Golfers turn attention to Sunshine Spring Classic after winter success | Inside Golf. Australia’s Most-Read Golf Magazine as named by Australian Golfers

IT’S not hard to work out Queensland’s winter months are perfect for golf and is the reason why more than 100 golfers from all over the country turned up to play in the 72-hole Sunshine Winter Golf Classic at four of the region’s premier golf courses – Maroochy River, Peregian, Noosa Springs and Twin Waters.

They played an individual stableford competition – two grades for the men and one for the women.

The overall winners were Jane Hayes in the women’s category, Craig Mann in men’s division 1, and Andrew Mills in men’s division 2.

Hayes, who plays off a 37 handicap, returned consistent rounds of 34-34-36-35 for a 139 total to finish three points clear of Raelene Hocking.

In men’s division 1, Mann, off 10, carded rounds of 36-41-33-28 for a 138 total to finish six points clear of seven-marker Craig Clark.

In division 2, Mills, a 17-marker, started slowly with two rounds of 27 points but he fired up when it mattered carding 42-35 for a 131 total. He edged out 27-marker Michael Hayes on a countback.The middle day of the tournament provided a well-deserved break for the participants. 

Many took the opportunity to explore the scenic Sunshine Coast, revelling in the beautiful weather. Beachside shops and cafes proved popular destinations, while others enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere of the Eumundi Markets. 

The event has become so popular that a Spring Classic has been scheduled for September. Turn to page 70 to find out more. 

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