Port Augusta gears up for annual police charity day

GOLF DAY: Jesse McPherson, Charlee Morgan and Clancy Morgan drove around the course in the police golf buggy at last year's event.
GOLF DAY: Jesse McPherson, Charlee Morgan and Clancy Morgan drove around the course in the police golf buggy at last year's event.

THE PORT Augusta Police Charity Golf Day will be teeing off again this year in October.

The annual event has been running for over 30 years and never fails to bring out the generosity in Port Augusta businesses and locals, with more than 200 people on average attending each year. 

It is the longest running police charity event in the state and is one of the most anticipated events on Port Augusta's community calendar.

“Its a great day and you don’t have to be good at golf,” Port Augusta Police Senior Sergeant Russell Morgan explained.

“All money raised goes to charity and its just a good social fun day out – golf is just an excuse to be there.”

This time round money raised will help support the Nerrilda/Ramsey Auxiliary and the Salvation Army.

Sergeant Morgan said as usual, the support from the local community has already been fantastic.

“Lots of businesses have supplied goods, cash donations and vouchers. Anything that they can supply will be used on the day and goes directly to our charities,” he said.

Traditionally the event is held on a Tuesday. But this year the four-person ambrose competition will tee off from 8.30am on Sunday, October 21.

From full-time employees to kids, Sergeant Morgan is hopeful the change of day will attract a range of different people.

“For a lot of years we have had a lot of businesses who have supported us very well, but haven’t actually been able to come out and enjoy the day,” Sergeant Morgan said.

“We are hopeful that this year a few of those long term business supporters will be able to come out and enjoy the day as well.”

Over the three decades the Port Augusta Police Charity Golf Day has raised more than $200,000.

Participation costs $30 and includes green fees, lunch and afternoon tea.

Nominations can be made at the Port Augusta Police Station.