During the Queensland Open Championship held at the Club in 2016, Jarrod Lyle generously offered his time to conduct a clinic for a group of our junior BGC Members. The crowd of 45-50 people, including around 20 juniors were mesmerised by Jarrod’s larger than life character and incredibly positive attitude. One of those juniors was a then 10 year old, Charlie Fraser.
Charlie was already a big fan of Jarrod’s prior to the meeting. He was familiar with Jarrod, including his past battles with Leukaemia and his determination to once again return to play on the PGA Tour.
During the clinic Charlie was chosen by Jarrod to hit shots and receive some instruction. Charlie would have been forgiven for showing some nerves with such a large crowd present, but without fear or hesitation he hit several stunning shots down the 10th fairway, while taking on the invaluable advice Jarrod was offering. It’s fair to say the experience left an indelible impression on Charlie and strengthened his admiration for him.
Last year when the world heard the news that Jarrod’s Leukaemia had returned and his diagnosis was terminal, Charlie wrote a letter to Jarrod to show his support.
After Jarrod passed away in August 2018, Charlie’s Dad (also Charlie) sought out to find one of the Yellow Titleist bucket hats that had become synonymous with Jarrod. These hats were in extremely short supply, only being gifted to selected PGA Tour players in remembrance of Jarrod, along with a small number made available for purchase, raising much needed funds for Jarrod’s family. Fortunately, Charlie was able to secure a hat for his son which has since been treasured.
The Brisbane Golf Club recently announced its registration for the inaugural #doingitforjarrod fundraising event which will be held on Wednesday, 14 August 2019 (EKKA Wednesday). The Club is extremely proud to announce that the field for this day is full with 232 players booked to play. On the day Members will be encouraged to wear yellow or make a gold coin donation.
Wanting to provide his own support of the day, Charlie has generously donated his Yellow Titleist bucket hat as a prize for a raffle to be conducted on the day. Tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10 and all proceeds including from the gold coin donation will go towards Jarrod’s Gift – the legacy created by Challenge Cancer in honour of Jarrod Lyle.
This is a wonderful gesture by Charlie.