Australian Olympian Marcus Fraser came out in support of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and took home the win in a star studded field.
Current and former AFL footballers including Brendon Goddard, Harry Taylor, Sam Newman, Robert DiPierdomenico and Doug Wade joined local amateurs and PGA Professionals including former Victorian Open winners Richard Green and his wife Marianne Skarpnord at Maddie’s Day on the Purple at the Clifton Springs Golf Club.
The decision by the Clifton Springs Golf Club to add a charity element to their annual pro-am saw the event raise over $25,000 to support Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, a charity set up to raise funds to support research into the Bone Marrow Failure Syndrome that claimed her life in 2015.
Adding a personal touch to the day were guests of honour Joe and Fiona Riewoldt (Maddie’s parents) who were on hand to accept the cheque on behalf of the charity.
On course, scoring was tough with the breeze strengthening throughout the day making the small, slick greens even trickier.
Despite the high quality field only five players were under par at the completion of play with Marcus Fraser topping the leaderboard on 3-under 68.
“That wind was gusting all over the place but it was more the greens. I can’t remember putting on greens like those, especially downhill,” said Fraser.
Fraser was convinced to delay his upcoming European Tour commitments by close friend Goddard who is an ambassador for the charity.
“I fly out tomorrow lunchtime for the Singapore Open, then to Dubai, Malaysia and Perth,” added Fraser.
“I then have a couple of weeks off before heading onto New Zealand, India and the Philippines, so I’ve got a pretty busy schedule coming up.
“It’s nice to come out and play especially for such a great charity and to all the sponsors that have done such a great job in raising so much for Maddie’s Vision today, $25,000 in one day is a huge contribution so thank you.”
The Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series continues on Thursday 18 January at Keysborough Golf Club for the Dingley Village Bendigo Bank Pro-Am before heading to the country with stops at Neanger Park and then RACV Goldfields for the first pro-am played in the Super 6 format made famous by the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth.
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