Dr. Gur Singh's legacy lives on through golf tournament

By Jill Sperling
September 9, 2016 - 4:33pm Updated: September 9, 2016 - 5:39pm

KAMLOOPS — The Gur Singh Invitational Golf Tournament has continued to gain momentum in Kamloops even after the passing of its founder. 

Today, Sep 9, the tournament teed off for a 13th year.

216 golfers packed the Dunes golf course this morning to play a round of golf for a good cause. 

The event, named in memoriam of neurosurgeon and tournament founder Dr. Gur Singh, is an annual fundraiser for the Kamloops Brain Injury Association. In its first year the event raised $17,000, but funds have increased year after year, and so have expectations. KBIA now hopes to raise more than $100,000.

"All the funds go right into the organization so that we can provide the really important services to people who have acquired a brain injury," KBIA Executive Director, Terry-Lynn Stone said. "As you know, a brain injury can happen to anyone at anytime, it's one slip, it's one move, it's one car accident, it's one distracted driver and then you have a brain injury. It's not like a broken leg, or a broken arm that can be repaired, it's something that's with you for life." 

As the first neurosurgeon in the B.C. interior, Gur Singh was a prominent voice for brain injury awareness. Singh's son, Arjun Singh, says after his father's passing last March the family wanted to carry on his legacy, ensuring the tournament continued on. 

"He obviously had a huge stature in the community," Singh said, "he had been here for, you know, 50 odd years. People really respected him, and the respect is still in evidence. It really is heart moving for us as a family to see that people are still coming out and supporting the work that he started with this fundraising effort. We're really committed to keeping it going because the funds are really important."

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