On the 15th of August, the North Stradbroke Island (NSI) Golf Club hosted The Professional Golf Associations Ladbrokes SeaLink Stradbroke Ferries ‘Legends’ Pro Am.
40 professionals from the USA, UK, NZ and Australia, as well as 19 amateurs, competed for the grand prize on a beautiful Wednesday.
Peter Woodward from Victoria took first place with an impressive score of 67, 4 under par. Perry Parker from the USA placed second with a close score of 68, and John Martin from Victoria and Craig Warren from Queensland tied for third place with 69.
Ginga Angelic received first prize in the amateur’s division, an incredible feat for this young lady who has only been playing gold for 2 years. The NSI Golf Club’s three junior players were sponsored by Mr Bob Hoffman of Bob’s Shop, Point Lookout. They finished in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, beating the more seasoned amateurs.
Before tee-off at 10am, the players and spectators were treated to a wonderful welcome to country ceremony by the Yulu-Burri-Ba indigenous dancers. Straddie has a strong connection to its aboriginal culture and every event on the island must acknowledge the original Quandamooka owners.
The Club President Peter Turner, who came in 4th, said in his closing remarks that the reinstatement of the Pro Am to the Clubs yearly fixtures, would do three things for the Club and the Island.
“Firstly, it would raise the Club Members professional standard. Secondly, it would raise the island community’s awareness of Golf Club and its facilities within the professional golfing ranks, both nationally and internationally.”
“And lastly, that this event was the launching platform for 50 island ambassadors who will spread the word that Straddie is a must see and that it should be added to visitor’s bucket lists.”
All players, both professionals and amateurs alike, commented how much they enjoyed North Stradbroke Island and that they, along with their wives, partners, and families, will be returning with most wanting to extend their stay for 2-3 days.
The event was made possible by the generous sponsorship of SeaLink Stradbroke Ferries and numerous business on the island.
Yulu-Burri-Ba indigenous dancers were onsite for the welcome to country
Winner of the event Peter Woodward (left) with SeaLink Stradbroke Ferries' Heather Truman at the presentation ceremony