This month we are featuring the story of Darryl Jack, PGA and Director of Golf at Wycliffe Golf & Country Club in Wellington, Florida.
“In addition to knowing several women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, my wife and I moved in with her mom when she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2009 until her ultimate passing in 2010. This experience gave me first-hand insight on the impact that cancer has on families and the struggles that accompany the diagnosis.
In addition to the monies collected through entry fees, Wycliffe raises additional support each year through the Play for Pink T-shirt program, additional pink apparel and accessory items for both women and men leading up to the event. Sponsorships, mulligans, contest activities on the course, and a silent auction of merchandise and rounds of golf at area clubs are also offered. During our monthly on-course Rules & Etiquette Clinics, I always include a pink golf ball in one location and use the opportunity to thank everyone who participated the current year, encourage attendees to participate in the coming year, and explain the importance of their support for research. Moving forward we are considering multiple options to raise funds including the expansion of our tournament to six-somes, PFP golf instructional clinics, individual sponsorship of the staff professionals performance during sectional tournament play, beat-the-pro on an individual hole, and auctioning off a Play with the Pro opportunity for a threesome.
As leaders in the golf industry, PGA Professionals have a solid platform from which we can continue to raise awareness and support. Not only is our participation a source of personal satisfaction for helping others, but our members and students present us with a captured audience from which to impact the discovery of a cure.”