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Welcome to the spring edition of Q-Golf Online I have had the privilege of overseeing the spring edition of Q-Golf Online while Claire Power is away on leave. It has been a busy few months here at Golf Queensland, with many events being held and a lot of positive projects currently happening. Winter is over and we are now looking forward to the Summer of Golf. The history of golf in this state is something that Queensland golfers should acknowledge, however it is often an overlooked part of the game. In this edition, Journalist Bruce Young has contributed a fantastic feature article about the establishment of the oldest golf clubs in Queensland – Townsville, Toowoomba and Brisbane Golf Clubs. It is an extremely interesting read, with significant research undertaken to provide the most accurate information to you. Here at Golf Queensland, we embrace the pathways of Inclusive Golf. Journalist Bernie Pramberg provides us with some insight into the World Deaf Golf Championship, which is to be played in October. There are several Queenslanders’ in the team to represent Australia in Japan. Good luck to the team! It is essential that we keep driving the importance of junior golf. Two popular Queensland junior events – the Katherine Hull Classic and the Gary Player Classic - are being held during September. Journalist David Newbery looks at these events and catches up with two very promising and talented junior players, Lauren Mason and Viraat Badhwar, who have been very successful in these
tournaments in the past. Both players will be back this year to put up a good fight in these events. We all witnessed Adam Scott’s unfortunate finish at the British Open in August. Although Scott didn’t finish the way we would have liked, he came out of the tournament with his head held high – and with many more supporters from all around the world. Matt Cooper was at the event and offers us a behind the scenes look. Also in this edition, we do a wrap up of all the Queensland events held during winter. From Men’s Country Week to the Women’s Sand Green Championship and the Mixed Foursomes Championship have a read to see if your name gets a mention! The next edition of Q-Golf Online is due out in November and will continue to provide interesting articles and news from around the State. If you have a story idea that you would like to see featured in the next edition, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEWS Golf Queensland elects new Chair The Golf Queensland Board recently announced the appointment of Peter Castrisos as Chair of Golf Queensland for the next 12 months, following the recent resignation of Tom Crothers. Mr Castrisos has served on the Board of Golf Queensland for the past five years, and brings a significant amount of golf administration experience with him to the new position. As well as being a current Board Director, Mr Castrisos is also a Golf Queensland Delegate to Golf Australia.
Golf Queensland would also like to thank former Chair Tom Crothers for the contribution he has made to the organisation during his time as Chair. Mr Crothers had been Chair since the establishment of Golf Queensland in 2007 and will continue on as a Board Director for another 12 months.
“I am honoured by the opportunity given to me by my fellow Board Members. I look forward to an exciting year in this challenging industry. It is imperative that consolidation of past developments and initiatives occur. I am a strong advocate for growing the game and assisting clubs to increase their membership base,” says Mr Castrisos. “I would also like to thank Tom Crothers for the huge contribution he has made to the organisation during the past five years.” As Chair of the Golf Queensland Planning and Development Committee, Mr Castrisos has been involved in the development of new membership strategies, junior golf development, implementation of the MYGolf program and the introduction of the Women’s Golf Network. Mr Castrisos is a Member of the Technical Committee and has been a Member of the Tournament Support Group since 2007. He is also an Accredited Course Rater and Rules Official, which has seen him rate many golf courses around Queensland, as well as assist with the delivery of Rules Seminars. Prior to joining the Board of Golf Queensland, Mr Castrisos served ten years on the Committee of Brisbane Golf Club and three years as President. Golf Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Lindsay Ellis says that “Peter’s background has afforded him an excellent understanding of the current issues facing golf at all levels of the game. The staff and Board of Golf Queensland look forward to Peter taking on the role of Chair as we move forward with our new Strategic Plan.”
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Junior Golf Queensland News The introduction of children to the game of golf has improved greatly through the success of the national MYGolf program. MYGolf provides a program that uses skill challenges and a fun approach to learning golf including an interactive member website. However, there are still more challenges to overcome and there is the need to better retain juniors in our sport once the initial introduction has concluded.
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Queenslander’s in the Spotlight Nisbet wins Players Amateur
Badhwar wins Individual Toyota World Junior Title
Queensland’s Daniel Nisbet has become the first Australian since Aron Price in 2004 to win the coveted Players Amateur title at Berkeley Hall Golf Club near Hilton Head.
The Australian team of Viraat Badhwar (QLD), Ricky Kato (NSW), Oliver Goss (WA) and Anthony Murdaca (SA) won the Toyota World Junior Championship at Chuckyo Golf Club in Japan.
The 21-year-old Caboolture local claimed the title with rounds of 69-66-70 after the final round was cut short because of storms on Sunday and earned a place in next year’s RBC Heritage event on the PGA Tour at Harbour Town Golf Links at Hilton Head.
Sitting in fourth place going into the final round, the Australians closed with a superb final round team total of 10-under par to claim victory by two strokes at 13-under for the championship.
