Inside Golf : Inside Golf Mar 2016
on tour 26 March 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au Qld PGA grows into top event David Newber y email@example.com SINCE the PGA of Australia decided to move the Queensland PGA Championship to City Golf Club at Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, the tournament has bean-stalked its way into a top tournament. Under the direction of Broc Greenhalgh, State Manager PGA of Australia (Qld Division), the tournament has increased in prizemoney, improved its strength of field and exposure to the local communities. First played at City Golf Club in 2009, the tournament now boasts prizemoney of $125,000. When the Queensland PGA rolls into town March 17-20, the field will notice a few subtle changes to the golf course. The first hole has been lengthened and the 18th hole strengthened and for the first time the course will be wireless. Wireless? Yes, remember when 2014 winner Anthony Summers was leading while standing on the par-3 15th tee and needed three tee shots to reach the green after his first two strikes went “ding” and “clunk” as they hit powerlines. Well, those powerlines are now underground, which means the players have clear vision of their target. “ The first hole has been lengthened by 75 metres to 390 metres for the pros and the new green has been moved across the creek,” said City Golf Club’s golf operations manager Andrew Webb. “Now the players will be faced with a water carry over the hazard, which is five metres short of the green. “ The other change is to the 18th hole. We have put in a fairway 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.” The PGA has assembled a strong field that will include Summers, Matt Millar, Michael Sim, Steven Jeffress, Daniel Popovic, Daniel Nisbet and Todd Sinnott, who turned professional last year after a stellar amateur career. Make no mistake: these players have the credentials to shoot low numbers. Popovic won the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum in 2012, Jeffress captured the inaugural Fiji International in 2014 and Millar was voted the PGA Tour of Australasia’s player of the year at the recent Greg Norman Medal Awards. Sim is a four-time Nationwide Tour ( Web. com Tour) winner and played alongside Tiger Woods in the final round of the 2009 US Open. Golf fans are in for a treat because these pros are seriously good players. “The course is not overly long and even with narrower fairways and fast greens the scoring will be hot,” Webb said. “It’s exciting for the golf fans when the players are scoring birdies and eagles.” Of course, the excitement starts with the pro-am on Wednesday, March 16. As part of the PGA’s grow the game strategy, children from a number of local schools will arrive at City Golf Club for junior clinics and a behind-the-scenes tour of the championship. For golf fans, this tournament is going to be a lot of fun and a must-watch as the pros get serious coming down the stretch. The great thing about this tournament is you can watch and learn from close range. See you there! • 2015 Queensland PGA Champion Ryan Fox (Photo: City Golf Club) IN February, the Yass Golf Club hosted the 22nd Interstate Challenge between blind golfers from New South Wales and Victoria. Each team consisted of six members with the five best stableford scores to count. The Vics just got over the line with 151 points to the Two Blues’ 150 to hold onto the Don Hogg Memorial Shield that they won in 2015. The Vics’ score was boosted by David Blyth’s 40 points, giving him the Don Hogg perpetual trophy for the individual event. David is a B1 totally blind golfer on a handicap of 51. Doug Sloan, President of Blind Golf Victoria, accepted the shield on behalf of the team, and he thanked the Yass Golf Club for hosting the event and allowing the use of its facilities. He also thanked the caddies for supporting their respective player in the event. Sponsorship opportunities are available to anyone wishing to offer charitable support to the blind golf community. Also, blind golf is open to people of all ages and is a perfect avenue for those club golfers who are experiencing some sight loss to stay involved in our great game. Blind golf has 3 sight categories; B1, B2 and B3 which relate to how much sight a player has. B1 players are totally blind. Anyone wishing to learn more about either playing blind golf or caddying for a blind golfer may contact Gary McInnes on 0417 055 731. They may also go to the Blind Golf Australia website www.blindgolf.com.au or see www.internationalblindgolf.com. 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