Golf | A triple title win for NW golfer

HAT-TRICK: Craig Hancock of Wynyard, drives the ball from the fairway during the North West Open Championships at the Ulverstone Golf Club. Hancock took the title, adding it to two northern championships he won late last year. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

HAT-TRICK: Craig Hancock of Wynyard, drives the ball from the fairway during the North West Open Championships at the Ulverstone Golf Club. Hancock took the title, adding it to two northern championships he won late last year. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

Wynyard’s Craig Hancock is the 2018 North West Open Champion. After winning the Northern and Tamar Valley championships late last year, he claimed the north west title on Sunday with rounds of 70 and 70 at the Ulverstone course. He won by four strokes from Launceston’s Mitch Van Noord 74, 70 and local member Cameron Allan 74, 73.

Tim Smith of Tasmania won the junior championship from clubmate Lachlan White and Riverside’s David House took the seniors. Ulverstone’s Sarah Johnstone took the North West Womens’ Championship with 73 and 71 from Tammy Hall of Prospect Vale 72,,81 and Mackenzie Wilson of Tasmania 79, 77. Hall won the seniors and Wilson the juniors.

Ulverstone trio Johnstone, Tailah Mowat and Kerrie Brain won the Carmie Conroy Cup teams event. The matchplay section for women continued on Monday and Tuesday and Jackie Poke of Smithton met Port Sorell’s Sharon Crowden in the final.

Mowbray held round two of their championships on Saturday with former winner James Pyke taking a three-stroke lead after rounds of 69 and 70. Drew Ponting added a three over par 74 to his opening round of 68 and in third is defending champion Mike Leedham with 70,73.

In Prospect Vale’s championships Robbie Berne has the lead after three rounds with 79, 73 and 71 from Ronan Filgate 75, 73, 76 and Jack Tregaskis-Jago 73, 80, 73. In B grade Luke Radin leads Jacob Horton and in C grade Jarryd Battle leads Steve Burris. Tammy Hall with 80, 74 leads Diedre Panton 77, 81 in the womens’.

The Inaugural North East Open Tournament will be played at Bridport and Scottsdale on March 10 and 11. The single stableford format has women playing at Bridport and men at Scottsdale on Saturday with the reverse occurring on Sunday. Entries close on March 3 and tournament co-ordinators are Lyndene Jordan,  lyndene42@gmail.com and Graeme Booth, Hawka2323@yahoo.com.au

Exeter plays its Holden Scramble on Sunday February 25 and players enter online with the closing date February 21. 

Stan Hardcastle at Scamander River is now accepting entries for the club’s Annual Tournament on March 9,10 and 11. Ring Stan on 6372 5530.

Riverside is hosting this year’s Iris Meek, June Atkinson and Frances Hudson ladies’ scratch events on Sunday March 4. The Iris Meek 36-holes is a qualifier for the Lindy Goggin Consistency trophy. The June Atkinson is for B grade players and the Frances Hudson C grade.