(Written by Finn Coleman of Hawkesbury Gazette)
The field for the 2019 NSW Veteran Golfers Association Stroke-Play Championships has grown to 138 players after final acceptances.
The event will be played from March 25 to 27 at three of the premier golf courses in Western Sydney; Richmond, Glenmore Heritage Valley and Stonecutters Ridge.
Play begins: Participants of the 2018 NSWVGA Stroke-Play Championships at Richmond GC. Picture: Noel Rowsell
The Western Sydney region has hosted the championships since 2014 but this year's field will be the strongest in that six-year history.
There will be 48 players on a handicap of 10.4 or below and 30 of those players on a handicap of 6.0 or below.
2018 winner Ricky Allison (Camden Lakeside) is the low marker in this year's field but will face a much tougher task this time around, with a class field of experienced and talented golfers all looking to claim the coveted title.
The youngest player in the field, Giora Frieke (The Lakes), plays off an impressive 4.7 handicap and will be highly motivated to win the championships at his first attempt.
Another 4-marker Sam Smale, is returning from Royal St George's Golf Club in the UK for his second attempt at the title.
Paul Edwards (Darwin) will travel the furthest to join the field but at a handicap of 4.0 is still in with a great chance to win.
Richmond Golf Club members have embraced the event and will field a leading 12 players this year. There is set to be 53 Golf Clubs represented in the 2019 Championships.