Aliso Viejo Golf Club hosted its third annual Susan G. Komen for the Cure Rally for the Cure golf tournament in Aliso Viejo on Saturday. About 100 members of the club each paid $75 to play in the tournament, the net proceeds of which will go toward the fight against breast cancer.
According to Aliso Viejo Golf Club general manager Rick Williams, this is the third year the club has held the event. It is a collaboration between Rally for the Cure, AVGC's Women's Golf Association and AVGC's Men's Golf Association.
"The men here are very supportive of the Susan G. Komen Foundation," said Nila Trider, who has played all three years in the golf tournament. She has several friends who have had some form of breast cancer. She plays in the tournament to show her support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's programs and research.
Trider's partner during the tournament was Dennis Metzler, who said, "It's a very good cause."
Husband and wife Laura and Dan Morefield played in the tournament because they know people who have had family members diagnosed with breast cancer and other forms of cancers. Laura Morefield has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She says research by the foundation and other cancer research centers can assist one another.
"Sometimes, one type of cancer research can uncover something new to help fight another type of cancer," she said. "People are getting earlier diagnoses, and that's great. Now we are beginning to understand genotypes which are the genetic codes for cancers. We have so much work that needs to be done. We've got to keep researching."
After the tournament, participants went into the clubhouse to enjoy a buffet lunch and silent auction.
Peggy Hutchinson, who also has many friends battling the disease, was looking over the auction items.
"I think of Elizabeth Edwards and what grace and dignity that she possessed through her illness. And I think of the support that Phil Mickelson gave to both his wife, Amy, and his mother when they were battling breast cancer," Hutchinson said.
Private events director Chrislynn Van Skiver and tournament player Cheryl Rodgers were also looking at auction items. Rodgers' sister is a breast cancer survivor.
"We come out and have a lot of fun for something that's really important," said Rodgers.
For more information about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Orange County Chapter, call 714-957-9157.