ST. CHARLES – The Royal Fox Ladies Golf League raised $1,000 for breast cancer research at its inaugural Rally For A Cure golf tournament 18 years ago.
“We thought we were pretty hot stuff,” chairwoman Pat Laverty said.
Laverty and her country club colleagues desperately need a new description these days. “Hot stuff” pales in comparison to their fundraising prowess of the early 2010s.
The group contributed $42,000 last summer, and Laverty is optimistic Tuesday’s outing will approach that figure as final numbers trickle in. It’s enough to humble her many times over, and also to vault Royal Fox’s Rally event into the top 10 nationwide and No. 1 in Illinois.
“It’s the only fundraiser that the ladies do, and it’s a very special event,” Laverty said. “We have a lot of cancer survivors and we’d like to honor them and we’d like to make sure that those that are suffering from it now get the best care they can and the best research that’s available to them.”
Laverty, 64, took the reins of the tournament within the past decade, but has been part of each one in some capacity. Sixty golfers participated Tuesday, with 20 other people donating through a dinner after the golf.
Although she was not born in St. Charles, Laverty considers herself a native because her husband, Dick, is “a hometown boy” and the couple put three sons through St. Charles East.
She became a Royal Fox member in 1988 and immediately sensed the camaraderie that has boosted the tournament to its current level.
If not for a joint effort between members – including volunteer efforts and businessmen working to secure hole sponsors or car dealership backing for “hole-in-one car holes” – who knows where things would stand?
“We always tell everybody, it’s not about the golf, it’s about what we’re trying to do here today,” Laverty said. “Everybody really gets behind that and contributes to the cause.”
Laverty cited the courage of a number of friends who have fought breast cancer for inspiring her to use her knack for organization.
A retired former Ace Hardware inventory and customer service employee, she typically begins fundraising and other efforts about five months before the event, which is held annually on the first Tuesday in August.
That puts the 2014 tournament 362 days away.
“The battle goes on. There’s always an easy way to get involved. There’s an easy way to help,” Laverty said. “You just have to look for it sometimes. I’m hoping that people will see what we do at Royal Fox and want to get involved in some way or another.”
• Kevin Druley is a sportswriter for the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5347 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @kevindruley.
Play it again, Sam
Geneva resident Sam Bradberry, club pro at Hughes Creek in Elburn, sees more of his and other courses than just the office.
“Playing is a big part of it,” he said. “The guys [other pros], we all complain that we don’t get to play enough, but you’ve got to make enough time to play.”
Bradberry promised himself he’d do just that as next week’s Illinois PGA Senior Championship at Lincolnshire Country Club approached. He’s part of the 46-player field that will compete in 36 holes of stroke play over Monday and Tuesday.
That doesn’t mean he has cut away from any other of his many duties, which included monitoring an outing Thursday afternoon
“We’ve been busy and we’re in great shape right now,” he said, “and that’s about it.”
Hill of a midweek deal
Fall sports practices for high school athletes begin Wednesday, but one deal among the online specials at Settler’s Hill Golf Course in Batavia promises one more rather affordable recreational outing for the road.
A $25 Tuesday and Wednesday midday special – the price for 18 holes with a cart for all tee times between 11:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. – expires Wednesday.
Golfers must present a coupon from www.settlershill.com to receive the rate.
– Kevin Druley, email@example.com