HORSHAM Golf Club president Iain McNee has labelled the club’s 106th annual tournament a huge success.
McNee said this year’s tournament had drawn the biggest fields seen in Horsham in a long time.
After teeing off on Monday, the tournament has produced several big events, with a field of 41 in the veteran’s stableford and fields completely booked on Friday and Saturday.
Even Sunday – traditionally one of the least popular days of the tournament due to competitors travelling home – had more than 80 entries.
McNee said it was the highest number of entries the tournament had attracted in a long time.
“Going back many, many years the locals had to go away and couldn’t get a game here because it was chockers, but all tournaments have changed a little bit now,” he said.
“It’s certainly the strongest field we’ve had for a number of years.”
McNee praised the efforts of organisers and the club committee, which he said had done a fantastic job.
He also thanked the sponsors of the event for donating prizes for each competition.
“Without them we’re just having a walk in the park,” he said.
McNee said the weather was good, with Saturday producing a brilliant day for golf.
He said the course – ranked ninth in Victoria – held up well.
Winners on Friday included Horsham pair Elaine Milbourne and Julie Obst in the ladies four ball best ball par competition with a plus six and fellow Horsham pair Keith Thistlewaite and Brett Janetzki with plus eight in the men’s competition.
Thursday’s competition saw Horsham’s Dawn Harnath and Dorothy Adamson take out the ladies four ball stableford aggregate, while Horsham’s Howard Black and Ken Tori took out the men’s competition.
McNee said the club’s next major event would be the Ivo Whitton Trophy in November.