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PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS Presented by Pacific Blue Cross

2018 Big Horn Golf & Country Club

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                   

During the month of June, PGA of BC golf professionals located at courses throughout BC will golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Originally planned for 24-hours from  June 20 – 21, the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS at Big Horn Golf & Country Club was shortened due to thunder storms in the area.  Just 4 hours and 15 minutes shy of 24 hours;  Jinn Baik, Kirk Laukkanen, Amber Bruner & Brett Greenman golfed from 10PM on the 20th until 5:45PM on the 21st with a collective total of 616 holes golfed!  This included 44 Birdies, 2 Eagles and Jinn got a Hole in One!!

“We would like to personally thank everyone that organized this huge fundraiser throughout the province as well as all the other participating golf courses.  This event holds special to our hearts here at Bighorn, and we are looking forward to the challenge again next year.”  Jinn


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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