Golf Month 2017 “Trip of a Lifetime” winners announced

Golf Month winners Steve & Angus Button. Photo: Golf Australia

FOUR entrants from around Australia will be enjoying a golfing experience of a lifetime after being chosen as winners of the 2017 Golf Month travel competition.

Ned Stokes from Western Australia, Bob Muir from Queensland, Nicki Sheehan from Victoria and Steve Button from Tasmania will each be playing at four of the best courses in the world – Barnbougle Dunes, Barnbougle Lost Farm, Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes – with a friend in April 2018.

They have this once-in-a-lifetime trip to look forward to thanks to Golf Month, Australian golf’s annual campaign to drive participation, who teamed up with Air Adventure Golf Tours in October to inspire club members and passionate golfers to introduce new people to the game.

By describing who they would share the golf bug with Ned, Bob, Nicki and Steve beat hundreds of other competition entrants to the post during an exciting month for golf which saw thousands of people sharing the golf bug and participating in Golf Month activities that included family fun days, smash the drone challenges and even a greenkeeper’s revenge!

Each of the four winners’ stories stood out for different reasons.

Ned Stokes, Beaconsfield, WA

76-year-old Ned was so convinced his neighbour was too young to take up bowls, that he tricked him into giving golf a go at Royal Fremantle Golf Club!

Bob Muir, Victoria Point, QLD

Bob Muir introduced his two granddaughters Veronica and Julia to the game at Redland Bay Golf Club during Golf Month and is teaching them both the basics of the game.

Steve Button, South Launceston, TAS

Steve has bought his youngest son, Angus a set of clubs. Angus has cystic fibrosis and is finding golf a great way to participate in sport. He’s booked into MyGolf next term and is excited about what lies ahead.

Nicki Sheehan, Park Orchards, VIC

For Nicki, Golf Month proved to be the chance she’s been looking for to make her three-ball a four-ball. An avid golfer, who plays regularly with her husband and brother-in-law, Nicki has been desperate to get sister Michelle into golf for years. We hope the game Peter, Kevin, Nicki and Michelle enjoyed at Rich River in October will be the start of something special.

More information at Golf Australia


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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017


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