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 Monday June 22 Vancouver Golf Club Director of Golf Sean Thompson was the first to tee off at 6:35AM, with a total of 13 golfers throughout the day golfing 366 holes collectively.
Fourteen hours later Randy Smith our recently retired Vancouver Golf Club Head Professional and new Head Golf Professional at Sagebrush putted out on #18 as the sun was setting on a long hot day!
“In total we had six PGA professionals and / or members of the Golf Shop team participate at some point during the day (Sean, Dean, Mike, Jaegen, Tyson & Randy). Our Golf Shop team members are passionate about the event and use their personal time to lend their support. Throughout the 30-degree day there were some spirited matches, great shots hit (some not so great) and lots of comradery all in the interests of raising funds for ALS to support research and patient care.” Said Bob McCusker
There were a total of thirty three birdies, with the par 5 13th hole yielding the most birdies with 8.
The Vancouver Golf Club would like to thank all their members along with extended family, and friends for their tremendous generosity in support of the PGA Golf-a-thon for ALS. Total donations are not yet final however 2021 contributions already exceed $20,000!
“Special shout out to Associate Professional Dean Kuntz who played all 75 holes and played his last round in one over par 73! We know that combined efforts and support like the Golf-a-thon will one day lead to a cure for ALS!” Said Bob McCusker
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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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