From The Rough

Tasmania’s premier club teams’ championship, the Claremont Shield, tees off at The Devonport Country Club on Saturday 14th March 2020. The fifteen teams of four players representing clubs from around the state will vie for the prestigious trophy.

Some of Tasmania’s top golfers will be participating to win the event for their respective clubs. Launceston Golf Club will be out to defend their title once again after winning the event back to back in 2018 and 2019. Launceston Golf Club is expected to be represented by Mitch Van Noord, Greg Longmore, Matt Marston and Cameron Bell who will have represented their club for three years in a row. They won’t have everything their own way though, as it is likely that Royal Hobart and Tasmania Golf Club from the South and Wynyard Golf Club from the Northwest will also field very strong sides. The Northwest will also be represented by teams from Devonport Country Club and Ulverstone, hoping that home ground advantage will give them the edge.

The event format dictates competitors participate in eighteen holes of foursomes on Saturday afternoon followed by 36-holes of singles on Sunday. The Eric Bourke Memorial Trophy is a handicap event played in conjunction with the Claremont Shield. Launceston Golf Club is also the defending Champions in this event.

Josh Molendyk teeing off in last years event at Launceston Golf Club. Josh Played for

Devonport last year but will be representing Prospect vale Golf Club this year.

Calling all golfers with official handicaps:

Ever wanted to play at the home of golf, St Andrews? Well here’s your chance!

Golf Australia is offering golfers around Australia the chance to win the experience of a lifetime – play your way to the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews in 2021 through the Play 9 national event.

28 golfers – four per state/territory association – will win the chance to play nine holes at Kingston Heath Golf Club at the 2020 Men’s Australian Open.

The four qualifiers will travel to Melbourne in late 2020 and receive the following at no cost:

· A weekend pass for the 2020 Men’s Australian Open as guests of Golf Australia.

· Return economy air travel to Melbourne from the nearest major city in the player’s state/territory.

· Two nights’ accommodation (Friday and Saturday nights);

· $200 grant to cover local transport and meals in Melbourne.

· Attendance at the Play 9 presentation reception.

· Tickets to the Australian Open champion’s cocktail reception on Sunday evening.

· A player gift pack.

A male winner and a female winner of the national Play 9 final will receive the ultimate prize of a trip for two to the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews in Scotland, where they will participate in the International 9 Hole Challenge final on the Old Course prior to the Open Championship.

Clubs and facilities around the country are running qualifying competitions from 2 March – 11 October 2020.

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