I have set a goal to play every golf course in the state of Kentucky. There are multiple reasons why I would like to do this. First, I really enjoy the game of golf. Second, I enjoy the fellowship of the people I play with even more than the golf. If you have seen me play, you would understand why. (No comments from you, John Sumner) Third and most importantly, this plan could be a great opportunity to raise money for cancer research. I worked with and fine-tuned my plan until I came up with this.
There are 120 counties in Kentucky. I am estimating that there are over 500 golf courses total in those 120 counties. At this point, a question must be asked and answered. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! My mission to play the state’s courses must be approached the same way. One county and one course at a time! Here is my 10-point plan to achieve this project.
GOLFING FOR A CURE
1. Compile a list of friends and golfers who want to participate in this project.
2. Compile a list of courses, phone numbers and contact people.
3. Attempt to secure free golf and green fees at all courses.
4. In exchange for the free golf, donate our fees to Relay For Life.
5. Arrange for each course to provide us with a “Local Legend” which could be either a great local golfer or the most colorful local figure (such as the late great Toppy Edwards).
6. Be in contact with the local legend golfer and get him or her to strive to raise a targeted amount in their community to donate to our cancer research cause.
7. Play the round of golf.
8. After golf, eat at the local restaurant of the legend’s choice. No chain restaurants allowed.
9. Write a book about the golf experience and keep my readers of The Cadiz Record informed as to the progress of the project.
10. Write a book about the local legends and eateries.
**DONATE ALL MONEY TO THE TRIGG COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE**
It was my plan all along to start this mission in the year of 2010. You know what? What used to be the future is now the present. In other words, the time is now. At the completion of this school year, I will begin my journey one course at time.
I would be remiss at this point if I didn’t salute the great people of Trigg County for their charitable giving. In my humble opinion, the folks of Trigg County are the best in the world and the most giving. Every spring, Trigg County residents give upward of $175,000 to our Rotary Club. Then just a month later, the same amount plus some is raised for our Relay for Life. All the time, the same folks are supporting our churches, academic programs and athletic programs. Trigg County people are simply amazing.
I hope this column does a little bit to spur people to not forget the Relay for Life. As the newness of projects like the Relay For Life wears off, sometimes the enthusiasm wanes. Think about the number of people in our community that have either had or presently have cancer. Attend the luminary ceremony. Listen to the bagpipes. It will humble you and bring tears to your eyes.
However, there is good news. Progress is being made through research. Many people are surviving their fight with cancer. Just witness the survivor walk at the Relay. Seeing the survivors circle the track serves as a great motivation for us to fight the disease more vigorously now than ever.
With that said, I hope to se you at the Relay. If anyone would like to donate in honor of my Golfing for a Cure project, just make a check to the Trigg County Relay for Life. I will get it in the right hands.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.