Nisbet joins an honour roll including the likes of Price, Bill Haas, Camilo Villegas and Rickie Fowler. Daniel Nisbet
Badhwar closed with final round 67s (-4) Queensland’s Viraat Badhwar also won the tournament’s individual title, finishing at 12-under par following rounds of 72-68-65-67 on the par 71 6,846 yard courses. Viraat Badhwar
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Queensland Winter Events Wrap-Up Men’s Sand Green Championship
Women’s Sand Green Championship
Anthony Timms (City Golf Club) won the 2012 Queensland Sand Green Championship after scorching the Alpha Golf Course with two highly impressive rounds.Timms fired a final round of 8 under par 62 to join his first round score of 61 (-9) to hold off the challenge of overnight leader Matthew Miller (-15).
Brooke O’Keeffe (Springsure) has maintained her good form to win the 2012 Queensland Women’s Sand Green Championship by six shots at Longreach Golf Club.
The B Grade Championship was fought out by two Mackay members, with Nathan Howard shooting fine rounds of 71 and 72 to prevail over Rick Efstathis (73,73). There was a play off in the C Grade Championship after Ron Maher (Maryborough), Darren McDonell (Alpha) and eventual winner, Chris Whitton (Rowes Bay) were all tied on a 36 hole total of 160. The 2012 Queensland Men’s Sand Green Championship is proudly sponsored by City Golf Club Motel Toowoomba. Anthony Timms took out the Queensland Men’s Sand Green Championship
O’Keeffe shot an opening round course record 68, followed by an evenpar 72 (140) to take the title by six shots from Rowes Bay’s Fiona Bell who had rounds of 74, 72 (146). Shae Holmes (Mackay) finished in third place after firing a six-over-par total of 148 (76, 72). Overnight joint leader Lynne MacNamara has captured the Bronze I division title after rounds of 84, 82 (166). Lenore Johnstone (Ilfracombe) used her local knowledge to finish in outright second place with rounds of 88 and 85 (173). Christine Simpson (Emu Park) was able to make the most of her outstanding first round score and take the Bronze II division title, after rounds of 82, 94 (176).
Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship After 54-holes, Wantima member Katrina Jones cruised to victory in the 2012 Queensland Women’s Mid-Amateur. Jones fired a final round of 81 (+8) to finish 8-shots clear of Caloundra Golf Club member Debbie Macaulay, whose 3 round total of 248 was good enough to take out second place. Robyn Callagan (Ipswich) finished further 12-shots behind on 260.
Women’s Senior Amateur Championship Wendy O’Connell (Northlakes) has taken out the Queensland Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Horton Park Golf Club.
Mixed Foursomes Championship Kevin Marques (Indooroopilly) and Samantha Foley (Coolangatta Tweed) successfully combined to win the 2012 Queensland Mixed Foursomes Championship at Virginia Golf Club. Marques and Foley had a mixed bag in the afternoon with four birdies, a double bogey and two bogies. However the thirty six hole total of two over par (73,71=144) proved to be enough to hold off Matt Toomey (Virginia) and Ash Ona (Gailes) who finished in second place with scores of 73, 75 (148).
O’Connell remained undefeated to take out this year’s event in stunning form. Jane Franklin (Kingaroy) was victorious in division 1 of the 55-64yrs matchplay final, while Robyn Boreham (Headland) took out the division 2. Anne Alletson Brown (Boonah) proved too strong winning 7&6 in division 1 of the over 65 age group, with division 2 being taken out by Wantima member Joy Cann
In the nett division, Chris Crabtree (Indooroopilly) and Danika Coyne (Pelican Waters) won on a countback, the pair just edging out two Nambour members in Daniel Cahill and Vicky Reilly. Kevin Marques and Samantha succesfully combined to win the Queensland Mixed Foursomes Championship
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Wendy O’Connell won the Queensland Senior Women’s Amateur for the second straight year
Queensland Winter Events Wrap-Up Senior Men’s Amateur Championship
Men’s Country Week Foursomes Championship
Peter King (Windaroo) held off all challengers to reign supreme in the 2012 Senior Amateur Championships at Bribie Island Golf Club.
Jason McWilliam (Toowoomba GC) and David Duncan (Windaroo) emerged victorious in the Men’s Country Week Foursomes Championship at Gailes Golf Club.
Sanctuary Cove member Barry Miles held off Dave Morrison (Coolangatta Tweed) to claim the Nett Championship. Run in conjunction with the Amateur Championship, the Club Team Championship finished with an overseas victory, as Royal Wellington dominated from day one and never relinquished their lead to run away with a 13 shot margin over the Coolangatta Tweed 1 team. The Walking Stick Trophy, contested by teams of 6 from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and ACT, saw the hosts Queensland scrape home by 4 shots over 2011 champions New South Wales.
The Nett Winners in Division One were Glen Neighbour and Mark Trims (Bribie Island) who were one shot victors over Nathan Dixon and Aron Savic from Ipswich. The Division Two Foursomes were at Keperra Country Club, where the team of Glen Evans and Robert Kirk from Gayndah were comfortable winners with a 27 hole score of 132. Barry Thoms and Chris Bath (Ipswich) were run-away winners of the Nett section.
