Schulze chases am­a­teur cham­pi­onships hat-trick

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - STU­ART EA­TON

SIXTY- EIGHT com­peti­tors have en­tered the 105th Men’s and Women’s Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship of Tas­ma­nia, tee­ing off on Satur­day at Tas­ma­nia Golf Club.

Two-time cham­pion Mark Schulze will start firm favourites for the ti­tle. Lo­cals Nathan Gate­house and An­drew Phillips will be con­tenders, along with Zach Jansen, a plus two hand­i­cap­per from South­port Golf Club in Queens­land, one of 11 main­land com­peti­tors.

The women’s cham­pi­onship will also be keenly con­tested, with Grace Kim of New South Wales start­ing favourite.

Stand­ing in the 16-year-old Avondale Golf Club mem­ber’s path will be 19-year-old lo­cal Geor­gia Mil­bourne, Royal Ho­bart Golf Club’s Hal­lie Me­aburn and Prospect Vale’s Lily Caelli, who rep­re­sent the fu- ture of women’s golf in Tas­ma­nia. Adele Hug­gard from Vic­to­ria, Is­abelle Tay­lor from Queens­land and Su­bin Wui from New Zealand are also solid com­peti­tors.

The lead­ing 16 men and eight women who emerge from the 36-hole qual­i­fy­ing rounds will de­cide the cham­pi­onship through elim­i­na­tion match-play. The event con­cludes next Tues­day with two 36-hole fi­nals. A NUM­BER of Tas­ma­ni­ans were in ac­tion in South Aus­tralia last week at the Aus­tralian Mid Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships.

The 54-hole Golf Aus­tralia event for play­ers aged 30 to 54 was con­ducted at the spec­tac­u­lar Links Lady Bay.

Launceston Golf Club’s Josh Molendyk was the best per­formed of the Tas­ma­ni­ans, fin­ish­ing run­ner-up, two strokes be­hind Mark Bou­ton of Vic­to­ria. THE Men’s Se­nior Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship of Tas­ma­nia tees off to­day at Mow­bray Golf Club, with 55 com­peti­tors vy­ing for the ti­tle held lo­cal Michael Leed­ham, who is hop­ing to cap­ture his sev­enth crown. The event has been run­ning since 1995 and this is the 17th time Mow­bray has hosted it. The 54-hole Aus­tralian Se­nior Or­der of Merit event is con­tested over three days and con­cludes on Fri­day. BETH Batch­e­lor and He­len Fox of Or­ford took out this year’s Bronze Sta­ble­ford at the Devon­port Golf Club on Mon­day, win­ning by five points from Ge­orge Town Golf Club. The in­di­vid­ual ti­tle went to Moo­rina’s Ta­nia Thomp­son. MAU­RICE Keat­ing, Ian Lloyd and Gre­gory Steven­son of Elder­slie Golf Club won this year’s South­ern Coun­try In­ter­club. The in­di­vid­ual ti­tle went to Cole­brook’s Colin Hig­son.

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