Semiahmoo golfers to play 90 holes in one day for Alzheimer’s Association


A Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club golf pro, staff and members have committed to playing 90 holes of golf Monday, June 21 for The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support and research of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Golf pro Jeff Mehlert said, based on donations, the team is committed to playing 90 holes right now, but might play 100 if they make it to $10,000. “We might play 100 anyway.”

Lucas Burzycki, Shaun Richmond, Noah Voges, Steve Ghysels and Mehlert will start playing at sunrise the day after summer solstice and continue throughout the day until they’ve completed five rounds at the Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club for Alzheimer’s caregivers. One or more of their holes can be sponsored with a $25 per hole donation.

With over $7,200 already raised, the team has quadrupled its original donation goal of $1,800, according to the donation page. “It’s super cool and encouraging,” Mehlert said about people’s response to a benefit that happened serendipitously.

One of the golfers met a Longest Day event organizer, Mehlert said, while retrieving a mishit ball from the organizer’s yard. The group already had plans to play a few rounds on one of the longest days of the year, but this put it toward a cause.

More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia, according to the association. All five of them, along with team manager Ginger Stephens, have someone in their life with Alzheimer’s, Mehlert said, which made them want to do something for the caretakers.

“My dad has early onset Alzheimer’s, and I know how long my mom’s days are,” Mehlert said. “We can play a day for her.”

For more information or to donate, visit the donation page.


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