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Golf pro takes to links in name of ALS

Averages 78 per round over seven rounds
Jessey Church - Aberdeen Glen
Aberdeen Glen golf pro Jessey Church / Glacier Media file photo

Jessey Church has completed what just might be the golfing equivalent of a marathon.

On June 2, the pro at Aberdeen Glen hit the links at 4 a.m. and continued the drives, chips and putts until the sun went down 18 hours after his first swing.

Church did so as a participant in the  PGA of BC’s annual Golf-a-thon, held to raise funds and awareness for people living with ALS.

Over that time, he played 128 holes - equal to just over seven rounds - and averaged a score of 78 each round. In all, he scored 19 birdies, 61 pars, and 48 bogies.

And, as of Monday, he's raised $3,763 - putting him about two-thirds of the way towards his goal of $5,000. To help out, go to

Also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a degenerative disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and causes a loss of control of voluntary muscles.

Typically the person is immobilized within two to five years of the initial diagnosis. There is no known cause or cure.