Brookwater ready to host Queensland Open

A mixture of youth and experience are sharpening their games in preparation for the return of the Isuzu Queensland Open Championship, at the stunning Brookwater Golf & Country Club in Springfield outside Brisbane.

The people of Brookwater and the Springfield Land Corporation, who hired Greg Norman to design the challenging layout more than a decade ago, have been looking forward to the day their course, ranked No. 1 in Queensland, plays host to a championship of the stature and history of the Queensland Open.

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Director of Golf at Brookwater Mark Weir said the week was shaping up well and the golf course is in great order for the championship.

“The weather has been very kind to us over the past month and the boys have done a good job, it’s looking fantastic.” he said, “It’s by far the best I’ve seen it in winter in the five years I’ve been here.”

“When we had a sponsor day here a few months ago, the PGA said we could hold the tournament tomorrow it was in such good condition. I can tell you, it’s a hell of a lot better now than it was then.”

Since the first championship in 1925, some of the greats of Australian golf have hoisted the TB Hunter Cup over the years, with names like Ferrier, Von Nida, Cremin, Nagle, Devlin, Marsh, Norman, Graham, Senior (both Peter and brother Jeff), Baker-Finch and Appleby featuring on anyone’s list of the ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian golf.

Seasoned veterans Peter O’Malley and former U.S. Open runner-up Stephen Leaney will attract great interest and will both be taking their first look at Brookwater, along with many in the field.

Fellow European Tour winner Mark Brown from New Zealand and Andre Stolz, a former PGA Tour winner, are also tipped to come into consideration as the tournament progresses.

Other players keen to make their mark with the PGA Tour of Australasia’s summer of golf just around the corner include Asian Tour winner Kieran Pratt, New Zealand Open champion Jake Higginbottom, Victorian Open champion Matthew Giles and OneAsia regulars Nick Cullen, Matthew Griffin and Matt Stieger.

Weir said that some local knowledge around the golf course could play a part and it wouldn’t surprise him to see a local add his name to the list of champions. “Someone like a Brett Rankin, a Michael Wright, Rika Batibasaga, who all know the golf course should do well.” Weir said.

The $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open will be staged from the 22-25 August 2013 and entry to Brookwater is free on all four days of the championship.