QLD Amateur returns to Pacific Harbour

Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club has been selected to host the Queensland amateur stroke play championship for the second year running from April 27- 29.

Traditionally the prestigious event moves around the south-east corner part of the state but Golf Queensland president, Tom Crothers, said circumstances had led to the Bribie Island-based course hosting two years in succession.

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“Based on the high quality of its championship course, its accessible location for players and its fantastic previous support of amateur events in Queensland, Pacific Harbour was a standout alternative when a Golf Coast club was forced to withdraw its application to host,” said Mr Crothers.

But players who have been involved in previous championships at Pacific Harbour will notice a number of changes to the setup in 2011. As part of the USGA course rating project, the club recently introduced a new set of tees.

“The shortened tees will be used on a number of holes throughout the first two rounds, leaving the player to make decisions based on risk versus reward on a number of par fours and fives,” Mr Crothers predicted.

“But when the 36-hole cut is made, the Ross Watson-designed course will revert to the black tees where players will be faced with the full brunt of the 6,402 metre par 72 championship course.”

Favoured to with the title again is defending champion, 17-year-old Queenslander Cameron Smith from Royal Queensland. Coached by Grant Field at Twin Waters, Smith won last year’s title at Headland on the Sunshine Coast after a marathon eight-hole sudden-death playoff with Brett Drewitt.

Smith has added numerous titles to his trophy cabinet since his 2010 stroke play win including the Gary Player Championship, the Greg Norman Junior Masters and the 2011 Boy’s Victorian Masters.

In capping off a stellar 2010, he was named Australian Golf Digest Junior Player of the Year and won the Golf Australia 2010 Boy’s National Ranking event.

Pacific Harbour Golf and Country Club general manager Damian Brown has also confirmed his club will host the 2012 Boy’s Australian interstate team’s matches.