2014 Victorian Men’s and Women’s Opens Preview

Victorian Open Parachute

IF golfers Stacey Keating and Jack Wilson find their scores plummeting in their respective Victorian Opens this week it won’t be hard to pinpoint the reason.

The pair took their pre-tournament routine down a new path on Tuesday afternoon as they checked out the 13th Beach Golf Links layout from fifty thousand feet.

Defending Oates Vic Open women’s champion Keating along with Wilson took part in the pre-tournament stunt that saw the two skydive from high above the Barwon Heads layout.

“That was amazing,” said Keating who had skydived once previously. “It’s such a rush.”

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before. I want to do it again, that was phenomenal,” added Wilson, who was on a huge high following the jump.

Both Wilson and Keating will head into this week’s Oates Vic Open as two to watch as the unique concurrently conducted event brings together the PGA Tour of Australasia and the ALPG.

The opening two rounds of each 72 hole championship will be played over both the Beach and Creek courses in alternating men’s / women’s groups. The final two rounds will be played on the Beach course again in alternating groups.

Jeong returns to Melbourne on a high

One golfer with a big show will be Melbourne-based Korean Jin Jeong, winner of the Perth International last year and runner up at the Joburg Open on the European Tour a couple of weeks ago. The Joburg finish also earned him a coveted start in the British Open.

“This course suits me well, but it really depends on weather. It can get very windy here – maybe it’s great practice for the British Open.” Jeong said.

The Vic Opens tee off on Thursday 20th February and will conclude on Sunday 23rd.

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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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