By Colin MacGillivray
BROADFORD Golf Club continued its longstanding support of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal with an annual four-person ambrose tournament on April 9.
It was the 13th time the club has hosted a tournament to support the appeal, which raises millions of dollars each year for the hospital.
Club committee member Cherie Spencer said the day was well supported, with 88 players decked out in magenta shirts in support of the appeal.
“A huge thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers who made the event a huge success,” she said.
The winners were a Kilmore team of Gary, Pete, Dave and Rob Rowe with a score of 54.5.
A Broadford team of Alex Reid, Nicole Reid, Peita Reid and Matt Darling finished runners-up with a score of 55.5.
Ms Spencer said the day was always an important one on the club’s calendar.
“It’s something we’ve done for many years. A lot of people come up from Melbourne as well as the local players, and we tend to get the same players coming back again,” she said.
“It’s great to be able to support a good cause.
“We had [disability support service] Goulburn Options here selling coffee in their van, so we were supporting them as well.”
Ms Spencer’s daughter Melanie said her family had a strong personal connection with the hospital.
“My sister was quite ill as a child. She had very bad asthma, so mum pretty much lived at the hospital for five years,” she said.
“My sister wouldn’t have survived without the care of the amazing paediatricians at the Royal Children’s, so I know it’s a special part of why mum and dad like to give back to them.
“From a regional perspective, the Royal Children’s Hospital reaches out and there are a lot of kids in this community who benefit from that.
“They support a lot of regional communities and that’s why we want to give back to support everything they do.”