BCPGA ALS Golfathon

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Member facilities of the Association and participating BC PGA Professionals will be taking part in the sunrise to sunset BC PGA Golfathon for ALS over the next week.

The kick-off event took place yesterday, June 8th at Glacier Greens Golf Course in Comox, featuring past Head Professional Scott Fraser and current Glacier Greens Head Pro Bill Kelly.

They both played a total of 301 holes or approximately 16 and 3/4 rounds! The fastest round was played in 45 minutes with the longest taking just a little over one hour. Remarkably, Bill Kelly put together three impressive rounds during the Golfathon of 68, 69 and 66. Scott Fraser had the lowest round on the day, firing a 6-under par 65 over the par-71 layout!

The concept originated in 2005 when Scott Fraser along with ALS patient Bruce Taylor tested the Golfathon idea to raise awareness and funds to combat the disease. The event was a huge success leading to the 2006 Golfathon becoming a BC-wide initative between the BC PGA and the ALS Society of British Columbia.

ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is best known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and claimed the life of Bruce Edwards, the long-time caddie for Tom Watson. In Canada, three to five people per day are diagnosed with the disease, which has no cure and which can strike anyone at any stage in their life. Local service clubs of the ALS society have been soliciting pledges for the participating golf professional over the past few months with all proceeds going towards equipment, nursing and home care costs for ALS patients.

A big thank you from the BC PGA and the ALS Society to all participating Golf Professionals and Clubs! Everything makes a difference!

Participating Golf Professionals and Facilities:

June 12th

    •     Rob Anderson, The Harvest Golf Club, Kelowna
    •     Brian O'Keefe, Shuswap Lake Estates G.C., Blind Bay
    •     Greg Babcock, Myrtle Point G.C., Powell River
    •     Matt Cella, Fairwinds G.C., Nanoose Bay
    •     Keith Forfar, Richmond Country Club
    •     Ross Mantell & Lance Barber, Qualicum Memorial
    •     Adam Werbicki, Castlegar Golf & C.C.

June 13th

    •     Dale Schienbein, Seymour Golf & C.C., North Vancouver
    •     Dan Latin, Mike Latta & Cory Robinson, Mount Paul G.C., Kamloops

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