Date: August 30, 2017
Author: Dave Tease


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Bathurst gets into Beanies for Brain Cancer

Bathurst Golf Club is donning beanies in support of the Mark Hughes foundation and club cleaner Brendan Dove’s battle with brain cancer.

 Mr Dove was diagnosed with a brain tumour two years ago, and Bathurst Golf Club raised $10,000 to assist with his bills at the time. Dove returned to work in March to the delight of the club members.

The idea of ongoing support for brain cancer came via the club’s bar manager Brendan Bradshaw, who had a connection with Mark Hughes and his foundation through his wife.

After making contact about assisting the cause, Hughes was happy to help out.

“I got in contact with Mark, and he sent us 180 beanies to sell.”

Mr Bradshaw is hoping that the Bathurst community can get on board and raise the $3,600 from sales of Beanies.

Each Friday the Club also hosts a Putt 4 Prizes fundraiser and money made on the day also goes to the Foundation.

“It’s going to a great cause and helps out the Mark Hughes Foundation, which is a cause close to our hearts,” Mr Bradshaw said.?
As for Mr Dove, things seems to be going well for the 32-year-old.

“He’s going OK,” Bathurst Golf Club General manager Brad Constable said. “ his tumour has decreased, and we are hoping for the best.”??“Brendan is a popular guy here; we are ecstatic to have him back.”


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Winners Galore at Horizons Gala Day

The weather was perfect, and the winners were grinning at the Horizon’s Golf Club Ladies Gala Day last week. The annual event, which has now been running for nine years, has raised over $27,000 for palliative care services in Port Stephens since its inception.

This year was no different, with the ladies adding another $4000 to the total from the day.

136 golfers from as far away as Canberra, Sydney and North from Port Macquarie took part, with the days major prize, The Julie Morgan Perpetual Trophy won by a team from Horizons: Bernice Van der Burg, Jane Lee, Neddie Billett and Lynnie Hack.

Julie passed away five years aged 52, and the trophy is named in her honour.

Horizons Golf Resort manager, Peter Rickard, said Horizons is always keen to be involved with worthy causes and with the course in excellent condition and course improvements ongoing, it was a pleasure to host the Ladies Gala Day.


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Inaugural Singleton Junior Open success<

Last week’s Singleton Junior Open was a success on all counts for the newly formed Singleton Junior Golf Committee.

With over 45 entrants for the Open and more entries for the nine hole and girls divisions, organisers were thrilled with the turnout.?
The boys’ champion was Corey Lamb from Branxton Golf Club with an impressive 70 off the stick, and girls’ winner was Piper Prince from Waratah Golf Club with 81.

The boys’ nett winner was Singleton’s Ethan Van Zyl while Pyper Hollis from Kew Country Club claimed the girls’ spoils.

The runners up were Lachlan McDonald from Stonebridge and Singleton’s Jasmine Vesper.

There was also an 18-hole Stableford division for both boys and girls, and these were taken out by Thomas Irwin of Pacific Dunes and Ainsley Childs of Kurri Kurri.

Angus Mc Clellan from The Vintage won the nine-hole Stableford competition.

Club president Chad Vesper praised the work of the organisers and reinforced the lessons learnt from playing the game.

“The kids are the future of our clubs and our sport and, without them, the sport in regional areas won’t be around for long.”

“Golf is a sport that teaches the children so much more than just how to play.
“It also helps them to be great human beings. 

“Through the sport, they are taught patience, respect, honesty and much more.”