Duran’s Pink Ribbon Classic to benefit local girl


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The Duran Golf Club Pink Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament is very lady friendly, but men are more than welcome to play. Last year's event raised more than $3,500 for the American Cancer Society. Photo courtesy of Duran Golf Club

The Duran Golf Pink Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament is always a special event because of its support of the American Cancer Society.

This year’s event, which takes place Feb. 13, has a more local flavor.

Duran, which splits the proceeds from the event with the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EGWA), has decided to donate its portion to the family of 12-year-old Aubrey Sullivan of Port St. John. Half the proceeds from the golf tournament will go to support 12-year-old Aubrey Sullivan of Port St. John, who is battling cancer.

Sullivan was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“We had come to know that this girl was in need, so we just figured what better way to help than to do that,” Duran head golf pro Matt Morrison said. “That’s why we decided to select her.”

Connors Wealth Management is the title sponsor for the annual event, which is now in its third year.

The four-person golf scramble will kick off with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The cost is $85 per player, or $69 for EGWA members and includes an 18-hole round of golf, a cart, range balls and a tee gift. There will also be a luncheon under a ceiling full of pink balloons raised to honor or memorialize loved ones with breast cancer.

There are also a variety of sponsorship packages available ranging from $125 to $1,995.

“It’s a unique event because we have on-course food and beverage — food tasting, beer tasting, wine tasting, stuff like that,” Morrison said. “It’s a fun event. It’s very lady friendly, but men are certainly welcome to attend. Everyone’s encouraged to wear pink.”

Last year’s event drew approximately 110 players and helped raise more than $3,500 for the American Cancer Society.

This year, Morrison is hoping to reach the tournament capacity of 144 players.

Those who take part will know they are directly helping Sullivan, who undergoes chemotherapy treatments every three weeks at Arnold Palmer Hospital.

“Aubrey is very strong and determined to get through this,” her mother, Maria Fisher, said in a statement. “As a 12-year-old, she has a positive mind and discourages anyone from being upset about what she must go through.”

To sign up for the tournament, go to durangolf.com, or call 321-504-7776.