Wet weather didn’t dampen the generosity at the inaugural Whitelaw McDonald Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Golf Championships, which raised $16,000 for the helicopter service.
More than 250 golfers took part in the tournament at Cessnock Golf Club from March 7 to 10.
A dinner with rugby league identity Roy Masters was held on the Wednesday night, with 80 people in attendance.
The tournament was held in place of the former mineworkers’ golf championships, which was held in Cessnock for more than 20 years.
Event organiser Peter Fisher set out to raise $10,000 for the helicopter service, and was thrilled to exceed his goal by $6000.
Mr Fisher thanked the sponsors, the volunteers from the Cessnock Westpac Rescue Helicopter support group, all of the golfers who took part and the greens staff at Cessnock Golf Club.
Mr Fisher said he hopes the tournament will be held around the same time next year.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will benefit from two major fundraisers in the Cessnock community in the next couple of weeks – the Cessnock-Kurri Kurri Rugby League Charity Shield at Cessnock Sportsground on March 25, and the Kurri Coalface Pedal on April 2.