When these Moose say ‘Four’ they really mean it | TahoeDailyTribune.com

When these Moose say ‘Four’ they really mean it

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Local celebrity caddie Norma Santiago, left, hands golfer Mary Luckel a club at the Moose Lodge fundraiser for the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League held at the Tahoe Paradise Golf Course.

The Loyal Order of the Moose might want to change their name to the Mighty Moose.

Four golfers from the South Lake Tahoe service club raised a considerable amount of money to fight cancer locally on the summer solstice. The Longest Day of Golf at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course raised $7,287.25 for the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League.

The money will help purchase gasoline for plenty of medical trips to Carson City, Reno and Davis. Funds donated also go toward medication and treatments. It all goes to residents on the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

Rus Wilson, Dave Gilpin, Mary Luckel and Don Wells golfed from 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 21, the longest day of the year.

“It was pretty warm,” Wilson recalled. “The hardest part was getting up so early.”

Each duffer played 105 holes. Rumor has it that there were even a couple of birdies. The stroke total was 2,093.

“The next day I made it from my bed to my couch,” Wilson said.

The South Lake Tahoe Cancer League and Loyal Order of the Moose had nearly 60 volunteers who helped the fearsome foursome throughout the day. Moreover, there were 174 pledges donated.

Next year, the Moose Lodge plans to do it all over again, and Wilson has an idea to make the event bigger.

“I want to make a challenge to the disc golfers,” said Wilson, a self-described “so-called ball golfer.”

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