Aron Price wins Jack Newton Classic
Special Events Tour | 2013 Jack Newton Celebrity Classic | Wrap | 20 Dec 2013
After 3 full days of parties, sun and golf, the 35th annual The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic has come to a close for another year.
The professional winner of the 2 day event was US based New South Welshman, Aron Price. The recent NSW Open winner set a course record on the opening day of the 36 hole event when he recorded a round of 61. He birdied 12 holes, including his 7 final holes of the first day and came in 11 under. He also set a tournament record by completing his 36 holes in 16 under par.
During the presentations, Donna Barlow, she spoke about her daughter Danii Meads-Barlow, who passed away from diabetes complications the week she began her HSC. It was a reminder of the underlying reason that such a huge crowd gathers at Cypress Lakes Resort every December.
During the two day golf tournament 60 new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in Australia. A deadly disease reaching epidemic levels in this country and at this stage with no cure.
The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation also benefits from funds raised at the event. Money obviously very well spent when you look at the calibre of players which have come up through its ranks including This year’s winner Aron Price, Sarah Kemp, Kurt Barnes, Julian Reynolds and last year’s winner Brendan Smith.
The Classic is also the perfect opportunity to show off Jack’s home ground of the Hunter Valley as the perfect holiday destination.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Minister for the Hunter, George Souris, said “The Classic is a great addition to the NSW Summer Events calendar, providing a boost to both the local economy, research into diabetes and the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. With over three million dollars collected since 1979, The government recognises that this event is far more than just a golf tournament, providing many lasting benefits to the community.”
At the farewell dinner on Wednesday night, the awards were handed out after which the winners were all sent straight from the stage to the pool to jump in fully clothed (after checking their pocket for wallets and mobile phones). This is something that has become a tradition over the years started by Gary Sweet.
When Jack began to start thanking his tournament director, Judy Brady and The Chantoozies, who had performed earlier in the evening, with some encouragement from the crowd, they all ended up in the pool.
To check out some of the great photos from the 2013 event head over to The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic facebook page. To get a glimpse behind the scenes at this year’s tournament, a one hours special will air on Channel 9 on Sunday 12 January. Check your local listings for details.