Begg is the driving force behind Take a Stroke for Stroke, a golf fundraiser which was held for the first time in 2016 and is already in the midst of qualifying for its upcoming National Final at Mercure Kooindah Waters on the New South Wales Central Coast in April 2018.
"I developed the event after losing my father with a stroke, the stroke left him bedridden and paralysed down the left hand side of his body," Begg said.
"For two years, I watched him deteriorate from this killer disease."
Gary Begg (left) at a 2016 Take a Stroke for Stroke Regional Final.
"I approached The Stroke Foundation [in 2014] to see how I may be able to help raise funds. After a lot of research, I found out that they do not have a national or annual fundraiser.
Begg took matters into his own hands and launched Take a Stroke for Stroke.
Any golf club around Australia can get involved simply by providing a list of golfers who have won a Nearest the Pin competition at their course on any given day in the current month of November.
Based on the location of entrants from November qualifying, a series of Regional Finals will be held throughout Australia in February and March with the host venues to be announced closer to the date.
Aside from the knowledge that all funds raised will go to The Stroke Foundation, the incentive for men's and women's club golfers to get involved is huge.
The Nearest the Pin grade winners from each Regional Final will win a $1,000 travel voucher but that's only a fraction of what goes on the line at the National Final.
The 100-plus lucky golfers who advance to the Take a Stroke for Stroke 2018 National Final at Kooindah Waters in April have the chance to win either $10,000 cash or a trip for two people to the 2019 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in the US.*
"Being a Golf Professional for over 35 years and knowing the health benefits associated with the game, that is why I have developed the Take A Stroke For Stroke NTP for all golfers,” said Begg.
“In 2016 we had 35 clubs involved, we had clubs from New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. This time, with the help of MPower Golf and iSeekGolf we hope to have more than 100 clubs on board.”
Stroke is Australia’s second biggest cause of death and, nationally, there are 60,000 strokes each year.
An estimated 350,000 people in Australia are living with stroke, a disease which kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer.
Beyond those who suffer the physical consequences of stroke, the emotional impact of the disease spreads to a countless number of family, friends and carers.
To make an active contribution to fighting stroke, encourage your club to get involved in Take a Stroke for Stroke.
For more information, visit www.takeastrokeforstroke.com
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