Stars of future ready to shine
TOURNAMENT Director Broc Greenhalgh has urged sports lovers to come and watch the talent on show at the 2011 Bundaberg Motor Group Queensland PGA Trainee Championship over the next four days.
Ninety-four rising stars will battle it out at Coral Cove Golf Club after injuries forced the withdrawal of Queenslander Hubert Choe and Victoria's David Scuglia.
Greenhalgh said the “next wave of super-stars” would strut their stuff and competition would be hot.
“You will see a lot of these players on the US tour in years to come – no one really knew Greg Norman, John Senden and Rod Pampling early in their careers, but that is the calibre of players who have emerged from these championships,” Greenhalgh said.
“This tournament gives the people of Bundaberg the opportunity to see them in action.”
Greenhalgh expects defending champion Paul Hayden, of the Indooroopilly club, to again take a power of beating.
“Paul has also been in great form this year on the trainee tour, but there are a couple of other stand-outs whom I also expect to be there on Friday afternoon, including (Maryborough product) Sam Eaves, of the City Golf Club in Toowoomba,” he said.
“Sam lost in a play-off last year but I expect him to be in a good position to also be in contention come Friday.
“Katelyn Must, of Horton Park, was the third person in the play-off last year, and it is the battle of sexes with the opportunity for men and women to compete on the same tour – they really don't have that opportunity anywhere else, and we have six girls in the field.”
About 60 trainees warmed up by playing yesterday's Pro Am, and Hayden showed that he was in fine form by leading his team of Samantha Whittle, NewsMail general manager Wayne Tomkins and Craig Marriott to victory.
Neville Austin, of Carrara Gardens, won the Powerade Putt-Off.
Greenhalgh said another chance was Ben Ford, who won the Victorian Trainee title a fortnight ago, while of the first year trainees, Ben Fletcher, of the Nudgee club, who is in the top 10 in the Order of Merit, could also be a contender.
Today's tee-offs will be from 6.50am-8am and 11am-12.10pm.