Reigning Epiroc Wentworth Open champion Craig Coles will start among the favourites for this weekend's 2019 edition after his maiden triumph last year, although he'll have a host of gun contenders chasing him.
Two-time title-winner Duntryleague's Craig Stojanovic will be among them while 12-time champion Robert Payne will also be breathing down the neck of the front-runner, unless of course he's topping the leaderboard himself.
James Conran, fresh from winning the Hahn Duntryleague Open Amateur Championship last weekend, will be in the field at the NSW Open this week and as such, that opens the door further for the likes of Dan McLeish, Jordan Clark and Mark Fliedner as well.
But the field is set to eclipse the 200 mark across Central West District Golf Association's final major event and as such, while he tipped those low markers, Wentworth professional Todd Brakenridge admitted there's plenty of room to move.
Particularly when you consider conditions, with the course dry and as fast as it has been in recent memory, which could be of huge assistance to the long-bombers.
Once again the Epiroc Wentworth Open champion will claim the Steve Roach Memorial Trophy, Coles was the first to do so last year when he became the first home club champion since Geoff Wright almost a decade prior.
It somewhat beggared belief Coles' 2018 win was his first, considering he'd been a member at Wentworth and contested the event for more than 30 years, claiming six club championship crowns along the way.
The club has established a second major trophy for this year's open as well, the Brian Mendham Memorial Trophy, which will be won by the Wentworth member with the best 36-hole, handicap score.
Mendham, as proud a Wentworth member as you'd find, lost his long-lasting battle will illness recently after he and wife Dawn played an integral role in junior development through the 1980s and 1990s.
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