Golfers: Club will sur­vive

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

From back page Hor­sham dis­trict and broader Wim­mera com­mu­ni­ties re­sponded to an ap­peal in Novem­ber last year to help the club to pay im­me­di­ate bills and prevent it from go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The ap­peal ul­ti­mately raised $342,000 within a few weeks, pro­vid­ing club lead­ers with critical fi­nan­cial lever­age.

“We can’t thank our com­mu­nity and cred­i­tors enough,” Mr De­lahunty said.

“We couldn’t help but be en­cour­aged with the re­sponse. It was such a great ef­fort.

“When speak­ing to peo­ple around the town and dis­trict the ques­tion was al­ways, ‘what can we do to pro­tect the golf club?’ It is such a val­ued com­mu­nity as­set.

“We have a fully fo­cused board com­mit­ted to a plan that is work­ing.

“We also have un­der­stand­ing and com­mit­ted staff mem­bers and have had very patient cred­i­tors.

“We also have a re­ally nice ar­ray of new as well as ex­ist­ing spon­sors and a bank that has been happy to have open and frank dis­cus­sions.

“We’ve ob­vi­ously had great com­mu­nity sup­port and a patient mem­ber base.”

Mr De­lahunty said mem­bers at last night’s meet­ing also heard con­fir­ma­tion that act­ing club man­ager Steve Co­p­ley of Ade­laide would take on the role per­ma­nently.

He said there were also other ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments un­fold­ing, in­clud­ing a new mem­ber part­ner­ship with 13th Beach Golf Links at Bar­won Heads.

“Dur­ing the next six months we also have many com­mu­nity and fund-raising events planned, many of them aimed at non-golfers and ju­niors,” Mr De­lahunty said.

“What we will con­tinue to need is for peo­ple to pull the clubs out of the shed and to come out and make the most of our fan­tas­tic course.”

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