THE lure of playing three of Australia’s top golf courses on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula has attracted golfers from all over the country to the 2012 Regis Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships.
The week-long AVGU event for golfers aged 55 and over will take place this November and is already a sell-out with a sizeable waiting list.
The three courses to be used for the championship rounds of the event are all inside the national top 50 rankings.
They are the Legends Course at Moonah Links (15th in the Golf Digest rankings) The Dunes Golf Links (16th), and the Ocean Course at The National Golf Club (36th).
In addition, there will be a stableford event on the Monday of the tournament week, which is November 11 to 16, at the very impressive Rosebud Country Club.
The AVGU National Championship is an annual event that rotates around the states. The championship itself is held as a 54 hole stroke event in three grades with ladies playing a 54 hole stableford event in two grades.
The 2012 event is being hosted by the Mornington Peninsula Veteran Golfers Association and we recently spoke with tournament director Ken McNamara who said they had been flooded with entries with the courses and the location obviously a big attraction.
“They’re all ranked well inside the top 50 in the country and they’re all beautifully maintained golf courses,” McNamara said. “It’s probably the best grouping of courses [the championship] has ever had.”
McNamara said they had received over 550 entries with over 80 at that time on the waiting list.
“We obviously won’t be able to take them all but it’s probably not a bad position to be in,” he said.
Only 400 can be accommodated by the two Rosebud courses for the Monday stableford competition and 470 for the three championship rounds later in the week.
[quote]These veteran golfers are great travellers[/quote]
“The entries have come from far and wide,” McNamara said. “Queensland is the biggest contributor with around about 150 and Western Australia is somewhere around 120. We have entries from every state and territory including the Northern Territory. There are people coming from Darwin and Alice Springs, a number of people coming from far north Queensland, Cairns and so forth, which is terrific. Probably the state with the lightest entries would be Tassie followed by Victoria. So these veteran golfers are great travellers.”
McNamara said preparations on the ground were going smoothly.
“We’ve got people in place now. We’ve got course managers at each of the locations and they’re putting their teams together at the moment and they’re fairly clear on what the processes should be followed each day so we think that we are reasonably well organised. The courses are fully aware of what is going on which is important, they’ve shut down their courses for out sole use on those days which is obviously necessary. We’re going to run shotgun starts morning and afternoons on each of the days.”
“The main thing is for people to have a good week. If they can go away and say they really enjoyed it that’s all we are trying to achieve.”
McNamara said they had been particularly pleased with the support of their sponsors, particularly naming rights sponsor Regis.
“Regis provides aged care and they have 45 or 46 establishments all around Australia, I think they are represented in pretty much every state. They are certainly represented locally here they have one at Rosebud and one not far away. They look after all sorts of aged care from retirement village situations to high level care. They a very reputable company and are still in the majority privately owned. They seem to be a pretty decent lot.”