The Benefit Golf Tournament for Chad Grosch will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 at Fashion Golf and Country Club in Hahnville, with all proceeds going toward the medical expenses of the 10-year-old Grosch, who is in recovery after undergoing stem cell transplant surgery April 27. Grosch, a Luling resident, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December of 2014. He underwent four rounds of intense chemotherapy over the next five months and by May of 2015, he was in complete remission.
But later that year, it was discovered he relapsed and his leukemia had returned. Two more rounds of chemotherapy prepared him for the stem cell transplant. A match was found, the surgery was successful and Grosch is now home from his stay at Children’s Hospital and is undergoing regular blood tests to ensure his recovery is on the right track.
Tournament coordinator Elliott Madere said once he learned of Grosch’s story, he felt compelled to do something to help.
“I saw an article on him and something came over me,” Madere said. “The good Lord told me I’ve gotta help this kid. And all I know how to do (to help) is put on a golf tournament. I spoke with Mr. Grosch (Chad’s father) and once I knew he was OK with it, we set things in motion.”
The tournament will be contested under a best ball four-man scramble format. The entry fee is $50 per person and $200 per team. To sponsor a hole will cost $50. Anyone without a team will be placed with one.
Madere said that about 13 teams had registered as of June 15.
He said a goal of 36 teams “would be great,” and if the number of teams surpass 20, the tournament will feature a morning and evening round.
Soft drinks, beer and Gatorade will be available for $1 each. Madere noted that a number of sponsors have stepped up to help put together the best possible tournament experience.
“Every penny we make will go to Chad’s family,” Madere said. “This isn’t for us to make a profit for ourselves. It’s for (Grosch’s) cause and purpose.”
Registration on the day of the tournament will be 7 a.m. through the first tee-off at 8 a.m. and from noon to the second tee-off at 1 p.m.