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Throughout the province, golf professionals have been participating in the 15th 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.
For 24 hours on July 13-14th sixteen golfers from 7 golf courses around Victoria took shifts in the Iron and Wood simulators from 3pm July 13th to 3pm July 14th. In total they golfed 612 holes in 34 rounds of golf over the 24 hour period
“We (Derek Orr and I) came up with the idea, pitched it to other local golf pros and are thrilled with the response we received. We needed to get a little creative this year given the high demand for tee times at our facilities” 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”
List of Participating Courses & Professionals:
Uplands Golf Club – Ian Stone, Ben Griffin, Justin Clews, Michelle McCann
Cordova Bay Golf Course – Dylan Green and
Oskars Pavasars, Lance McCullough, Nate Ollis
Highland Pacific Golf Course – Warren Reeves, Callum Ashby, Simon Hassel
Cedar Hill Golf Course- Doug Brown, Rob Boyle
Blenkinsop Driving Range – Eric Wang
Gorge Vale Golf Club – Mike Heenan, Aaron Grice
Iron & Wood Golf Simulators – Derek Orr
“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. Who knows how many consecutive hours we might play in 2022” 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.
Please Donate. https://shar.es/aWbSGX
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