League invites women to golf for the cure
July 19, 2006
As a member of the Park City Women’s Nine-hole Golf League, Judy Brophy has teed off too many times to count, but every summer there is one day on the links that she holds close to her heart.
It’s the day when the league holds its annual Rally for the Cure at the Park City Golf Club, a nine-hole tournament dedicated to honoring breast cancer survivors, remembering those who lost the battle, encouraging early detection and most importantly, raising money to continue the fight to find a cure. The league has held the event and donated all of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer foundation.
Brophy, along with fellow league member Jackie Fehr, are heading up this year’s event, which will be held on Tuesday, July 25, and hope to make it an a community wide effort. Besides inviting league members, they are encouraging women of all ages to attend, especially those who are breast cancer survivors.
Brophy is familiar with how important connecting with other survivors can be. Last year, 20 survivors attended the rally. They added their names to a "Congratulations on a Brand New Life" board and celebrated their survival. Some women chose that day to reveal that they had battled breast cancer after keeping it a secret for many years.
"It was an emotional experience," Brophy said.
The theme of this year’s event is "Celebrate Life," and that’s just what Brophy hopes will happen. She says that one of the most important messages that they want to share is that the disease is not a death sentence. She also hopes to raise awareness and inform people about methods of early detection.
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All golfers are encouraged to wear pink and are given pink ribbons if they forget.
The event will also be full contests, awards and parties. They will hold a closest-to-the-pin contest, during which every all golfer who get their first ball onto the green will receive a special Titleist ball with a pink ribbon emblazoned on it. A prize will also be awarded to the ball hit closest to the hole. The women’s league is donating a bottle of champagne for the longest shot. Other contests will award golf-related prizes, such as a golf club and a gift certificate for golf shoes. For the first time, the event will also feature three driving contests.
In the middle of the day, the women will hold a luncheon to recognize and honor survivors. The evening will wrap up with a "whine time," where participants can enjoy hors d’oevres and drinks while complaining about how they played. All golfers will also receive a special gift package with tees, pens and other small prizes from sponsors such as Cole Sport and the Park City Golf Club. Other sponsors include Dan’s, Cookies by Carlie, Staples and Starbucks Coffee.
The Rally for the Cure will be held Tuesday, July 25. The event is open to all women. Those interested may set up a tee time with the golf club by calling 615-5800. A special luncheon will be held from 11:30-2 p.m. in the Crescent Room at the Hotel Park City for $10. A social hour will be held in the same room from 7:30-8 p.m. for $5. The cost to play in the Rally is $15. For more information, call 658-4605 or 615-8309.
Since its inception, the Rally for the Cure has raised over a million dollars for breast cancer research.