Pat Thrasher Memorial Golf Tournament enters twelfth year in fight against MS

 

Wes Thrasher greets participants in the Pat Thrasher Memorial Golf Tournament June 14 at the Sutton Creek Golf Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

Wes Thrasher greets participants in the Pat Thrasher Memorial Golf Tournament June 14 at the Sutton Creek Golf Club. (Photo by Adam D’Andrea)

By Adam D’Andrea

Local golfers packed up their clubs and hit the greens last Saturday to take part in the fight against MS.

The annual Pat Thrasher Memorial Golf Tournament was held June 14 at Sutton Creek Golf Club. The tournament, currently in its twelfth year, drew in 144 participants who enjoyed a day of golf while raising money for the Windsor-Essex chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

“Today we’re here to carry on a passion that my dad left us with, and it’s to raise awareness and find a cure for MS,” said Pat’s eldest son and tournament organizer Wes Thrasher.

All proceeds from the tournament are donated to the MS Society of Canada. According to the MS Society, Canada has one of the world’s highest MS rates with nearly 100,000 Canadians affected by the disease.

“I’m hoping that we’ll have a gross today of just over $30,000 and probably net somewhere in the realm of $16,000-$17,000 for the cause,” said Thrasher.

While a considerable amount of the money raised through the tournament will be sent to Toronto for research, Thrasher said a lot of it will be used locally for treatments, therapy, day-away programs, social activities and equipment.

The tournament was formerly held in August but moved to mid-June to avoid overlap with other late-summer events. Thrasher also said having the tournament coincide with Father’s Day weekend made sense and is a great way to remember his father.

“For anybody who’s lost somebody, it’s a void. It’s something that was there, and it’s gone now,” said Thrasher. “For today, and every year, we get to fill that void for a little bit and it’s worth the work.”

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