First time visitor, Bob Watson from Callala on the south coast overcame all opposition to blitz the field for the two-day tournament held at the Inverell Golf Club last week. Watson won the NSWVGA Men’s Shield with a total of 84 points.
The lady’s winner was Shirley Bullock from Burrum District in Queensland with a two-day total of 71 points.
The Inverell Veteran Golfers hosted 100 golfers for the McLean Care Sapphire City Inverell Veteran Golf Association’s 2018 Week of Golf from October 1 to October 5.
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Men and lady golfers from Bargara in Queensland to Wodonga in Victoria journeyed to Inverell and stayed for the week to play in the tournament and didn’t Inverell turn it on.
The weather was perfect on Monday and Tuesday and the players managed to complete play on Thursday and Friday before the much-needed rain fell. Although the course showed we have been in drought, the visitors were full of praise for the quality of the greens and course management.
The organising committee could not be any happier with the week, nor could the visitors, and this was evident at the presentation dinner where the Australian Café catered a plenty for 100 people and Sara Wade, representing Mclean Care, presented the daily winners with their trophies.
A special presentation was also made to the local CWA branch. NSWVGA representative, Peter Taylor and Inverell Veteran Golf president, John Tom, presented the branch with a cheque for $1000, from NSW Veterans Golf, for drought relief.
“A couple visiting for the first time stated, ‘What a great town! We are blown away by the towns presentation and friendliness,’” tournament director Jim Shadlow said.
Many of the visiting golfers spent Wednesday touring the area and shopping.
Response from local business houses to sponsor the event was tremendous. The visitors were outspoken in their praise for the tournament and town and vowed to return when a similar event is staged in April next year.
36-hole. Mens winner: Bob Watson, Callala. Runner up: Peter Wallace, Inverell. Ladies winner: Shirley Bullock, Burrum District, Runner up: Kathryn Guyer, Taree.
Monday two-ball. Winner: Shirley Bullock and Ken Bullock. First runner up: Eric Higgins and Graham Moore. Second runner up: Shirley Porter and Wayne Porter. Tuesday. Mens Division 1: Graham Moore, 40 pts. Division 2: Graham Bates 42pts. Ladies Division 1: Margaret Teh 38 pts. Division 2: Bronwyn Clegg 40 pts. Thursday Mens Division 1: Eric Higgins, 40pts. Division 2: Derek Napier, 40pts. Ladies Division 1: Michelle James, 36 pts. Division 2: Carol Hawkins, 35 pts. Friday: Two Ball Aggregate. 1st Steve Craven and Alan Holder, 74pts. 2nd Eric Higgins and Helen Tey, Redlands 74pts. 3rd Kathryn Guyer, and Nancy Fuller, 71 pts.