Coast pros to go head-to-head with Ogilvy
GOLFERS FLOCK TO CLUBS ON COAST
AT A time when golf membership is declining across Australia, more golfers are joining clubs on the Sunshine Coast than anywhere else in the country. While golf participation nationally was down 7 per cent in the past year, Golf Australia's Participation Report showed club membership on the Sunshine Coast increased by 2.2 per cent. Golf contributed $3.3 billion to the national economy, and employed more than 23,000 people.
SUNSHINE Coast professionals Shae Wools-Cobb and Charlie Dann will play in the Victorian Open at 13th Beach at Barwon Heads from February 7 to 10. They'll be joined by former Caloundra pro Jacob Boyce and Jack Wilson (Noosa Springs). The Open has attracted an outstanding field, headlined by former US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy.
BAILEY IN FORM
CABOOLTURE teenager Bailey Arnott shot rounds of 74, 73 and 73 to finish a commendable 12th in the South Australia Junior Masters at Royal Adelaide last week. The event was won by Byron Bay star Conor Whitelock who returned the best round of the day each day - 68, 69 and 67 - to win by 11 strokes.
TICKLE GETS HIS CARD
NOOSA stalwart Mark Tickle reclaimed his card on the Legends Tour when he finished 8th in the Q School qualifying tournament at Settlers Run in outer Melbourne at the weekend. Tickle played two rounds of consistent golf, shooting 75 and 78, to again secure playing rights on the veterans' tour for this year.
ONE poor round cost Pelican Waters' Chris Crabtree a chance to figure prominently in the Australian Master of the Amateurs championship at Royal Melbourne at the weekend. Crabtree shot rounds of 70, 80, 74 and 69 for a 72-hole total of five over-par 293. He finished 29th in an event that attracted the best amateurs in Australia, Asia and the US. It was won by Yu Chun-an of Taiwan. Cassie Porter, of Peregian, contested the female division, finishing 21st after rounds of 80, 85, 74 and 72.
VALUE FOR MONEY
GOLFERS can play one of the Coast's best courses at bargain rates with Noosa Springs' new '3 days to buy - 3 months to play' offer. Buy a voucher between January 30 and February 1 and you'll pay just $69, which includes a motorised cart. Green fees alone normally cost $120. The game must be played before April 30, and not on a Saturday. Ring the Golf Shop on 5440 3324 for details, or go online at www.noosasprings.com.au.
BACK IN ACTION
FORMER Maroochy River junior Ben Duncombe turned in a fine second round par 72 to finish fourth in the Titleist 2-Day Summer Classic at Mt Coolum this week - the first junior event of the year. Ben, who is now a scratch marker at Coral Cove, shot 75, 72: 147 to be five strokes behind winner, Blaike Perkins of Bargara. Emily Martin of Emerald Lakes won the girls' division with matching rounds of 78.
CREAM OF THE COAST
THE best of the Sunshine Coast's golfers are competing this week in the Australian Amateur Championship in Melbourne. Stroke play rounds took place at Woodlands and Spring Valley Tuesday and yesterday, with the leading 64 men and 32 women qualifying for elimination matchplay at Woodlands. The Coast is represented by Lochie Coleborn (Mt Coolum), Cooper Clarke (Noosa), Bailey Arnott (Caloundra), Tyson Holmes (Maroochy River), Dino Degotardi (Noosa Springs) and Chris Crabtree (Pelican Waters). In the women's section we have Kimberley Crawley (Maroochy River), Rhianna Lewis and Sarah Wilson (Pelican Waters) and Cassie Porter (Peregian).