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Outback Open on again

Friday, 17th July, 2009

by Captain

It's three quarters of the way through the winter golf season and the club championships have been decided, the SDGA Pennant has come to a conclusion and now we come to the prize of prizes - the Outback Open.

This event begins tomorrow when the first 18 of 36 holes will be played, concluding with the second 18 holes on Sunday.

The Open is an invitation to all golfers that hold an Australian Golf handicap to participate.

The competition includes a format of open tee times and select your own partners, and is a graded event.

There are $2000 in trophies for gross winners and runners up, nett and nett runners up in A, B and C grades.

The biggest trophy of them all is "The Dave Bennett" Shield for the best gross winner over all and the title of being Broken Hill's number one golfer for 2009.

Looking at the field for a candidate to win this event, I cannot go past

Greeney is in great form, having won the club championships with a blistering sub-par round of 68 in the third round and carried this into the SDGA pennant, conceding just one game over the four weeks of competition at the top level. He has been invited by the SDGA to qualify for their country week.

Looking at his form overall, Jamie's average this year stands at 73.4, a more than impressive result for an amateur golfer. But it takes more than averages to win a title.

Another local hope is Trevor Henderson. He also has comes into this with an impressive tally, but let's not forget previous winner Rauri McDonald from Adelaide.

McDonald is playing in great form.

There is also an unknown contingent from Victoria who have their eyes set on the title.

The B grade title is again an open event.

Local Cameron MacKay puts his claim in after having a very successful pennant campaign, losing just one game over the four weeks. He is playing great golf for one so young.

Clay Spencer, the club's B grade champion, is also in great form. But again the visiting golfers from SA and Victoria are an unknown quantity and will certainly be putting it to our local lads.

C grade is always an open affair with any number of players in contention. Again the visitors are unknown but I have an inclination to lean toward our local junior golfers, who I am sure will be prominent in the trophy list come presentation time.

The ladies will also be contesting their grade winners in this event.

Michelle Fumberger, a previous winner of the Open, returns to the city to again vie for the number one title, and is by all reports playing in top form. Fumberger has won so many titles I guess she even has lost count of her number of wins. A much travelled and experienced golfer, she should once again make a good account of herself over the two days of competition.

Karen Fumberger will be doing her best to stave off Michelle, as will Judy Edgecumbe and Gaynor Holliday.

Jacqueline Walter and Lyn Mayne will be hotly contesting their grade for the title and so will Carol Roberts, who is striking form right on time for this event. Julie Stanley will be putting in her marker also.

Everything is set for a terrific two days of golf.

The course is in immaculate condition, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and groundsmen, pin placements will be changed each day and the club will be looking after each and every player.

Cards must be handed in by 4.30pm on the Sunday to necessitate any play-offs.

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