Young can swing with best. Bid to revive Junior Pro-Am Golf event

Junior Pro AM to be relaunched at Woodville golf course - Paul Garrard Photo: Radim Cechvala Story:

WOODVILLE Golf Course looks set to once again host a revived Junior Pro-Am Golf Tournament.

Admitting to being a keen golfer himself, Cr Paul Garrard found unanimous support from his colleagues for his call for Cumberland Council to run the unique tournament in June next year to coincide with the school holidays.
Describing it as “one of a kind” event, Cr Garrard said the tournament had been going for more than 25 years “before the intervention of the administrator” saw it cancelled.

“This is a great opportunity for young people to actually play with professional golfer,

Cr Paul Garrard

He said the tournament, which paired up and coming golfers aged under 18 with professional players, was highly thought of by the PGA and also provided a valuable opportunity to advertise the Guildford based public golf course.
“This is a great opportunity for young people to actually play with professional golfer,” he said.
Cr Ned Attie raised the possibility of running the event over two days, with one day at Woodville and a second at the Rosnay Golf Course in Auburn. However general manager Hamish McNulty said advice would be needed from the PGA about whether or not they considered the Auburn course long enough to stage the event.
Previously run by Parramatta City Council, the event cost a total of $48,900 in 2015, which was offset by sponsorship of about $17,000 from 18 mostly locally based businesses.
Cumberland’s events staff estimated that a 2020 tournament would cost the Cumberland about $32,000 which could be subsidised in part by sponsorship, and was able to be covered within the existing budget.