Katanning Country Club set to play host to the 4BBB Teams Classic golf tournament for first time in two years

Tom ShanahanGreat Southern Herald
Derek Ramm, Phil Russell, Richard Kowald and Ian Hanna.
Camera IconDerek Ramm, Phil Russell, Richard Kowald and Ian Hanna. Credit: Tom Shanahan/Tom Shanahan

Players from around WA will converge on Katanning Country Club for its major golf tournament that kickstarts the winter golf season.

A total of 168 players will take part in the 36-hole Four-Ball-Better-Ball Teams Classic over three days this weekend.

A warm-up nine-hole event will take place tomorrow before back-to-back 18-hole match days.

Teams of fours will be split into two separate pairs to play at different times of the day.

The tournament is a social event but offers $1000 prizes per player for the winning side.

Katanning Golf Club president Phil Russell said it was among the best regional golf events in WA.

“This is one of the premium sand greens courses in probably WA, if not globally,” he said.

“This event is very popular.

“We have entries coming from Serpentine, Bunbury, Perth, Albany and Esperance.” Club captain Richard Kowald said the event was open to all players, so partners and families could play together.

“I play with my brother as well as my sister and brother-in law, who come across from Mandurah to play in this event,” he said.

“We tick it off each year as an event we play together.

“It is a great way to bring the family together.”

Kowald said the weekend was fantastic for the Katanning community because it brought hundreds of people from around the region into town. He said there was an incredible effort by volunteers at the club, who got the course in such great condition for the tournament.

“Our course is looking a million dollars at the moment, but we have a reasonably small band of warriors who do all the maintenance work,” he said.

The competition will be the seventh edition of the event and will be the first time in nearly two years a tournament of such calibre has been played in the region.

Phil Russell, Ian Hanna, Richard Kowald and Derek Ramm.
Camera IconPhil Russell, Ian Hanna, Richard Kowald and Derek Ramm. Credit: Tom Shanahan/Tom Shanahan

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