The annual Pihl Law Corporation Golf Marathon in support of BrainTrust Canada and brain injury education and prevention will be held Friday, Sept. 9, at The Bear golf course.
This event offers the ‘ultimate’ day of golf—12 hours to play 100 holes from dawn until dusk, with $50,000 hole-in-one prizes courtesy of Capri Insurance, Harmony Honda and Avalon Event Rentals, and a special One Million Dollar Hole In One for the top three fundraisers, donated RBC Dominion Securities.
There will also be valuable prizes for the top three fundraisers, including a helicopter trip courtesy of Valhalla Helicopters. The grand prize is a trip to Maui valued at almost $6,000, with a round trip flight for two from WestJet, four nights accommodations courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Maui and four rounds of the Wailea Golf Club.
“Brain injury has been in the news lately as a result of the concussions in sport,” said Sean Pihl, with the Pihl Law Corporation. “And concussions are a brain injury. It is a serious issue. Most people are unaware that brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability under the age of 45—it can result from ‘traumatic’ causes such as a motor vehicle crash, assault, fall or sports, as well as from ‘non-traumatic’ causes such as stroke and drug/alcohol abuse.
“One person in Canada sustains brain injury every three minutes—that is 480 people a day, which is more than a Boeing 747 carries every day.
“Our firm handles personal injury cases relating to brain injury and we see the profound impact that brain injury has on everyone around them. The best cure is prevention. In fact, 90 per cent of brain injuries are preventable.
“We are supportive of the community rehabilitation BrainTrust Canada provides to persons with brain injury in our community, as well as their efforts to raise awareness of the issue, and we are pleased to partner with them once again.”
This golf tournament is the largest fundraising event for the Okanagan chapter of BrainTrust Canada, said Magda Kapp, director of communications for the organization.
“While 100 holes of golf sounds a little crazy, it is actually the best day of golf ever. And, we have added new exciting prizes this year such as our grand prize trip to Maui, as well as our new Million Dollar Hole In One for the top three fundraisers. The Bear course is one of the most desirable courses in the city, and golfers will be treated throughout the day with fun and refreshments, including a barbecue lunch supplied by Karen Guy, of Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty, and M&M Meat Shops on Harvey Avenue.
“A maximum of 50 golfers can participate in the event, so those interested should contact our office at 250-762-3233 or visit braintrustcanada.com.”