THE wind was blowing a gale but at least the sun was out when just over 400 golfers took to the Rosebud Country Club for the first event of the Regis 2012 Australian Veteran Golfers Union National Championships.
The Monday tournament was a fourball event to get participants – who have gathered from across Australia – acclimatised to the Mornington Peninsula golfing conditions.
The sand belt really turned on the wind to prime combatants for the three championship rounds to come at The National Golf Club, The Dunes Golf Links and Moonah Links.
Organisers did a sterling job fitting that many golfers on one venue on one day without delay or hiccup. They did it by utilising Rosebud’s East and West courses and by having a morning and afternoon shotgun start.
“It was amazing getting so many golfers through in one day without a hitch,” tournament director Ken McNamara said.
The men now play 54 holes of stroke play across the three top 50 courses in three grades. Ladies play a single stableford event in two divisions at each of the three clubs.
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