McKechnie to headline Port Macquarie Pro Am

Leigh McKechnie. Photo: Getty Images

Leigh McKechnie. Photo: Getty Images

A QUALITY field has been nominated for the Port Macquarie Golf Club’s Pro Am next week, but defending champion Matt Millar will not be there.

The event will be played over 36 holes on Tuesday and Wednesday which carries prize money of $25,000.

Leigh McKechnie, who always plays well at Port Macquarie, will be attempting to win his third Pro Am.

He won in 2012 and 2008 and he has finished in the placings half a dozen times.

Another who has had great success is Ed Stedman who has also won the event three times.

Other good chances include Steve Jeffress, David Bransdon, Dimi Papadatos and Brad McIntosh.

Jeffress, who recently won the Riversdale Pro Am, is one of a number of entrants who learnt his golf in Port Macquarie.

Others include Ben Hamilton, Josh and Nathan Main, and Will Gunn. And of course Bransdon grew up in Wauchope.

A full field of 80 pros and a similar number of amateurs is expected to tee off on Tuesday and Wednesday. As well as playing for the prize purse the professionals will play in the team event with the amateurs.

The Port Macquarie golf course is a testing layout and has a course record of 63 which was set by Paul Marantz in the 2001 Better Homes Pro Am and equaled in the 2002 Seaside Classic by Nathan Goodchild.

Members of the public are invited to come and watch these talented golfers ply their trade.

A seeded draw will be used on Wednesday with the leaders hitting off around 11.30am.

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