Golfers give back to local firies

Marcus Damn went close to snaring the $200 on offer in the long putt competition.

In a strong show of appreciation for their efforts during the Dunns Road bushfire disaster, Tumut and surrounding golfers have supported Tumut Golf Club’s Hot as Hell charity golf day on Sunday.

72 golfers participated in the day, which raised $2,500 for the local Rural Fire Service, an effort that pleased organiser Scott Doyle.

“We raised $2500 on the day, which was great,” Doyle said.

“I was super happy with the day, there were volunteers who turned up that just wanted to help and we raised money for a good cause and that’s what really matters.”

After 18 holes of competition, Jamie Freeman and Dai Hooper had won the men’s, Sharon Burgess and Wayne Dubois won the mixed and Val Machell and Lyn Burgmann were too good in the women’s competition.

Doyle explained that some of the other events on the day were well received too, with plenty of competition in the longest putt competition and $10,000 hole in one.

“Everybody thought the day was really good and we had a few winners in different events,” Doyle said.

“Hitting out of the back of a Tumut Freight Services truck, Robert Kell and Sharon Burgess got closest to the pin and each won $250 in vouchers.”

“The long put went to a playoff between Ian McDougall and Kurt Greenhalgh and Ian won the playoff with the nearest to pin an won $200.”

Hot as Hell charity golf day organiser Scott Doyle with the prizes that were generously donated by local businesses.

There was no hole in one winner on hole 17 but Doyle explained a few people went close, but most importantly, golfers enjoyed their time on the Tumut fairways.

“There were a couple of shots inside 50cm but no one hit the pin and won the $10,000,” Doyle said.

“The fire truck with the sprinkler going was a huge success, if golfers had a slice, it really exaggerated the slice and they went further left and right than normal and it made it more difficult.”

The popular Tumut Golf Club personality was happy to help raise money for the local RFS brigades and their efforts during the Dunns Road bushfire but was also glad that Tumut Golf Club benefited.

“The golf club did really well out of it, John Cruise was driving around in the drinks truck and he had to come back in three times,” Doyle said.

“The whole day was a winner all round.”