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Show goes on for ‘Swing for a Cure’

—Submitted photo Golfers compete at the ‘Swing for a Cure’ golf outing last year. Trinity Diabetes Center offers open-ended date alternative for annual fundraiser.

Event organizers decided to get creative for this year’s “Swing for a Cure” golf tournament amid a global pandemic.

Instead of canceling the event, the Trinity Diabetes Center and tourney planning committee amended its approach to offer a rolling schedule over the course of the next six weeks, which will better accommodate its sponsors, volunteers and participants.

From July 15 through Sept. 1, four-person teams are able take part in the 15th annual tournament at the Fort Dodge Country Club. The 18-hole format stays the same, along with the availability of flight prizes, golf balls, snacks, refreshments, and support for those affected by diabetes.

What’s changed? The flexibility. Foursomes are being asked to schedule a tee time and play on their own within the adjusted parameters, turning a scorecard in at the end of their respective rounds to formally complete the process.

The event’s planning committee said in a statement, “as a health care organization, the safety and well-being of our community, staff and patients is our number one priority. For everyone’s safety and in compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines, we have redesigned our annual Swing for a Cure golf outing. We feel the format is responsible and appropriate, but provides a new and exciting way for us to continue this important event and support a cause near and dear to our hearts.”

Openings are still available in the tournament at a cost of $100 per player, or $400 per team. The entry fee, which covers 18 holes of golf and use of a cart, supports the fight against Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the region.

All proceeds – which have reached $176,000 in the previous 14 tournaments combined – are used to send children to diabetes camp, as well as funding pre-diabetes education classes, the annual diabetes fair, and training for the diabetes staff.

For more information or to sign up, please call (515) 574-6350.

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