Tweed golfer in hunt for crown

By DAVID CARROLL

TWEED golfer Scott Gardiner will look to add another title to his resume when he tees off in the Victorian Open starting today.

An impressive field hits off at Woodlands today, including 29 of the top 30 from the Von Nida Money List.

Included are defending champion Kurt Barnes, Victorian PGA winner Cameron Percy, NSW PGA champion Gavin Flint and Michael Wright, who won the NSW Open.

Gardiner, the Queensland PGA titleholder, will play along with former US amateur champion and Queensland Masters winner Nick Flanagan.

While Gardiner is competing in Melbourne, Murwillumbah teenager Christopher Dean will test his game against some of the world's best amateur golfers when the NSW Amateur Championship tees off tomorrow.

The 19-year-old is part of a three-pronged Tweed contingent which will contest the prestigious event.

Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club (CTH) members Rhys McGovern and Oscar Koch will also compete in the tournament that has attracted more than 280 players, including defending champion and world No.4 amateur Mitchell Brown.

The tournament starts tomorrow with the opening round of the NSW Medal to be played at Strathfield and Ryde-Parramatta clubs.



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