Inside Golf : Inside Golf September 2014
calendar 64 September 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au Rachel’s classic call to women FORMER Australian touring professional Rachel Hetherington has put on her promotional hat as patron of the 54-hole South Pacific Ladies Classic – an event she won as an amateur in 1991 and ’92. As patron, Rachel is urging women golfers within the handicap range of scratch to 33 to enter the tournament. “As you know, the South Pacific Ladies Classic is a favourite event of mine,” Hetherington told Inside Golf. The 42nd South Pacific Ladies Classic is at Surfers Paradise Golf Club from October 13-15 with a foursomes event played on Sunday, October 12. Event organiser and Surfers Paradise GC associates president Dot Petrie said the tournament was open to players in a number of divisions – Open Classic (elite players – handicaps scratch to 18), Mid Amateur (30-54 years – handicaps 0-33) and seniors (55-plus years – handicaps 0-33). “We will put in a super seniors division (65-plus years) if we receive enough nominations,” she said. Since its inception in 1973, the South Pacific Ladies Classic has attracted the cream of amateur golf. The Classic’s first winner, Anne Alletson-Brown, went on to represent Australia at the centenary British Ladies Championship at St Andrews, the World Cup in Portugal and the Trans-Tasman clashes with New Zealand. In 2001, Alletson-Brown was inducted into the Gold Coast Sporting Hall of Fame. In 2008, 18-year-old Courtney Massey captured the classic and successfully defended the title and in 2011 became the first player to win the event three times. The talented Ali Orchard won in 2012 and last year Ashley Ona was the champion. Unfortunately, she won’t defend her title as she has joined the play-for-pay ranks. The South Pacific Ladies Open Classic has seen many notable players achieve greatness, however, winning the classic doesn’t guarantee a player will go on to become a successful professional. But it is definitely a stepping stone to the next level. “ We are expecting a good group of golfers from Fiji and New Zealand,” Dot Petrie said. Played in a friendly environment, the Classic is the perfect event to mix and meet players from all parts of Australia and the Pacific region. So if you are an elite player, a mid amateur, senior or super senior golfer, enter one of the most popular and fun-filled events on the golfing calendar. The cost is $70 ($50 for Surfers Paradise members) and there are plenty of prizes of for grabs. Registration forms and conditions of play are available on the Surfers Paradise Golf Club website www. surfersparadisegolfclub.com.au or by emailing Jennifer Read at firstname.lastname@example.org • 2014 NSW Women’s Fourball Championship WHEN: 26 -27 November WHERE: Bonville Golf Resort The year-long event will culminate with 30 golfing pairs from around NSW, playing 36-holes over two days. The winners will be crowned the 2014 NSW Women’s Fourball Champions. The exciting aspect of this event is the sheer volume of entrants that start at Club level, and eventually whittle down to 30 pairs for the State Final. This year there were 214 Clubs across NSW that participated and 6,996 individual participants. Therefore to make it to the Final, and beat that many people to get there is an incredible achievement. There are 13 Women’s Country Districts, and from this, the winning pair in each Country District playoff qualify for the State Final. The five Districts with the highest number of participants at Club level receive a second pair to qualify into the State Final, taking the total number of qualifiers from the Country Districts to 18. The Metropolitan playoff encompasses all Clubs in the Metropolitan District. The leading 12 pairs qualify for the State Final, taking the total number of pairs at the State Final to 30. State Finalists will be treated to a welcome BBQ on the Tuesday evening, followed by 18-holes on Wednesday and 18-holes on Thursday. A formal presentation function will be held on the Thursday evening. More: www.golfnsw.org or contact Christy Collier on christy. email@example.com or 02 9505 9105. 2014 Women’s NSW Medal Playoffs To be eligible to compete in the Golf NSW Women’s Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal play-offs a player must have entered the 2014 Golf NSW Women’s Medal Competition at club level and won Division One (Gold), Two (Silver) or Three (Bronze). The Divisional winner at club level is the player returning the lowest nett aggregate of three scores at the end of six specified club stroke rounds. These six rounds are administered by club committees and results are submitted to Golf NSW, who then conduct the Playoffs. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals have the following GA Handicap limits: Gold Medal (Division 1) - plus to 22.4 Silver Medal (Division 2) – 22.5 to 32.4 Bronze Medal (Division 3) – 32.5 to 45.4 Dates and venues for the three Playoffs are: Gold Medal Playoff – Mona Vale Golf Club – 2 December Silver Medal Playoff – Wakehurst Golf Club – 11 November Bronze Medal Playoff – Bayview Golf Club – 3 November For details of the Medal Competition qualification, contact your club’s Women’s Committee or contact Olivia Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 9505 9105. PATRON: Rachel Hetherington is calling on women of all levels to play in the long-running South Pacific Ladies Classic.
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