Deadline nigh for museum golf

There's still time to help the museum and have a whole lot of fun doing it

Qualicum Beach Museum manager Natanya Wadell checks out one of the historic golf clubs to see if it’s straight and true.

Qualicum Beach Museum manager Natanya Wadell checks out one of the historic golf clubs to see if it’s straight and true.

For those wondering how on earth they can support the Qualicum Beach Museum and have a great time doing it, Art Skipsey has what he sees as a great answer.

Skipsey, the outgoing chair of the Qualicum Beach Historical Society, said those who enjoy a good round of golf will be able to contribute both to the museum and to their own enjoyment by taking part in the third annual Museum Golf Tournament, slated for June 4 at the Arrowsmith Golf Club.

 “This is our main fundraiser and brings in a huge part of what allows us to survive,” Skipsey said Monday. “This year, we are splitting the proceeds between our operating expenses and our museum expansion fund.”

Museum manager Natanya Wadell said the first two years of the tournament were surprisingly successful and she’s hoping for an equally lucrative and fun event this time around. However, in order for that to happen, more teams need to get on board, she said.

In all, organizers are hoping to attract 36 teams, which works out to two teams per hole. The event will feature a shotgun start and a number of fun activities and contests, such as a hit the wreck event, where golfers will take aim at an old junker and try to give it a clunk.

The main prize — a Honda Hybrid car — will be the feature of the hole in one competition. As well, live and silent auctions will liven up the proceedings.

“This year we are streamlining it a little bit, so some of the extra fees are rolled into the admission fee,” Skipsey said. “We hope to have everyone out of there by 8:30 p.m.”

It only costs $99 per person, which includes the golf and a top-flight dinner.

The deadline for entry is fast approaching, Skipsey said, so anyone who would like to take part can pick up an entry form a Mulberry Books in Qualicum Beach, at the Arrowsmith Golf Course and at the Qualicum Beach Museum.

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