Brad Revell birdied his first hole as a member of the Canadian Tour today in Victoria, B.C. at the Times Colonist Island Savings Open. It’s a good start for the 23 year-old whose rounds under par this year will mean more than just putting money in his own pocket.
Revell announced this morning that for every round he has under par this year on the Canadian Tour he will be donating $20 to the Southeastern Ontario Cancer Centre in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario. The donation is in honour of his brother, Craig, who tragically died of cancer on September 24, 2005 at just 20 years of age.
A golfer on scholarship at Michigan State University, Craig won the first NCAA Tournament he played in during the fall of 2003. He soon returned home to bravely fight the disease that would eventually take his life. The elder Revell was a phenom in Ontario golf circles having won the 2001 Junior Tournament of Champions and the 2002 Ontario Junior Championship – both titles that younger brother Brad would eventually go on to win as well.
The Golf Association of Ontario named their year-end Junior Order of Merit Award for Craig Revell. Appropriately, Brad was the first recipient.
Subsequently the GAO also created a Scholarship in Craig Revell’s name as well.
I was fortunate to play some golf with Craig over the years, and had the pleasure of watching both brothers display their talents on the golf course in various tournaments. At close range I was also able to see them become fine young men with great respect for the game and their competitors.
Few moments stand out in my life more than watching Brad receive the trophy at the 2005 Ontario Junior Tournament of Champions from his ailing brother who, despite not feeling well, followed his brother along the course that week from the limited comfort of a golf cart. Their parents, Al and Judy, as always, were alongside. Thoughts of that day, that ceremony, still bring me to tears today.
Craig was inspirational in his battle with cancer, still golfing when he could and putting up some amazing numbers, and to no surprise Brad calls him his hero. Craig never got the chance to play professional golf, but now Brad has that opportunity. In some ways, with this planned donation by Brad, the pair will form a special team on the 2011 Canadian Tour – one brother playing while the other inspires him to play his best and get the most out of life each and every day.
Let’s hope Brad has a good season on the Canadian Tour so that some more funds will be available to help fight a disease that takes too many, too early – golfers included.
Update: News of Brad’s efforts was making the rounds today and others are stepping up to join his campaign. Family friend, former pro, and now realtor Peter Sauerbrei says he talked with Brad earlier today and made an offer to match every $20 Brad donates to help promote the cause.
Sauerbrei says he is challenging all the members at their joint home club, Cataraqui G&CC, and people all over to get on board with any level of donation. With Revell focused on shooting under par on the golf course during his inaugural Canadian Tour season, Sauerbrei will be handling donations.
If you would like to take part in this worthy cause you can contact him at Peters@royallepage.ca or by telephone at 613-539-2992.