A junior tournament known for raising up stars of the game will begin at Greens Beach Golf Club on Monday.
Since beginning in 2005, the two-day Tamar Valley Junior Cup has seen six of its winners go on to become pro, and boasts world no. 29 Cameron Smith as a former entrant.
A smattering of players will play off scratch or better, and tournament director Graham Moloney says a pair of Tasmanians are among the favourites.
“The boys’ event has never been won by a Tasmanian, but this year regular entrant Ryan Thomas, who’s ex-Prospect Vale, now Yarra Yarra in Victoria, is one of the strongest contenders along with Victorian Nathan Page, who’s also off minus two,” Moloney said.
“Joshua Robards (Newcastle NSW) with a handicap of minus one will also be prominent, along with another half a dozen boys from around the country playing off scratch, making this a quality field.”
Launceston’s Zahara Lemon became the first Tasmanian to win the girls’ event in 2017, but could soon find herself sharing that honour with a young Royal Hobart talent.
“This year Hallie Meaburn off scratch has a very strong chance of winning against South Australians Caitlin Peirce (plus three) and Amelia Whinney (plus two),” Moloney said.
The Tamar Valley Junior Cup is a is a Golf Australia ‘Order of Merit’ event for under-18s and sees entrants playing 36 holes each day.