Author: Richard Owen

Maleny Golf Club celebrates historic Hole In One on the new opening hole

Just days after the official opening of the club’s 18-hole layout for play Seri Tytherleigh teed off for the first time on the new opening Par 3 hole and watched in awe as her ball rolled across the green and trickled into the cup.

Seri Ththerleigh with (from left) Penny Edwards, Barb Norman and Sue Hardy on the camera.

Seri and her three playing partners (Penny Edwards, Sue Hardy and Barb Norman) were taking part in the first Wednesday ladies competition to be held on the expanded course following the opening of the final six holes on the previous Saturday, 15 February.

“I’d watched the others using their irons but decided to use my driver which I know I can hit up quite high and the ball landed on the slope to the right of the pin and then rolled across the green into the hole,” Seri recalled.

Seri, 68, said she was shedding tears of joy and could hardly speak after scoring her first Hole-in-One. Her 106 metre Ace from the Red Markers will also be recorded as the first by a member during competition on the challenging downhill hole.

Penny urged her friend to put the prized Titleist ball back in her golf bag for mounting later. However, Seri failed to heed this sage advice and inadvertently drove the ball deep into a hazard on the next hole.

“Oh well, I had one more of those balls in my bag so that’s the one being used for the trophy,” Seri lamented. Champagne and chocolates subsequently figured in joyous clubhouse celebrations.

Seri’s name will now join those of just a handful of members immortalised on the club’s Terry Lee Memorial Hole in One Club honour board.

President Jeff Kruse said all members were delighted to be celebrating yet another historic and remarkable hole-in-one on the course less than a week after the hole was opened for play.

Maleny’s 2019 Clouds Retreats Legends Pro-Am purse lifted to $20k

Leading Sunshine Coast hinterland get-away accommodation and hospitality specialist Clouds Retreats has committed to be the naming rights sponsor for the 2019 Ladbrokes PGA Legends Pro-Am at Maleny Golf Club with an increased prize purse of $20,000.

The tournament, being hosted for a third year at Maleny’s picturesque hinterland course on Saturday 7 December 2019, is expected to attract more marquee players chasing the extra prize money, while amateurs could win a new car from Pacific Ford by scoring a Hole-in-One.

More than 60 tour regulars are expected to play, including golfing icon Peter Senior (who has already confirmed his entry), with other big names like Peter Lonard and Craig Parry potentially joining the field along with defending title holder Ben Jackson.

Club President Jeff Kruse said it was fantastic to be teaming up with Clouds Retreats to bring the Legends Tour back to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a third year to coincide with the official opening of the final 6 holes of Maleny’s quality 18-hole course.

“Last year we received great feedback from the players, the PGA and our sponsors and it’s very encouraging to enjoy such strong continuing headline support from Clouds Retreats so we can keep developing this tournament as a premier annual fixture on the region’s golfing and event calendar,” he said.

Clouds Retreats’ food and beverages manager Greg Guilford welcomed the opportunity to proudly partner with Maleny Golf Club again following the significant expansion of the group’s quality accommodation, dining and catering business within the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

“This local event provides an ideal platform for us to showcase the wonderful visitor experiences and venues we have on offer, including our unique space “The Barrel at Clouds Vineyard” & accommodation Clouds Montville and Clouds Africa,” he said.

“Within these unique hospitality spaces we have brought together a host of products from South East Queensland and offer a seasonal menu of food, boutique wines and craft beer as well as a range of regionally-sourced craft products and produce.”

There is no admission cost for tournament spectators and the course offers some excellent elevated vantage points from which to follow the progress of the players as well as sample on-course food and beverages being supplied by The Barrel at Clouds Vineyard.

Maleny Golf Club appoints new Manager/Pro

Wayne Perske Lo ResMaleny Golf Club has appointed highly experienced performance coach and former elite tour player Wayne Perske as the club’s new Golf Club Manager and Professional.

President Dr Max Whitten said Wayne would bring to the club a wealth of experience and knowledge gained over 30 years in the golf industry as a touring professional, performance coach and member liaison manager.

“Wayne understands the growth and prosperity of Maleny Golf Club are our prime focus and he intends working with businesses locally and regionally to expand sponsorship opportunities and do all he can to increase visitation to our Club,” Dr Whitten said.

Wayne will start work at the club on Monday 3 December ahead of the Live Life Group PGA Legends Pro-Am being held at the club on Saturday 15 December when a field of more than 50 professionals will compete for a $15,000 purse.

“I’m very excited to be heading back up the hill to Maleny and looking forward to meeting all the members and visitors at the beautiful Maleny Golf Club,” Wayne told his many Facebook Page followers.

“Maleny is a unique and beautiful place and the Golf Club suits the area perfectly so if you have yet to experience Maleny Golf Club, do yourself a favour and book your round as soon as possible!”

Wayne now a full vocational member of the PGA, was an international tour winner, an Australian Tour winner, an Australian and Queensland representative and three-time Queensland Amateur of the year.

With certification in Advanced Coaching, Wayne is passionate about growing the game of golf especially membership growth, ladies golf and junior development.

Wayne, wife Vanessa and their two children plan to become very invested in the Maleny community. Vanessa, also a keen golfer, is a local artist and business woman.

MGC celebrates another hole-in-one double

Maleny Golf Club has been celebrating not just one hole-in-one, but two historic Aces on the same hole within a week of each other during competition rounds.

The rare pair of deuces on the 9-hole Graham Papworth-designed course came just as the club prepares to expand the tricky links-style layout by bringing three new holes into play – two Par 4s and a Par 3.

Geoff Smith celebrates his first Hole in One on the Par 3 3rd Hole at Maleny Golf Club_e Geoff Smith (pictured left) struck a majestic shot on the Par 3 Third hole from 150 metres out with a 6-iron on Saturday morning (14/4/18) from the front tee and watched in awe as the ball kicked toward the pin and went in.

Alas, his celebrity status was short lived! Members hardly had a chance to hear about his good fortune when Chris Pottinger (pictured below) took on the same hole the following Saturday with a driver from the middle Tee 175 metres out and Aced it as well.

Chris Pottinger extracts his ball from the cup while playing partner Richard Clayton looks on_eClub President Dr Max Whitten said members were astonished and delighted to be celebrating two more historic hole-in-ones in such quick succession – reminiscent of events in 2016 when the club celebrated two Aces within 8 days.

“We were all very excited for Geoff and now Chris has done it as well and both during competition rounds too, so our congratulations go out to them. We’re still a young golf club so historic feats like these are particularly memorable,” he said.

The odds of an amateur golfer achieving a hole-in-one are estimated to be around 12,500-to-1 – let alone two on the same hole within a week.

Geoff’s Ace was the first ever scored by a male player on the Par 3, 3rd hole during a competition round while Chris’s was the first from the Men’s White Tee during a competition round.

“I just heard a tink from the tee,” recalled Geoff, a 66-year-old teacher who only returned to the game a couple of years ago and had never scored an Ace before.

“We knew the ball had hit the pin, but could not see if it went in, so I wasn’t really certain until I got to the green and retrieved the ball from the cup. It’s every golfer’s dream isn’t it?”

Chris, a 70-year-old retiree, said he too was thrilled.  “I used my driver and got a kindly member’s kick off the front left bank which really helped and we all saw it go in,” he said.

Traditionally, golfers who score a hole in one shout the bar.

While Geoff got off rather lightly there was quite a contingent on hand when Chris, a tee-totaller, announced his good fortune to a field of almost 40 participants who’d just completed their rounds off a Shotgun Start.

Richard Owen

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