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Kyabram prospers from golfers

New Parkland champions announced as businesses get economic boost

June 11, 2014 3:15am

Seventeen-year-old Zach Murray claimed his first Victorian Par 3 championship at Parkland on Sunday.


Parkland Golf Club president Rob Reid said Kyabram should be proud of its strong golfing community and the benefits it is bringing to the town.

Mr Reid’s comments came after the finish of the Par 3 Victorian Golf Championship staged at Parkland last week.

The tournament brought 144 women and 90 men competitors to Kyabram, with Sari Sally taking home the women’s championship and Zac Murray the men’s.

Mr Reid said the tournament was the most successful so far and that he could not be any happier with the work of the clubs members and volunteers.

‘‘We were extremely ecstatic with how it all went, especially considering the Sunday before we had 35mm of rain,’’ he said.

‘‘We were able to produce a course that is up to championship standards and it went very well. We were happy with the members and how they got involved and contributed to the success of the day.

‘‘We have some very good golfers at our club. More are in B-grade admittedly, but I think that happens at any club with a championship because people who play the home course have a very good chance of featuring in the finish, so lots of people are always getting involved.’’

Mr Reid said it was a positive sign for Parkland that it had been able to remain so successful for so long.

‘‘At a time when golf clubs are losing members, Parkland is maintaining a membership of over 400,’’ he said.

‘‘At the same time we are able to hold subscription fees at the same level and me and my executive can’t see why in five years time we can’t keep the subscription fee the same, so we can maintain the facility for the town at a level everyone can access. That’s the goal.’’

He said the benefits for the club and the town were hard to measure, but that the club had received plenty of feedback from Kyabram businesses.

‘‘I don’t know the figures of what it contributes to the economy of Kyabram, but it means a big deal,’’ he said.

‘‘We are getting feedback from the businesses saying the week the championship is on our turnover goes way up. We are finding as well that as we go out for sponsorship, we have no problem at all because they know there is a big kickback for the town.’’

‘‘The tournament is ultimately about the economic benefits it can bring to the club and to Kyabram, from accommodation to shopping. It’s really good for the community and it’s good for Kyabram as township that it can produce a course which Golf Victoria thinks is good enough to run a state championship on.’’

For a full report of the championship purchase a print edition of the Kyabram Free Press.

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