CAMERON Mitchell has the goal of winning this weekend’s City of Orange Golf Championship and it all rides on avoiding the trees in today’s starting round at the Orange Ex-Services Country Club course.
The reason is simple.
“You can’t win it in the first round but you can certainly lose it,” Mitchell said.
“It’s always good to get off to a good start and Ex-Services ... it’s easy but it can get you. You need to be careful around there.
“It’ll be interesting to see how everyone goes (today).”
Mitchell will tee-off alongside his father Peter Mitchell and Forbes duo Lee and Andrew Grierson at the Country Club this afternoon.
Mitchell is in the group directly in front of Duntryleague quartet Rob Parfett, Dean Turner, Craig Stojanovic and 13-time winner and three-time defending champion Robert Payne.
The 19-year-old expects plenty of competition to come from that trailing group.
“There’s people in the field like Dean Turner and Robert Payne, they’re all looking for a win as well, but all in all it’s a lot of fun and it’s good to see all the boys again,” Mitchell said returning from Queensland to take part in the three-day event.
“Obviously it’s good competition this week. A lot of people out there are a good chance to win. I like to think I’ve got a good chance of winning. It’s good to come back to my home course, I know it like the back of my hand.
“It’s a good opportunity to go out and play all three courses get back to the local roots of my golf.”
Following today’s round out at Country Club, the packed field of around 150 male and female golfers will take to Duntryleague tomorrow and then Wentworth on Monday to complete the 54-hole championship.
Currently playing off five, Mitchell said his putting has improved and his short game will be vital if he is to give the likes of Payne “a run for his money.”
“If I chip well this week I’ll probably be in with a good chance,” Mitchell said before tipping a par score to win this year’s event.
Alison Seib is the three-time defending ladies champion, teeing off at 11.32am today alongside Michelle Paul, Tema Buadroma and Jacqui Morgan in the ladies draw.
The three-day 2013 City of Orange Golf Championship will begin today.