Men’s Country Week Stroke Championship
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Jason McDonald from Brookwater Golf Club fired two fine rounds to capture the 2012 Men’s Country Week Championship at Redcliffe. After a solid opening 72 at Nudgee, McDonald came home in 71 at Redcliffe to defeat Darren Neilson (Toowoomba) by 2.
The Ipswich pairing of Chris Bath and Barry Thoms were too strong for the field, recording a 51 point stableford total and a 2 point winning margin.
The C Grade Division was won by Headland member Jonathan Welch after he fired rounds of 90, 88 for 178 to finish one stroke ahead of Gavin Crouch from Rosewood Golf Club. Moranbah member Kevin Nunn was victorious in the D Grade division with Neil Robinson (Bribie Island) finishing runner up. Jason McDonald is the Men’s Country Week Stroke Champion
Chris Mobbs and Clayton Curran (Moranbah) were second with 49 points and the early leaders Murray Franks and Greg Robinson (Black Springs) came third with 48 points. Friday also saw the announcement of the Teams Event winners. After solid rounds on Monday and Tuesday, the Moranbah team of Byron Heading, Steven Stewart, Chris Brewster and Simon Kaye took home the prize with an aggregate score of 444. The Queensland Men’s Country Week Championship is proudly sponsored by City Golf Club Motel, Toowoomba.
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Brisbane GC introduce new Membership categories Relevance, flexibility and the desire to create a pathway from junior participation to full membership are features of a number of new membership categories introduced by Brisbane Golf Club. From August, both current and prospective members of Brisbane Golf Club can take advantage of two new Junior membership categories, and a Transition category based on four separate age groups. Brisbane Golf Club President John Caris said that the creation of the new categories offered a modern membership package relevant to the current golf participation market. “The Brisbane Golf Club is always looking to adapt our membership products and services to the requirements of current and potential members,” he said. “Over the past decade we have seen a steady decline in club membership throughout Australia, so it is essential that we are able to offer membership that caters for all levels of participation.” Junior golfers can now take advantage of two distinct membership categories, Pathway (4 to 12 years) and Full Junior (13-17 years). With both categories featuring weekly scheduled clinics, junior players are also able to hone their developing skills on-course, with Pathway members participating in four-hole competitions on Saturday afternoons and Full Junior members now having their own 18-hole competition every Sunday. The new Transition categories are spread across four age groups – 18 to 20 years, 21 to 24, 25 to 28 and 29 to 30 – with membership rates being scaled across each age group. All Transition players can enjoy unlimited access to Club facilities, with the provision for restricted booking availability for the traditionally busy Wednesday and Saturday teetimes. Transition members can request to transfer to full membership at any time. According to Brisbane Golf Club General Manager Simon Parker, the creation of the new membership categories now provided Club members with a clear articulated pathway from beginner through to full membership. “We are looking to create a solid membership base for the club into the future from the bottom up,” said Parker. “It is well documented that players that are introduced to golf at a junior level are more likely to continue to participate in the game as they get older. “However many clubs have traditionally struggled to successfully convert their junior players to full members, so the creation of our Transition membership categories is designed to encourage players to maintain their membership at a fee relevant to their personal circumstances, “ he said. Over the last two months, Brisbane Golf Club has welcomed over 60 new players as a result of an internal membership promotion available to immediate family of existing members. Commencing in early August, the Club has also launched a public membership promotion, where groups of two, three or four players who join the Club together as new members can enjoy savings of up to 85% on the Club’s existing joining fees. For details of all membership categories at Brisbane Golf Club, visit www.brisbanegolfclub.au.
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McLEOD’S VOLUNTEER HEROES Volunteers are the lifeblood of the golfing industry. They spend countless hours mowing fairways, gardening, running competitions, promoting their club and more importantly, assisting the industry in attracting more people to the game. McLeod Golf Club is one club that is extremely appreciative of the hard work volunteers put in. McLeod’s Sons From Greens Director, Julie Morrison
The Garden Girls From Garden Ladies Coordinator, Judy McIntosh
McLeod’s Sons was formed after three fellow members, David Boyd, David Stacey and Michael Heycock started doing odd jobs around the clubhouse and on the course. Each week they would find another project to tackle and with the help of others, their numbers grew.
The Garden Girls gather every Tuesday morning and work hard to maintain the many gardens around the course.
It was very hard calling them David’s gang, David’s Merry Men or the Dodgy Brothers. Many names were thrown around, however McLeod’s Sons sat nicely with them and so this volunteer group, which on some day’s totals 13 or more has been formed with David Boyd accepting the role as coordinator. David and Greens Superintendent - Peter Daly - discuss all work to be undertaken prior to it taking place. Each week, the list of proposed jobs grows longer, with any job considered possible added to their list. The group of volunteers all bring with them such a diverse range of expertise and knowledge to their tasks. There is always one in the group who knows exactly what they are doing whether it is painting, repairing seats, welding, pruning, pathway construction or mechanical repairs. They have already started to extend the pathway on the 5th hole and have also commenced clearing the hazard area along the 5th and 7th. The weir on the 15th is also one of their projects. This foundation work, which is jointly being done with the greens staff, will hold the water until stages 1 and 2 of the weir restoration have taken place. It is proposed that they will help establish many new pathways around the course which will allow the course to be playable all year round.
