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National golf hopes dashed

Thursday, 27th October, 2011

LINING UP: South Golf Club’s Phil Dungey (left) and MS sufferer Greg (surname with-held), prepare for the charity event. LINING UP: South Golf Club’s Phil Dungey (left) and MS sufferer Greg (surname with-held), prepare for the charity event.

By Kurtis Eichler

Four BH golfers have narrowly missed the opportunity of competing in the largest amateur tournament in Australia.

The foursome - Adrian McDonald, Clinton Jones, James Matten and Andrew Ashwood - teed off at Mt Osmond Golf Club in Adelaide last weekend in the prestigious Holden Scramble.

To qualify the team triumphed over some 80 other opponents in the BH round of the competition, which was one of more than 400 preliminary contests held around the country

The group finished fifth of 18 groups in the SA Regional Final, missing out on the chance to progress to the National Championship on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Ashwood said the team was pleased they were in the upper echelon in Adelaide, but felt they could have done better.

“We honestly didn’t play to our full potential,” he said.

“But there is always next year and a team from Broken Hill will get the opportunity again.”

Meantime, South Golf Club regulars are hoping to raise the profile of the incurable neurological disease Multiple sclerosis with a fund raising event on Sunday.

The day starts with a 10am registration at the club and costs $5 per person, which includes a cooked lunch.

SGC spokesman Phil Dungey said MS sufferers had no support group in the city and the day provided the chance to have a fun golf event and raise money for charity.

“We want as many people as possible who are affected by Multiple sclerosis to come along and join in,” he said.

“If we have people who can’t walk the course, we’ll have plenty of motorised golf buggies.

“We will also provide as many clubs as we can.”

A BH man who suffers from MS, Greg (who didn’t want his surname revealed) said that while the disease limited his movement, it had done nothing to diminish his interest in the sport he loves.

Before his diagnosis three years ago the radio announcer was a regular on the fairways and was described by fellow players as “a pretty good golfer”.

“I feel frustrated and fatigued,” he said. “Frustrated with the things I used to be able to do.”


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