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Golf-A-Thon

Speed-Golfing pros support VNA and Hospice Foundation

Pat Gorman of Bent Pine Golf Club played in the first Golf-A-Thon in 1990 and in every one since.

Pat Gorman of Bent Pine Golf Club played in the first Golf-A-Thon in 1990 and in every one since.

What causes 12 local professional golfers to start play at 7 a.m. and race through 135 holes of golf before 5 p.m. the same day? It’s the cause, they say. And that cause is the nonprofit Visiting Nurse Association, which provides needed homecare and end-of-life services for those in our community, regardless of ability to pay.  

 At the annual Golf-A-Thon fundraiser, these golf pros also admit they enjoy the camaraderie and the challenge of beating the others in the number of birdies and eagles they can make on the course during the one-day event. But they all get back to “the cause” when they talk about the day. 

For some it’s personal. Pat Gorman of Bent Pine Golf Club, who has played in every Golf-A-Thon since its inception in 1990, knows the value of the VNA Hospice House because of the care it provided his mother. He wants everyone to be able to have the same opportunity. “And over the years,” Gorman says, “the organization has done a good job of making us aware of the many other great things the VNA does in the community, besides hospice.”

Randy Hedgecock of Vero Beach Country Club agrees, and the first thing he says when asked about his participation is this: “It’s a great cause; that’s why we look forward to doing it.” Hedgecock is second only to Gorman in his years taking part in the fundraiser. He played in his first Golf-A-Thon in 1991.