Local golf pro Brett Standerwick has been taking part in the PGA’s B.C. Golf-a-Thon for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for several years, but this year, he decided to ramp up his involvement to new heights.
Rather than play golf on the level, manicured greens of local golf courses, the Nanoose Bay resident opted to take his game right up to just under 2,196 metres, or 7,207 feet.
He did this by teeing off at the base of Mount Golden Hinde on Sept. 16, playing golf as he hiked up to the summit of Vancouver Island’s tallest peak.
Supported by his father, Ken and friend Derek Kilbourn, Standerwick, associate professional at Fairwinds Golf Academy in Nanoose Bay, has participated in the PGA of BC Golf-A-thon for ALS presented by uniPharm and Medicine Centre Pharmacies Charitable Foundation for the past four years.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder that affects the person’s motor neurons that carry messages to the muscles resulting in weakness and wasting in arms, legs, mouth, throat and elsewhere; typically the person is immobilized or deceased within two to five years of the initial diagnosis.
Donations in support of Brett’s fundraiser for ALS can be still be made online at www.golfathonforals.com.