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Golf tourney to benefit charity for sports-loving cancer patients

The family of former Dacula High School football player that won his battle with cancer will host a golf tournament next month to benefit a charity that gave him a very special experience.

In 2011, Chris Pendley was diagnosed with a soft-tissue cancer called embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma. Despite going through 20 rounds apiece of chemotherapy and radiation, he made it to every practice and game that his beloved Dacula Falcons football team had.

This May, a nonprofit group sent Pendley and his family to Dublin, Ohio, to meet professional golfer Bubba Watson. It was, as Pendley put it, “pretty awesome.

Now the Pendleys are hosting a golf tournament to benefit that group, the Courage for Life Foundation. Held Oct. 26 at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Monroe, registration is $75 and includes entry fee, lunch and a coupon for another discounted round of golf. With a noon shotgun start, the tournament will also feature closest-to-the-hole and door prizes.

All proceeds will benefit the Courage for Life Foundation, which “grants life-encouraging sports experiences to high school athletes with life-threatening illnesses.”

“We are looking for hole sponsors, door prizes and players,” Tracy Pendley, Chris’ mother, said.

To enter, contact Pendley at 404-213-2054 or twp630@yahoo.com or Bo Turner at 404-885-0644. For more information on the tournament or the charity, contact Bear Creek Golf Club at 770-207-5511 or visit courageforlifefoundation.org.