Sandy Gallop ace seals Cup victory

NOW the Sandy Gallop Gala Week of Golf is over, club manager Nev Austin can get some rest.

The course hosted more than 900 rounds of golf for the week, culminating in the second round of the Coal City Cup on Sunday.

For the third straight year, the Cup was claimed by Sandy Gallop member Ben Daniels (144).

Daniels fired rounds of 71 and 73 over the weekend to hold off the challenge from runner-up Sel Ziebarth (141).

Numbers in the Cup were up on previous years, with 186 contesting the first round on Saturday and about 60 backing up Sunday.

It was Austin's first Gala week as host and he was delighted with how it went.

The event raised significant funds for charities with days raising funds for Ipswich Hospice and breast cancer, as well as an auction for Ipswich Hospice that rose over $3000.

The only hiccup came hen the storm hit last Thursday's Hospice 4-person Ambrose event.

"There was a bit of lightning," Austin said.

"So we brought them in, but sent them back out in the rain."

Austin has used the relative downtime following the Gala week to have work done on the club's greens, not that they needed it if you can judge by the comments last week.

"Everything else went better than expected," Austin said.

"It was out biggest field of the year for Saturday.

"All reports said the golf club was in pristine condition.

"It was a very good opportunity for us to showcase the golf club."

Austin is now turning his attention to next year's Gala Week, which he hopes to run in conjunction with various golfing clinics, such as for children and women.

The next big event for the Golf Club is the Summer Junior Classic the weekend before Christmas.

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