Bonnie Doon GC hosted the second Brett Ogle Invitational in support of their elite junior golfers.
Few Australian golf clubs support their junior golfers the way that Bonnie Doon Golf Club does. With practice facilities the envy of many (particularly the short game practice area) it’s a perfect environment to breed the next generation of great Australian golfers.
Bonnie Doon GC goes further though by funding their juniors in the Elite Player Development Program in pursuit of success both in Australia and abroad.
The Brett Ogle Invitational aims to support the Elite Player Development Program and this year a number of former professional golfers came out in support including PGA Tour tournament winners Brett Ogle (of course) Craig Parry, Peter O’Malley and Michael Clayton.
Peter O’Malley took top honours with a 2-over par 73, just one shot ahead of 17-year-old Mitchell Gannon who is a member of the elite amateur program at Bonnie Doon.
On what was a windy day at “The Doon”, Brett Ogle likened it to British Open style golf.
“O’Malley, Mike Clayton and I used to tee it up in the British Open in conditions like this,” Ogle said. “Playing in these conditions will serve you well as you progress through the ranks of amateur and hopefully professional golf around the world.”
On a side note, the long hitting James Grierson drove the green on the 417 metre par-4 18th hole. It was playing downwind, but still an impressive feat!