The 2017 Northern Territory PGA Championship gets its Croc on

James Nitties meets Matilda the blue tongue and Aaron Price Fluffy the crocodile. Photo: PGA of Australia

THE Northern Territory PGA Championship was held at Palmerston Golf Club in Darwin recently and after flirting with some of the locals ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia players returned to the serious on course golfing business.

With crocodile warning signs on course, Aron Price and James Nitties (pictured above) were inspired to check out the large reptiles at Crocosauraus Cove in the Darwin CBD.

The Tour Pros were taken on a VIP tour of the facility which also provided them the chance to feed Burt, a 5.1 metre crocodile that weighs in at 700kgs and is over 80-years-old.

“Burt is the oldest male here and was 5.1m and 700kgs; he was so big I honestly thought he looked fake until he started moving around and eating the chicken off the end of the stick,” said Price.

Movie buff James Nitties was quick to recognise celebrity crocodile; Burt famously stared alongside Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski in Crocodile Dundee.

From New South Wales but based in the United States, Price and Nitties used the Northern Territory PGA Championship as an opportunity to play tourist in their own country.

“It is pretty awesome that we can play golf in different places around Australia and get to do amazing stuff like this. Whenever a golf tournament brings us to a place that offers great wildlife and experiences we jump at it,” Nitties said.

Price added that the location was a motivating factor to his playing the Northern Territory PGA Championship this week.

“I went to Litchfield National Park yesterday and that was a big reason for me coming to the tournament.

“I have never been to Darwin, it was the last big place on the Australian map that I hadn’t been to so this was all the stuff that I wanted to do, it’s really cool.”

The Northern Territory PGA Championship tees off on Thursday 31 August with the winner decided on Sunday 3 September.

In addition to the winner’s share of the $150,000 prize purse, the champion will receive Official World Golf Ranking Points and be fully exempt onto the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2018 season.

Jordan Zunic is defending champion.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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