Veteran Adams chases fourth Cup title

Cameron NewboldAlbany Advertiser

Veteran golfer and three-time Wittenoom Cup winner Murray Adams will be part of a strong field to contest the 2018 edition of the historic 36-hole event at Albany Golf Club this weekend.

The region’s major golf tournament has attracted more than 200 competitors across the Wittenoom Cup and Brenda Wittenoom Open events, which wraps up a busy 10-day carnival on the local links course.

Adams has won this prestigious title in 2006, 2012 and most recently in 2013, and will chase a fourth crown among a big men’s field of 120 players.

“It’s always a great competition,” Adams said.

“This is a great thing for Albany — I think there is in excess of 2000 rounds played and it’s great to have so many people come back to Albany every year for the main event.”

The 78-year-old plays twice a week and will be playing off a handicap of 18 in the Wittenoom Cup but he said his tactics were simple.

“It you hit the ball nice and steady, you’ll go well,” he said.

“Local knowledge is a great thing and if I can play to my handicap, I’ll be more than happy.

“You play off handicap but the young fellas hit them out of sight these days.

“I can’t compete with that.

“At my age, everything hurts and nothing works — that’s a good phrase for an old fella.”

Reigning Wittenoom Cup champion and Albany youngster Cooper Filipowski will defend his crown this weekend, while Christine Randall, who won last year’s Brenda Wittenoom Open, is also returning to be among a field of 90 women.

Players tee off from 7am through to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, with each player having a morning and afternoon timeslot in the two rounds of 18 holes. The carnival, which began last Friday, has attracted more than 500 entries from 45 clubs around WA.

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