Tammy Hall is defending her Northern Women’s Amateur crown when the 2017 championship is played at Mowbray Golf Club on Sunday.
Hall has won this event on 21 occasions and the first of her wins came back in 1984.
Her strongest opposition is likely to come from 2015 Northern and Tasmanian Amateur champion Zahara Lemon along with Amanda Smith and Lily Caelli who will also defend her junior girls championship.
The contest for the men’s championship looks wide open with a quality field that includes Nathan Gatehouse who won in 2013 and Mike Leedham who has won seven times with the latest being in 2001.
Other challengers for the men’s title are former state player and dual Tasmanian Amateur Champion Craig Hancock who won the Tamar Valley Championship at Greens Beach, Andrew Phillips who was runner-up in the Tasmanian Amateur last month, Jack Tregaskisjago, James Pyke, Steve Mathew, Josh Molendyk, Matt Marsden, Shayne Walker and Matt Wiltshire.
The boys junior championship sees Jack Blair, James Fiddian, Ronan Filgate, Jack Lakin and Dylan Backhouse among the strong contenders.
PACKED WITH PROS
Tasmanian PGA will be played at Mowbray on Sunday and Monday with the Sunday field following competitors in the Northern Amateur. Previous winners competing this year are Bryce Gorham, Scott Priest and defending champion Steve Frith.
Other professionals competing are Peter Freeland, Paul Johns, Daniel Smith, Zac Rollins, Darren Spencer, Brent Barlow, Anthony Rowlings, Nic White, Ty Ebdon and touring professional and former Tasmanian Open winner Simon Hawkes.
Wynyard’s Craig Hancock played consistent golf to win the Tamar Valley Championship at Greens Beach last weekend. He carded scores of 69,35 and 70 to win by a stroke from Nathan Gatehouse who had 73,34 and 68. Former winner Jack Tregaskisjago had 69,38,73 for 3rd place ahead of Mitch Van Noord 73,33,75 and James Pyke with 70,33,79.
Riverside completed this year’s S B Freeland Consistency award for the best average in monthly medal competitions. Michael Lethborg won with an average of 69.5 over the best six monthly medals and Peter Habel was runner up on 70. The monthly medal on Saturday was won by Jim Waterhouse.