Interesting mix at Australasian Q School
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 Australasian PGA Tour Q-School - Final Stage | Preview | 29 Dec 2012
An eclectic mix of the old and the new, the experienced and inexperienced will tee it up at the Final Stage of Qualifying for the 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia when that event begins on January 3rd at the Peninsula Golf Club on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Just over 50 players who have gained direct access to the Final Stage will be joined by the 38 players successful at last week’s First Stage of Qualifying as they compete over 72 holes for the right to play PGA Tour of Australasia events and some OneAsia events through 2013.
One look at the current list of entrants highlights the range of golfers and the credentials of some looking to get their careers back on track.
Former PGA Tour players, Phil Tataurangi, Bradley Hughes, Euan Walters and David Lutterus are in the field, Tataurangi a winner of the Invensys Classic in Las Vegas during his extensive career on the PGA Tour.
Hughes played the PGA Tour from 1997 to 2002, a second placed finish at the Kemper Open in Maryland his best in that time. Hughes twice won the Australian Masters and was a member of the 1994 International Presidents Cup side.
In addition to his win at the PGA Tour event in Las Vegas, Tataurangi is a former Australian PGA Champion and the medallist at the 1992 Eisenhower trophy where his New Zealand team took the title. Tataurangi also won one event on the (then) Nike Tour.
South Australian Lutterus played the PGA Tour in 2010 after qualifying at the Tour School in late 2009.
Victorian Walters also played the PGA Tour for one season, that coming in 2005 after winning on the Nationwide Tour in Adelaide in 2004.
Also in the field is Queenslander Wayne Perske who has been out of the game for over two years after being convicted of being in possession of cocaine while playing the Japan Tour in 2010. Perkse was a winner on the Japan Tour during a career there which lasted between 2006 and 2010 before a playing ban was imposed by the Japan Tour. He won more than A$1.25 million in that time.
Perske has developed a successful career in real estate during one of the more difficult phases in that industry but his desire to get back to what he knows best has gotten the better of him and he is back to try and regain his rights to play professionally.
While the above players represent the more experienced and successful players in the field, the likes of Daniel Nisbet represents the latest breed of Australian golfers chasing a successful career in professional golf.
Nisbet was a former Junior Champion of Australia and in 2012 he won the Lake Macquarie Amateur after finishing runner-up at the Master of the Amateurs and the Australian Amateur Championship and later in the year represented Australia at the Eisenhower in Turkey. He would also win the Players Am Championship during a US campaign during the Sumer. Nisbet recently led the first stage of qualifying for the PGA Tour at his venue before missing out at Stage Two.
Amongst the players joining this group after graduating through Stage One are former Australia and New Zealand Amateur Champion Matt Jager, other former standout amateurs, Jordan Sherratt and Tarquin Macmanus, and 16 year old Japanese teenage prodigy Kota Kagasaki.
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