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Plenty of names on club championships’ shortlist

Tim Hyland is considered one of the main chances to win the Coffs Harbour club championship which starts today.
Tim Hyland is considered one of the main chances to win the Coffs Harbour club championship which starts today. Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advoca

ASK Coffs Harbour Golf Club members who will win this year's club championship which starts today and you'll get a wide variety of answers.

Club professional Matt Allan said the reason for the mystery is obvious.

"It's the best field in years," Allan said.

"We've got the cream of the crop from the Mid North Coast," he said.

The very first tee-off group this morning features the trio of Logan Toms, David Rook and Shane Cutmore.

All three are considered a strong chance of claiming the prize when the final round of the championships are played on April 24.

Former champion Dan Swain is also playing this morning while Tyler Corfe who finished runner-up last year will aiming to go one better this month.

Allan believes the player to beat in the crack field will be two-time North Coast Open winner Tim Hyland.

The task of winning the Brown & Hurley club championship has been made easier by the fact reigning champion Jack Pountney won't be able to play in all four rounds.

This month will have Pountney playing in the Australian Junior Championships as well as the World Left-Handed Championships to be played in Japan.

Allan also predicts Wilson McOrist is a good chance from Mick Bourke of claiming the senior event. He also believes Peter Ramstadius is a smoky for the B-Grade title along with Peter Hunt and Brian May.

He also thinks a recent trip north that involved plenty of golf could pay off for Barry Thomas in C-Grade.

On top of the champion- ships, the club will also have a big morning on Monday for the final round of the US Masters.

For $25 members and visitors can enjoy both a breakfast in the clubhouse while the final round is being played at Augusta and a shotgun start competition round where the greenkeepers will place the flags and tees in their toughest positions.

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