It was hot weather, 42 degrees Celsius last Saturday and Sunday, but the high temperatures couldn’t stop the sixth annual Marcus Fraser Ambrose at Corowa Golf Club from being another big success story with 292 players both days and 90 for the five-hole shootout on Friday eve.
“The main focus is generating money for Corowa Golf Club,” the town’s star international golfer told The Free Press. “I thank all the players coming back for the event and welcome all new players for the first time.
“I was lucky to have this facility growing up and we want to make sure it stays forever. It’s a great golf course and club. I’ve never seen the greens look so good despite the heat and the limited number of groundstaff.
“I always love coming back to Corowa and I very much thank The Free Press for all the support for me and this golf club, keeping everybody informed.”
Marcus will play in the Singapore Open next week to hit off his international year and expects to be home in July for his milestone 40th birthday.
Corowa’s Pro Shop head coach Rob Rowe said it was wonderful to see so many locals and visitors participating and enjoying the big event. “Marcus does a wonderful job with the event, as does ‘Magro’ (Shaun Whitechurch)” he said.
“To get that many players playing, bearing in mind the heat, is just great.”
Despite playing in the heat, the event’s chief organiser Magro was still mobile on his feet ensuring the programs of the two nights ran smoothly, with brilliant comedian Fred Lang and the talented Toucan Rock band Saturday night, and presentations and speeches Sunday night.
The roly poly, twinkle-toe big hitting 9 handicap golfer Magro moved quickly around all present, leaving no doubt as to why he was chosen as a councillor delegate on the Festival of Dance Committee at Federation Council’s December meeting.
Corowa Golf Club CEO David Peacock described the event, which has raised some $40,000 as fantastic,. “It’s our biggest weekend on the calendar.
“We’re stoked to have Marcus supporting the club for the sixth year in a row with his event. Not only is he a top person and bringing money into the club with this event, but the marketing of our club with this event is immeasurable.
“The club is heading towards a brighter future. Club membership has gone up 11 per cent in the three weeks we’ve had the cinema (helped substantially via Federation Council major grant funding). Magro has done a fantastic job for all those six years.”
In closing the formal proceedings last Sunday night, club president Malcolm McLean said: ‘I thank all involved in making the event, I believe, one of the best in Australia.”
The Marcus Fraser Ambrose Event could contain huge celebrity names in 2019. “Sam Groth has already booked for next year and we could have Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting next year - they are close mates of Marcus,” Magro explained.