A RECORD 139 players have entered the women’s competition for the Victorian Par Three Championships at Kyabram Parkland Golf Club.
The women’s championship, which tees off today, is full of new faces but also boasts veteran performers such as Kathy Bell, Jessica Pickwick and Steff Vogel.
Organisers said they were thrilled to be pulling such high numbers to the region.
“We have six junior girls playing, but we also have a few unknowns which are coming along and there has been a few we’ve had to look up,” Parkland’s Naomi Cartwright said.
State Schools Victoria sporting champion Alessandra Nagayo and Tyana Phan are in with a good chance and are sure to give the locals a run for their money.
Victorian teammates Jessica Pickwick, who is coming back to defend her title, and Cobram girl Steff Vogel will be taking on a strong local contingent.
Lana McInnes, Jessica and Sandie Scapin and Kathy Bell are making sure there’s a healthy Kyabram representation on the greens.
While in the men’s competition, which begins on Saturday, organisers at Parkland have 66 on the books competing and they know who is in with a chance.
“We have a few new players coming along and 14 junior boys are playing,” Ms Cartwright said.
“It’s really pleasing because usually we usually don’t have too many competing in the under 18s section.”
The event will be highlighted by the appearance of David Walker who won the inaugural championships some 14 years ago.
Last year’s champion, Nathan Schneider, is coming back to defend his title and organisers are tipping Andrew Cane will be in with a chance of taking the title.
And for the Ky tribe there’s Peter Barrette, youngster Austin Baker and Matt Miller from Hill Top.
“The men’s competition is an unknown, there are a few new players coming through and last year we had an outstanding amount of people with a handicap under five,” Ms Cartwright said.
“So there are quite a few good-quality players and it’ll make for a nice day on the greens.”
Parkland is also unveiling the honour boards of past winners to commemorate the championships and organisers said last week the weather was looking promising.
The women’s championships are held today and tomorrow and the men’s events are on Saturday and Sunday. Organisers are encouraging everyone to head along and watch some top notch golf.