Next month, golfers from far and wide may participate in the Salt Pond’s first Rally for the Cure golf tournament.
“I think there are a lot of breast cancer survivors in our community,” said Frank Dininno, vice president of the Salt Pond Golf Course. “We’ve learned from our neighbors that we should jump onboard, honor our own and continue the spirit of the rally to call attention to breast cancer.”
“Our hope is to have people in our area, and especially within the Salt Pond community, to be more aware of breast cancer,” added Marilyn Adams, who volunteers to organize tournaments. “Salt Pond has a few survivors that will be participating.”
The tournament will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.
Registration for the tournament costs $55 for club members or $65 for non-members. Individuals may sign up, as may twosomes and foursomes. Those who do not have a complete foursome will have a group assigned. A handicap is not required to play in the tournament.
“This is all about fun and supporting the community and this effort,” said Dininno.
The tournament will have a 50/50 raffle and award various prizes, including closest-to-the-hole and putting contests. Mulligans will also be sold to those participating.
“We have a local artist, Trudy Fox, who is making a special silver pendant that models our first hole out here,” said Dininno. “That’ll be given as a prize, as well.”
And, for those who have never played at Salt Pond, those who have described it as a fun 18-hole mid-length course.
“It’s a challenging short course. Conditions are always very good, and it’s a lot of fun to play,” said Golf Pro Art Whaley. “The tournament is really to raise money for breast cancer, so it’ll be more fun than any other kind of competition.”
The tournament is open to both men and women, reflecting the fact that both genders can be diagnosed with the life-threatening disease and be indirectly impacted, as well.
“This event is open for both men and women because breast cancer not only affects the person diagnosed with it but it affects the whole family — husbands, wives, children, sons, daughters,” said Adams.
Those who are not interested in golfing in the tournament but would still like to support the club’s fundraising efforts can join in, too. Community members may attend the tournament luncheon for $20 per person.
“Even if you’re not a golfer but still want to come out for the event, you’re welcome to attend,” said Adams.
Funds raised by the event will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure.
Both Dininno and Adams said raising awareness for the disease is of great importance to them.
“I have a particular vested interest because I used to do research in the pharmaceutical industry. I worked for five years trying to develop a drug for breast cancer,” said Dininno. “We came very close. We had a good compound that worked in animals, but it wasn’t safe for human consumption.”
“This is very dear to my heart because I lost my best friend to breast cancer,” added Adams. “We thought she had really licked it, then five years later it came back and she was gone… It really affects me, even to this day. I miss her so much.”
In the past, Salt Pond has hosted fundraising tournaments for Gardeners By the Sea, Mariner’s Bethel Methodist Church and Saint Ann’s Catholic Church. The club also hosts tournaments for its members, such as opening day and, for the first time this year, an end-of-the-year tournament.
“This is our big focus right now,” said Adams of the rally event.
The club hopes its first rally will be successful, she said, and plans to continue the tournament as an annual fundraiser.
“It’s a new process for us. We’re excited about it, and we want to make it fun, nice event,” said Adams.
“We hope it’ll be very successful, and we hope to have many more,” added Dininno.
For more information on the tournament, to donate to the Rally, or to register, call the Salt Pond Pro Shop at (302) 539-7525.