O’Malley, Hughes confirmed for QLD PGA

Two veterans of Australian golf, who continue to perform superbly as the twilight of their respective careers approach, will be the headline act at the Queensland PGA championship in Toowoomba later this month.

Bradley Hughes and Peter O’Malley are both confirmed starters for the event, which is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious professional golfing tournaments in Australia. The Queensland PGA was first played in 1926.

Peter O'Malley Peter O’Malley (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Veterans Hughes and O’Malley will join a host of big names at City Golf Club in Toowoomba, the most notable among them defending champion, Kiwi left hander Gareth Paddison. The four-round tournament will be played from February 23 to 26.

Hughes, who has recently resumed tournament golf, is a great addition to the field and will no doubt be a crowd attraction. He has been a member of the Australian PGA Tour since 1988 and has won five times, including the Australian Masters twice – in 1993 and 1998.

He also won the Tournament Players Championship of Australia in 1996 and more recently the 2004 Nationwide Tour Wichita Open in the US.

Queensland PGA executive officer Broc Greenhalgh described Hughes as ‘an amazing addition to the event’.

Greenhalgh said negotiations were continuing to secure at least one more big name for this year’s championship, but he was very pleased with the field that had already nominated.

Among the other well-known names joining O’Malley, Hughes and Paddison are Jared Moseley, Kim Felton, Scott Laycock, Paul Sheehan, Matthew Griffin, Kurt Barnes, Adam Crawford and Ryan Haller.

“The Queensland PGA response has been good and we’re really happy with the support shown for the event,” Greenhalgh said.

“Paul Sheehan and Matt Griffin are on board with Kurt Barnes, Adam Crawford and Ryan Haller also confirmed starters.

“Kurt is a previous visitor to Toowoomba and will be well known to local golf fans. He had a fantastic run in Japan last year where he had a tour victory.

“Ryan Haller is another player who has enjoyed a good summer and was in strong contention at the Australian Open in November.”

Queenslander Haller completed a top-10 Open finish at The Lakes Golf Club, highlighted by his third-round 65.

And another Queenslander – Adam Crawford – ended 2011 on a high note with a tie for fourth in the Australian Masters where he closed with a final round 66 at Victoria Golf Course.