How Golfers Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness

Golfing is a pastime enjoyed by people of many ages. Golfers and golf cart fans leverage this energy to further noble causes and draw attention to infrequently discussed community issues. For example, low speed vehicle fans are proactively raising awareness of suicide prevention in an effort to increase viable counseling resources and help those in need. 


Find out how the aforementioned goal is being achieved below.


2021 Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament


Golf tournaments are a great way to generate cash while riding around on an EzGo, Club Car, or four seater golf cart. To elaborate, golf tournaments require golfers to pay huge sums of money to play. From there, these unusually high funds are typically donated to a charity. 


That said, the Maplehurst Country Club in Lakewood, New York is hosting such an event at 11:00 AM on September 11th, 2021. The competition in question is known as the Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament, and this is the ninth year the competition is scheduled to occur. 


Golfers hoping to attend the charity function can anticipate paying $75 per person, or $300 for a four person team. For the requested entry fee, golfers get to ride around in a golf cart as they putt at 18 different holes, and are treated to the following.


  • T-shirt
  • Lunch
  • Dinner


As an added bonus, other giveaways are scheduled to occur as golfers enjoy the greens on a used golf cart. Funds generated during the event are to be issued to the Western New York Region families that have been affected by suicide, the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Chautauqua County, and The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Golf Cart Owners Raise Suicide Prevention Awareness


The Raynor Memorial Golf Tournament originally started in 2012 as a way to honor the memory of Danny Raynor who committed suicide in 2007. However, over the last decade the annual event has evolved into a way for survivors to meet up and provide moral support to each other as they ride around in low speed vehicles. 


According to Carri Raynor, tournament organizer, “This event is a safe place for people to come together and celebrate their loved ones, knowing that other people attending understand the pain and struggles that come with a loss by suicide.” Raynor went on to say that “I am excited for this year’s event and if you have lost a loved one to suicide, please contact me so we can honor them at the tournament.”


For more information about the charity event, golf cart owners can check out the event page on Facebook. Low speed vehicle fans hoping to donate to the cause may be able to do so by contacting Raynor at


Golf cart owners that find themselves in a crisis, or are aware of someone who is, can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For those that hate talking on the phone, text the word “HOME” 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text line. 


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