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September 13, 2013

PGA president swings for a cure

Tourney raises more than $10K for Riley foundation

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“It was always very fun being around business leaders in the community,” he said.

The 38th PGA president said he nurtured his love of the game working summers at Logansport’s former Rolling Hills Par 3 Golf Course, although he never picked up a club until after high school.

After graduating from Purdue University, where he studied agronomy and turf management, Bishop went on to become the superintendent and club pro at the Phil Harris Golf Course in Linton. He stayed there for 17 years before heading to Franklin, where he started The Legends Golf Club.

Bishop said he felt the tournament was so important for him to attend that he respectfully turned down a request from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff to hold a PGA function on the same day in New York.

“I simply said, ‘That’s the one day I can’t do it,’” he said. “‘I totally respect the governor’s schedule, but I have to go to my hometown.’”

During the lunch before the tournament, Bishop said he was looking forward to playing at Dykeman again.

“I love it,” he said. “It’s always fun to come back here and play. It’s short but challenging. It’s a course I can play every day and honestly never get tired of playing.”

Kiwanis’ “Path to a Cure” campaign is scheduled to conclude at the end of this month. According to the Indiana District of Kiwanis’ website, as of Sept, 5, an additional $57,659.37 is needed to reach the $1 million goal.

Buffalo Wild Wings also donated a percentage of the costs of dinners Wednesday night to Kiwanis’ contribution to the foundation.

Kyle Smith, a Kiwanis Club of Logansport member, said the grand total of funds raised was still being tallied Thursday morning, but was able to confirm the club had exceeded its $10,000 goal.

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