Outback Open arrives
Tuesday, 12th July, 2011
The greens of the Broken Hill Golf and Country Club will be littered with some of the best players from the region this weekend as the Broken Hill Outback Open gets underway.
The Open is the biggest event on the local golfing calendar, and attracts the city’s top players along with a number of visitors from across South Australia and Victoria.
The 36-hole competition commences on Saturday and will be split over two days, with play consisting of a stroke round with open tees.
Players can select their own partner on both days, and the competition will be open to all golfers that are financial members of a registered golf club and hold a current Golf Australia handicap.
Around $1,600 in trophies will be awarded to winners of various categories in A, B and C grades, including gross winner and runner up, nett and nett runner up, along with the novelty of nearest the pins on each of the par three hole.
Players can nominate on the day, however participants are advised to register their interest with the Club on 8087 9099 prior to the competition. A $40 nomination fee applies.
All players are reminded that their cards must be handed into the Captain no later than 4.30pm on each day of the event for recording of scores and to cater for play offs if required on the final day. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
A barbecue, refreshments and nibbles will be available on the course across both days.
Jamie Greeney will be going for back to back wins and is one of the local talents that will be trying to hold this title in the Hill.
Jamie has been searching for the form that put him on the dais last year. He has struggled a little with his swing but you can never put this talented golfer out of contention. Shooting under par in his last outing should give him the confidence to take out this year’s title.
Trevor Henderson: A talented and determined golfer that certainly puts in the hard yards of practise to keep his game at a high level.
He too is no stranger to the winners list, but like Jamie he is also struggling a bit with his driving - something that both players should overcome given their talents.
Timothy O’Neill: Timothy who you may ask? Well, Tim is a one of our low handicappers that has produced some very good scores this year and has been very consistent in all aspects of his game.
Put attitude in his bag and we just may see a new face holding the title come Sunday.
Mark Johns: Mark just brims with talent, but work commitments have kept him out of contention in past events. If given the chance to play he will certainly be finishing strong on the home turn.
Nick Millsteed: Our answer to Adam Scott. Has the talent to add this title to his resume. He has come so close at times but the title still eludes him.
If Nick can put all his game into one neat package then just maybe this will be his year.
The best of our visitors would be Adelaide’s Rauri McDonald, who came so close last year only to fail on the 36th hole.
Rauri will not forget that round in a hurry, and will be determined more than ever to make this title his own for the second time.
This grade is wide open and there is a lot of talent just waiting to emerge. Included is some of our members that have just fallen out of the A grade division.
If we look back over the past months competitions, names just keep popping up.
Wayne Van Kemenade: A strong driver of the ball but does at times let the short game slip away from him. Rectify this problem and he is a definite chance.
John Bennett: Can put it all together, but at times lets other matters interfere with his game. If he can concentrate on his game he may just pull this off.
Cameron MacKay: Has a tendency to let small things get in his way but if he holds that explosive nature in control he comes under the radar as a definite chance.
Josh Jeffery: Quite the opposite of Cameron - tending to relax just a little too much. Has a great attitude and a bag full of shots that hold him in good stead in any situation.
This grade is a punter’s nightmare. There are so many in this division that could win this title if they can hold it together for both days of the competition.
Looking at previous results this grade has many winners, but a few stand out that just may surprise us all.
Rather than pick an individual as a winner, I would rather select a list that I believe will be featuring at the end of days play come Sunday: Alex Lyall, Dave Henderson Wilson, Andrew Hunter, Stan Goodman, Ken Stanley,Trevor Paul and Trevor Picken. This is no easy grade to predict and any number of C Grade members can take out this title.
It would be foolish not to give Michelle Fumberger the nod to take out this event again this year.
Jenny Stephenson is another local hope to hold the title in the town, and has been in great form over the past months and is our current A Grade Ladies Club Champion.
Judy Edgecumbe should give the B Grade a good shake, whilst Christine Rogers may just put her hands on the C Grade title.