GRAHAM Tyson and Dave Tobin have long been loyal supporters of the Bathurst Golf Club, so it was fitting when the pair of B graders clinched the honours in the inaugural Bathurst Members Invitational.
While the Bathurst Golf Club opted against running the Bathurst Open this year given the COVID-19 situation, general manager Brad Constable said they still wanted a way to reward their members.
It led to the Bathurst Members Invitational. A $300 voucher was put up to grabs on both Saturday and Sunday for the best golfer across the grades.
"We split it into two separate days because we're still not back to full capacity," Constable explained.
"We want to make sure we look after all our members ... so if we broke it up over two days there are more chances you'd get a game on one or the other days whereas the typical Bathurst Open is a two-day event.
"There was 180 players on the Saturday which is pretty good considering we are not at full capacity, it was very well supported."
It was Tyson who won Saturday's leg of the invitational with 43 points and on Sunday fellow B grader Tobin took the overall honours with 41 points.
"It played into the hands of the B graders," Constable said. "Both of them are long time members, love their golf, so it was wonderful to see."
The strong response to the invitational - Saturday's field of 180 was backed up with 121 on Sunday - continues the good news for the club.
"Our members have really stuck by the club, golf has been at a premium hence tee times have been hard to get ... with the golf course being open it allowed us to keep that revenue stream and it provided an outlet for members," Constable said.
"There's been a lot of feedback how golf has been one of the few saviours during the pandemic, people's mental health has been helped by being able to get onto a golf course.
"The course, in the next couple of weeks you'll really see it spring out of the ground.
"We have still had those cool nights, but it will be magic in a few weeks, probably the best I've seen it. Everything's pointed in the right direction."
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