BRITISH golfer Lee Westwood is about to forge a link with the Mid North Coast.
The man who this year tipped Tiger Woods out of his world no.1 ranking is the latest international sporting star to lend support to the Elly Stig Memorial Golf Day, booked in at Nambucca Heads Island Golf Club on Sunday, January 9.
Organising committee member Merle Tuckey said she was thrilled to receive news that Westwood will make a contribution to the charity memorabilia auction.
“A shirt signed by Lee has been donated and word has just arrived that it is on its way,” she said.
“It’s a major item and will go near the top of the list for the auction.”
Over the 18 years of the Elly Stig Memorial event, sporting notables including Greg Norman, Ricky Ponting, Joel Parkinson and Gai Waterhouse have been among the supporters.
In recent years the Brisbane Broncos have made the day a pet cause and the club’s head coach, Ivan Henjak, will again attend to present trophies to the winning golfers.
He will be accompanied by Newcastle Knights boss Rick Stone who made his mark locally during playing days.
Stone was captain-coach of the Nambucca Heads Roosters when they won back-to-back Group 2 premierships in 1992-93.
Every NRL club has had an involvement at some stage and the Wallabies and Australian cricket teams have contributed.
The racing industry has been major backers with equine superstars Makybe Diva and Takeover Target lending their names to raise the profile.
Fundraising on this occasion will put the running total in the direction of the $300,000 mark, with proceeds assisting the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia for medical research into childhood cancer.
Registrations are now being taken at the clubhouse or golf shop for the four-person Ambrose competition with a shotgun start.
Cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch and non-golfers are welcome to participate in the lunch and auction, which kicks off from 1.30pm.
As a record field of 212 starters hit the fairways last January, it’s recommended golfers get their nominations in as early as possible.