.

The Williams Lake RCMP and guests were on the links at the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club on Wednesday, Aug. 8 swinging the sticks for the 28th Annual Williams Lake RCMP Charity Golf Tournament.

Each year, the Williams Lake RCMP choose a different charity as the tournament’s recipient. This year’s beneficiaries were the Youth Academy and the Williams Lake army and sea cadets.

“[The Youth Academy] gives Grade 11 students from both 100 Mile House and Williams Lake the opportunity to experience what the training is for an RCMP officer,” said Cpl. Tom Erickson. “We put them up this year at the Columneetza dorms and got them up at 5:30 a.m. and put them through the ropes for a week.”

The tournament itself featured around 115 golfers, who helped raise close to $10,000.

“We have quite a large group of RCMP and civilian members that came down from Prince George, too,” Erickson said. “It’s a great turnout, and it’s great charities.”

Prizes were also up for grabs on the day for accomplishing various feats on the golf course.

Adding to the tournament’s success over the years, Erickson said, is the outstanding support they receive from the community.

“It’s been amazing this year, again,” he said. “The help I’ve got putting this on is amazing.”

He added the tournament is lots of fun for everyone, and is for a good cause.

“It’s great to see the people come out,” he said.

“It’s a great turnout.”

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