Sandy Ferrin will be one of the golfers teeing up in the Clyde Ogilvie tournament on August 23. (Bob Vanderford photo)

Join the fun at Rotary’s Ogilvie memorial golf tournament Aug. 23

Besides golfing with friends, you are helping fund worthwhile programs

For a quarter century the Clyde Ogilvie annual golf tournament has been a major fundraiser for the South Cowichan Rotary Club.

This year’s tourney takes place on Friday, Aug. 23, will mark the 25th anniversary of the golf scramble, and will be hosted by the Cowichan Golf and Country Club.

“Every year the funds raised from the golf tournament are donated back to the community providing greatly needed funds for the CMS food bank, Cowichan Hospice along with annual bursaries and scholarships to worthy students, youth leadership training and the Starfish Backpack program, an initiative that nourishes deserving children,” explained Gerry Giles, president of the South Cowichan Rotary Club.

Funds raised also support other organizations in need like the Cowichan Valley Therapeutic Riding Association as well as projects like the popular South Cowichan Dog Park and the Kinsol Trestle pathways.

“Internationally our club supports project that improve health, education and living conditions in third world countries,” added Giles.

The tournament is held in honour of Clyde Ogilvie, a former member of our club who died on Aug. 16, 2012.

In 1985, Brentwood College in Mill Bay hired Ogilvie as the CFO. He assumed many roles including basketball coach, student mentor, assistant house master and community liaison.

“Clyde was an extremely generous resident of the Cowichan Valley giving freely as volunteer to the Mill Bay Community League, the Water Board, the Historical Society and Search and Rescue,” Giles said.

He was a founding member of the South Cowichan Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, one of Rotary’s more prestigious honours.

The golf tournament engages community members and project supporters through sponsorship, lunch, golf, a live and silent auction and it provides an opportunity for fellowship and networking.

“We invite you to join us on Aug. 23 with registration at 11 a.m. followed by lunch, golf, dinner, along with some great fun provided by auctioneer Cam Drew and host Dr. Trevor Miranda,” Giles said.

You can register at

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