Golf com­ing to Mt Beauty

Alpine Observer - - Sport -

By STRUAN JONES

WITH the tow­er­ing peak of Mount Bo­gong as a back­drop, the Mount Beauty Golf Club will play host to the Vic­to­rian Power In­dus­try Golf Cham­pi­onships this Mel­bourne Cup week­end from Novem­ber 2 to 4.

The 2018 Power In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (PIA) an­nual state cham­pi­onships are re­turn­ing to the town for the first time since 1988, and is ex­pected to at­tract about 100 golfers.

The PIA con­sists of 25 state-wide af­fil­i­ated compa- nies, now rep­re­sent­ing el­e­ments of the for­mer State Elec­tric­ity Com­mis­sion of Vic­to­ria, which es­tab­lished the Mount Beauty town­ship in 1949 to house con­struc­tion work­ers for the Kiewa Hy­dro­elec­tric Scheme.

This year’s cham­pi­onship will be the 69th stag­ing of the event, and is open to all power in­dus­try af­fil­i­ated golfers and their part­ners from around Vic­to­ria.

While the event re­quires a Golf Aus­tralia-recog­nised hand­i­cap to com­pete, the com­pe­ti­tion caters to play­ers of all abil­i­ties and is a great net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity for the in­dus­try.

PIA state chair­man, Stewart Clun­ing, who works at AGL Loy Yang ex­plained “Mount Beauty Golf Club is a small club with a mod­est club­house and a pas­sion­ate team of vol­un­teers look­ing for­ward to our event,”

“Our com­mu­nity of golfers have al­ready booked over half of the car­a­van parks and ac­com­mo­da­tion beds in town. It should be a real wind­fall for the town,” he said.

Stephen Short is the pres­i­dent of the Mount Beauty Golf Club, and says he’s both ner­vous and ex­cited to be host­ing the event.

“It’s go­ing to be mas­sive for us; we haven’t con­ducted an event of that size since 1988,” Short said.

Last year AGL’s Loy Yang team won the cham­pi­onship held in Bendigo, but the rein­ing cham­pi­ons ex­pect stiff com­pe­ti­tion this year from Mount Beauty golfers whose lo­cal knowl­edge will surely be an ad­van­tage.

A Mount Beauty team won the event when it was last held in the town 30 years ago. 10 & UN­DER BOYS Game 1: Hor­nets 12 def Magic 10

Hor­nets: B Bobb (6); Magic: D By­ron (8)

Game 2: Knicks (32) def Spurs (16)

Knicks: T McPhersen (12), A John­son (12); Spurs: G Humphries (5), J No­tar­i­anni (5). 11 & UN­DER GIRLS Game 1: Twix (34) def Kit Kats (17)

Kit Kats: J Hazel­dine (6); Twix: S McPher­son (22).

Game 2: M&Ms (41) def Crunchies (16)

M&Ms: H Witts (31); Crunchies: A How­ell (10). 13 & UN­DER BOYS Game 1: Thunder (38) def Strikers (29).

Thunder: O Kerr (20); Strikers: W Do­de­naard (18).

Game 2: Heat (38) def Scorchers (34).

Heat: S Ros­sato (15); Scorchers: L Miotto (16).

Game 3: Rene­gades (45) def Six­ers (20).

Rene­gades: Bouner (31); Sixes: McKer­rek (20). 17 & UN­DER GIRLS Game 1: OKC (28) def Lak­ers (26).

OKC: Z Young (9); Lak­ers: M Brock (11).

Game 2: Rap­tors (33) def Celtics (24).

Rap­tors: H Masin (14); Celtics: A John­son (16). 17 & UN­DER BOYS Game 1: Shaq (41) def Le Bron (36).

Shaq: R For­rest (12); LeBron: C Crisp (16).

Game 2: Delly (47) def Kobe (37).

Delly: R Bouker (24); Kobe: W McKer­ral (15).

Game 3: KD (51) def Jor­dan (50).

KD: J Grib­bin (17); Jor­dan: D Brew (20). A RE­SERVE WOMEN Game 1: Bright (49) def Beech­worth (17)

Bright: D Big­ger (16); Beech­worth: J Archer (9).

Game 2: Fez (39) def Moun­tain Maids (18).

Fez: A Kennedy (14); M Maids: S Purse, A Whin­ray (6).

Game 3: Tigers black (54) def Shad­ows (11).

Tigers: B Rouse (31); Shad­ows: J Ha­nis (4).

Game 4: Whorouly (22) def Po­das Pythons (10).

Whorouly: S Har­ris (6); Pythons: J Poz­zan (4). A RE­SERVE MEN Game 1: Whorouly (23) def Blurs (19).

Whorouly: J Ivone (8); Blurs: P Bren, T Laslina (6).

Game 2: Ovens Val­ley Fire­wood (28) def Shock­ers (23).

Ovens Val­ley: L Dale (12); Shock­ers: J Venville (14). A GRADE WOMEN Game 1: Rail­ways Tigers (34) def Buffs (24).

Tigers: B Pi­azza (14); Buffs: C Ellen (10).

Game 2: Lu­pos (30) def Pan­thers (28).

Lu­pos: K Paul (9); Pan­thers: C Brom­ley, S Cap­pel­lari (7). A GRADE MEN Game 1: King (39) drew Griz­zlies (39).

King: J Townsend (11); Griz­zlies: C Crisp (13).

Game 2: Power (33) def The Process (31).

Power: M Coop­ina (no score listed); The Process: B Hughes (10).

STUN­NING: Mt Beauty Golf Club is set to host the 69th Vic­to­rian Power In­dus­try Golf Cham­pi­onships this Mel­bourne Cup week­end.

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