A golf tournament this summer will raise money to help equip the new Patient Care Tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
The 19th annual Peach City Tees Up For Cancer ladies charity golf tournament will be held Aug. 14 and 15 at the Penticton Golf and Country Club.
Organizers of the tournament have pledged to contribute $150,000 over five years to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation campaign.
The foundation is working to raise $20 million for medical equipment for the hospital tower.
Peggy Guest, chair of the tournament organizing committee, said the golf tournament began in 1997 by raising more than $10,000 for the PRH Oncology Department.
Guest said Tees Up can achieve its latest goal, noting the 2014 tournament raised more than $32,000.
“Everyone knew the tower was in the planning stages,” she said, “so we decided at our first meeting this year, not only would we raise money for the tower, but we’d commit to raising $150,000 over five years.”
Guest said up to 30 teams of four are expected to register for the best-ball scramble event, with a strong emphasis on fun.
A “construction zone” theme has been chosen for this year.
Hard hats will be handed out for team photos and orange construction pylons will mark the tee boxes at each hole.
Teams are encouraged to wear their own construction-related costumes as well.
Former LPGA professional A. J. Eathorne will return to her home course to act as emcee for the Saturday night dinner.
Guest said efforts are being made to attract golfers from throughout the South Okanagan-Similkameen, who will also benefit from the hospital expansion.
Registration for this year’s tourney is now underway. Contact the Penticton Golf and Country Club at 250-492-5626 or email Teesup@shaw.ca.
The cost includes two rounds of golf, a light supper on the Friday night and a full dinner on Saturday night.
A portion of the entry fee is a charitable donation to Tees Up For Cancer with an official tax receipt. Registrations will be accepted to just a few days prior to the tournament.