From the links to the rink

Dynamiters will hit the golf course before the ice for team fundraiser in September.

Hockey and golf seem to go hand in hand, so it’s only natural that the Kimberley Dynamiters are hosting a golf tournament that concludes with free tickets to an evening game on September 21st.

Dubbed the Putt to Puck Classic, the Nitros will tee off at the recreational nine-hole course at the Bootleg Gap Golf Club in Marysville before hitting the ice against their divisional rivals in the Fernie Ghostriders in the evening.

The $60 package includes the nine-hole round, a barbecue dinner and the ticket for the game between the two KIJHL teams at the Kimberley Civic Centre.

Tournament organizer Glen Johnston said the event is another way to raise money for the team, eschewing traditional fundraisers such as raffle tickets.

“People are tired of buying raffle tickets for a chance to win something,” said Johnston. “They’d rather  donate money this way, because they’re actually getting something for it, so that’s how we’re feeling.

“We got so many golf courses around here, we might as well try to utilize them.”

Johnston plans to have long drive, chipping and putting contests set up, with additional chances to win prizes for a hole-in-one and closest-to-the-pin.

Tournament format will be a scramble start with participants playing best ball.

It’s a tight weekend for the Dynamiters, which play a Friday game in Invermere against the Rockies, before coming home to Kimberley for the tournament and matchup with the ‘Riders on Saturday afternoon and evening.

The tournament could be a way for out-of-town Nitros players to spend time with their parents, who may come to town to attend the game, Johnston added.

“We want to try and get it so that people who are coming into the game, like parents, they might be able to play golf in the middle of the day, then come watch their kids play hockey that night,” he said.

To register for the event, or to find more information, visit the team website at www.kimberleydynamiters.net.