It's all good on a golf course
Cancer patient thrives at FORE Their Future tourney
Friday, August 09, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - Logan Smith hit a shot off a power box, nearly didn't find his best drive of the day, and dubbed his final tee shot off the end of his club.
A gallery, including Little River Pro Pete Kretz (center), watches Brody Waara putt on the first green during Friday’s FORE Their Future tourney. EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Not to worry. After what Smith has been through, there's nothing to fret about on a golf course. He was all smiles after his round of 53 at Little River Country Club, site of the final FORE Their Future event of the season.
Smith, 10, of Peshtigo, played golf two days after a dose of chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
His belly hurt and he was initially tired, but eased into the groove of a good morning of golf on a picture-perfect summer day.
It was grandparent's day, and Smith was accompanied by his grandparents, Lisa and Tom Smith, and by his Godmother, Rachel Handley.
In its second year, FORE Their Future attracted 93 youth golfers to Friday's tourney.
"And I think just as many grandparents," said Tom Lund, a Fore Their Future volunteer scorekeeper.
The program has grown beyond Lund's expectations.
"It's just a great thing for the kids," Lund said, "things we never had when we grew up."
Golf was out of the question after Nov. 2, 2011, when Smith was diagnosed with ALL. For a year, he couldn't go to school and couldn't even leave the house in order to prevent infection.
"I was a house rat," Smith said. "It was sort of fun because I got to play as many video games as I wanted."
One day, he got out of the house for 15 minutes. His father, Derek Smith, built a ski ramp off the deck, and Logan skied down the ramp.
He still faces 21⁄2 years of chemotherapy, but his doctor says there is a 95 percent chance the cancer won't reoccur. No contact sports are allowed, but he was looking forward to playing baseball with his friends at his birthday party later Friday. He had a blast at the Kalahari Water Park in Wisconsin Dells.
The Make A Wish Foundation gave him two options - a shopping spree, or a trip to Disney World, and he chose the latter.
He's the son of Anne (Hipke) Impola and the grandson of Sue and Jim Hipke.
Smith wears a purple wristband that says, "Cancer Sucks." His zest for life suggests there will be a lot more rounds of golf, baseball games and ski runs in his future.
"I hope I can win more trophies than my dad," he said. "That's my goal in life. And, get a good job."
Sponsors for FORE Their Future include Brian Bozelka, E.P. Olsen Machine, Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Jerry & Katie Brezinski, TBC Masonry, Kountry Rhode RV Center, Cegelski & Cegelski SC, Bay Cities Insurance, Marinette Garden Center, The Insurance Works Agency, Cozzy's Polaris, Westlund Bus Lines, Mickey Lu Bar-B-Q, Mountain Woods Furniture, Rite Way Auto Body, Thielen Funeral Home, UP-Rite Distributing, UES Computers Sales & Service and Wagner-Casper Insurance.
Brad Thielen 40, Andy Swanson 43, Brendon Kriedeman 44, Brock Jersey 53
Abby Dufrane 37, Cassie Hilbert 50, Liz Lang & Alycia Schenk 57
Garrett Waloway 38, Dakota Langlois 41, Mike Wagner 51, Christian Kenney 52, Eric Powers 53, Ryan Deau 56, Devon Niemi 58, Austin Trepanier 73
Kayla Thielen 46, Taylor Barggren 64, Lexi Bretl 66
Pierce Allord & Kasey Casper 45, Trent Carriveau & Matt Wagner 47, Dylon Gilligan 48, Tyler Lund 49, Wesley Knutson 52, Bryce Jacobson 56, Carson Polomis & Raymond Dexter 57, Chas Ferm 60, Trey Bretl 62, Ty Davis 63, Carter Bourgeois 64, Joseph Faucett 70, Jace Moker 72, Colin Nygren 103
Ericka Priebe 39, Maddie Mielke 50, Mariah Chenier 56, Abby Wingender 61, Sierra Niemi 65, Hallie Olsen 70, Kailyn Chenier 76
Ty Kretz 43, Karson Casper 46, Bryson Mercier 49, Adam Bauman 50, Logan Smith 53, Alex Powers 60, Hayden Myers 66, Ethan Barggren 75, Seth Davis 80, Gabe Fugere 95
Autumn Erickson 63, Katie Mielke 64, Auburn Waloway 67, Ashlee Erickson 70
Kelten Hermanson 35, Grant Bauman & Carson Erdman 41, Kaiden Bailey 42, Noah Cegelski 45, Trey Kretz 46, Theron Thayer, Chad Kenney & Zachary Wallin 47, Travis Lund 51, Austin Pillsbury 52, Keegan Polomis & Alex Raygo 55, Ronan Allord 56, Harrison Chenier 62, Jaxon Moker 63, Brody Waara 75
Dalanie Langlois 42, Sydney Lund 62, Hannah Chenier 67, Camryn Ferm 70, Lindsey Wingender 71