Brian Morris forms charity for cancer-stricken golfers
An application has been submitted for approval of a new charity aimed specifically for cancer-stricken golfers.
The charity has been formed by Brian Morris, the Ocean View Golf Course head professional, to help golfers battling cancer to fulfil their dreams and cover costs to play the sport.
“I’m actually starting this new charity, ‘Brian Morris Fight Fore Cancer’, and it’s going to be like kind of golf-specific cancer patients,” Morris, who has stage 4 brain cancer, told The Royal Gazette.
“Maybe things like fulfilling guys dreams to go watch a PGA Tour event, going in their last Pro-Am, a last golf trip with their golfing buddies. Kind of like a Make a Wish Foundation type of thing.
“I also worked out rates with the local golf courses where these guys can go out and play up Port Royal with help from me. The charity will take care of everything.”
The application for the new charity was submitted for approval earlier this month.
“The charity is in the process right now of being approved and hopefully we get approval,” Morris added. “That would be awesome and I’m expecting that to happen in the coming weeks”
Cheryl-Lynne Thompson, the Ocean View Golf Course president, believes the new charity is a wonderful idea.
“‘I think it’s extraordinary and such a good idea for him [Morris] to come up. I’m looking forward to the approval of it in order to move on it immediately,” she said.
“We are all in support and assisting in whatever way we can.
“It will reach out to far more people because it’s simple expenses related to golf.
“It’s going to be a fun charity providing that outlet for people to be able to afford the opportunity to play at different places and enjoy the game without having to indulge in their own finances and expenses they will have.”
Morris fulfilled his dream of playing in a PGA Tour event in the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at Port Royal Golf Course last month after being extended a sponsor exemption.
Weeks later Ocean View staff, club members, family and friends raised $10,000 to go towards his medical expenses from proceeds of the Thanks and Giving Golf Tournament benefit fundraiser.
“It was awesome to see the amount of support out there,” Morris said.
“To see people like that come out and support you makes you fight harder.”