TONARI GUMI and Greater Vancouver JCCA Charity Golf Classic
The 2020 Tonari Gumi and Greater Vancouver JCCA Charity Golf Classic
Will take place on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Meadow Gardens at 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, Pitt Meadows, B.C.
This year’s tournament will also commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the first JCCA tournament held in 1965 (see the section on the history of the first tournament).
We know that many tournaments have been cancelled because of the novel coronavirus and many of you miss being able to get together with others in the community. We’re pleased that, in cooperation with Meadow Gardens and fully consistent with the latest COVID-19 guidance, our tournament will be able to go ahead. While the banquet will be socially distanced, we will have a fun-filled day with all the regular tournament competitions (e.g. longest drive, closest to the hole, putting contest, raffle, etc.). We will have both the traditional “Handicapped Flight” (for experienced golfers) and a “Texas Scramble Flight” (for those more interested in a fun time). There will be the same number of prizes for each group. Tee-off times will be based on the number of registrations and whether Fraser Health approves a shotgun start.
Please check for event details and updates prior to the tournament at >> 【EVENT DETAILS】
FEES: $175 per golfer (includes green fees, power cart for 2, prizes, and a socially distanced banquet).
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Everyone must submit a completed registration form available at >> 【GOLFER REGISTRATION】
PAYMENT: On-line payment is available at the registration page above.
Cheques should be made out to “Tonari Gumi”, and mailed to#101 42 West 8th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1M7
SPONSORSHIPS: Those interested in being a sponsor should go to >> 【SPONSORSHIP】
HISTORY OF THE TOURNAMENT:
DID YOU KNOW?
The first JCCA Golf Tournament started some 55 years ago?
As recounted by Henry Wakabayashi: “This popular event was started by Ken Yada, Arthur Hara, Steve Yamamoto, Mush Saitoand me in either 1964 or ‘65 in Chilliwack. For those who remember, Japanese Canadians were not allowed to be members of any private Golf Clubs at that time and it was also difficult to hold a golf tournament in Vancouver as there were hardly any public course where we could get times.
So, the first JCCA tournament (then) was held at the Chilliwack Golf Club, a regular 18-hole course and the second day on a nine-hole course owned by a Scotsman (9 holes x 2). We managed to get the full complement of 144 players as we had Nikkei's come from Kamloops, Boundary, and other BC interior towns. Since we did not have enough originally, we had to invite our Chinese friends. In fact, the Scotsman was so pleased to have all our players come from Vancouver to his little course, he suggested to us, ‘I have 9 holes, property to expand to 18 and this very quaint clubhouse. If you boys (Nikkei’s) are interested, I will sell it to you for $90,000. So, get 90 of you together and put up $1,000 each and you can have your own club.’ Missed a great opportunity, but only making about $400 per month and all of us with young babies, we did not have the resources. But, the tournament did so well, we did not have to invite our Chinese friends the following year.”
In 2013, after some 48 years, the JCCA nearly cancelled the tournament due to declining interest but decided to join with Tonari Gumi to help fund renovations to their new Seniors Centre. This brought new life to the tournament and the 1st Tonari Gumi & JCCA Joint Charity Classic was such a success that it has continued each year for the past seven years until this, our eighth year. Although postponed as a result of COVID-19, because of the history, we’d hate to see this tournament miss a year.
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