By Breanne Massey
Special to the Pioneer
The fourth annual Rune Barck Memorial Ironman Tournament returns to the Columbia Valley this fall.
On Thursday, September 20th, there will be a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. to help raise money for local charities, including Christmas gifts for needy families, in Mr. Barck’s memory.
“Since the inception of this event we have raised over $30,000 for local charities,” wrote Dale Moore, director of the Windermere Valley Golf Course.
“The tournament will follow the same scramble format as previous years with four drives being required from each player.”
When asked what inspired Mr. Moore to host the event, he replied: “Rune Barck was a close friend of mine, a friend to many in our community, a successful businessman, a father, and a very generous person when it came to support in our community. Rune’s business successor, Corey Rokosh and I thought it was very important to carry on Rune’s legacy and raise money for local charities in Rune’s name. The ironman format is a fun, and unforgettable experience that keeps people wanting to come back yearly.”
The concept of hosting an Ironman tournament means, says Mr. Moore, that the course will be extremely challenging with many obstacles.
“(It) will be setup as difficult as we can make it with tee boxes being in different places than normal and pin placements that show no regard for the rules,” he said. “To limit team stacking we will be allowing players to sign up as singles or as a team of two. The organizers will then combine the groups to create a team of four players. The scoring will be done based off of total gross score less 10 per cent of the team’s total handicap.”
The entry fee to participate in the fundraiser will be $99 per player which includes a welcome gift, range balls, the round of golf, a golf cart and dinner with the chance to win prizes at the end-of-day.
To sign-up as a participant or team, please call the Windermere Valley Golf Course’s pro shop at 250-342-3004.