Nick played in the Coca Cola Queensland PGA Championship between the 15th and 18th February 2018. The tournament was held at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba which is about 125 kilometres west of Queensland’s capital, Brisbane.
The Queensland PGA Championship has been played since 1926. Past winners include NZ’s Daniel Pearce in 2017, Ryan Fox in 2015 and Gareth Paddison in 2011. The City Golf Club has hosted this event since 2009.
Nick tied for 21st on 10 under par. The winner was Daniel Fox from Western Australia who finished on 18 under par.
In Nick’s own words…..
I didn’t play all that well throughout the week – I was sloppy off the tee leaving many chip outs and my putter was on the cooler side. When it was all over however, I had shot 10 under and tied for 21st in my third start as a professional golfer. I’ve got my chipping and pitching to thank for that – I chipped in three times in an eighteen hole stretch. I holed a bunker shot on my 54th hole just as I did at the VIC Open! I might have to start aiming for them if this continues 😃.
Throughout the week, I played with some pretty big names on the Australasian circuit – Stephen Jeffress, Nick Flanagan and Nathan Green. I was amused to find that my 2 iron was going past some of their drivers but they had the last laugh when they beat me on the round though!
I’m now back in NZ at the NZ PGA down at the Manawatu Golf Course in Palmerston North. I’ve sharpened up a few areas and am feeling pretty good going into the next four rounds! Time to stay patient, stick to my game plan and find my best. Fairways and Greens.
City Golf Club Toowoomba
From humble beginnings in 1926 the City Golf Club, Toowoomba has stood strong in supporting the community. Through 8 decades of depressions, wars, floods and droughts, the City Golf Club has proudly given back to the community it is a part of. As a not-for-profit organisation, all profits made are distributed to where the community needs it. In 2014 alone, the Club supported 76 local community services and charities, ensuring their community maintained access to vital services that lacked funding. The Club also supports 16 other golf courses in the region, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the game of golf and also proudly fosters the games professionals like Karen Pearce.
City Golf Club has been a constant advocate and supporter in professional golfing with the likes of Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Steven Bowditch and Cameron Smith to name a few who have enjoyed the championship course. Since 2009 the City Golf Club has hosted the prestigious Queensland PGA Championships drawing hundreds of professional golfers to the community bringing both tourism and growth opportunity to the region.