Osoyoos golf professionals once again looking forward to ALS fundraising event

By on June 25, 2014
Osoyoos Golf Club assistant professional Andrew Goncalves (left) and head professional Drew Bolokoski are gearing up for Monday’s BCPGA ALS Golfathon. They will try and play as many holes as possible, starting from 5 a.m. until dusk. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Osoyoos Golf Club assistant professional Andrew Goncalves (left) and head professional Drew Bolokoski are gearing up for Monday’s BCPGA ALS Golfathon. They will try and play as many holes as possible, starting from 5 a.m. until dusk. (Keith Lacey file photo)

Being physically sore basically from head to toe is a small price to pay for a very good cause, says Osoyoos Golf Club head professional Drew Bolokoski and assistant pro Andrew Goncalves.

The dynamic duo are teaming up to once again participate in the British Columbia Professional Golfers Association (BCPGA) Golfathon for ALS, which is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

This year’s event, which will take place on Monday, June 30, will mark the 10th anniversary of the event for the BCPGA.

This will be the fifth-consecutive year Bolokoski has taken part and the second year in a row for Goncalves.

Last year, the pair completed 252 holes of golf – or 14 full rounds –over 16 hours and helped raise more than $6,000 for the B.C. ALS Society.

Since its inception, BCPGA professionals have helped raise $870,000 for ALS research.

Bolokoski said the Golfathon for ALS event is “extremely tiring” but he wouldn’t miss it for anything.

“You get sore and really tired, but it’s for a great cause and all you need is a little bit of rest and you’re back to normal,” he said. “Andrew and I get along really well, so we try and make it a fun event and we also get a lot of support from the community and the members of the golf club, so it’s great to be part of a terrific event.”

The goal is to play as many holes as possible in one day, but Bolokoski and Goncalves do keep score.

“We keep score because many of the members want to know how we played,” he said. “It’s also fun to look back and see how you played over the course of a very long day. Sometimes you get hot in the middle of a round, but with this format you try and play decent golf over several rounds.”

Bolokoski and Goncalves plan on hitting the links around 5 a.m. and will play until dusk.

Goncalves said he had a great time participating in the event for the first time last year and he’s very excited about doing it again in a few days.

“It was an even better event than I thought it would be,” he said. “It’s obviously for a very good cause and the money we raise is badly needed because there isn’t any known cure or cause of ALS and we’re hoping to change that.

“It’s also a challenge to play decent golf for six or seven rounds without a break.”

The amount of community support for this event has been impressive over the years and Bolokoski and Goncalves say they look forward to participating for many more years to come.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the event can drop off their donations at Pharmasave Osoyoos or in the pro shop at Osoyoos Golf Club. They can also go online and make a donation at www.golfathonforals.com.

KEITH LACEY

Osoyoos Times

 

 

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