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On course for a royal treat

Wednesday, 26th October, 2011

MOMENTOUS EVENT: Linda Nadge, Jacquie Walter and Gaynor Holliday get in some practice yesterday at the Golf and Country Club. MOMENTOUS EVENT: Linda Nadge, Jacquie Walter and Gaynor Holliday get in some practice yesterday at the Golf and Country Club.

By Kurtis Eichler

It’s the chance of a lifetime for any amateur golfer - and three ladies of the local competition have it.

Long-time players Gaynor Holliday and Linda Nadge along with rising star Jacqui Walter will tee off on February 8 at Melbourne’s prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club - one of the country’s oldest and most renowned clubs.

There they will compete in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Pro-Am which is played before the 38th Women’s Australian Open.

“This is a beautiful golf course and also the venue for the President’s Cup in November this year,” said Mrs Nadge, a director at the club.

“Playing on a course like this is truly the wish of every golfer who appreciates the game and the fact that even access to major courses like this is not easy.”

Mrs Nadge explained they won the prize after her husband, Travis, bid at a charity auction for ‘the chance of a lifetime’ at the KIDS Foundation fundraiser this year.

Making the experience even more momentous for the women is knowing it’s the first time the women’s open has been played at the course.

Mrs Holliday, also a director of the BH Golf and Country Club, was brimming with excitement.

After volunteering for the event in 2009, she will now see what it’s like on the other side of the fence.

“Playing in this Pro-Am is a rare opportunity for a country amateur golfer to be part of,” she acknowledged.

“To also have one of the top lady professional golfers in the world such as Australian Karrie Webb or England’s Laura Davies to be the professional in our team would be a dream come true.

“Laura Davies is one of the true ladies of golf.”

Sixteen-year-old Ms Walter said playing in Melbourne was going to be “exciting.”

“Going to Melbourne means that I have the chance to meet touring professionals, some of whom play all over the world,” the 15-handicap golfer said.

“Living in Broken Hill certainly limits the opportunity of having serious competition, so hopefully getting to play in the Pro-Am will give me that drive to become a better golfer.

“We’ll be playing as much golf as possible before February so there is every chance we will all get our handicaps down even further.”

The women won’t know which of the two world-class pros will be playing in their side until one week before the event.

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