Date: May 16, 2013
Author: Golf NSW

Tottenham’s Captain enjoying the ride

The Tottenham Golf Club members are a very determined and resourceful lot! They would not let the obstacle of a malfunctioning tractor get in the way of their game.

Without a working tractor, Tottenham Golf Club would have struggled mowing their course which would have made it ineligible to play on. Their course is maintained solely by volunteers. When their 40-year old tractor started giving in, they quickly kicked in some fundraising activities to purchase a new one.

They raised about $80 weekly through Meat Raffles. However, Totteham is only a small club with less than 50 members comprised of 28 men, 15 women, 2 girls and 2 boys. Their fundraising could only go so far with just a few months of weekly golf available per year from March through October. It became evident that purchasing a new tractor was beyond their reach. They turned to the NSW Golf Foundation and their local community.

With the help of the New South Wales Golf Foundation grant, a local mechanic and club members who were willing to volunteer their labour to repair the existing tractor, the Club now has a working tractor to pull their grass slasher. The volunteer support alone saved the Club approximately $3000 in labour costs.

John Medcalf, Tottenham's Club President, sent the Foundation an email stating, "Just a short note thanking the NSW Golf Foundation for their financial assistance in helping us repair our tractor, we are very grateful." John also sent the Foundation a couple of photos (pictured) as evidence of the working tractor, letting us know that the Club Captain who was sitting on it was adding value to the newly repaired machine."

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The New South Wales Golf Foundation considers all grant applications and encourages individuals and clubs to seek support; not just for financial hardships, but to help fund projects and services to develop golf in NSW.