Club golfers have sights on record-breaking form
WHEN the final two rounds of Coffs Harbour Golf Club's club championships are played this weekend, the club's best players won't just be chasing the coveted title, but perhaps a course record as well.
Provided the Lakes course isn't being played under preferred lie conditions this weekend, one of the A-grade golfers can put his name up in lights.
The reason for the record being on offer is the fifth hole at Coffs Harbour has been changed from a par-4 to a par-5, with the tee moved back 50m.
"It's now one of the most exciting par-5s on the Coffs Coast," club professional Matt Allan said.
"There's trouble everywhere if you don't hit a good shot."
While a low score off the stick would claim the new course record, Allan said shooting a low number today, or 'moving day' as golfers call it, would go a long way toward claiming the club championship.
This weekend will see 36holes played, but at the halfway stage of the event, Logan Toms and Tim Hyland share the lead with Aden Louez only a shot behind them.
When asked to pick a winner, Allan said it was too difficult a task.
"Wouldn't know," he said.
"Any one of those three is good enough to win it, but there's players a few shots back who are also capable of climbing the leaderboard."
Come tomorrow afternoon, when the final group makes its way up the 18th fairway toward the large crowd gathered on the clubhouse balcony, Allan nominated a few players who could be the fourth player in that group.
"I know Shane Cutmore didn't have a good day last week but he's one player capable of lighting it up all weekend long," Allan said.
"Sneaky little Dan Swain is lurking in the shadows and he's playing pretty consistently at the moment.
"Also, Peter Mackay is inspiring the older members in the club and he's in a rich vein of form at the moment."
Mackay also has a chance of claiming the A-grade nett title, but he'll have to chase down Bruce Silvia and Kevin Budge to do it.
Both the lower grades have a man out in front with a handy lead.
Paul Mealey holds a six-stroke lead in B-grade, while teenager Ty Adams is four shots ahead in C-grade.
143 Logan Toms, Tim Hyland
144 Aden Louez
149 Peter Mackay, Brandon Connor, Dan Swain, Trent Jones, Tyler Corfe
164 Paul Mealey
170 Mick Galloway
171 James Rowe, Marty McFadden
180 Ty Adams
184 Brad Jeffery
185 Garry Forster
189 Todd Towler
138 Bruce Silvia, Kevin Budge
141 Peter Mackay, Wilson McOrist, Michael Ticli
140 Paul Mealey
141 James Rowe, Mark Hayward
142 Mick Galloway
134 Todd Towler
137 Ty Adams
146 Garry Forster
147 Jeff Cunningham, Brad Jeffery