Sport

Queensland Open a perfect fit for Aussies

STRIKING FORM: Brookwater Golf and Country Club ambassador and professional player Michael Wright fine-tunes for the Queensland Open starting at his home course today.
STRIKING FORM: Brookwater Golf and Country Club ambassador and professional player Michael Wright fine-tunes for the Queensland Open starting at his home course today. Inga Williams

AS A proud ambassador at Brookwater Golf and Country Club, Michael Wright is delighted to see the Queensland Open gaining in popularity and quality.

He's always keen to promote the Ipswich course rated number one in the state.

However, as a professional player, Wright sees other benefits in having the Queensland Open back in the city for the second year following a long absence.

It gives many of Australia's leading golfers an opportunity to tackle a challenging course before heading to New Caledonia, Asia and returning home for major summer tournaments.

"It fits into the calendar well," Wright said preparing to tee off in today's opening round at the Brookwater course.

"It's a fantastic event. Not just because it's my home course but having it staged. It's been off the calendar for seven years.

"I think they'll do a better job this year than last year."

Among the 2014 contenders are last year's winner Nick Cullen, who claimed victory by five shots over three-time European Tour winner Peter O'Malley.

Wright said this year's field included a number of professionals who regularly play on the PGA Australasia tour and overseas.

Former British Open entrant Wright played in a team's event at yesterday's Pro-Am. He was happy with his form on a course he plays two or three times a week.

"We had a good day," he said.

"We got the two best stableford scores out of the four."

However, with a quality field and tough course to tackle, Wright is keeping his goal simple.

"I didn't handle it too well mentally," he said of his performance in last year's Queensland Open.

"This time, I'm just playing it like I'm practicing out here.

"I always try to have very low expectations and high standards."

Wynnum-based Wright turned professional in 1999.

Apart from playing in the British Open in 2006 and 2009, he came second in a Thailand Open, has competed in Japan and came fifth in last year's Australian PGA.

He recently finished 35th in Fiji, where he met former world number one Vijay Singh on the last day of the tournament.

As for suggestions Brookwater can be a brutal course, Wright said that was the challenge for players.

"You've got to hit quality shots and if you do that you'll get rewarded," Wright said.

"I don't think there's many unfair holes and the speed of the greens are running at about 10. They should be like that all week.

"It will be a good fair test."

Wright said the Fijian course he recently encountered was similar to Brookwater.

"They are both really tough. It was blowing a lot more over there than it will blow here but difficulty wise, it was pretty much on par.

"It was a great lead-up."

Major event

  • The Queensland Open is being played at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club over the next four days.
  • Players tee off from 6.45am today and tomorrow, and from 9am on Saturday and Sunday.
  • One hundred and 20 professional and amateur golfers are expected to contest the championship.

Groups to watch today: 6.50am - 10th: Steven Jeffress (Qld), Peter O'Malley (NSW), Nick Cullen (SA). 7am: 10th - Michael Sim (WA), Andrew Dodt (Qld), (am) Viraat Badhwar (Qld). 7.10am: 10th - Jake Higginbottom (NSW), Matthew Griffin (Vic), (am) Anthony Murdaca (SA). 7.20am: 1st - Anthony Summers (NSW), Scott Draper (Qld), Jean-Louis Guepy (NC). 11.35am: 1st - Michael Long (NZ), (am) Jack Sullivan (Qld), Bradley Hughes (Vic).

Topics:  brookwater golf and country club, queensland open (golf)



Top award winner appreciates valuable help

Ipswich Knights Player of the Year Lucas Wilson with team physio Shingo Sakai.

Physio keeps Knights player on the field

Car collides with police vehicle while on the run

The Queensland Police Polair 2 helicopter, which will begin operations from July 5, 2014.

Polair has been called in again after a driver evaded police.

LETTER: Time to give Muslims a fair go in our letters

Muslim Woman pray and Beautiful background.

I am at a loss to understand how Muslims are holding us ransom

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual