Mad Dog Remembers Lansing’s Old Celebrity Golf Outing for the American Cancer Society
When I was young in the early 1970's, there was a celebrity golf outing. This was at the Country Club of Lansing. It would benefit the American Cancer Society. I was lucky enough to have my dad, uncle and cousin Frank Fata to play in two of them. The first year Chicago Bears running back Ronnie Bull rounded off their foursome. The next year it was pro trick shot specialist Bob Toski.
This was absolutely great for me. I was probably around 10 or 11 years old. I also was lucky enough to ride on the cart with the guys. My dad Ed DeMarco loved golf almost as much as life. It was just cool as heck to be a part of their experience. My uncle also loved golf and I know Frank Fata really got into golf too.
These guys were playing golf with big time athletes. There was a gallery following them also. The first year Ronnie Bull played in their foursome. He was in the backfield with Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. Then, the next year it was Bob Toski. Toski was a golfing trick shot specialist. He showed me a couple tricks I know today.
All I can say is those were the days. Maybe, I should organize this type of celebrity golf outing to benefit Cancer.