Tournament aims to drive out cancer

Published 11:12 pm Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Golfers interested in hitting the ball across the fairway from green to green, will have the chance to do just that, all while raising some extra green for the American Cancer Society, Wednesday March, 27 at the Valley Grande Golf Course. Vaughn Regional Medical Center is hosting their second annual Hope for a Cure Golf Tournament in association with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

“We started it last year,” John Maughan, lead CT technologist said. “Last year was the first time we had the golf tournament, and of course we had a payout, but all the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society and we turn it in for Relay for Life.”

Teams will be comprised of a three-person scramble and Maughan said teams can register up until the morning of the tournament, noting that is what most people did last year. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and there is a 1 p.m. tee time. Cost is $70 per player or $210 per team.

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“The money is used well, and it goes towards a good cause,” Maughan said, encouraging people to sign up.

The Relay for Life website, Maughan said, shows all the ways the donated money is used, and mentioned that one of the things the money raised at the tournament will go towards is helping cancer patients get transportation to and from doctors appointments.

The tournament is open to anyone and Maughan said it will be a day to, “get out there, have fun and play golf. Just have a good time for a good cause.”

The tournament is also accepting donations and welcoming sponsors, he said. Hole sponsorships are $150.

“We had about 20 last year,” Maughan said of the hole sponsorships. “You can sponsor a tee box. We went and got a sign made of their business and their logo and put it on the tee box, so when people go up to hit their ball, the sponsorships are sitting right there on the tee box — it’s like an ad.”

Maughan said first, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize and there will be other fun door prizes throughout the day.

For more information on the golf tournament or to register call 418-4173