24 Feb 2021 | Amateur golf |

Stars come out to play Tassie Open

by Contributor

Stars come out to play Tassie Open
Rising Tassie star Hallie Meaburn

An elite field of 104 competitors have entered the 2021 Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Open Golf Championships commencing tomorrow. Conducted concurrently, the men’s and women’s Open Championships create unprecedented exposure for the game and a top-class event in Tasmania. Favourites for the men’s title include Queensland’s Blaike Perkins, Victoria’s Toby Walker and Jack Buchanan from South Australia. Locals hoping to capture the elusive title include Royal Hobart’s Joey Bower, Mitch Van Noord from Launceston and local member Matthew Glover. Wynyard’s Jack Lakin, Ulverstone’s Cameron Allen and Ronan Filgate from Prospect Vale 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 women’s champion Kathryn Norris from Western Australia will not be defending her title won last year at Ulverstone Golf Club. However, Alexandra Hilliard from Victoria, Queensland’s Haruhi Nakatani and Kelsey Bennett from New South Wales will be big drawcards for the event. Local hopefuls to keep an eye on are Hallie Meaburn - fresh off her course record and top-five finish at the Australia Amateur Championships earlier this month - from Royal Hobart, Ulverstone’s Sarah Johnstone and Tasmania Golf Club’s Mackenzie Wilson. Each is a former Tasmanian women’s team member and will be hungry to see their names engraved on the Elvie Whitesides trophy. Meanwhile, a handful of Australia’s best senior golfers will tee off at Kingston Beach for the Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Senior Open Championship. Among the field of 37 competitors are 22 Tasmanians chasing the title in the three-day event. Key Tasmanian competitors in the men’s event include Prospect Vale’s Robbie Berne and Launceston Golf Club’s Shayne Walker. While the Prospect Vale sisters Tammy Hall and Deidre Panton will line up as favourites for the women’s title. Interstate competitors to keep an eye on include Queensland’s Brad Dowling and Stephen Toyne, and Laurence Bargibant in the women’s championship. The Men’s and Women’s Tasmanian Open and Tasmanian Senior Open Golf Championships are being conducted at Kingston Beach Golf Club from February 25-28 and admission is free.

To view the draws and scores from these two events, please click on one of the following links:

Men's and Women's Tasmanian Open - Click HERE

Men's and Women's Tasmanian Senior Open - Click HERE

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