Zunic prepares for NT PGA Championship defence

Jordan Zunic has returned to the Northern Territory PGA Championship this week as the defending champion but also a more experienced player.

Following his wire-to-wire victory at Palmerston Golf Course in 2016, Zunic attended European Tour Qualifying School where he secured status on the Challenge Tour.

Jordan Zunic Jordan Zunic won the 2016 NT PGA Championship (Credit: PGA Australia)

It has been a steep learning curve for the 25-year-old who played eight tournaments making the cut in four with his best finish coming at the Swiss Challenge where he finished tied fifth.

“I went over and played the Challenge Tour for about three months, which was a new experience for me. It was amazing, I got to see so many amazing European countries,” said Zunic.

“I didn’t play as well as I would have liked but it was all a learning curve for me and I continued to learn about myself, my game, what works for me and what doesn’t.

“I think I might have come home in the middle rather than stay for three months straight. Logistically it was easier but being away from my family was hard. So in the future I will look to play four or five weeks then come home for a week or two and then go back,” added Zunic.

“It was my first experience playing full time on a Tour overseas, so I’ve learned some lessons and won’t make the same mistakes again in the future.”

Putting into practice his learning from Europe, Zunic has brought his girlfriend, Olivia, with him to the Northern Territory.

“I’m not really feeling any pressure, it’s another tournament, there are a lot of guys playing this week who are all good players, so it’s just a matter of whose week it is,” added Zunic.

“For me I want to have a good time and have fun. I have played a lot of golf this year and I have learned that I started to lose the enjoyment and that is when I stopped playing well so I am just trying to enjoy the game.”

The Northern Territory PGA Championship tees off tomorrow (31 August) with the winner decided on Sunday 3 September.

In addition to the winner’s share of the $150,000 prize purse, the champion will receive Official World Golf Ranking Points and be fully exempt onto the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2018 season.