PGA trainees take to the Rich River fairways for the 2014 Trainee Classic.LUKE MCMANUS February 4, 2014 4:30am
Rich River and PGA professionals Steven Loader and Richard Caiolfa with the Rich River Trainee Classic trophy.
Australia’s next crop of top golfers will descend on Rich River Golf Club for the 2014 Trainee Classic.
About 130 entrants from the PGA’s traineeship program will square off across four rounds of competition, each vying for a chance to win a share of the $32,000 prize pool.
The tournament is one of only two events of its kind in Australia and offers players of either gender a chance to compete for the same prize.
Rich River professionals Steve Loader and Richard Caiolfa have been involved in the renowned event
‘‘(The tournament) is set up as close to a national event as possible, just like the ones you’d watch on television,’’ Loader said.
‘‘It’s a great chance for players to test themselves on whether they’re ready to play for a living.
‘‘If you’re winning here against 130 other trainees of similar age or standard, then you’re not far away from competing on a bigger stage.’’
Echuca’s own Jack Wilson is a former trainee whose career has progressed rapidly since his triumph in 2011.
A first-year trainee then, Wilson has gone from strength to strength, achieving an incredible third at the Australian PGA Championship in November.
‘‘It’s one of the best events on the schedule and kicks the year off in such a positive way,’’ Wilson said.
‘‘It’s a proper golf tournament, run exceptionally well by Richard and Steve, on a quality golf course.
‘‘I’m actually sad I won’t be able to come back this year.
‘‘It gave me a great stepping stone and gave me confidence knowing that I could win an event.
‘‘It’s something I will always look back on a lot.
‘‘I’m sure the trainees playing will have the same feeling.’’
Among the favourites to win this year’s classic is defending champion and 2013 performance rankings winner Richard Gallichan (NSW).
Victorian trainees Deyen Lawson and Luke Hickman have also been tipped to feature among the leaders all the way through to Thursday’s final round.
When Sam Atukorala addresses his children in his mother tongue of Sinhalese, they understand him completely, but they always reply in English.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
The Shire of Campaspe is concerned as to the incomplete reporting of Port of Echuca property matters.
Four people, including a father and his two children, were fined more than $18,000 for their role in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at a Lockington party earlier this year which ended in a teenager beaten up and forced into a dog cage.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Scout Group hopes to raise funds for World Scout Jamboree through novel 24-hour endurance test.
Forest tour only way to understand impact.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.