Sponsoring an annual golf tournament for 19 consecutive years is a rare achievement for any company, but there’s something about Headland Golf Club that seems to inspire loyalty. It extends to the staff members, the club members and the players who return every year to take part in their tournaments.
The 3-day Living Choice Classic, hosted by the Headland Veteran Golfers, was held on 11th, 12th and 13th September and attracted 154 players from 20 clubs throughout Queensland and even Victoria.
Many of the participants have returned to play in the enjoyable tournament year after year. When they return, they know they will get a warm welcome from the barman of 37 years, Derek Azar – and they know they will enjoy excellent food, prepared by Executive Chef, Greg Pollard, who has been at the club since January 2000. They also know that the course will be in excellent condition, thanks to Course Superintendent, Ben Tilley.
For the past 18 years, the Living Choice Classic has been organised by Tony Coad with assistance from Vets’ Captain, Bruce Reid, the Pro Shop staff led by Head Professional Adam Norlander and many other helpers. Tony has flagged that the 20th Living Choice Classic will be his last and his successor will have very big shoes to fill.
This year, the prizegiving was attended by Living Choice director, Graham Hobbs as well as Regional Manager, Tracy Blair. Graham said Living Choice was a strong supporter of seniors’ golf and was currently building two retirement villages overlooking golf courses – at Parkwood on the Gold Coast and at Flagstaff Hill in Adelaide. “We strongly believe in creating communities for the “un-retiring” as our villages are places where you come to enjoy life,” he said.
One lucky lady was the winner of the beautiful Living Choice hamper – Penny Hepher of Parkwood Golf Club.
Congratulations to the overall winners:
Men - Terry Grogan 48pts and Ladies - Wendy Crombie 47pts.
The overall Nearest the Pin winners were Sandy Whittle and Tony Briffa.
Apart from Headland Golf Club Vets’ members, participants travelled from the following clubs: Cromer GC; Howlong; Woorayl - Vic; Pacific - Gold Coast; Calliope - Central Queensland; City GC - Toowoomba; Toowoomba GC; G C Burleigh; Parkwood International - Gold Coast; Sanctuary Cove - Gold Coast; Rowes Bay, Townsville; Gainsborough Greens, Gold Coast; Beerwah; Bribie Island GC; Maroochy River GC; Tin Can Bay GC; Hervey Bay GC; Maryborough GC; Munduberra GC.