FINE SWING: Wayne Pickering works on his sand bunker shot before contesting this weekend’s Pro-Am at Sandy Gallop Golf Club.
FINE SWING: Wayne Pickering works on his sand bunker shot before contesting this weekend’s Pro-Am at Sandy Gallop Golf Club. David Nielsen

Mayor adds support to Sandy Gallop Pro-am

THE third annual Sandy Gallop Order of Merit Pro-am is shaping as the biggest and best yet.

Last year Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale took out the amateur title and he was so impressed with the event that this year he is hosting a civic reception this evening.

Today is sponsors day, with professionals and sponsors joining forces in an 18-hole single event.

Tomorrow is the main event, with 46 professionals competing for $10,000 prizemoney alongside 42 amateurs.

The first two events were won by Allan Cooper, with rounds of 66 in 2011 (club record) and 67 last year at the par 70 course.

This year, for the first time, he will compete with former world top 10 player Rodger Davis, Ozzie Moore and Tim Elliot, who contested the Senior British Open last month.

Tournament organiser Rod Daniels is expecting more than 200 spectators for an event which continues to grow in popularity.

"It is getting a lot more popular," Daniels said. "More so with the amateurs.

"It's a pretty good field this year with a presentation dinner after."

The tournament is the first on the Queensland Order of Merit season.



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