Gilbert Memorial Day a success

THE inaugural Peter Gilbert Memorial Day was staged at the Nowra Golf Club on August 13.

Peter Gilbert was a long serving member and pennant representative of the Nowra Golf and Recreation Club, and still holds the course record of 62.

Pete left Nowra approx eight years ago and worked as a meteorologist in the Navy which saw him move around Australia before settling back into his home town of Morrisset four years ago.

He was diagnosed with cancer mid 2009 and unfortunately after a brave fight passed in late December 2009 at the tender age of 52.

The memorial day at Nowra was organised to celebrate the life of a much loved larrikin and help raise money for the Hunter Melanoma Foundation.

A perfectly sunny day met the 132 starters, with players travelling from Sydney, Morrisset, Coffs Harbour and Brisbane to play in the two person ambrose format.

The field also consisted of the NSW Professional Golfers Association president David Stretton and touring professional John Hogben.

There were a number of fundraisers conducted throughout the day including raffles, auctions and also a pay the pro option, where players could pay PGA professional Paul Maiolo a donation to hit their shot for them.

The day raised $7500 for the Hunter Melanoma Foundation and was a fitting legacy for a true champion.

“The event will be an annual event and hopefully will be bigger and better next year,” said organiser Paul Maiolo.

“Ten grand would be a great number to aim for next year!’’

It is understood that the money raised would fund a medical student for half of their education fees.

“I’m sure Pete would be absolutely chuffed at the turn out for him and the fact that we raised so much money for cancer research,” Maiolo said.

The inaugural winners of the Peter Gilbert Memorial Day was David and Chris Nagle, their name goes onto a perpetual trophy that will remain in the cabinet at the Nowra Golf Club until next year’s event.

Special thanks must go to the Morrisset members  that came down to support the day and there will be a Peter Gilbert Memorial Shield held at Morrisset Golf Club on Saturday, December 11.

All players with an AGU handicap are most welcome to attend and can enter by contacting the Morrisset Pro shop on 49 732 455.

Thanks to the following people for their donations and help during and in the organisation of the day – Nowra club president Bill Carey, secretary manager Michael Walker and staff from Nowra Golf Club, Casey Brown, Marianne Hazel, Kiama Harbour Cabins, David Thorpe (Ray White Real Estate), Jason Batson (Meadows Swim School) and Ray Price (Parramatta Football Club).

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