Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2016
news 8 May 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Melbourne golfers skate into the record books It was an exciting morning at Melbourne’s Ringwood Golf Course on Monday 11 April, as an enthusiastic group of golfers gathered to set a number of world records for the fastest rounds of golf played on a Golf Skate Caddy – a feat never attempted previously. Professional golfer Graham Maher set the overall fastest time of the day, completing the full 18 holes of golf in just over 43 minutes. Not far behind him was professional golfer Michelle Scerri, finishing the course in just under 45 minutes. A pair of amateur golfers followed closely behind, with Darren Browning finishing the 18 holes in 47 minutes 20 seconds, while Mei Lee completed the challenge in 47 minutes and 44 seconds. 36 men and women also took part in setting the male and female relay records, with 18 participants in each team taking turns to play a single hole on the Golf Skate Caddy, then “tagging” the next player on the following tee, who would then hit their shot before hopping aboard the Golf Skate Caddy. the day was capped off with members of the community and local golf clubs trying the Golf Skate Caddies as part of a free ride trial. the Golf Skate Caddy, a combination of a single-person golf cart and surfboard, gives players a unique experience of “surfing the golf course” - gliding down the fairways, directing via a central controller. Golfers of all ages and abilities can use it, and it provides those with limited time the opportunity to The new Golf Skate Caddy “World Record” holders are all smiles at Ringwood Golf Course. The official world record resulTs Lakelands Golf Club Stay and Play PackageS • Unlimited Golf at Lakelands & accommodation packages available • from $157.50 per person per day (based on twin share accommodation) **Conditions apply** Please contact email@example.com for all enquiries Ph 07 5510 6538 • 100 Lakelands Drive Merrimac QLD 4226 www.lakelandsgolfclub.com.au The most central Golf Course on the Gold Coast Male professional golfer Graham Maher Total time 43:07 Male aMaTeur golfer Darren Browning Total time 47:20 Male aMaTeur golfers relay Total time 55:24 feMale professional golfer Michelle Scerri Total time 44:57 feMale aMaTeur golfer Mei Lee Total time 47:44 feMale aMaTeur golfer relay Total time 1:29:12 EvEN a final-hole disaster could not prevent Damien Jordan from an emphatic wire-to-wire victory at the 2016 Morobe Open, held in Papua New Guinea last month. Jordan withheld the early challengers over the opening nine, holding a four- shot lead heading to the 18th hole. A double-bogey 7 on the last proved to be only a minor setback, with his final round 70 good enough for a 17-under-par total and a two-shot win over Simon Houston. “It is a real honour to win here in Lae, as this tournament not only has a big impact for the Lae Golf Club and community, but the greater nation of Papua New Guinea.” said Jordan. “the week for me has really come down to the putter. Being able to make clutch putts in each of my rounds when it mattered most was certainly the difference, especially over the opening nine holes today. It’s great to get the win under my belt and really can’t wait to get to Moresby next week to try and take the double.” Jordan was challenged early by Josh Cabban and Simon Houston, though unfortunately their challenge was short lived, as Jordan remained steady throughout the day’s final round. “Damien played great all week and unfortunately for the field, it wasn’t until his final hole that he made a mistake,” said Houston. the Sunshine Swing forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises 200 events Australia wide. Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia’s Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year. Jordan goes wire-to-wire in PNG MENS WOMENS Alan Walton Sue Stanley Justin Lowe Lisa Den Elzen Mathew Fitzgerald Michelle Shafran Jeremy Cutajar Kaye tankard Stephen Fulton Helen King tim Burgess Pam Happ Darren Browning Helen Reid Adrian Crane Sue Lancaster Neil Harrington Gilda Moore Matt White Pam Byrne Peter Denier Sandy Goddard Joshua Burt Lee thompson John Beswick Sharon Cousins Guenther Bohnke Fiza Errington Geoff Wallis Corinne Dyer Usman Naseer Julie Browning tim Cocks Marge Reid Jarrad Glenn Glenys Harrison aMaTeur relay TeaM MeMBers still enjoy a sport they love. It also provides, as shown by the world record times above, a potential solution to golf ’s current problem of slow play. Ringwood Golf is the first golf course in victoria to offer the Golf Skate Caddy for hire (9 Holes, $15 and 18 Holes, $25) but it is also available at a number of courses across Australia. to find out more about the Golf Skate Caddy, visit www.golfskatecaddy.com.au . For more information about Ringwood Golf, visit www.maroondahlesiure.com.au or call on 03 9298 4500.
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