Golfers tee up for 2017 pro-am at Howeston Golf Course, Birkdale

PREPARATION: Jake Weston and Kerron Weston prepare the Howeston Golf Course ahead of the pro-am. Photo: Julie Burton
PREPARATION: Jake Weston and Kerron Weston prepare the Howeston Golf Course ahead of the pro-am. Photo: Julie Burton

THE 38th annual pro-am will be tee off at the picturesque Howeston Golf Course at Birkdale on Thursday, September 14.

The event is Queensland’s second oldest pro-am golf tournament.

With entries still open, more than 50 golfers are nominated to vie for the $11,000 prize money up for grabs.

Howeston Golf Course owner Lynn Weston said some players from previous years had gone on to become well known names in golf.

“The people playing this year could be the names of the future,” she said.

Mrs Weston said Nicholas Russell, who shared the win last year with Brad Burns, had nominated to compete again and Aaron Wilkin had also entered.

The 27-hole Howeston Golf Course was cut out of dairy farmland in 1972 by Mrs Weston’s parents Jack and Kath Howard.

“The course was 45 years old on June 25 so this is a milestone year for us,” Mrs Weston said.

The course is run by Mrs Weston, her husband Bill and other family members, including grandsons Jake and Kerron Weston.

A significant design change ahead of last year’s pro-am saw the fourth hole reshaped, lengthened and strengthened.

This year a new bridge had been built on the Weston nine.

A popular event at the end of the one-day event is the long-drive competition which takes place about 4pm.

The pro-am is free for spectators and refreshments are available.

The Howeston Golf Course is located on Creek Road, Birkdale.