Nanango draws record field
IT WAS a weekend of firsts at the Nanango Golf Club, as player numbers reached triple figures for the annual Toowoomba Golf World Nanango Men's Carnival.
A field of 100 golfers represented 12 different clubs on Sunday, with the 41 A-grade players believed by many to be the largest field ever for a carnival in our zone.
Wayne West, of Headlands Golf Club emerged as the A-grade gross champion, shooting an even-par 72 in a fantastic display of hitting in dry, windy conditions.
Garry Carter of Kumbia (83) and Richard Perrett from Nanango (89) took out the B and C-grade gross titles respectively.
Goomeri's Matthew Plazina shot 66 to claim the A-grade nett crown, while Nanango's Ian Andress (66) and Kumbia's Brian McMurdy (67) were the B and C-grade nett winners.
Jason Hopkins, of Toowoomba Golf World, said Sunday's carnival was the largest his business had sponsored.
"It's probably the biggest day we've dealt with,” Hopkins said.
"We generally deal with a specific day for each club (that we sponsor) and that will usually consist of 20 maybe 30 people tops, so to get 100 out here today is an outstanding effort.”
Entering their fourth year of sponsorship, Hopkins said upping the sponsorship this year was a "no-brainer”.
"(Toowoomba) Golf World is a family-owned business, and we want to make sure we're helping out those smaller clubs that can use it, otherwise golf dies,” Hopkins said.
"If you don't look after the people and help clubs, there is no golf industry to market to.”