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Posted: July 17, 2020

Local golfers go long and deep for ALS

During the months of June and July golf professionals in B.C. select a day to golf from sunrise to sunset to support those living with ALS. To raise awareness and funds for the ALS Society of BC, they golf as many holes as possible.

Golf by nature has built in physical distancing.  Additional safety procedures have been implemented such as no physical contact between golfers, no contact surfaces and single carts. The PGA of BC remains committed to supporting people living with ALS.  Because ALS does not give up and neither will we.

A number of local courses have already taken part in the 15th annual PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS.

On July 2, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino’s Cindy Soukoroff, Mike Pearson, and Doug Schneider golfed from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. They combined for a total of 144 holes; Soukoroff golfed 72 holes; Pearson, 18; and Schneider, 54.

“I would like to thank all the donors, especially a donor who made a $1,000 donation,” said Soukoroff, Head Golf Professional, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino. According to Soukoroff, their Golfathon is held in honour of her friend’s father, as well as a member of the golf club, who are both living with ALS.

On June 16, Michael Midyette, Scott Lawlor and Jack Nordquist started their Golfathon at Windermere Valley Golf Course at 5:45 a.m. Ending the day at 11:15 p.m., they golfed a total of 432 holes altogether.

Above two images St. Eugene Golf Resort and Casino photos

“We are happy to support the ALS Society and be part of this event,” says Michael Midyette, Head Professional, Windermere Valley Golf Course. “Scott almost made a hole in one. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have risers in the hole so the ball didn’t not go in.”

Copper Point Golf Club’s Brian Schaal, Scott McClain, Dennis Bradley and Dale Moore recorded an epic 822 rounds on the Ridge Course on June 17.

The started at 4:55 a.m. and swung away until 10:38 p.m. (17 hours 43 minutes). Along the way they played: 3,012 strokes; 88 Birdies; five Eagles and; one hole-in-one by Brian Schaal on Hole No. 7 in round four. The four-some helped raise in excess of $21,000.

Windermere Valley Golf Course photo

On June 22, Kevin Bennett, Kelly Gordon and Brandon Csokonay held their Golfathon at Spur Valley Golf Resort from 6:20 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. Playing 117 holes each, they played a total of 13 rounds (nine-hole facility). Their friend, Jeremy Dixon, came out as well to play a few rounds with them. (See lead image).

Other stats included an average score for each golfer of 37.18 for nine holes, and the lowest score a 32.

The golfers also recorded 27 birdies during their rounds. On their final hole, two out of three of the players each scored a birdie.

According to Kevin Bennett, Head Golf Pro at Spur Valley Golf Resort, many of the club members came out in their carts to cheer them on. They also had coffee, sandwiches and burgers delivered to them on the course.

To date, the golfers have exceeded their fundraising goal of $1,500, with more donations still coming in.

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.

Photos courtesy PGA British Columbia Golfathon for ALS

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