A pair of Northern veterans and mainland young guns triumphed in Tasmanian championships held at Kingston Beach Golf Club last week.
Launceston's Shayne Walker and Prospect Vale's Tammy Hall took out the men's and women's senior open titles respectively while New South Wales pair Joshua Fuller and Kelsey Bennett won the open championships.
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Both Walker and Hall were models of consistency throughout their three-round championships, winning their titles by 10 and 20 shots respectively - with the latter defeating her sister, Deidre Panton, also of Prospect Vale Golf Club.
With Hall recording a final tally of 240 after rounds of 82, 79 and 79, Panton finished 13 shots clear of the third-placed Rosemary Paton (Ulverstone).
Walker's win after shooting 73, 70 and 72 adds to an already impressive list of accolades for 2021, having taken out the men's senior amateur championship at Mowbray in February.
Queensland's Brad Dowling was his nearest rival, while Prospect Vale's Robbie Berne was the next best Tasmanian, sitting 13 shots in arrears in fourth.
A day after the Tasmanians received their crowns, Fuller and Bennett climbed to the top of the mountain with commanding victories.
Nineteen-year-old Fuller finished with a four-round score of 270 (14 under) after leading the tournament from day two, where he shot 66.
Also shooting 66 was leading Tasmanian, Launceston's Mitch Van Noord, with the final-round performance shooting him into a tie for third place with Victorian Phoenix Campbell.
Fellow New South Wales competitor Bennett blasted her way through the course to finish 10 shots clear of nearest rival Belinda Ji in a clean sweep for her state.
The sole woman to finish under par for the tournament, the 21-year-old champion took the lead on day two and didn't look back, shooting final-round scores of 67 and 68.
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