League icon chips in for record charity golf event
IPSWICH rugby league great Allan "Alfie" Langer will probably agree he was a better footballer than golfer.
However, he continues to support the city that helped him reach international heights.
The former Broncos, Queensland and Australian halfback donated a terrific auction item that helped raise a record $16,000 for Ipswich Hospice.
Langer offered a framed and signed "100 Greatest Players of Rugby League" piece that fetched $1500 at the 18th annual Queensland Times Charity Golf Day at Sandy Gallop.
Other supportive local people and businesses joined with Langer to provide a memorable day at the club on Thursday.
After an 18-hole ambrose event, auctions were held to top up the charity fundraising pool.
Past golfing events had raised more than $10,000 each. The latest tally takes the contribution to Hospice to more than $200,000.
"It was fantastic," event co-ordinator Les Svensson said.
"It's a great result for a great cause."
Svensson said even in tough times, the business and sporting community can still join forces to assist Hospice help those in need.
The QT's media and ad manager thanked everyone involved, including Sandy Gallop owner Brett Lawton and his team, local business people who donated auction items and prizes, and the players.
This year's field of 120 golfers was also up on previous years.
Trent Quinn conducted the auction, supported by his Ray White Real Estate team.
Ipswich born-and-bred Langer, the assistant Broncos coach last season, has been a long-time supporter of the cause.
The QT and Ipswich Advertiser have been major supporters of the annual charity golf day.