A good golf shot travels long and straight and, obviously, brings with it a smile.
Then there is that dreaded bad golf shot, but sometimes even that can make you smile. That was proved by last week’s b for pink tournament at Don Shula’s Golf Club in Miami Lakes.
Each and every shot in the tournament — good or bad — had the intent of doing lasting good in the fight by women and for women against breast cancer and heart disease.
Stacey Janes, 57, who calls herself a Northern baby (early years in Minnesota) and Southern child (moving to Florida) typified the charity tournament, making the trip from Fort Lauderdale in order to do “some good.”
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Janes grew up playing sports, with two sisters and three brothers.
“I would catch punts for my brother,” she said. “We did sports as a family thing. Sports has always been a good way to give yourself some discipline.”
Golf had a particular appeal to her.
“I’ve always loved it,” she said. “It’s a great game because it’s so tough.”
Making this tournament important to Janes was how it made her feel.
The b fore pink event was raising funds for The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, an organization that is extremely hands-on, going door-to-door teaching women the proper protocol for maintaining their health in various areas. Volunteers even come back a month or so later to check on how the people they taught are doing.
As Andrea Ivory, the founder and executive director of the initiative puts it: “You are going to like our organization. We’re out there in the neighborhoods. We’re an army.”
Breast cancer claims some 40,000 women a year in the United States, and women’s heart disease is a much worse killer at nearly 400,000. Fighting against those deaths made Ivory a CNN Hero in 2009.
And it’s statistics like those that makes Janes, who suffers from neither of those diseases, thankful she can just help the cause.
“It’s just nice to be out in a tournament like this,” she said. “It means a lot to a lot of people and to me. Playing here is like hitting the trifecta.”
Barry University ended last season doing less than it had hoped for. A year ago, the Buccaneers had won two Division II national titles in a row and were striving for a third. However, No. 1 golfer Adam Svensson turned pro in midseason, and coach Jimmy Stobs’ team fell short, making the national tournament but not winning.
There’s no time for looking back.
The Bucs, ranked No. 3 in the nation, got off to a nice start this year by winning the Saint Leo Invitational this week, defeating North Alabama by three strokes on the Lake Jovita course in Dade City. Leading Barry was junior Mario Beltran, who tied for second with a 14-under-par 202 total and had a hole-in-one during the first round.
Lynn University’s Mateo Gomez won the individual title by a stroke.