It was not as early a start has it had been in previous year but at 7:30 on a rather wet morning we left Hamilton for Walton Golf Course. We were rather concerned that we only at 15 teams registered and with the wet weather we did wonder if they would all come, but there was no need to worry – we should have remembered that golfers turn up no matter the weather. There were high hopes it would clear by 10 but that was not to be – that forecast was a couple of hours out. By the time the golfers were half way round the 18 holes the weather was clearing and although not sunny it was a lovely afternoon.
Because of the weather we had decided not to have the hole in one on the practice green or the gambling hole – it was just too wet for people to be sitting around out there.
Once back at the clubhouse, all players and helpers fed and watered the proceedings began with lots of spin the wheel raffles, then Past Governor Mike McIvor telling everyone a little about Kiwanis. We had a few items to auction but our regular auctioneer couldn’t make it this year but once again Walton helped us out with the club captain (also the barman for the day) agreeing to run the auction for us – well done and thank you Mark.
After the auction it was time for prize giving and what a fabulous prize table it was once again. There are some wonderful people and organisations in our community who donate prizes each year so once again every player received a lovely prize. It was great to see the teams stay longer than usual and although the crowd was much smaller everyone had a great day.
Because of the number of players our takings were down a little but it was a fabulous effort with the final total just over $10,000 on the day. Plenty to be able to give Riding for the Disabled (Hamilton, Cambridge, Tauranga and Te Aroha) their cheques and to once again purchase winter pyjamas for disadvantaged children in the area.
Thank you once again to Walton Golf Club for having us once again, to the amazing sponsors who keep coming back and supporting us each year, to those who donate the wonderful prizes, to the Kiwanis members and friends who helped make things run smoothly and to those wonderful wet players, the day would not have been a success without every one of you.