Posted on September 15, 2011 by Tia Lalani

The Camrose Canadian’s Vince Burke checked out the Augustana Vikings Golf Tournament on Sept 10.

By Vince Burke, Camrose Canadian

Augustana VIkings’ volleyball player Jill Metrunec and Vikings’ hockey player Brenden Stephen play a game of soccer with fuzzy dice in between groups pulling up to the tee box. The dice were used as part of the Vegas Scramble format of the tournament, which would determine whose drive a team would use.

A swing of a club and a roll of the dice was the order of the day as golfers hit the Camrose Community Golf Course in support of Augustana Vikings’ athletics.

There were around 120 golfers on the course Sept. 10 to take part in the Brett Binder Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament is a fundraiser for Augustana athletics but the money raised is also for a scholarship in honour of Binder, a former Augustana student athlete who passed a way a few years ago.

“It is set up so each team has the opportunity to contribute silent auction items and golfers can golf for a particular sport, if you want,” said Augustana athletics director Greg Ryan, who added that means the funds from the entrant cost and your donated silent auction item would benefit an athlete in the sport of your choosing.

“Last year we raised about $12,000 and really what we are trying to do get it to be a $50,000 draw.”

Ryan added that could happen if there was additional sponsorship to cover the golf and meal at the course.

The tournament was a Vegas Scramble format, which means every golfer drives their golf ball from the tee. A die, in this case a novelty fuzzy die is cast and the number that comes up determines whose drive you take. If a five is rolled, the die is cast again and a six means the team picks its best drive. A regular Texas Scramble, best ball format is played from there.

“It’s also a meet and greet for our athletes because we have our athletes on the golf course,” he said.

The tournament has been named in Binder’s honour for three years and it’s one that gained a lot of support from the community.

“There are some real consistent people who play in it,” he said.

“Once people get on to it they put it on their social calender each year.”

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