Golfers tee it up for annual RCMP Chris Worden Memorial Golf Tournament

RCMP Chief Supt. Jamie Zettler tees off Friday at the Chris Worden Memorial Golf Tournament

A full field of nearly 100 golfers teed it up Friday in Yellowknife under gorgeous sunny skies for the annual RCMP Chris Worden Memorial Golf Tournament.

Both RCMP members and civilians hit the links at the Yellowknife Golf Club for the event.

RCMP Const. Chris Worden was on duty when he was shot and killed in Hay River as he answered a call on October 6, 2017.

The 30-year-old officer, who was originally from Ottawa, left behind a wife and young daughter.

The top cop in the Northwest Territories, RCMP Chief Superintendent Jamie Zettler was among those taking part in the tournament.

“It’s a great celebration in Chris’s memory and what he meant to the community. It’s also a great cause we’re raising money for – the Make-a-Wish Foundation. We’ve received great support from donators and sponsors…and it’s a very important event fore us and the Northwest Territories,” Zettler said. “I don’t know if time heals all wounds but time allows you to get a different perspective. We’re thinking today about the great contributions Chris made to  NWT communities. That’s helps alleviate some of the pain that still exists.”

The golfers played for a host of prizes including $10,000 for anyone who made a hole-in-one on the par-three 14th hole.

It’s not believed anyone made a hole-in-one.

Organizers say they are still totalling up the dollar amount raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The foundation offers terminally-ill children an opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream.


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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.