THERE were many fatigued golfers around the nation following the Cancer Council’s The Longest Day golf challenge, but despite players’ tiredness they still managed to raise a glass when it was announced more than $2.5m was raised for the Cancer Council.

Keperra Country Golf Club, located in the north-west of Brisbane, led the charged and finished atop the list of clubs that contributed to the The Longest Day.

Of course, all contributions were valued and important but it was noted Keperra CGC members and donors raised an incredible $91,708.

Then club president Rod Rhodes announced the club would “top up” the team’s fundraising to take the total to $100,000.

Keperra Country Golf Club members who took part in the Cancer Council’s The Longest Day golf challenge made a huge contributions to the fundraiser.

“It was a brilliant day out at Keperra and an incredible effort with 24 players all completing 72 holes of golf – some players walking all the way,” said the club’s membership, partnership and hospitality manager Michael Dash.

Along the way, Alana Griffiths was skilful enough (or lucky enough) to score a hole-in-one.

“We all had a great time and were super excited to be supporting such a worthy cause.”

Other major contributions came from Stonecutter Ridge Golf Club with $81,230, Sorrento Golf Club ($70,811), Wollongong Golf Club ($68,108) and Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club ($65,527). A team from the Chinese Golf Association contributed $63,309.

Individuals too worked hard for their clubs with Victoria’s Julie Martin bringing in $34,326 followed by Victorian John Hudson ($33,141),  Queensland’s Douglas Norris ($26,824), Jackie Dowling from Queensland ($13,729) and NSW’s Michael Carini ($12,333).

Keperra CGC’s initiative was led by Mark Pisarek who raised $9134. Other major contributors from Keperra included Douglas Norris ($26,824), Jackie Dowling ($13,729) and Michael “Dashy” Dash ($6526).

For a full list of the contributions from clubs, teams and individuals, go to www.longestday.org.au/leaderboards

FOOTNOTE: Golfers who took part in The Longest Day (dawn to dusk) in December could choose to play 36, 54 or 72 holes. The aim is to raise funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention, and support services.

About David Newbery

Chief writer David Newbery has been living, breathing and writing and editing golf for more than 30 years. His extensive knowledge of the game comes from covering golf around the world. Hired by Inside Golf in 2009, David previously worked as the editor of The Golfer for 25 years and before that worked for numerous daily newspapers in Australia and overseas. The Brisbane-based journalist describes his golf game as “a work in progress”, but has had the privilege of playing golf with some of the game’s best players including nine-time major winner Gary Player. David enjoys travelling, reading, music, photography and spending time with family and friends – on and off the golf course.

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