Tourney benefits brigades
Two local fire brigades and the Police Support Fund have benefited from a golf tournament played last month.
The Western Bay of Plenty Emergency golf tournament was held for the first time at Te Puke Golf Course after, as the Western Bay Police Golf Course, being hosted by Omanu Golf Club for the past 24 years.
When Te Puke police officer Senior Constable Bruce Gordon took over the organisation of the tournament, he brought it to the Te Puke course.
Bruce says the generosity of the local businesses made the tournament a huge success with the amount raised significantly more than in recent years.
Of the money raised, Maketu¯ and Pukehina Volunteer Fire brigades were given $5000 each while $3000 went to the Police Support Fund which provides assistance for any officer who has suffered significant injury or loss.
The tournament saw a full field of 144 golfers taking part and interest is already growing for the 2019 edition which will be held on the final weekend of november.
The main, but not only, sponsors were Te Puke Jewellers, New World Te Puke and Revital Fertilisers.
From left, Senior Constable Bruce Gordon, Station Officer Scott Taylor of Maketu¯ Volunteer Fire Brigade, Te Puke Golf Club board chairman Steve Mcmanaway, Pukehina Chief Fire Officer Errol Watts, Te Puke New World owner John Gray and tournament organising committee member John Cameron.