Ardner’s Army, a local nonprofit that provides AEDs (automated external defibrillators) to golf courses and facilities, is hosting its fifth annual golf outing Aug. 5 at the Giant Oak Golf Club in Temperance, MI.
In July of 2018, Scott Ardner passed away when he experienced a pulmonary embolism on a golf course while on vacation with his wife. The golf course did not have an AED and CPR was not able to save Ardner’s life.
In 2019 after this tragic event, his wife, Tracy Ardner, decided to start a golf outing to raise money in his honor to purchase AEDs for local golf courses in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan.
AEDs are used to help those who are experiencing cardiac arrest. The device analyzes the heart’s rhythm and can provide an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish a rhythm.
In the past four years, Ardner’s Army has been able to provide 44 AEDs to golf courses, bowling alleys and car dealerships to distances as far as Florida.
Not only does Ardner’s Army provide AEDs for the establishments, but they also provide proper training on how to use the AEDs safely and effectively.
The mission of Ardner’s Army is to prevent other families from going through what the Ardners had to go through. The overall hope of having an AED and being trained is to keep a person stabilized and increase their chances of survival.
Participants of the golf outing can expect a fun experience and is available for anyone regardless of skill. Chrysler also sponsors a hole-in-one contest for participants. Ardner’s Army is still looking for sponsors and participants.
Those who register can expect a steak dinner, first place prize, prize for most spirited team and longest drive for women and men. There will also be a raffle for a YETI cooler. The event will cost $80 per person or $320 per team of four.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ardnersarmy.