There is nothing I love more than a charity golf day. While I was visiting my cousin in Australia I was lucky enough to be involved in one of the most “super” charity golf games I have ever had the pleasure of playing in. I was teamed up with my cousin and two other “strangers”, one of whom turned out to be a professional golfer on the Australasian PGA circuit! Once I discovered this fact I began asking for all the advice regarding my game and how I could improve. He was very obliging and first, but by the end of the round was laughing along with the others at my poor performance. I did manage to have a great day though and even played a couple of good shots that I will remember forever!
We were raising money for a children’s charity known as Sophie’s fund and it supports disadvantaged children all over Australia and New Zealand. There were many workers and volunteers from the charity, along with some of the children and their families. It was really great family event and there must have been over 300 golfers in the morning session that I played in. There is no doubt that charity events are well supported in Australia and I was really impressed by the level of donations, prizes and fundraisers being held on the day. I made it a point to meet the charity director and he was very accommodating with my questions. I followed up with him a month or so later and discovered that they had raised over $76,000 for their charity.
The Super Sponsors
The event had a number of major sponsors including Woolworths and Bunnings. Our group was sponsored by the small company SMSF reviews smsfreviews.com.au, who offer self managed super fund advice for investing and saving for retirement. The company was one of the smaller sponsors at the event, but they made our day really super (pardon the pun) and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed the event. The sponsors also donated many prizes and I was lucky enough to be awarded the prize for the worst score!
It was a boyhood dream to play Royal Melbourne and when I found out that this charity golf event was going to be held at this prestigious club I was a little overwhelmed. This is the same golf course that has hosted many of the top players including Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Jack Nicklaus. The course is extremely challenging and it was far too brutal for my poor game, but just playing such an esteemed course was a privilege. It’ll certainly be a day that I will never forget and I consider myself very fortunate indeed.
My golf game was poor, as usual, but I should mention a couple of shots that will stick with me forever. The first was my approach shot to the third hole. I had flubbed my drive a little bit, but I was able to recover with a long iron into the green. I knew it was good when I hit it and I was chuffed to discover that I had actually gotten my ball closer than the professional I was playing with. The second was my final putt on the last green, which was about 30 feet from the hole. If you have ever played or seen a Royal Melbourne green then you will know they are very challenging. The putt didn’t go in, but it was within inches of the hole. The rest of my round was rather forgettable, but I won’t forget this charity golf day in a very long time.