New women’s tournament to raise money for hospice

A new tournament for women will be raising funds for a good cause today.

The inaugural Edinburgh Realty Commercial Women’s Golf Tournament will tee off at the Otago Golf Club at Balmacewen.

It is hoped the tournament, raising funds for Otago Community Hospice, will become an annual event.

Otago Golf Club general manager Shelley Duncan said it was a "tricky" time to be hosting a new golf tournament, but organisers and sponsors felt people were ready for a bit of fun after a year plagued with Covid.

"The event is low-key, fun and enables all levels of players to join us for the nine-hole ambrose format on the day, which is very timely given the growth of women in golf," Duncan said.

"It feels like everyone is keen to get outside, have some fun with friends on a beautiful golf course, and raise money for a great service."

Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green was thrilled organisers have made the call to go ahead.

"This fundraiser follows in the steps of the Aotearoa Gaming Trust Golf Tournament which this year raised $48,000 for the hospice.

‘‘While we are not expecting a new tournament to raise that kind of money, it’s always marvellous to have a fundraiser — which will hopefully become an annual event — in the calendar for hospice."

The tournament will include an auction, dinner and raffles after the afternoon of golf.

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