Adam has wood on his rivals
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
A POTENTIAL superstar of Australian golf could be playing at Coffs Harbour early next week.
A crack field of 148 of the best PGA trainees will assemble at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club for this year's NSW PGA Trainee Championships.
After a sponsor's Pro-Am event on Sunday, a 72 hole tournament will be played over three days as competitors vie for a slice of the $30,000 in prize money on offer including a $5400 cheque to the winner.
Local hopes are being pinned on 24 year old Adam Wood who has been a trainee pro at Coffs Harbour for three years is looking forward to a big three days on his home course.
"I'm pretty confident," Wood said.
"Obviously there's the home course advantage, that's got to play a fairly big part.
"But there are plenty of good guys coming, so realistically I'm looking at top 15."
And why wouldn't Wood be feeling good about his golf?
He's currently ranked 54th on the PGA Trainee order of merit but thinks he might climb up the rankings this week if he continues his recent good form that he's been showing.
"I've shot a few sub?par rounds around here," the scratch handicapper said.
"I've got my best mate Kirk Lovell who just flew over from Vietnam, he's caddying for me and you always play better when you've got a caddy."
Other than the prizemoney on offer for a strong showing, Wood has his eye on an even bigger prize that he could gain by finishing high up on the leaderboard.
"Obviously it takes me up the Order of Merit.
"As I gradually get on and on it opens doors for other things like playing different tournaments and stuff like that," he explained.
"I mean the harder to get into tournaments like a Queensland Championships or something like that, the higher you're up the Order of Merit the better chance you've got of playing in it."
Wood will be aking on the current number one on the order of merit Greg Green as well as Nathan Goodchild who recently won the Victorian equivalent of this tournament.
Nick Teague is another favourite for this year's event after shooting a 59 at Emerald Lakes.