Experience vs youth at NSW PGA Championship

The NSW PGA Championship gets underway this Thursday at the Riversdale Oaks Golf Resort in Sydney.

A field of 120 players will contest the AUD$110,000 event including 96 professionals, ten tournament invites, four elite amateurs and 10 pre-qualifying players.

Peter Lonard Peter Lonard (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Anthony Summers (pictured), Peter Lonard, Peter O’Malley, Leigh McKechnie, all Australasian Tour winners head the ‘tour journeyman’ entries, with young guns Geoff Drakeford, Nick Flanagan, Jarryd Felton, Travis Smyth and Jordan Zunic eager to bag a tour title.

Summers was runner-up at the 2004 and 2011 NSW Open events and back in February at 44-years of age he won his maiden Australasian Tour title at the QLD PGA Championship by three shots.

Lonard, O’Malley and McKechnie have all won the NSW Open title and with their experience will certainly challenge for another win this week.

Keep an eye out for Josh Younger and Aaron Townsend. Both played well last week at the Australian Open and are looking good for a win this week.

Townsend won the 2008 NSW Open and the 2009 NSW PGA Championship and is off a top-10 in Sydney last week. Younger is coming off a tied runner-up finish at the Australian Masters which he followed up in Sydney on Sunday with another top-10 finish at the Australian Open.

Younger has been in the money in eight of his last ten finishes this season on the Australasian Tour and is due to collect his maiden title and should play well again this week as he rides a wave of confidence following his last two starts.

The leading 50 professionals plus ties, plus any amateurs on the same score after the second round will make the weekend.

With a blend of experience and youth, this NSW PGA Championship will showcase the breadth of Aussie talent.

It promises to be another classic event similar to that which we witnessed a few week’s back when Victorian Anthony Brown withstood a determined Josh Geary to win the NSW Open at the second extra playoff hole.