Emus flock to fairway
Monday, 14th October, 2013
By By Ethan James
Windy conditions didn’t deter a large field from flocking to the annual Outback Emus Charity Golf Day.
Over 120 golfers hit the greens at the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club to help raise money for junior sport.
Local high school teacher Paul Rosenbaum was one to pick up a putter for the good cause.
“It’s always been well supported because the locals know that all the money goes back towards the kids,” he said.
“So it’s a bit of fun but a lot of sponsors have come on board and helped out.”
The Outback Emus have raised over $140,000 in their history and will no doubt add substantially to that figure after yesterday.
“We’ve sponsored about four or five individual kids for about $1000 each during that time as well,” Rosenbaum said.
“With the money that we raise we take letters from individuals or sporting teams asking for assistance.
“Being where we are, there’s a significant distance and travelling involved so it just helps the kids immensely.
“We’ve got a few really talented kids who are state representatives that have to go to Adelaide every week basically.”
Aside from the upper echelon of sporting boys and girls, the main motif of the Outback Emus is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Without the sport and sporting clubs here, kids probably wouldn’t have that much to do,” Rosenbaum said.
For the fourth year in succession, the golf was played out across the 18 holes - the 16th featuring a novelty element, with players forced to tee-off using unusually shaped clubs.