Penola Golf Course played host to the 3rd annual Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Golf Day on Friday 2nd October, in what was the first of many feature events to take place during the month long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Festival.
Twenty-six (26) teams converged on the Golf Course on what was a sensational spring day, 27oC and clear blue skies, for an all-inclusive Ambrose competition, hosted by the Coonawarra Vignerons and presented by the Limestone Coast’s SAFM and 963 TripleM.
Coonawarra Vignerons Acting Executive Officer and Events & Marketing Manager Heidi Eldridge was thrilled with the level of interest for the day, which has grown year upon year. “We had a tremendous response to this year’s Golf Day event, with team registrations filling well in advance of the day.
The event attracts a combination of Winery Industry teams, sponsors and public and is a fabulous networking event, as well as being an all-round great day out with Coonawarra wines being showcased throughout the day.”
Players were treated to a glass of Sparkling Cabernet and gourmet morning tea before taking to the pristine 18 hole course, with an assortment of Coonawarra wines served with lunch and accompanying cheese and nibbles in the afternoon.
First time Coonawarra Golf Day participants, Mount Gambier youngsters Jayden Eldridge, Jake Dempsey, Travis Younghusband and Matt McCallum produced a winning nett score of 54 1/8, taking home the converted red jackets and a dozen Coonawarra wines between them. Team Captain Jake Dempsey praised organisers for the day and for the condition of the course “The Vignerons have done a sensational job to put this day today together. The greens are in top nick – credit to the Penola Golf Club, ” he said.
Mount Gambier PGA Pro and owner of Golf’n More, Craig Davis, offered up his time and expertise as a prize to join a team in a competition that ran on the Coonawarra Facebook page in the lead up to the event. The winners of the competition Jarryd Nuske and his mate Allan Henderson travelled from Mannum to attend the Golf Day and were fortunate enough to take out second place with winemaker Mal Redman rounding out the team, producing a nett score of 54 1/4.
The team of Connie Magliera, Lou Mouraga, Charlie Le and Alison Fraser were the overall gross winners with a score of 64. Top scoring winery team Ottelia were recipients of a $500 wine bottling voucher from sponsors Vinpac International.
Coonawarra Vignerons Patron Wendy Hollick was present to hand out the team awards, as well as various individual novelty prizes for longest drive and nearest the pin.
The successful day led into the long weekend, the first of five weekends in the month-long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Throughout October an extensive array of special events and cellar door special tastings showcasing and celebrating Coonawarra’s signature red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, is taking place.
With spring in full flight, there’s no better time to soak up Coonawarra. Take the time to celebrate, educate + activate your senses from 1 to 31 October 2020. Check out the full CALENDAR OF EVENTS and View the PDF EVENT PROGRAMME.