On Par


ONE of Southland’s oldest charity golf tournaments is set to tee off again on February 10, this year raising funds for the Hawthorndale Care Village.

The ILT/Liquorland Charity Golf Tournament had been on the calendar for more than 30 years and was a remnant of the SBS Invitational attracted New Zealand’s best amateur golfers.

Known fondly as Walter’s Wednesday by many, it has stood the test of time, outlasting the invitational and continuing to raise thousands of dollars for Southland charities each year.

This year’s event would be played on Wednesday, February 10, at Queens Park.

Golf Southland board chair Phil McDonald said the tournament was all about providing a fun day out for people, and raising money for a good cause.

along for half a day and have some funare still tee times available for both morning and afternoon players, so we’d encourage everyone to get involved.

“We are very grateful to the ILT and Liquorland for their ongoing sponsorship and support of this event; it makes a real difference and we are very appreciative.”

Last year’s tournament raised funds for the Southland Charity Hospital, and this year’s choice to donate funds to the Hawthorndale Care Village was quite straightforward, McDonald said.

The Hawthorndale Care Village Charitable Trustee Sarah Hannan said they were thrilled to be the chosen charity for the ILT /Liquorland Charity Golf Tournament.

“We encourage golfers to enter the tournament as a way to support the project. The village will be a wonderful asset for the Southland community,

The charity tournament was a 4BBB format and was open to any combination of pairs; one member of the pair may be a golfer without a current handicap.

Entries could be made to Golf Southland; email admin@golfsouthland.co.nz or phone 3 931 0082.

The tournament prizegiving would be followed by Golf Southland’s Golfer of the Year presentations, which would include Southland Men’s, Ladies and Junior Golfer of the Year awards, as well as the Most Improved Junior and Services to Golf awards.