Teeing up for a big week

Thursday, 20th September, 2012

Veteran’s Captain Ally Graziani (left) with President and Tournament Director, Denis Martin, are busy prganising next week’s events. Veteran’s Captain Ally Graziani (left) with President and Tournament Director, Denis Martin, are busy prganising next week’s events.

By Ben Sheffield

The Broken Hill Veterans Golf Club is gearing up for the annual Silver City Classic, a week-long golf feast of three competitions played over four days.

This is will be the seventh Silver City Classic and about 100 people are expected to take part in the event, including around 75 visitors.

The begins with a stableford competition on Monday at 9am.

Tuesday and Thursday will see the main event, a 36 hole golf tournament, which will be punctuated by a rest day on the Wednesday.

Friday will see a four ball, best ball (4BBB) contest, commencing at 9am, to end the week's proceedings.

On the Sunday preceding the golf tournament, registration will be held from 4pm with a sausage sizzle also being provided, to give golfers a chance to socialise before to the competition.

Numerous trophies will be handed out to winners for the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday competition.

Les Mann, the vice president of the NSW Veterans Golfers Association, will be on hand for at least part of the week's proceedings and will be involved in several of the award presentations.

In addition to the various trophies on offer, there will also be a closest to the pin award for both men and women on each day of competition.

To be eligible to compete, prospective golfers need to be a member of a veterans golf association, be aged 55 or older and have a golf link number.

There will be three grades of golf offered for men and two grades for women.

For the women's competition, partners of veteran's members may compete, with the minimum age for entry being 50 years of age.

Veteran's President and Tournament Director, Denis Martin, says that apart from the golf, the event is a boost for the local economy.

"We've got visitors coming for five and six days who are going to spend money in our clubs and in our shops. It's a real benefit to the local economy.

"Especially on Wednesday, the rest day, a lot of the visitors will spend the day looking around Broken Hill or going on day trips to places like Silverton."

Mr Martin said that there were a handful of competitors who make Broken Hill a stop in a month-long golfing venture each year.

"There are a few guys who go each year from one veteran's tournament to another.

"They start off in Mudgee, then go on to Dubbo, come here and then can go on to Barooga afterwards," he said.

"The really pleasing thing is we get players who go to golf courses around Australia, in the city and the country and every year we keep hearing from these people that our course is the best.

"It's a great event to have, for the golf itself and the little bit of income helps the golf club. We need it," Mr Martin said.