Groups hail golf club grants

A QUARTER of clubs on the Bellarine Peninsula celebrate after their applications for the Clifton Springs Golf Club’s Community Contribution Fund (CCF).

Distribution funds have been approved.

Each year, the club invites local community groups and sports clubs to apply for a share of $10,000 to be dedicated to existing programs or to accelerate facility upgrades.

Clifton Springs Golf Club hosted a morning tea last Friday to announce this year’s CCF recipients:

* Clifton Springs Tennis Club – $6,000

* Drysdale Soccer Club – $2,900

* Clifton Springs Bowls Club – $1,100

* St Leonards Bowls Club – $500.

Representatives of the four groups thanked the golf club for its financial assistance.

Barry Oswald of Clifton Springs Bowls Club said the CCF grant was the latest example of his club’s excellent relationship with the golf club in recent years.

“We appreciate what they are doing, these donations have really helped our kind of club do the things we want to do.

“Without their support, we would really struggle.”

Peter Garlick of St Leonards Bowls Club said the CCF money would be a big help.

“We already have something planned for this which will hopefully help us keep some of our older members in the game for a bit longer.”

Clifton Springs Golf Club chairman Phil Smith (third from right) and general manager Danny Zernich (second from left) with CCF recipients Louise Hardy (Drysdale Soccer Club), Peter Garlick (St Leonards Bowls Club), Barry Oswald (Clifton Springs Bowls Club) and Paul Roberts (Clifton Springs Tennis Club).

Louise Hardy of Drysdale Soccer Club said her club spends a lot of time with its junior members.

“Being able to invest in the little ones – that’s where there are future athletes in all areas – so what it does for us to be able to invest in them and provide them with the right equipment and the right facilities is a huge difference for growth and retention.

Clifton Springs Golf Club President Phil Smith congratulated this year’s winners and encouraged other nominees to try again in 2023.

Clifton Springs GC chairman Phil Smith (right) presents Peter Garlick with a grant for St Leonards Bowls Club.

“We are very privileged and proud to give this amount of money every year, we try to focus on local groups, local non-profit sports organizations,” he said.

“It’s part of who we are here. We are a community group and we try to encourage the community here; we’re working hard on expanding the facilities right now to try to give you even more opportunities to come in for a meal or entertainment or whatever.

“We are trying to become a community center again and we are working very hard on it.

In 2021, the CCF supported the Clifton Springs Community Men’s Shed to help build the Men’s Shed, and also supported the Wallington Cricket Club with the purchase of uniforms for their new women’s cricket team. Other clubs have received support to improve facilities for their members.

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