Showcase of youth, experience at Queensland Open

This week’s Queensland Open at Brisbane Golf Club might also double as a showcase of the next wave of young Australian talent hitting the professional ranks over the coming years.

At the top of that list is newly turned professional, Cameron Davis from NSW, who was the Individual winner of the World Amateur Teams Championship in Mexico a few weeks ago and part of the Eisenhower Trophy winning Australian team.

Anthony Quayle Anthony Quayle (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Only last week, the former Australian Amateur Champion was 4th in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Korea behind one of his Eisenhower teammates and the reigning US Amateur champion, Curtis Luck.

Also teeing it up in Brisbane are amateurs Anthony Quayle, Brett Coletta and Minwoo Lee who have each have a story to tell from their global pursuits in recent months.

Coletta was the runner up to Luck last week in Korea and with a stroke of good fortune, might have won the event and a trip to Augusta National next April himself.

Quayle also played in Korea having travelled there direct from progressing through stage one of the Web.Com Tour qualifying, while Min Woo Lee is the reigning US Junior Amateur Champion having claimed the title just three months ago.

Among the more seasoned campaigners returning to the championship at the Yeerongpilly layout that hosted the first Queensland Open title back in 1925 are defending champion David Bransdon, former PGA TOUR members Peter Lonard, Jarrod Lyle, Michael Sim, Bronson La Cassie and James Nitties.

Recent NT PGA champion Jordan Zunic took that form across the globe to the recent Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland and finished inside the top 20 to underline his massive potential in the game. Zunic will be one of the undoubted favourites to add his name to a list of champions that includes Greg Norman, David Graham, Kel Nagle, Norman Von Nida, Graham Marsh and Stuart Appleby.

Kalem Richardson has performed strongly in recent Asian Tour events and will have his chances in Brisbane, as will former NZ Open champion Dimi Papadatos, Matthew Millar, Todd Sinnott, Steven Jeffress and Ben Eccles.