Lodge rebuild project holds fundraising golf tournament

Kurow rugby Club player Ben Nowell puts during the Whalan Lodge Trust gold day fundraiser at the...
Kurow rugby Club player Ben Nowell puts during the Whalan Lodge Trust gold day fundraiser at the Kurow Golf Club on Wednesday. PHOTO: NIC DUFF
More funds are on the way to assist with the Whalan Lodge rebuild.

A golf day fundraiser was held at the Kurow Golf Club last week following a failed bid to secure funding from the Waimate District Council.

Seventy-two players across 18 teams took part in the nine-hole Ambrose tournament.

Teams of four or five each teed off but they all played from the spot of the best ball and only one score was recorded per hole.

This style of tournament allows golfers of all different skill levels to play alongside one another.

While every team walked away with a prize of some kind, team High Intensity came in first place.

Whalan Lodge Trust chairman Barney McCone said he could not have been happier with how the day went.

"It’s been a great occasion.

"We’ve had a really good day out."

They managed to raise about $8000 from the day to help with the rebuild of the lodge following a $1.36million loan from the Waitaki District Council.

"A few extra thousand up our sleeve will make all the difference."

Whalan Lodge trustee Simon Taylor said each team paid a $200 entry fee and the trust also received donations from 20 to 30 different places.

"That was from families and local business from Twizel
to Oamaru."

Stage one of the rebuild will add five new bedrooms — increasing their capacity to 20 residents — a new kitchen, dining room and entrance way.

Originally slated to be completed at the end of this month, it was slightly delayed and the new goal was to have it finished by the end of May, Mr McCone said.

Mr Taylor and the rest of the trustees were massively grateful for all the support they had received.

"We just want to thank the support of the Upper Waitaki community and the Kurow Golf Club," he said.

Mr McCone echoed this sentiment.

"We’re grateful for the whole community.

"[The golf club] supplied the grounds and their ladies did all the morning tea and put a lot of work into it."

Redevelopment chairman Peter McIlraith said the trust recently appealed to the Waimate District Council for funding, but was turned down.

Although the lodge was based in Waitaki, many residents were from Hakataramea Valley.

It was a "very disappointing" result and consequently the council was not invited to the golf tournament.

A spokesman said the council was supportive of the trust and what they were aiming to achieve, but councils around the country were under "immense" pressure to deliver infrastructure such as roading and water.

It did not have cash to support other worthy causes, he said.

"Sadly, the answer would be same if the lodge was within the Waimate District."