New Huntsville Golf Tournament to support Parkinson Canada

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If you love golf and want to have a great time on the links for a good cause, save the date of July 23 for a brand new golf tournament in Huntsville.

The McColl Golf Tournament in support of Parkinson Canada will take place on July 23, 2016 at Huntsville Downs. There is space for a total of 72 golfers, and the goal is to raise $6,000 for Parkinson’s research.

The tournament is being organized by Rob Dunn, a retiree whose Parkinson’s is well controlled through a combination of medication and diet. “Last fall I wanted to give back to help awareness and research in Parkinsons,” he said. “I set up a golf tournament, because I love golf.” He named it McColl Golf Tournament in honour of his great-grandfather, whose name was McColl.

In addition to 18 holes of golf, the tournament will have three off-kilter contests; a putt-the-farthest contest (using a small broom), a longest drive contest (using a training driver that is hinged to break if not swung properly,) and a “marshmallow smash.”

“I fully support this event,” said Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison. “It contributes to a great cause and I encourage others to attend.”

There will also be a silent auction and door prize. “There is no prize for whoever has lowest score, aside from bragging rights,” Dunn adds. “The object is to raise money and have fun doing it.”

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear. Parkinson Canada is the national voice of Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease.

For more information or to sign up, contact Rob Dunn at mccolldunn@gmail.com, call 705-636-9588, or facebook.com/mccollgolf or @mccollgolf on Twitter.

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