Marcus shows faithful what class is all about

HE looked every bit the pro golfer with his TaylorMade hat, white pants and crisp, tucked-in adidas shirt.

But world No. 55 Marcus Fraser let his golf do the talking yesterday.

The Corowa-raised star hosted his first tournament — the Marcus Fraser Ambrose — and hit a ball for all 32 groups of five on the par-three 18th hole of the Corowa course.

The dozens of people watching from temporary grandstands and loud music didn’t phase him as he guided nearly all of his shots within metres of the flag.

“There’s been a few wild shots in there but I think that might have something to do with the 2½-week break,” Fraser said.

“There been a few good ones, too, which is nice. Hopefully, there’s a few left.

“It’s been a great day — a little bit warmer than we would have liked but everyone’s having a good time.

“And there’s a lot of people here which, at the end of the day, is what we’re after.”

A family friend first approached Fraser about six months ago with the idea for the tournament.

At that point, the club that had helped him so much as a junior was in desperate need of financial help.

And for Fraser, there was no two ways about it.

“I just said: ‘if there’s anything I can do to help the club I’ll do it, no questions asked’,” Fraser said.

“At some point, you have to give back to all the people who have helped you out — it’s like a big circle.

“The club always helped my older brother, Adam, and me whether it was a junior camp or anything else.

“All the members still support me a lot.

“I always get phone calls and texts from people when I have a good week on tour.

“It’s nice that everyone has a big interest in what you’re doing.”

Fraser said the 170 people who had played in the tournament were proof the club was in good hands.

“It’s nice that club is back up on its feet. People have done a great job of moving in the right direction,” he said.

“It’s one of the best courses I’ve played and it is the best club that I’ve been a part of.”

Fraser donated prizes valued more than $5000 for his new, annual tournament which raised more than $10,000 for the club.