More than 50 of the south's top male golfers will line up for the Southland Stroke Play Championships at the SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club this weekend and, after an impressive showing at the Otago Championships last weekend, club officials expect a tight contest.
Three of the seven Southland players who headed to Dunedin last weekend finished in the top 10. Liam Balneaves finished a very close second, with Otago's Brent McEwan narrowly edging him out of the title by just one shot. Tyler McLean and Kyle Dobbie also put in good performances, finishing ninth and 10th respectively.
Joining the trio in a strong lineup in the 72-hole Southland Championships this weekend will be fellow Southland representatives Scott Hellier, Jeremy Hall and Matt Tautari and, with last year's winner Cody Harper ineligible to play after taking up a teaching traineeship, the title is wide open.
A 36-hole competition for masters will also be played, with one round contested each day.
SBS Bank Invercargill Golf Club club professional Scott Riordan says the course is in top condition.
"The course is looking good. The greens are perfect and there is plenty of run out there with the dry conditions," he said.
"The forecast is looking good and we've got some good players coming down from Otago too so we're expecting a great weekend of golf."
Late entries are still being taken and can be submitted at the Invercargill club or with Riordan.
- The Southland Times