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  • 11/15/2014 3:18:40 AM | PGA Media
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    Recently completed (after 3 rounds):
    Whitbread -3 T46, Pike -8 T15, Tighe -8 T15, Hughes -5 T34, Haller -3 T46, Jones -7 T18, Evans -3 T46, Brandt-Richards (am) -7 T18, Blizard -7 T18
  • 11/15/2014 3:16:25 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/15/2014 2:56:37 AM | PGA Media
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    Recently completed (after round 3):
      Cain -1 T56, Wright (am) -1 T56, Foster -6 T27, Stolz -4 T39, Fairfax -9 T19, Cusdin -4 T39, Stirling -7 T19, Endycott (am) -3 T48, Hawkes -5 T33
  • 11/15/2014 2:37:44 AM | PGA Media
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    The lead group of James Nitties, Justin Warren and Josh Geary have just gone through the turn.


    Nitties is holding very steady with two birdies on no bogeys on his scorecard so far. He is now 15-under the card and is one shot clear of the field.

    New Zealander Geary is the one providing the biggest challenge to Nitties. He overcame a bogey on the opening hole to make the turn at 4-under. He is 14-under and just one shot off the lead.

    Amateur Justin Warren looked strong early at 3-under after five holes. But a string of three bogeys saw him through the turn at even par. He is 12-under and three behind Nitties.

    Victorians Andrew Kelly and Daniel Valente are making strong moves up the leaderboard. They are both 4-under after 12 holes to be 10-under and T4.

    They are both fighting for a place at the BetEasy Masters next week. The top-2 and tied Professionals from the top-10, not already exempt, will earn a place in the field.

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  • 11/15/2014 2:25:03 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/15/2014 2:02:10 AM | PGA Media
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    Recently completed (after 3 rounds):
    MacManus -1 T57, Felton Par 65, Freeman (am) +1 T66, Crawford -5 T33, Davis (am) -7 T17, Wilkin -1 T57, Lee -6 T26, Reed -5 T33, Kagasaki -2 T53
  • 11/15/2014 1:57:06 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/15/2014 1:36:54 AM | PGA Media
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    Recently completed rounds:
    Campbell -7 T16, Martin -6 T24, Pearce -6 T24, Thomas -5 T31, Wilson -3 T49, O'Flaherty -2 T53, Gale -2 T53
  • 11/15/2014 1:30:54 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/15/2014 12:52:50 AM | PGA Media
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    The leaders are now on course with amateur Justin Warren making birdie at the first.
    He is now tied for the lead wtith James Nitties.


    New Zealander Ben Campbell shot up the leaderboard. After making the cut on the number, Campbell capitalised on the morning conditions and was 8-under after 16 holes.

    However pushing his tee shot out of bounds on 18 he made bogey but still signed for a very impressive 7-under 65 to now be T12.

    There are plenty of other players going low on course including Gavin Fairfax, Jake Stirling and Cameron Davis (am).

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  • 11/15/2014 12:23:46 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/14/2014 10:35:42 PM | PGA Media
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  • 11/14/2014 9:54:31 PM | PGA Media
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    If you are looking for something to do today, come out to Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club and watch the third round of the Mazda NSW Open.

    Entry is free and with no ropes on course it provides the perfect opportunity to see the Pros in action and up close.  
  • 11/14/2014 8:54:11 PM | PGA Media
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    Welcome to moving day at the Mazda NSW Open.


    We are using a one tee start today with the lead group of James Nitties, Justin Warren and Josh Geary on course at 11am.

    Coincidentally, Michael Long, Matthew Millar and Nathan Green will play together for the third consecutive day. They are on course at 10.50am.

    Teeing off before them at 10.40am is WA Goldfields PGA champion Ryan Lynch and runner-up Chris Gaunt. They are joined by Anthony Brown who aced the par-3 6th in the first round.

    Another group to watch is Peter Lonard and amateur Gunn Yang. This is the third day that they will also play together. They are joined by Andrew Kelly and tee off at 10.10am.

    After struggling in the hot conditions yesterday, Steve Jones dropped down the leaderboard but an earlier tee time today will give him a good opportunity to capitalise on the morning conditions. He tees off at 9.15am and will play alongside Bradley Hughes and Ryan Haller.