There is always a lot of gardening to be done around McLeod Golf Club, and recent garden work around the course has not gone unnoticed by golfers. The main paved wedding area is being renovated, with numerous bromeliads and other exotic tropical plants. McLeod Golf Club was kindly donated four large glazed pots that have further enhanced this environment. The oasis taking shape on the right hand side of the 7th tee, near the creek, is an ongoing pet project of volunteer, Helena Winterflood. Again we greatly appreciate the wonderful donations of tropical plants from our members. The mound on the ladies 18th tee has been planted out, although it will be a few years before we can benefit from any shade. The palm area between the 18th fairway and the practice area is also under renovation. All the undergrowth has been removed and an edging has been started. It is hoped we will be able to replant soon. The Boys Town group has been a great help and has done a lot of the heavy work that we were unable to do. They have been very willing to help and learn, and we thank them and wish them well for their futures.
McLeod’s Sons work on Monday afternoons from 2pm and Friday mornings from 8am to 12 noon. New volunteers are always welcome. Contact McLeod Golf Club if you would like to volunteer.
Golf Queensland Volunteer Recognition Program Golf Queensland recognises that volunteers provide the industry with an extremely valuable asset and have therefore introduced a new initiative assisting Districts in recognising its volunteers. Golf Queensland will present nominated volunteers with a certificate at the District’s AGM. Nominated volunteers will then be in the running
for the Golf Queensland Volunteer of the Year Award presented at the annual Queensland Golf Industry Awards in Brisbane Visit www.golfqueensland.org.au and click on the Volunteers tab to learn more about volunteering or to nominate a volunteer for the Recognition Program.
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Abundance of Queensland talent at Deaf Golf World Champs Queensland will have strong representation at the ninth World Deaf Golf Championships in Japan in October.
Queensland will have strong representation at the ninth World Deaf Golf Championships in Japan in October. Oxley five-marker Mark Aird is co-captain of the Australian men’s team, Jennifer Maric (Brisbane Golf Club) is one of two women to wear the green and gold, while Kevin Hayden (Jindalee) and Wayne Parsons (Biloela) have been named in the seniors line-up. McLeod member Wendy Home, who is president of Deaf Golf Australia, will manage the team of 12 to contest the event at the Tsu Golf and Country Club in Mie, Japan, from October 8-12. Aird and Maric, who plays off 14 at Brisbane, tuned-up for the championships with a recent trip to the United States. “We try to travel to all corners of the world to play the game we love and meet deaf golfers from different countries…it’s awesome,’’ said Aird. They have contested the past three world championships in Canada (2006), Pert (2008) and Scotland (2010). A keen sportsman, Aird joined Oxley in 1983 and was part of a generation
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inspired to take up the game by Greg Norman. “My first experience of golf was using an old set of clubs my grandfather had in the garage and I guess I was hooked,’’ he recalled. “But it was Greg Norman who really got me going in 1986. It was ‘the year of the Shark’…he won an incredible number of tournaments.” Aird and Maric play two or three times a week and enjoy testing themselves on Gold Coast courses Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island and Lakelands.
at St Andrews was a highlight. Hayden’s son, Paul, was introduced to the game by his father as a toddler and is now in his first year as a PGA professional. Biloela’s Wayne Parsons, a 10-marker, has earned election in the seniors team after a comeback to golf. A low-marker at Hervey Bay during the 1980s and ‘90s, Parsons was out of the game for about eight years because of work and family commitments.
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But a return in 2010 has yielded strong results. “I was a bit rusty and played off 13 at the Australian Deaf Championships last year,’’ he said. “I didn’t play that well but managed to get through and I’m down to 10 and my game is improving all the time.’’
And Maric harbors a dream to one day play the classic Californian layout at Pebble Beach. “That’s on the wish list,’’ she said.
Parsons took up the game as a 10-yearold and reduced his handicap from 24 to five by the time he was 15 years of age. He was a pennants representative for Hervey Bay for 15 years and made his first Australian deaf team in 1984/85.
Kevin Hayden, 52, has played at Jindalee for the past 36 years where is off a handicap of 12. He made his debut for Australia at the 2010 World Deaf Championships in Scotland where playing
“We went to New Zealand and I won the 72-hole gross event there,’’ he said. “It’s a great opportunity to play for Australia again and I’m really looking forward to going to Japan.’’
“Sixteen countries will contest the world championships in Japan.”
Team manager Wendy Home has been involved in deaf sport for most of her life and has plenty of previous experience at international level. Sixteen countries will contest the world championships in Japan. Deaf Golf Australia was formed in 1971 and is the umbrella group for affiliated bodies in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.
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cream of the crop Two classic events on Golf Queensland’s sporting calendar can’t come quick enough for Australia’s best young golfers. By David Newbery Two classic events on Golf Queensland’s sporting calendar can’t come quick enough for Australia’s best young golfers.
Australian golf have played in the tournament including major winners Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Steve Bowditch, Cameron Smith and many others.
