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Golf Classic a success

Almost perfect weather ensured the success of the Red Lion United Way Annual Golf Classic.   Despite strong winds, all players were keen to get out onto the golf course.

Andrew Startin, comedian and impersonator, was the special guest of the day.  All players had the opportunity to bid to have Startin as an extra member of their team. Startin is best known for his impersonation of football personality, Sam Newman.

“If you bid for me, you get over 9 people on your team,” Startin joked with the crowd before bidding began. Gerald Meagher from the Eclipse Ford team was the successful bidder, teeing off with a team of five.

Ron Whatman from the Team of Extraordinary Gentlemen has been playing in the classic since it first started and thoroughly enjoyed the day. “These guys, the United Way team, keep me coming back,” he said.

The team from Begonia City Fencing won the day. Their successful round included eight birdies. The team from Ballarat Toyota came in second with six birdies in their round.

The winners of the perpetual media trophy were The Courier, with many others winning individual and team prizes.

Andrew Startin rounded off the day with a comedy act featuring many of his best known impersonations, entertaining the 26 teams and their family members.

Event sponsor David Canny of the Red Lion was an enthusiastic participant in the day, having been involved in the event for eight years.

“We enjoy it,” Mr Canny said. “United Way is a great organisation to distribute funds to the community.  To be able to help with that is more beneficial for us.”

All proceeds from the event will be distributed back to the Ballarat community.

More photos can be viewed at  https://www.facebook.com/unitedwayballarat/photos_stream

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