DYLAN Perry hopes simply to make it through to the weekend when he tees up in his maiden Queensland Open at Brisbane Golf Course on Thursday.
The 21-year-old from The Vintage earned a spot in the $110,000 Australian PGA event, which is headlined by former US Tour players Peter Lonard, Jarrod Lyle and James Nitties, courtesy of his win in the Queensland Amateur.
He will be joined by fellow Hunter amateurs Blake Windred and Brayden Petersen, who shot 69 and 72 respectively in windy conditions in a qualifier at Keperra Golf Course on Monday.
Perry has spent the past two weeks preparing in Queensland.
“I finished 5th in the Keperra Cup last week and had nine-under for the tournament which wasn’t too bad,” he said. “I had one-over in the second round which threw me out of it. I bounced back to finish the last two rounds well and have a lot of confidence going into this week. Making it through to the weekend is the experience I’m after. I have the NSW Open next month and will try out for Aussie Open pre-qualifying. That experience would be awesome leading up to Q school at end of the year. It is case of head down and bum up.”
* David Alexander completed the Toronto triple, adding the Cup on Saturday to the Bowl and A-grade club championship he claimed in April. Alexander shot an even-par 71 to beat Angelo Korlevic by two strokes.
* The Newcastle representative team will head to the NSW Country championship full of confidence after beating Lower North Coast at Taree on Sunday to claim the Les Evitt Cup. Greg McMillan, Ben Hillard, Isaiah Melia and Michael Musgrave were the winners in the 4-2 triumph. Newcastle were also too strong in the juniors winning 5 ½ to ½. Luke Ferrier halved his match with Wingham’s Australian Schoolboy representative Reid Brown. A five-man Newcastle team will be named on Tuesday to contest the NSW Country Championships at Goulburn on October 28-29. Dylan Perry is the defending champion
* This week is the calm before the storm in terms of the Hunter pro-am circuit. Charlestown tees off a hectic week on Monday with their Big Hole Championship. The swing then moves to Merewether on the October 25, followed by Wyong, Kooindah Waters, Woy Woy and Waratah (October 29).
* Entries for the time-honoured WE Alexander Cup at Waratah close on Friday. The 36-hole marquee vardon event, played on November 5-6, is in its 66th year. Merewether’s Matt Lister fired a one-under, 141 to win the title last year.
* Michael Coutman will take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Waratah club championship on Saturday. On a packed leader board, Ben Hillard sits in second, with Brian Carmichael and Dave Alexander a stroke back.