08 Jan 2016
Mazda Victorian Dealer Manager Melissa Amos, Spring Valley General Manager Robert Sim and Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse with the Mazda Victorian Four-Ball trophy
This Sunday, January 10 will mark the first event of the 2016 Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship, being played at Wangaratta Golf Club.
First played in 1997, the Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship has grown substantially over the past 19 years to now attract upwards of nearly 900 competing pairs annually.
In 2016, we will welcome five new country qualifying venues and one new city qualifying venue. Shepparton, Lang Lang, Neangar Park, Hamilton and Bairnsdale Golf Clubs will all host country qualifying rounds for the first time. While the brand new Eastern Golf Club designed by Greg Norman Golf Course Designs will join the list of city qualifying venues.
Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse is thrilled to see these six venues join the 17 returning venues in 2016, providing golfersentrants with their choice of 23 qualifying different events.
“It’s great to be able to run 23 qualifying rounds across the State. It allows golfers from both metropolitan and regional Victoria a shot at making it to the finals.”
Each venue will have an all new Mazda2 Sedan up for grabs on a designated par-3 thanks to naming rights partner Mazda Victoria.
“Last year we saw two Mazda2 Hatchbacks go off at Woodlands and Spring Valley so I’m sure we will see some aggressive tee shots again this year with the Mazda2 Sedan on offer,” said Brookhouse.
“I must commend Mazda Victoria for their ongoing support of this growing event. Working with the Victorian head office and various Mazda dealers around the state has really helped us here to boost the popularity of the Four-Ball.”
Winners of the 2015 Mixed Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship, Harry Smiles and wife Heather Lindrup will be back for more in 2016, competing in qualifying rounds at Portsea and Cranbourne.
“It was great fun. It’s great to get Heather out on the golf course more. I’m a member at Peninsula-Kingswood and she plays about 4-5 times a year,” said Smiles.
After hitting within six feet on the designated par 3 in the State final last year, a hole-in-one is definitely on Smiles’ mind, with encouragement from Lindrup.
“Heather has told me to start practising for it!” said Smiles.
North Melbourne AFL star and Mazda ambassador Nick Dal Santo also hopes to make his mark on the Mazda Victorian Four-Ball playing with his father-in-law Robert Klein at Sanctuary Lakes GC on Thursday 14 January.
The Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championship will be played from 10 January through till 6 March with the State final to be played 21 and 22 March at Sorrento GC and The National GC respectively.
Spots are still available across some of the city and country qualifying venues. Visit www.golfvic.org.au/fourball for more information and to download the entry form.
The Mazda Victorian Four-Ball Championships, proudly supported by Mazda Victoria.