Golf day highlights U-20 tournament
More than 100 football-loving golfers had a great day at the inaugural Friends of Football and NZ Football annual golf day at Auckland’s Akarana Golf Club.
With little more than a week to go before the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, it was a wonderful chance for football supporters to share the anticipation of the tournament while chasing golf balls around the course.
More than $40,000 of prizes were up for grabs and just about everyone went home with something.
The biggest potential prizes were a $30,000 SsangYong Korando for anyone who hit a hole-in-one on the 3rd while $5,000 cash was available for those who struck the perfect shot on the 16th hole.
Bruce Cullen got within 25cm of winning the car while Chris Talbot went closest to taking home the cash.
An auction afterwards raised almost $5,000 for Friends of Football with the sale of a signed All Whites shirt from the 2010 World Cup Finals raising a healthy $1,500.
The proceeds from the day will help Friends of Football in their efforts to support the game in New Zealand, through the recognition of excellence and the preservation of the sport’s heritage.
Wrapping up the day, NZ Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said all football supporters should be looking forward to the U-20 World Cup and be confident that the New Zealand team would be one of the best prepared national sides ever fielded by the sport.