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Pro am on course to pitch in for student athletics

The Wickaninnish Inn Pro-Am Golf Tournament is set to hit the links of Long Beach Golf Course September 7.

The tournament is a fundraiser for Ucluelet Secondary School's (USS) athletic programs. "It is probably the best fundraiser that's come along in the time I've been at [USS]" says USS' principal Carol Sedgwick. "It supports everything from traditional sports like volleyball and wrestling to Yoga and long distance running training."

Sedgwick arrived at USS about 15 years ago and remembers the strain felt by the school's volunteer coaching team before the Pro-Am's funds came into play.

"Each individual team had to run their own fundraisers so you had volunteer coaches trying to raise funds and the Pro Am allows the coaches to coach and not have to worry about the fundraising aspect," Sedgwick says.

"It also allows kids, no matter what their financial situation is, to be able to participate in sporting activities."

Professional golfers are coming in from all over to participate in the event and there are still spots left for any golfers looking to participate, according to the golf course's director of operations Keith Gibson.

The cost to play is $125 and includes entry into a lavish seafood bonanza experience after the tournament. Much of the seafood feast is donated by locals and local businesses.

Hole sponsorships are available for $200. Companies that participate will receive coverage in print and social media and a displayed sign on the course.

"I think people who are sponsoring aren't doing it for a marketing initiative; they're doing it to contribute and we appreciate it," Gibson says. "It is a town event; it doesn't work unless everyone buys in... It's not too late we still have some room for players and we definitely have room for contributions."

Last year's event raised over $20,000 and tournament officials are hoping to receive similar enthusiasm.

Anyone interested in participating in the tournament or securing a hole sponsorship is encouraged to contact Long Beach Golf Course at 250-725-3332 for details.

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