FORMER Australian Open winner Craig Parry will headline a strong field at the Morisset Golf Pro-Am this weekend.
It will be Parry’s first attempt at winning the Morisset title.
Parry, a winner on both the European and US PGA Tours, won the coveted Australian Open in 2007.
He is also a three-time winner of the Australian Masters; a three-time Australasian Order of Merit winner; and winner of the 1992 Australian PGA Championship.
Parry has also turned his hand to golf course design and, with Ross Watson, mapped out the Kooindah Waters course at Wyong.
Morisset Golf and Country Club head professional David Stretton said the Morisset tournament continued to attract extraordinary talent.
“This year is by far the best ever field we’ve had,” Stretton said.
The field of 55 professionals includes James Nitties, Aaron Townsend, Matt Miller, Nathan Green, Andre Stolz and Peter O’Malley.
They’ll all be chasing the trophy won by Damien Jordan last year. The powerful Queenslander is also returning to defend his title.
They’ll be competing for a share of the $22,000 purse.
“We’ve had a fantastic response from our sponors this year,” Stretton said.
“It’s a tough economic climate, but they’ve really stood up.”
The pro-am will begin on Friday with the Classic Building and Design sponsors’ day.
It will culminate in the popular nearest-the-pin shoot-out for professionals and sponsors.
Golfers will attempt to wedge their ball in close to the pin on the 18th hole, where spectators surround the green and watch from the Morisset Country Club balcony.
Friday will also be dedicated to the memory of Jarrod Lyle, the Australian golfer who succumbed to leukemia in August.
“All of our sponsors will be wearing yellow as a sign of respect,” Stretton said.
After the golf on Friday there will be raffles, a collection of donations, and the auction of 50 yellow Titleist-branded bucket hats that Lyle liked to wear.
Stretton expects the hats to fetch upwards of $100 each.
The major sponsor for the event, Affordable Wardrobes, would supply each player with a ‘Leuk the Duck’ pin in memory of Lyle, Stretton said.
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