Golf tournament hits major fundraising mark

Gold medalist Ashleigh McIvor, one of the keynote speakers along with other Olympic medal winners Joannie Rochette and John Morris, as well as four time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux.

LANGLEY, British Columbia – On Wednesday, May 12 Trinity Western University hit a major milestone at their 16th Annual TWU WirelessWave Golf Tournament when they went over the half million dollar mark in money raised.

The tournament, which raised over $500,000 for funds for TWU student-athlete scholarships and scholarship endowments, was held at the scenic Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club in Coquitlam, British Columbia. The tournament and banquet included keynote speakers and Olympians Ashleigh McIvor, Joannie Rochette and John Morris and four time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux.

"It has been an unbelievable team effort and blessing to see this tournament grow over the last 16 years. We are truly thankful for the many corporate sponsors and donors that make this a continued growing reality. It is a real privilege to be a part of something that directly impacts local university student lives and helps develop our leaders of tomorrow," said SteveScholz, TWU tournament advisor. "We simply could not have done it without the help of our Title Sponsor ‘WirelessWave', Dave Hartman, who is the Vice President of Glentel Inc. – Operations, Retail Division and many of our major sponsors such as Samsung, Bell, Rogers Wireless, LG Electronics, RIM Blackberry, Gentec, Virgin Mobile, Graestone Ready Mix, Bosa Properties Inc. and Nokia."

27-05-2010-spartansgolf02TWU and Spartan Athletics blew past their fundraising goal to match or exceed last year’s tournament. Trinity Western has increased the amount it has raised for student scholarships every year since the tournament's inception in 1994. The Department of Athletics took over organizing the tournament in 1998 and has increased the dollars raised from $30,000 to $336,000 in 2009. During its 16 year run the tournament has netted over $1,850,000.

In addition to a round of golf, each golfer went home with more than his or her value for the day including perfect weather for golf, fabulous food and service from Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, and plenty of contest prizes, registration gifts and hole host gifts supplied by our many generous sponsors. A particular highlight was that each golfer received a notebook computer donated by Samsung Canada.

The tournament also featured a silent auction during which included two round trips and game tickets to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, autographed team Canada jerseys signed by all the 2010 men’s and women’s Olympic gold medal hockey teams, and signed jersey’s from Wayne Gretzky, Alexander Ovechkin, Roberto Luongo, and Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

As official members of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), the Spartans have been competing in six sports in the Canada West division of the CIS: women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball and basketball, but have recently added men’s and women’s swimming, cross-country and middle distance track. This past season the Spartans captured Canada West silver medals in men’s volleyball and bronze in men’s soccer as well as the women’s soccer team winning their second consecutive gold medal at the CIS championship.

Since the Spartans entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including three CIS Player of the Year awards, a CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, a CIS Libero of the Year award, two CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In nine years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won four national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008 and 2009 and men’s volleyball in 2006), 12 CIS championship medals, an individual CIS national championship and seven Canada West championships


Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.


Last Updated: 2010-05-28
Author: Scott Stewart