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Blacksburg Battles Cancer Golf Tournament set for Sept. 25

Blacksburg Battles Cancer Golf Tournament set for Sept. 25

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Blacksburg Country Club’s Women’s Golf Association (WGA) is preparing for its fifth annual Blacksburg Battles Cancer Golf Tournament presented by Carilion Clinic on Monday, Sept. 25. The tournament has raised more than $100,000 for local, cancer-focused nonprofits in the past four years.

This year’s event will be a four-person captain’s choice format with a shotgun start. The entry fee is $125 per person or $500 per team. Teams may pay their entry fee the day of the tournament with a check, cash or via member charge. Tee-off is at 1 p.m. Check-in begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be available at the clubhouse at this time, as well as practice facilities. There will be some general announcements at 12:40 p.m. prior to play. The day concludes with a social hour at the clubhouse starting at 5:30 p.m., followed by awards.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. All ties will be broken by scorecard playoff. Other prizes will be awarded to long-drive contest winners and closest-to-the-pin contest winners.

Chairperson Sharon Thompson has been actively involved in the tournament since its beginning in 2013. “The WGA and I decided to start this tournament because of the devastation that cancer has caused in our community and our lives. I have lost both of my parents and my husband to cancer. Being someone who has seen what cancer can do to a family first-hand, I truly believe that we are making a difference in the cure for cancer,” Thompson said.

Eight WGA golfers make up the executive committee for the tournament. One of the program initiatives is to partner with other groups on events that support the mission. To this end, the committee decided to expand its outreach beyond golfers to more women in the community. They held the first annual Blacksburg Battles Cancer Luncheon in June. Virginia Tech football kicker Joey Slye was the guest speaker for the event, sharing how cancer impacted his family with the loss of his older brother. Ponnie’s Boutique and Gifts held a fashion show in which Thompson, along with other members, modeled. Other clothing and jewelry vendors were at the luncheon, including Blacksburg’s new boutique, Sundee Best. Each vendor donated a portion of the profits to Blacksburg Battles Cancer.

As Blacksburg Battles Cancer continues to expand, this year’s tournament looks to bring in additional major sponsors. With an increase in sponsorship, the organization hopes to donate more than its average $25,000 to its beneficiaries. This year’s beneficiaries are Students vs. Cancer, Carilion Clinic NRV Hospice and Good Samaritan Hospice. All teh beneficiaries align with Blacksburg Battles Cancer’s mission of donating funds to organizations that engage in research to prevent, treat or cure cancer and/or provide supportive services to cancer patients and their families.

Blacksburg Country Club’s WGA, under the umbrella of the Blacksburg Country Club Charitable Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds for cancer-focused nonprofit organizations that serve the local community.

For more information regarding tournament sponsorship, registration and other details, visit

For more information regarding tournament sponsorship, registration and other details, visit

Submitted by Hayley Roulston

Submitted by Hayley Roulston

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