Esperance is gearing up for the thirty-first annual Golf Classic with golfers set to converge on the local club from across the state.
The event will commence on Monday, April 17 and run for a week.
Players will navigate the Esperance Gold Club’s infamous, but challenging lake system during the highly anticipated event.
This year the classic’s committee has secured sponsorship in excess of $7000 and a “glittering” array of prizes.
Several golfers taking part in this year’s event boast a handicap of scratch or better, so competition for the outright honour will be a good tussle.
In the men’s division the line-up includes 2015 winner Adam Davey, now domiciled in Greenbushes, playing on a handicap of plus one.
2016 winner Conner Fewkes from the Goldfields club is still a junior but a prodigious talent, and also plays on plus one.
Other players entered include juniors Kynan Holt and local product Zac Capelli who will tee up alongside more seasoned players Carl Naake, Daniel Hywood, and Ken Strauch, all single figure handicap golfers capable of winning this event.
The ladies division is more clear cut however, with Ebony Riordan from Goldfields club a standout.
Riordan plays on a formidable plus three handicap, and appears on paper many shots clear of her opposition with the main challengers including past winner Kay Pengilly from Geraldton, Ann Mackay from Denmark Country Club, and Karen Murray from Katanning.
Locals who have an outside chance include Leah Maloney and Sherry Watson.
The Classic committee have received over 180 entries for the event, so members of the host club face a daunting task to process the estimated 800 rounds of golf which will be played.
Keeping players fed and watered during the week will require a big effort from the volunteer catering crew, with over 500 meals plus sandwiches, soup, and light refreshments to be available each day.
On the course a big crew have worked tirelessly for several months to ensure the greens and fairways are in top condition for this feature event.
Late entries for the Classic will be accepted and a nomination form can be downloaded on the Esperance Golf Club website, or are available at the clubhouse.
Tournament director Laurie Naylor can be contacted on 0458 712 079.