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.
“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.