    For all tee times please click here.
  • 11/14/2014 8:45:40 PM | PGA Media
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  • 11/14/2014 8:56:51 AM | PGA Media
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    Players were greeted by fog and sweltering conditions as the action and the temperature heated up on day 2 of the Mazda NSW Open where James Nitties leads by one over Amateur Justin Warren.


  • 11/14/2014 7:58:53 AM | PGA Media
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    Nitties heats up at the NSW Open

    New South Welshman James Nitties has taken the second round lead at the Mazda NSW Open being played at the Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

    Greeted by sweltering condition, Nitties went on to shoot 6-under 66 to be 13-under the card and top the leaderboard.

    "It was just a cruisey day aside from sweating like a wilder beast out there," said Nitties.  

    "I played solid, made just one hiccup, I hit an average shot into a trap on the 7th and received a plugged lie, I proceeded to hit it on the green and three putt so it wasn't that good."

    "I chipped in off the back on the 9th and that got my momentum going again. It was good after making a double bogey to make a birdie and turn under par."

    It was on the back nine that Nitties started to heat up, making five birdies thanks to a new putting grip.

    "I changed my putting grip at the start of the week, so it's been good," said Nitties.

    "It's sort of that honeymoon period of something different."

    While he may take a one shot lead into the weekend Nitties won't be resting on his laurels.

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  • 11/14/2014 6:47:29 AM | PGA Media
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    We think tournament leader James Nitties summed up today's 39 degree heat best.


    "It was just a cruisey day aside from sweating like a wilder beast out there," James Nitties. 

  • 11/14/2014 6:26:29 AM | PGA Media
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    For those watching the cut line it it currently at 1-under the card.


    The second round cut is made at the top-50 Professionals and ties plus any amateurs inside that number.

    There is currently 50 Professionals and 11 amateurs at 1-under the card or better.
  • 11/14/2014 5:17:40 AM | PGA Media
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    "I still have a lot I want to achieve as an amateur. I would love to win an Australian Amateur, my pop won it and I would love to have my name on the same trophy as him." Justin Warren, co-leader at the Mazda NSW Open.

    The Australian Amateur Trophy



  • 11/14/2014 4:17:44 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/14/2014 3:45:58 AM | PGA Media
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    This kid can seriously play! Amateur Justin Warren is 4-under after 12 holes today.

    He is now the outright leader at the Mazda NSW Open at 11-under the card.
  • 11/14/2014 3:12:22 AM | PGA Media
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    "I have been playing really well but just haven’t been getting the results. The game is in good shape, I have just been waiting to play well." Josh Geary

  • 11/14/2014 2:32:14 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/14/2014 1:27:18 AM | PGA Media
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    Geary leads as it heats up on day two

    While scoring this morning wasn't as low as yesterday morning there are still plenty of solid scores being recorded at the Mazda NSW Open.

    New Zealander Josh Geary fired the best round yesterday afternoon to start his second round at 6-under the card and outright fourth.

    Making the turn at 2-under the card today he had caught Steve Jones for the lead. By the 15th hole he was the outright tournament leader, two shots clear of Jones and bogey free.

    Also making moves up the leaderboard this morning was Queensland Tour rookie James Gibellini.

    Starting on the back nine, Gibellini kick started his round with a birdie on the 14th and very quickly added another at 15. He headed to the par-3 16th, the hardest hole on course, and became one of just 12 players to birdie the hole so far during the Mazda NSW Open.

    Matthew Giles has also made a huge leap up the leaderboard, he is 6-under after posting a 4-under 68 to be T6 on the leaderboard.

    It's still very early in the second round however the halfway cut is currently sitting at 1-under.

  • 11/14/2014 12:19:54 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/13/2014 11:07:46 PM | PGA Media
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    Here are a few course stats from the morning field so far:
    • The hardest hole on course so far today is the par-3 16th
    • The easiest hole on course so far today is the par-4 18th
    • The longest par-3 on course today is the 17th, its playing at 153m
    • So far today the par-5 1st has been played in 172 strokes, that is a combined 8-under
    For anyone who has been to Stonecutters Ridge you might recognise some of these pin placements that the field is playing to today.




  • 11/13/2014 9:16:21 PM | PGA Media
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    We were greeted by fog at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club this morning but it won't be around for long.

