Golf tournament a success

by Kent Caddick

An annual charity golf tournament held in Weedons has raised more than $10,000 for two charitable groups.

The tournament, run by a group of golfing mates who come together under the banner of the Rolly Inn Golf Section, was held at the Weedons Golf Club.

The Rolly Inn Golf Section holds the tournament every year and this year the funds raised are to be split between Ronald McDonald House South Island and Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

One of the organisers Dan Patrick said that this year they managed to raise $10,000, which was well up on their previous best of $6,000. 

Golfers raise a toast before the start of play. Back: Dalton Lange. 
Front, from left: Mike Amyes, Ross Cameron and Aaron Gianelly

“As a result we’ve been able to donate $5,000 each to Ronald McDonald House South Island, and Leukaemia & Blood Cancer NZ,” Mr Patrick said. “We had a record 37 teams playing on the day, and the weather gods were somewhat kind to us with the some coming out around midday after a cool start. Everyone had a great day and it was no small feat getting 148 players plus 10 or so volunteers into the clubhouse and fed afterwards.”

Mr Patrick said they were supported by so many local businesses on the day and the prize table had some great prizes up for grabs.

“We were fortunate to have Ross Pickersgill from Rolleston and his company Accessman come on board as major sponsors this year.”

A sausage sizzle kept the golfers fed throughout the day