Hope for golf club

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Front Page - BY DEAN LAW­SON

ACE Ra­dio has put its shoul­der be­hind a com­mu­nity ef­fort to save Hor­sham Golf Club with a do­na­tion that has dra­mat­i­cally re­duced a $300,000 res­cue tar­get.

The ‘sub­stan­tial’ fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment, com­bined with a rush of other com­mu­nity pledges in the past week, has helped cut the to­tal by more than half.

Hor­sham Golf Club, based on fig­ures to yes­ter­day morn­ing, now needs to find $137,500 by the end of the week­end to guar­an­tee its fu­ture.

Last week the club, at risk of go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion, pleaded with Hor­sham dis­trict and the broader re­gion to help it fight its way out of fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

It re­vealed it had only a fort­night to se­cure at least $300,000 to avoid di­rec­tors re­lin­quish­ing con­trol of the club’s des­tiny.

ACE Ra­dio Broad­cast­ers, through The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser, 3WM and MIXX FM, joined money-rais­ing ef­forts based on recog­ni­tion of the im­por­tance of the club and its iconic course to Hor­sham dis­trict’s so­cio-eco­nomic health and pros­per­ity.

ACE chair­man and owner Rowly Pater­son said the Hor­sham course, apart from be­ing rated highly across Aus­tralia, was part of the so­cial fab­ric of Hor­sham and gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“We recog­nise the over­all im­por­tance and value of the golf club and its iconic course to Hor­sham dis­trict and the broader Wim­mera,” he said.

“There is noth­ing else like it in Hor­sham dis­trict and it cer­tainly qual­i­fies for gen­eral com­mu­nity sup­port.

“The club is in a bit of bother and we’re con­fi­dent that a short-term in­jec­tion of money will help it ride this hump and get it back on the road to long-term vi­a­bil­ity and suc­cess.

“What’s en­cour­ag­ing and im­por­tant is that the club is meet­ing goals through a new and well-mea­sured busi­ness plan.

“This short-term fix will pro­vide con­fi­dence to con­tinue to move for­ward.”

Hor­sham Golf Club pres­i­dent Leo De­lahunty said the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment from ACE and ev­ery­one else pitch­ing in was fan­tas­tic.

“It’s just mar­velous. It just shows the re­gard the com­mu­nity and re­gion have to­wards the club, based around its course and the golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on of­fer,” he said.

“It has been such a rapid re­sponse. To be more than half­way to our tar­get within a week shows us the de­gree of con­fi­dence peo­ple have in the club,” Mr De­lahunty said.

He said the ACE and Pater­son fam­ily sup­port was an ex­am­ple of the level of com­mit­ment the net­work had to the re­gion.

“It is in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous. The level of sup­port Rowly and Judy Pater­son make to the re­gion is just ter­rific. I con­grat­u­late them on be­ing such com­mu­nity-fo­cused peo­ple,” he said.

The golf club board will meet on Fri­day where mem­bers will as­sess cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the mon­eyrais­ing ef­fort.

“Pledges are okay but we would ob­vi­ously pre­fer cash and peo­ple can rest as­sured all cash dona­tions are se­cure,” Mr De­lahunty said.

“We have un­til the end of the week­end to get the money re­quired and I’m con­fi­dent we are go­ing to get there. Any type of con­tri­bu­tion is wel­come.”

Mr De­lahunty said peo­ple keen to get in­volved in the money-rais­ing ef­fort could call Hor­sham Golf Club on 5382 1652.

The club’s po­si­tion is based on mis­for­tunes over many years, caused ini­tially by the dev­as­ta­tion by Black Satur­day bush­fires in 2009.

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