Launceston to host veteran golf national championships in 2019

LEADING THE CHARGE: Peter McCarthy, Geoff French, Phillip Atkins and Rod Thorpe talk tactics for the 2019 veterans golf championship. Picture: Scott Gelston
LEADING THE CHARGE: Peter McCarthy, Geoff French, Phillip Atkins and Rod Thorpe talk tactics for the 2019 veterans golf championship. Picture: Scott Gelston

Launceston will host the Australian Veteran Golf Championships for the first time in 16 years in 2019. 

About 500 golfers aged 55-plus are expected to compete in the November 10-15 championships, which will see representatives from every state and territory flood the city’s four main courses.

Country Club, Riverside, Mowbray and Launceston golf courses will host the week-long event, which takes place one week after the Melbourne Cup.

Organisers met in Launceston last week and are hoping to attract a well-known golfer to speak during the championships. 

Go Golfing managing director Peter McCarthy said the tournament would also provide a shot in the arm for tourism leading into the summer.  

“The local accommodation will benefit, the local tourism, Barnbougle Dunes as well – they’ll head up there at some stage most of them – it’s golf but it’s tourism,” McCarthy said. 

“Historically people spend about $2500 per person and times that by 650-700 people, you’re talking about a real boon for tourism before the peak tourism season of December, January, February that Tasmania experiences.”

This year’s championships will take place in November in Port Stephens, New South Wales.

Launceston’s organising committee was established in 2016 and is headed by the Australian Veteran Golfers Union’s Tasmanian delegate Geoff French.