Wagga Country Club will hold a special event on Sunday to raise funds for the family of Jarrod Lyle.
The popular Australian golfer passed away peacefully on Wednesday night after a long battle with cancer.
Lyle touched the hearts of people right across the world through his three battles with leukaemia, including members of Wagga Country Club in his visit to the city last year.
Lyle was the special guest at the 2017 Wagga Pro Am and stayed in touch with several members and club officials after the visit.
Wagga Country Club will hold a special two-person ambrose on Sunday at 9am in Lyle’s honour. All proceeds will go directly to his family. Bookings can be made online or by phoning 69226 444.
Wagga Pro-Am chairman Ashley Briggs said the club holds fond memories of Lyle’s visit.
“We were very saddened (Wednesday) night to hear that Jarrod Lyle passed at 8.30pm with his family after his heartbreaking third bout of leukemia,” Briggs said.
“Jarrod was the special guest at the 2017 Wagga Pro Am and gave some much of his time to all. He was a very special Australian, kind, popular and just loved being in Wagga.
“The Members of the Wagga Country Club are deeply saddened by his loss.”
Wagga Country Club conducted a number of fundraisers for Lyle and the charities he supports in recent years.
At last year’s Pro-Am dinner, Snap Fitness paid $12,100 to charity for a round of golf with Lyle at Torquay Sands, plus accommodation.
He stayed on and played the Wagga Pro-Am and finished in a tie for 35th after rounds of 76 and 75.
Lyle is survived by his wife Briony and his two daughters, Lusi and Jemma.
He courageously beat cancer, in 1998 as a teenager and again in 2012, and returned to play professional golf.
Lyle made the ‘heartbreaking’ decision to go into palliative care last week and end active treatment. He spent his last week at home, surrounded by his family and friends.
Lyle left a parting message.
“Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.”