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Charity golf tournament aims to help in time of need

It’s been called the “United Way” of golf tournaments, because of how many local non-profit organizations it supports. The 7th annual KMSC Law Golf Event wraps up Tuesday at the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club. Tournament chair Lyle Carlstrom says giving back to the community is important to their firm and partner RE/MAX.

“And this is one way that we can do it comprehensively. It would be awfully hard for our community to support 17 more golf tournaments, so the fact that we’re able to bring 18 together creates a real synergy and we see some real special things that come from that.”

He adds that with the economy as it is, the organizations that support residents are being relied on heavily. Last year nearly $86,000 was doled out between the not-for-profits, and the goal this year is to top that.

To help, celebrity golfer Alan McLean has been brought out for the four-day event. Carlstrom says it’s the Scottish pro’s charm that got their attention.

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“He’s now Canadian. He’s got a real great character; he’s personable and you can see him out there with the kids. They just take to him like all the adults he’s met. He’s got, of course, a great skill set, but he’s very approachable and everybody likes that.”

McLean lead a junior clinic Monday. The event kicked off with the RE/MAX Long Drive Championship Saturday, followed by a Pro-Am Supper Sunday and a Summer Spirit Social Monday night. Other fundraising events were held last year, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show and a mummers night.

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