Despite a cold snap, organisers of the Ace of Clubs golf tournament said conditions were pleasant for the 20th annual five-day event.
The club welcomed 266 individual entries from 72 clubs across NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and King Island.
“The event was played on four of the Sapphire Coast’s best golf courses – Bega, Eden, Pambula Merimbula and Tura Beach,” and event spokesman said.
With the huge field heading out, more than 1000 rounds of golf were played across the 72-hole competition.
Organisers said there were daily stableford events at each of the four courses and the players with the highest points were declared the ‘king and queen of clubs’.
Jason Helps from Howlong took out the men’s honour, while Jennifer Slater and Judy Braden shared the queen of clubs title.
Slater won overall on a count-back, but missed the crowning so Braden was given the honour.
The crowning ceremony was carried out at a reception at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club following the final day’s play. Pambula Merimbula.
Golf club captain Bruce McLaren and ladies president Eva Crow presented the winners with their crowns.
Jason Helps playing off a GA handicap of 26 won the tournament with an overall total of 149 points, with individual wins at PMGC and Tura.
Runner-up was David Bink from Yowani Golf Club with a total score of 144 points followed by Chris Evers with a total score of 138.
Slater was declared the queen off her 19 handicap with 112 points including a win at PMGC, while Braden scored 112 including a win at Eden.
Sue Traill was announced as the third-place getter just two off the pace, scoring 110.
Organisers said a key feature of this year’s tournament was some large team turnouts representing their clubs.
Medway Golf Club was one of the largest group entries with a field of 49 players making the journey from Melbourne for the annual event.
Other large representations included 22 golfers from Murrumbidgee, 18 from Yowani and 14 from Narooma. Once again King Island provided a team of 9 players.
The Ace of Clubs tournament is very popular among ACT golfers with almost every Canberra Club being represented.
The very damp course conditions following several weeks of rain, creating a challenging environment for golfers of all handicaps. It was a credit to the course superintendents that each course was well presented and stood up to four days of tournament play.
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