Town springs for golf championship water bottles

About a thousand single-use water bottles will be kept out of the local waste stream thanks to an initiative by the Osoyoos Golf Club that has the financial backing of the Town of Osoyoos.

The club, hosting the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships in August, is expecting as many as 156 competitors to be walking the fairways and greens for four days in the heat of summer.

Temperatures in the 30s will require the players to consume lots of liquid, which would normally mean lots of water consumed and plastic bottles discarded.

But it occurred to OGC general manager Doug Robb recently that refillable, insulated water cylinders would be a preferable alternative to the estimated 1,000 or more disposable bottles that would have ended up in the waste system over three days of competition and one day of practice.

The Town had been looking for a way to support the championship and Robb approached council recently with the re-usable bottle idea.

At a meeting Monday, Mayor and Council approved to spend $2,000 to cover the cost of about 200 insulated bottles complete with Osoyoos and Golf Canada logos.

“The town has been very supportive of the event right from the beginning,”
said Mr. Robb. “It’s been very gratifying.”

He explained that there are several cold-water fountains on the golf course
already and that additional temporary filling stations will be set up at the
scoring and pace-of-play tents during the competition.

And not only will the competitors be well watered — they’ll also have a cool
Town of Osoyoos memento to take home with them.

Mr. Robb is proud of the club’s selection as this year’s host: “There are about
2,500 golf clubs in Canada and only eight national events a year. So, we
feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to show off the club and the
town of Osoyoos.”

The championship will be played on the OGC’s Park Meadows course
August 18-20. There will be an official practice round August 17.

Already close to 100 players are entered in the competition and
hopes are high that the full field of 156 will be reached before the close of
entries on July 17.

The Desert Gold course will remain open for members and visitors.


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