Top class field for Women’s NSW Amateur

The pinnacle event of NSW Women’s amateur golf, the 2012 Women’s NSW Amateur Championship, will be staged beginning this week at Castle Hill Country Club and Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in Sydney.

This year’s field of 80 players includes the top three ranked amateurs in Australia – Breanna Elliot (Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club, VIC), Whitney Hillier (Joondalup Country Club, WA) and Grace Lennon (Heidelberg Golf Club, VIC).

Whitney Hillier Whitney Hillier (Credit: Golf Australia)

Lennon is the reigning champion in this event, taking out the title last year at The Australian Golf Club.

All members of the Women’s NSW State Team (who recently finished fourth in the Australian Interstate Series) are also competing – Adrianna Brent (The Lakes), Lauren Hibbert (Pennant Hills), Carly Beck (The Australian), Olivia Wilson (NSW), Cathleen Santoso (The Lakes) and Nerida Gregory (NSW).

Internationals making the trip to Sydney to compete include NZ Women’s National Team member Emily Perry, Fleur Reynolds (NZ), Jan Manoonpong (NZ) and Charlotte Thomas from the Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.

There are also a host of strong interstate contenders including Ali Orchard (Surfers Paradise GC, QLD) and Nadine Smith (Royal Perth GC, WA).

With the only limit on the field being handicap (14.4), the age range of entrants this year is an incredible 12 to 69 years.

12-year old Pamela Tsiamis is one of the youngest competitors and is playing in her second championship, having first competed last year. Tsiamis, from Sydney’s Bardwell Valley Golf Club, currently plays off a handicap of 10.

69-year-old Brenda Chalmers from the Concord Golf Club is the most senior competitor, taking part in the Champion of Champions event.

Chalmers is a fierce competitor, playing off a remarkable handicap of 5 and also represents Elanora Country Club in the Women’s Grade Competition.

Local 15-year-old Isabella Chan will fly the flag for host club Castle Hill Country Club, playing off an impressive 5 handicap for her age.

The 2012 Women’s NSW Amateur Championship incorporates the Women’s NSW 72-hole Championship, Women’s NSW Mid- Amateur Championship, Margery McWilliam Bowl, Women’s NSW Club Champions Championship and Women’s NSW Amateur Championship.