Zack Moon thought he had the flu, but it turned out to be much worse.
The 22-year-old was diagnosed with Wegener's disease, which is a rare disorder that affects the lungs, kidneys, other organs and soft tissue of the body. It requires treatments of immunosuppression, which reduces the activation or efficacy of the immune system.
It's a terminal disease, but it's treatable for a while. That treatment at Tampa General has exhausted the family's funds, so that's why Triple S Golf Ranch is hosting a golf tournament Aug. 16 with proceeds benefiting the family.
"This is something that hit him suddenly," said Nancy Smith, Moon's aunt and manager at Triple S. "He had just started to go back to college; now he can't do anything but continually get treatments, which pretty much just make him as comfortable as possible."
Moon has a wife and young daughter. Separate donations can be made to CenterState Bank in Dade City. As for the golf event, the cost is $50 per golfer or $200 per team. There will be contests and prizes for the top three teams. Deadline to register is Aug. 15, and Smith is still looking for hole sponsors.
For more information, call Smith at (352) 567-6622.
JUNIOR GOLF: Fox Hollow Golf Club has a junior program that meets every Saturday and will host a summer camp Aug. 10-13.
On Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., junior golfers can learn instruction and golf etiquette for $5 per child.
For the camp, the cost is $125 for members, $175 for nonmembers, and includes lunch, a scramble and an awards ceremony at the end of the week.
For more information, call (727) 376-6333.
JUNIOR CAMP: Magnolia Valley Golf Club in New Port Richey has a junior golf camp that runs through the second week of August.
The camp is Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $85 for the week.
For more information, call (727) 847-2342.
LEAGUE: The Oak Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill has formed a nine-hole Ladies League that will run this summer and winter.
The league will be run by Barbara Dohm, with summer tee times at 8:46 a.m. every Monday and winter tee times at 2 p.m. every Monday. Dohm asks that golfers arrive at least 20 minutes before teeing off.
Membership dues will be announced later. Signups are available at the course.
For more information, call Dohm at (352) 596-9930 or Oak Hills at (352) 683-6830.
ANOTHER LEAGUE: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville will host a Women's Summer Golf League every Monday at 8:30 a.m.
The cost is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes a round of golf, lunch and weekly prizes.
There is also a Twilight Summer Golf League every Tuesday that begins next week. Cost is $10 per play and tee time is at 5:30 p.m.
For more information, call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.
Aug. 9: The East Lake Arsenal U15 girls and U12 boys soccer teams will host their inaugural East Lake Arsenal Soccer Club Benefit Golf Tournament at the East Lake Golf and Country Club in Oldsmar.
There will be a 2 p.m. shotgun start for four-person scrambles at a cost of $70 per person. Proceeds will benefit the two soccer teams.
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Aug. 16: Wesley Chapel High School Football Boosters will host the Third Annual Wildcat Football Golf Tournament at Lexington Oaks Golf Course with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.
The cost is $65 per player or $250 per team. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive and closest to the pin for both men and women. For more information, call (813) 907-7270.
Nov. 7: Alzheimer's Family Organization is hosting its Ninth Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Beacon Woods Golf Club in Bayonet Point.
Registration is 6 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30. The event will be a foursome scramble/best ball format and cost is $75 per person. There will be contests, including a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
Proceeds will benefit individuals with Alzheimer's and their families in Pasco County.
For more information, call (727) 848-8888.
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