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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2020 The Okanagan Golf Club


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.

The Okanagan Golf Club

On June 24th, a total of 468 holes were played at The Okanagan Golf Club. Golfing from 4:55am to 9:15pm, Lee Ranger, Steve Coulthard, and Josh Horsthuis managed to score 69 birdies and three eagles. Horsthuis also scored 2 on a par-5 for a double eagle.

“[We are] golfing in memory of my dad, Dave Ranger, who passed away in January,” says Lee Ranger, Director of Golf, Okanagan Golf Club. “I had a 15th club in the bag for Dad, and one of our Duck decoys that we shared back when we would go duck hunting together. We also had Aries, our PADS Service Dog in training, who was along for 36 holes. Aries is a scratch golfer.”

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.

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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
1-800-3228 ext 222
Cell 778-999-6257

Donald Miyazaki
Executive Director, PGA of BC

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 $140,000 per patient; nursing and/or home care costs are up to 10 times that amount.

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