Kalgoorlie begins west coast PGA swing
BY Bruce Young | Australasian PGA Tour | 2013 WAPGA Championship | Preview | 02 Oct 2013
The PGA Tour of Australasia begins its own West Coast swing this week when the WAPGA Championship is played the Kalgoorlie Golf Course outside of the mining town of Kalgoorlie, 600 kilometres east of Perth.
Used for the first time for this event in 2012, the Graham Marsh designed layout won universal appeal despite some very windy conditions that week and with another year’s maturity the relatively new golfing facility is sure to gain further fans.
With this week’s event to be followed by the WA Open at Mt Lawley next week and the Perth International a week later, the Tier 2 event has attracted many established and emerging domestic golfers looking to build on their status in Australasian golf and for some the chance to prepare themselves for the Nanshan Masters on the OneAsia Tour next week.
Given the eclectic mix of players it is hard to find a winner although Web.Com Tour player in 2013, James Nitties has good credentials. Nitties has had a disappointing season is a good enough player to have played the PGA Tour in previous years.
West Australian Scott Strange is the leading world ranked player in the field although after a good start to 2013 when runner-up at the NZPGA Championship and at the Thailand Open, his form has dropped away. A player good enough to have won the Volvo China Open and the Wales Open however, Strange, could well challenge to win his home state PGA Championship.
Strange has yet to win on the PGA Tour of Australasia although has been runner-up on several occasions including at the Australian and New Zealand PGA Championships.
Former leading amateur Nathan Holman makes his professional debut this week after an amateur career which included a win at the Master of the Amateurs, the Riversdale Cup and the Mandurah Open. The Victorian has also played well in several Tier Two PGA Tour of Australasia events so his professional debut is awaited with interest.
The leading amateur in this week’s field is West Australian Daniel Hoeve who is Australia’s third ranked amateur after Brady Watt and Oliver Goss. Hoeve will play the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in China in three weeks time.