THE Morisset Golf Pro-Am this year will be a fundraiser for the family of golfer Jarrod Lyle who lost his battle with leukemia last month.
Morisset Golf and Country Club head professional David Stretton said Lyle is survived by wife Briony and two young daughters, Lusy and Jemma.
“The outpouring of emotion that has accompanied Jarrod Lyle’s passing hit the golf community pretty hard,” Stretton said.
“A lot of golf professionals and golf clubs [across Australia] are doing something for his family.
“But even Rickie Fowler wore yellow shoes [the colour of the Challenge cancer support organisation] on the US Tour.”
Stretton said following his recent discussions with Lyle’s manager Tony Boufler, and Peter Cullen from The Bay Hotel Motel, at Bonnells Bay, the decision was made to get the Morisset Golf Pro-Am involved.
“The pro-am kicks off on Friday, October 5, with our Classic Building and Design sponsors day,” Stretton said.
“This day is a great way to thank the many sponsors who have contributed and supported our event to make it what it is today.”
This year, the day will also be dedicated to the memory of Jarrod Lyle.
“So all of our sponsors will be wearing yellow as a sign of respect.”
Among the participants will be Boufler, the Australian PGA’s CEO Gavin Kirkman and former Australian PGA chairman and one of Australia’s great professionals, Peter O’Malley, Stretton said.
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“It’s a fun day out, concluding with a pro and sponsor shoot-out [nearest the pin] and calcutta and auction for Challenge,” he said.
After the golf, there will be raffles, a collection of donations, and the auction of several items including 50 yellow Titleist-branded bucket hats that Lyle liked to wear.
“We expect to get upwards of $100 for each of them,” Stretton said.
“And our major sponsor, Affordable Wardrobes, are giving all players a ‘Leuk the Duck’ pin in memory of Jarrod.
“Leuk the Duck is the Challenge mascot symbol that Jarrod and Robert Allenby wore for years, and Rickie Fowler is wearing one each week on the US PGA tour.”
The pro-am will continue on the Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, when about 55 professionals will compete for a share of the $22,000 prize money on offer.