James Belviy couldn’t hold back the fact that he’s not a big fan of the color pink and isn’t much of a golfer.
But on Monday, the 34-year-old from Copperas Cove took out the clubs and donned a pink golf shirt, put on a pink ribbon temporary tattoo on his cheekbone and wore the color.
Belviy wasn’t playing for the shirt on his back or for himself. Belviy and 55 golfers took to the Stonetree Golf Club to play for the Waco chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
“I hate every shade of pink, but it’s for a good cause. That’s my teardrop,” Belviy joked as he pointed to the temporary tattoo.
The club hosted the sixth annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament on an overcast day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The four-man scramble format tournament raised more than $1,700 for the foundation.
This year’s amount of $1,710 was about $500 more than what the event raised last year.
Belviy was playing golf for just the second time in his life for his aunt, Vicki Walker, who is currently battling the disease.
Walker’s cancer seemed to go into the remission, but then resurfaced in her liver and bones.
“It’s just fun for me to be out here,” Belviy said. “There’s not much I can do to help her, but this is a little bit that I can do.”
The group included other golfers who have lost loved ones to the disease like event organizer John Schultz.
“Hopefully next year we’ll have more,” Schultz said. “Hopefully we’ll be in this location here.
“It’ll definitely be in October and hopefully more people will come out for next year.”
John started the event in 2008 when his sister, Tina Schultz, was fighting for her life after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005.
Tina died in 2009 at the age of 49, but before she died, John promised her that he would start a golf tournament and keep it going until a cure was found.
The event included cash prizes for teams, pink-and-white-striped gift bags for participants and players could buy mulligans and donate more money to tee from shorter distances on certain holes.
Jim Cody and Zack Owen made the yearly trip from Waco, where they host the “Zack and Jim in the Mornings” radio show on 100 FM, to Killeen for the tournament.
“We cut out a little bit early,” Owen said. “My boss said, ‘What are you all doing, are you done for the day?’ I said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to play golf.’”
“This is one of the only golf courses in the area we haven’t torn up yet so we’re looking forward to it,” Cody said before the start of his round.
The foursome of Allen Mills, Haval Abbas, Nathaniel Fowler and Shane Freeberg won the tournament by a stroke with a team score of 58.