22 Feb 2022 | Amateur golf |

Elite field for Tasmanian Open

by Golf Australia

Phoenix Campbell at the Vic Open.
Victorian Phoenix Campbell is one of the favourites for this week's Tasmanian Open.

An elite field of 110 competitors have entered the 2022 Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Open Golf Championships beginning Thursday. Conducted concurrently, the men’s and women’s Open championships create unprecedented exposure for the game and a level of top-class event in Tasmania. Favourites for the men’s title include Queensland’s Harry Takis and Joel Stahlhut, and Victoria’s Toby Walker and Phoenix Campbell. Locals hoping to capture the elusive Open title include Royal Hobart’s Joey Bower and Hunter Gillard, Mitch Van Noord from Launceston and local members Mathew Glover and David Pretyman. Tasmania Golf Club’s Mark Schulze, Prospect Vale’s Ronan Filgate, Ulverstone’s Cameron Allen and Brayden Field from Burnie are strong favourites and will also be out to prove their mettle. The Tasmanian Open’s honour roll includes players such as Bill Dunk, Ian Stanley, Mathew Goggin, Geoff Ogilvy and Nick Flanagan. Current Tasmanian amateur champion, Caitlin Peirce from South Australia, Queensland’s Shyla Singh and Keeley Marx from Victoria will be big draw cards for the women’s event. Local hopefuls to keep an eye on are Hallie Meaburn from Royal Hobart, Ulverstone’s Sarah Johnstone, Launceston’s Jorjah Bailey and Tasmania Golf Club’s Mackenzie Wilson. Previous winners of the prestigious Elvie Whitesides trophy include Tamie Durdin, Nikki Campbell, Minjee Lee and Tasmanian golfing legends Tammy Hall and Lindy Goggin. Meanwhile, Australia’s best golfers with a physical, sensory, or intellectual disability will tee off at Kingston Beach for the Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Inclusive Championships. The inclusive event brings together players from across the country, competing as part of a global calendar that contributes to the World Rankings for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD). Competitors to keep an eye on include Cameron Pollard and Lachlan Smith from New South Wales, Queensland’s Adam Whayman and Adam Letherbarrow from the Australian Capital Territory. The Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Open and Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Inclusive Championships are being conducted at Kingston Beach Golf Club from February 24-27 and admission is free.

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