St George ATS Community Golf Day

22nd February, Brookwater Golf & Country Club

The St George ATS Community Golf Day team

The key parties of the day, (from left) Peter Sanders of ATS, Mike Dwyer of the Friedreich Ataxia Research Association, with daughter Jamie-Lee Dwyer who suffers from Friedreich Ataxia, Ross Gillam of St George and Mayor Paul Pisasale.

As mentioned in our recent blog post about the inauguration of the St George Bank ATS Community Golf Day, we’re very excited about this event!

We are almost at the big day, 22nd February, and the preparations have been progressing at a fast pace thanks to the hard work and dedication of the organizing staff.

The official press photo shoot took place in early January at our auspicious venue, the BrookWater Golf & Country Club. The photos on this page are from this photo event.

After more than a year in the conception, this annual community golf day has been a long time goal for Peter Sanders, ATS’ director. Combining his love of golf and his association with FARA Australasia, Peter set about defining the idea and approaching the right partners to bring the Community Golf Day to life.

Key event partners Peter Sanders and Ross Gillam are hoping someone wins the Million Dollar Drive

Key event partners Peter Sanders and Ross Gillam would love to see someone win the Million Dollar Drive

Working together with Ross Gillam of St George Bank and his excellent team, the inaugural St George ATS Community Golf Day is shaping up to be a great success, gathering support from the Hon Paul Pisasale, Mayor of Ipswich and other key parties as the day approaches.

From Ross Gillam “By sponsoring a hole on the day you will be doing good twice,” he said. “You’ll be making a huge difference to the lives of Aussie kids and also supporting crucial medical research for a crippling and incurable disease.” *except from Queensland Times, Ipswich QLD 26 Dec 2012, by Geoff Egan

One of the draws of the event is the Million Dollar Drive on the 16th hole. If a player can hit a hole in one on this Greg Norman designed par 3, they will be awarded $500,000 in prize money, with another $500,000 to be divided among the two beneficiaries of the day, The St George Foundation and FARA Australasia.

Says Peter, “It would be great to see the prize money awarded, we would want nothing more for everyone involved in the day. Right now we have all of the holes sponsored by local companies and businesses who are attending the day for a great game of golf, with the proceeds going to our beneficiaries. Looking forward to the day.”

To date, the event has appeared in The Queensland Times, Ipswich QLD on 26th Dec 2012 and the Ipswich Advertiser on the 13th Jan 2013, as well as via various social media channels. Links to our Beneficiaries’ facebook pages are on the left, and the logos lead to their respective home pages.


Beneficiaries of the day:

Friedreich Ataxia Research Association

Friedreich Ataxia Research Association

Click to go to FARA's facebook page
The St George Foundation

The St George Foundation

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Learn more about the venue

Learn more about the venue