09 Dec 2012
Players and officials at this week’s Emirates Australian Open will be supporting the New South Wales Police Force by helping to raise funds for the family of Detective Inspector Bryson Anderson who was tragically murdered in the line of duty earlier this week.
Some of the tournament’s most recognised players, including former Australian Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, contacted Police on site at The Lakes Golf Club offering their support wherever possible.
To help fundraising efforts for the family of Detective Inspector Anderson, Ogilvy and other marquee players will sign tournament memorabilia to be auctioned with proceeds going to Police Legacy for the financial support of Inspector Anderson’s wife and children.
The PGA Tour of Australasia and Golf Australia have also banded together with players, and will assist with a number of fundraising activities at The Lakes today.
Spectators at today’s final round will be encouraged to make a donation to the Bryson Anderson Memorial Fund at the front gate, while players will also be asked to contribute.
Collectively the PGA Tour of Australasia and Golf Australia will match the overall donation.
“News of this tragedy has shocked all Australians and the PGA Tour of Australasia and our players felt compelled to contribute in some way. We hope everyone who attends the Emirates Australian Open will get behind this cause and help support the Anderson family through this unimaginable tragedy,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“We were deeply saddened to hear of Detective Inspector Anderson’s death in such tragic circumstances,” ” said Stephen Pitt, CEO of Golf Australia..
“We work closely with NSW Police on the Emirates Australian Open and rely on their support for the event. I’d encourage everyone who is coming out to the golf today to spare a moment’s thought for the Anderson family and make a contribution to helping them through this awful period.”
Geoff Ogilvy added, “The thoughts of all the players here this week are with the Anderson family and the entire New South Wales Police Force. It’s a horrible incident, and we all want to show our support wherever possible.”
Those who can’t attend the Emirates Australian Open and still wish to assist the Anderson family during this difficult time can also contribute directly to the Bryson Anderson Memorial Fund.
All donations are tax-deductable and can be made using the details below.
Account name: Bryson Anderson Memorial Fund
Account No: 273178
The final round of the Emirates Australian Open will take place at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney today, Sunday 9th December 2012.