GREEN LIGHT: Shane Smith of Lismore putts in the Lismore Golf Club Easter tournament last year. The tournament tomorrow and Saturday has attracted a big field.
GREEN LIGHT: Shane Smith of Lismore putts in the Lismore Golf Club Easter tournament last year. The tournament tomorrow and Saturday has attracted a big field. Cathy Adams

Golf: Juniors a chance in big event

ABOUT 480 golfers will turn out for the annual Easter tournament at the Lismore Workers Golf Club tomorrow and Saturday.

Matt Crandell (Byron Bay) and Dan Morgan (Ocean Shores) will be among the favourites.

Club professional Peter Jaeger believes the winner could come from Northern Rivers junior ranks this year.

He named Casino's Riley Taylor and Ballina golfer Jay MacKenzie as ones to watch.

"There will be a good field of juniors and either one of those guys could win it," Jaeger said.

"Jay recently made the NSW (Under-15) team and Riley is pretty handy too."

The Easter tournament is a drawcard for the Lismore club and has strong roots as a major event on the North- ern Rivers.

Numbers are up on last year, with the 2016 tournament incorporating the Northern Rivers District Championships.

It means more players from Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads will join a quality field.

"A lot of those guys usually go and play one of the Easter tournaments on the Gold Coast," Jaeger said.

"It is a boost for us and someone from up that way could definitely win it.

"It's the biggest amateur event for us in terms of participation numbers.

"We get a good cross- section of locals and golfers from north of the border.

"People come from as far as Sydney and you pick up a few extras who are hanging around home for Easter."

Limited places are still available with about 10 spots left late yesterday.

"We're close to capacity but anyone can ring the club and we'll try to find some space," Jaeger said.

"The course is looking sensational, the best I've seen it in years."

Players will hit off from 6.45am both days.



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