Friday, July 07, 2006

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy!

Gotta love those Aussies, and for more than just the accent and their prowess at golf. As we noted below in the post about the Trump Million Dollar Invitational, Australian-turned-Arlingtonian Stuart Deane won the event and pledged to use part of his $1 million prize for a DFW charity.

Deane and six of his fellow Australians who live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area started a childrens charity a couple years ago called Birdies for Kids. Each year, the seven get together to play in a fundraising event.

This year, the Birdies for Kids Fundraiser takes place at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas on July 31. Each of the seven plays 72 holes, trying to make as many birdies and eagles as possible. I believe the way it works is that each birdie or eagle results in contributions from individuals or companies who have pledged a certain amount per birdie.

Deane said that fundraisers in the previous two years raised $104,240. This year, proceeds benefit the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation and the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

"We all feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work here (in DFW)," said Deane, "and simply wanted to do something to give back to the local community."

And I'm sure the local community feels very fortunate to have these gentlemen, as well.

Let's here it for the Aussies who founded Birdies for Kids:

  • Simon Buckle, assistant professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas
  • Stuart Deane, teaching professional at Great Southwest Golf Course in Arlington
  • Nick Griffin, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas
  • Travis Johns, assistant professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas
  • Dean Larsson, assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas
  • Cameron McCormick, director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas
  • Mark Harrison, director of operations with the Northern Texas PGA

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