Percy vying for back-to-back Von Nida Tour victories
BY iseekgolf.com | Von Nida Tour | 2005 New South Wales PGA Championship | Preview | 07 Mar 2005
Victorian professional Cameron Percy faces some stiff opposition in his quest to win back-to-back Von Nida Tour titles this week at the Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship being played at Pambula Merimbula Golf Club & Tura Beach Country Club on the south-eastern coastline of New South Wales.
Percy shot a final round of 69 for a 15-under total of 273 last week at Sanctuary Lakes to claim the National Australia Bank VIC PGA Championship title by one shot. This week he will again face some tough competition from a field of former tournament winners and rookies looking to make their mark in the professional game.
Nine players ranked in the top 60 on the current Australasian PGA Tour moneylist will tee it up this week for a total purse of $110,000 with $16,500 going to the winner. The big names on show include defending champion Matthew Ecob, Lucas Parsons, Stuart Bouvier, Andrew Bonhomme, Carl Brooking, Nathan Green, Toyota Southern Classic defending champion Brad McIntosh and 2003 US Amateur Champion Nicholas Flanagan. Each state of Australia is represented in the field and our Tasman neighbour, New Zealand also has representation in the 157 professional line-up.
Also teeing it up will be tennis ace turned golf professional Scott Draper. Draper, who captured the mixed-doubles tennis title at the recent Australian Open, will be keen to prove he’s not only a champion on the tennis court but also on the golf course.
Newly graduated PGA of Australia Full-Member Jake Nagle, the grandson of golf legend Kel Nagle will also get a start this week thanks to a sponsor’s invitation. Jake will be hoping he can add the Nagle name once more to the championship trophy which his grandfather Kel has won seven times over three decades (1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1971).
The tournament sees professionals playing with amateur partners during the first two rounds at both courses. The cut will be made on Friday after 36-holes, to the top 50 plus ties while weekend action will see the pro’s only tackling the Pambula Merimbula course, with a conclusion coming on Sunday evening.
Pambula Merimbula is tight and testing in areas but also offers the opportunity for low scores. Chris Downes shot a course record 11-under par 62 in the 2003 event and given good weather conditions, similar scores can be expected this week. Both Pambula Merimbula and Tura Beach are par 73 courses and will be presented in championship condition for this week’s event.
A feast of exciting golf is anticipated and all spectators are welcome with attendance free of charge.
Source – PGA Australia