2022 Seymour Golf & Country Club
Please accept this thank you as my appreciation for your donation to the ALS Golf-A-Thon that I participated in last week. To date, I have received over 197 pledges (a new record) from Members and Staff of Seymour G&CC, friends and fellow golf industry associates. Thank you!!!
As I was “warming up”, I remember thinking how fortunate I was and was struck by how spectacular a day this was going to be. Playing golf all day long on what was to be a nice sunny day! Isn’t that what we all dream of?
I wrote this paragraph last year and this year the day “sounded” exactly the same:
One thing that struck me about participating in a “full” day of golf was the transition of sound. Starting out on the range all I could hear were the frogs croaking from the pond on 18! The birds hadn’t even woken up yet! Then one could hear the birds as the sky brightened. Shortly thereafter (5th hole) the engines starting up from the Seymour Grounds staff beginning their day were heard. Next came the sound of traffic on the Parkway and the general hum of the day continued.
The sounds gradually abated in reverse order and we ended our day dodging sprinklers on the 9th hole at 10:02 in the evening. When the day ended I had played 4.5 rounds or 81 holes! There were no injuries, strains or pulls! Several crumby shots but lots of good ones and even more good ones I watched being hit by my playing partners.
Most importantly, I am very proud to report that through your support, we were able to raise a new record $44,319 (and pledges are still coming in) for the ALS Society of BC. Over the past 15 years, Seymour continues to lead the Province raising over $411,000 for the ALS Society!! Thank you so much!!!!! Please know that you are making a difference both for ALS patients and in the lives of their family members!!
How was the golf you are wondering?
I had rounds of 75-78-81-79-37 for a 4 round average of 78.3. With all the busyness associated with this year, these were my first rounds of golf since August of last year so I was pleased with the scores. I had an eagle and a bunch of birdies but surprisingly also had 10 double-bogeys. Seemed like every bad swing I made cost me dearly! Next year I will have to get out and play a few times before the Golf-A-Thon! While the scores always matter to some degree, I certainly enjoyed being out on the course playing.
Some additional fun facts:
- Lenny played three rounds this year and played extremely well. He was a magician with his short game, I don’t recall him failing to get up and down once!! He had 12 birdies and an eagle with his low round being a 65! It was an amazing display!!
- Lenny had rounds of 72-71-65
- I made an eagle on #1, Lenny chipped in for an eagle on #2 & Trevor made an eagle on #12
- I went through 5 water bottles!
- We packed food for the day and were able to keep the wildlife out of our coolers. It seemed like there were more crows following us around this year vs previous years – not sure if that means they are getting more successful in raiding
- Total elapsed time of golf was just over 17 hours
- Went through 6 Advils which was 2 less than last year! I don’t believe that counts as indicating I am better shape – more likely that I was forgetful in not taking enoughJ!
- I enjoyed all the rounds but the fourth one was especially fun as I was joined by Tracey Evans and Lindy Miyashiro - Both players have smooth, graceful swings and were a pleasure to watch. My day’s experiences reinforced with me that this game is more about the people you are playing with and the beautiful surroundings versus just the playing for a score!
- Aside from a few aches and pains, the next day was a regular day back at the Club. While not physically sore I – just a little tired. I have to admit to re-reading texts and the like as it was a tough day for concentration!
- Similar to past years, I always hope that I would play more holes than e-mails received that day. It was a bit closer this year than last but emails still edged out holes played by 12!! Aughhh!!
I am hopeful to collect the pledges over the next couple of weeks. Your pledges can be settled via a charge to your Seymour Club account, a check made payable to the ALS Society of BC or cash. For the Seymour Members who are receiving this email, if you wish your pledge be charged to your Seymour account, we hope to have this charged on your July statement. If you would rather pay via cash or check (assuming you haven’t given us prior direction) kindly reply to this e-mail with your wishes. For those of you, who have already settled your pledge, thank you. (I am sending this note to everyone who made a pledge - I recognize some of you may have already dropped off your pledge money, given us direction to charge your Club account or made your donation through the ALS website).
Here is a brief message from Ms. Wendy Toyer the Executive Director of ALS Society of BC (and an excerpt from their Spring Newsletter)
“Words cannot adequately express my sincere gratitude for your outstanding support of people living with ALS in British Columbia. It is because of your support the ALS Society of BC can offer numerous services to enhance the quality of life for people living with ALS throughout BC and the Yukon at no cost to them, and with no wait list.
Recently there has been exciting news for patients and families affected by this neurodegenerative disease. Earlier this month, ALSBC’s Project Hope achieved it’s funding goal of $5.3 million to establish an ALS Research Professorship at the University of British Columbia, which will exist in perpetuity and strive to provide BC residents diagnosed with ALS with greater access to promising therapies in the late stages of clinical trials.
Though dozens of those therapies exist worldwide, none have been available close to home, meaning British Columbians with ALS have needed to pay out of pocket to travel to other provinces or countries to access them.
Previously, ALS clinical trials were not being held in BC due to a lack of capacity to do so, or staff in place to run the trials,” said Wendy Toyer, ALSBC Executive Director. “This was not acceptable, as we believe we are at the crossroads of unprecedented hope.”
“This would not have been possible without the support of the PGA of BC Golfathon for ALS,” said Toyer. “The support received through the Golfathon gave the ALS Society of BC confidence that we could succeed without compromising patient and family service programs to enhance the quality of life while living with ALS.”
Wendy Toyer, Executive Director
More Hope Is On The Way: The Province of BC recently announced it’s investment of $2 million through the ALS Society of BC for the second phase of PROJECT HOPE to further support British Columbians living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). PROJECT HOPE Phase 2 will see the ALS Society work with the University of British Columbia (UBC) to build a team to lead research and clinical trials and to staff a world class ALS clinic at the University. This permanent ALS dedicated clinician-scientist and team will care for patients and work to improve patient outcomes, conduct research, and increase patient access to clinical trials in B.C.
ALS Spring 2022 Newsletter
Thanks again for your support!!! The ALS Society of BC will be issuing tax receipts and sending them directly to each of you.
ALS Society of BC Mission Statement:
To cure ALS through funding research, while advocating for and supporting people living with ALS.
The ALS Society of BC has three principal objectives:
- To provide direct support to patients, their families, and caregivers through our services including the equipment loan program.
- To raise funds for patient services & research.
- To increase public awareness and understanding of ALS.
Charitable # 10670 8985 RR0001
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