    The temperature is predicted to reach 38 degrees here today.

    Hydration will be key!
  • 11/13/2014 8:48:30 PM | PGA Media
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  • 11/13/2014 7:26:10 PM | PGA Media
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    Good morning from round two of the Mazda NSW Open!

    Play gets underway at 6.45am and here are some groups to watch today:

    7.25am        1st        Josh Geary (NZ), Matthew Giles (NSW), Troy Moses (am)(NSW)
    11.55am      10th      Mitch Davis (NSW), Justin Warren (am)(NSW), Peter Lee (NZ)
    11.45am      10th      Nathan Green (NSW), Matthew Millar (ACT), Michael Long (NZ)
    11.55am      1st        James Nitties (NSW), Cameron Davis (am)(NSW), Ryan Lynch (VIC)
    12.05pm      1st        Kim Felton (WA), Travis Smyth (am)(NSW), Steve Jones (VIC)

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  • 11/13/2014 7:21:33 AM | PGA Media
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    Record round fires Jones into NSW Open lead


    Victorian Steve Jones has claimed the Mazda NSW Open lead after shooting a course record round at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club today.

    Playing in the morning field, Jones capitalised on the scoring conditions to fire an 8-under 64 to lead by one heading into the second round.

    "Any time you go really low it feels good." said Jones.

    "I wanted to get off to a really good start; the conditions were pretty benign out there."

    "I was mindful of how the conditions are going to be tomorrow. I think it might be windy and pretty hot."

    Jones, renowned as one of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour of Australasia, took advantage of the wide open fairways designed by Greg Norman at Stonecutters Ridge.

     "I think that the course suits me this week. It's very open off the tee which suits me because I can spray it a little bit," added Jones.

    "I didn't hit as many drivers as I thought; I have a really good 3 wood at the moment so I have been hitting that a lot."

    "Hitting it long is a big advantage; I can fly to a lot of the down slopes that maybe some other guys might not be able to."

    Jones has been in good form having also led the John Hughes Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship and believes he is close to breaking through for a win.

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  • 11/13/2014 7:04:08 AM | PGA Media
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    “I feel like I am ready to win one of these tournaments and
    hopefully contend in one of the big ones coming up,” Steve Jones.

  • 11/13/2014 5:37:08 AM | PGA Media
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    After a red hot morning for birdies the scoring this afternoon has started to slow down.


    Josh Geary has had the best score of the afternoon and finishes at 6-under the card to be outright fourth on the leaderboard behind Steve Jones (-8), James Nitties (-7) and amateur Justin Warren (-7).

    The next best score of the afternoon belongs to Tour Rookie James Gibellini who shot a 4-under 68 to open his Mazda NSW Open campaign.

    Also on 4-under with three holes to play are Andrew Evans and Harrison Russell.

    For live scores please click here.
  • 11/13/2014 5:19:54 AM | PGA Media
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    With a fantastic day of scoring, Victorian Steven Jones has set a new course record, posting a 64 to lead by one over Justin Warren and James Nitties.
  • 11/13/2014 3:11:36 AM | PGA Media
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    Birdies galore at the NSW Open

    Birdies were the order of the morning at the Mazda NSW Open and there were plenty of them scored in the perfect conditions.


    Amateur Justin Warren got things underway early coming through the turn at 4-under the card.


    An eagle on the par-5 18th was the highlight of Warren's round, it saw him finish at 7-under 65, equal the course record and lead the tournament.


    This is the second year that the 19-year-old has Monday qualified for the NSW Open and showing that talent runs in the family Warren is the grandson of Barry, the 1957 Australian Amateur Champion.


    Warren was joined in the lead by Web.
    com Tour player James Nitties who knew that a low score would be needed to be up the top end of the leaderboard today.

    While Nitties and Warren held a share of the course record it wasn't for long.


    Playing the group behind Nitties, Victorian Steve Jones fired an impressive 8-under 64 to set the new record and take the outright lead.


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  • 11/13/2014 12:49:29 AM | PGA Media
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    Pro-Am Photo Gallery

    Check out the latest photos from Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club where a strong field has assembled to contest the 2014 Mazda NSW Open being played from 13 -16 November.

    Players and guests had a fantastic day out at the 2014 Mazda NSW Open Pro-Am on Wednesday 12th November at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club. 

