Veterans Golf Group fund new path for course

George and Edith Kabel officially opened the new path on Thursday.
George and Edith Kabel officially opened the new path on Thursday.

Moree’s well-renowned golf course has been gifted a new footpath from the Moree Veterans Golf Group.

For the past 10 years, the local veterans group have been putting in concrete paths along the course to further improve one of Moree’s tourist attractions.

Money raised throughout the year has now been injected back into the community with a new 230-metre path from the first tee down to the second and tenth.

Veteran golfer John Gourlay said the completion of the path over the past two weeks has been one of the group’s biggest projects to date.

To raise money, veteran golfer Howard Meppem has been running a 100 club and selling tickets for $10.

“Instead of buying a lottery ticket or putting $10 or a horse or the TAB people can buy a ticket in this and known exactly where the money is going and who it is going to benefit,” Mr Gourlay said.

During the two years running the 100 club the Moree Veterans Golf Group has made a profit of $24,000 put towards the new footpath. 

Furthermore $56,000 worth of tickets have been sold and the total amount has benefited the group and locals who purchased tickets.

The path took 65 metres of concrete to lay and special plaques were purchased to thank two major sponsors of the project: Johnstone’s Concrete and Dippers Home Timber and Hardware.

“Both generously donated materials to the path and we thank them very much.”

A third plaque was placed in the middle of the path as a tribute to local golfer John Brown Junior who sadly passed away this year.

John was described as an incredible person and talented golfer. 

“John Brown Junior was a local member who died very young and we wanted to lay a memorial plaque for him,” Mr Gourlay said.

The new path was officially opened on Thursday morning by George and Edith Kabel.

Mr Gourlay said the couple were two of the oldest, and most respected members of the Moree Veterans Golf Group.

“George is a patron of the club and a life members and Edith has been playing for a very long time as the oldest female golfer,” he said.