2021 NSW Amateur Championship

Published July 11, 2020 09:44

Great news for the Coast is that it has just been announced that the 2021 NSW Amateur Championship is to be played at Kooindah Waters and Magenta Shores over the week of Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January.

The tournament is for both men and women and attracts players from all over the world. Four of the last five male winners have been from England and India. The local women have been able to hold off the overseas players and it will be interesting to see if that trend continues.

The first two days provides 36 holes of strokeplay for the NSW Medal and based on scores returned the leading 32 men and 16 women progress to the match play to determine the State Champions for the year.

Coast players have figured prominently over the years with both the late Alan Waterson and Colin Kaye having won the title on more than one occasion. OK,  I have to admit that at the time both Alan and Colin won their titles they were playing at Moore Park and The Lakes respectively but both moved to the Coast in their latter years with Alan gracing the fairways of Everglades for more than 10 years and Colin playing firstly at Shelly Beach before moving to Magenta Shores where, to this day, he still manages his way around the course quite comfortably. Let's not be pedantic about where they originated.

Gosford born and bred, Richie Gallichan, also won the title in 2004.

Local ladies have also enjoyed some success with both Marea Parsons (nee Hickey) of Gosford and Jan Stephenson of Shelly Beach having their names inscribed on the trophy twice.

Hopefully, by the time January comes around it will still be possible for  the international players to come but even if they are not able to make it this time around there is still sure to be a quality field and some great golf played and it will be interesting to see how the gun players handle Kooindah and Magenta.

Pop these dates into your diary and get along to either (or both) of these great courses to watch some of the best in the business pit their skills over the week.

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