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Putt Down Drive Out Cancer

Student-run event helps battle against cancer

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Grant Guthery (left) is organizing the Putt Down Drive Out golf fundraiser this year, The event raised $6,000 for the American Cancer Society last year. The fundraiser was started in 2010 and graduates Jack Sparling (center) and David Washbush have helped in the past.
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The second time could be the charm for Grant Guthery.

The first Putt Down Drive Out Cancer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society run last year by the Coffman High School senior went well, but organizing the May 18 event this year has been done with ease.

Guthery and Jerome High School Junior Brady Bohl took over the golf fundraiser last year from Dublin graduates Scott Reed and Thomas Dunne who created the event in 2010.

"My grandma died from cancer," Guthery. "It was a way to honor her."

This year Guthery was on his own as Bohl's hectic schedule forced him out of the event.

Last year served as a great learning experience, however, and prepared Guthery for organizing the event this year.

"It went unbelievably well," he said of the 2012 fundraiser. "We had a gift bag and people didn't expect that. We had some great sponsors."

Last year's Putt Down Drive Out Cancer fundraiser drew 44 players and raised $6,015 for the American Cancer Society.

This year, Guthery is aiming for 72 players and $8,000. The money will be donated to the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life.

Not too many changes are in store for Putt Down Drive Out Cancer this year, Guthery said. The May 18 event will be a four-player team, 18-hole scramble with a 2:30 p.m. shotgun start.

"January through March last year we were just trying to get money so we could put on the tournament," Guthery said. "This year we had the money, so we could get a start on prizes."

Guthery has also gotten a start on training his replacements. He plans to be at Ohio State University this time next year, wrapping up his freshman year.

"I still want to be involved, but we need some new leadership," he said, adding his brother, Ross Guthery, and friend, Ryan Turk, have stepped up to help out this year and learn the ropes.

With the home stretch nearing for Guthery's final year at Coffman High School and the Putt Down Drive Out Cancer fundraiser, the senior is looking forward to an action-packed May.

"I want to finish the year with something I'm passionate about," Guthery said.

"When I'm passionate about something I work hard," he said. "I'm really excited.

"The event is right before the last week of school. Everything came so close together."

To donate to the event or sign up for the golf scramble, find the "Putt Down Drive Out Cancer" page on Facebook.

A sign-up sheet is also online at the Dublin City School's website, dublinschools.net.

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