Vic PGA Championship hits Ballarat

The week Forest Resort Creswick, north of Ballarat, has been waiting for has finally arrived; they will this week host the Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship.

Since it was announced in July 2011 that Forest Resort Creswick would become the first regional course to hold the Championship in 26 years the team have been working hard to prepare for the PGA Tour of Australasia's arrival.

"The whole team has been working really hard to get the course up to scratch but a lot of work has also gone into the off course events to make the week enjoyable for the whole family," said Ben Roberts Head Professional at Forest Resort Creswick.

"The VIC PGA has offered the perfect opportunity for the course, resort and greater region to be displayed to some of Australia's best golfers. On the flip side it gives sports fans in the region the chance to come check out all the golfing action."

Having undergone a complete overhaul in2006 by renowned course architect Tony Cashmore the layout is set to challenge the field over the week.

"The new course is completely different to the old, only using a small portion of the original land.

"It's truly unique with the course cutting through the forest with perfect undulating greens that are sure to test the pros out here this week."

The field includes the last two NSW Open Champions Adam Crawford and Peter O'Malley, WA Open winner, Rohan Blizard, multiple Australian Masters Champions Brad Hughes and Craig Parry, former US Open runner-up Stephen Leaney and the winner of the 2011 OneAsia Tour money list, Andre Stolz, to name a few.

Ballarat Pro Peter Nolan is looking forward to playing at home and is hoping that his local knowledge will see him perform well this week.

"It's nice to be staying at home and coming to a course that I played a lot as a junior. To play it now redesigned it still feels the same to me in the way it moves," said Nolan.

"I like the layout, the way it moves and the shape of the holes means that you have a lot of risk reward out there. You can take driver out there but you have to be precise or you can lay it back and have seven and eight irons in.

"The course is only a few years old so no one has a lot of local knowledge old, but I probably have more than most so hopefully that will play a bit of a factor."

With tight fairways and unforgiving rough, course management will play an important factor in deciding the winner this week.

"Feeling where to hit it off the tee seems to be the real key around here and there are some pretty sloping greens as well, so decision making and being precise about your shots will play an important part," added Nolan.

"There are some pretty aggressive and pretty good players out here this week so they are going to take it on and I think that the scoring will be low initially but avoiding that one round of 74 or 75 is probably going to be the trick.

"The scores will spread out pretty quickly but the person who wins this week will definitely have hit the most fairways. It will be an interesting one."

The Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship will be played over 72 holes at the Forest Resort Creswick.

Round one will tee off on Thursday 16th February with the tournament set to conclude on Sunday 19th February 2012.

The event is the second tournament on the 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule.

The Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship is proudly supported by Bartercard.

Source PGA of Australasia

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