Classic?s looking Sunny
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE two most prestigious events of Coffs Harbour Golf Club's Festival of Golf are set to get under way this morning.
The men's North Coast Open and the Ladies Classic have both had some great names take out the prize in the past and Sydney's Sunny Park is hoping that she can add her name to the list.
Playing off scratch, Park was enjoying her first look at the Coffs Harbour layout yesterday in preparation for the Classic.
"It's a really good course," the 21 year old said.
"It's nice and it's pretty but there's plenty of water."
This weekend will be The Lakes member's first Ladies Classic which she is playing in after receiving an invitation to compete following a string of strong amateur results over the last three years when she has been a member of the NSW state team.
This year Park was named in the Australian squad and played in the Queen Sirikit Cup in Adelaide where the Aussies took on the best that 14 other countries could throw at them.
As summer is only just coming, the girl who loves her golf so much that she works with Drummond Golf, admits that she hasn't had much tournament play of late to be overly confident about her chances this weekend.
"Last week I played in Tasmania but I putted really badly," she said.
"Before that I won at Ocean Shores but apart from that there hasn't been much."
The big question is for the young star, how does she think she'll go in the classic?
"Hopefully really well but you never know," was her response.
"I've never played here before which would help but it's always about putting and just being able to play consistent.
"I just try to play mistake free golf while having lots of fun."
n The four state squad members that are playing in the North Coast Open look to be the hardest to toss when running an eye over the field.
Yamba's Luke Henwood along with Ritchie Galligan, John Fitzgerald and Rhys McGovern seem the quartet most likely to take the Vardon prize on offer away.
Trying hard to stop them among the strong field will be Coffs Harbour members Jason Barby, Logan Toms and Dylan Stollery who will be hoping to use the intimate knowledge of the course to advantage.