Golfers to fight cancer

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Move over Ben Hogan, the knickerbockers are on the tee and they are "scrambling" to find a cure for cancer.

The accountants at Gibson and Carden with trade their tax books and calculators for a bag of balls and tee off on cancer with a vengeance.

Gibson and Carden will host the fourth annual

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"Scramble for Life" golf tournament at 1 p.m. Monday at Troy Country Club and golfers, from duffers to the masters, are encouraged to pull out the old drivers and take a swing at this deadly disease.

Melissa Ingram, coordinator of the event for Gibson and Carden, said everyone will walk away from the scramble as winners.

The cost to play is $75 per person and all proceeds from the "Scramble for Life" benefit the American Cancer Society.

Although no one needs an incentive, other than joining the fight against cancer,

Ingram said there are a few "small" incentives to hit the links.

"We have several hole-in-one prizes," she said. "And, a hole-in-one is always a possibility."

Gibson and Carden sponsor a $10,000 hole. Troy Nissan will sponsor a hole with a Nissan as the prize and Ward's Yamaha will award a four-wheeler to any lucky golfer who manages to make a hole-in-one."

Each tournament participant will receive a gift packet from Gibson and Carden. The winning foursome will receive trophies and golf coolers.

"For a donation of only $100, a business can join the fight against cancer by becoming a hole sponsor during the 'Scramble for Life,'" said Ingram. "For the donation, the company will be identified as a tournament co-sponsor with a sign on one of holes of the golf course. The signs could include the names of individuals whose lives had been touched by cancer."

The 18th hole is being sponsored by Gibson and Carden as the "Closing in on a Cancer Cure" hole in memory of Gam Green and in honor of his son Johnny Green.

"Without Johnny's help this tournament would not be possible," Ingram said.

Co-sponsorships are also available for the 19th hole.

Ingram said there will be many opportunities to take home a door prize.

"Merchants have been very generous in donating door prizes for the "Scramble for Life" and we appreciate their support," Ingram said.

To date, the door prizes include free meals at Arby's, Barnhill's, Half Shell, Hardee's and Krystal's; TB&T, cooler bag; Don Walker's gift certificate; Light Years Away, gift certificate; J&R Limo Service and Pennzoil, free oil change; Pat's Petals, plant; Sierra Trail & Cycle, gift card; and Road Mart, gift certificate.

"We invite everyone to join us in the 'Scramble for Life' on Monday," Ingram said. "It's a fun way to do something so worthwhile."