While bragging rights are crucial, supporting one of the region’s most treasured services is what drives next month’s Summit and Nelson Weekly Charity Golf Tournament.
The third annual event pits local businesspeople against each other on the course while raising funds for the Nelson Tasman Rescue Helicopter Trust (NTRH).
General manager Paula Muddle says the May 24 event is about putting the fun back in fundraiser.
“We put on a range of different activities that engage our sponsors and donors throughout our awareness month, but what better way to raise funds for an amazing cause than to get out on a beautiful Nelson day and play some golf?”
Last year the event raised more than $15,000 for the trust and Paula says they are set to better that figure this time around.
Lump sums from each of the naming sponsors has ‘kickstarted’ the fundraising efforts with a $25,000 target being set.
Businesses from throughout the region will take part and will have the option of a serious round or just a bit of a hit and giggle.
However, there will be some quality golfers on display.
Last year’s champion Jason Perrett from AON will be back to defend his crown but will face stiff competition from the likes of resident pro Glyn Delaney from Summit.
Also among those to watch is the NTRH marketing coordinator and third generation golfer Morgan Collis-Fisher.
Morgan has a prestigious golfing pedigree, her mother and grandmother both having represented New Zealand.
The day will pit 29 teams of four in Ambrose rules with a charity auction following the day’s action.
Paula says sponsors are still being sought.
“We actively invite them to work their hole, MTF finance put up a marquee and served drinks as golfers went around,
To get involved contact emma.barton@summit. co.nz to book or drop into Summit Realty Services, 506 Main Road Stoke.