Competition has returned to Shepparton Golf Club after a fire damaged the clubhouse a little more than a week ago.OLIVER CAFFREY January 29, 2014 4:10am
Competition resumed at Shepparton Golf Club on Saturday following a fire which damaged the clubhouse.
Competition is back at Shepparton Golf Club after a week-long absence.
A fire on January 18 caused significant damage to the clubhouse, which caused the pro shop and office to close for a week.
The clubhouse remains shut, with club officials unsure when it will open again.
However, things are slowly returning to normal after the devastating fire that also forced a major junior tournament to be shifted to Mooroopna.
Club general manager Stephen Segrave said the return to competition play on Saturday gave a boost to everyone involved with the club.
‘‘We had about 135 men and women play on Saturday and from all reports there was a significant amount of people at the club, which was fabulous to see so many members back out there,’’ Segrave said.
‘‘The driving part of the golf course is the competition on during the week and on the weekend; it’s a big social aspect and it’s just nice that everyone involved can get out there again.’’
Segrave said having to move the junior tournament to Mooroopna hurt the club, but it was a smooth transfer.
‘‘We are very thankful for Mooroopna, who took the second day of the junior tournament, and they didn’t bat an eyelid and were very obliging to take it,’’ he said.
‘‘Not having competitions certainly took a bit away from the club, but having so many players out there on the weekend was good to see.
‘‘We’re hopeful it will all start progressing in the near future and things can return to normal.’’
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