Shepparton chasing #DoingItForJarrod record – PGA of Australia
The North Victoria club is holding its day to honor Jarrod’s legacy on Saturday 20 August and the enthusiasm from the local community has been such that the morning and afternoon pitches (with shotgun starts hunting) are needed to meet demand.
As a result, the club are confident they can raise over $20,000 for Challenge – a charity that raises money to support children with cancer – by donating each player’s entry fee, selling yellow goods and organizing an auction.
“Most people in Shepparton knew Jarrod personally or knew him so this day means a lot to us,” said Ray Sizer, former photographer, Lyle family friend and member of the Shepparton Golf Club.
“The club would be quite proud to break the record. It’s amazing how much yellow merchandise members have purchased over the past few years, it’s around 3000-4000 pieces of merchandise and we want to sell more this year.
Calibrator (pictured with Graham Makepeace, Brad McMenenin, Bryan Scott, Ian Bull on a previous #DoingItForJarrod day) is one of Jarrod’s many friends and family members who will be there for the day.
Jarrod’s wife, Briony, and their two daughters will be present, along with his father, John Lyle, who will be at the origin, and many of his friends are traveling from Melbourne for the occasion.
There are sure to be plenty of laughs as they tell the stories of their annual trips to Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast for the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, their journey to the UK for Jarrod’s debut at Royal Liverpool in 2006 and so many other memories. .
“It’s going to be a special day. Great catch-up for a lot of people,” Sizer said.
“The build-up around the club has been fantastic, but people are probably starting to get sick of me talking about it.”
The club has been supported by high-profile figures who donated auction items.
Jarrod’s close friend Robert Allenby, who is a longtime Challenge patron and spokesman, sent Shepparton some of his golf memorabilia, while merchandise signed by reigning AFL Premiers, the Melbourne Football Club and a Taylormade driver will also be hot goods.
Hundreds more golf clubs, individuals and groups across Australia will be hosting #DoingItForJarrod days in the coming months, click here to find out how you can get involved.