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Golf marathon raises money for cancer

Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / August 3, 1998

LAPLACE – Belle Terre Country Club head golf professional Bob Hasbrouck and Destrehan High School head football coach Scott Martin lived every golfer’s dream Thursday, playing a whole day of golf.

But while they had had fun doing it, they were also doing it for a serious matter – to raise money for cancer. The two received pledges for eachround completed, raising over $500 for cancer research.

Hasbrouck and Martin, the Club Champion, started at 6:30 a.m. and playeduntil dark. They were able to get in 144 holes (eight rounds), averagingapproximately an hour and a half per round. Their fastest round was playedin one hour, 20 minutes and their fastest nine in 40 minutes.

Hasbrouck shot a total score of 557 (19 under par) for the eight rounds with a low round of 65, including a 30 on the back nine. His roundsincluded three eagles and 32 birdies. Martin shot a total score of 560 (16under par) with low rounds of 67 (twice). Martin had one eagle and 33birdies.

Assisting the players was the Belle Terre marshaling crew who cleared the path for continuous play. The crew was made up of Larry Wagner (wholost a son to cancer), Cecil Dufrene, Jim McKeown, Frank Bourdonnay (whose wife is battling cancer right now) and Don Savoie Sr.

Martin, who lost his two grandfathers to cancer and has a grandmother who has the disease, said he was glad he was able to take part in the marathon and represent Destrehan High School and the community.

“It’s a lot of fun but a lot of seriousness too,” Martin said. “It is agolfer’s fantasy but at the same time we can’t forget the seriousness of it either. We are doing it for a cause.”Hasbrouck said he was involved in a similar marathon in Charleston, South Carolina in 1986. And while he and Martin are good friends, there is stillcompetition there.

“I still want to beat him,” Hasbrouck said, then turned to the reason for the marathon. “It is serious cause. I wish we could do these more often.”Hasbrouck said anyone still wishing to contribute to the cause can make checks payable to the American Cancer Society and bring them to him at Belle Terre.

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