After 2 sensational rounds over two day at Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley, Brendan Smith is the winner of the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic after finishing 10 under. With rounds of 69 and 65 on a total of 134.
In a very close finish not far behind him were Brad McIntosh and Won Joon Lee both finishing on 9 under after 36 holes. With the final 3 all having come through The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation, it's a testament to the success of the program.
Winners in the celebrity field were Ben Hornby (+6) and Natalie Ward (+7).
Over 200 golfers attend the event every year and last night at the traditional sponsor's dinner held in the pool side marquee, all of them were treated to something a bit special. The patron of the tournament, Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke treated the crowd to 5 verses of Waltzing Matilda, which was met with a standing ovation.
As always there was plenty of money raised during the auction. All of which just adds to the impressive total of over 3 million dollars raised over the years for Diabetes awareness and The Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.
The celebrations will continue tonight. To finish off the biggest 3 days on the social golfing calendar, guest will be treated to performances by comedian Jimeoin and ARIA Award nominated artist McAlister Kemp.
As the night comes to a close The Newton family, the event sponsors and both the professional and celebrity golfers are already marking next year's event in their diaries. 2013 will mark 35 years for the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic. A celebration will be in order so everyone should rest up because as has been said many times over the last few days, Jack sure knows how to throw a party.
To check out some of the great photos from the 2012 event head over to the 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 January 13, 2013, check your local listings for details.
h3. Wrap up just in
After 3 full days of parties, sun and golf, The Jack Newton Celebrity Classic has come to a close for another year.
At the farewell dinner last 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.
When the winner of the event, Brendan Smith stood up to collect his trophy and announced that he had just been diagnosed with diabetes, 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 money raised every year is much needed and put to great use but the Australian Diabetes Council.
In an impromptu moment on stage which could only happen at "˜The Jack' ARIA and Golden Guitar Nominees McAlister Kemp were coming to the end of their set and asked Newcastle 3 piece Rubber Bullet to join them on stage, quickly followed by Luke Dickens, Wilbur Wilde and Mark Evans (formerly of AC/DC). The guys started out with Sweet Home Alabama and kept playing till they called last drinks. That's a lot of amazing talent to have on one stage.
The phrase most commonly heard by the end of the night was "Book me in for next year"