Trio pre­pared for golf chal­lenge

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) - BY ALAN­NAH GREEN­WOOD

Three lo­cal Golf Pro­fes­sion­als are set to take on the Long­est Day of Golf chal­lenge on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 12.

Corowa Golf Club Head Pro­fes­sional Rob Rowe and Trainee Pro­fes­sional Levi Burns along with Al­bury Drum­mond Golf’s PGA Mem­ber Paul Steiner are go­ing to play 72 holes of golf in one day to raise valu­able dol­lars for skin can­cer re­search.

The trio are go­ing to test their games across four dif­fer­ent golf cour­ses at two lo­ca­tions tak­ing in Corowa Golf Club’s East and Old cour­ses and Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort’s Lakes and Mur­ray cour­ses.

Corowa Golf Club Head Pro­fes­sional Rob Rowe said the trio were look­ing for­ward to the event.

“As golf pro­fes­sion­als on the Mur­ray River we have seen far too of­ten the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects that skin can­cer has not only on the suf- fer­ers but also their family and friends,” he said.

“The Corowa Golf Club has been work­ing with the Can­cer Coun­cil with their ‘Im­prove Your Long Game’ sun smart cam­paign for the last 12 months.

“We see the Long­est Day chal­lenge as a great way to not only raise money for re­search but also to raise more aware­ness around be­ing sun smart.”

The Long­est Day of Golf is an en­durance golf chal­lenge that tests skill, strength and stamina.

The chal­lenge is to suc­cess­fully com­plete four rounds of golf be­tween dawn and dusk on a sin­gle day in De­cem­ber and raise funds for skin can­cer re­search.

All funds raised for the 2016 Long­est Day of Golf event will fund a skin can­cer re­search study in­ves­ti­gat­ing im­munother­apy for more ef­fec­tive can­cer treat­ment that is based at Monash Univer­sity.

Re­search in this area could lead to break- throughs in the treat­ment of tu­mours in­clud­ing melanoma with $100,000 needed this year to fund this vi­tal re­search project.

Aus­tralia has one of the high­est rates of skin can­cer in the world.

Over 750,000 Aus­tralians are treated for skin can­cer each year – over 2,000 peo­ple ev­ery day.

This is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to golf with it nat­u­rally be­ing an out­door sport.

The na­tion has some of the high­est lev­els of UV ra­di­a­tion in the world - strong enough in Vic­to­ria to cause sun­burn in as lit­tle as 11 min­utes on a fine sum­mer day.

The good news is that the use of good sun pro­tec­tion will sig­nif­i­cantly cut your risk of skin can­cer at any age and cer­tainly all golfers need to con­sis­tently wear hats, ap­pro­pri­ate cloth­ing and ap­ply sun cream when en­joy­ing the sport.

Corowa Golf Club Head Pro­fes­sional Rob Rowe and Trainee Pro­fes­sional Levi Burns are set to take part in the Long­est Day Golf chal­lenge.

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