Harris HMC go back-to-back upstaged by a hole-in-one at golf day

A change in course and threatening rain didn’t prove a handicap for the winning team of this year’s 2014 Chancellors Cup Golf Day held at the prestigious Sandhurst Golf Club on Friday 14 November.

Photo of 2014 CCGD winners from Harris HMC - from L to R:Andrew Headbury, Alex Merzvinskis, Brad Blunt and Marcus Spencer
Harris HMC team of Brad Blunt, Andrew Headbury, Marcus Spencer and Alex Merzvinskis didn’t let new conditions and challenges put them off their game, backing up their success in 2013 by again winning this year’s competition.

Now in its 17th year, this popular Ambrose format event attracted 51 golfing ‘enthusiasts’ from throughout the Monash University community.

TeamMONASH Programs Coordinator Simon Dart said the golf day was an outstanding success, from the networking opportunities for the participants to the raising of funds for Monash University Talented Student Support Programs and affiliated sporting clubs.

“The annual Chancellors Cup Golf Day is a great opportunity for Monash alumni and corporate supporters to mix in a relaxing environment while helping to raise funds for our programs and sporting clubs.

“The event raised well over $4,500 for participating programs and sporting clubs, combined with a stunning hole-in-one by Paul McNamee on the North Course 3rd hole; it was a very enjoyable day.” Mr Dart said

Competitors also enjoyed side novelty hole competitions – with Tony West winning both longest drives on the 9th and 11th holes, Alex Merzvinskis nearest to pin on the 10th hole, Dwayne Kick nearest to pin on the 15th hole, Samuel Catherine straightest drive on the 17th hole.

However, all were upstaged and stunned by Paul McNamee’s hole-in-one on nearest to pin on the 3rd hole. Congratulations Paul, well played!

Martin Doulton, Director of TeamMONASH applauded everyone involved in ensuring  another successful golf day.

 “To our sponsors, supporters and friends thank you for your efforts in supporting our sporting clubs who make a very important contribution to the overall University experience at Monash.” Mr Doulton said.

The day ended with an informal gourmet BBQ and presentations to the winners within the sensational Sandhurst Golf Club facilities and hospitality.

Harris HMC were again the major sponsor for the event with great support from O’Brien Capital, Programmed, Dexus Property Group as hole sponsors. This years Chancellors Cup Golf Day was supported by Monash University Alumni, AFN Fishing and Outdoors, Modern Promotions, Kukri, Net Promotions, Node Nanofabrication, Precor, Sandhurst Golf Club and TeamMONASH.

Monash University Student Succeeds on and off the Field

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SITTING  in the change rooms before training, Jessica Au prepared as she had for nearly every session since her first trial with Melbourne Victory.

Au warms up during a training session with Victory. Pictures: Mark Avellino.

However, with the 2014-15 ­W-League season on the horizon, this was to be the session the speedy winger would never forget.

The 19-year-old had arrived early, expecting she would have to continue pushing her case for a ­contract with the reigning W-League champion.

Au continues to mix her sporting and university commitments, studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University.

She is just as committed to achieving her goals off the field as she is to making a success of her time with the Victory.

That means juggling five days a week of study as she chases her sporting dream and eyes a post-grad degree in medicine.

“I want to be a paediatrician and travel around the world doing volunteer work. That’s still the plan,” she said.

It takes serious determination — something Au has in spades — to crack into a squad which only months before her promotion had secured the W-League championship.

As her preparations for the session continued, Victory coach Joe Montemurro approached Au and delivered the news she had waited years to hear.

“One day I got to training early, I was sitting in the change rooms and he’s like, ‘I just thought I’d let you know that your hard work has paid off, we’ve decided to offer you a contract’,” Au said.

The right-winger first trialled with Victory as a 16-year-old and spent time at the National Training Centre honing her skills.

But this was the day she had dreamt of and vindicated years of juggling study commitments with soccer training and matches.

“It was tough because there’s so many great players, especially when we get quality internationals coming in,” she said. “To finally make it in, I was speechless when I found out.”

Au warms up during a training session with Victory. Pictures: Mark Avellino.
While she missed her club’s grand final win over Heidelberg United due to the conditions of her Victory contract, Au reflects fondly on the team and individual success she has achieved this year.

“Last year we were minor premiers as well, we went to the grand final and unfortunately we lost in the 90th minute,” she said.

“This year we said, ‘That’s not going to happen, we’re going to go all the way’.
“The last few months we bonded really closely together, worked really well as a team and went all the way.”

While she is ready to make the most of the chance when it comes, Au is happy to bide her time and learn from the more experienced members of the Victory squad.

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