The Gary Player Classic (September 25-28) and the Katherine Hull Classic (September 23-25) are virtually upon us and will be played out during the September school holidays.
The event is played in three age divisions – 15 years and under, 16-17 years and 18-20 years. It will attract more than 200 players and includes former champion Viraat Badhwar.
Both named after individual champions in their own right, the Gary Player Classic for boys will be at Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane while Horton Park Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast will host the Katherine Hull Classic for girls.
The 17-year-old year-12 student plays off +3 at Indooroopilly Golf Club and is again one of the favourites. This year’s classic could be his last as he has plans to take up a US college scholarship next year.
It’s hard to believe the Gary Player Classic, a 72-hole stroke play event, has been around for more than 35 years.
It’s hard to believe the Gary Player Classic, a 72-hole stroke play event, has been around for more than 35 years.
“I am pleased to hear the tournament has become one of the major junior events in Australia.” Over the years the who’s who of
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Legendary South African Gary Player, who lent his name to the classic in the 1970s, said he was honoured to have an Australian junior event named after him. “Australia is like a second home to me,” said the seven-time Australian Open champion and nine-time major winner.
The straight-A student said he would be studying engineering and business, but right now he is focussed on winning another Gary Player Classic.
“It’s a great tournament,” said Viraat, who won the Callaway World Junior a few years ago. “I have played in the Gary Player Classic three or four times now and it’s good fun. I know all the players and that makes it even better.” Originally from Delhi (India), Viraat now resides in Brisbane and attends the Kelvin Grove State College. Renowned as a good putter, Viraat said the rest of his golf game was “a work in progress”. Meanwhile, the 54-hole Katherine Hull Classic is open to girls under the age of 18. Golf Queensland has introduced a separate 18-20 years division; however, the major winner will come from the under-18 girls’ section. One of the favourites is defending champion Lauren Mason, who plays off +3 at Horton Park Golf Club. And that means local knowledge just might give her a slight advantage over the field. Like Viraat Badhwar, this could be the last time Lauren contests the event as she is weighing up her options regarding a golf scholarship in the US. “Next year I am going to compete in college golf in America, but at this stage I am not sure which college I will attend,” Lauren said. “It would be great to be able to defend my Katherine Hull Classic title
because it’s such a prestigious event.” Lauren said the highlight of her short career was winning last year’s Katherine Hull Classic and the Queensland Amateur Championship. Now the 17-year-old year-12 student is trying to model her game on Katherine Hull’s game. Lauren met her idol five years ago and has watched her career with interest. “She is someone I look up to and someone I am still trying to strive to be like,” she said. “She (Katherine) went off to college and I will try to achieve the same things she has. “I would like to meet her again because I would ask her what I should concentrate on and if going to college is the right way to go about it.”
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“Obviously the Sunshine Coast and Queensland have been very kind to me and I think kids deserve an opportunity to play in good events and play sport, whether it’s golf or whatever,” she said. “You have to give them as many opportunities as possible and just hope they enjoy it. “I think it’s important that today’s professional athletes put back into the communities that they came from and show the kids it can be done if you want to make it work and you work hard at it.”
“Even for me growing up watching Greg Norman play and to be involved with his junior golf foundation was pretty special, so it’s amazing what kids reap from it. It means the world to kids.”
Hull, who has never forgotten her golfing roots, was delighted when an opportunity to
Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 September 2012 Pacific Golf Club Entries close September 12
Katherine Hull Classic Sunday 23 – Tuesday 25 September 2012 Horton Park Golf Club Entries close September 14
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SET just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast’s glitter strip yet close enough to enjoy the attractions, RACV Royal Pines Resort is the perfect golfing and corporate destination. The serene and picturesque beauty of the 27 holes is a complete departure from other coast options. Home of the RACV Australian Ladies Masters, the resort is a one-stop Gold Coast golfing haven. Here you can stay, play, eat, drink and party without a worry in the world. That’s because there are 331-stylish guest accommodation rooms including executive rooms and suites, new executive lounge and premium spa suites with expansive views of the Gold Coast skyline, hinterland, golf course, tropical pool and huge children’s playground. There are several restaurant choices ranging from alfresco, poolside dining, delicious seafood, rustic wood-fired pizza and pasta, teppanyaki and hand-rolled sushi or casual dining. The award-winning Videre restaurant, which is located on the 21st floor, is superb and offers breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. A lot has been happening at RACV Royal Pines Resort in recent years.
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The resort’s Golf and Sports manager Adrian Lawson said the facility was continually upgrading and refurbishing all areas of the resort facilities.“We are unique compared to other facilities on the Gold Coast,” he said. “We have a wide variety of accommodation, internationally-recognised golf course, restaurants, corporate facilities, tennis, kids’ club, swimming pool and more.” “It’s the ideal corporate venue for big or small groups,” he said. “We have conference facilities that can cater for up to 1800 guests.“We host a number of corporate golf days that are followed by a 400 or 800-person function.”
Here you can stay, play, eat, drink and party without a worry in the world.
By David Newbery
“We are the specialists when it comes to organising golf and corporate events because we look after your golf and corporate events from start to finish. We can even theme the event to suit the client. Just tell us how many are coming and we’ll do the rest.”
