Moree Golf Club hosts stellar weekend with presentation night and traditional opening

Moree Golf Club had a busy weekend as they held their presentation night and the traditional opening of the course.

The weekend kicked off on Friday night, March 1, with a chipping competition, where they were able to raise $780 for junior golf.

Participants would chip from the first tee to the ninth green to see who could get closest to the hole.

"Bob Stanton, who was our guest speaker [for presentation night], ex-golf pro, gave a chipping demo and a few tips," Moree Golf Club manager Scott McLeod said.

"Everybody had a good time and everybody really enjoyed that. That was good fun."

On Saturday, they held their inaugural GT19 shootout, where the 19 golfers with the best scores of the year play off in a knockout.

One player will get knocked out on each hole until there is one golfer left standing, with David Carr taking it out on the day and Luke Stahlhut the runner-up.

"It takes a long time, the guys who go on and win that have played pretty well over a full day, requires some concentration," McLeod said. 

After the shootout, more than 130 people attended their presentation night, where Stanton spoke and shared some of his stories.

"He was a really interesting guy, told some great stories," McLeod said.

"His big claim to fame was he beat Arnold Palmer in a playoff. That really kick started his career when he was only young.

"It was excellent, went off really well, everyone really enjoyed it.

"We haven't done that for a few years, had a proper formal presentation night so that worked out really well."

On top of Bob Stanton's stories, awards from the past year were also handed out, including the individual champions.

Adrian Heffer was named the A grade gross winner while the net winner went to Kevin Moore.

For B grade, Daniel Taunton was the gross winner and Murray Connor was named net winner.

In C grade, Peter Kellett was gross winner and John Reynolds won net winner.

In the ladies, Breanna Purse was the A grade gross winner while Lisa Reed was the net winner.

Jacqueline Taylor was named the B grade gross winner and Brenda Carrigan net winner.

For C grade, Lynette Gunthorpe was awarded the gross winner and Gai Evans got net winner.

Kevin Moore and Lyn Fing were the Veterans champions while Sam Carter was named the juniors champion.

The weekend was capped off with the golf club's traditional opening day for the year, where Stanton was once again on hand to hit the opening tee shot. 

It was then followed by a four person Ambrose where 104 players participated, which McLeod said was a "really good number for that event."

McLeod was absolutely thrilled with the way the whole weekend played out.

"From a club point of view, it was really successful," he said.

"Everybody I had spoken to was really happy with the way the deal went and everything was really positive.

"I think we kicked a bit of a goal there."