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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 169
Phone (03) 5338 3010 www.ballaratgolfclub.com.au 1800 Sturt Street, Ballarat BALLARAT’S PREMIER GOLF COURSE ■ 18 holes of golf ■ plus lunch from the lounge menu click here for all the info SOCIAL GOLF DEAL SOCIAL GOLF DEAL $35 PER GOLFER GENE LITTLER SKIN CANCER LONG before sunscreen and catchy sun smart slogans were a thing, 1961 US Open winner Gene Littler was struck down in 1972 by a malignant melanoma – a skin cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes. Sometimes considered a death sentence, Littler successfully fought the cancer with surgery and managed to return to the tour within months. The following year he beat Australian Bruce Crampton to win the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Golf Classic by one stroke and collected another four PGA Tour titles before his retirement, bringing his total professional victories to 52. JARROD LYLE LEUKEMIA x2 A BOUT of leukemia is something no one should ever have to endure during their lifetime. Australian Jarrod Lyle has done it twice. The eminently likeable Victorian survived the shocking disease when he was 17 and it was almost two years after his diagnosis before he had the strength to walk around a golf course again. Against all odds he made his professional debut in 2004 and strung together a solid career, before the tragic news that his leukemia had returned in 2012. Again he fought and won the potentially fatal battle, then returned to golf at the 2013 Australian Masters, where he won a legion of fans and took his charity work to raise money for cancer research to new heights. BEN HOGAN LIFE-THREATENING CAR CRASH WINNING a US Open is admirable enough, let alone when you’re six months removed from a car crash in which you were critically injured. Golfing legend Ben Hogan came close to death in 1949 after a head-on collision between his car and a bus while driving through Texas, with the force of the crash breaking his collarbone, ankle and pelvis, crushing one of his ribs and causing a blood clot that almost claimed his life. Doctors doubted the eventual nine-time major winner would walk again, let alone swing a club. But in an astonishing show of strength, Hogan played his first tournament 11 months after the crash. Five months later and with his legs wrapped in bandages, he entered the US Open and made par at the final hole to force an 18-hole playoff against Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio, which he duly won the following day. Hogan went on to win his first Masters title the following year and a further four majors before the end of 1953.
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