'Trashman' ready to tee-off with golf's elite

ONE Wednesday afternoon between October and January this year, golfer Warwick Cheney handed in his card to the Maclean Golf Club after competing in the club's nine-hole competition.

Little did he know that card would earn him VIP access to the Johnny Walker Classic at the Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth from February 19-22.

“It's a bit mind boggling ... it's all pretty exciting,” Cheney said.

“It's a big event, there should be a fair roll-up of international and Australian players.”

Cheney, who fronts legendary Valley band Los Garbos and the Trashmen, booked his privileged spectator pass after his score of 26 stableford points, off a handicap of 24, was calculated as the second best score in NSW for the Johnny Walker Nine Hole Challenge.

After watching the professionals shoot down the fairways at the Classic all weekend, Cheney will have the opportunity to exhibit his skills on the same course, competing in the national final of the Nine Hole Challenge on February 23.

However, Cheney is more than anything looking forward to 'rub shoulders' with some of the world's best golfers.

“I'm just over the moon,” he said.

“I haven't seen live golf in donkey's years.

“I hear (Camilo) Villegas has a flock of stunners that follow him all over the world ... I might hang around him.”

Cheney said he did not know when, or which, of his cards won him 'the trip of a lifetime'.

“I must have played one blinder of a round,” he said.

“You just never know in these competitions.”

Cheney was not the only one revelling in the spotlight, with the Maclean club grabbing its share of the spoils.

“Maclean is a small club and our membership is not huge ... there is a real buzz around Maclean (Golf Club),” he said.

Cheney said after his success and club member's Kim Moore and Noeline Smith qualification to the Australian ANZ Ladies Masters Pro-am, the Maclean club was starting to 'add to the golf world'.

“People are starting to take notice of Maclean ... it's such an attractive course with beautiful natural features,” he said.

“I played with a young gun from Ballina and he said 'this place is mad'.

“Once we get the irrigation working we'll eat Yamba (Golf and Country Club) alive.”

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