Date: November 06, 2015
Author: David Tease - Golf NSW

Volunteer experience brings Belliss back

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arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Brett Belliss thought the opportunity to be involved as a volunteer at last year’s NSW Open Golf Championship was too good to pass up.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>"I had a great time for the whole week, so this year I'm back again," Mr Belliss says. “I think this year, I'm going to enjoy it even more.”

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Mr Belliss found his niche as a volunteer Jack-of-all-trades all around the place during the 2014 Championship. If it needed to be done, he did it, and kept a great big smile on his face as he went along.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“I did a bit of everything last year, from marshalling on holes to cooking the BBQ. I enjoyed the company, it was a good friendly atmosphere.”

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Mr Belliss really loved the opportunity to show some of the competitors his home course, and explain to them some of the features as they were walking around.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“I met some very, very good players from all over Australia last time. I loved walking around with them explaining the features of the course. There's lots of wildlife, lots of beautiful scenery to look at too,” he adds.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>The Hassall Grove retiree only took to golf a few years ago and nowdays tries to get a game in at Stonecutters Ridge a few times a week. He envies the talent of the players competing.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“They play so well,” he says. “Being able to watch them, at my age I envy them. They're very dedicated to their golf.”

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>It’s the dedication to their golf game that Mr Belliss witnessed that helped him realise how far some of them can go as professional golfers.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“The opportunities they are going to get playing the good golf that they do is wonderful,” he says.

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arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Sixty volunteers were on hand to make the Championship run smoothly last year. A similar number will be on course this year.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club CEO Craig Scott is proud of how the club members have grabbed the opportunity to help.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“The volunteers and members have really embraced the Championship,” Mr Scott says. “They have a great time.”

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>“Most, if not all of them have signed up again for this year,” he added. “We wouldn’t be able to hold a successful tournament without them.”

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