Following the success of last years’ inaugural TravelManagers’ charity golf day, the picture perfect weather and stunning Mornington Golf Club on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, again turned on another fantastic event this year.
TravelManagers’ Kellie Browning, Business Partnership Manager for Victoria for the second year organised the charity event. Personal travel managers, their clients, preferred suppliers and the national partnership office team all participating with the Cancer Council still being the charity of choice. Funds raised from the day were $4,350, which exceeded last years’ donation of $3,036.
“Unfortunately cancer touches so many lives, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. We are so lucky to have such a supportive TravelManagers family and strong relationships with partner suppliers who were happy to support and raise money for a great cause. Funds raise go to supporting cancer patients, their families and also assist with vital cancer research,” says Browning.
The tournament consisted of teams of four playing Ambrose style golf over nine or 18 holes. The golf day was very relaxed and enjoyed by 72 participants – 11 teams of four who played 18 holes and seven teams of four who enjoyed the nine-hole option.
With players mainly from Victoria, personal travel managers’ golfing enthusiasts Ken Simpson, representative from Caloundra in Queensland and Neil Saunders, representative from Glengowrie in South Australia also took part.
“The TravelManagers golf day was a great day. As well as a fun day playing golf, it’s a chance to chat to our local industry suppliers and spend quality time with clients in a relaxed and informal setting,” says Simpson.
A mobile coffee van and TravelManagers with the help of Insight Vacations selling egg and bacon rolls were a huge hit, especially for those playing 18 holes with their early 9am shotgun start.
A team of national partnership office and personal travel managers spent the day driving round in golf carts selling refreshments and raffle tickets. All funds raised went directly to charity.
“We held a sausage sizzle on the ninth hole and AAT Kings helped with selling burgers for lunch. A local winery also drove around in a drinks cart offering wine tasting – I think this really helped to improve some players game!” says Browning.
Although no one won Wild Earth Travel’s 12 night Melanesia Cruise for hitting a hole in one, there was significant support from suppliers providing on the day prizes.
Along with prizes for first and second in the competition, sponsors also provided prizes for raffles and in categories that included nearest the pin, straightest drive and longest drive.
Special thanks go to Garuda Indonesia, Driveaway Holidays, Nexus Holidays, Amadeus, Allianz Global Assistance, APT Luxury Touring & Cruising, Insider Journeys, Lufthansa Group, Sunlover Holidays, Cox and Kings, Short Stays, Collette Tours, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Silversea, Drummond Golf, Fiji Tourism, Chirping Bird Winery, Royal Brunei Airlines, Jetstar Airlines, Parker Travel Collection, Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Hotel, Mornington Golf Club, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America Line, On the Go Tours and Wild Earth Travel.
It is well known that business is often done on the golf course and for Michael Gazal, TravelManagers Executive General Manager their annual charity golf day proved no exception.
“We are so grateful to our partner suppliers for their generosity with prizes and also their support of TravelManagers and our personal travel managers. It is these types of events that allow our personal travel managers and clients to spend time with suppliers in a relaxed and informal setting. Without this support, the day would not have been the success it was.”
The planning for the 2017 annual golf event is already well underway.
“We’ve had such positive feedback from everyone who attended and we already have people putting their hand up to take part next year. With an increase in participants and the ability to also raise money for the Cancer Council made this a real win-win event. We plan to make this a bigger and better event next year,” says Browning with a smile.
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