The stage is set for a showdown at Wollongong with the NSW PGA Championship less than 24 hours away. A quality field has assembled to contest the Championship which gets underway at 7am tomorrow, Thursday morning, with a two tee start.
Groups to watch....
7.50am - 10th - Craig Parry (NSW), Braith Anasta (am)(NSW), Scott Laycock (VIC)
8.00am - 1st - Steven Alker (NZ), Aaron Townsend (NSW), Phil Tataurangi (NZ)
8.00am - 10th - Andre Stolz (NSW), Matt Steiger (am)(NSW), Gareth Paddison (NZ)
12.20pm - 10th - Steven Bowditch (QLD), Jin Jeong (VIC), Michael Hendry (NZ)
12.40pm - 1st - Peter O’Malley (NSW), Michael Wright (QLD), Rohan Blizard (NSW)
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Winners in the field....
Coming in to the NSW PGA Championship off the back of wins are Rohan Blizard and Michael Wright.
Blizard won the John Hughes Geely/ Nexus Risk Services WA Open, last week, chalking up his first professional victory and will now be hungry to secure another.
A week earlier Michael Wright claimed the BrunelWA PGA Championship in a battle of golf that went down to the very last putt.
With the pair in the same group for the first two rounds a good display of golf is a certainty.
Local makes debut....
Wollongong local Lincoln Tighe will make his professional debut at the NSW PGA Championship after a successful amateur career.
“I am really looking forward to teeing off on Thursday as a professional and to do it in front of a home crowd will make it that much more special,” said Tighe
Other locals in the field include Brad McIntosh who was impressive last year finishing 10th
Wollongong Golf Club member Bryan Munkman will play as an amateur and will have they home course advantage on his side.
Nagle looking to emulate grandfather....
After pre-qualifying on Monday, Jake Nagle is in the field and is looking to emulate his grandfather, Kel Nagle, by winning the NSW PGA Championship. Jake shot 73 to finnish in the top 10 qualifiers at Eastlake Golf Club in Sydney.
“I would be extremely proud to emulate my grandfather, Kel, he was an extrodinary player but I will be happy to play my best golf and hopefully be there on Sunday,” said Nagle.
Kel Nagle, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, won the Championship seven times from 1952 to1971 and is one of Australia’s best golfers of all time.
Zac Stolz caddying for his dad, Andre Stolz, at the Surf Coast Knockout
Like father like son....
Also entering into the field through Monday pre-qualifying is 16-year-old amateur Zac Stolz, son of Andre Stolz.
This will be Zac’s second tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia this season after he competed in the South Pacific Golf Open Championship.
“Zac’s golf has really come along in the past year and I am very proud of his efforts to qualify through this week,” said Andre Stolz
“It will be great to see how he goes against the professionals as it is all a great learning experience for him.”
“I know that he is looking forward to the week and wants to play his best golf but also enjoy the experience without putting too much pressure on himself.”
New Zealand invasion....
There is a strong New Zealand contingent in the field for this week’s NSW PGA Championship and they will be looking to claim the trophy for their own.
Headed by Phil Tataurangi who is a former Australian PGA Champion and has also notched a win on the US PGA TOUR, he is joined by Steve Alker who has nine career victories from four different tours, Mahal Pearce, Michael Hendry, Gareth Paddison, Doug Holloway, Hamish Robertson, Nick Gillespie, Grant Moorhead, David Klein, Peter Spearman-Burn, Josh Carmichael and Brad Shilton.
The NSW PGA Championship field is packed with big names all looking to claim the title.
Names to watch for at the top of the leader board include; Craig Parry, Peter O’Malley, Steven Bowditch, Aaron Townsend and Scott Laycock.
A lot of buzz has also been building around Sydney Rooser’s Captain Braith Anasta teeing of as an amateur in his first professional tournament.
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The tournament will be played at Wollongong Golf Club from Thursday 3rd November to Sunday 6th November 2011.
The field will by vying for their share of the $100,000 prize purse plus exemptions into some of the biggest tournaments on the PGA Tour of Australasia.