Solid field assembled for inaugural Heritage Classic

Daniel Popovic won a lot of new fans at the 2012 Australian PGA Championship
Daniel Popovic won a lot of new fans at the 2012 Australian PGA Championship

AUSSIE golfing veterans Brad Hughes, Peter O’Malley and Craig Parry will be taking on some of the younger guns including reigning Australian PGA Champion Daniel Popovic at the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic this week.

With more than 36 tournament victories between them, Hughes, O’Malley and Parry certainly know what it takes to win a golf tournament.

“It’s always the aim to win, I just want to play well and then things happen, sometimes you can have the week of your life and someone else does better. Then other times you don’t think you’re on your game and you’re up there,” said Hughes.

“You just have to take advantage of what comes and play within yourself, that’s the big trick when you haven’t played a lot, not to try and push yourself outside what you can do.”

Hughes has returned to Australia after a long sting in the US and says he will focus on the PGA Tour of Australasia this year.

“I lived in America for 17 years and I just got stale over there and so I wanted to come back and play, I actually got the bug to play again so I am looking forward to it,” he said.

“I am just keen again to play so I think that is going to be an advantage for me and hopefully each week I can keep getting better and better and feature.”

The event tees off at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Melbourne from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th.

Playing at his home course and after his emotional Australian PGA Tour win at Coolum late last year, Popovic should bring in some extra golf fans to the free entry event.

Also competing for the $130,000 prize are current Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie and former PGA TOUR winner Andre Stolz.

The highest ranked contender is Kurt Barnes, who will be playing his first event of the year before heading off to play in the Japan Golf Tour.

“Winning any tournament is great, that’s why we play golf, it’s not the money side of things it’s the tournaments and the trophies in the trophy cabinet. It’s always special to win a tournament in its first year,” Barnes said.

Also playing here before heading overseas are Queenslander Adam Crawford, off to South America for his first tournament on the Tour and Victorian Open champion Scott Arnold, who will tee it up this week before jetting off for his season on the European Tour.

2013 Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic Leaaderboard

2013 Heritage Classic Leaderboard
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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little 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 ASG 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, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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