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Harry switches the clipboard for gold

Posted: 02-Jan-2012 by Maccabi National

Harry Procel is better known as our former Maccabi Australia president and the Head of Delegation to the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. But Harry rested the administrative notepad this week and showed he’s pretty handy with a golf club too, claiming his first international Maccabi gold medal with a win in the masters net individual event on Friday, while adding to his kitty with a silver in the masters team event.

Harry, choosing to compete in Sao Paulo as part of his travels for his 30th wedding anniversary celebrations with wife Robyn, earned his win after four consistent rounds. His net scores of 71, 79, 71 left him two in front with the final round to play, before advancing to a six-stroke win.

After gaining qualification for the tournament, Harry knuckled down with lessons and practice leading up to the Games, which held him in good stead during the pivotal moments of the tournament. Not only was he “very pleased it paid off and I played a good final round”, but the tournament was also memorable for the “wonderful spirit” amongst the competitors.

“We had probably the best medal ceremony I’ve ever been a part of at a Maccabi event,” says Harry, who has only missed one Maccabiah games since 1981.

“There was a terrific ruach from players from Argentina, USA, Australia, Venezuela, Mexico, Israel.

“I was lucky enough to be asked to be the MC of the ceremonies and I was very proud individually to have the national anthem played for my own performance and was delighted that our Head of Delegation Lisa Borowick could be there to present the medal to me.”

The four days of golf was preceded with a practice round, so Harry paid special mention to the team’s physios Michelle Kahn and Josh Kestenberg for “managing to keep my troublesome back in check and nurse me through the four-round event”.

The golf was played some distance from the Games’ hub, so Harry was also delighted to have the support of Lisa Borowick, Tom York and wife Robyn during his exciting final round.

Of the Games in general, Harry says: “I think the Games overall have been well run; the transport has been good; accommodation great, food reasonable. The social functions have been very good; having Dudu Fisher as a chazzan at the Friday night Shule service was a highlight.”

But now, Harry’s attention returns to the office, where he resumes his preparations for Team Australia at the 2013 Maccabiah.

“Since finishing the tournament on Friday, I’m already resuming my focus on the Maccabiah Games in 2013," Harry said. 

“It’s New Years Day today, so now we’re talking about an event coming up next year now!”

 
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