Golf legends in Horsham
Former Legends Golf Tour player Elliott Booth of Tasmania has joined a list of professionals lining up to play in the Horsham International Hotel 2018 Classic pro-am next month. Organisers have confirmed that Booth will be part of the March 17 and 18 event at Horsham Golf Club. Booth 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, Mark Mcintyre, Mitre 10, Menmate NZ, Fenix NZ, Wyndham Gardens, Queenstown, Terrace Downs Resort NZ, Leo Delahunty, Premix King, Sign Online and Moes Mexican Bar & Grill.
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:...