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Memorial golf tournament for deceased Whakaari/White Island guide to raise $20,000 for St John

Hayden Marshall-Inman was remembered as a hero at his memorial service on December 20.

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Hayden Marshall-Inman was remembered as a hero at his memorial service on December 20.

Over a hundred golfers set out, many with Steinlagers in hand, to remember a tour guide killed in the December 9 Whakaari eruption and raise funds for St John.

The Whakaari Hayden Marshall-Inman Memorial Golf Tournament was organized by his brother Mark Inman to raise money for charities that helped after the eruption.

“It’s the first year, but we hope to raise $20,000 for Whakatāne St John,” Inman said.

“We had 128 participating golfers and many sponsors, so I’m confident we will achieve that goal.”

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Inman said the event was a fun way to remember Hayden’s fun spirit, but also a way for the community and survivors to heal.

“It was a great trip for us and for the whole city,” he said.

“We have lost a brother. When you talk to people, they still suffer.

“It had a huge impact on everyone.”

Mark Inman hopes to raise more than $20,000 at his brother's memorial tournament.

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Mark Inman hopes to raise more than $20,000 at his brother’s memorial tournament.

Steinlagers were a tribute to Hayden’s favorite beer and hold deep meaning for Inman. Hayden’s body was not recovered from the water around Whakaari, so they often pour a Stenlager for Hayden near the volcano.

“We [family] go to Whakaari every month or so and give Hayden a Steinlager,” Inman said.

White Island Tours skipper Paul Kingi competed in the event and used Hayden’s clubs.

“I played his last round of golf,” he said.

“It’s quite special to play with his clubs today.”