Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort’s five-day September Golf Tournament from Monday, September 11 to Friday, September 15 attracted some 970 entries from about 85 clubs mainly throughout Victoria and NSW, but also including Queensland and South Australia.
“It’s one of the biggest tournaments we’ve had in recent years. It’s up 30 per cent on last year,” Head of the Pro Shop, Evan Droop told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
Club resort president Dario Prighel welcomed the 120 diners at the mid week tournament dinner, singling out that wonderful couple from Trafalgar, Margaret and Graeme Grant who notched up number 66 of September and May Tournaments.
“And we have Carol and Frank Manson from Sydney who have been coming here for over 30 years,” the president said.
“Frank plays in the May Tournament with the men and Carol plays in the September Tournament.
“It’s the best value for your money, the best conditioned course, the friendliest people and the best welcome. The people love you,” 75-year-old Frank from St Michaels Golf Club in Sydney said.
Since 1995, 13 ladies from Mt Alexander Golf Course in Castlemaine have loved coming to the September Tournament and 12 of them drooled over the outstanding achievement of their best player, Joyce Smith.
In July this year, Joyce, 85, won her 50th club championship. The current handicapper off 14 with a lowest handicap of six won 48 straight before having a back operation but resumed her domination two years ago. Joyce is also a recipient of a Queen’s Medal for her marvellous feats.
Locals starred in the prize department last Wednesday, with the Castles, Buckleys and Lynches making their way to the microphone.
Men’s Captain Darrell Lynch expressed his praise to the tournament players. “Today we had 150 players and tonight we have 125 for dinner,” he said.
“That’s fantastic. We really do appreciate that support. Thank you to all players.”
Recipients of trophies praised everything about the running of the September Tournament with the colourful-over-dinner Trent Wood from the Pro Shop and his boss, Evan Droop.
Along with his star son Frazer, Evan conducted a short game clinic for a number of tournament players which was also well received.
It was a great atmosphere over a delicious three-course meal and many took to the dance floor with the Maurie Milani Duo at the helm.