Festival of golf at Victoria today

2008-10-29 00:00

VICTORIA Country Club will today host the Bell’s Experience National Golf Tournament, with the bulk of the proceeds from the event going to noteworthy charities.

Now in its sixth year, the Bell’s tournament comprises 14 events around the country, with the winners of each event going on to the finals at the prestigious Fancourt Country Club along the Garden Route.

The chief beneficiaries of the Bell’s golf days are South African Disabled Golf and the Chris Burger/Petro Jackson Fund for rugby players seriously injured on the field of play.

Bell’s brand ambassador Tommy Larkan said the event used to be free of charge, but a registration fee was recently introduced for the field of 120.

“We felt that it was a small price to pay for the excellent day that the golfers have, and the additional funds raise our contribution to our beneficiaries,” he explained.

For the winners of the overall tournament at Fancourt, there is an exclusive trip to Scotland that includes a visit to the Bell’s distillery and the opportunity to play on four of the rota venues for the British Open, the world’s oldest.

Event co-ordinator Wayne Jackson disclosed that renowned golf personality Dale Hayes will conduct an entertaining golf clinic during the day.

“It is some of the most amazing things done with a golf ball you will ever see,” says Jackson.

“To see a legend like Hayes performing those trick shots, using a ‘hammer-club’, a hosepipe and all sorts is an amazing treat in itself.”

Hayes, who hosts a golf magazine programme on SuperSport, will be the master of ceremonies at the prize-giving dinner that follows the day’s festivities.

Larkan said there will be an auction at the prize-giving.

“At one of our previous tournaments this year, one of our auction items fetched over R16 000.

“Those proceeds also go to South African Disabled Golf and rugby funds.”

With the Victoria course full, the day will provide the club’s caddies a full day’s work, says Larkan.

“During last year’s event here, we were short of caddies and ended up having to arrange for some to be sent from another local club,” laughed Larkan.

Jackson said the only worry last year was the weather, with the mist making shot-making a very precise art.

“You just have to hit it straight and hope for the best,” he said, looking over the championship layout.

Today’s event promises to be memorable, with something for everyone and the proceeds going to worthy causes.

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