FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Throughout the province, golf professionals have been participating in the 16th Annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS presented by Pacific Blue Cross. Golfing from sunrise to sunset, they golf as many holes as possible to raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS.
On June 21st to June 22nd, the golfers participating in the 24 hours golfathon started their day at 3:00PM, finishing at 3:00PM, golfing a total of 652 holes collectively. Those participating included, Mike Heenan & Aaron Grice from the Gorge Vale Golf Club, Norm Jackson from the Cowichan Golf Club, Eric Wang from the Blenkinsop Driving Range, Axle Riley & BLAKE Hamilton from the Ardmore Golf Course, Jeff Palmer, Callum Ashby, Tyler Stene, & Simon Hassel from the Highland Pacific Golf Course, Ian Stone, Ben Griffin, Michelle McCann, & Justin Clews from the Uplands Golf Club, Lindsay Bernakevitch, Cailean Hourigan, & Tyson Giradet from the Victoria Golf Club, Winston Mitchell from the Royal Colwood Golf Course, Scott Kolb from Fresh Golf Solutions, and Derek Orr from Iron & Wood Golf Simulators.
Comments from the golfers: We (Derek and I) came up with the idea in 2021 and are thrilled that we’ve been able to continue the momentum for the second running of the ALS of BC golfathon. We received energetic support from so many local facilities and their professional staff, it made this a truly enjoyable project” commented Ian Stone, Head Golf Professional at Uplands Golf Course. “Victoria is a tremendous golf community and we knew there would be lots of support”
“Having the ability to play golf through the night at Iron & Wood Golf Simulators gave us a unique opportunity to do something really special for the ALS Society of BC. We are so proud to be a part of an event that brings virtually every golf facility together in our Victoria community. These are great people spending their valuable time to do great things.” added Golf Professional and Iron & Wood owner, Derek Orr.
Proceeds from the Golfathon for ALS provide crucial support services to ALS patients and their families, friends, and caregivers provided by the ALS Society of BC.
Help support your local golf professionals to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC.
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.
For more information, contact:
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
1-800-3228 ext. 222
Executive Director, PGA of BC