Capacity field keen to have a hit with Fraser

A CAPACITY field of 170 will hit Corowa golf course tomorrow for the first Marcus Fraser Ambrose.

With a forecast of 42 degrees, organisers yesterday confirmed the heat would not affect the prestigious tournament.

“It’s going to be hot but golf is an all-weather sport,” head Corowa professional and organiser Rob Rowe said.

“As long as everyone slips, slops and slaps, we don’t expect the weather to be a problem.”

Several professionals will play, including Fraser’s brother, Adam, and LPGA regular Lindsey Wright from Thurgoona.

Fraser’s other brother, Jeremy, and father, John, will also play.

Crowds looking to follow the world No.55 around the course will be spared the trouble as Fraser will base himself at the par three 18th hole where he will hit a shot for each of the 32 teams of five.

“We’ll set up a few grandstands and a bar around the green so people can stay there and watch,” Rowe said.

“Marcus already knows the hole pretty well but he’ll know it even better by the end of the day.

“If it’s too hot for people in the grandstand, the clubhouse overlooks the green anyway and it is air-conditioned so we’re expecting it to be pretty full.”

After a rough financial start last year, the Corowa Golf Club has come on in leaps and bounds.

Tomorrow’s tournament is expected to provide the club with further financial stability as well as give amateur golfers a chance to play with one of the world’s best.

“The essence of the event is to give the community and amateurs the chance to come and have a hit with Marcus,” Rowe said.

“This event will also expose the club and the golf course.

“This is the first tournament of what will become an annual event.”

Fraser, who is donating $5000 for the prize pool, is expected to arrive at Corowa today.

He will have a hit with juniors in the morning before heading to the 18th hole for the day.

The event starts at noon.