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Helping worthy causes through golf

Every year the PGA tour donates millions of dollars to charity. This week I want to point out that there are ways for all our readers to help by simply playing golf themselves. There is an organization called “playingitforeward” that is working with the American Diabetes Association to raise money to fight diabetes. Almost all of us know multiple people who suffer from this debilitating disease. The goal is to have the world’s largest golf tournament, and you can play any time between July 15 and September 30. The aim is to raise $1 million. For information you can log on to:


Among the celebrities participating are Jay Cutler, Ted Hendricks, Tom Waddle and Stacey King. Individual players will be paired randomly to form a four-person team. With an entry fee of $100, any golf course in the USA can be played and only one round is required. Three easy steps will get you in:

Step 1: Register your name and the golf course you intend to play at

Step 2: Enter the date you intend to play

Step 3: Play, login to and follow the “Enter Score” prompts.

Good luck to all entrants.

On the same subject, I was privileged to be the Pro in “Beat the Pro” recently at a Semper Fi Fund outing at the Odyssey golf club in Tinley Park. More than 130 golfers showed up, and over $12,000 was raised for the charity. The date next year is July 7. Thanks to Bill Misiewicz for organizing the event and a bigger thanks to Josh Misiewicz for being the star of the show. Wounded in Afghanistan, Josh is making a spectacular comeback after losing both legs and is playing golf already. It was a privilege to be invited to be part of this great cause.

Next week – How ? won The Open Championship.

Ian Grant is a PGA teaching professional and a member of the teaching faculty of the PGA of America. He can be contacted at Oak Brook Golf Club 630-990-3032 in the summer and White Pines Golf Dome in Bensenville 630-422-1060 in the winter. You can contact Ian directly at 708-917-8951, or at

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