Golf Day to raise money for Sporting Scholarships

Published 12 March 2012

RVA016The 13th annual SportUNE Golf Day, to raise money for University of New England Sporting Scholarships, will be on Friday 16 March at Uralla Golf Course. Members of the New England and UNE communities are being invited to enter a team of four.

UNE Sporting Scholarships attract elite athletes to the University and the local community, and allow these student athletes to compete at State, national and international levels.

This year there are 16 Sporting Scholarship recipients studying at UNE. They are required to represent UNE in club and intervarsity competitions.

The SportUNE Golf Day is one of the region’s largest corporate golf days, with sponsorship from 22 local businesses. “Since Golf Day began in 2000, it has been really encouraging to see the continual support of the Armidale community,” said David Schmude, Executive Director of SportUNE. “The UNE sports scholarship program has helped hundreds of student athletes remain competitive in their chosen sport, while providing incentive and time for these athletes to maintain their academic progress.”

The money raised from the Golf Day will be matched by SportUNE to support the scholarship program. “Last year’s Golf Day raised $12,000, and we hope to raise that much again this year,” Mr Schmude said.

The day will run as a four-person Ambrose event, with teams competing to win the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup. The maximum handicap will be 28 for male golfers and 36 for female golfers. Social golfers who do not have a club handicap will be allocated a handicap of 18 for the day.

The cost of $160 for a four-person team includes a barbecue lunch and two complimentary drinks. Free buses will take participants to and from Uralla Gold Course for both tee-off times. They will leave from Armidale Tourist Information Centre at 7.15 am and 11.30 am. Lunch will be at 12.30 pm, with tee-off times at 8 am or 1.15 pm. There will be plenty of prizes, and golfing proficiency is not a necessity.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the Sport UNE Web site (www.sportune.com.au) or collected from SportUNE, Sportspower, or Uralla Golf Club. Nominations should be returned to SportUNE by 11 am on Wednesday 14 March.

For more details phone 6773 5186 or email sportune@une.edu.au.