Team NSW has lit up the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and beaten the Victorians in their own state at the biennial GMA National Conference Golf Day held at the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club on Monday 7th October 2019.
The NSW Team re-gained the Jack Merrick Memorial Trophy, in what ended up being a close encounter from all the states with only a few points separating first to last place.
“The Victorian’s were our main competitors,” GMA NSW Director of Golf Cameron Harvey said. “We knew they had a few practice sessions in the weekends prior, so it was good to beat them in their own state.”
The golf day was held at the new “jewel” in Melbourne’s Sandbelt, the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club, a 144-hectare site, located in Frankston, comprised of two 18-hole golf courses redesigned by renowned Australian golf architecture firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead and a new clubhouse designed by Demaine Partnership.
Six years in the making, the Club is the most significant Sandbelt course redevelopment in Australia and is the result of an industry-leading merger between Kingswood Golf Club and Peninsula Country Golf Club.
“It was a spectacular day,” Harvey said. “The organisation and hospitality was outstanding. The Club ticked off every box – great service, excellent food and the course was exceptional.”
Harvey, recently elected to the GMA NSW Board, contributed the win to the spirit of the team and welcomed the input from some of the new team members.
“The team wore black armbands to remember the mother of Playing Captain Trevor Harrison, who had passed away a few days earlier. It bonded an already tight team into something special,” Harvey said.
“Despite the circumstances, Harrison led the team well and there were solid performances by everyone. Andrew Laplain from Cumberland Golf Club was a new addition to the Team and provided one of the top scores of the day.”
Harvey thanked GMA and the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club for organising a wonderful golf day and celebrated the team’s victorious image lighting up the MCG during the national conference.