Date: November 19, 2014

Tasmanian Amateur Tees Off

A modest field will tee off on Thursday in the Men’s & Women’s Amateur Championship of Tasmania.

Entries for the 102nd staging of Tasmania most esteemed amateur event have seen 42 competitors enter to chase the prestigious titles at Ulverstone Golf Club.

State team Captain Mark Schulze from Tasmania Golf Club will be returning to defend his title won last year at the Ulverstone Golf Club.

Launceston Golf Club member Greg Longmore has also displayed some great form of late having won the Golf North West Championship recently.

Local member Ben Lewtas and current State team member Samuel Rawlings from Riverside will also provide for some exciting golf.

Other local competitors to keep an eye on include Tasmania’s Andrew Phillips, Prospect Vale’s Jack Tregaskisjago and Launceston’s Cameron Bell.

Kade McBride, a plus three handicapper from Lakelands Golf Club in Queensland, is one of eight mainland competitors contesting the event.

Other mainland competitors keen to capture Tasmania’s top prize include Paul Bucan from Western Australia and Jordan Cooper of Victoria.

The women’s championship will also be keenly contested and will see last year’s runner-up Hayley Bettencourt from Western Australia start as favourite.

Standing in the 20-year-old’s path will be Tasmania Golf Club junior member and current State team member Georgia Milbourne.

Milbourne is currently playing off six and was runner-up to Tammy Hall in last weekend’s Judy Elphinstone 54-Hole Tournament.

Sophie Cusack from New South Wales and Victoria Fricot from Queensland are also solid competitors to watch out for.

The leading 16 men and 8 women who emerge from the 36-hole qualifying rounds will decide the championship through elimination match-play.

The event concludes on Sunday with two 36-hole finals and the crowning of Tasmania’s men’s and women’s amateur champions.

Scores and match-play results will be available each day on the Golf Tasmania website –…/mens–womens-tas-amat…/4410