Craig Parry, Peter O’Malley and Adre Stolz head the event that for the first time in 26 years heads to a regional course – the Forest Resort Creswick, north of Bendigo.
There is free entry to the tournament which is staged from Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 19 and would be well worth a visit by anyone able to attend.
The locals have certainly been putting in the hard yards since it was announced in July last year that Forest Resort Creswick would become the first regional course to hold the Championship in over a quarter of a century.
“The whole team has been working really hard to get the course up to scratch but a lot of work has also gone into the off course events to make the week enjoyable for the whole family,” said Ben Roberts Head Professional at Forest Resort Creswick.
“The VIC PGA has offered the perfect opportunity for the course, resort and greater region to be displayed to some of Australia’s best golfers. On the flip side it gives sports fans in the region the chance to come check out all the golfing action.”
Having undergone a complete overhaul in2006 by renowned course architect Tony Cashmore, the layout is set to challenge the field over the week.
“The new course is completely different to the old, only using a small portion of the original land. It’s truly unique with the course cutting through the forest with perfect undulating greens that are sure to test the pros out here this week.”
The field also includes recent NSW Open Champion Adam Crawford, WA Open winner, Rohan Blizard, Australian Masters Champion Brad Hughes and former US Open runner-up Stephen Leaney to name a few.
Ballarat Pro Peter Nolan is looking forward to playing at home and is hoping that his local knowledge will see him perform well this week.
“It’s nice to be staying at home and coming to a course that I played a lot as a junior. To play it now redesigned it still feels the same to me in the way it moves,” said Nolan.
“I like the layout, the way it moves and the shape of the holes means that you have a lot of risk reward out there. You can take driver out there but you have to be precise or you can lay it back and have seven and eight irons in.
“The course is only a few years old so no one has a lot of local knowledge old, but I probably have more than most so hopefully that will play a bit of a factor.”
The event is the second tournament on the 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule.
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