Golfers bring international flavour to Yamba
GOLF: An experienced field is building up to contest the highly anticipated BWAC Ladies Pro Am at the Yamba Golf and Country Club on Friday.
The competition has gained more of an international flavour this year, with 18 countries represented among the field of 45 professionals who will take to the links.
The event is fast becoming one of the most popular in the Australian section of the golf calendar and is the final stop in the series before the start of the US and European seasons.
There will be some familiar names returning to Yamba this year and some great talent will be on display. Emma De Groot, Breanna Gill and Sarah Kemp are regular competitors at Yamba and have been performing well on the Australian Tour.
Defending Pro Am champion Katelyn Must, Western Australia, will return to reclaim her crown after she won a nail-biting three-way play-off last year by sinking a 10-metre birdy putt on the first play-off hole to nudge out Stacey Keating.
There are golfers coming for their first visit and, particularly those from overseas, will no doubt find Yamba and its beautiful situation something to remember.
Principal of major sponsor BWAC, Noel Galvin, said one of the main reasons behind his sponsorship is for the event to be one which enables young professionals to gain experience in the cut and thrust of tournament play.
A number of the entrants have only very recently turned professional and are looking forward to making their presence felt.
The Yamba course is in magnificent condition thanks to the efforts of groundskeeper Mark Ryan and his team but it will present a hefty challenge for the professionals.
The course lends itself well to spectators and the new deck at the rear of the club looks out onto the 10th and 18th holes.
There are still places available for amateurs and anyone wishing to take part should ring the tournament co-ordinator Chris Durrington at Yamba Golf Club.