Hadlee among golfers at charity event

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Golfing foursome Sir Richard Hadlee, Darryl Phillips, John Richards and Peter Lund ahead of tee off in the Ashburton Lions Club charity golf tournament.

Cricket legend Sir Richard Hadlee was a big drawcard for the Ashburton Lions Club annual charity golf day yesterday, which saw this year’s recipients, the Chris Ruth Centre Trust and Mountain Bike Ashburton, receive $5000 each.
Sir Richard, regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in cricketing history, was guest speaker at a special breakfast before teeing off in the golf tournament at 11.30am with 131 other avid golfers from around Canterbury. He plays at Pegasus Golf Club, north of Christchurch and has a handicap of 11.5.
John Richards, once of the day’s organisers, said the breakfast and the golf tournament were two separate fundraising events but both had been popular; 80 people attended the catered breakfast at the Ashburton Golf Club and 132 were entered in the golf tournament.
He called on his friend Sir Richard to be part of the occasion. The pair met when the cricketer was a patron of Mr Richards’ restaurant at Hanmer Springs.
At breakfast Sir Richard spoke about his international and domestic cricket career, which spanned around 20 years, as well as time playing county cricket in England.
He donated not only his time, but also donated some cricket memorabilia such as signed bats, balls and copies of his compliation book, The Skipper’s Diary, for auction; two auctions at the breakfast raised $2050, a third set was auctioned after the golf tournament also raised around $1000.
‘‘It was a marvellous breakfast,’’ Mr Richards said, which included a question and answer session.
‘‘It was all about being reminded of the things he achieved in his international and domestic career.’’
Sir Richard, who is in remission after a battle with cancer, played 86 test matches over 18 years, captured 431 test wickets and scored over 3000 test runs.
He was teamed up to play the tournament with Mr Richards who has a handicap of 21, and tournament sponsors Darryl Phillips, of Darryl Phillips Motors and Peter Lund, of Midland Seeds.
Philips and Lund are both golfers with handicaps of 20.4 and 2.5 respectively.