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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2023 University Golf Club


Vancouver, British Columbia – Throughout the province, golf professionals have been participating in the 18th 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 5th, golf professionals Steve Liddicoat & Jason Smith of University Golf Club took part in the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS. They started the day of golf at 6:30 AM and golfed until 6:00 PM.

“It was a very blustery day, but the sun was out, and spirits were high! This may be the first Golfathon that involved one of the rounds being part of another charity fundraiser.

At a course that sees close to 350 golfers daily in the summer, it is tough to find a day when a Golfathon is possible. Thankfully, on Monday, June 5th the golf course was closed in the morning as we were preparing for an afternoon shotgun fundraiser for the UBC Men’s and women’s varsity golf teams which started at 1pm. This was the window of opportunity that we needed, and we took it! We arrived at the course just after 6am and with no one on the course in the morning we were able to get 63 holes in before stopping for a quick lunch at 12:30. 30 minutes later we were back out on the course for our final 18 holes which took place playing within the UBC Varsity Golf Fundraiser. In our first 6 hours we played 63 holes, in our last 5 we played 18. All in all, it was a great day on the course, and we look forward to participating again!” – Steve Liddicoat.

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.

Steve Liddicoat & Jason Smith of University Golf Course – Golfathon 2023

About ALS BC

The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of British Columbia (ALS BC) was founded in 1981 by Dr. Andrew Eisen, ALS patients and family members to meet the physical and emotional needs of people living with ALS and their caregivers. Our mission is to cure ALS through funding research, while advocating for and supporting people living with ALS.

About ALS

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:

Wendy Toyer
Executive Director, ALS Society of BC
604-278-2257 Ext. 222
[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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