Hermitage in the pink for cancer research
Hermitage Golf Club landed a knockout blow in aid of cancer research by raising over €8,000 through the Play In Pink Day held at the club last Friday.
A pair of boxing gloves donated by world champion Katie Taylor fetched €200 while a framed 18th hole pin flag from Royal Portrush, signed by Open champion Shane Lowry, added another €1,750 to the kitty.
There was also €600 for a Dublin jersey signed by the entire 2017 All Ireland winning team and Hermitage Vice Captain, Mark Kelly, was thrilled by the response.
"We had a nine-hole shotgun start last Friday and 130 people, playing in 31 teams entered at €200 per team," Mark explained. "When the golf was over, more joined us for a barbecue and the generosity of people was just astounding.
"Myself and Maria Duffy, who were tasked with organising the event, were bowled over by the generosity of the people we approached to enter teams or donate prizes towards the raffle.
"We had over 40 prizes and the Katie Taylor gloves were brought by Lady Captain Maefil McDermot and long-standing member Pat Cashman kindly donated both the framed Open flag signed by Shane Lowry and the signed Dublin jersey. In total, it looks like we raised almost €8,500"