Teeing up players for cancer

Tees Up for Cancer golf tournament has room for teams as it raises money for medical foundation

LADIES WILL BE hitting the greens to raise money for mattresses for cancer patients in recovery in the Tees Up For Cancer golf tournament. In the front row

LADIES WILL BE hitting the greens to raise money for mattresses for cancer patients in recovery in the Tees Up For Cancer golf tournament. In the front row

It’s going to be a pajama party at the Penticton Golf and Country Club Aug. 15-16.

That’s the theme for the 18th annual Tees Up for Cancer golf tournament, which has 20 teams of four registered with openings for 10 more.

“Ladies go all out with costumes, which makes it fun to see,” said tournament chair Peggy Guest, adding it’s a fun tournament that has first, second and third-place winners. “It’s mostly for fun and raising as much money as we can for the South Okanagan Medical Foundation.”

All proceeds go directly to the foundation, which has received $455,000 to date. Each year funds are raised for a specific need which is identified by the Penticton Regional Hospital. This year the focus is on new Isoflex mattresses that help prevent and treat skin ulcers caused by bed rest as cancer patients recover.

Entrants do not have to be a member of a golf club to participate. Guest said they will do what they can to help single entrants get placed on teams to enjoy the scramble format.

Helping teams on the course, specifically the 14th hole, is Penticton’s A.J. Eathorne, a former Ladies Professional Golf Association player, who will hit drives for teams for a fee of $20, which also goes towards the cause.

The deadline to register is Aug. 13 and those who want to play can contact Guest at rpguest@telus.net. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities may contact Diane Banera at dianebanera@shaw.ca.

The cost to enter is $160 for non-members and $115 for members, which includes dinner, lunch and prizes. The registration deadline is Aug.13.