Golfers head for Horsham
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.