The Spirit of the Game message of delivering sport opportunities to underprivileged youngsters is travelling further afield thanks to a pro golfer with ties to the South Okanagan.
Garrett Kucher, a golf ambassador for the Predator Ridge Golf Resort south of Vernon, has added the Spirit of the Game logo to his bag and playing apparel.
Kucher captained the Osoyoos Coyotes in 2012-13 and spent most of his time away from the ice at the Osoyoos Golf Club.
The rising BC golf star has aspirations to play on the PGA’s MacKenzie Golf Tour and will tee it up June 14-17 at the GolfBC Championship, the third event on the tour’s Canada schedule.
“It was kind of a no-brainer for me to put the logo on my bag and on my shirts and hats,” said Garrett as he prepared for a tournament in Whistler. “The Town of Osoyoos — and the South Okanagan — has been phenomenal to me and all my major opportunities have come from there as well.
“If I can in any way give back to the community or help out with the community at all, I’m in.”
He likens his Osoyoos Golf Club days to the work undertaken by Spirit of the Game with underprivileged children in the community.
“I was just working at Osoyoos Golf Club and I had no money to do anything or chase my dreams and I was lucky enough to have guys support me and jump in,” he explained.
“Spirit of the Game gives kids who don’t even have it in their minds that they could go play a sport the opportunity to give it a try. I think that’s pretty cool.”
Kucher turned pro three years ago and has since played professional golf in Europe, Spain, and Arizona.
A non-profit organization with a volunteer board, the Spirit of the Game Society is structured to deliver 100% of all donations it receives to providing league fees and covering equipment costs for disadvantaged youngsters. It does this by working with generous partners and organizing annual funding events.
For more information about Spirit of the Game — including how to donate to its effort — visit sotgsociety.com. You can also click on the information button at the right of this story.