Inside Golf : Inside Golf January 2015
events 64 January 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au Super stars chip in for ailing mate WARegionAlgolffAcilityoftheyeAR Phone: (08) 9026 2626 email: email@example.com | www.kalgoorliegolfcourse.com For a truly unique outback golf experience, come and play the award- winning Graham Marsh designed championship course. Situated in the heart of the West Australian Goldfields, the Kalgoorlie Golf Course is rated amongst the best public access courses in the country. AffiliAteD coURSe of the nUllARBoR linKS World Class Golf in the Outback World Class Golf in the Outback World Class Golf in the Outback BRISBANE professional Chris McCourt at first was reluctant to have a golf day to raise much-needed funds for his fight against a grade 2 cancerous brain tumour. But his big mate John Senden convinced him it was the right thing to do and the event (golf, auction, raffle and sportsmen’s lunch) went ahead at Keperra Country Golf Club. Senden, Rod Pampling and Adam Crawford were three touring stars who took time out of their business summer schedule to ensure the day was a success. Rory McIlroy, Ernie Els, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day and others sent signed memorabilia. McIlroy was extremely generous sending a beautifully framed piece containing four signed flags from his four major victories. McCourt said he was overwhelmed by the occasion. “I just can’t explain how much this means to me,” said McCourt, who hit tee shots for each group on the par-3 17th hole. “I really didn’t expect this. John (Senden) asked me if it would be alright if we put on a golf day. “At first, I thought ‘no’ and then I agreed to it. John and I have been good mates for a long time. We started playing golf together when we were 11 years old. “John is a great guy and has never changed – he’s just got better and better.” Keperra CGC general manager Gavin Lawrence said the day was extremely successful. “It was a fabulous celebration with all the day’s goals and objectives achieved,” he said. “Chris was touched by people’s generosity and participation in the day. “From a health and well-being perspective, it was great for Chris – a great shot in the arm for him.” Due to his illness, McCourt has been unable to play golf regularly although he says he would like to start playing again. A regular winner on the Troppo Tour, McCourt is also a skilled club-maker. “ When I first got my launch monitor I had it set up in the front yard at my house at Ferny Grove,” he said. “Jason Day came over and was hitting golf balls at my place. “He was 16 when his coach brought him over and I readjusted all his lie angles on his irons”. McCourt also crafted Senden’s clubs when he first went on tour to Europe and the US. Professional Chris McCourt (second from right) with mate John Senden, Gerry Senden, Arthur Laundy and club junior Xenny Rains. Some of the memorabilia up for grabs on the day.
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