golf ball lies just above greenGolfers gathered at the Pinehurst Country Club in July 2015 to tee off and support cancer research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center at the seventh annual Golfers Against Cancer tournament and gala.

Golfers Against Cancer is a national organization founded in 1997 by a group of Houston golfers who lost two close friends to cancer. Motivated to raise money for cancer research, the group created an annual golf tournament with a live and silent auction, with proceeds going to fund grants for local cancer researchers. The Denver chapter of Golfers Against Cancer was founded by Scott Pearson.

A spectacular gala kicked off the two day event on July 26. Guests were able to participate in both a silent and live auction while listening to the tunes of Steve Azar throughout the event.

“The gala at Pinehurst Country Club was a great success. We had the largest turnout we have had in the past six years!” says Pearson. “ There were some great live auction items such as an Avalanche Suite, a Masters flag autographed by Jordan Spieth, a trip to Hawaii, and trip to Scotland to name a few. There was also a silent auction with many other prizes.”

The next day participants took the green early in the morning for the golf tournament.

11951878_10156023023980615_9102422405702121660_n“The sold out golf tournament at Pinehurst Country Club was a huge success,” says Pearson. “Jeff Farley, a member of the Callaway professional long drive team, entertained everyone with a long drive demo before the tournament. He also was on a hole and the players could use his drive on the hole.”

Proceeds from the event go to research at the CU Cancer Center. The 2015 event raised far beyond what was expected.

“We are thrilled to announce that we exceeded our goal of $125,000 by raising just over $140,000 between both events,” says Pearson. “The board will be meeting with the researchers in the next couple of weeks to hear their presentations and then select the projects that will receive the money.”