Golf leg­ends in Hor­sham

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For­mer New Zealand cricket all­rounder Lance Cairns and for­mer Leg­ends Golf Tour player El­liott Booth of Tas­ma­nia have joined a list of pro­fes­sion­als lin­ing up to play in the Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel 2018 Clas­sic pro-am next month. Or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed that Cairns, who es­tab­lished a huge rep­u­ta­tion in the 1980s as an in­ter­na­tional crick­eter and is also a tal­ented golfer, and Booth will be part of the March 17 and 18 event at Hor­sham Golf Club. They will join a list of pro­fes­sion­als com­ing to Hor­sham in­clud­ing David Good, Paul Dal­gleish, Andy Rogers, Bryan Wearne, Pe­ter Hayes, Martin Pet­ti­grew, Scott Puzey, Ken Tar­ling, Lu­cien Tin­kler, David Hando, Brad Burns, John Martin, Mike Zilco and Mark Mcintyre. The pro­fes­sion­als will join forces with re­gional am­a­teurs in an event with free en­try. The clas­sic will fea­ture an am­brose event on the Satur­day and a best­ball net on the Sun­day. It will in­volve teams of three, where di­vi­sion one will in­clude teams with­out a pro­fes­sional player and di­vi­sion two will in­volve a pro­fes­sional. Peo­ple can en­ter teams at Hor­sham Golf Club’s pro shop on 5382 3312. The week­end will also in­clude a Fri­day night func­tion that will in­clude a money-rais­ing and pro-player auc­tion.

The Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel 2018 Clas­sic was the brain­child of Ian Mathe­son from Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and golf-event de­vel­oper Lau­rie Good­son.

The pair de­vised the event while play­ing on the Hor­sham course. Mr Good­son’s idea, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally backed by Mr Mathe­son, was to have a fully spon­sored two-day event where fun for ev­ery­one was the goal.

Mr Good­son, back in his home­land of New Zealand, had run a highly suc­cess­ful, well-sup­ported, nil-en­try-fee event in­volv­ing 210 peo­ple. “This could well be a first in Aus­tralia – a two-day free-to-en­ter golf event,” he said. Mr Good­son, who has been run­ning am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional golf events for about 10 years, has a strong re­la­tion­ship with se­nior Leg­ends Tour play­ers and in­vited a few of them to come to Hor­sham to be in­volved in the event. “The twist here is that on the Fri­day night at the Hor­sham club, there will be a spon­sors and play­ers func­tion where there will be an auc­tion of the in­vited leg­ends play­ers. This means a team can buy a pro­fes­sional to play with all week­end and to take part in sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tion from the rest of the field,” Mr Good­son said.

He added that a fit­ted so­lar sys­tem, spon­sored by Wades, was up grabs for any golfer who could hit a holein one on the Sun­day.

Af­ter play on the Satur­day night, pro­fes­sion­als will be paired with a drawn spon­sor to play in a Fenix shootout event. Peo­ple can book tee times from 7am to 1.30pm with their en­try at the pro shop. Teams that buy a pro­fes­sional will have a late-morn­ing tee time.

Spon­sors back­ing the big week­end of golf in­clude: Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel, and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM, O’con­nors, Locks Con­struc­tions, Toy’s Fam­ily Restau­rant, Wil­son Bolton, Nor­ton Mo­tor Group, Millers, Forty Winks, King Coil, Wades, Sport­spower, Con­way Pies, Rich River Re­sort, Call Away, Tay­lormade, La­tus Jew­ellers, Ju­lian Fitzgerald, Mark Mcintyre, Mitre 10, Men­mate NZ, Fenix NZ, Wyn­d­ham Gar­dens, Queen­stown, Ter­race Downs Re­sort NZ, Leo De­lahunty, Premix King and Sign On­line.

HIT­TING OFF: ACE Ra­dio Wim­mera man­ager Bren­dan O’lough­lin, left, Ian Mathe­son from Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and golfer Lewis Ge­bert pre­pare to tee off for the Hor­sham In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel 2018 Clas­sic. Ge­bert plays off a hand­i­cap of one. Pic­ture:...

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