The Carnival of Golf has wrapped up for 2022 – its post-pandemic return hailed a great success.

Portarlington Golf Club chief executive Michael Phillips was delighted with the annual series of events, held for the first time since 2019 because of Covid-19 protocols the past two years.

“I think the Carnival of Golf is one of those things that people really missed … it’s just one of those comfortable and popular events on the calendar that our members and guests all look forward to, so we’re delighted that it returned so smoothly,” Phillips said.

The Carnival attracted more than 800 players across seven days with entries from no fewer than 61 different clubs.

“That’s the thing about the week – it’s not just for us on the Bellarine; it really drives visitation from around Victoria and even interstate,” Phillips said.

“So we’re extremely grateful that we have so much support, not only from the golfing community but also a group of businesses which really have the Bellarine’s best interests at heart.”

At his closing speech, president John Bowman thanked all the sponsors wholeheartedly, urging members and visitors to give their patronage to those who backed the event.

Among them were Bellarine Bayside Coastal Management, Glynn Harvey, Vagg Plumbing, Stockdale & Leggo Bellarine, Lynne Kirby, Easton Insurance and Wonderland RV – a company that provided support for the first time for the 2020 Carnival, but never took it away even though no tournament had been run.

Bowman paid special tribute to Lifestyle Communities: “They put on a couple of great activations in different events this week, with some very generous prize vouchers to our pro shop, not to mention a few free beers and chocolates for players on Thursday afternoon, so it was great to have them involved.”

Bowman also gave his thanks to versatile club staff member Kaelyn Radford, who defied some wild weather at times during the week to provide great pictures for all players to admire after their rounds.

But he saved his highest praise for the work of superintendent Steve Burchett and his grounds crew, “without whom, we wouldn’t have got half the events finished”.

“From day three on Monday right through to Friday, I don’t think we had a day without rain of some description – and those who were here on Monday and particularly Tuesday afternoon know exactly what Steve’s team had to contend with.

“So we were very sorry to have to abandon the women’s Irish fourball on Tuesday afternoon with many women well into their back nines.

“But we had almost 20mm of rain that day and for the course, which is already wet after a soggy winter, to bounce back the way it did with such `TLC ‘ from the boys was amazing.”

Some fantastic golf was played through the week, with some great scoring and worthy winners.

Queenscliff golfer Stewart Drayton’s one-under-par 71 won the men’s Open championship on Saturday to begin the week, with hometown stars Jen Edmanson doing enough to win the women’s Open and Joy Francis winning the nett division comfortably.

Husband and wife David and Fiona Newman teamed wonderfully to win the prestigious Graeme McGregor Memorial on Sunday, played in a mixed fourball format.

Defying some testing conditions, Birregurra’s Steve Preston shot an impressive 79 to win the gross division of the veterans’ championship on Monday.

Former club captain Peter Hahn returned to partner Nick Panagiotdis to victory with 43 stableford points on Tuesday morning’s men’s fourball before vile weather mid-round forced the cancellation of the women’s Irish fourball in the afternoon.

Coleraine’s David Spencer won A Grade with the same 36-point score with which local identity Trung Truong saluted in B Grade in Wednesday’s single stableford event.

An almost capacity field throughout the AM and PM draws of the ambrose event on Thursday were led home by Phil Ward and the Bruce boys – Paul, David and Matthew – in the men’s division with a spectacular score of 54.5.

The women’s title was taken out with an impressive tally of 60.5 by the all Portarlington team of Edmanson, Jen Champion, Jill Barker and Angela Foott.

Then to close the week, another quiet homegrown combination of Matt Marles, Andrew Wootten, Yani Lathouris and Shaun Ward set the course on fire with a stupendous 98 points in the Gentsomes stableford event.

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Event Results

Saturday, 27 Aug - Event 1a & 1b

Men’s & Women's Open 18-hole Stroke Championship

Harvey of Highton

Sunday, 28 Aug - Event 2

Mixed 4BBB Stableford for the Graeme McGregor Memorial


Monday, 29 Aug - Event 3

Veteran men’s 18-hole Stroke Championship

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Tuesday, 30 Aug - Event 4

Men’s 4BBB Stableford

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Tuesday, 30 Aug - Event 5

Women’s Irish Fourball Stableford

  • Event Cancelled
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Wednesday, 31 Aug - Event 6a

Men’s Single Stableford

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Wednesday, 31 Aug - Event 6b

Women’s Single Stableford

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Thursday, 1 Sept - Event 7a & 7b

Men’s & Women's 4-person Ambrose

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Friday, 2 Sept - Event 8

Men’s and Women’s 4-person Gentsomes

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