Pros, am­a­teurs to clash

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur golfers will tee off in a Western Open golf tour­na­ment in Hor­sham this week­end.

The com­pe­ti­tion, on Satur­day and Sun­day, will bring to­gether the best play­ers from a Lad­brokes PGA Proam se­ries and Golf Vic­to­ria’s Ivo Whit­ton and Susie Tol­hurst am­a­teur events.

An in­au­gu­ral 36-hole Western Open scratch event last year thrust Hor­sham into the na­tional golf­ing spot­light.

The event fea­tures a large field of pro­fes­sional golfers play­ing along­side Vic­to­ria’s best am­a­teurs for the ti­tle of Western Open cham­pion.

It is part of a pro-am se­ries that fea­tures 140 tour­na­ments across Aus­tralia and the South Pa­cific, in­clud­ing 35 in metropoli­tan and re­gional Vic­to­ria.

Last year’s Western Open was the first tour­na­ment of its kind in Vic­to­ria where pro­fes­sion­als and elite am­a­teurs com­peted for the same ti­tle.

It was also eas­ily the largest and most pres­ti­gious golf tour­na­ment in Hor­sham for years.

Tas­ma­nian and 2018 Vic­to­rian Open cham­pion Si­mon Hawkes shot nine un­der the card to win last year’s ti­tle from Vic­to­rian Peter Wil­son and am­a­teur Adam Tsi­ami.

Hawkes, who had led overnight, clinched the ti­tle by a shot af­ter scor­ing a birdie on the fi­nal hole.

Hor­sham Tel­stra Store has strongly backed the tour­na­ment as nam­ing-rights spon­sor and The Weekly Ad­ver­tiser and ra­dio sta­tions 3WM and MIXX FM are also among spon­sors.

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