Barnes, Crawford kick off 2013 at Heritage

Kurt Barnes and Adam Crawford will tee it up at the Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic to kick start their 2013 seasons.

To be played at the Heritage Golf and Country Club from the 24 – 27 January, the tournament will be the duo’s first and only tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia before they head overseas.

Kurt Barnes Kurt Barnes (Credit: Anthony Powter)

“I have always come to Melbourne first, before I have headed anywhere and always seemed to get a good lead up into events because the courses are fantastic, the greens are good and you don’t get any inconsistency here,” said Barnes who will spend 2013 competing on the Japan Golf Tour.

“I thought it would be a great way to start the year here at The Heritage, it’s going to be a good challenge.”

The highest ranked Professional in the field, Barnes has his sights set on winning the inaugural Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic and believes he has the game to do so.

“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 it’s first year,” added Barnes.

“My short game is a little under rated, so I am just going to fly under the radar this week. I rate myself as a pretty good putter and good around the greens.”

“Having a good short game around here is going to be beneficial but we will just have to see come Sunday who is at the top of the leaderboard.”

Having previously played at the Heritage Golf and Country Club Barnes is looking forward to seeing how the course has developed.

“It was a good six years ago that I was down here and played it, the course was still very young, the rough hadn’t matured, it was just still a baby golf course,” added Barnes.

“I have heard that its in great shape and you can see that driving in, it just looks superb.”

After teeing it up at the Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic, Queenslander Adam Crawford will head to South America for his first tournament on the Web.com Tour.

“I’ve heard great reports about the golf course so I’m really excited about being in Melbourne and playing my first tournament for 2013,” said Crawford.

“Getting to play a tournament of this calibre before I head over to the States will be key to my preparation for the first few Web.com events.”

“It will give me a good gauge as to how my game is and what I need to work on in the weeks leading up to the first event in Panama.”

Victorian Open champion Scott Arnold is also teeing it up this week before his season on the European Tour.

The Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic will tee off on Thursday 24th January with the champion to be crowned on Sunday 27th January.

Professionals competing for the $130,000 prize purse include Australian PGA Champion Daniel Popovic, Victorian PGA Champion David McKenzie and 1998 Australian Masters Champion Brad Hughes.

Source – PGA Australia