FUTURE STARS: Year four students from Springfield Anglican College learn about chipping and ripping in golf as part of the Queensland Open community activities this week.
FUTURE STARS: Year four students from Springfield Anglican College learn about chipping and ripping in golf as part of the Queensland Open community activities this week. Claudia Baxter

Ipswich course to test Queensland Open field

BROOKWATER golf club professional Paul Williamson expects at least three major challenges for players in the Isuzu Queensland Open starting in Ipswich today.

"It's going to be cold,'' he said, being one of the players teeing off at 6.30am.

"I'm from Adelaide so I can handle that.''

Thankfully, the forecast is for fine weather after the chilly start.

Having started as a teaching pro at the course in March, Gold Coast-based Williamson also knows how testing the final two holes are.

"Come Sunday afternoon (the final day), if you've got a couple of shots lead coming up to 17 and 18, you're not going to be secure by any stretch,'' he said.

"Eighteen is a real tough hole.''

The 17th hole is a par five "with a lot of trouble around it''.

The 18th hole is a long par four up the hill towards the clubhouse.

"To get through there - a birdie on 17 and a par on 18 - you'll be doing very well,'' he said.

Williamson narrowly missed the cut when he contested the previous Queensland Open at Gainsborough Greens.

However, he's been playing regularly on the Pro Am circuit over the past 10 years.

After working on his game yesterday, Williamson was impressed how the course and accompanying facilities were looking.

"It's pretty spectacular,'' he said.

"It hadn't dried up until we started to get that bit of sunshine about three weeks ago.

"The guys have done a fantastic job, actually.

"It's going to be a challenge, especially what you call a tournament venue.

"It's in really good condition.

"I think the guys will enjoy it this week.''

Williamson tipped reputable players like Peter O'Malley, course ambassador Michael Wright and Matthew Griffin to shoot well at Brookwater.

"This is a very strong golf course and ball striking is going to be a premium,'' he said.

Williamson said Wright's knowledge was invaluable.

"He has been playing on tour in Asia, all over Australia and around the world for that many years and is in pretty good form as well. And he knows the place like the back of his hand.''

Williamson said having the Queensland Open in Ipswich would help the club as well as the city.

"Brookwater has never had an event like this before, so for all the management and the members it's a pretty new thing for them,'' he said. "But you can see the look on their faces when they see the way these guys (professionals) attack the course. In a very different way to the normal amateur does around here.

"I think they're going to learn a lot.''

Major Event

  • What: The 2013 Isuzu Queensland Open.
  • Where: Brookwater Golf and Country Club, 1 Tournament Drive, Brookwater.
  • When: From today until Sunday.
  • Tee times: From 6.30am today and tomorrow. From 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Presentations: 3.30pm on Sunday after final round.
  • Course: Par 72, 6505m.
  • Spectators: Entry is free.


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