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Raffle winner ready to jet off to The Masters

The winner of a Kiwi small-town golf club’s incredible raffle has begun packing his bags to enjoy his ‘winnings’ – attending the prestigious Masters championship at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, USA, which tees off at the beginning of April.
 |  The Informer  | 

The $50-a-ticket raffle was won by Whangamata golfer Richard Abraham, who will attend the tournament with his wife, Nola.and is fizzing abut what lies ahead.

“I can’t wait,” said an excited Richard who plays regularly at Whangamata Golf Club.

Whangamata Golf Club organised the Masters Golf Raffle last year to raise funds for rebuilding its Titoki course amenities which were ravaged after torrential storms in 2022, and culminating in 2023’s Cyclone Gabrielle inundation.

This future-proofing infrastructure upgrade work includes substantially improving drainage on Titoki’s ‘sister’ nine-hole community orientated Williamson course in Central Whangamata.

Be a winner of the dream raffle for 2024 – still tickets left – don’t miss out

Richard’s dream Augusta trip comes as Whangamata Golf Club makes a final push to sell the last remaining tickets in its 2024 Masters raffle – with the prize doubled in size to this year offer up a trip and tickets for two to The Masters 2025.

The ground breaking raffle covers flights, accommodation and a two day pass to The Masters. Because of the monetary value of the prize, the raffle is licensed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Raffle tickets this year cost $100 each, and numbers are strictly limited to 2,500 tickets – with anyone able to buy into the lottery, regardless of whether they play golf or not. Ticket sales can be made through the club’s dedicated e-commerce website, – with the supervised prize draw being made on April 18.

Whangamata Golf Club manager James Beston said: “While all golfers are obviously the key target market for ticket sales, who would turn down the opportunity to accompany their ‘other half’ to North America for a holiday, and to share in the excitement of attending one of the world’s most famous sporting events steeped in history and tradition.”