Hitting the links to support breast care
Even though their golf carts stood idle this year, the women of the Captain’s Golf Course Nine Holers Women’s Association in Brewster still found a way to have fun and raise money for breast care on Cape Cod.
Rain put a damper on this year’s tournament, but they still raised $2,700 at the event this year, according to member Dottie Barnard.
The women in the Nine Holers Women’s Association enjoy a good game of golf and put their money wherever their golf ball takes them on this special day every fall.
Known as the “Rally for Women” golf tournament, it has raised a total of $13,915 for the Cuda Women’s Health Center over the past five years.
“I always play in this tournament no matter what,” said Josephine O’Connell, an original co-chair of the Nine Holers Women’s Association fundraising committee.
It all began in 1999 as a way to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“We started the fundraiser because we were very much aware of cancer and how it affects families and touches everybody,” said O’Connell.
The association has had its share of members who have had cancer.
“We’ve had members who have passed away from breast cancer and those who have survived,” said Dottie Barnard.
Barnard took over the helm of the committee from O’Connell and Marcia Zubretsky in 2009 and helped steer the group in a new direction towards helping women locally.
“When the Cuda Women’s Health Center opened, the committee decided to channel our money to the center to keep it on Cape where it could be used to help women here,” said Barnard.
“We know exactly where the money is going and who it is going to help,” said O’Connell.
It’s About Awareness and Prevention
“Our mantra is it’s important to do have an annual mammogram and do self-breast examinations,” said Barnard.
This year for the first time in the history of the tournament, the women were unable to play golf due to rain. “We all gathered and had our luncheon anyways,” said Barnard.
Two highlights of the rally luncheon were their guest speaker, Kathryn Dalton, DO, a surgeon at Cape Cod Hospital, and the presentation of pink roses to the eight breast cancer survivors in their association.
“Dr. Dalton was very informative and answered all of our questions in terms we could understand,” said Barnard. “All of the women told me they enjoyed her talk.”
If the approximately 50 women had been able to play golf, the committee’s creative fundraising efforts would have helped to improve the ladies’ scores. In addition to the $30 entry fee, the golfers purchased “mulligans” and “sandies”. Three dollars buys them either two mulligans or two sandies.
A “mulligan” is essentially a “do over” when you don’t like where your golf ball landed. You can pick up the ball and drop it in another spot. And it doesn’t count as a stroke.
When your golf ball lands in a sand trap, the “sandie” will allow you to pick it up and throw it back onto the fairway.
“We raised $100 with mulligans and sandies,” said Barnard. “I’d buy sandies all day!”
A 50/50 raffle, two Hyannis harbor cruises and round-trip tickets to Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole were among the other options to increase the profits. And, even though the group was unable to hit the links this year, they each donated their $10 cart rental fee to the cause, raising the total even higher.
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