“That’s why we continue to host the RACV Australian Ladies Masters, the Jeep Australian Four ball Championship, the HiLite Pro-Am, The Jeep Tour National Final as well as other national finals for various golfing bodies.” One of the brand new events this year is the Ultimate Skins Challenge from June 17-21. “We can put together a welcome function and presentation function, make your restaurant booking and even organise outings to the Gold Coast’s attractions.” Still, the resort doesn’t just look after large groups – it also caters for individuals and small groups who also received the same five-star treatment. In fact, one of the most popular products at Royal Pines is the Pamper-and-Play package. “If a husband and wife and their friends come here and the wives don’t play golf, then they can enjoy the luxurious spa treatment while the partners play golf,” Lawson explained. “Then the group can go and enjoy dinner together.” The resort is extremely family friendly and has heaps of kids’ activities and five floodlit tennis courses (two undercover). Because Royal Pines has 27-holes, it gives golfers the opportunity to play three different layouts – the Gold, Green and Blue courses. At 6570m off the back tees, the Gold course is a stern test, but off the white
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tee boxes it stretches to a friendly 5988m (men) and 5182m (women). “When golfers come to Royal Pines they will get a course in pristine condition, great service and are not going to pay a king’s ransom for it,” Lawson said. “It’s very well priced and you have the specialists looking after your golf, corporate golf and functions.” Lawson said the resort had a number of other attractive packages including the Sport of Kings package. “You come down on a Saturday, we take you to the races with passes to the
members’ club, then it’s back here for dinner and the next morning you and your group play golf,” he said. “It’s a great weekend away.” Lawson said there was a misconception the resort was for RACV members only. “That’s not true,” he said. “Everyone is welcome here although RACV, RACQ and NRMA or members of any auto clubs do receive the best prices.“You can even bring three friends and they will benefit as well.” RACV Golf Membership is a popular new product that offers a wide range of benefits including cheaper rates, free golf
and 30 to 50 per cent discounts at other venues. www.racv.com.au/golf And RACV Royal Pines Resort is currently offering a 12-month golf access membership package that includes unlimited golf in a cart for $3500.
For more information, telephone (07) 5597-8700 or log on to www.racv.com.au/royalpines
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By Bruce Young The history of golf in Queensland certainly dates back further than the establishment of the first golf club in the State, but in order to get a feel for how the structured game got its start nearly 120 years ago we take a look at some of the earliest established clubs in this State and their history.
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“The pro shop in those days before the new club house was built in the 1970’s was essentially a converted butcher’s shop,”
The original North Queensland Golf Club was located at Kissing Point to the north of the current city between 1893 and 1921, then at Aitkenvale in the southwest until 1924 following which it moved to its present site at Rosslea only a few kilometres to the east of the Aitkenvale layout. Between then and the early 1970’s the club and its facilities remained pretty much the same but the introduction of a treatment plant in 1971 played a key role in the improvement of the golf course. A few years later, the club received another boost when the clubhouse was redeveloped.
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John Victorsen is the son of the long time professional at Townsville Golf Club, Arnold Victorsen, and he has fond memories of his early days there accompanying his Dad to the golf club.
event at the Townsville Golf Club. We felt at the time they were the best in Queensland but several would also become not only the best in Australia but amongst the best in the world.”
“The pro shop in those days before the new club house was built in the 1970’s was essentially a converted butcher’s shop,” said Victorsen. “I am told that as a two year old I hit a ball through the window of the pro shop and hit the assistant Donnie Johnson in the head.
In 1985 an additional nine holes was added to the club’s layout with Queensland architect Ross Watson engaged to do the work. The new nine were incorporated into the original layout creating a nine which is now known as the ‘outside nine’.
“But my first actual recollection was of going to work with dad. He was professional from 1948 through to 1980. I left there in 1974 after doing my traineeship with Dad and headed South but the memories I had from those early days are fond and still stay with me.
The latest plans for the golf course are to revert the layout from its current 27 holes back to 18 and to utilise the remaining land for real estate. The quality of the 18 holes would be improved further and the club could then emerge from the current
“The arrival of the treatment plant turned a barren wasteland of hard mongrel clay country into a beautiful oasis of green trees. It is probably the greatest thing they have ever done as the membership soared almost immediately. “Even before the establishment of the then Troppo Tour, Townsville Golf Club held one of the richest one day Pro Ams in the country but Townsville along with the Cairns Golf Club, the Mackay Golf Club and the Innisfail began to build a series of events through that region. “Over the years we had many of Australia’s best players compete in the
turned a barren wasteland of hard mongrel clay country into a beautiful oasis of green trees
The North Queensland Golf Club (later known as the Townsville Golf Club) was inaugurated in January of 1893, followed in August of 1896 by the Toowoomba Golf Club and three months later by the Brisbane Golf Club. According to all available records these three clubs were the first to be established in Queensland and amongst the first in Australia.
financial concerns which have constrained the Townsville Golf Club in recent years although there have been ongoing delays in implementing and commencing the scheme.
