The Classic is the premiere golf event held by Victor Harbor Golf Club every year in the week leading up to the October long weekend and in 2021, 207 ladies and 94 men played golf over the six-day event.
The Ladies events were sponsored by South Coast Realty and the Men's events were sponsored by Nino's Restaurant. Scarpantoni Wines also sponsors the event.
Over the event, more than 300 people registered to play in one or more of the events, providing a huge boost to the Southern Fleurieu Region with accommodation bookings, dining or takeaway meals and general shopping.
The week kicked off with the Ladies 36-hole Championship with a full field of 164 ladies playing. On Wednesday, September 29, the Fleurieu turned on the weather with the sun shining, birds were singing and the kangaroos lazed around watching the very competitive golf happening on the course.
The ladies commented on how well the course was presented, which was due to the hard work of the greenkeepers and many volunteers who spend hours getting the course to look its best for this week especially. Unfortunately, the weather was not the best on Thursday resulting in lots of wet gear, however some players scores were better in the rain and only a few did not finish the round.
After hot showers, the ladies returned to the Club for the Presentation Dinner, which was attended by 147 people who received a complimentary glass of wine from club Sponsor - Scarpantoni Wines. The night was a huge success with great food from The Bistro, excellent wines and fabulous company!
Prizes were presented by Rob and Tanya Heaslip from South Coast Realty.
Ladies Championship Results: Winner of the Alice Nelson Championship Trophy, with a score over the two rounds of 169, was Juliet Hugo from Royal Adelaide Golf Club.
B Grade Championship Winner, with a score over the two rounds of 188, was Judy Willoughby from Royal Adelaide Golf Club.
C Grade Championship winner, with a Stableford score over the two rounds of 76, was Chris Middleton from Royal Adelaide Golf Club.
Friday dawned with rain and the ladies were fearful it might be another wet round and a few elected not to play. After a few holes the rain cleared, and great golf was enjoyed by all. There were some challenging shots on the course, often resulting in discussion on the rules and what should prevail.
Lunch in the Club and presentation of prizes followed the game.
Ladies' Foursomes Results - The event was won by Lily Harris and Betty Lockwood from Victor Harbor Golf Club with a nett score of 74. Place getters were Tonia Ross and Annabel Hamilton (74.5 on count back), Sharyn Symes and Joanne Fehervari (74.5).
On Saturday, it was the men's turn to hit the course. Local restaurant, Nino's, generously sponsored the men's events. With the weather improving it was a great day for golf with the sun shining and 75 men had a good competitive round. Once again, the weather was not so favourable for the second day of the championship with light rain falling from late morning.
Nevertheless, the championship was hotly contested.
Men's Championship Results - Winner of the W. Brian Lalor Trophy for the 36-hole Championship was Nelson Depledge, from Victor Harbor Golf Club, with a gross score of 159. Nelson was also the A Grade Championship Winner (Gross).
Winner of the Rymill Trophy for the 36-hole Nett Championship was Kym Perks, from Royal Adelaide Golf Club, with a nett score of 143. Kym was also the B Grade Championship Winner (Gross)
The C grade 36-hole Stableford Championship winner was Trevor Johnston, from Victor Harbor Golf Club, with a score of 71.
The 41 st Annual Victor Harbor Classic wound up with a Mixed Canadian Foursomes event on the Monday. Thirty pairs entered and while the weather was wet and windy, most finished the game. All came back to the Clubhouse for a sausage sizzle and presentation of prizes.
Mixed Canadian Foursomes Results - Winners of the Evans Trophy for best nett score were Gill and Stephen Hicks from Kooyonga Golf Club with a score of 72.375. Gross Winners were Annie and Ash Llewelyn with a score of 92.
Game for all ages
One of the events in the 41 st Annual Victor Harbor Classic was the Ladies Foursomes which this year was won by Lily Harris (13 years old) and Betty Lockwood (79 years young).
Lily first joined the Club in January 2020, after participating in one of the club's Junior Golf Clinics.
She has rapidly improved her handicap and now participates in events in the club and around the State. Lily is currently one of the Club's Junior Captains.
Betty has played golf for many years, scoring a hole in one in 1993, holding the position of Ladies President in 1998 and 1999 and Club President in 2000 and 2001.
She regularly plays in the Wednesday and Saturday competitions and was delighted to partner with Lily in the Foursomes.
The Victor Harbor Golf Club has a strong junior program and regularly holds MyGolf Junior Clinics.
This year, the Club received a grant from the Australian Golf Foundation Junior Girls Scholarship Program to provide coaching and uniforms to girls to encourage them to take up the sport of golf.
Juniors have coaching on Saturday afternoons, followed by a game of golf. The Club also holds Get into Golf sessions for people to learn the basics over a six week period.
Watch the club's website www.vhgolf.com.au or follow the club on Facebook for information on when the next Get into Golf and My Golf Junior Clinics will be held.