After a wet and cold week, the weather gods relented and produced perfect conditions for the Foundation’s eighth annual golf tournament, staged again in association with OceanaGold NZ Ltd on the picturesque St Clair course.
A record entry of 29 teams contested this year’s tournament with the event played as ambrose under Florida Scramble rules.
There were closest to the pin prizes on each of the Par 3 holes, a closest to the pin with players’ second shots on the 11th green, a straightest drive up the 2nd fairway, and a longest putt competition on the 18th green.
Through the support of OceanaGold (our naming rights’ sponsor), our hole sponsors, team entries, prize donors and the players’ generosity on the day with the longest putt promotion and raffle, just over $20,000 was raised – this to be directed towards a research project in mid-2018.
Almost $150,000 has now been generated through the tournament since the small, inaugural event in 2010 with much of the study established as a result of significance. Funds raised at the 2016 event have been invested in an investigation about the part the brain plays in the effects of menopausal women, while the study set alight from the 2015 tournament continues to make progress in determining how to make the body’s immune system better tuned to fighting solid cancerous tumours which can be resistant to traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
The day’s sponsors were OceanaGold NZ Ltd, the Tarn Group, Unichem Mornington Pharmacy, Mr Patrick Dawes and Dr Alan Wright (Marinoto Clinic), Deloitte, Palmers Mechanical, Southern Colour Print, Craigs Investment Partners, Armstrong Prestige, McDonald’s Dunedin, Payless Energy, Forsyth Barr, Polson Higgs, RD Petroleum and Myers Marketing.
Appreciation is also extended to our prize and refreshment sponsors and others who played a part today: Calder Stewart Industries, Dr Brian McMahon, Dr Jenny McMahon, Maher Shoes, Aravin Vineyard, Valspar New Zealand, Rialto Cinemas Dunedin, Gardens New World, Stu McCullum (Wilson Staff Golf), Forbury Park Trotting Club, the Dunedin Casino, John Griffin at Jack’s Point, Mitchell’s Tavern, ANZ Private, Fraser & Lisa at inGOLF Dunedin, helloworld Dunedin, Click Property Management, Chris Timms, the Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Forsyth Barr, Fulton Hogan, Magoo Auto, Armstrong Prestige, the Brothers Hotel and Specsavers Dunedin.
And the individual team entries are also acknowledged – Ken & Liz Dempster, the defending WhatsoEver team, Lab Supply Ltd, Select Recruitment, Signature Property, Mike Bird, Heath Johnson, Fulton Hogan, Chris Timms and a team representing the Foundation.
It was a terrific day out!
The results were –
Closest to the pin: 4th – Richard Fogarty, 7th – Ray Hall, 13th – Owen Diack, 16th – Mark Tuten.
Closest to the pin (2nd shot on 11th) – Eric Bygate.
Straightest drive – Bruce Grant.
Longest putt – Kevin Sullivan.
1st: playing off a handicap of 6.625, nett score of 54.375 – Forsyth Barr (Peter Young, jere,y Anderson, Adam Gain, Will Young)
2nd: 5.5, 55.5 – RD Petroleum
3rd: 9.875, 56.125 – Mitchells Tavern
4th: 9.75, 57.25 – Polson Higgs
5th: 4.75, 58.25 – Myers Marketing
6th: 8.25, 58.75 – Otago Medical Research Foundation
7th: 10.125, 58.875 – OceanaGold NZ # 1
8th: 5, 59 – Palmers Mechanical
9th: 6, 59 – the Tarn Group
10th: 1.625, 59.376 – Chris Timms
11th: 6.625, 59.375 – Whatsoever Ltd
12th: 7, 61 – Mornington Pharmacy
13th: 6.625, 61.375 – Gardens New World
14th: 7.625, 61.375 – Mike Bird