Hunter golfers Blake Windred and Dylan Perry tee off on Monday night (AEST) in the British Amateur after a testing time at St Andrews last week.
Windred shot two 75s and Perry 76-73 to miss the cut at the St Andrews Links Trophy in what Windred described as “typical Scottish weather”.
They are on their second UK “tour” after also playing in the prestigious amateur events in 2016.
Perry, who moved from The Vintage to the Gold Coast this year, made a brilliant run to the last 16 at the British Amateur last year and will hope to go even deeper into the 2017 tournament.
He is playing his first stroke round at Royal St George’s in Kent, the home of the 2011 British Open.
Windred will tee off on the adjacent Prince’s layout looking to improve on last year, when he qualified for the match play, won his round-of-64 match then lost in the second round.
He said the “unbelievable” conditions at St Andrews last week were a great learning experience.
“They are teaching me so many different shots I didn't even know existed,” he wrote on Facebook.
Perry said he had prepared well over the past three days and was feeling confident heading into the Amateur.
** Newcastle dominated Hunter River in their representative fixture in Merriwa last weekend.
The NDGA team won 12.5 to 5.5 after finishing on top of the senior and junior four-balls and both sets of individual match play.
Merewether teenager Luke Ferrier won his four-ball with Josh Robards, one up over Clayton Small and Lachy Sheeley, then beat Maitland young gun Small 6&4.
The Newcastle senior team of Steve Hassett, Matt Lavelle, Michael Wade, Matt Lister, Mat Dorney and Kane Burt won their four-ball matches 3-0 over Hunter River and edged them out 3.5 to 2.5 in singles.
The juniors, including Connor Benjamin, Brij Ingrey, Harry Cleare and Jesse Fittler, won their four-balls 2-1 and singles 4-2.
** Charlestown has launched a Sunday morning junior comp to help attract youngsters to the game.
The nine-hole weekly event starts at 7.30am and costs $5 for members and $10 for visitors.
Charlestown professional Janelle Smith said the concept allowed children to play together regularly in a fun environment.
“It’s just a chance to get out on the course and practise without having any pressure while they are learning,” she said. “No need to be a member. Just bring along a parent or suitable adult to help supervise and walk around the course with.
“Kids thrive on group environments with their peers, so all we are trying to do is make golf fun so they keep playing long-term.”
** The strength of Hunter boys golf was on show last week when locals filled five of the top 10 places at the Macarthur Junior Masters under-13s at Camden.
Branxton’s Riley McClung won in a play-off after shooting a two-round total of three over at the Jack Newton Junior Golf Tour event.
Toronto’s Jake Riley (+4) and Jacob Dundas (+5) were third and fourth, Maitland’s Bowen Small (+9) ninth and Newcastle’s Brij Ingrey (+12) 10th.