Author: Steve Goverd

Greater Building Society Lake Macquarie Men's International Golf Championships start today

Our partnerships manager Steve Goverd says a strong English team is making a charge at the Greater Building Society Lake Macquarie Men’s International Golf Championships which starts today.

A strong England team will make a charge at this year’s Greater Building Society Lake Macquarie Men’s International Golf Championships which starts at Belmont Golf Club today.

The team will include three members of England’s Eisenhower Trophy side who finished eighth in the recent World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. They are Craig Hinton ( Oxfordshire), Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland) and Neil Raymond ( Corhampton, Hampshire). They will be joined by Nathan Kimsey (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire).

This will be Raymond’s third successive visit to Australia and he will defend the NSW Medal he won in a play-off at Mona Vale last year.

He was also an England international regular during the year, the most successful player in the Eisenhower Trophy and represented Great Britain and Ireland in the St Andrews Trophy.

There will be 22 other overseas starters in the Lake Macquarie event – two from Scotland, Graeme Robertson and James White, two from Canada, Garrick Rank and David Rose, one from the USA, Max Buckley, one from French Polynesia, Teremoana Beaucousin and the rest from New Zealand.

Among the favoured Australian players will be Brady Watt, who won the event in 2011 and Queenslander, Cameron Smith, who was runner up to fellow Queenslander, Daniel Nesbitt last year.

Nesbitt has since turned professional together with a number of other golfers who played last year including, local star, Jake Higginbottom.

Belmont Club President, Ross Jack , said a field 168 would tee off today.

After the first two days, the field will be cut to 80 plus ties for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

The Greater Building Society has supported the men’s tournament for 16 years and the women’s event for seven.

During that time the event has grown to be now ranked in the Top 30 amateur golf tournaments in the world by

We're proud to have helped to make this important Hunter golf tournament even greater and to encourage the development of amateur golf.

To stay up to date with results visit the Belmont Golf Club website.

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