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Bismarck - The Bismarck Cancer Center is inviting you to participate in the Volkowitsch ‘social distance’ golf scramble anytime from Saturday, June 13-Saturday, June 27 at Prairie West Golf Course, Mandan.

The Volkowitsch Golf Scramble was started in 2010 by Loren Balkowitsch and Ryan Volk to raise money for cancer care. The inspiration behind the event is Melissa Balkowitsch, who in 2003, was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tournament has raised over $170,000 for the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation over the last 11 years. “This golf tournament is our way to team up with the Bismarck Cancer Center and to help those with cancer overcome their disease,” says Balkowitsch Golf co-founder and Give 5 to Cancer owner, Loren Volkowitsch, “We have had the time of our lives putting on this event over the last 10 years and the support from our community has been truly a blessing.” The event typically features a day full of wacky golf games, a banquet and a silent and live auction. Due to COVID-19, tournament organizers switched formats of the event to ensure community safety.

 The event will kick off with a crane from Berg’s Towing dropping 800 pink golf balls on the practice green at 11 a.m. A total of 400 raffle tickets for the ball drop are being sold at $20 per ticket. The ticket holder of the ball landing closest to the pin will receive a cash prize.

Participating golfers can call Mandan’s Prairie West Golf Course to make their tee time any time before June 27. The cost is $400 for a team of four or $200 for a team of two people and includes carts, Volkowitsch 2020 tee shirts, and drink tickets for each team member.   

All proceeds from the event will help pay for patient housing, gas cards, massage therapy, spiritual therapy, survivorship nurses and more through the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.  Teams are encouraged to be creative with decorations, pink attire, and send pictures to

For more information on sponsorship or to register for the Volkowitsch ‘Social Distance’ Scramble 2020 go to or contact Sara Kelsch at skelsch@bismarckcancercent

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