Defending champion Jack Tregaskisjago sets new course record but James Pyke leads the way

PITCHING UP: Prospect golfer Ryan Thomas chips his way out of the sand in the Tamar Valley Championship at Greens Beach. Picture: Paul Scambler
PITCHING UP: Prospect golfer Ryan Thomas chips his way out of the sand in the Tamar Valley Championship at Greens Beach. Picture: Paul Scambler

Hole changes to Greens Beach paved the way for a new course record at the Tamar Valley Championship on Saturday.

Defending champion Jack Tregaskisjago also remains on course to claim his third successive A-grade title.

The Prospect Vale golfer carded a two-under 69 to join Wynyard’s Craig Hancock in defying the conditions to set the new mark.

The eighth hole reverted back to a par three for the championship to ensure the likelihood of lower scores.

Still the southerly winds gusting over 60km/h off the Tasmanian northern coast on Saturday afternoon made the feat a talking point after the tournament’s first round. 

But it was James Pyke that headed to the clubhouse at the end of the day outright leader after 27 holes.

FOCUS: Craig Hancock.

FOCUS: Craig Hancock.

The Mowbray golfer shot an impressive three-under par to claim a healthy three-stroke lead into Sunday.

Hancock and Launceston Golf Club’s Mitch van Noord holed an even-par 106 to take a share of second spot. 

Tregaskisjago sits a further shot behind along with Tasmania Golf Club player Nathan Gatehouse at one-over par.

Royal Hobart’s Joey Bower leads a close junior section overnight against a chasing Prospect pair.

Bower scored a solid 111 to take a one-shot lead over main rival Ryan Thomas, with clubmate Ronan Filgate placed within reach a further stroke behind.

Organisers believed that despite the adverse weather conditions, the competition to win the title will be fierce among what is a quality field this year.