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Posted: June 25, 2015

Hundreds of holes golfed for ALS

During the month of June, golf professionals in B.C. golfed from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS.

Pros from the Columbia Valley’s Copper Point Golf Club and the Fernie Golf & Country Club combined to golf 1,386 holes of golf June 15 and 16.

ferniegcOn June 15, Michael Van  Horne and Kenny Maki at the Fernie Golf & Country Club took part, golfing from 4:45 a.m. – 10 p.m. They golfed 153 holes each!

On June 16, Brian Schaal, Bryan Armstrong, Casey Johnson and Scott McClain from the Copper Point Golf Club (pictured), at Invermere golfed 270 holes each in just 17.5 hours. They started their day of golf at 4:55 a.m. and finished at 10:30 p.m.

Donald Miyazaki, Executive Director of the PGA of BC; “On behalf of the Association, I am extremely excited for the PGA of BC’s tenth year of participation with Golfathon for ALS, benefiting the ALS Society of BC patient services. In our ten years of involvement, the efforts of our members have generated over $1,023,000. We have also assisted the over 3,200 individuals in British Columbia whom are fighting this deadly disease.“

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 important support services to ALS patients and research to find a cure.

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