Tournament raises $1500


Last Sunday, the South Otago members of the Eagles Golfing Society of Otago held their annual tournament at Tokomairiro Golf Club.

Otago Eagles Golfing Society president Kevin McCabe said the one›day tournament, which is usually held each year at Balclutha Golf Club, attracted 42 entrants who played with gusto through ‘‘some challenging weather’’ and were rewarded with prizes generously provided by local businesses.

Winners on the day were Murray Scott, Lisa Rutherford in the women’s section and Murray Nyon, Graham Hutton, Reg Harr and Dave McCall in the teams’ competition.

This year’s local tournament raised $1500.

It is one of five in the South Otago Eagles regional competitions which have raised $20,000 in the last year for the Halberg Foundation, a charitable trust which funds equipment, lessons and camps for disabled young people to help them be more active and included in sporting and recreational opportunities in their communities.

On the day, Tiny Agnew, of Tokomairiro, was welcomed into the Eagles’ society.

Eagles Golf is a charitable society established 66 years ago to support the Halberg Foundation, junior golf, club visitation and general golfers’ fellowship.

The idea for the Eagles arose in 1956 and gained momentum in 1969 when Auckland business leaders had the opportunity to play charity golf with Halberg Sportsman of the Year guest speaker, Olympic legend Jesse Owens. Since its foundation the society has raised over $5 million.