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Putt Down Drive Out Cancer outing in May 18

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Two Dublin Coffman High School sophomores are hoping one of Dublin's favorite sports brings out the community.

Ross Guthery and Ryan Turk are organizing this year's Putt Down Drive Out Cancer golf fundraiser on May 18 and are aiming for high numbers.

"Our goal is to bring people out," Turk said.

"We want to help out the American Cancer Society more than in past years," he said.

"We want to bring out more people and make more money."

The event, created in 2010 by Scott Reed and Thomas Dunne, has been passed down to Dublin high school golfers over the years to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

"My brother was a previous co-chairman," Guthery said.

"We both lost our grandmother to cancer," he said.

"My brother was looking for someone to pass the torch on to."

Guthery then recruited Turk, who helped out with last year's Putt Down Drive Out Cancer fundraiser.

"Ross is a good friend and he asked for help," Turk said.

"I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn business stuff and help out the community."

Since 2010, Putt Down Drive Out Cancer has raised $20,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Guthery and Turk said they are hoping to increase that total this year.

"Cancer is so wide spread, it's hard to not be touched by it," Turk said.

The Putt Down Drive Out Cancer fundraiser will start at 1:30 p.m. May 18 at the Golf Club of Dublin with registration and lunch.

A shotgun start is slated for 2:30 p.m. with an 18-hole scramble format planned.

"During the rounds there will be small competitions at each hole with small prizes," Turk said.

"People have been very generous this year," Guthery added.

The group has gained 501 3c status since last year's event, an accomplishment that has made corporate fundraising easier.

"It's nice to have," Guthery said, adding there are fewer hoops to jump through.

Organizing the event, however, hasn't been entirely easy.

"This is much bigger than anything I've done in the past," Guthery said.

"I've done community outreach and leadership before, but this is definitely a bigger experience than before," Turk said.

With a bigger experience, Guthery and Turk are also hoping for bigger crowds and a bigger check to give to the American Cancer Society after golf is wrapped up May 18.

"We want to keep raising awareness," Turk said.

Registration for the event is $125 for a single player or $400 for a foursome.

Registration must be completed by May 6 and can be done by emailing puttdowncancer@gmail.com.

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