Golf and fun combine for Karratha autism fundraiser

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Amish Dykes, Marguerite Jacka, Fiona Kinsman and Martin Fish won best dressed team at the charity golf day.
Camera IconAmish Dykes, Marguerite Jacka, Fiona Kinsman and Martin Fish won best dressed team at the charity golf day. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

Clubs were swung and balls putted for a good cause on Saturday when Move Your Body Studio and Karratha Golf Club teamed up for an autism awareness fundraiser.

The Move Your Body for Autism Golf Day was held at the end of Autism Awareness Week and helped to raise funds for the studio’s Sensory School Readiness Program.

The social competition saw teams of four take to the green for an 18-hole ambrose event where only the best ball is played by the team.

Studio founder Carol Heegan said the support was sensational.

“The response was overwhelmingly positive, lots of the participants were asking us to come back and do it again next year because it’s something they support and want to be involved in.”

The best overall team score on the day was Ron Gillies, Rick Cowan, Supatta Shaw and Nathan Woods with 53.275 nett.

However given it was a social competition, the novelty awards were more important with Amish Dykes, Marguerite Jacka, Fiona Kinsman and Martin Fish named the best dressed team.

Other novelty gongs included Justin Oui for the men’s long drive, Tracey Smyth for women’s long drive, Shaun Oldroyd for most accurate drive and Alex Morgan for the short drive. Nearest the pin was Graham Glozier on the 5th, Mat Warburton on the 8th and Judy Hill on the 11th.

The golf day also included a raffle and auction. With other events held during the week, $8245 was raised towards the continuation of the school readiness program which allows children with autism to build the skills they need with a specialised learning program.

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