Much loved Australian cricket legend Merv Hughes has been named as the celebrity golfer for our Lift the Lid Charity Golf Day at the famous Kingston Heath Golf Course on May 24th 2022. A native of Euroa, Merv started his career playing district cricket with Footscray in 1978–79. Footscray has subsequently named their main home ground after him; it is now known as the Mervyn G. Hughes Oval.
A right-arm fast bowler, he represented Australia in 53 Test Matches, taking 212 wickets. He played 33 One Day Internationals, taking 38 wickets. Not just a great bowler but also a useful batsman scoring two half-centuries in Tests and over 1,000 runs in all. Merv replaced Allan Border as an Australian selector from 2005 to 2010.
Merv is the Victorian patron of the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, providing community-based health care for kids with cancer and raising funds for cancer research. Golfers who are competing in this magnificent Ambrose style tournament may well have the opportunity to play their round with Merv. But at least they will get to meet him. And that will be something to remember.
Thank you for donating your time, skills and your very presence in support of our fundraiser Merv. Your generosity will help enormously in our endeavour to raise funds for mental health research with lasting benefits to our community.