Golf Day raises funds for sports scholarships

Published 15 March 2011

RVA016An annual sporting event that raises money for the University of New England’s Sports Scholarship Program will be held for the 12th successive year this Friday, the 18th of March.

The SportUNE Golf Day is one of Armidale’s largest corporate golf days, with sponsorship from 23 local businesses. “The Golf Day has been successful thanks to great support from the community,” said the Executive Director of SportUNE, David Schmude. “It’s good to see the community get behind the Golf Day to support the UNE Sports Scholarship Program.”

UNE’s Sports Scholarship Program attracts elite athletes, such as Oceanic Judo Champion Sonja Chervonsky, to UNE and the Armidale community, and has helped hundreds of student athletes remain competitive in their chosen sport while maintaining good academic progress. There are 12 sporting scholarship recipients this year; they are required to represent UNE in club competitions throughout the year, as well as at inter-varsity competitions such as this year’s Northern University Games in Armidale in July and the Australian University Games on the Gold Coast in September.

The Golf Day raises about $15,000 each year and, with matching funds from Sport UNE, is the major contributor to the scholarship program. A former Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Dr Clem Jones AO, provided for $9,000 a year to support UNE’s major sports scholarships for internationally competitive students.

The competition is conducted in a four-person Ambrose, in which teams compete to win the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. The first hit-off is at 8 am, with the major hit-off at 1 pm. The day costs $45 per person or $160 per team of four (with a $5 discount for SportUNE members), and includes lunch at noon. Registration forms can be collected from SportUNE, Struddys Sports and Sportspower Armidale, and Armidale Golf Club’s Professional Shop – but places are limited, with only a few spots remaining. For more information, contact  Brad King at SportUNE on 6773 5181.