Sports news in brief: World-class surfing; golf's Order of Merit; and skating season on the Central Coast

HOST: Avoca Beach.

HOST: Avoca Beach.

WORLD-CLASS surfing will return to Avoca Beach this year with the announcement that the Vissla Central Coast Pro will be upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000-rated event. The elite six-day event will form the third and final stop on the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series and will be held from February 27 to March 4. A large crowd is expected to pack the beach and boost tourism.​

Golf’s Order of Merit

TORONTO’S Dave Alexander was a runaway winner of the Newcastle District Golf Association Order of Merit.

Alexander, who didn’t play in the season-ending WE Alexander Open which was worth double points, won three events and finished in the top-five in six others.

His victories came in the Pacific Dunes Cup, Horizons Cup and Vinery Cup. He is also a member of Newcastle’s open men’s representative team.

Justin Ely’s equal-second place in the WE Alexander leapfrogged him above Mick Wade into second place. Chris Turnbull and Greg McMillan were equal fourth.

Alexander is the third winner of the order of merit following Josh Greenwood and Mick Wood.

It’s skating season

CENTRAL Coast Council will host a line-up of freestyle skate, BMX, scooter and WCMX (wheelchair) events in the first quarter of 2019. Some of these  events include: The Australian Skateboarding League  NSW state qualifier at BATO Yard, Bateau Bay, on January 19; the King of Concrete 2019, at BATO Yard, on February 2; and heat 1 of the Central Coast Series at Wadalba Skate Park on February 23.