Columbia Valley golfers swing for a cure

Two local golf clubs spent some time on their respective courses in June to raise money.

Above: (l-r) Scott McClain

Two local golf clubs spent some time on their respective courses in June to raise money for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Brian Schaal, Casey Johnson, Tyler Hawthorne and Scott McClain of Copper Point Golf Club have supported the Professional Golfers’ Association of British Columbia (PGA of BC) Golfathon for ALS for the past eight years. On June 17th, the group golfed a collective 1,080 holes including a hole in one by McClain — his second hole in one during the Golfathon and the fourth for the club.

Windermere Valley Golf Course head professional Dale Moore along with Michael Midyette, Dave Dakin, Ken Litchfield, Jake Cameron and Vic Briar golfed a collective 864 holes, raising $785 for the ALS Society of BC. Scores can be reviewed at golfathonforals.ca.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that results 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.

According to Donald Miyazaki, executive director of the PGA of BC, “In our eight years of involvement, the efforts of our members have generated over $869,000. We have also assisted the over 2,800 individuals in British Columbia who are fighting this deadly disease. I am confident that with the continued support of our members, 2014 will be the year where the program will eclipse the $1 million mark.”

For more information about the ALS Society of BC, please visit alsbc.ca.