THE biggest event on the Australian Veteran golfers calendar is almost upon us with the 2012 Regis Australian Veteran Golfers National Championships to be held on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula from November 11th to 16th.
Organisers say preparations are hotting up and they aim to make this one of the best “Nationals” ever.
Some 470 veteran golfers are projected to take part in the event, which has been sold out since the first week of March.
With the lure of three of Australia’s top 50 courses on offer, the event has proven incredibly popular with entries from all over Australia being submitted up to 12 months in advance.
There is an extensive waiting list with a few lucky golfers being accommodated of late due to cancellations.
Tournament Director Ken McNamara this week was optimistic about the conditions competitors will face.
“For the last two years The Mornington Peninsula has experienced ‘old fashioned’ winters with plenty of rain so with the emerging Spring, and warmer temperatures, excellent growth is assured and the four courses chosen for the Championships should be in the peak of condition,” McNamara said.
“The only unpredictable factor is the weather, we hope for the best, but no matter what the week brings rest assured the true golfers’ stoicism will shine through and play will go on – but let’s hope it is sunny.”
The courses to be played, Rosebud Country Club, The Dunes, The Legends at Moonah Links, and The Ocean at The National Golf Club, will for most entrants be a totally new experience.
“The 54 hole Championship will be played at the latter three courses, and will provide a serious challenge for all grades of golfer,” McNamara said.
“The courses will be finely manicured and the set-ups will be fair to ensure an enjoyable and memorable week for all.”