Progress for Prostate tourney returning to Cripple Creek

This July, the Progress for Prostate Golf Tournament will return to Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro, for what is likely to be yet another successful, sold-out event. On Thursday, July 21, the tournament, started by local award-winning playwright Bob Davis eight years ago, will offer a round of golf, with an eventful evening the night before.

The Progress for Prostate golf tournament, operating in a shamble form this year, includes an optional lunch, with tee times beginning at 1 p.m. The cost to play in the tournament is $125 per person, $500 per foursome, and includes two mulligans, entry into day-of hole-in-one competitions and putting contests, and dinner that evening.

Following the tournament, a “closest to the pin” and longest drive winner for both men and women will be named, with team prizes handed out, as well.

“Participants always have a great time with the tournament,” said Davis, who has organized the event since its start.

Players are allowed to bring a guest to dinner the evening of the tournament, for $30 per guest, but spaces are limited. The tournament will be capped at 105 players this year, and has sold out well in advance in the past two years. Participants can pay at the door the day of the tournament, but reservations must be placed by calling the Cripple Creek pro shop at (302) 539-1446, ext. 2.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to the eight Cripple Creek prostate cancer survivors.

The evening before, on July 20, guests can take part in an evening of food, friends and fun at Cripple Creek Country Club, which includes a dinner and a show, table magic and a silent auction.

That Wednesday evening, starting at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, guests can pay $25 for dinner at the country club and indulge in “Good King Succotash,” the second installment of Davis’ holiday play trilogy.

“It’s a Christmas-themed play,” said Davis, who has written productions put on in Maryland, Texas and Hawaii. “The place will be decorated like a Christmas in July. I think people will really enjoy it.”

The performance will feature members of Cripple Creek. Table magic will be provided by Richard Bloch of Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre, and representatives from Beebe Medical Center will be in attendance to answer questions about prostate cancer. For reservations for Wednesday evening, call the Cripple Creek Country Club at (302) 539-1446, ext. 1.

Ticket costs paid over the two-day event are tax deductible and will go toward Beebe Medical Center’s prostate cancer research, an essential process in the detection and prevention of prostate cancer.

According to statistics from the American Cancer Society, other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men, and it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, behind only lung cancer. Roughly 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime, and approximately 1 out of 35 will die as a result of prostate cancer. When compared with all causes of death in men older than of 45, prostate cancer ranks fifth.

Fortunately, the survival rate for those diagnosed with prostate cancer is high, but early detection is a must. Over its eight years, the Progress for Prostate tournament has raised more than $140,000 for Beebe’s prostate cancer screening program.

“The Progress for Prostate tournament has had a great following over the years,” said Brian Trout, Cripple Creek golf pro and general manager. “It has been very positive for the community and for Beebe. We’ve had a great experience working with them, and it’s nice to generate money for their research, even in a hurt economy. Through the tournament and the events the evening before, people can honor survivors and support a worthy cause.”

Registration for the tournament and the events the night before are now open. Cripple Creek for reservations and availability.