100 holes of golf — 10 sore toes — 1 heart of gold

By Dale Cory

“Hey, would you like to head out for a round of golf?”

The thought of golfing would certainly excite many readers — even with the constant fall-like weather we have seen recently in these parts.

“Oh, did I mention you would be playing 100 holes of golf.

Yes, that’s right — 100 holes.”

Well, that idea — scary and intriguing all rolled up into one Titleist — failed to scare off a record 79 golfers, who took part in the Reid Built Homes MS 100 Holes of Golf September 13th.

The MS Society, Central Alberta Chapter, co-ordinates three major fundraisers each year, one of which is the Reid Built Homes MS 100 Holes of Golf. The 11th annual event was staged at Wolf Creek Golf Resort – The Links Course, and had 30 more golfers than the number that played in the 2009 fundraiser.

Well, there is certainly strength in numbers. Those 79 players have raised an incredible $66,202 so far, with pledge money still coming in.

Cool, cloudy weather did nothing to dampen the spirit of the day – and the 11th annual tournament turned out to be the best ever, according to event co-ordinator Ellen Geddes: “Just like people with MS, we can’t predict what kind of weather day we will have. But we are determined to push through the challenges in our fight to end MS!”

Seven of the participants live in the Ponoka area, including Team Tofsrud, made up of Kevin and Noreen Tofsrud, and Marj and Kevin Smith.

After taking a week to rest her body, Noreen Tofsrud took some time away from styling hair at her salon to write about the special day:

“On Monday, Sept. 13, we endured the MS 100 Holes of Golf. It was a cool day, but to get our 100 holes in we had to keep moving!

Through the first 18 holes, we could only play one ball, because there are Hole-In-One prizes and individual hole prizes. For the next three rounds, we each played two or three balls per hole to get our 100 holes done.

The Ponoka area has a large occurrence of MS, and our team personally knows many of them. We hope by raising money for MS, that these people will benefit from this event. From a personal standpoint, I did this event in memory of Jayce Stebner, and Don Gill, good friends who succumbed to MS.

Our team would like to thank everyone who pledged us this year.”

Kevin and Noreen Tofsrud, along with Marj and Kevin Smith, raised a total amount of $3,790.