Avoid that bunker or you'll owe a 'fine' to a charity
By Peter Finch
The typical golf-event fundraiser nets less than $5,000, according to
various people I interviewed for a Golf Digest column last year. "In
truth, the average net is more like $3,800,” one guy in the fundraising
business told me.
Which is just one more reason to like the way an English club has been
raising money for Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation. Instead of an
elaborate and expensive event, Chessington Golf Club simply selected one
bunker on the course and began collecting a “fine” of 50 pence every
time a player hits into it.
That money goes directly to QEF, an
organization that helps people with various disabilities.
To date the club's effort has raised £2,451.25. That’s a little more than
$4,000 at current exchange rates. Or about what an average golf-event
fundraiser raises, and for a lot less effort.
Bonus points to the club’s co-captains, Alison Tink and Matthew Burch,
for their poses in the goofy photograph accompanying this local
newspaper article about their efforts.