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Annual golf tournament returns this summer to support New Westminster charities

Sign up for the annual Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on July 16, 2024 and enjoy a fun day on the links while giving back to the community
The 2024 Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament will be hosted at Richmond’s Mayfair Lakes Golf Club.

The Royal City Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of New Westminster invite all levels of golfers in the Lower Mainland to participate in the 28th Annual Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament on July 16 at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club in Richmond.

The charity golf tournament consistently promises a great day of golf with friends, family and colleagues, all in the spirit of giving back to the community and charities that need funding and support for their youth programs in New Westminster. This year’s event will raise funds for the Salvation Army and the Lower Mainland Purpose Society, as well as the two Rotary Clubs.

Expecting over 140 golfers this year at the tournament, tickets are on sale now and are going fast. Each ticket includes lunch, a round of golf, a shared cart, access to fabulous food on the course to keep you fuelled up, chances to enter fun contests with impressive prizes, and a buffet dinner.

“I am very happy with the start of registration, some people were emailing us in January asking where they could sign up,” says Rick Molstad, chairperson of the Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament. “Pace of play is sometimes an issue, but we have rules to address and avoid these problems. We play Texas Scramble (best ball) meaning everyone is getting to dinner at a reasonable time.”

Members of the BC Lions UPROAR Dance Team with Rotary-sponsored Hole-in-One signs. Photo by Gabor Gasztonyi Studio

There are four opportunities for each golfer to win a Hole-in-One prize (for cash or a car valued up to $50,000), along with contests at each Par-3 hole. In addition to prizes for best putting, chipping, and longest drives, there are plenty of incentives for participating golfers to play well.

And at this golf tournament, big wins are possible. “One year, a golfer won a $15,000 diamond ring for his girlfriend,” shares Molstad. “We had a hole-in-one contest and that was the prize. He told her if he won it, it would be her engagement ring.  He did ace the hole. Everybody was happy, and they are still married today.”

“Mayfair Lakes is a beautiful course and one of the finest in the area,” says Molstad. “And we have not been rained upon for the past 15 years at this location.”  

“Water comes into play on 13 of the 18 holes, so we have a contest where golfers are asked when they register how many balls will be lost by all golfers in the water during the tournament,” adds Molstad. Hint: It is rather a lot.

Other means of keeping play moving along so every golfer finishes their golf round? A one-putt rule and picking up your ball at times to drop on the green.

A “Payne Stewart" look-alike with his foursome and members of the BC Lions UPROAR Dance Team. Photo by Gabor Gasztonyi Studio

Since the start of the Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament in 1996, the fundraiser event has raised approximately $665,000 for various charities in the New Westminster community.

“We cannot thank our sponsors enough. starting with our Title Sponsor, Cassady Lawyers LLP., who are very supportive of many community initiatives and fundraising,” Molstad says. “A lot of our returning sponsors have been with us for years, some from the very beginning, and they keep coming back.”

In addition to the golf tournament experience itself, there will be an online auction running from July 6 to 27, where people can bid on many attractive items or packages at their leisure.

Visit for more information on the Rotary Pot of Gold Charity Golf Tournament and online auction. Register for the tournament today to have fun and give back