Golfers hit 101 holes to help with kidney transplant

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

The numbers are in. It appears that four guys at 55 north latitude can golf 101 holes while the sun shines on August 17.

The fundraiser was one of several put on the week of August 15 to 21, to help the Boucher family cover expenses related to a kidney transplant. Bob Boucher is donating a kidney to his son Brady.

Darin Busk, Bruce Bateman, Jack Dewald, and Doug Alberts golfed from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s a good thing they didn’t try on the June 20 summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. On that day the sun rose at around 5 a.m. and set around 10:30 p.m.

“It was a great time for a great family,” says Busk, one of the golfers. He’s been golfing for around 40 years, and this was his longest day on the golf course.

At 2:25 p.m., just after finishing the 59th hole, Dewald told the Leader, “We’re starting to get a little tired, but we’re okay.”

The golfers got 54 birdies and two eagles. A birdie is one under par and an eagle is two under par.

People donated to golf fundraiser in various ways. They did flat donations or per hole, birdie or eagle.

During the week, there were two other fundraisers for the Boucher’s.

Boucher works at Whitecap Chevrolet in Slave Lake. Several of the golfers and the organizers of the other two events also work at Whitecap.

On Saturday August 15, Debbie Greenaway organized a ‘trunk sale’ and bottle drive at Whitecap.

“It was awesome,” Greenaway says. “The community is great.”

People sold various items out of the trunks of their cars and boxes of their pickups. A few people brought their classic cars to brighten the scene. Donations included $450 from the Slave Lake office of Plains Midstream.

From Tuesday, August 18 to Friday, August 21, there was also an online auction to support the family.

Left to right: Bruce Bateman, Darin Busk, Jack Dewald, and Doug Alberts pose with their 59th hole on August 17. All told they golfed 101 holes. They played all day to raise money to help Bob Boucher donate a kidney to his son Brady.

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