GOLDEN STAVE BEGINS IN MARCH

The Golden Stave charity golf day has been confirmed to begin off in March. The event has raised approximately $800,000 in the past, just part of the $12 million that the Golden Stave has raised since its first charity lunch in 1979.

According to organisers, the Golf Day will get a facelift next year with lots of novelty holes and many surprises planned for the day.

Players can enroll for $220 each. Companies can sponsor a hole for $2200, which includes sign-up for four players and the opportunity for signage.

US PUTTING TOUR

Charity golf tournaments have a new fundraising idea with the launch of the U.S. Putting Tour. This new amateur putting tour enables charity golf tournaments to hold official USPT putting competitions in conjunction with their events.

A charity golf event that holds a USPT putting competition will be able to qualify the winner for the USPT national putting championship in September 2011. The charity can establish its own format and entry for the putting tournament and can hold it as part of a golf tournament or as its own freestanding golf fundraising event.

“The U.S. Putting Tour wants to help all charities by raise additional donations through golf by holding USPT local qualifying tournaments as fundraising events,” said USPT founder Jim Hartley. “It’s a fun way for golfers to contribute to the charity of their choice and have a chance to qualify for the USPT National Championship.”

A charity can run a USPT qualifying event and fundraiser at any golf course at any time, whether the charity is running a golf tournament there or not. The charity can get the club professional’s permission to use a portion of the club’s practice putting green for a day, so all golfers at the golf course that day have the opportunity to enter the charity’s USPT event.

Charities also can hold the putting tournament prior to the start of a golf fundraiser. While many charities already incorporate a putting tournament in their day, by making it an official USPT qualifying event, where the winner qualifies for the national championship, the charity can expect more entrants and a larger contribution.

HOTELIERS HOLE OUT

Gundagai’S Uralba Aged Care Hostel will benefit from $8000, which was raised after the Australiam Hoteliers Association (AHA) NSW South West Slopes sub ­branch charity golf day last week. The golfers were competing for Wimbledon Hospitality tickets in a successful day.

More than 100 people including well known publican Scott Kennedy from the Mill Tavern in Young and Peter Lott from the Family Hotel in Gundagai took part in the golf day.

The keen golfers hit the picturesque Gundagai Golf Course on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River about 11am with a shotgun start and a two person Ambrose.

“Everyone had a great day, and most importantly we managed to raise about $8000 for the Uralba Aged Care Hostel,” AHA (NSW) delegate and Mill Tavern’s Scott Kennedy said

FRIENDS OF MIDDLESEX ON PAR

The 15th annual Friends of Middlesex County Charity Golf Outing at Tamarack Golf Course on Sept. 29 contributed $15,000 to the Cerebral Palsy Association of Middlesex County. The 2010 outing brought the event’s total contributions to the charity to $200,000.

The funds have been utilized towards the construction and operations of the Association’s Children’s Center which provides comprehensive early intervention for children with developmental disabilities. Children receive services from birth to three years of age, and the Center provides parents with support and guidance, and gifts at Christmas and holiday times.

CHURCH ON THE COURSE

St. Raphael’s Catholic Church will hold its second annual golf tournament as a way to remember the church’s former priest who passed away more than a year ago and to raise funds for their developing school.

The Father Bill Finch Memorial Golf Classic will take place at the Manor Country Club on Oct. 25 and will raise money for St. Raphael’s new educational building, which will include classrooms for the school, a parish library and a meeting room.

“The educational building is an extension of our church, not only there to serve the parishioners but the community,” said golf tournament chairman Michael Rose, who said the church lets local groups meet there such as the Boy Scouts and Alcoholics Anonymous.

Last year, St. Raphael’s organized the golf tournament only five months after the death of their priest, Father Bill Finch, and even during the troubled economy, the church was able to raise $40,000.

Rose, who spearheaded last year’s golf classic, said the church hopes to raise the same amount this year. The main difference in this year’s tournament will be the inclusion of a handicap scramble, providing more players with a chance to win, Rose said. Players will also this year take home commemorative golf balls

AUSSIE PRO-AM GOLF DAY

Streetworx is a charity supporting disadvantaged youths through sports programs.

They believe all children have the right to a healthy and safe childhood with the hope that through their services and programs provide them with the opportunity to develop and reach their full potential.

Their “Making the Cut” Golfworx Program, operating since 2007, is specifically designed for at risk children in the NSW community to get them out of the rough and back on to the fairway of life.

The success of the program is based around invoking self discipline, confidence, goal setting and esteem building like experiences.

In order to continue their good work Streetworx are holding their annual Golf Skins Challenge.

The Australia VS New Zealand Skins Challenge is a golf tournament where Professional Golfers and Celebrities play against one another in a fun filled event to raise money for charities in Australia and New Zealand.

This year’s Golf Skins Challenge features special guest John Daly who will adjudicate the Trans-Tasman golfing stoush between the teams of Michael Campbell from New Zealand and John Senden and Peter O’Malley of Australia.

A host of other celebrities are also participating in the event.

WINDWHISTLE CHARITY GOLF DAY

Windwhistle Golf Club event organiser Sarah Wills decided on putting together a fund-raising scheme for a Prostate cancer charity.

When it was decided that a nude calendar of some of the members was to be the focus of her idea the next step was to find out who was prepared to bare all for the good cause.

After a lengthy screening process conducted by Sarah the lucky team were selected. Pictures were taken in a variety of poses on and around the 15th green in glorious sunshine and warm conditions, It took a little time to get everybody ready but after a couple of drinks for Dutch courage the clothes soon started to come off. With their modesty hidden by an array of golfing equipment all seemed to be going well until a group of visiting golfers approached the green and shooting had to stop.

What lasting impressions were left in their minds when they saw a dozen naked men in the middle of their game can only be guessed but lets hope they are over the worst of it!

GOLF DAY RAISES £3,000

Peterborough and Cambridge recruitment specialists The ONE Group have raised nearly £3,000 for local charity MAGPAS.

Recruitment specialists The One Group, have held their annual charity golf day at Wyboston Lakes on behalf of their nominated charity MAGPAS. Many clients took a day out of their busy working week for a day of golf, fundraising and the chance to win a car.

This is the third charity golf event organised by The One Group and the plan was set to make this the largest yet in terms of both attendance and money raised. This year saw some of the most generous donations and prizes to date, including the chance to win a car worth £20,000! Other prizes for the day included London hotel breaks, a hot tub, a flight for two in a private plane and numerous golf rounds and goodies. The money raised through the raffle and auction prizes allowed the total to reach its highest ever, £2815 – A fantastic sum to achieve in one day and more than double the amount raised last year!

“It really was a fantastic day and we are delighted with the amount raised for MAGPAS this year. The weather held out and everyone had a great time. We are very grateful to our clients for their continued support and generosity and look forward to seeing them all again at next years event” explained Jenni Clayton & Will Dempsey , event organisers from The One Group.

CELTICS PLAYING GOLF

The Boston Celtics, believe it or not, are just a few days away from kicking off training camp. Like in years past, the Celtics will head down to Newport for their five-day camp before they head back to Boston for the start of the pre-season.

Many of the Celtics are already in town taking part in today’s charity golf tournament. Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge and Ray Allen all teed it up over at Granite Links in Quincy with proceeds from the event going to the Celtics Shamrock Foundation.

As far as basketball is concerned, it’s now been more than three months since they lost Game 7 to the Lakers in the NBA Finals and the guys say the start of the new season can’t come soon enough.