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Golf Australia Express : December 2012
Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) aims to raise awareness in the community as well as funds to assist people recently diagnosed with breast cancer. “Many people diagnosed with breast cancer play golf and people want to give back and get involved,” BCNA spokeswoman Katie Nicholson says. The BCNA has been collecting donations through golf clubs on an ad hoc basis for several years, but this year they took another step forward. ‘The Pink Golf Day’—a national BCNA initiative—was held during October and November at golf clubs across the nation. It was a chance for everyday grassroots golfers to make a real difference for breast cancer awareness. Ms Nicholson says more than 40 clubs registered to get involved. “Last year over $22,800 was raised for BCNA through the support of the golfing community. This year, with our official campaign, we are thrilled to have support from the PGA of Australia.” You’ll no doubt have noticed charity golf days can be an expensive outing. Dayle Marshall has been involved in organising golf charity days for many years and says it’s “not about value for money” for players but rather “the purpose of the day” that counts. People have all sorts of motivations for playing golf. And we often find cause to question those reasons as another ball goes sailing into the drink. But in the end, there’s only one reason to get involved in a charity day. To give. That said, charity golf days tend to provide players with more than just a round of golf these days. Ms Marshall was involved in a charity golf day for Beau Vernon, a 23-year-old footballer who was left a quadriplegic after a heavy contest in June. Along with Kerry Bann, she organised AFL footballers and celebrities to play in every group, while also ensuring sponsor-driven side competitions were a success. Other charity golf days, such as the Kidney Health Charity Day held at Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne, use the course as a drawcard and represent an opportunity for non-members to play on otherwise exclusive greens. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter where you play, nor does there need to be a reason to get out for a game of golf. But if there is one, the game can only be sweeter. Meanwhile charity, as they say, begins at home and that’s certainly something I’ll be pointing out to playing partners next time I’m sweating over a two-foot putt for par. OTG People have all sorts of motivations for playing golf. And we often find cause to question those reasons as another ball goes sailing into the drink. Pink overflowed at golf courses across the country during October as part of the Breast Cancer Network Australia's 'The Pink Golf Day' initiative. GAME the GAME the