Golf Tournament 2019
Blue skies, a gentle nor-easterly breeze and a course in perfect order greeted the near-capacity field in the 10th annual Foundation golf tournament at St Clair in late-September.
Staged again in association with major sponsor OceanaGold, funds raised through the tournament open the way for the Foundation to establish a new research project each year.
Thirty teams strode the course in search of the ultimate prize, the champion’s trophy donated by Forsyth Barr as the inaugural winner in 2010. And the scoring matched the conditions with the OceanaGold # 2 team, playing off a handicap of 8.25, winning by three clear shots with a nett tally of 50.75.
At the prizegiving, the recipients of the OceanaGold research grant from the 2017 tournament, Prof Iain Lamont and Dr Kay Ramsay, outlined the progress made with their investigation into how better to manage antibiotic use for those with cystic fibrosis, a disease which affects lung and stomach efficiency. Their findings will be published in the next few months.
The 2019 tournament raised just over $22,500, bringing total funds generated since the first small event in 2010 to $180,000 which has seen the launch of a dozen high quality projects and summer scholarships.