Sandy Gallop club captain Rod Daniels (right) works on his game watched by vice-president John Brady.
Sandy Gallop club captain Rod Daniels (right) works on his game watched by vice-president John Brady. David Nielsen

Stars flooding in

THE tell-tale signs may have faded but those at the Sandy Gallop Golf Club have not forgotten the floods that engulfed the course and parts of Ipswich in January.

The club hosts the City Of Ipswich Legends Pro Am next week with funds from the event going towards the Flood Relief Fund.

Sandy Gallop club captain Rod Daniels, one of the main organisers of the tournament, remains motivated to keep the issue in the spotlight, as many have still not recovered from the floods.

“Like many homes and businesses in the Ipswich area, Sandy Gallop suffered the effects of the January flood,” Daniels said.

“We lost the lower level of the clubhouse and several of our greens were destroyed.

“With the help of our members, and hard work by our ground staff, the clubhouse and the course are in relatively good condition.

“But we’d like to keep it in the forefront of people’s minds because a lot of people are still struggling.”

To that end, the club is still hoping to attract a lot more amateur golfers to the event to accompany the 38 pros already on the books, including former Australian order or merit winner, Victorian Open and Queensland PGA champion Ossie Moore.

“Notable players like Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Jeff Senior, Ossie Moore, and Ian Baker-Finch have recorded wins at Sandy Gallop,” Daniels said.

“There will be a sponsors 18-hole competition on Thursday (July 21), and the main competition will be held on Friday (July 22).

“We are looking forward to hosting this event and with the support of local businesses, a success will be assured.

“Financial support is always required to host these types of events and presently we have Ipswich City Council as our major sponsor, while RMD Industries, JDT Hire, J & L Machining, and Marble Trend have provided financial backing.

“We also plan to raise money for a charity.

“As ICC is the naming rights sponsor, they choose the Flood Relief Fund to receive this year’s benefits.

“We are still looking for more sponsors.”

Anyone interested can contact Rod Daniels on 0419 761261.



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