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At the Arbutus Ridge Golf Course, their golf professionals are preparing for a true test of endurance. 100 holes of golf in one day.
It’s all part of the Professional Golfers’ Association of B.C.’s annual Golfathon for ALS.
Since 2005 courses across B.C. have participated throughout the month of June and this year is no different.
“Hundreds of professionals from all over the province will be golfing from sunup to sundown at some point in the month of June to raise funds for ALS,” says golf pro Andrew Hajer.
“It funds ALS research and it also funds people living with ALS, it gets them the medical equipment that they need to get through their lives,” adds Hajer.
Both Hajer and coworker Jayme Young have participated in the event multiple times and have a personal connection to ALS.
“We did have a connection with one of our members that was diagnosed with it and being a part of this to help him out and help out his family, it just made it that much more special to be a part of it,” says Young.
“You know we really get to know the members, they almost become a big family for you,” says Hajer. “You get to know them, you get to be a part of their lives and when things like ALS affect the members they affect you.”
On June 10, the pair will hit the course for 100 holes in hopes of raising $7,000 for the ALS Society of B.C. The event will be an all-day affair.
“It usually takes us about 11 to 12 hours to play the whole 100 holes,” says Young.
“We’re up at four to get here and out on the first tee at five o’clock in the morning,” adds Young.
To donate to Hajer and Young’s fundraiser, visit their Golfathon fundraising page.