Chris­field in box seat to de­fend ti­tle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

CHAM­PION golfer Peter Chris­field will be out to de­fend his ti­tle in the Far North Queens­land cham­pi­onships at Half Moon Bay this week­end.

Fresh from his sixth con­sec­u­tive Moss­man Golf Club cham­pi­onship last month, Chris­field will tee off in the fi­nal group on Satur­day and is qui­etly con­fi­dent he has the game and is in good enough form to give the 36-hole FNQ cham­pi­onships a shake.

“There’s been a lot of re­cent re­ports about Cairns play­ers they ex­pect to do well so I might just slip qui­etly un­der the radar,” he said.

“But I think the golfers them­selves might be tak­ing more no­tice of me.”

De­spite not play­ing the Half Moon Bay course reg­u­larly, Chris­field said he knows it well enough to be aware of its ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

“It’s a nar­row, tight course and with the south-east­er­lies blow­ing I think it’s go­ing to take a golfer who plays well in the wind to lift the tro­phy on Sunday,” he said.

Chris­field will also use the cham­pi­onships to fine-tune his game for the up­com­ing Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment in the com­ing weeks, which pits the re­gion’s club cham­pi­ons against each other.

Chris­field is also the de­fend­ing cham­pion in this tour­na­ment and is keen to put in a good show­ing for both events.

In the women’s di­vi­sion, for­mer Moss­man pro­tégé Gen­nai Good­win, who cap­tained the Queens­land ju­niors to the Aus­tralian ti­tles this year and is now study­ing in Bris­bane, will be one of the favourites to take out the women’s ti­tle on the week­end.

Chris­field and Good­win will be joined in the FNQ Cham­pi­onships by lo­cal play­ers Bev Cowe, Rus­sell and Julie Hooker, Ralph Mid­dell and Matty Smith.

Photo by NEIL WEAVERS

Man to beat: Peter Chris­field

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