The 2019 Marcus Oldham Golf Day, now in its 13th year, was another wonderful day spent with friends and supporters of the College at the magnificent Eynesbury Golf Course and Homestead in Eynesbury.
With more than 120 guests in attendance, 24 teams participated in a round of golf, whilst others enjoyed a masterclass in Landscape Design with one of Australia’s most influential designers, Ian Barker.
On a glorious 24 degree day, golfers were treated to massages, coffee and donuts whilst making their way around the picturesque 18 hole course.
Congratulations to Paul Burke and Cameron Gull from Team Gull, who took out the honours this year.
The luncheon was a wonderful follow on from the morning’s activities, with celebrity auctioneer extraordinaire, Phil de Fegely appointed as the Master of Ceremonies for the Day.
Phil’s vibrancy brought enthusiasm to the floor with the annual Golf Day Auction raising in excess of $11,000 for the Learning Centre project.
Special thanks to past parent and long-term supporter Don Holt from Delmore Gallery for talking with our guests on the topic of Aboriginal art. Don then offered up a magical piece by renowned artist Gloria Petyarre entitled “Bush Medicine Leaves” for auction.
Perhaps the most humbling address however, came from the 2019 Student President Margo Sullivan from Mataranka in the Northern Territory, who provided the room with a raw account of her time growing up and finding direction in her studies through Marcus Oldham. We thank Margo sincerely for sharing her story with us.
As always the Golf Day was supported by an array of sponsors who we are extremely grateful too and who contributed greatly to the overall funds raised for the Learning Centre project amounting to just on $40,000. Special mention to new Scholarship sponsor Greenham, who provided the beef dish at the luncheon in addition to extremely generous take home hampers for every guest.
Finally, our golfing guests were the first to sight a time lapse animation of the Learning Centre since works commenced. Chairman of the Foundation, Mr Antony Baillieu, reminded guests of the enormity of this project and what it will mean for Marcus Oldham and indeed the future of Australian agriculture. With a $10 million price tag, the College has now secured $6.6 million in funding, with a further $3.4million required. The building is set to open at the commencement of the 2020 year.
To register your interest or for further information, please contact:
Alannah Halloran, Foundation Manager
P: 03 5247 2919