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This article was published 25/6/2020 (360 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
When COVID-19 thrust its way to the top of concerns around the world, other causes took a back seat while remaining as significant as ever.
For Patrick Law, cancer research has been near and dear to his heart since his mother, Ellen, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. The Minnedosa Golf and Country Club head professional and general manager teamed up with Dylan Thornborough to start Marathon Monday, a golf-based fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Ellen survived and recovered, which further motivated Law to help other families in similar positions.
"That’s all the motivation I need. I might not have had her around if it wasn’t for some of this research," Law said.
The duo played 127 holes at their hometown Glenboro Golf and Country Club in 2012, raising a total of $5,800 that far exceeded their goal.
"We set out in 2012 hoping to make a thousand bucks," said Law, adding the fundraiser had new meaning when Thornborough’s grandmother died from cancer that year.
Law and Thornborough went to school together at Lethbridge College, then Thornborough got a job with the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes and stayed there, but he comes back each summer to take part in the fundraiser. They lapped the nine-hole Glenboro track 23 times for 207 holes in 2019 before Law’s back "seized up," but are more proud of the fact that they’ve helped raise more than $75,000 for cancer research to date.
They added a Sunday Funday tournament last year to get more people involved, allowing players to sign up for nine, 18 or 27 holes with entry fees waived when individuals raised certain dollar amounts.
While COVID-19 isn’t allowing for a regular tournament, they want to set records for total holes played and funds raised in their ninth run at the event on Sunday, July 26.
That’s where you come in.
Golfers can book tee times at any course they wish for that day, registering at marathonmonday.ca/sundayfunday to receive a link to a personal online donation site.
"It’s a crappy thing because there’s not a year that goes by that we’re not shown a reason why we’re doing this. There’s always somebody we know that’s affected by it," Law said.
"It’s close to my heart but it’s close to a lot of people’s heart and it’s something we take pretty great pride in doing and helping. The support we’ve seen … from the local community in Glenboro and growing outside of that … is unbelievable."
Contact Law at 204-720-9623 for more information.
We’re nearly two months into a busier golf season than most due to the decreased amount of safe activities, and you might be tired of playing the same old games with the same partners.
I have a few to test out, one more familiar and the other completely out of left field. They’re both geared toward creating competition between players of significantly different skill levels.
The first is "Bingo, Bango, Bongo." Instead of keeping track of total score, there are three points up for grabs each hole.
The first point goes to the first player to get their ball on the green, the second goes to closest to the pin once all balls are on the green and the third goes to the first one to sink their putt.
(Important note: Whichever player is furthest from the hole, or "away," must hit first.)
This gives the shorter hitter the first crack at a point, and also allows those who miss the green a chance to chip it close and get one back.
The second game I call "Make it, Retake it." You know, like playground basketball when the shooter gets the ball back after making a shot. But here, they don’t want that.
It’s a two-player game where instead of the weaker player getting the difference between the two handicaps in strokes, they get that number of chances to do one of two things.
Say the better player crushes a drive on a tight hole or sticks an approach shot right beside the pin, their opponent can make them re-hit. The other option is they can move their opponent’s ball two metres in any direction.
That means a shot right near the edge of the water or the out-of-bounds line can result in penalty strokes, or a tap-in birdie might become a six-foot downhill slider.
In all cases, the ball is safe once it’s holed.
The rules help the weaker player stay in the game while testing the stronger player’s accuracy and consistency to avoid problem areas and replicate good shots.
Though I should add, make sure there’s no one close behind you before re-hitting good shots all round.
BIRDIES: Gilbert Plains Country Club is hosting its "Battle for the Belts" two-person tag-team scramble July 26. It’s $100 per team, including a meal and prizes for the 10 a.m., shotgun start. Contact the club at 204-548-3030 to register by July 22.
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