Port Augusta Golf Classic

PAR: Local Champion Mick Warren will be keen to get out on the green next week. He won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

PAR: Local Champion Mick Warren will be keen to get out on the green next week. He won back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

Clubs will be swung in the hope for a hole-in-one as the 46th Port Augusta Elders Golf Classic is set to commence on Tuesday October 12 for a five day festival of golf.

The event was rescheduled from its traditional early August timeslot due to the probability of issues with COVID restrictions.

The later staging of the event will present different conditions on the course which might make the games easier or harder.

Over 900 rounds of golf will be played over the five days with 240 golfers from 38 golf clubs across South Australia.

In the women's competition, the opportunity will be there for a successful first appearance by talented Adelaide golfer Eliza Baker, playing off a handicap of just four.

The men's battle for the prestigious 54 hole competition is wide open, with about six previous champions returning to shoot it out for the coveted title of A Grade Men's 54 Hole Champion, alongside previous local champions Mick Warren and Scott Benbow.

Gary Rowbottom from Port Augusta Golf Committee said competitions in other grades and in all handicap divisions are expected to be very closely fought and impossible to predict. "Sponsor support for the Classic is again excellent and event organisers are confident of an excellent week," Mr Rowbottom said.

"The course is in great condition, benefiting from the hard work of the greenkeeper and volunteers."

The first day of the event should see golfers getting onto the green in perfect conditions with partly cloudy skies and a top of 26 degrees with northwesterly winds 25 km/h late morning.

Port Augusta will see a shower or two on Wednesday and Thursday but the final two days of the tournament should see better conditions for the golfers.

Previous winners A Grade Men

2020 J. JONES

2019 N. MAY

2018 B. LEYTON

2017 R. NAIRN

2016 S. BENBOW

2015 M. WARREN

2014 M. WARREN

A Grade Women

2020 C. NICHOLSON

2019 S.A. KUYS

2018 S.A. KUYS

2017 C. NICHOLSON

2016 E. YAP

2015 E. YAP

2014 C. BEASLEY

More golf next week.