A lack of grass and cracked, parched fairways didn’t deter almost 100 golfers from attacking the course at the Mungindi Cotton Growers Association Charity Golf day last week.
The annual event has become a key feature on the town’s sporting and social calendar, this year raising over $16,000 for local community organisations.
Event organiser Tristram Hertslet said the Cotton Growers Association had been overwhelmed with the generosity of the event’s sponsors.
“The 16 community groups we were able to raise money for are feeling the effects of the drought as much, if not more than anyone,” he said.
“It is amazing that in this terrible season we still have the support of 45 sponsors. It’s a real credit to them, especially the Platinum sponsors who donated $1000 each to the cause.”
The community groups who received donations were Mungindi Hospital Auxiliary, Home and Community Care, Mungindi Grasshoppers Junior Rugby League, Mungindi Fishing Club, Mungindi Community Preschool, Mungindi Central School Preschool, St Joseph’s School, St Joseph’s Parish, Mungindi Golf Club, Mungindi Little Athletics, Mungindi Swimming Club, Mungindi Pony Club, Mungindi Junior Netball, Mungindi Home for the Aged, Mungindi Progress Association and Mungindi Anglican Church.
The day itself was a nine-hole ambrose with teams in dressed up themes. Best dressed team went to locals Rob Riordan and Steve Ward in their Meter Maid uniforms and first place team went to Pat Wade, Wayne Taylor and Bill Dawson.
Mungindi Cotton Growers Association President Tristram Hertslet thanked all of the supporters, in particular, the eleven platinum sponsors, B & W Rural, Cotton Australia, Evolution Farming, Bayer, Namoi Cotton, Wyadrigah Pastoral Co, Moree Real Estate, CSD, Irritek and Mungindi Ginning, who were huge supporters of the Mungindi community.
“It’s great for everyone to be able to have a fun day out, where we can also raise much-needed funds for the groups that give so much to our community,” he said.