4th annual "Tee It Up to Battle Breast Cancer" golf tournament scheduled

June 12, 2013
The 4th annual Tee It Up to Battle Breast Cancer golf tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20 at the Rogue Valley Country Club, 2660 Hillcrest Road, in Medford. The two person scramble kicks off with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Entries are available beginning Tuesday, June 18 in the Rogue Valley Country Club Pro Shop. Money raised benefits the Sister Therese Kohles Fund at Providence Medford Medical Center. This fund helps provide screening mammograms and readings for uninsured women who have financial needs.

Entry fees are $55 per RVCC member, $75 per non-member, plus cart fee. All players must have an established handicap. Players under 18 must have a handicap no greater than 16. The maximum handicap for men is 25 and 36 for women. Golfers may sign up for the tournament at the RVCC Pro Shop or by calling 541-772-4050. A post tournament party will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. For those not golfing, party tickets may be purchased for $25. To reserve tickets please call 541-772-5965. Tournament questions may be directed to event chairperson Gail Jones at gailmomgolf@gmail.com

"Given the importance of early screening, the Tee It Up to Battle Breast Cancer tournament was founded four years ago at Rogue Valley Country Club as a vehicle to provide funds for women in our community who do not have the resources to pay for a mammogram," Jones said. "We are pleased to partner with Providence to make the Sister Therese Kohles Fund the beneficiary of this event."

Last year's tournament raised $20,000 for the Sister Therese Kohles Fund at Providence Community Health Foundation, which helped more than 200 local women receive important screening mammograms for breast cancer. The Providence charitable fund was established in 2003 to honor the commitment and service of Sister Therese Kohles, a Sister of Providence who served on the Providence Community Ministry Board for many years. Since 2006 the Sister Therese Kohles Fund, which is 100 percent supported by the generosity of the southern Oregon community, has helped more than 650 women receive a mammogram screening and technical reading by a radiologist.

"Special thanks to S&B James Construction Management and Murphy Company for their generous support as tournament sponsors this year," said Jodi Barnard, executive director of Providence Community Health Foundation. "We are truly grateful to the Rogue Valley Country Club and our many volunteers, including event chair Gail Jones, to have again chosen to partner with Providence for this fourth year."