Swinging end to golf festival

THE biggest weekend on the annual North Coast golfing calendar reaches its peak at Coffs Harbour Golf Club this weekend.

Three major events will wrap up the 58th Festival of Golf with near-capacity fields expected when golfers begin teeing-off this morning.

Club spokesperson Judy Simpson said the popularity of events meant the remaining number of entries was limited.

“So far there are 110 entries for the Coffs Cup which means only three vacancies left,” she said.

“It's a similar story in the Ladies Classic with 43 so far in the field while the North Coast Open already has 61 starters ready to go.”

Eight scratch golfers have nominated for the Open.

Jason Barby, Tim Hart, Adam Downtown, Brad Butler, Paul Griffiths, Luke Henwood, Justin Roach and Rhys McGovern head the field.

But some observers are tipping this will be an outsider's year with regular players Peter Mackay, Jim Rooney and others in winning form during the last few weeks.



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