State team to the fore
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WITH three tournaments being run simultaneously this weekend, Coffs Harbour Golf Club is in for a hectic 48 hours.
But when the North Coast Amateur Open boasts such a quality field, it makes all the effort worthwhile.
While last year's winner Richie Gallichan won't be back to defend his title as he's recently turned professional.
Any disappointment about the reigning champion not playing quickly disappears though when you consider the quartet that will be teeing off this morning from just after 9.00am.
Luke Henwood, Grant Scott, Justin Roach and Woolgoolga member Logan Toms were all a part of the NSW senior state team that defended the national title in Launceston.
Toms is keen to put his intimate knowledge of the Coffs Harbour layout to good use this weekend as he attempts to shake off the North Coast Open bridesmaid's tag that he has earnt over the last three years with his string of runner-up finishes.
Competition will be tough though for the Moore Park pennant player as his state team-mates all bring with them solid claims to the title.
Roach finished runner-up in the Australian Amateur this year losing the final 3 and 2 and is tipped for bigger and better things in the near future while Henwood who hails from Maclean won this tournament two years ago.
Playing off scratch, Scott is also considered a real chance of victory.
n MORE than $17,000 in prize money has been offer this week for the 57th annual Festival Of Golf at Coffs Harbour.
Not all of it is going toward the North Coast Amateur Open though.
Also teeing off today and tomorrow will be competitors in the Coffs Harbour Cup for players with a handicap of seven or over and there will also be the girls in the Ladies Classic.