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MEMBERS GOLF

For those in search of competitive golf, Cairns represents an e xcellent choice of club, with league fixtures, many trophies to battle for each year in t he club’s own prestigious competitions and much social golf on offer.

Men and women both have a full programme of golf and enter teams in their respective pennant competitions. The pennants are the pinnacle of inter-club golf in Far North Queensland. For the men, eight FNQ clubs are split into two divisions of equal standing. They play matches against each other over three successive Sundays in October, with the top two clubs in each division progressing through to the knockout stages, culminating in a grand final where the pennant is up for grabs.

Players of all abilities can enjoy pennant play, with each club fielding five golfers in A, B and C Grade competition for players with handicaps of up to 10, 11 to 17 and 18 to 36 respectively.

The ladies also enter teams in the FNQ Ladies Pennants and FNQ Ladies Inter-club Challenge which features matches against other clubs over the course of the season.

Cairns lady members are often selected to represent Far North Queensland in the Meg Nunn Salver, a prestigious inter-district match play event contested annually by the seven districts of Queensland.

Competitions are held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Wednesdays and Thursdays are Mens and Womens competitions respectively, whilst men and women can both enjoy competition play on Saturdays & Sundays.

Whether your favourite format is singles or pairs, strokeplay or matchplay, a one-day event to find the winner or a knockout competition running throughout the season, you will find something appealing at Cairns. You do not need to be a scratch golfer to enjoy competition golf at Cairns Golf Club.

With a good selection of competitions run against handicap everyone has a chance to get their hands on some silverware.

The most important club events for both men and ladies are the club championships. The men’s is a 72-hole event played over four days and the ladies a 54-hole event contested over three days.

Both men and women also enjoy challenge matches against local rivals. These are played in good spirit but both clubs desperately want to win!

The men play home and away against Innisfail on successive Sundays in November in the Wargent/Anderson Challenge.

Another competition played against local rivals Half Moon Bay is the Challenge Cup. This event is modeled on the Ryder Cup format over two weekends. Teams from each grade play a foursomes match, a 2-ball ambrose as well as individual stroke matchplay.

Every year our Ladies head down to El Arish south of Innisfail to play a City v County match in memory of Pam Purtle, a popular member at Cairns. The day has many aims. To encourage golfing friendships, as Pam always did, raise money for charity through a monster raffle and, of course, to bring home the trophy!