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THE last time an Australian celebrated this enthusiastically on a golf course, Adam Scott won the US Masters.

There were cheers echoing from Brookwater Golf Course's 18th green yesterday as the venue hosted a unique Australian citizenship ceremony.

British-born Cathy Flach took the Australian pledge while standing on the manicured lawns of the Ipswich course.

The unconventional ceremony was arranged by Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale after he learned Ms Flach's future in Australia was in jeopardy.

Ms Flach, who has lived in Australia for more than five years, said she had planned a trip to the UK in July with her fiancé, Mark Wilcox. But with her Australian citizenship not officially affirmed, the Springfield resident said she worried about not being able to return Down Under.

Fortunately, a conversation struck up between Mr Wilcox and Cr Pisasale would soon put an end to her worries.

Mr Wilcox, who works as golf operations manager at Brookwater, said he spoke with the Ipswich mayor about the issue when he visited for a round of golf.

"Citizenship ceremonies are generally spaced months apart," Mr Wilcox said.

"So Cathy and I were concerned that we would have already left the country before the next one took place.

"I asked Paul if he knew of any earlier ceremonies in the area that she could take part in."

Mr Wilcox could have never anticipated the mayor's response.

To help the couple out, Cr Pisasale offered to officiate a private ceremony to be held at Brookwater.

"If you are going to become a citizen, you may as well do it somewhere special," Cr Pisasale said.

"So why not here at one of the most beautiful, Australian courses in the country," he said.

The setting will soon hold another special significance for the engaged couple, who are to be married at Brookwater tomorrow.

Ms Wilcox said she would celebrate her new Australian status with a beer and an Aussie barbeque tonight with friends and family.

In a strange coincidence, Ms Flach said her hometown back in the United Kingdom was Ipswich, in Suffolk.



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