Coletta returns as pro for Queensland Open defence

He followed in the footsteps of the great Stuart Appleby by winning the Isuzu Queensland Open as an amateur.

Now young professional Brett Coletta has declared he will be back to defend his title at Brisbane Golf Club late next month.

Brett Coletta Brett Coletta (Credit: Golf Queensland)

It could cap a massive year for the young Queenslander.

Coletta made his professional debut at the Singapore Open in January, followed by his US PGA debut at Pebble Beach.

He then followed that up by making his first PGA tour cut at The Memorial Tournament in June.

So impressive has Coletta been in his first year as a pro that even former world No 1 Greg Norman sang his praises.

And Coletta’s intimate knowledge of the Brisbane Golf Club layout suggests he’s a definite contender when then event returns there from October 26-29.

The big-hitting 21-year-old even stuns himself with how far he can belt the golf ball, on occasions,

“I sometimes freak myself out how far I can hit it,” said Coletta when quizzed about his awesome power.

“Length-wise, I’m not the biggest guy out there but I can keep up with the bigger guys. I have always had that X factor.”

“A tournament like the Queensland Open is extremely important…it gives that insight into what professional golf is like.”

Tournament director of the Isuzu Queensland Open, Luke Bates, said having Coletta back at The Brisbane Golf Club to defend his title was a huge bonus.

“Brett now has some great tour experience and will no doubt use this to his advantage,” said Bates.

“We’ll welcome him back and look forward seeing him out on course in October.”

This championship will be part of what is shaping as an action-packed Australian summer of golf as it forms part of the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia.