Aussies debut at Sofitel Zhongshan IGC Open in Nanjing China
The China Golf Tour Nanjing Event to be Truly Multi-national
04.20.2009 – April 20, 2009: A 10-strong contingent of Australians will compete in
this week’s RMB1.2 million Sofitel Zhongshan IGC Open in Nanjing , as the Omega
China Tour continues to develop links with foreign circuits.
Up to 10 PGA Tour of Australasia members will be invited to all remaining Omega
China Tour events this season.
Brad Kennedy, a former European Tour player, is among seven PGA of Australasia
members travelling to Nanjing from Beijing after competing in last week’s Volvo
“I’ve played many events in China over the years, but this will be my first time in
Nanjing . It will be interesting for me to see the playing level on the Omega China
Tour,” said Kennedy, who finished third in the 2006 Barclays Singapore Open after
spending 2004 and 2005 on the European circuit.
“This cooperation is a good initiative for both the Omega China Tour and PGA Tour
of Australasia players, especially as it will also give opportunities for players who
haven’t competed much outside the ir own country to test the mselves in different
climates and cultures. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
Kennedy also said he was looking forward to Chinese players enjoying reciprocal
rights and competing on the PGA of Australasia Tour.
“I think it will be an eye opener for the Chinese players when the y come to
Australia ,” he said. “There are good Australian players that people don’t even hear
about. They may be surprised at the scores you have to shoot to challenge or even
make the cut. They’ll definitely enjoy the experience, though.”
Of the seven Australians competing in Beijing and Nanjing , Kennedy made the cut
at the Volvo China Open along with Craig Scott and Kurt Barnes, who finished joint-
11th, while Peter Wilson, Tristan Lambert, Michael Moore and Jason King missed
the weekend’s play. Brad Andrews, Marcus Cain and David Diaz are the other three