Hooray for return of sport academy’s golf day at Glen Alpine

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Last Friday’s South West Sydney Academy of Sport golf day had it all, including weather more suited to ducks then humans hitting a little ball.

It was a case of wet and dry during the first nine holes, then relief for the last nine when the sun peeked through the clouds.

A team made up of Wests Group Macarthur board director Martin Bullock, former Wests Tigers NRL players Shannon Gallant and John Skandalis, plus current club football manager Warren McDonnell, won the competition by just 0.3 ahead of the Wollondilly Shire Council team.

But it wasn’t just big drives and sweet putting at Campbelltown golf course in Glen Alpine, with some unusual entertainment out on the course for the golfers to enjoy.

It was provided by the academy’s Wests Future Star athlete Renae Edmonds and fellow baton twirler Chloe Ryan, who was in Sydney over the weekend to compete alongside Edmonds, represented Evolve Twirling at the NSW State Championships.

The club Menangle team with the two champion baton twirlers.

Both athletes, pictured above doing their stuff, relished the opportunity to demonstrate their fantastic and somewhat unique skills throughout the day, including teaching the competing golf teams some new club tricks.

Once the golf competition was completed the teams were welcomed inside the clubhouse by the academy’s founding chief executive officer Gerry Knights.

“It was great to see good friends out on the course such as Club Menangle, Kids of Macarthur Foundation, and the Campbelltown Golf Club Old Boys, all of whom are regulars at our golf day,” Mr Knights said.

Other companies taking part included newcomers RBI Australia and Sharp Extensive I.T, who donated a 65” UHD TV to the raffle.

Academy platinum partners South32 had two teams competing in the event, while local media identity Eric Kontos took up the leadership challenge of keeping his South West Voice representative team focused to just finish in front of The 8 Campbelltown team.

Golf day major partners were Jem Promotion Products and SVSR Mini Crane Hire.

It’s worthwhile pointing out that the golf day is ultimately for a very good cause: the development of athletes in the South West Sydney region.

And from the point of view it can be said that it was indeed a big hit.

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