Longyard pro-am centres busy week of golf

FORTY professionals, including last year’s winner and eight Tamworth-based professionals, will tee  up in today’s Longyard Golf Club Pro-Am.

Mandy Sullivan checks out this drive in yesterday’s opening round of  club championship play at Tamworth Golf Course. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 130514GOB01

Mandy Sullivan checks out this drive in yesterday’s opening round of club championship play at Tamworth Golf Course. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 130514GOB01

The Longyard Golf Club has a maximum field of 40 professionals and 104 players.

“We have a full field of 144, the absolute most we can fit in,”  Longyard professional Steve Myers said.

“We have sponsors for every hole as well plus some extras so it’s a real success.”

He said the pros would play for “$11,000 including GST” with the winner to receive around $1800.

“We’ve got 40 professionals playing.

“That’s the most we can cater for.

“Leigh McKechnie, a long- time professional on the Aus tralian circuit, and Neil Sarkies are the two best-known. 

“Last year’s winner Brendan Smith is also coming back.

“We also have eight local pros playing.”

Myers will tee  up along with Harrison Russell, Adrian Baradownski, Brock Sampson, Darren Burger, Anthony Painter, Doug Maiden and female trainee professional Tamra Moore.

“Tamra’s the only female professional too,” Myers said of pro-Am which should  be played in glorious weather.

“The course is in great condition too,” Myers said of what has been a busy golfing week with a huge field of 180-plus golfers teeing off in Monday’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter charity day while the Tamworth Lady Golfers started their annual club championships yesterday.

Tamworth’s  Choices club championships for the A Grade men start this Sunday.

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