Golf extravaganza to boost hospital
Their passion for Pohlen Hospital has resulted in several locals putting together a golfing extravaganza.
A fundraising event takes place next Sunday, April 12, at Walton Golf Club.
Pohlen Hospital staff member Lesley Carter, and Pohlen Foundation trustees Sue Bruce and Grant Wills, are involved with organising the event and say their enthusiasm for the golf tournament stemmed from their passion for the local hospital. ‘‘We’d like to see this new wing up and running ASAP,’’ Sue said.
‘‘This is a fun way to involve other parts of the community in our fundraising,’’ Grant said.
The trio are also all involved in the golf club and hope the event will attract many members of the community, whether they can hit a golf ball or not.
The organisers have said the tournament will be a four-person ambrose, meaning everyone hits off and everyone has a turn to take their shots.
There will then be merit prizes and spot prizes available including a spot prize for the most creatively dressed team.
Those who feel 18 holes is too much needn’t feel left out, organisers have also catered for those who would rather play nine holes.
Teams of four are encouraged to enter, but if you’re a single wanting to be involved, don’t feel discouraged, a team will be found for you.
‘‘If you’re not in a team give Lesley a ring and she’ll fit you in,’’ Grant said.
‘‘The important thing is, with the ambrose format, it’s for golfers and non-golfers. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never hit a golf ball before, it’s a community event and we’re trying to get lots of people involved,’’ he said.
The event, which is similar in style in business house golf, will have a relaxed feel and lots of laughs.
Organisers say Walton Golf Club has been very supportive of the initiative.
‘They’ve been very supportive in allowing us to take over the course for the day,’’ Sue said.
A light morning tea available before the begins.
Following your round of golf a dinner will be put on, which is included in the price.
An exciting charity auction will also take place on the day to raise funds for the palliative care wing project. will be golfing
Highlights of this auction include a generous amount of product from Ballance AgriNutrients, art from Lily Pad Art Gallery and Michael and Glennis Gaeng, accommodation, a Redoubt dinner voucher and a fishing trip.
Peter Begovich from LJ Hooker will be the auctioneer on the night. Organisers encourage everyone to bring their wallets as there will be a lot of exciting items up for grabs that have been generously donated by those in the community.
Organisers aim to raise much money as possible.
Fun parts of the day will include a swindle hole on the 12th which will test your skills. The wonderful trolley dollies will also be venturing around selling refreshments on course.
A limited number of carts will be available on course for hire.
Entry forms available at Pohlen reception and by contacting Lesley Carter on 07 888 8373 or 022 155 3240.
Pohlen golf tournament organisers, from left, Lesley Carter, Sue Bruce and Grant Wills are excited about the hospital’s latest fundraising event.