Date and Time
Date and Time
Above: Mark Cadzow, (OceanaGold, the tournament's major sponsor) collecting his teams prize at the 2014 tournament.
The sixth annual Otago Medical Research Foundation golf tournament, staged in association with OceanaGold NZ, will be played on the St Clair course on Sunday, 4th October.
A full field of 26 teams will contest the event, to be played under Las Vegas ambrose rules*, adding a real twist to proceedings.
There’ll be an 11a.m. shotgun start, an hour later than the normal start time, due to the England vs Australia Rugby World Cup match kicking off at Twickenham in London at 8 o’clock that morning.
After small beginnings in the tournament’s first year (2010) where just over $5,000 was raised, an average of $20,000 has been generated at each of the last four events – with these funds directed towards research projects and summer scholarships.
Money raised at the 2011 event was invested into a study into why women are more prone to diabetic heart disease; the proceeds from the 2012 tournament launched an examination of refractory hormone prostate cancer, a particularly virulent strain of the disease; funds raised from the 2013 event were directed towards a research grant which is investigating how best to prevent a bacterium, prevalent in infections in hospitals, from causing those infections and become more easily controlled by antibiotics. Researchers in Dunedin are collaborating with an Italian-based study; while last year’s event saw the funds directed towards two scholarships which are looking into the rationale for memory loss, and the value of beetroot as a source of nutrients for the elderly, using bread as the conduit for consumption.
*Las Vegas ambrose sees all players teeing off on each hole with a die (dice) then tossed to determine whose drive is taken.