Women's bastion on greens
THE ladies have been flocking to Bonville Golf Resort for this event for 15 years now.
This morning’s 7am shotgun start marks the start of the 15th annual QantasLink Ladies Amateur Classic, and Bonville Golf Resort general manager Brad Daymond isn’t surprised that each year more and more women tee up for the event.
“The thing that the ladies love about it is they’re basically able to say to the fellas go away for three days,” Daymond said.
“For the Saturday and Sunday there’s no males allowed on the course and that’s a rarity, no golf course allows that to happen.”
Taking the girls’ weekend-away mentality into account it’s no surprise women from as far away as Tasmania, Alice Springs and cyclone- and flood-ravaged Far North Queensland make the annual pilgrimage to Bonville.
The field of 218 women warmed up for the weekend with a practise hit yesterday and last night’s cocktail party with its All That Glitters theme.
It is a 36-hole event held over two days, but with golfers playing with a wide array of handicaps, Daymond explained the Ladies Amateur isn’t an event purely for the serious golfer.
“We have golfers from single figure handicaps right out to 45 markers, so it’s not a low markers’ event.
“It’s a celebration of women’s golf basically and we raise money for breast cancer awareness, which is what it is all about.”
One of the highlights of this weekend will be the celebration of one of the few women who has been to Bonville in each of the 15 years.
Karen Fechner is a popular member of the Classic field and this weekend she celebrates her 60th birthday.
There will also be a special guest speaker at tonight’s dinner who is sure to inspire the ladies.
Daymond quickly pointed out the best example of the success of the weekend was the fact QantasLink has been the sponsor for every one of the 15 years.
“That’s highly unusual,” he said.
“It’s getting harder and harder in sporting circles to find sponsorship at all so to keep someone for 15 years is great. Now it’s got to the point where the two key ladies behind the sponsorship play in the event and they weren’t golfers when this whole thing started.”