AHK Event Report: 5th Annual German Chamber & Allianz Golf Day

On 29 October, we hosted our 5th German-Australian Chamber & Allianz Golf Day at the beautiful Huntingdale Golf Course. And, for the first time in five years, our attendees were greeted with blue skies and not a single cloud to be seen!

With 15 groups competing in this year’s competition, the event was well attended by our sponsors and members. After everyone had registered, enjoyed a light lunch and had a practice swing with their team members our players were greeted by Tina Thoms, Manager Melbourne Branch and Membership Director of the Chamber, and our special guest the Hon. Philip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business who was delighted to be able and spend the day combining work & pleasure.

Once everyone got in the group picture, it was already time for all teams to find their starting holes for the 1pm shotgun tee-off!

To keep energy levels high for all the different competitions, Gary from Huntingdale, together with Julia and Caroline, made sure that our golfers were well hydrated and fed with sugary snacks, driving around the Huntingdale Golf Club in the Beverage Cart kindly sponsored by Hophaus.

Despite the beautiful weather and our attempt to keep energy levels high by giving away more than 90 chocolate bars, not all players seemed to be ‘on top of their game’: Hole number 12 featured a “Beat the Pro” competition where our amateurs had a chance to challenge a professional golfer during the tournament. However, golf pro Lisa could not be beaten by any of the players and so the prize went to Ian Stewart who delivered the best shot according to Lisa.

After a good 4 ½ hours on the greens, the teams started to get back to the beautiful club house for pre-dinner drinks before our hungry players made their way to the dining room to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner and to review the successful day.

Some great prizes were made available to the winners thanks to our Platinum Sponsor Allianz, our Hole Sponsor Audi, Beverage Cart Sponsor Hophaus and in-kind sponsor Wildbrumby.

And the winners were:

3rd Place with a score of 60.875:
Declan O’Leary, Sally Buckley, Bob Baddock, James Koutsoukos (Dr. Oetker team)

2nd Place with a score of 58.75: |
Chris Dore, Ryan McKelvie, Curtis Taylor, Sara Walker (Hophaus team)

1st Place with a score of 57.875:
Scott Milligan, Alister Burley, Stewart Jonson, Jonathan Allen (Allianz team)

We would like to congratulate the winning teams for their fantastic efforts!

Congratulations also to the closest-to-the-pin winner Peter Bennison who won a wonderful Hophaus gift pack including a voucher for a dinner for two guests at the restaurant. Longest drive winner Jonathan Allen will also feel very lucky when he uses his Audi voucher to spend a long weekend driving a brand-new Audi Q5 SUV!

For those players who did not make it onto the winners’ podium, there was the chance to win more fantastic prizes in the raffle, which were kindly donated by our member companies: The first prize went to Oliver Frobose, who took home a brand-new Bosch vacuum cleaner, the second prize – a Dr Oetker gift pack – was won by Russel Gleeson and Ian Stewart won two tickets to the Chamber’s End of Year reception in Melbourne. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and Huntingdale Golf Club for helping us make the German-Australian Chamber & Allianz Golf Day a big success. We would especially like to thank our main sponsor Allianz for their outstanding (and longstanding!) support. Our appreciation also extends to Audi, uvex and Sealed Air, who supported the day with their Hole Sponsorships and great gifts and prizes for our players. Thanks also to our Beverage cart sponsor Hophaus and to our in-kind sponsors Wildbrumby, Dr Oetker, Gerolsteiner, Huntingdale Golf Club and Bosch.

We also thank Minister Dalidakis to take time out of his busy schedule to attend our Golf Day – it was much appreciated by all members.

As they say, the most important shot in golf is the next one. So, we hope to see you all next year again!


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