McCanless hosts tournament for prostate cancer research Sept. 6

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

McCanless Golf Course will again host a tournament that supports Arnold Palmer’s campaign against prostate cancer.
This year, the tournament is Sept. 6 starting at 8 a.m.
Palmer’s fans call themselves Arnie’s Army, and for the prostate cancer campaign, they have a Web site,www.arniesarmybattles.com/index.html.
The 2007 tournament at McCanless raised more than $3,000, according to Jack Bilson, who leads the local organization. He also said many local merchants donated door prizes.
The tournament will be played in four-member teams, captain’s choice format. Each player pays $40 to enter and gets two mulligans and a cart.
If you don’t have a team, “we’ll find one for you,” Bilson said.
He also encouraged golfers to register early. “Last year, we had to turn folks away,” he said.
Other features:
– Organizers are selling raffle tickets ó $5 for one or three for $10 ó with proceeds to cancer research.
– All golfers younger than 13 use the red tees. Men 65 and older will start from the gold tees.
– Special drawing for first 60 who register, and all entrants receive a year’s subscription to Golf Digest.
– Closest to the pin on the short No. 3, par 3, receives a Callaway watch. Second-, third-, fourth- and fifth-place awards, also.
– Get a hole in one on No. 3 and fly to Arnie’s Bay Hill Lodge & Club in Orlando, Fla., as his guest for five days.
– Door prizes.
“In the time it takes a foursome to play a round of golf, 14 men will die of prostate cancer,” Palmer said. “We must find a way to beat all forms of cancer, particularly cancer of the prostate. Join this campaign, see your doctor and get tested.”
For more information, call McCanless at 704-637-1235. The course is at 3515 Stokes Ferry Road.

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