VETERAN golfers will be teeing off across Tamworth this week for the annual Tamworth Veterans Week of golf.
About 175 players are expected to take part in the four days with two competition days at the Tamworth Golf Club and two at the Longyard.
Plan Plus Wealth Advisers are the major sponsors of the week, which also features two overall competitions – the NSW Vets Association Shield and the Country Music Shield.
The Vets Association Shield is for the best net stableford score over the first two days, and the Country Music Shield the best net stableford score over the first three days.
There will be three divisions a day in the men’s, which is over 55, and two in the women’s, which is over 50.
Golfers from 55 clubs across NSW and Queensland will be participating in the week from Bundaberg down to Kiama.
Charlestown has brought the biggest contingent with 16 players competeing.
The tournament gets under way today with an individual stableford at the Tamworth course.
Another individual stableford will follow at the Longyard tomorrow.
After a rest day, it’s then back to the Longyard for another individual stableford.
The week will finish with a 4BBB stableford medley at the Tamworth Golf Club followed by a presentation dinner. Meanwhile Adam Scott is on the verge of overtaking Tiger Woods for the world No.1 ranking.
The reigning Masters champion and first Australian to capture the green jacket held a three-shot lead heading into the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational after struggling to a one-under-par 71 on Saturday (US time).
Scott, who led by a tournament-record seven strokes when the day began, stood on 15-under 201 after 54 holes with surging American Keegan Bradley second on 12-under following a blistering round of six-under.
At Bay Hill for the first time since missing the cut in 2009, he matched the course record with a 10-under-par 62 Thursday and equalled the 36-hole mark by following with a 68 Friday.
With 14-time major champion Woods absent due to a back injury that has jeopardised his chances of playing next month’s Masters, Scott would move just behind the American with a victory this week.
If neither Woods nor Scott play again before the Masters, as is expected, then a Bay Hill title would ensure Scott would become world No.1 for the first time in his career on the Monday before he defends his first major title, based upon points dropping off at the back end of the two-year ranking cycle.