Three days of golf, the opportunity to socialise with fellow Veteran golfers from 22 clubs, and a fabulous prizegiving dinner. No wonder the annual Living Choice Classic at Headland Golf Club has stood the test of time – a remarkable 20 years!
Meticulously organised down to the very last detail by Headland Vets’ President, Tony Coad, Vets’ Captain, Bruce Reid and a dedicated team of helpers, this year’s tournament attracted 153 players from all corners of Queensland. There were also several players from NSW and Victoria who return faithfully year after year.
The clubs represented included Gold Coast Burleigh, Gainsborough Greens, Parkwood, Coolangatta-Tweed, City GC, Dorset, Emerald Lakes, Pacific, Maroochy River, Cronulla, Ballina, Southport, Sanctuary Cove, Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga, Windaroo Lakes, Woorayl, Wynnum, Mount Coolum, Bribie, Beerwah and, of course, Headland.
Of the 153 players that took part, 71 attended the superb dinner which was prepared by Head Chef Cameron Jenkins and his team. Living Choice Director, Graham Hobbs, flew from Adelaide to personally congratulate the Headland Veterans’ Club on achieving the 20th Anniversary milestone. He said Living Choice had several retirement villages or Over 50s lifestyle resorts near or at golf courses, including Twin Waters, Parkwood, Flagstaff Hill and Murray Bridge, and the company was proud to support Veterans’ golf in all those areas.
“Our name – Living Choice – says it all. People move into our villages to enjoy life. They still have a passion for life – and golf may be one of those passions. We know how important Vets’ golf is to seniors and we will continue to sponsor it,” he said.
Living Choice is not the only one with a long track record at the Classic. Tony Coad has been the Tournament Director for the past 18 of the 20 years of the `Living Choice Classic’. Well done to Tony and his team – Living Choice is proud to be part of this wonderful tournament.
Congratulations to all the winners, including Bruce Reid, who won the Living Choice hamper in the lucky draw.
Eclectic – Overall ladies’ winner Margaret Bayliss 52; Overall men’s winner Terry Grogan 46.
Ladies – Div 1: 1st Pauline Lancaster 45, 2nd Kathy Atkins 45, 3rd Marg Smith 42. Div 2: 1st 1st Noela Evans 47, 2nd Valerie O’Brien 43, 3rd Jane Boaler 43. Div 3: 1st Pamela Rossow 47, 2nd Patricia O’Connor 46, 3rd Penelope Hepher 46.
Men – Div 1: Steve Rose 44, 2nd Colin Pledge 42, 3rd Jock McLaughlin 41. Div 2: 1st Biff Barford 45, 2nd Alan Stratford 42, 3rd John Christmas 43. Div 3: 1st Roly Hoy, 2nd Bob Hunter 43, 3rd Steve Nash 43.
There were also prizes awarded for the Single Stableford events on Monday and Tuesday. The top prizes on Monday were awarded to: Ladies – Div 1 Lesley Hart 35, Div 2 Ginny Hewlett 33, Div 3 Margot Easton 40. Men – Div 1 Garry Rossow 37, Div 2 Barry Mapes 36, Div 3 Stuart Dykstra 36.
Tuesday winners: Ladies – Div 1 Robyn Muir 41, Div 2 Julie Lewis 36, Div 3 Chrissie Eggins 39. Men – Div 1 Peter O’Brien 38, Div 2 Steve Eggins 37, Div 3 Bryan Ellevsen 34.