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When Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2009, the entire golf community came together with hope and well-wishes for her recovery. In fact, days after the announcement, the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial announced a “Pink Out” to raise awareness for breast cancer research. A short time later, Phil Mickelson’s mother, Mary, was also diagnosed with the same illness, and support continued from the golf community as did the light of awareness. Thankfully, both Amy and Mary are doing better today.

However, the image of U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples wearing a pink ribbon pinned to his cap struck me recently as I looked back at footage from the matches in 2009. We don’t have to look very far to find people in our own lives who also have been affected by breast cancer and the battle against it continues as they seek a cure.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And as part of the golf community, here are some ways to show your support for a cause that continues to touch all of our lives:

*AB Golf Designs during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and throughout the year donates a portion of proceeds from sales of its attention-grabbing specialty “Swing Bling” and “Think Pink” head covers to combat the disease.

*Bridgestone released a limited edition number of B330-RX dozens in pink, the same balls used by Paula Creamer in many of her final rounds on the LPGA. They are marked with “0” and “58,” her preferred ball numbers. Bridgestone plans to donate $20,000 from this special release to breast cancer awareness and research effort.

*For Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kentwool is donating a portion of proceeds from the pink version of its men’s and women’s Tour Profile and ladies-specific Low Profile Skinny performance socks (MSRP $19.95) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

*Custom breast cancer awareness Blingo Ballmarks are hand-made using Swarovski Crystals. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Free shipping is offered when you order from www.BlingoBallMarks.com (MSRP  $16.95).

*Footjoy offers the SciFlex Pink Ribbon women’s glove (MSRP $19) that provides comfort and durability with a great grip and feel. I wear this glove and love it!

*Target offers pink C9 by Champions Women’s Seamless Cami Bra (MSRP $16.99) and pink Women’s Cardio Athletic Jacket ($27.99). If you haven’t been to Target recently, you need to go and check out this line of sports apparel perfect for the golf course.  The technology is top-of-the-line for an affordable price. It offers Duo Dry technology that wicks and speeds evaporation to help keep you cool and dry, seamless comfort to reduce chafing, compression fit for support and ease of movement, UV protection, defends against odors with antimicrobial properties, and also has products that are water resistant.  

*Birdy & Grace is known for doing some great sweaters for the active lifestyle woman.  This zip cardigan has a shiny satin lining on the inside that gives it pop and function.  The 'Dakota' is a fun pink piece to throw on, perfect for this time of year and for a great cause (MSRP $99.00).

*Ogio Featherlite Luxe golf bag (on sale for $149.99). To complete the playing pink look on the course, check out this pink-accented Ogio bag.

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