Pro am course in perfect shape
LOCAL hopefuls and professional golfers will be lining-up together today to contest the 13th annual Murwillumbah Pro Am and the Murwillumbah Golf Course. A capacity field of 85 professionals and 140 amateurs will take to the course which resident club pro Mike Jenkins has described as being in "magnificent condition". The Intouch Financial Planning Pro Am has proved to be one of the more popular events of the Queensland Sunshine Circuit and with $10,000 in total prize money on offer, the event has attracted a very strong field including former Greg Norman Invitational winner Lucas Parsons, 2006 Victorian PGA Championship winner Steven Jeffries and current Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader Brad Andrews. "This event has always been well-supported on the circuit and we alwasy seem to get plenty of positive feedback from the pros form like coming here," Jenkins said. However the pros won't have it all their own way with a Murwillumbah challenge being headed by Murwillumbah club championships winner Michael Brown along with fellow club members Damien Jordan, Dave Hobday, Joe Chilcott and Chris Deans. Adam Causley will be flying the flag for the host club on the pro side of things and will be relying on his "local knowledge" to help get him up with the leading contenders. "The course rating should be 71 and with the greens being quick, it should make posting a good score a challenge," Jenkins said. "I suspect that a score of two or three under might be a winning one." Last year, Queensland pro Rowan Beste took the honours with a score of 67. The Sunshine Circuit tour saw competitors taking to the Mullumbimby course yesterday and using today's event at Murwillumbah as a chance to hone their games for the $100,000 Callaway Golf/Hi-Lite Pro Am at Royal Pines and Hope Island tomorrow and Saturday before returning to Lismore for another Pro Am on Sunday. The Murwillumbah event commences this morning with a shotgun start at 7.30am and another at 12.30pm to accommodate the large field.