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Corporate golf day raises $7000

Brian Jennings Accounting was the winning team at the Deniliquin Golf Club's corporate golf day last Friday.

May 23, 2014 3:45am

Jason McCartney (centre) with winning golfers Brian Jennings, Kev Keane, Simon Tilders and Paul Pless.

Deniliquin businesses helped raise about $7000 for the Deniliquin Golf Club as part of its corporate golf day last Friday.

Sixty-four golfers played in the 18-hole ambrose event and 85 guests attended a dinner in the clubhouse on Friday night.

Most of the 16 teams that played were representing local businesses which organiser Vince Kelly was rapt with.

All of the funds raised will go towards upgrading the club.

‘‘The support from the community and local businesses has been amazing,’’ Kelly said.

‘‘Those who couldn’t play supported the day in other ways and we had heaps of auction items donated.’’

Most of the action was reserved for the golf course where some great - and not-so-great - performances were on show.

There was a fire in the kitchen, however, which delayed the catering provided by Lady Marmalade.

Two fire trucks were at the scene but Kelly said the blaze didn’t have a major affect on the event, only forcing a ‘‘slight re-shuffle of the itinerary’’, and most golfers were understanding.

‘‘(Lady Marmalade owner) Roxy Phillips did an amazing job; it was through no fault of her own the fire disrupted preparations and to still deliver the quality of food that she did was outstanding.

‘‘I think the fire just reiterates the fact there is a lot that needs to be done with refurbishments and re-newing assets at the club.’’

Former AFL star and 2002 Bali bombings survivor Jason McCartney was the guest speaker and mingled with golfers at the dinner.

Club president Kathy Simpson said the board was appreciative of Kelly’s efforts in reviving the corporate golf day, which was last held in 2012.

‘‘It’s a pretty big ask for him to organise the day, which is a great fundraiser for the club,’’ Simpson said.

‘‘We are all working towards a common goal and value the support from volunteers, businesses and the wider community.’’

The team representing Brian Jennings Accounting took out the title on Friday.

Jennings himself led the team which included Paul Pless, Kev Keane and Simons Tilders.

They carded 53 to win from runners-up Gary Rodda, Geoff King, Kathy Simpson and Brenda Campbell with 55.

Echuca business Kelly’s Fine Furniture, which included Vince Kelly, Greg Norwood, Eric Grumont and Kath Kelly, finished third with 55.

In fourth was Liefting Contructions’ Cory and Daniel Liefting and Tom and Rob Wettenhall with 55.

Deni Toyota finished last to win the NAGA award.

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