Fraser’s quite a host


HOME-town hero Marcus Fraser will host his own tournament at Corowa next month.

The world No. 58 will donate more than $5000 in prizes to the first ambrose event as a show of appreciation to the people who have supported him throughout his golfing career.

It is believed Stuart Appleby (Cohuna) is the only other Australian professional to host a tournament in his home town.

Fraser, who is competing in the PGA tour school tournament in California, said yesterday the plan had been in the pipeline for some time.

“To be honest, it’s something I have always wanted to do,” Fraser said.

“The main reason is giving back to Corowa Golf Club and the members.

“They obviously did so much for me as a junior and as amateur before turning professional at the end of 2002.

“The club has been through some tough times earlier this year and hopefully we can get some people through the gate to see just how good a golf course and club we have in Corowa.

“We may be a small town, but we have a lot to offer.”

Fraser will play a shot for every group on the 18th hole during the ambrose on Sunday, January 6, with play to start at noon with a shotgun start.

Tournament organiser Shaun Whitechurch said the field would be limited to 32 teams of five players.

“It will be one of the biggest and certainly have the most prizes of any ambrose event in the area,” Whitechurch said.

“Having Marcus at Corowa in person is a real plus.”

Fraser is desperately trying to break into the world’s top 50 to earn exemptions into next year’s four majors.

After winning $1,200,552 on the European tour this season as well as performing well in Asia, he sits in 58th place and will return to Australia next week to play in the Australian Open.

Fraser is in 39th position at tour school at two-under after two rounds.

“I played really all day but messed up the last hole with a double bogey six after hitting in the water,” he said.