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Golfers flock to Kyogle for farewell tournament

Charities and organisations collect money from previous Brown and Hurley golf tournaments.
Charities and organisations collect money from previous Brown and Hurley golf tournaments.

ABOUT 300 golfers will be part of history when the last Brown and Hurley charity golf tournament at Kyogle is played this week.

The popular event is coming to an end after 44 years and having raised over $400,000 for local charities and organisations.

Kevin Hurley an his wife Colleen have run the event for the past three years, taking over from Jim Hurley who ran it since its inception.

"We're drawing to a close and we're very proud of the 44-year history,” Kevin Hurley said.

"I'm sure everyone will make the most of it this year and a few hats will fly in the air when we finish.

"The players and sponsors have made this event what it is and it's one that people have enjoyed for many years.

"Everyone that has been here should be proud knowing that they have made a difference to someone less fortunate.”

There will be a strong contingent of golfers from Lismore and other parts of the Northern Rivers taking part today.

Tomorrow is when most of the sponsors play with some coming from as far away as Mackay, Melbourne and Perth.

"There is a massive prize pool and we start shopping for that in February,” Hurley said.

"It has been a good shot in the arm for the (Kyogle) club and the community.

"My wife is the golfer in the family and she has been the one driving it for the past few years.

"We got a start in this town years ago and the tournament was always an opportunity to give something back.”

There will be a dinner for players tonight at the golf club followed by another sponsors dinner tomorrow night.

Golf starts from 6am both days with spectators welcome.