New green honours secretary
Horsham Golf Bowling Club has started its competition season with new synthetic surface and surrounds.
A bequest from a Melbourne family allowed the club to install the new green and members have developed surroundings, which include seating and shelters.
In 2014, club secretary Jeff Sprunt died from complications after a kidney transplant.
His mother Betty Ritchie donated Mr Sprunt’s estate to the bowls club to help with the redevelopment.
The club has named the new asset the Jeff Sprunt Green to honour the family’s contribution.
A specialist company installed the new green and a band of dedicated members led by project manager Ken Walters, Jack Walter, Denis Ballinger and others completed the rest of the work.
Help and sponsorship from Horsham district businesses helped cover costs for the landscaping. The club also received a donation in memory of Clive Smith, a club stalwart and champion bowler.
The club has named one of its new shelters in honour of Mr Smith.
The new green will allow members to play and practice in all conditions and significantly reduce the labour, chemicals and water required to maintain a playing surface.