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Next came the Sealink Straddie VMR Golf Day. This event raised $10,000 for Stradbroke VMR while providing all participants with a day to remember. This event is being renamed the SeaLink Straddie Community Golf Day for 2019.
Then came the Straddie Classic. The Ambrose has always been much loved over the years. It is the event which draws ex members and friends back to the Island for a weekend of fun and reminiscence.
Contested by a near record field the 2018 Ladies Trophy went to the Tart-n-Chicks for the fourth time in a row.
The Stradbroke SeaLink Pro Am was contested in August. The Pro Am has been absent from the Straddie calendar for over 20 years and its return was much applauded. The exit survey for the Pro Am indicates that it will again be a sellout when held in 2019.
Then came the Borey Family Golf Day sponsored by Mazzoni Plant Hire and organized by Russell Borey. It proved to be a wonderful day for all Islanders to celebrate their rich diverse history.
The year was rounded out by the Norman Gardner Trophy played on the 27th of December and organised by the Amity Cricket Club.
This amazingly busy calendar of events will be repeated next year with at least one addition.
In 2019 we will be partnering with Icon events to put on the Straddie Salute Golf Day on the 19th of May.
All of these events cost money and take time to organise. The money comes from sponsors, nomination fees and donations. Allan Ziirsen raised over $10,000 in donations through his Go-Fund-Me site which is an amazing effort.
The ability of such a small Club to make such a huge contribution to the Straddie community and economy is the result of the efforts of the membership and their willingness to volunteer their time and skills.
The inaugural Stradbroke Ferries VMR Golf Classic finally arrived after 3 years of planning and raising seed funding, many meetings with and by the committee, several changes of format, over 600 emails, 1000 hrs. of work by the secretary and a few sleepless nights.
What a day Straddie put on, sunny, no wind and an absolutely stunning sunset as the field and guests enjoyed the evening meal on the deck. The competitors came from everywhere. Thank you for the smiley faces and the spirit that the game was played in.
Hosting the Classic has demonstrated the Club’s commitment to its community.
Raising large sums of money is no mean feat at any time. I would like to thank Silbelco for the initial $3500 which we used to employ a professional event organizer to advise and direct the committee through the process. Thank you Brett Holdway.
The club would like to thanks the principal sponsors and the prize pool sponsors who provided a prize pool of just under $ 10,000.
The Straddie businesses and individuals are a very generous lot. The accommodation resorts led by the Straddie pub gave 40 nights accommodation.
Each Sponsor will receive a picture of their prize being awarded and a letter of appreciation.
To the individuals like Ed Holden and the Harts, thanks for your generous donations.
The Club members who gave up the day to help around the course are of course invaluable in making it happen smoothly
This week the North Stradbroke Island Golf club took delivery of seven new electric golf carts as part of its preparations for 2018.
With the assistance of its major sponsor, Stradbroke Ferries the carts are now safely across the bay and ready to play a part in making 2018 the biggest year the Club has seen in a long time.
The carts have arrived just in time to be used in the Holden Scramble being held this weekend. They will be used to boost the Club’s cart fleet and enable it to run the Stradbroke Ferries VRM Golf Classic and the Straddie Pro Am later in the year.
When not being used in these new events the carts will be used in the Club’s new Eco Tour program.
Over the past five years the Club has invested heavily in planting koala and bird food trees which has made the Club a haven for wildlife.
The new electric carts will enable the public to get close to the animals and indigenous flowers in safety and comfort. Small scale trials have been extremely successful and now with the new fleet of cars the wildlife tours can cater for groups of 25 visitors at a time.