Inside Golf : Inside Golf Feb 2016
clubs 36 February 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au New-look City GC to test players ANEW driving range and practice facility and changes to a number of holes will greet players contesting the Queensland PGA Championship at City Golf Club in Toowoomba from March 17-20. “ We will have a new first hole in play,” said the club’s golf operations manager Andrew Webb. “ The hole has been lengthened by 75 metres to 390 metres for the professionals and the new green has been moved to across the creek. “Now the players will be faced with a water carry over the hazard, which is just five metres short of the green. “ The other change is to the 18th hole. We have put in a fairways bunker down the left side of the fairway at driving distance. “ This might encourage the professionals to hit an iron or a three-wood off the tee and that will give them a longer shot in. “Normally the pros hit driver to 100 metres out, but we have narrowed that area with a bunker.” Still, Webb predicts scoring will be “hot”. “ The golf course is not overly long for the professionals, but with narrower fairways and fast greens the winning score might not reach 17-under par which was Ryan Fox’s winning score last year,” Webb said. “It’s exciting for the golf fans when the players are scoring birdies and eagles. “People don’t want to see professionals shooting even par.” Other changes at City Golf Club include a brand-new driving range and practice facility, which will open just ahead of the Queensland PGA Championship. “ The professionals will be some of the first players to use the facility, which has 18 undercover synthetic bays and 18 grassed bays,” Webb said. “We are also hoping to have the full service café and outdoor deck precinct open at the same time, but that’s weather dependent. “ The mini golf will roll out in the middle of the year. “We are excited with the new development and the driving range – it’s all going to tie in nicely with the Queensland PGA. In the lead-up to the tournament, there will be two pro-am days – Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 and on Friday, March 18 The Eagles Tribute Band will perform. Webb said club golfers keen to test their skills on the championship 18-hole golf course were always welcome. It costs just $30 to play 18 holes and $22 to play nine holes. After a round, golfers can relax in the impressive clubhouse which has a number of bars, restaurant, Café 19, lounge, gaming room, function rooms, pro shop, administration area and locker rooms. City Golf Club is located just five minutes from the city centre and a 90-minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD. A new driving range and practice area will be in play for the Queensland PGA Championship. Ryan Fox, son of legendary All Black rugby player Grant Fox, shows off the Queensland PGA trophy (photo courtesy of City Golf Club). Syme, Park win Australian Amateur SCOTlAND’S Connor Syme and Korea’s Min-ji Park played stunning golf to win their respective Australian Amateur Championships, presented by Swinging Skirts. Syme, 20, will return later this year to play the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney after winning an epic two-round final 3&2 over New South Welshman Travis Smyth at Metropolitan Golf Club. Park, 18, similarly, won the right to play this month’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at The Grange in Adelaide, but said later that she would need her mum’s permission to make another overseas trip. Syme was outstanding in making just two bogeys through 34 holes of a back-and-forth tussle with Smyth. The Scotsman was three under through his morning round and was again three under through 16 when Smyth’s birdie try ran by, ending the match to rapturous applause from an appreciative gallery. “I can’t wait to get back here and play the Open. It’s my first time playing in Australia and I think it’s great, clearly,” Syme beamed. Park was equally impressive. The Korean ran in 10 birdies across the 31 holes it took her to better fellow Korean Ayean Cho 6&5 in a high- quality women’s final. “I’m really looking forward to participating (in the Women’s Australian Open) ... but I’ll have to ask Mum first,” she said. Park was unofficially eight under – a number Cho, who also played well, was simply unable to match. Korea won the international teams event, while New South Wales won the national teams title, both playing for a trophy honouring Ross Herbert.
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