Annual Golf Classic is in full swing

GOLF: 2016 A Grade 54 Hole Champion Scott Benbow driving on hole 18 during the Elders Insurance 41st Golf Classic.

GOLF: 2016 A Grade 54 Hole Champion Scott Benbow driving on hole 18 during the Elders Insurance 41st Golf Classic.

The Elders Insurance Golf Classic in Port Augusta commenced on Monday August 7.

The competitors have already started to test their patience and skill against the challenging Port Augusta Golf course.

The prestigious 54 Hole competitions begins with the first round on Wednesday and will conclude Friday.

In the very open A Grade men’s division there are a number of closely credentialed contenders for the Championship Title including four former winners, Nick May and Ruari MacDonald. 

Locals Mick Warren, and Scott Benbow are also in the running with Benbow looking to defend his title.

They will be challenged by Richard Nairn, a scratch golfer from Tanunda on his first championship attempt on our course.

Marcus Kuys and Clint Agett from Whyalla are also expected to be in the mix.

In the women’s A Grade, the title is expected to be fought out between prodigious local Classic winner Ceri Nicholson and young sensation Shakira Kuys.

If both stumble, the door will be thrown wide open to a number of higher handicap contenders.

The competition isn’t all about the elite players though and with three grades in both the men’s and women’s divisions plus the handicap system, there is a very fair opportunity for all golfers to claim a share in the glory.

It will be fascinating to see how the fortunes play out from the week of competition in the various grades.

Chairman of the Golf Classic committee Ian Cocks said that the Port Augusta Golf Club is looking forward to hosting the 42nd Golf Classic.

“The Port Augusta Golf Club is delighted to again welcome the many visitors to the event and the city of Port Augusta, and assures all participants that the Club will be doing all it can to make our 42nd Golf Classic enjoyable for all participants,” he said.

Wednesday night will see the introduction of a Bonanza Bingo Night starting at 7.30pm at the Port Augusta Golf Club with meals served from 6pm. A live music night including meals will also be available after Saturday’s competition with all welcome to attend.