For the 14th consecutive year, the Playing For Life foundation is hosting its “100 Holes for Life” event at Promontory Golf Club
According to a recent study by BreastCancer.org, about 12% of women in America will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. While many programs and foundations have sprouted up throughout the states to help fight this ongoing battle, Parkite Cynthia Brown, LPGA pro at Promontory Golf Club, has done her job to battle the illness.
As board chair and director of the Playing for Life Foundation in Park City, Brown and her six other board members have helped develop the concept of a “100 holes for life” event — a group of selected golfers will play 100 holes of golf with 98.9-percent of proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer.
“This is an extremely important event for us in our fight for life and against breast cancer,” Brown said. “Everyone on our board has a family member, friend or know of someone who’s been affected by this disease so finding a way to fight this was important to everyone.”
Brown, who has personally been affected by breast cancer, is one of the five golfers participating in the annual event at the Promontory Golf Course. Brown, along with Vaughn Robinson, director of Golf at Park City Golf Club, Tom Rogers, PGA pro at Promontory, Scott Flick, PGA pro at Jeremy Ranch Golf Club and Mike Perry, co-founder of Flower Power Co., will all tee off early Wednesday morning and play 100 holes of golf throughout the day.
“We are sponsored in many ways. … It can be from straight donations via check or from others who are pledging ‘X’ amount for every par, birdie or eagle carded throughout the day,” Brown said.
This the 14th year for the Playing For Life foundation, having come a long from the original event called the “Park City Ladies Invitational” over 15 years prior. It began as a tournament and ended with a derby and silent auction at night. Eventually it turned into finding and selling old clubs while Brown gave lessons before the 100 holes became an idea 14 years ago.
This is the 10th year the event has been held at Promontory, a place special to Brown because of the support received.
“Promontory has been amazing for us, really stepping up in a big way to make sure this event is as successful as it is,” Brown said. “Because we play 100 holes over a 12-16 hour period, the members at Promontory are so great at letting us play through so we can accomplish our goal.”
While the physical toll of playing so many hours is brutal for all involved, taking anywhere from 3-5 days to fully recover with massages and such, it in no way compares to what people living and surviving with breast cancer go through.
“We push through our pain because we understand what’s at stake for us playing,” Brown said. “We try to understand their struggles and issues but in truth, we have no idea so this is our way of giving back and supporting them.”
According to Brown, what separates the Playing For Life foundation from other organizations is that 98.9-percent of all proceeds go directly to benefiting breast cancer research for the purpose of finding a cure, cancer prevention, survivor care, support and treatment.
“Last year we did 75 free mammograms, some of which caught breast cancer early on and allowed those to be treated,” Brown said. “We also started our own program to provide mammogram awareness in Park City and Wasatch County.”
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