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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2019 McCleery Golf Club


During the month of June, golf professionals will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS. To raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC, they will golf as many holes as possible in one day.

At the McCleery Golf Club in Vancouver, Dan Axford, PGA of BC golf professional held his Golfathon on June 11th.  He was supported by, McCleery Pro Shop Manager, Kim Cooper and Jason Smith, Head Golf Professional who donned the green caddy bib requesting play through throughout the day of the golf. Dan’s fastest round of 18 holes was played in under 1.5 hours, shooting par!

Later in the day, Will Tyldesley, junior golf student joined in, hitting a drive so straight it landed on the white center line on the fairway. Together, Axford and Tyldesley golfed 165 holes, scoring a total of 426, with 2 eagles and 12 birdies.

“It was a real team effort,” said Dan Axford, PGA golf professional at McCleery Golf Academy. “Thank you to all of the staff and guests for how supportive they were all day!”

The total raised for their efforts was $25,533.25.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically, the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure yet, but there is hope through the ALS Society of BC.

Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers.

Help support your local golf professionals to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.

Please Donate.


Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
[email protected]
1.800.708.3228 (ext. 222) CELL 778-999-6257

Donald Miyazaki
Executive Director, PGA of BC
[email protected]


ALS can hit anyone, at any time, regardless of age, gender or ethnic origin. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Support equipment costs an average of $160,000.00 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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