Marysville golfers tee off for first time since fires

Marysville\’s golfing community, whose golf club was damaged in Victoria\’s bushfires, were still able to enjoy a game of golf after an invitation from the Sandhurst Golf Club.

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Funds raised from today\’s Marysvile-Sandhurst Challenge will go toward re-establishing the Marysville\’s golfing fraternity.

Sunny skies in Melbourne provided a perfect day for the Marysville golfers, who gathered for the first time as a group since Black Saturday.

Many had been playing golf at their own club that fateful day.

Two of the club\’s junior members, James and Mathew Liesfield, died in the fires. Some of the money raised from today\’s event will go towards establishing a Junior Golf Trust, named the two brothers, to support up and coming players in the Marysville community.

The ringing of the Captain\’s Bell signalled a minutes silence for the bushfire victims, before the President of the Marysville Golf Club hoisted the flag.

It\’s hoped about $12,000 will be raised from today\’s event but several hundred thousand more is needed to get the Marysville Golf Club up and running again, although it\’s hoped nine holes will be playable soon.

Nick Jans, President of the Marysville Golf Club praised the strengh the marysville community.

“We were wounded, but not crippled, and with the right kind of management and the right kind of investment and technical support we can get it going again and that\’s really important to Marysville as a whole”.

It\’s envisaged the Marysville-Sandhurst Challenge will become an annual event.

Meantime at the Springvalley Golf Club, police and emergency services workers joined bushfire survivors in a pro-am event.

About 60 people took part in today\’s event, including football legend, Kevin Bartlett, and Melbourne personality John Blackman.