Golf ball nov­elty a suc­cess

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Picture: Ex­mouth Golf Club

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.

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