VICTORIA’S best women golfers will be on display at a Colac golf tournament.
Victorian golf officials will transform Colac Golf Club’s Elliminyt fairways into a par-three course for the Victorian Ladies Par Three Championship.
Colac Golf Club will host the championship for the first time and Colac golfers including Judy Bethune, Jayne McGlade and Maree Murnane will compete over two days.
Defending champion Jessica Pickwick, from Kilmore, north of Melbourne, headlines six single-figure handicap golfers who will tee-off at Colac tomorrow.
Colac Golf Club women’s president Jan Borwick said the championship was an exciting opportunity to showcase what the club had to offer.
“It really is good for the club to be offered one of these events,” she said.
“It shows our course is in really good nick and the fact that it’s recognised as a top course.”
Golfers from Warrnambool, Ballarat, Hamilton and Yea will form part of the 80-strong field due to compete for the Victorian Par 3 Champion title.
Borwick said Golf Victoria officials had taken official course measurements to create a handicapped par-three course.
“It’s not just a matter of putting a hole in the centre of the green, they have to be measured,” she said.
“The hole is measured from tee to the centre of the green and they work out difficulty and things like that.
“There is a rating as to the difficulty of each hole and they make up special cards.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into that and then with the rating we are handicapped on it.”
Borwick said entries for the tournament were still open.
“At this stage there are over 80 entered,” she said.
“We could’ve had a lot more but you have to take into account the travel and the two days.”
Colac golfers can try out the revised par-three layout on Tuesday and Wednesday following the completion of tournament play.