Only a month ago, the Tumut Golf Club feared that their Tumut Open might not go ahead, but this week the club confirmed their showcase event would proceed on October 31 and November 1.
The two-day event will pit the best local golfers against travelling players from Deniliquin, Griffith and Warren, and other varying regions.
President Geoff Brain said the club had left it until the last minute to make a decision if they would play or cancel – a decision that has paid off.
“We were going to leave it to four weeks before the event to make sure everything was okay, but it looks good now so we will go ahead with it,” Brain said.
Brain didn’t think much would change either, with the club already enforcing Covid-19 guidelines and the cancellation of the Tumut Old Boys Calcutta meaning the club could handle the larger number of patrons.
“I don’t think we will have to change much; the only thing that would have affected us would have been if the Old Boys had the Calcutta, but they aren’t this year,” Brain said.
“We will get the boys from Warren, Deni (Deniliquin), Griffith. We can have over 100 in the club and on the golf course we will be right.”
In what has been a tough year on sport, golf had thrived, and Brain stressed the importance that Tumut could hold their feature golfing event.
“Absolutely it’s important,” Brain said.
“Up until recently, Golf NSW were saying don’t run anything, especially if you were inviting players from outside areas, but we have the okay now, and that is really good for our golfers and the club.”
Defending champion Nathan Streckfuss was glad to hear the Tumut Open would be held, before hinting that he would be doing his best to shoot for three titles on the trot.
“It’s pretty important for the golfers, but definitely for the club after Covid and everything,” Streckfuss said.
“I would definitely love to win it three times in a row; it’s always good to win, especially your local Open.”
Golf NSW Media and Digital Manager David Tease said it was important that events such as the Tumut Open could be held after Covid-19 forced the postponement of most major golfing tournaments.
“It’s a welcome relief for the sport to get back to some resemblance of normality post Covid,” Tease said.
“As a sport, we did endeavour at all cost to remain accessible to all athletes, or individuals that basically needed the sport as their form of iso-appropriate exercise, but we did play under heavily redacted rules and there’s no doubt the Tumut Open is one of those events that is an important part of the calendar and we are glad to see it going ahead.”