Its all on at 'The Gong'
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2011 New South Wales PGA Championship | Preview | 02 Nov 2011
Steven Bowditch will this week defend the New South Wales Golf Championship title he won last year at the Wollongong Golf Club south of Sydney.
Bowditch finished 132nd on the PGA Tour money list in the US this season and in doing so retained at least some playing privileges for the PGA Tour in 2012.
The Queenslander will play several of the domestic events in this country before heading back to the Final Stage of PGA Tour School in early December in an endeavour to regain full status on that tour but in the meantime he can enjoy some time at home.
Bowditch won last year’s event by two shots over New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison just a couple of weeks after securing his 2011 PGA Tour card via the Nationwide Tour.
The Wollongong Golf Club sits alongside the ocean and only a kilometre or so from the CBD of NSW’s third largest city after Sydney and Newcastle.
The field this week is one of the strongest in this event for quite some time with the likes of 2007 Austrtalian Open Champion Craig Parry, this year’s money list leader on the OneAsia Tour, Andre Stolz, 2009 winner and runner-up, Aaron Townsend and Michael Wright, last year’s NSW Open winner, Peter O’Malley, and last week’s winner of the West Australian Open Rohan Blizard included in the line-up.
Also in the field is Stolz’s 16 year old son Zac who earned his right to play the event by qualifying on Monday.
Amongst the several New Zealanders in the field is former Australian PGA Champion and former PGA Tour player, Phil Tataurangi, who is back after what has been a horror run in recent times. A player good enough to have won on the PGA Tour, Tataurangi is a class player at best and his progress this week will be watched with interest.
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