Inside Golf : Inside Golf January 2015
news www.insidegolf.com.au | January 2015 11 CITY Golf Club at Toowoomba in Queensland has come to the party once again. Located at Toowoomba in Queensland, the club has extended its Queensland Men’s Sand Green Championship and Queensland Men’s Country Week Championship sponsorship through to 2016. Golf Queensland CEO Lindsay Ellis said he was thrilled City Golf Club had re-signed as a sponsor. “City Golf Club has provided sponsorship for these two tournaments since 2011 which have been some of the highest participated championships on the Golf Queensland calendar,” he said. “ The new agreement highlights the club’s high level of support for regional golf and Golf Queensland is very appreciative of their continued support.” City Golf Club president Ed Britnell said he was looking forward to working with Golf Queensland going forward. “City Golf Club is once again delighted to continue its association with such time honoured events on the Queensland golfing calendar,” he said. “We are both privileged and honoured to be in a position to be able to support the game of golf in a wider community. “ We trust that these championships will once again be most successful and enable many golfers in Queensland to be able to participate and enjoy the game and camaraderie.” City Golf Club’s challenging 18-hole course is the host of the Coca Cola Queensland PGA Championship. The Queensland Men’s Sand Green Championship will be at Barcaldine Golf Club from June 5-7 while the Queensland Men’s Country Week Championship will be at Indooroopilly, Redcliffe, Nudgee and Virginia golf clubs from August 10-14. PROFESSIONAL golfer Graham Sheppard is back where he started. Late last year, the man affectionately known as Shep landed the head professional’s job at Yeppoon Golf Club in Central Queensland. In 1992, Shep was a junior at Capricorn Country Club before moving to Rockhampton Golf Club (1994-96). Then he moved to Yeppoon Golf Club as a trainee professional under the guidance of Murray Hodge before transferring to Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane and finally to Banora Golf Club in northern NSW where he completed his apprenticeship in 2001. A year later, he was the Queensland PGA’s rookie of the year. In 2005, Shep headed for the US and played on the Gateway Tour. He attempted to qualify for the rich US PGA Tour, but dropped out after the second stage of qualifying. While in the US, Shep and a few mates hired a car to travel to the tournaments, but it almost ended in disaster. Leaving a golf club car park, Shep drove on the wrong side of the road and narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with another vehicle. That’s when he decided to return to Australia and to play Australasian Tour events. After a stint organising corporate events, Shep took on the role of golf operations manager at Mercure Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon. Now he is back where he started his traineeship. He says he is looking forward to assisting the management committee in increasing membership and ensuring new and current members leave the course with an experience of wanting to return for another round. Growing junior golf and corporate golf is another priority. City GC extends sponsorship New 9 for Geelong ‘Shep’ goes full circle MEET THE PRO A NINE-hole boutique golf course in Geelong, which attracted over 1100 golfers in just a week during a charity preview, was officially opened in November. The new Graeme Papworth-designed golf course, the centrepiece of the Geelong Golf Club Residential Estate, just two kilometres from the CBD of Geelong on Ballarat Road, will be open to both members and green fee players. Geelong Golf Club Manager, Paul Christie said, the golf course was in pristine condition for the opening. The new course has attracted considerable interest from people wanting to play nine holes of quality golf, which could fit into an hour and a half time schedule. “During the charity preview program we had people turning up at 6.30am for a golf game before work, and after 4.00 pm to take advantage of daylight saving.” Mr Christie said the design and nature of the golf course provides an enjoyable golfing experience for players at all levels and local golfers have already started to join the new golf club. Geelong Golf Club Manager Paul Christie gives local Geelong resident Paula Kontel some putting tips at the official opening of the course View all the benefits of becoming a member at The Vines Resort & Country Club – www.vines.com.au Phone the Vines Resort & Country Club membership office during business hours on (08) 9297 0701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org *Terms & conditions apply. Special offer inclusions and price valid for the first 100 members only. To celebrate, we have limited edition individual golf memberships available with special benefits! The first 100 new members to purchase a 25th Anniversary Golf Membership will receive: » $250 food & beverage voucher to use at the resort » 5 overnight stays in the hotel » 25 complimentary buggy vouchers » PLUS 25% off their first year golf fees All our members also enjoy the unlimited access to 36 magnificent holes, equal playing rights for all members, exclusive resort discounts, private club house, swimming pool, gym, tennis & squash courts plus much more!
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