A number of the 2018 MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship’s most important community events have recently been provided with additional support with Territory-based company, Ingkerreke Commercial, coming on board as sponsor for the tournament’s Indigenous Clinic and the upcoming community visit and Junior Clinic to be held in Gunbalanya in West Arnhem Land.
A contingent from the Palmerston Golf Club led by head professional Tony Albon will once again head east to conduct a junior clinic for Indigenous youngsters on Wednesday, July the 18th.
Ingkerreke will also support a number of Palmerston Golf Club’s junior activities over the course of the year.
As an Aboriginal-owned and run building and construction contractor, project manager and steel fabricator with a business ethos that reflects family values and team spirit, involvement in these activities was a natural fit for the company, according to Ingkerreke’s CEO, Callum Mathison.
“The opportunity to be involved with the clinics and other junior events is something we were really keen on, it’s pretty cool to be involved to be honest,” Mathison said,
“Our business is set up not because Government says it’s a good idea to employ indigenous kids but because our owners see the value in employing young indigenous people in projects around the Territory and in our offices in Darwin and Alice Springs. It’s at the core of what we do.”
“Golf is a good, wholesome pastime to be involved in. There’s so much negative talk about things like domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse so I think we’re all looking for opportunities to be involved in something that doesn’t revolve around those lifestyle choices.”
“Involvement in the game leads to positive outcomes that help develop people’s skills and everyone participating together. If we’re able to help provide that opportunity for people to participate together, then that’s a good thing for us and we’re happy to be involved in these sort of activities.”
“As a young person, I played cricket, soccer, rugby league and golf and the one thing I can still play now is golf. I should correct that, the one thing that I ‘try’ to play is golf. It’s a great thing about the game that you can go out with a group of mates and play or get involved in competition.”
Albon has conducted a number of clinics in West Arnhem and looks forward to the trip every year.
“The talent some of these kids display is awesome, they pick up the game so quickly,” he said. “We’ll be bringing the MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship hitting bay with us and will have some goodie bags and other giveaways for the kids to enjoy.”
Palmerston Golf Club Marketing Manager Susan Heenan, who will be travelling to West Arnhem with Albon for the clinics, applauded the owners and management team at Ingkerreke for their support.
“Ingkerreke’s support of these events here in Palmerston and at Gunbalanya expands on their involvement in the development of golf in the Territory,” Ms Heenan said, “Ingkerreke were involved as one of our sponsors of the MMC Northern Territory PGA Championship in 2017 and we’re very excited that they have chosen to build on their support moving forward.”
“Providing pathways like this for junior players to become involved in the game across the Territory is one of the core values that Ingkerreke, the Championship and Palmerston Golf Club share, so we hope to see a lot of people at the Junior Clinic on July 18th in Gunbalanya. In fact, we hope to be able to bring some of the youngsters back to Palmerston next month to play in the Junior Pro-Am on the Tuesday ahead of the Championship.”