Nick Flanagan amongst qualifiers for NZ PGA

BY | Tour | 2005 New Zealand PGA Championship | General | 22 Feb 2005
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32-year-old Australian Peter Wilson shot the low round of 66 to finish at the top of qualifying for the ING NZ PGA Championships held today at the Christchurch Golf Club, Shirley course.

The four will now take their place in the field to contest the ING NZ PGA Championship at Clearwater Resort in Christchurch starting this Thursday.

Wilson, a former Junior Masters winner will be joined in the ING NZ PGA by fellow Australians Nick Flanagan and Anthony Doyle and New Zealander Martin Pettigrew who all successfully progressed through after a five way playoff.

Pettigrew birdied the first hole whilst Flanagan and Doyle birdied the second. Michael Curtain and Matthew Woods parred the second hole allowing Flanagan and Doyle to take the two other positions on offer. Woods will be the first alternate.

Wilson, from Ferntree Gully in Melbourne turned professional in 2002 playing on the Australasian Tour. He joined the Canadian Tour in 2003.

21-year-old Nick Flanagan from Newcastle in NSW was the 2003 US Amateur Championship. He followed that with a third placing, while still an amateur, to Englishmen Brian Davis and Paul Casey in the ANZ Championship at the Horizons in New South Wales 12 months ago. Flanagan didn’t have quite the year he hoped for in 2004 but started 2005 on a brighter note when he qualified for the 2005 Open Championships through International Final Qualifying at Kingston Heath Victoria in January.

Wellington born Martin Pettigrew turned professional in 1997. His best result has been 1st at the 1998 Samoa Open. The 25-year-old New Zealander began playing golf aged 16 and was the 1996 New Zealand Amateur Champion.

New Zealander Anthony Doyle is the assistant professional at Shirley Golf Club. He has recently graduated out of the NZ PGA Academy. In 2002 & 2003 he won the NZ PGA Trainee Championship, earning him a place in the Australian PGA Futures Trainee Championship which he won in 2003 making him the first non-Australian to win. He represented New Zealand in the USA in the TaylorMade-adidas Assistant Professional Championship in 2004.

Fifty-eight professionals, mostly those who have been playing the Von Nida Tour in Australia, and two amateurs contested the final qualifying round today. First alternate for the event is Matthew Woods.

Source – PGA Tour
Photo – Anthony Powter

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