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The Toowoomba Golf Club was the next Club formed in Queensland in August of 1896. A month later, play commenced on a nine hole layout on Draytons Road. The Club moved on one or two more occasions including to a layout in the grounds of the Clifford Park Race Course before a period of consolidation between 1909 and 1926. During that 17 year period the Club utilised a layout created in the north of Toowoomba in 1909, much of it with inmate labour at the Willowburn Asylum on which grounds the facility was created. In the early 1900’s the arrival in Toowoomba in 1903 of Ernie Gill, a credentialed amateur from Melbourne, gave the game a boost in the region and his knowledge of the game and its administration and his capacity to impart that expertise provided the catalyst for significant growth. Gill came to Toowoomba as the housemaster at Toowoomba Grammar and although he later moved to Brisbane to join the staff of Brisbane Grammar and to advance his golfing career, when he returned to Toowoomba in 1907 he did so as a two time Queensland Amateur Champion and an Australian Amateur Champion. His influence on the game and its administration in the Darling Downs and Queensland cannot be underplayed. In 1925 a decision was taken by the committee of the Toowoomba Golf Club to purse the option of purchasing land at Middle Ridge and develop an 18 hole facility there but in order to do so there would need to be funds raised by the issuing of debentures. The new site at Middle Ridge was some
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5 kilometres from the centre of town and some 750 metres above sea level. The established golf course architect R.S. Black, who was in the process of completing work at Royal Queensland in Brisbane at the time, was engaged. His experience in golf course construction on the escarpment that is the Blue Mountains in NSW no doubt assisted in him being appointed to the role. In May of 1926 the new golf course at Middle Ridge was opened with a soft launch, the speed of its construction, much of which had been performed by voluntarily labour, the source of great admiration. In December of 1926 the Toowoomba Golf Club’s Middle Ridge Golf Course was officially opened by the Premier of Queensland the Hon W McCormack. A short time later the great D.G. Soutar produced a bunkering plan that was implemented to complement the Black layout. The course suffered during the Great Depression but perhaps not to the extent of many others in Queensland, the strong membership rallying to the support of the Club through fundraising at regular functions. Some of the game’s greats played the Middle Ridge layout during the early 1930’s. Gene Sarazen, Joe Kirkwood and Walter Hagen were but a few players to grace the fairways of The Toowoomba Golf Club during that period, providing a great boost to and media focus on the game Later Norman Von Nida, Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Bruce Crampton and others
played exhibition matches at Middle Ridge ensuring the momentum built during the early years was maintained. The Club received a boost during World War II both in terms of morale and finance when Australian and Allied troops were based in Toowoomba for much of the War. The introduction of Bent grass which began in the mid 1950’s and completed with the introduction of a hybrid bent was (now the Penncross variety) to replace the couch grass varieties in use until that point was a significant moment in creating even better playing surfaces. The cooler climes and lower humidity of the escarpment allowed the cool season grass to thrive in otherwise tropical Queensland. The success of the bentgrass variety was also dependant on a suitable water supply and the introduction of a large bore in the late 1940’s alongside the 5th tee to replace a series of bores constructed in the early 1930’s served to gravity feed the irrigation system until the course was linked to the town water supply in 1971. That would see a huge improvement in all the playing surfaces. The Clubhouse at Middle Ridge has undergone significant alteration and what is in place now has virtually no connection with the original. Major remodelling tasks were undertaken in the 1970’s and 1990’s but in 2009 a new pro shop was created and an outdoor alfresco dining and entertainment area established. This allowed the Toowoomba Golf Club the opportunity to generate even more outside function business.
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The Brisbane Golf Club was formed in November of 1896 and just a month or so later nine holes was opened for play at Chelmer about 4 kilometres to the north and west of the current site. As Brisbane grew, the constraints on the Golf Club increased as essentially play in the early days was across proposed development sites. In 1904 an eighteen hole layout designed by Carnegie Clark was established at nearby Yeerongpilly. It was one of Clark’s first design projects in Australia having arrived from his homeland in Scotland only two years earlier and set up a base in Sydney as a travelling representative for a Sydney sports store. During one of his many visits through Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland he consulted on the creation of the golf course.
During World War 2 the West Course was taken over by the army.
