Trio prepared for golf challenge
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.