24 Hour Golf Marathon

On June 24, an extraordinary event will take place at the Creston Golf Course.

Alex Nilsson is going to raise funds for the Creston-Kootenay Foundation by asking people to sponsor him as he plays as many holes of golf in 24 hours as possible. Last year he took on this challenge and played 150 holes on his way to raising more than $6,000. This year, his goal is an astounding 200 holes, or 11 plus rounds on our local course. That will allow him 2 hours and 20 minutes per round. Can he do it?

(On a side note, he will be WALKING and JOGGING the course, not riding in a cart!  He will also be carrying his clubs)

I wouldn’t bet against him. Since retiring, Alex has accomplished a number of impressive feats. He roller skied across Canada to raise funds for the Canadian Diabetes Association. He ran 8 marathons within an eight-month period. He was inducted into the Order of Canada for his selfless volunteering in the community. He was an honorary Torch Bearer during the 2010 Olympic Torch relay. He was made Freeman of the town of Creston, and Citizen of the Year in 2004. In his spare time he has won a number of events in the BC and Canadian Masters competitions in both cross country skiing and track and field. Suddenly 200 holes of golf in one day doesn’t seem so daunting!

What happens to the money that Alex is going to raise? It goes into an endowment fund managed by the Creston-Kootenay Foundation, where the proceeds are invested and all of the income is returned to the community in the form of grants to local charities and non-profit groups. That is what the Foundation does, and to date they have accumulated over $800,000 that is invested to provide grants that are distributed each June. The Foundation has granted over $160,000 since 2005 when it was founded. Money comes to the Foundation from fundraising events like Alex’s, from donations from the community, and money that has been bequeathed in people’s wills. It is a unique way to make a charitable contribution that will have a lasting effect on our community.

If you would like to contribute to Alex’s effort, please use the donation function on our website at http://www.ckfoundation.com or mail your cheque to:  Creston – Kootenay Foundation, Box 701, Creston, B.C. V0B 1G0


  1. Myrna Johnson says:

    A great man – an excellent job!