Pink Panters tee off Sept. 17

Golf tournament to raise funds for breast cancer research

It’s unlikely there will be a whole lot of golf clubs bent in half or thrown in frustration when the Pink Panters tee off for their annual golf tournament at Pheasant Glen on Sept. 17.

That’s because, said organizer Linda Madsen, the second annual event only has two goals — to raise money for breast cancer research and to have a whole lot of fun.

“We’re just a group of family and friends that formed the Run for the Cure team and this is our second year doing this as our major fundraiser, although it’s our third year doing it,” Madsen said.

“So far we’ve raised just over $20,000 for breast cancer research.”

Madsen said she originally formed the group after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

“People just started joining us,” she said. “It’s not people who have had breast cancer, but rather friends and family of people who have.”

Support from the community has been gratifying, she said, noting this year’s tourney will feature some top-flight prizes donated by local businesses.

“It’s a real fun tournament,” she said. “We have contests such as closest to the pin for men and women, longest drive and team prizes as well. We also have golf balls people can buy that have a number on it that lowers their strokes. It’s just all about fun.”

Anyone who would like to sign up for the event can do so by calling Madsen at 250-951-6701.