Golfing for a cure

Enumclaw High golfers Shannon Henry and Mallory Paschich are putting their clubs to good use this summer and are inviting community members to join them.

The Hornets are taking part in Rally for the Cure, presented by Golf For Women magazine, a breast cancer awareness campaign that is the nation's largest grassroots women's golf program. More than 1.2 million people have participated in Rally for the Cure events since its inception in 1996. This is the first time Henry and Paschich have pledged their support and teed off against breast cancer.

“We want to raise awareness of this issue,” Henry said. “Many of the girls on the golf team have parents who have had cancer. This is a way we can help.”

The 18-hole, four-person scramble tournament, scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Enumclaw Golf Course, is open to men and women of all ages. The cost is $42 for non-golf course members and $20 for members. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A registration sheet is available at the golf course. The entry deadline is Saturday.

As part of the Rally for the Cure activities, a closest-to-the-pin contest will take place at a designated par-3 Rally hole. Titleist golf balls bearing the “pink ribbon” breast cancer awareness symbol will be awarded to every player who hits the green on the first swing and a prize will be given to the player whose shot lands nearest to the hole. All players will receive important early detection information, an exclusive Rally pink ribbon golf pin and are entitled to a one-year subscription to Golf For Women magazine.

Henry and Paschich's Rally will also provide prizes for men's and women's longest drive and the winning scramble team.

In addition to Golf For Women and Titleist, Adams Golf and Etonic Shoes are sponsors. All of the administrative costs of Rally for the Cure are covered by Golf For Women magazine.

Since it debuted in 1996, the mission of Rally for the Cure has been to emphasize the importance of early detection in the successful treatment of breast cancer and to support the Komen Foundation's mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. According to Komen for the Cure, each year breast cancer is the leading cause of death among women ages 35 to 54, and the disease also accounts for more than 75 percent of all cancer deaths in women 55 and older.

In its first year, 356 clubs participated in the Rally program. In 2006, more than 3,300 clubs - in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as Austria, Bermuda, Canada, Egypt, Germany, Mexico and West Africa - registered to host a Rally for the Cure event. Since 1996 Komen has received more than $28 million from Rally events.

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