The impact that Connor Richey had on the lives of so many people came full circle last Saturday, June 7, at the Sechelt Golf and Country Club in an event that raised about $10,000.
In what his mom Jan termed a “bittersweet day” 120 golfers came together at the inaugural Connor Richey Memorial Golf Tournament. There was laughter, a few tears, some great golf and lots of shared memories — all while raising money for a legacy fund that has been created in Richey’s honour.
Richey died last summer in an accident in Vancouver just a few days shy of his 21st birthday. He was only months away from accepting a full scholarship to Ranger College in Texas to play on the golf team.
He was a fantastic up-and-coming golfer, with a passion for the game and a passion for life. He was also a wonderful person and a role model for other young golfers, at both the Sechelt Golf Club and the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club in Roberts Creek.
In his short life, Richey impacted many people in a positive way, which was evident by the outpouring of support at Saturday’s tournament. The event sold out in weeks, and hundreds of businesses and community-minded folks stepped up with items for the silent auction and prizes for the tournament.
“There were lots of young people volunteering and another 25 showed on the day, and I put them to work,” Jan said. “There was really good energy. I’m very pleased with how everything turned out.”
Together with the Richey family, the tournament was created to raise funds for a legacy in Connor’s name. The fund will help support aspiring young athletes to pursue their dreams, support junior golf programs in Coast schools and offer junior memberships to young golfers.
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