National Women’s Invitational Day One, 6 March 2017 – The Cape Schanck Trophy
The 2017 National Women’s Invitational first round was played today under sunny skies with a hint of the breezy conditions often experienced at Cape Schanck. 100 players took to the Moonah Course with some good scores returned despite the gusty conditions. Mary-Anne Johnson scored an admirable 36 points to win the Cape Schanck trophy. Mary-Anne Johnson lead the field in strong winds that upset the buggies but not the spirits of the players. Mary-Anne also won the Bronze Division for the day, with Sue Mawhinney winning the Silver Division with 35 points.
116 players are nominated to enjoy round two tomorrow on the Old Course and 124 players will take on the challenge of the Ocean Course for round three on Wednesday. This event celebrates women’s golf and the importance it plays in the well-being of women throughout their lives.
A wonderful group of ladies and gentlemen are assisting in welcoming our visitors by volunteering their time over the three days. We look forward to seeing all players tomorrow for round two.
National Women’s Invitational Day Two, 7 March 2017 – Lady Nelson Bell
In just the second year of the event, players have travelled from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney and far-flung towns in Victoria to participate in the National’s flagship three-day women’s competition.Representing more than 20 clubs, 116 women golfers tackled the Old Course in sunny but blustery conditions for today’s 4BBB competition. Marlene Ayres and Tessa Fraser from Heritage were victorious in the Lady Nelson Trophy, with an outstanding score of 40, 2 points ahead of their closest rivals. Tomorrow, on International Women’s Day, a field of 128 will battle the Ocean course for the trophy of the tournament, the National Invitational Trophy, which will be awarded to the player with the best individual score over Monday and Wednesday. Again today a valiant troupe of volunteers scouted, spotted, scored and scrambled for lost balls to help participants enjoy the joys and the jeopardy of the Old.
National Women’s Invitational Day Three, 8 March 2017 – The National Invitational
The wind finally abated for the third and final day of the National Invitational as 128 players took to the Ocean course for an individual stableford round.
The more clement conditions assisted players to achieve some excellent scores, with the Silver Division won by Margo Sacks with a score of 35 points. Winner of the Bronze Division was Suzanne Stephenson with 39 points. The team event for the National Invitational Trophy was won by the ladies from Heritage Golf & Country Club with 100 points. The team consisted of Marlene Ayres, Lee Watson, Tessa Fraser and Marnie Gorman.
The National Cup which combines a player’s individual stableford scores from day one and three was won by Marlene Ayres with scores of 35 and 32 for a total of 67.
Player feedback was warm and enthusiastic, congratulating the National on the format of the three-day event and the club’s commitment to supporting and promoting women’s golf.
Many players have already confirmed their intention to participate next year (March 5,6 and 7), delighted to have another opportunity for women golfers to play three of the top 100 Australian golf courses in one tournament.
The success of the second National Invitational is a tribute to the many members who volunteered their time, to the golf ops team for its superb organisation of such a large contingent of players across the three days, to the catering team for providing fabulous food, to the grounds staff for the superb condition of the courses and to club management and staff for their untiring efforts to ensure a successful tournament.
The inaugural National Invitational was held in 2016 coinciding with International Women’s Day. More than 100 players representing 21 clubs participated in the three-day Women’s National Invitational at The National Golf Club on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria (7-9 March 2016).
The inaugural event offered women golfers the chance to play three of the top 100 Australian golf courses in one tournament.
“The National Invitational initiative celebrates women’s golf and the important role it plays in the health and well-being of women throughout their lives,” said Jon Gahan, General Manager of The National Golf Club.
“This event has been a long time in the making. We have a successful annual three-day event for the men, the National Senior Masters. Our intention has always been to offer a similar experience for women”.
“The National is committed to the success of this event and the rare opportunity it provides for women golfers around Australia to play three of our four outstanding courses – The Old (ranked 10), Moonah (ranked 11) and Ocean (ranked 38). During the next three years we hope it will become a premier event in the women’s golfing calendar, “ he said.
Each day of the tournament presented a different weather experience including perfect sunshine and tropical rain. Various competition formats allowed players to participate as individuals and as part of a team. Many groups were excited to use the event as a ‘get away’ opportunity participating in all three days and celebrating in the evenings with the exquisite food offered at The National.
Next year’s event will run from 6th – 8th March 2017.
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Click here for the 2016 results