Strong field to contest NSW PGA Championship

BY | Von Nida Tour | 2006 New South Wales PGA Championship | Preview | 08 Mar 2006
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Jacob’s Creek Open runner up Michael Sim heads the list of over 200 professionals entered to play in the 2006 Bega Cheese NSW PGA Championship to be staged at the Pambula Merimbula Golf Club and Tura Beach Country Club.

The Tournament commences on Thursday 9th March and takes on a unique Pro-Am style format. Rounds one and two will be played over the two courses before the field is cut, with the top 50 professionals plus ties competing for the championship around the Pambula Merimbula course on the weekend.

Past winners of the NSW PGA Championship include the tour namesake Norman Von Nida (1936, ’46, ’48 ’51), seven times winner Kel Nagle (1952, ’53,’55, ’56, ’59 ’71), dual winner Peter Senior (1984 ’87) and more recently Euan Walters (1999) and Matthew Ecob (2004).

The field also contains seven past Von Nida Tour event winners including former US Amateur Champion Nick Flanagan (2005 Minniecon & Burke Queensland Masters), David Diaz (2006 Victorian Open) and Brad McIntosh (Roadcon Queensland Open) to name a few. McIntosh made headlines last year in the Queensland PGA Championship at Emerald Lakes, becoming the first player on Australian soil to record a round of 59.

The 2006 NSW PGA Championship also includes local professionals Mitchell Tasker (Tura Beach C.C), Shane Dunn (Batemans Bay), Glenn Warne (Pambula Merimbula G.C) and Larry Austin.

Austin has competed successfully on the Victorian and New South Wales Pro- Am circuits compiling over 20 Pro- Am victories and claiming the 2004 Victorian Order of Merit. Austin also holds the current course record at Tura Beach after shooting a nine- under par round of 64 in the first round of the 2004 NSW PGA Championship. In last years tournament Austin closed with a final round of 10- under par 63, one shot short of the course record set by 2003 Champion Chris Downes.

Also from Tura Beach is 20-year-old Mitchell Tasker. Tasker, the son of resident professional Scott Tasker is currently in his second year of his PGA traineeship and has already established himself as a player to watch in the future. Tasker holds a club handicap of plus three at Tura Beach and will be looking to repeat his Von Nida form from 2005. Playing in his first Von Nida Tour event (Minniecon & Burke Queensland Masters), Tasker shot a first round of seven- under par 65 to be in third position after one round. Tasker made the cut and finished the tournament in 41st position, losing ground to the field in the final round.

Tournament Director and Bega Cheese Export and Sales Manager Grahame Hocking comments that the tournament “involves nearly a week of activities that allow Bega Cheese to attract a large number of its trading partners, service suppliers and other dairy company executives from all over the world to a unique networking opportunity. This is the 15th Bega Cheese corporate event, and as always we think it will be bigger and better than ever.”

Following the Bega Cheese NSW PGA the Von Nida Tour heads to Sydney for the Toyota Southern Classic at Woolooware Golf Club commencing on Friday 17th March.

Source – PGA Australia
Photo – Anthony Powter

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