Inside Golf : Inside Golf Mar 2016
news www.insidegolf.com.au | March 2016 9 100-year storm batters Geelong’s Queens Park Henr y Peters email@example.com @hsspeters Queens Park Golf Course in Geelong has endured severe flash flooding which brought down several large trees and left parts of the course and the practice range completely submerged. Geelong was battered by a freak storm on the afternoon of January 27 with rain and high winds leaving a multi-million dollar damage bill across the city, submerging cars in flooded streets and wreaking havoc at Queens Park. “ We lost trees on most holes, they ranged [up to] 60-metre high trees,” said Queens Park head professional Aaron Rayson. “ We had one on the second hole, it’s a big, old tree that purely uprooted so the whole of the roots came out about four or five, six feet deep.” “Our first hole is a 280-metre par-four and it’s a dogleg left up the hill and on the corner, there’s a big, old elm tree and that one got attacked pretty hard as far as the wind and it might have got struck by lightning but we’re not 100 per cent sure. It stayed up but a lot of the big limbs came flying down.” According to the Bureau of Meteorology, two months worth of rain fell in the space of one hour. Damage to Queens Park’s 18-hole course was cleared and it didn’t lose a single day of business. “We shut it that afternoon at about three o’clock and it was closed for the remainder of the day,” Rayson said. “Ground staff and some emergency guys from the council came in the next day and helped clear stuff out the road so we didn’t ’t have to close it.” The fast clean-up ensured Queens Park Golf Club’s 56th annual four-day tournament - the Annual Open Meeting in mid-February - was not affected. All golfers playing at Queens Park on January 27 had enough warning ahead of the deluge and left the course before the storm hit. “We had pretty heavy rain and then the storm came second so the rain frightened them away thank God,” Rayson said. He said it’s the most severe flooding he’s seen in his seven years at Queens Park but admits the course is often overrun by floods. “We’re surrounded by the Barwon River so if we have heavy rain over a few days, the river comes up over the golf course down the back nine but not in that quick succession. That generally happens at least once a year. They reckon that was a once in a 100-year storm that we had so hopefully it doesn’t happen for another 100.” • FREE SHIPPING - PHoNE oR oRDER oNLINE: PNPGoLF.CoM.AU Tee it up for the 2016 City of Orange Golf Championships GOlF registrations for the 2016 landrover City of Orange Golf Championships are now open, and if past attendance is any indication of future numbers, then you’d better sign up soon to ensure your place at this great event. The event is played across three golf courses in Orange over the October long weekend, and features great prizes and fun. At last year’s event, over 160 men and women from over forty golf clubs across nsW and the ACT were represented. In that event, Alison seib took out the ladies scratch with a 235 total, with Tracey Wood of Camden lakeside coming runner- up. James Conran, with a three-round total of 1-over, 209, was triumphant in the Men’s, with Rob Parfett closely lurking on 210 and Dean Turner a further shot back taking out third place. The event saw a few minor changes from previous years, with B and C Grades in both men and women being played through an Individual stableford format, which saw participant numbers increase in these divisions. “ This is why this event gets bigger and better every year”, Chairperson of Golf Orange, Guy Chapman states. “Plus the fact that we have a major competition where both sexes can play alongside one another and get to meet so many other keen golfers.” Registrations for 2016 are available through www.golforange.com.au and are limited to the first 200 nominations, with an entry fee of $95 per player. This includes all three rounds of golf, prizes totalling $6,000, along with complimentary nibbles and beverages at the presentation on the Monday evening at Wentworth Golf Club.
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