Shoot for a Cure returns in a new way

Jeanne Visser | Staff Writer

The office of former Boyden-Hull basketball coach, Paul Walton, includes pictures of three players who are deceased. Jon Bomgaars (left) played for Walton from 1992-1995; Mitch Westra was a member of the 1996 and 1997 varsity teams and Brent “Joe” Marra was on the 2000 and 2001 Comet teams. Walton hopes that this year’s Shoot for a Cure fundraiser will establish a Boyden-Hull scholarship in memory of these players.

Shoot for a Cure is back. But the 2018 event takes place on a golf course instead of a basketball court.

For 11 years, Shoot for a Cure was an annual spring fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and included teams of former Boyden-Hull basketball players playing against each other. The last one was organized in 2012.

The new Shoot for a Cure is an 18-hole four-person best-ball golf tournament at Rolling Hills Country Club, Hull, Friday, July 13.

The tournament is full, with 24 teams signed up. And there’s a waiting list. But the community is invited to a social hour at 4:30 that afternoon.

Former Boyden-Hull basketball coach, Paul Walton, is one of the organizers.

“This golf tournament was the idea of some of my former players,” he explained. “They like getting together and they play more golf than basketball these days.”

Walton is in charge of fundraising and will be the official golf outing marshal. He’s joined by Loreen Marra in charge of finances and the host of Shoot for a Cure. Nick Smit, Rock Valley, is lining up sponsors and banners.

Most of the golfers entered in the tournament are former Boyden-Hull basketball players, family and friends, according to Walton, who turned 70 this year.

“They all like to come back and see old friends and support this cause. I’ll be the oldest player out there,” he said with a laugh.

The cause is raising money for the American Cancer Society and creating a new Boyden-Hull scholarship.

“Some of the former players suggested establishing a scholarship in memory of former basketball players, Jon Bomgaars, Mitch Westra and Brent ‘Joe’ Marra,” explained Walton. “The scholarship will be given to a Boyden-Hull senior and we’re inviting everyone to support this effort.”

Anyone can attend the social hour at 4:30 where appetizers will be served for a free-will donation and raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be available.

“Shoot for a Cure is a great chance for Boyden-Hull players to reconnect with coaches and friends,” added Marra.

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