Golf ball novelty a success
Exmouth Golf Club held their third community fundraising day this month, which this time featured the new addition of a golf ball drop to determine raffle prize winners.
The local club holds have-a-go fundraising days and raffles about once a year to promote and raise money for its facilities, with the focus on this year’s funds a mower for the newly grassed green.
About 90 people came down to the club on Saturday September 17 for a game and barbecue meal on the day.
But the main event was the golf ball drop, in which two people were raised 30m above the ground in a cage attached to a crane to tip 600 labelled balls from a bucket on to the course’s 18th green.
The balls that landed closest to the hole determined the raffle winners.
Gav Channing claimed the first prize of $3000 when his ball landed only 30cm away.
Second and third prizes of $700 and $300 were also awarded.
Exmouth Golf Club president Neil Haywood said the golf ball drop had attracted a lot of extra people to watch at the club and the day “couldn’t have gone better”.
“It’s just such a novel way to draw a raffle, to create interest,” he said.
“I guess a golf ball drop just works with the golf club . . . it’s a more appropriate way to do the drawing of the raffle.”
Mr Haywood said the drop was not a logistically difficult operation once a crane and man cage had been organised, and thanked Exmouth Crane and Truck Hire for donating both on the day. Exmouth Wholesalers sponsored the event. This is the third golf ball drop to be held in Exmouth, though it is the first at the golf club.
Exmouth PCYC is likely to hold another one as part of a fundraiser next year.
Bob Crowley, Dick Graham, Brooke Shales, Chuck Faxon, Peter Maier, Mandy Francis-Maier, Aaron Sheen and Kyle Faxon enjoy a game at the Exmouth Golf Ball Drop Day.