$6000 raised for charity

14 Apr, 2004 11:25 AM

Local charities were the big winners at the Mollymook Coca Cola Charity Skins event on Good Friday with more than $6000 raised.

The first part of the day was taken up with a putting competition to raise money for the Cancer Outpatients Appeal. The generosity of spectators was overwhelming, culminating in over $400 being raised.

With the event being a two person Ambrose, three teams of two were set to do battle.

Samantha Whittle and Eric Couper teamed up to raise money for Independence Ulladulla, while Kim Powell and Graham Beasley were doing their utmost for Motor Neurone Disease and Skye Melouney and James Curtis represented Alkira Lodge.

All teams started off with $500 in their kitty, and then each hole was worth $200 with a $150 Nearest the Pin in regulation.

Upon reaching their 2nd shots, it looked like it would be an up and down battle between Skye and James and Kim and Graham with Samantha and Eric's ball sitting down in the right hand rough.

Skye and James having already won the NTP of $150 dropped one of theirs. With that done the players moved over to the short 2nd hole to play for $400 plus the NTP.

Lovely shots by Samantha and Graham saw these two teams fight for the money, with Graham already having picked up the NTP and $150 for Motor Neurone Disease.

The third hole turned out to be a battle between Sam and Eric and Skye and James with Kim and Graham both leaving their approach shots short.

Skye and James both missed their birdie putts, and so it left Samantha to again drop a very tricky putt, down and across the slope, to collect another $200, a skin and $150 for the NTP, all for Independence Ulladulla.

Only two balls found the green at the 7th and that was Samantha and Eric's with Eric's being the closer, picking up the NTP and this time it was Eric who rolled in a lengthy putt to pick up 2 more skins and $400 for Independence Ulladulla.

The 8th hole saw nearly everyone hit good tee shots and then Samantha hitting in a superb short iron to approximately 6 feet.

Another NTP for the team from Independence Ulladulla and it started to look like the day had been put on for them. However, Skye and James had other ideas knocking in a good putt to put the onus back on Sam and Eric to can one of their much shorter putts and make the last worth $400. However, it was not to be as they both missed. Thus, Skye and James had picked up their 3rd skin and another $200 for Alkira Lodge.

The last hole, the demanding par 3 9th heading back to the clubhouse saw the usual skin of $200 plus $600 on the NTP split three ways.

Congratulations to Samantha, who was extremely nervous before the day started but showed that 3 years of practice and 34 shots dropped in those 3 years holds her in good stead for a successful golfing career.

Congratulations to Samantha Whittle and Eric Couper for winning $2,750 to go to Bev Wilson and her team at Independence Ulladulla.

Next best were Skye and James, who raised $1,500 on behalf of Alkira Lodge in Wollongong, while Kim and Graham presented a cheque for $850 to The Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The Cancer Outpatients Appeal received a cheque for $935 from the starting kitty plus the money raised at the putting competition.

The putting competition had seen the qualifying round whittle the field down to 17.

The final four, Ron Walpole, Joan Hartas, Tim Powell and Skye Melouney battled it out with Tim Powell eventually becoming the inaugural Skins Putting Champion.

Thanks to Trish Dorman for her diligence and the amount of time she has put in to this event over the last couple of months.

Also to Max Woodward for his assistance throughout, and to those volunteers who made themselves available on the day to help out.

The 5th annual Coca Cola Charity Skins was a remarkable success and to all those involved we thank you and hope you had a wonderful Easter.