Date: April 11, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Junee receives NSW Golf foundation grant

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Junee Golf Club has successfully applied to the NSW Golf Foundation for assistance to help repair and replace a broken automatic watering system controller and foot valve for the course’s watering system.

With an ongoing struggle for funds, the small Riverina club often resorted to manually watering the course and greens in the middle of the day. However despite the labour of love the course fell into bad shape; the greens becoming quite damaged as a result.

“It was in very poor condition. Golfers were very disappointed with what they were presented with,” Course Manager Kevin Jacobsen said. “Thanks to the grant from the NSW Golf Foundation, we can cover the costs of the equipment needed.”

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The club held a poker run fundraiser to help offset the costs of the new equipment.  With the top up from the Foundation, replacement of the broken equipment is well underway. Mr Jacobson is hopeful that it will be back in pristine condition soon.

“We’ve re-sown one green and its already germinated,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get the course back to what it should be by this October, just in time for the Veterans Week of Golf.”

The club intends to take the opportunity to increase membership level with a couple of initiatives like providing Grey Nomad camper-van parking and re-opening the club restaurant.

“The President is going to letterbox the town too, we’re going to get people back into playing golf, build our numbers up,” Mr Jacobson smiled.