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  • 11/13/2014 12:00:20 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/12/2014 10:45:27 PM | PGA Media
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    Anthony Brown has had a hole-in-one on the par-3 6th hole at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.


    He used is 6iron to achieve the feat on the 169m hole.

    Unfortunately for Anthony the Mazda CX-5 GT Akera is up for grabs on the 16th hole over the weekend while on the 11th hole a year's supply of Stockade Beer is on offer for a hole in one.

    Anthony's pla
    ying partners, Ryan Haller and amateur Ben Eccles both birdied the 6th which means the group played the hole in just five strokes!

    This is Anthony's second ace of the season. He also slam dunked the par-3 12th at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

  • 11/12/2014 10:02:59 AM | PGA Media
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  • 11/12/2014 9:59:27 AM | PGA Media
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    US Amateur champion joins Tour legend at NSW Open

    US Amateur champion Gunn Yang will tee off with Peter Lonard tomorrow in the Mazda NSW Open being played at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club.

    Little known Korean, Yang, burst onto the international amateur golf scene when he became an unlikely champion at the US Amateur in August.

    Starting the week ranked 776 in the world; Yang emerged victorious over 312 qualifiers ultimately defeating Canadian Corey Conners 2 & 3 in the final where he never trailed.

    With a trip to Augusta National for The Masters now booked, Yang is playing as many Tour events as he can to earn experience.

    "It's amazing to be in Pro events. I'm always learning, trying to find my weaknesses and where I need to improve. Just trying to become a better player that it my goal," said Yang.

    "It's always hard to play against Pros, everyone is always in shape, they are good enough to be on the Tour but I am trying to do my best this week.

    "The Masters is going to be another different level again but this week is definitely going to help, I need to get used to playing against the Pros."

    Already this year Yang has played with Adam Scott in the Japan Open and this week he will play with Peter Lonard at the Mazda NSW Open.

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  • 11/11/2014 5:17:47 AM | PGA Media
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    Stars teeing it up at the NSW Open

    A strong field has assembled to contest the Mazda NSW Open Championship being played at Stonecutters Ridge from 13 -16 November.

    With the Web.com Tour season wrapped up, players have returned home for the Aussie summer of golf which is now in full swing.

    Players to watch this week include:

    Ash Hall has just completed his second season on the Web.com Tour and while he only made nine cuts from 11 starts, he recorded two top-5 finishes to easily retain his card for the 2015 season. A previous winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Hall is always a strong contender on his home Tour and has already recorded a tied 4th finish at the New Zealand Open earlier this year.

    James Nitties had a memorable finish to his season in the US, at the last regular season event he needed a good result to retain his card. On the last hole of the season he made a 15 foot putt for bogey which secured him a tied 5th finish to finish 71st on the money list and retain his card. Nitties will be looking for a good performance this year after having to retire from the NSW Open last year due to injury. His last full appearance at the tournament was in 2011 when it was played in Newcastle, his hometown, and he finished tied 6th.

    Peter Lonard is always a crowd favourite and the Mazda NSW Open will be his first appearance on home soil for the 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia season. After a tough season in the US, where he made nine cuts from 16 starts for a best performance of T50, Lonard returns to tournament golf following a three month break. Loving being on the golf course in competition mode Lonard is looking forward to playing the NSW Open this week. "I am looking forward to getting back but a lack of tournament play will count against me. I have been practising at the Lakes but there is nothing like playing tournaments to get sharp again," said Lonard on his website. Peter Lonard is one of three former NSW Open champions to be playing this week.   

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  • 11/11/2014 5:15:55 AM | PGA Media
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    On Tour: Mazda NSW Open

    The PGA Tour of Australasia has arrived at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club for the Mazda NSW Open Championship to be played from 13-16 November 2014.

    A strong contingent of Professionals have returned home from the US for the Aussie summer of golf. 

    Web.com Tour players Adam Crawford, Ashley Hall, James Nitties, Peter Lonard and Nathan Green will all tee up this week. 

    Aiming for back-to-back wins on the PGA Tour of Australasia is Ryan Lynch who won the Tour's last tournament, the WA Goldfields PGA Championship, played in Kalgoorlie two weeks ago. He is joined by other recent Tour winner's Andre Stolz, Josh Geary and Matthew Giles. 

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