Big turn-out at Port Augusta Golf Classic

GOLF: Julie Turner, Louise Blanden, Wendy Dunkley and Helen Baker about to tee off at the 43rd Port Augusta Golf Classic on Friday, August 10.
GOLF: Julie Turner, Louise Blanden, Wendy Dunkley and Helen Baker about to tee off at the 43rd Port Augusta Golf Classic on Friday, August 10.

More than 150 golfers from across the state and country hit the green during the 43rd annual Port Augusta Golf Classic.

After seven days of action from August 6-12, local 15-year-old superstar Shakira-Ann Kuys took out the Women’s A Grade title.

Meanwhile, Ben Layton from Adelaide was crowned the Men’s A Grade champion.

Stu Tearle and Stephen Reid won the Men’s B and C Grade respectively, while Cheryl Schammel and Gillian Backhouse took out the Women’s B and C divisions.

Golfers participated in over 900 rounds of play throughout the week, with $10,000 worth of trophies and prizes up for grabs.

Port Augusta Golf Week Committee Chairman Ian Cocks said it was another successful year.

“It’s been very consistent over the last 10 years … it’s amazing how successful it is,” Mr Cocks said.

“I think we put on a great week of golf, great trophies, but we also have plenty of social events during the week.

“It’s just a week that people can come here, play golf and have a lot of fun. We’ve had people coming back here 15 to 20 years in a row.”

In addition to the golf competitions, participants were treated to a long list of social events, including dinners, functions, bingo and live music.

The major event attracts entrants from all parts of South Australia, as well as a large group from Esperance, Western Australia, and other golfers from Victoria and New South Wales.

Mr Cocks said the event brings valuable funds to the Port Augusta Golf Club, but also has “enormous” economic benefits for the town.

“The economic boost for Port Augusta would be in excess of $200,000,” he estimated. “From the accommodation, dinners, going to pubs, cafes, and doing the touristy things. People come here to enjoy themselves.”

The economic boost for Port Augusta would be in excess of $200,000.

Golf Week Committee Chairman Ian Cocks