Golf pros play 100 holes for cancer
For the last 11 years, a group of local golf professionals has gathered to play 100 holes of golf in order to raise money for The Playing For Life Foundation.
The Playing For Life Foundation raises money to benefit breast cancer research and all donations received are used locally.
On July 20, Cynthia Brown, the LPGA golf pro at Park City Golf Course, Vaughn Robinson, the golf manager for Park City Golf Course, Jake Hanley, the PGA head golf professional at The Jeremy Golf and Country Club and Tom Rogers, the director of golf at Promontory, teed off at Promontory’s Dye course at 5:30 a.m. for a full day of action.
Almost 13 hours later, around 6:30 p.m., the foursome finished up their 100th and final hole of the day.
Participating for the third year in a row, Hanley said he’s learned a couple of tricks to ensure he’s not too sore or miserable the next day.
“Reapplying sunscreen and staying hydrated were the keys to getting it done,” he laughed. “There wasn’t much need for any warmup swings, either. We just went straight to the tee.”
Though the group played all 100 holes on the Dye course, playing each hole five or six times, Hanley said the course is fun enough to keep players interested.
“It’s always in great condition and it’s a lot of fun because it allows you to try some different shots,” he said. “It’s an exciting track. It always seems to be windy up there, so it keeps you on your toes. You’re kind of adjusting from round to round. Next thing you know, you’ve played 70 holes and it’s a bit of a blur.”
Hanley said he has a lot of fun participating in the day of golf, but the more important aspect of the event is the money raised for cancer research.
“It means a lot,” he said. “Cancer has affected everybody. It’s affected me personally recently with some family members. Everyone wants to find a cure and if this is something I can do to help, I’ll do it for years to come.”
Hanley said he’s already got next year’s 100 holes event on his calendar.
“Absolutely — I’m looking forward to it already,” he said. “I’ve already committed.”
Saltz Plastic Surgery was the presenting sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors and supporters included Riverhorse on Main, Sportsman’s Warehouse, The UPS Store and U.S. Bank.
To learn more about The Playing For Life Foundation, visit http://www.theplayingforlifefoundation.org.
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