THE PGA Tour of Australasia has arrived in Noumea, New Caledonia, for the South Pacific Open Championship to be played from the 18 – 21 September at the Tina Golf Course.
Originating as a pro-am, this is the third year the championship has been a fully-fledged tour event and will offer a prize purse of AU$130,000 as well as Official World Golf Ranking points.
Marquee groups on the first morning include….
7.09am 1st Ryan Fox (NZ), Matthew Guyatt (QLD), Josh Younger (VIC)
7.09am 10th Nick Cullen (SA), Matthew Griffin (VIC), Taylor MacDonald (am)(NZL)
7.21am 10th Scott Laycock (VIC), Jean-Louis Guepy (NC), Andre Stolz (NSW)
11.34am 1st Michael Wright (QLD), Fabrice Ho (NC), Brad Shilton (NZL)
Bland brings winning form….
South Australian Adam Bland comes into the week fresh from claiming a wire-to-wire win at the Tusker Vanuatu Open. “It’s always good to come into a tournament off the back of a win. I am feeling good so hopefully I can keep that good form going this week at the South Pacific Open,” said Bland, who tied third in 2012. “It’s always nice to play well and hopefully I can go a little bit better than I did last year,” added Bland.
Guepy a blast from the past….
Jean-Louis Guepy was a familiar name on the PGA Tour of Australasia in the 1990’s and the New Caledonian is looking forward to his return to tournament golf. “Suddenly I have to stop teaching and play a golf tournament which was my first life in golf but I am looking forward to playing this week. It’s the main goal of the year for me and the other nine local Professionals,” said Guepy. “I hope the wind will get up, I am better at putting when it’s windy. This is a short course, with many birdie opportunities so in the tough wind I will be more comfortable.” Guepy took advantage of his home course knowledge last year finishing 11th and more recently teed it up in the Isuzu Queensland Open. “As a competitor I always expect to do well. I had a good start last year and a good last round but one bad decision on the 14th cost me,” added Gupey. “I know I have the game to compete but against 70 Tour players it’s a different world and you have to play every week to be fit for golf.”2013 South Pacific Open Leaderboard