During the great Alistair Mackenzie’s Australian visit in the mid 1920’s, where he played such a key role in the creation of layouts such as Royal Melbourne and Kingston Heath, he provided design
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consultation on the Brisbane Golf Club’s layout although very little of his input other than a bunkering plan was implemented. The current clubhouse was built opened in 1910 after fire had destroyed the original 1904 building in 1909. The Club has played a key role in the formation and growth of Golf Queensland having staged the inaugural Queensland Amateur Championship at Chelmer in 1900 and the first Queensland Open Championship at Yeerongpilly in 1925. It also played a significant role in the formation of the Queensland Golf Association in 1914 and provided several of the initial delegates and office bearers for the newly established golfing body. The Queensland Amateur Championship was first played at the Brisbane Golf Club in 1900 and was played there until 1927 when it then alternated with the Royal Queensland Golf Club until 1950. At that point Indooroopilly joined the rota of courses used for the event. The course played host to the inaugural Queensland Open in 1925 and as was the case with the State’s amateur championship, alternated the event with Royal Queensland until courses such as Indooroopilly, Gailes and Keppera joined the list. The last occasion in which the Queensland Open was staged at the
Brisbane Golf Club was when the then amateur Stuart Appleby won the event in 1991 but other greats who have won at Brisbane include Jim Ferrier, Norman Von Nida, Eric Cremin, Harry Pickworth and Kel Nagle. Brisbane Golf Club has also played host to the Australian Amateur Championship on two occasions in 1955 and in 1996. The Brisbane Golf Club was increased to 27 holes in the late 1920’s although During World War 11 the West Course was taken over by the army. Although those holes were replaced soon after, in 2000 they were replaced by three new holes and now the layout contains 21 holes with the additional three holes now used as alternate or back up holes when required. Flooding has played a role in the history of the Brisbane Golf Club, the last being in 2011 when the club’s proximity to the Brisbane River would mean considerable water damage to both the golf course and equipment. The course was back in play within a couple of weeks but a lot of machinery was lost.
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Adam Scott: Dignity Intact Matt Cooper was at the 2012 Open Championship and he offers us a behind the scenes glimpse of the conclusion and aftermath of an event which saw Queensland’s Adam Scott go through hell but remain with his dignity intact. The 16th green: Scott misses a short par putt to make a second consecutive bogey and the atmosphere of the day changes immediately. In complete control with a four-shot lead just minutes ago, he is now just two strokes ahead. He looks wary on the walk to the next tee. The 17th fairway: having found the fairway, he strides with forced composure towards his ball. But, halfway there, his head flicks towards an enormous roar that rises from the right. Ernie Els has just birdied the last and is now only one shot behind Scott. He has little time to settle himself before hitting his approach. It fails to find the green… The 17th green: as he stands over his par putt, the chatter and bustle of the galleries ceases. There is no noise except the distant echo of a light aircraft in the sky, the tinny rattle of the on-course radio commentary and the non-existent sound of hundreds of people holding their breath. The silence is broken by hundreds of gasps when the putt slips by. The 18th green: a fourth consecutive par
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putt fails to drop, Scott’s knees buckle, the packed grandstands echo to the sound of astonished chatter as Ernie Els is left alone at the top of the leader board. The media centre: he has lost the Open Championship, but Scott doesn’t forget his manners. Despite what must be huge emotional strain, he has explained himself to both television interviewers and a large room of inquisitive press. He has been open, heartfelt and honest. Then a man at the front requests one final question. “Can I ask about your local connections?” he says. “Were your parents originally from Freckleton? And did your grandmother have a house overlooking the course?” To his eternal credit Scott laughs with everyone else at the surreal nature of the enquiry and its timing. Even more creditably he offers a patient response. “My parents are from Australia,” he says. “And my grandmother was from Wales, actually. It’s my dad’s cousins that are from Freckleton. And I believe my Aunt lived behind the ninth green once. That,” he concludes to laughter all round, including, bless him, his own, “is the best I’ve got for you.” The champion: “I really feel for my buddy Scotty,” says Els. “Because I’ve been there. I’ve blown majors and I just hope he doesn’t take it as bad as I did.” We always knew that Els had struggled when he lost majors even though he never admitted
it. The weight which now rests on Scott’s shoulders has been lifted from Els’ and his features have relaxed. No-one present doesn’t wish for something similar to happen to Scott in the future. He’s lost the claret jug but gained many, many supporters.
Where City StyleS MeetS Country hoSpitality…Countrypolitan On the fringe of Toowoomba’s CBD , adjacent to the City Golf Club a surprise awaits with Toowoomba’s newest 4.5 star motel “City Golf Club Motel”. The City Golf Club Motel offers 46 rooms in various configurations, all with stunning new designer effects and décor, all nestled in a quiet and secure location. Most rooms have balconies with some overlooking the magnificent golf course and others the majestic jacaranda trees. Interconnecting rooms can be used by families and there are several two bedroom apartments overlooking the championship golf course. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available on the ground floor. Other impressive features include room service breakfast, a splendid buffet breakfast on Sundays at the adjoining Selections Restaurant or an all day breakfast menu at the adjoining Café 19. Any option is the perfect way to start your day. Take a dip in the heated pool, lie back in the heated spa or enjoy a BBQ around the pool and make the most of the great outdoors. Great dining, entertainment and function options are available at the City Golf Club with courtesy bus transport available to get you there. If you have a special occasion in mind, we are happy to discuss the many ways to make it memorable. Whilst you can always relax and unwind with a round of golf on our beautiful 18 hole championship golf course, remember there is always plenty more to see and do in the Garden City. The fascinating Cobb & CO Museum and Japanese Gardens, the infamous views of Picnic Point, Spring Bluff, Queens Park or State Rose Garden or do some shopping at the nearby shops.
A variety of play and stay packages are available for those mid-week to weekend getaways. We look forward to seeing you soon at the City Golf Club Motel.
PLAY & STAY P. 07 4636 9999 • www.citygolfmotel.com.au
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