Golf pro steps up to plate in battle against ALS

NANAIMO – Rather than teeing off with a driver, golfer hit his tee shots with a baseball bat.

Brett Standerwick, golf professional at Fairwinds Golf Club, has stepped up to the plate for the ALS Society of B.C.

For the past six years Standerwick has participated in the ALS Society of B.C. Golf-A-Thon, raising money and increasing awareness for the disease.

This year, he set a goal of raising $5,000 toward the cause.

He paid tribute to arguably one of the most historical and prominent ALS fighters, Lou Gehrig, for whom the disease was named.

Rather than teeing off with a driver, Standerwick hit his tee shots with a baseball bat, playing 184 holes – the same number as Gehrig’s single season RBI record, second all-time in Major Baseball League history.

Standerwick wore a NY Yankees jersey and hit the greens early morning, playing for almost 13 hours.

“Every year I try to be creative with this cause to help increase exposure for this event supported province-wide by the PGA of BC,” he said.

He has raised $1,445 for the society  and donations are still coming in.

Donations for Standerwick can be made at www.golfathonforals.ca.