Conditions above par for golf classic

DUNTRYLEAGUE professional John Furze says the course couldn’t be in better condition leading into the Mercedes Benz Classic which starts tomorrow.

Furze said the course’s greenkeepers have been working overtime to ensure it plays as well as possible in one of the club’s biggest events.

“They’ve had water all the way up onto the fairways, and they look great,” Furze explained.

“The greens are good, and they’re quick, and the guys have started framing the greens as something new.

“The course really is in fantastic condition. It might be a little easier than usual because of the run in the fairways, but it will be very good.”

Duntryleague is expecting over 150 players of all handicaps to fill the field for the three day, individual stableford event.

“We’ve got plenty of the locals playing obviously,” Furze said.

“But there are people coming from far and wide to be a part of it. The regular visitors from Bathurst and Dubbo are all expected, but we’ve also got plenty of golfers from Sydney with their names down.

“We’re expecting mostly mid-range handicaps for this event, rather than a huge amount of low markers. The beauty of the stableford event is that anyone can win it, and there is more than just the overall event to win as each day has its own winner.”

The Mercedes Benz Classic features over $7000 worth of prizes and is creating plenty of interest among local golfers.

“We’re getting a lot of positive comments, it is creating a buzz,” Furze said.

“West Orange Motors are the main sponsor, along with plenty of supporting sponsors, and I think that has helped to create a lot of interest.

“This is one of the biggest events on Duntryleague’s calendar and I know everyone in the club is particularly happy with the preparation leading into the competition.”

The event kicks off on Saturday night with a welcoming cocktail party at 6pm, at the club, followed by individual stableford events on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before coming to a conclusion with the gala presentation dinner on Tuesday night.

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