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The cure for cancer is a work in progress but a pair of guys who grew up in Glenboro continue to do their part to generate research funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Patrick Law and Dylan Thornborough have both been touched by cancer, with Law’s mother Ellen, who is now cancer-free, serving as the motivating factor for the childhood friends starting the Monday Marathon Golf Fundraiser in 2012.
"We donate to the Canadian Cancer Society but they let us earmark the funds toward certain cancers that we want to support the most," Law said. "She (my mom) was diagnosed with breast cancer and Dylan and I came up with the idea to do a golf marathon. We said, ‘Why not do it for her, for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.’"
As fate would have it, Thornborough’s grandmother Margaret was diagnosed with uterine cancer in November 2012 and died the following May.
"It was definitely hard for me and my family to go through that … like it is for everybody that has to go through it," Thornborough said from Seattle.
"At that point it was Patrick who came to me and said we should do it for the Canadian Cancer Society specifically, which meant a lot to me. Patrick was huge in pushing for it to go to both."
The seventh annual event tees off Monday at dawn at the Glenboro Golf and Country Club, with Law and Thornborough aiming to add to the $56,100 they’ve raised since its inception.
The duo raised $5,800 in the inaugural Monday Marathon, while playing 126 holes. They cracked the $10,000-mark each of the last three years, with the highest total raised amounting to $11,700 in 2015 during 145 holes played.
Thornborough and Law would like to break the $14,000-barrier this year to bring the average amount raised to $10,000 annually but reaching $10,000 is the goal.
Law, who is the head professional and general manager at Minnedosa Golf and Country Club, and Thornborough, who is a sales executive with the Western Hockey League’s Lethbridge Hurricanes, are extremely grateful for all the support they receive each year.
"Seeing the people that come out and support it never gets old," Law said. "It’s an amazing thing to see such a small town come together like this, and our families. Everybody has been super supportive of this event year in and year out, and playing a good chunk of golf is also an enjoyable part too."
"I wasn’t expecting it to get to where it is today," Thornborough added. "The amount of support we got over the years has been unbelievable.
"I feel like every year we’ve added something to the event that’s helped keep it fresh for everybody because a lot of time it’s the same people coming out and providing support for us. It looks like it’s just me and Patrick but there’s just so many more people involved, including the golf course that essentially gives it to us for the day."
Law and Thornborough will play until about 7 p.m., before coming in for supper and the silent auction.
A $30,000 hole-in-one shootout will also take place at 12:30 and 6:30, with entries — two shots at an ace — costing $20 each. The top 10 closest shots will qualify for the final, with the winner — if there’s no hole-in-one — collecting 50 per cent of the pot.
You can pre-register for the shootout at the Glenboro Building Centre or online at marathonmondaygolf.com. Donations to the CCS can also be made by visiting the Marathon Monday website.
Thornborough and Law will not be competing for the ace prize but the former, who starred on the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns men’s golf team, would love to add to the ace he made on Glenboro’s opening hole (55th hole of the day) four years ago.
He might need a few eagles if he’s going to end Law’s five-year winning streak.
Last year, they were both at 13 under through 144 holes but Law played the last three holes in 2 under while Thornborough mustered three pars to claim a two-shot victory.
"I just like to string him along a little bit and put the hammer down just when he thinks he has a chance," Law said.
Thornborough wants to be given a few stroke-advantage before he tees off as he tries to pick up his first win since 2012 but Law is holding firm
"He’s been on me relentlessly about needing or wanting strokes but I’m not budging on that, there’s no way," Law said with laughter.
And since the two friends live two provinces apart, it’s a great time for them to catch up while trying to best the other on the links.
"It’s awesome to be back. That’s what we grew up doing a lot is hitting the golf course so it’s nice to be out there for the day," Thornborough said. "People always say thank you for doing this and we appreciate what you’re doing, but to be honest it’s a day full of fun.
"We’re on the golf course all day and you can’t beat that. It’s enjoyable and we’re really glad to do it."
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