Naked golf pays off for calendar girls

SPECIAL GIFT: The Greenacres Golf Club Calendar Girls, from hand the cheque over to Special Olympics Nelson coach Tony Nalder and co-ordinator Lois Aitkenhead.
SPECIAL GIFT: The Greenacres Golf Club Calendar Girls, from hand the cheque over to Special Olympics Nelson coach Tony Nalder and co-ordinator Lois Aitkenhead.

A small but enthusiastic group of golfers got a much-needed boost when the Greenacres Golf Club gifted Special Olympics Nelson a cheque for $1200.

The donation, presented on Tuesday, was raised from a run of nude calendars featuring 14 of the club's female golfers, who were mostly aged 50 and over. Held at the golf club on a chilly October day, the shoot attracted attention from TV One's Seven Sharp, who sent a crew to film it.

Stoke woman Joyce Caldwell, 85, was photographed in the nude on a golf cart near the seventh fairway. She said afterwards that it was "very good fun".

CALENDAR GIRLS: Sandra Johnson protographs Greenacres Gold Club members, Anna Lucas, 64, left and Mat'e Crins, 66, modelling for the Sharpies/Greenacres 2014 Ladies Calendar.
CALENDAR GIRLS: Sandra Johnson protographs Greenacres Gold Club members, Anna Lucas, 64, left and Mat'e Crins, 66, modelling for the Sharpies/Greenacres 2014 Ladies Calendar.

"As you get older you care less about these things," she said. "If you can't do things like this at my age, then when can you do them?"

Greenacres Golf Club manager Derrick Gould said the donation represented half the proceeds from the calendar profits, saying "the girls" did a great job.

Special Olympics co-ordinator Lois Aitkenhead said the money was "absolutely wonderful".

Five golfers with intellectual disabilities regularly attend Greenacres for coaching organised through the Special Olympics. Three of them travelled to Dunedin in December to compete in the regional games, with Richmond's Karlin Spiers bringing home gold, Reon Enoka getting a silver medal and Gabby Green getting a ribbon for fourth place in the golfing skills challenge.

Ms Aitkenhead said the organisation was likely to spend the money on sending new coach Tony Naylor to the next coaching clinic that became available. She said she hoped more people from the Special Olympics community in Nelson would take up golf.

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