Fundraiser in the name of Ex Students great

Hacking your way around the links for a good cause will return to Traralgon Sunday-week with the Annual MND Golf Classic set for 19 February.

Run by the Ex Students Cricket Club in memory of past stalwart and life member, Gordon Kerr, the event aims to raise money for motor neuron disease research.

“He was a genuine good bloke,” organiser and Ex Students’ vice-president Chris Robertson said.

“That’s what it basically comes down to, he epitomised our club. Nothing was too much trouble for him.”

Along with Kerr’s lengthy involvement with Ex Students, he also served as a committee member at Traralgon Golf Club.

It’s the second time both organisations have put on the event.

Last year the main aim was to help in Kerr’s fight with the degenerative condition.

While he may have lost his health battle, family, friends and club members are determined to keep up the awareness effort and Kerr’s memory alive.

“Unfortunately, he since passed away in July least year, now it’s more in honour of him,” Robertson said.

The 2016 event raised about $7000 and organisers are hoping to top that effort.

Event sponsors have already chipped in more than $3000 for prizes and donations and even before a ball is struck funds raised are pushing $2000.

“People were incredibly generous last year, so I’m pretty confident it’ll be the same again this year,” Robertson said.

“If we can eclipse more than $7000 it would be tremendous.”

The fundraiser tournament will take an 18-hole three-person Ambrose format.

Along with golfing, the event includes prizes, food and drinks. The entry fee is $40.

“It’s just a fun day,” Robertson said.

“It’s about the fundraising, not really winning the game.”

St Kilda players Tim Membrey and Jack Lonie, as well as Essendon’s Brendon Goddard, are expected to be at the event.

Groups will tee-off in fours, but don’t worry if you can’t get a full compliment together as organisers are happy to match you up.

Registration on the day of the event is from 10am and first tees at 11am at the Traralgon Golf Club.

For more information and bookings, email or search for the Annual MND Golf Classic on Facebook.