Golf ex­trav­a­ganza to boost hos­pi­tal

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

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Photo: TERESA HAT­TAN

Pohlen golf tour­na­ment or­gan­is­ers, from left, Lesley Carter, Sue Bruce and Grant Wills are ex­cited about the hos­pi­tal’s lat­est fundrais­ing event.

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