Golf galloping ahead at Ipswich club
SANDY Gallop Golf Club is set to swing into action with a smorgasbord of major events to savour, starting on Sunday.
The club, under the guidance of manager Matthew Clayton, is providing golfers with plenty of challenges and that starts this weekend with a qualifying round of the iconic Holden Scramble.
On Sunday, August 20, the first round of the Moreton District Golf Association pennants commence at Sandy Gallop with local golfers lining up against competitors from Boonah, Esk and a raft of district courses.
The Holden Scramble is a fixture on the golfing calendar. Sandy Gallop will send at least two teams through to the next round in the four-person ambrose event.
The Holden Scramble, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, is a drop-out ambrose from tee to green. The player who hits the drive sits out the next shot... and so on.
Successful teams go right through and compete in exotic locations such as China.
"You can qualify for regional finals and teams that win from there keep progressing,” Clayton said.
The pennants are highly anticipated and Sandy Gallop will field teams in division 1 and 2 in match play.
"We have 25 players in our two teams,” Clayton said.
"The golfers get to mix with other people from the district.
"A lot of golfers have played for many years and they build up good friendships with people they wouldn't regularly see.
"It is just a really good format.”
The 36-hole Coal City Cup is on October 28 and 29 and will be preceded by a gala week of golf at Sandy Gallop.
Last year it was won by Ipswich Golf Club's Adam Gemmell, courtesy of a course record 67 .
The tournament started off as the Coal City Pro-Am and was initially won by Greg Norman in 1976. Players such as Peter Senior, Ossie Moore and Ian Baker-Finch also won it.