Amateur titles a first step
By TONY WHITE
MACLEAN golf star Luke Henwood has again set his sights on qualifying for the NSW Amateur Championships next month.
Last year Henwood performed admirably, claiming one of 32 qualifying spots for the match play section of the prestigious tournament, before being beaten in the quarter-finals.
Henwood tees off at Ryde-Parramatta and Strathfield golf courses from February 4-6 aiming to make the top 32 qualifiers for the match play finals series at Concord from February 8-12.
The NSW Championships attracts not only the best amateurs from Australia and New Zealand, but also a host of experienced international golfers, particularly from Europe.
Following his performance last year Henwood was selected in the NSW colts team and he's hoping to repeat his effort this year.
"I've been hitting the ball pretty well since winning the North Coast Amateur at Coffs Harbour and have been travelling down to Sydney just about every weekend for Pennants training and practice matches," Henwood said.
"I'm really looking forward to the next couple of weeks and trying to make the NSW colts team again."
Henwood will play this season for Sydney club, Moore Park in the No.1 Pennants team along with close friends, wellknown North Coast golfers Logan Toms (Woolgoolga) and Jason Barby (Coffs Harbour).
"We should go really well," Henwood predicted.
Next Thursday Henwood tees off in the Lake Macquarie Open on the tough Belmont layout.
"Last year I finished even par and 28th in a very strong field," Henwood said.