Fairways closed but we can still Play our part in Pink


Miriam Hand, NBCRI and Event Co-Ordinator with Ann Teeling, L.C. Sutton G.C.

The stop start nature of 2020 has been a frustrating time for all us golfers but while our fairways remain closed for another few weeks, the need to support Breast Cancer Research remains as pertinent as ever.

Prior to this latest lockdown, the pink army were making up for lost time in the name of Breast Cancer Research, our fairways awash with flamingo pink and smiling faces as golf united against a dreadful illness. A full timesheet and lots of fun initiatives all helped to make for great entertainment at Douglas Golf Club. Far from your ordinary golf day, the club put on yoga for play in pink, pink ball competitions, pink gin, pink cupcakes, you name it, Douglas delivered.

Despite a curtailed season, it’s been a year of many highlights for the movement and Dromoland Castle was one of a number of clubs to drape itself in pink back in August.
Lady Captain Karina Doyle pulled out all the stops with great support from all the members and in excess of €11.500 raised on the day.
And just because the fairways remain closed for the foreseeable doesn’t mean the good times have to end there. Virtual play in pink sessions, coffee mornings over Zoom or online Masters tipping competitions between friends in Pink Jackets are all great ways to avail of technology and raise much-needed funds for the charity that has been going from strength to strength in recent years.

“Last year ended up with 165 clubs hosting play in pink days and raising an outstanding €208,000 which was our best year,” says Miriam Hand. “With nothing happening until the end of June, the 2020 Lady Captains have put an enormous amount of effort and fun into their play in pink days and it’s been great to see so many events and so many participants in the short time we’ve been able to have them this year.”

For anyone new to the Play in Pink cause, it’s a movement worth playing for; one in eight women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime, while one in 1000 men will also be affected. In-all, there are 3100 new cases diagnosed each year in Ireland. Therefore, we can’t recommend Playing in Pink enough in terms of showing your support to our national charity which funds a comprehensive research programme at the Lambe Institute at NUI Galway. Not only are the days vital fundraisers for Breast Cancer Research but they’re filled with lots of fun and boast eye-catching fashion and action packed golf. Well done to everyone who has taken part this year. Apologies to those who didn’t get a mention but we know who you are and appreciate everything you do.

To get your club involved, visit www.PlayInPink.com for details.

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