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Women's golf league hitting the links to raise money

For more than decade a ladies only golf league in Lexington has been hitting the links to raise thousands of dollars for breast cancer support.

The league is know as the "5 o'clock Ladies" and they are the focus of this month's Think Pink segment.

Its five o'clock and that means time to hit the links at Picadome Golf Course in Lexington, ladies only please.

"The 5 o'clock Ladies League has really been in existence for about 20 years,"said Lynne Fitzgerald, a member.

Fitzgerald is one of the newest members, but she quickly found a foursome in the group of 43.

Fitzgerald learned her "5 o'clock Ladies" were about so much more than putting up a good score.

"Actually we have a lot of breast cancer survivors in this league, so we have five or six I can think of right off the top of my head."

So aside from their regular Wednesday night game, the "5 o'clock Ladies" also work to help fight breast cancer.

When one of their own lost her battle 16 years ago their drive to help kicked in.

"1996 is when Komen started that was the initiative to get people to support research for breast cancer so "5 o'clock Ladies being a golf league it was a natural to do a golf scramble as the fundraiser."

To date the ladies have raised $115,000 and Saturday August 18 they hope to add to that total when they hold their annual scramble.

The "5 o'clock Ladies are hoping to leave a lasting memory of their play at Picadome by installing a memory garden for breast cancer survivors on hole number five for the "5 o'clock Ladies."

While golf is what brings these women together weekly on the green, its their bond off the course and their efforts to help women that really makes them a league.

"Our hope is to let people know you can make a difference."

And that to these ladies is better than a hole in one!

To sign up or donate:

The 15th annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation will be held on Saturday, August 18th at the Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course at Picadome located on 469 Parkway Drive in Lexington. Check in is at 7:30 a.m. and there will be a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m.

Four- member teams can enter either the all women category or the mixed category of 2 men and 2 women. The entry fee is $75.00 per person.

The Entry Fee includes:
• Greens fee and golf cart,
• Lunch,
• Prizes for the top two mixed teams and women's teams,
• Prizes for the "Longest Drive" and" Closest to the Pin" for men and for women AND
• A chance to be the first to sink a "hole in one", on a pre-selected hole, and win a two year lease on a 2012 Cadillac SRX donated by Quantrell Cadillac-Volvo.

The day of the tournament players will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (3 cash prize awards), mulligans, skirts, and strings. Silent Auction items will also be available for purchase with proceeds from this event will be used to fund an on-site (Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course) Memory Garden honoring members lost to or survivors of breast cancer.

The success of this fund raiser depends on support from members of and businesses located in the greater Lexington Area. If you are interested in being recognized for:

• being a "Pink Ribbon" sponsor of a golf hole ($100.00) for a sign with your name or your businesses name on the tee box
• providing merchandise for sale at the Silent Auction (recognition signage by merchandise)
• making a donation in memory or in honor of an individuals with breast cancer, or
• registering a team for the scramble

Please contact Lynne Fitzgerald, 859.309.0585 or lynne.fitzgerald@insightbb.com

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