Worthington Fore ALS Golf Classic kicks off in Bonita Springs

Published: January 20, 2015 11:25 AM EST
Updated: January 20, 2015 11:27 AM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Southwest Florida has its fair share of golf courses. Tuesday, dozens of people are hitting the green to raise money for a charity golf tournament.

The 1st Annual Worthington Fore ALS Golf Classic kicked off at the Worthington Country Club, with all proceeds going to benefit ALS research.

Tournament organizers anticipated about 250 golfers are participating.

The tournament is a way of raising the much-needed funds for research to find a cure for the disease.

All proceeds will go directly to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research.

Madeline Kennedy has suffered from ALS for just over two years and is now unable to walk. She still however has a love and passion for golf.

“ALS, as they say, is not incurable; it’s underfunded,” said Kennedy. “We’re hoping to boost the research so we can find a cure.”

Kennedy uses a special golf cart to help her stand up while putting.

Live on WINK News Tuesday morning, Kennedy made a hole in one from a distance of 77.6 feet!

Kennedy’s love for golf shows that she is still able to have control over her life.

The first shotgun of the tournament started at 8 a.m, followed by a second shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The golf tournament is open to members only. It’s taking place at the Worthington Country Club located at 13550 Worthington Way.

To donate to the cause, click here.

To learn more about Kennedy’s story, visit www.conquerALS.com