Golfers head for Hor­sham

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Hor­sham Golf Club will at­tract golfers from across the re­gion and be­yond on Sun­day as it hosts a qual­i­fy­ing round of a statewide event.

Now in its 26th year, the Vic Four­ball Cham­pi­onship is open to all golfers in the state who are mem­bers of af­fil­i­ated clubs and have a hand­i­cap.

Play­ers can reg­is­ter as part of a men’s, women’s or mixed pair and com­pete in one or more of 22 qual­i­fy­ing rounds across Vic­to­ria be­tween Jan­uary and March.

Qual­i­fy­ing events in 2018 are di­vided into met­ro­pol­i­tan, penin­sula and re­gional di­vi­sions.

Hor­sham Pro Shop’s Brett Cook­son said he ex­pected about 100 golfers to com­pete on the day.

“We al­ways at­tract en­tries from out­side of Hor­sham, be­cause the next clos­est re­gional qual­i­fier is in Bal­larat,” he said.

“This year we’ve got a large con­tin­gent com­ing from Mort­lake and en­tries from the Grange, which is in Ade­laide.”

Golfers have also en­tered from Hor­sham, Beau­fort, Wil­laura, Stawell, Co­lac, Port Fairy and Hamil­ton. “It’s a big event,” Mr Cook­son said. “We host a qual­i­fy­ing round each year and it’s al­ways com­pet­i­tive.

“All the qual­i­fiers get to ad­vance to the fi­nal and play off against each other.”

Win­ners at each venue will qual­ify for the 36-hole state fi­nal at Sor­rento Golf Club and The Na­tional Golf Club, ocean course, on March 19 and 20.

Prizes for first, sec­ond and third place in each sec­tion will be awarded at each qual­i­fy­ing venue.

Pairs can again en­ter as many re­gional qual­i­fiers as they wish, with the field de­cided by a first in, first best process.

Mr Cook­son said peo­ple could en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion up un­til Sun­day. En­try costs $80 a team. Com­peti­tors are asked to as­sem­ble at the Hor­sham course at 7.15am for a 7.45am start.

Peo­ple can visit www.golfvic.org.au/ four­ball for more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter.

“If peo­ple don’t have ac­cess to the in­ter­net they can come into the pro shop and we can help them reg­is­ter,” Mr Cook­son said.

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