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Women's Golf Day in Richmond raises money for girls' charities

Golf coach Shayain Gustavsp founded and organizes the event at Mylora Golf Course to give back to the community

Two very deserving charities are a little better off this week after the third annual Women’s Golf Day at Mylora Executive Golf Course in Richmond.

Last week’s event – founded and organized by Richmond golf coach Shayain Gustavsp – raised $2,250 for First Tee BC (specifically for the Girls Golf Programming) and Girls Who Leap, a non-profit, volunteer-run society that provides leadership and mentorship opportunities.

Dozens of golfers of varying abilities enjoyed near perfect golfing conditions, as well as sponsors’ gifts and refreshments, during the nine-hole scramble, with 100 per cent of the money raised going to the aforementioned charities.

“This is my gift back to the game and the community,” said Gustavsp.

“I get my family involved as volunteers, as coming from an immigrant family we never thought we were allowed on the golf course.

“So I empower my mom and aunt to let them know they belong.”

Gustavsp said that the youngest player was just 11 and the oldest was 83, adding that “the reason for doing it is to bring the community together. All are welcome.”

She said that anyone interested in being a sponsor at next year’s event can reach her in Instagram at @coachshayain.