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Rally for the Cure celebrates 25 years

by Tracie Fails , of the Record staff

When Jackie Fehr, a member of the Park City Women’s Golf Association (PCWGA) Nine Hole League, tees off at the annual Rally for the Cure July 17, she will think of her mother, a breast cancer survivor who inspired Fehr’s commitment to fighting the disease.

Over 100 others will join Fehr at the annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament to benefit the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation with their own inspiring stories. The community-wide effort has raised over $1 million since its inception in 1996 and will celebrate the Komen foundation’s 25th anniversary as its theme this year. In addition to raising funds, Rally for the Cure has also furthered the foundation’s goal of educating women about prevention.

"Awareness is so crucial in stopping breast cancer," Fehr said, noting the importance of mammograms, regular doctor check-ups and self-examinations.

Fehr estimates that at least 20 teams have registered for this year’s tournament and adds that entries are always welcome, including on July 17. Survivors are especially encouraged to participate and can add their names and thoughts to a memory board displayed at the course.

The PCWGA invites players of all ages and abilities, including for the first time male golfers.

"We’d love for men to become involved," said Rita Garant, who co-chairs Rally for the Cure with Fehr on the PCWGA board. "But we still encourage wearing pink." Men will also be excluded from the longest drive contest.

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"It just wouldn’t be fair," Fehr said.

The $20 entry fee, plus course fees, includes a "swag bag" from the tournament’s many Park City sponsors. The all-day event features contests for putting, driving and hitting the green.

"I think the putting contest will be the highlight," Fehr said. "It’s new, and the prize is a putter, so it will be a good one to see," she said. Held behind Bandana’s Grill, the contest is open to everyone, including non-participants, at a cost of $3 per putt, or two for $5.

"It’s also a good contest for people who aren’t golfers," she added.

The winner of the longest drive contest will win a three-wood golf club, and the champion of the closest-to-the-pin contest, which awards the first golfer to get the ball on the green at holes two and 13, will win a ribbon-emblazoned golf ball.

This year will also feature a new format, putting entrants in a "scramble." Traditionally, the 9- and 18-hole tournaments have run separately, but this year introduces the first combined event, allowing players of all staminas to compete on the same day. The "scramble" refers to a format in which each team starts at a different tee.

"It’s been years since two leagues have worked together, and we’re really excited about it," Fehr said. "Our nine-hole people have really been boning up to get ready for this. The18-holers are our inspiration."

Fehr predicts a wide swing in energy levels among participants, who ranged in age last year from 8 to 75 years old.

"Seeing all the people sign up is my favorite part," she said.

Tee times begin at 6:48 a.m. and go until 6 p.m. Those interested in reserving a time can call the Park City Golf Club at 615-5800. A catered lunch, available for $10 at the Rotary Park on Thaynes Canyon Drive, will run from 1 to 3 p.m, and an evening social hour will follow from 6 to 8 p.m.

"We’re trying to accommodate the late starters," Fehr said. For $10, attendees at the social can enjoy hors d’ouvres and raffle prizes.

The luncheon and social are open to the public, including those not participating in the tournament. However, Fehr asks people interested in attending the luncheon to RSVP at the Park City Golf Club by July 15. For more information on attending or to sponsor Rally for the Cure, contact Jackie Fehr at 615-8309 or Rita Gorant at 654-1440.

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