Long-running golf event raises $24,000

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Ashburton Charity Golf Classic company sponsor representatives Placemakers Ashburton’s Paul Robinson, Brophy Knight’s Greg Wall and Bradford Group’s Graeme Instone, holding the inaugural Rodger Bradford Memorial Trophy, and recipient representative Mandy Casey, of the Cancer Society.

Twenty years since it’s inception, golfers playing in the Ashburton Charity Golf Classic this year were also playing for the inaugural Rodger Bradford Memorial Trophy.

The trophy, won by a team from Brophy Knight, weighs more than 10kg, and was made by staff from Bradfords in memory of Mr Bradford who died in November last year.

It was created from a piece of precast concrete slab, sits on an oak base and is topped with a brass coloured golf club head, sourced from Mr Bradford’s personal golf clubs.

The Bradford Group, alongside Brophy Knight Ltd, were among the founding sponsors of the golf tournament, and alongside fellow sponsor Placemakers Ashburton helped to raise more than $24,000 for charity at this year’s event; $19,000 for Cancer Society and $5,000 for Hospice Mid Canterbury.

The fun, social tournament – which included staff, friends and clients who enjoyed the networking opportunity as much as the golf – was limited to just 84 players this year due to covid, instead of the usual 120.

It saw players enjoy a packed lunch on-course and refreshments delivered around the course by golf carts before enjoying a sit down spit roast evening meal.

Money was raised through entry fees, raffles mostly sold on the day and an auction which included much sought-after golfing packages in Queenstown and at Clearwater Golf Club, as well as signed All Black jerseys and a catering barbecue crew package.