South West Open: All set for a breakthrough
A year wiser, emerging Busselton golfer Brody Ninyette has his sights set on finishing the job at this weekend’s Nexus South West Open.
In 2011, Ninyette — then a little known amateur — was a surprise overnight leader heading into the final day’s play at the Bunbury Golf Club.
But a disappointing round of four over par shut the door on a fairytale triumph.
This weekend, Ninyette returns to the Clifton Park course for the first time since turning professional in December.
And he will bring with him some imposing results on the Australian Tour, including a second place at the Queensland PGA in February and a top-10 finish at March’s New Zealand PGA.
The hot streak has given the 24-year-old mountains of confidence ahead of his return to the familiar courses of the South West.
‘‘I didn’t expect to do this well this soon,’’ Ninyette said.
‘‘I’ve had a couple of close finishes in big tournaments that has taken pressure off my year, especially in terms of trying to secure my card for next year.’’
Going into the third round Ninyette had led the New Zealand PGA, but a disappointing final round saw him slide down the leader board.
In the $115,000 Queensland PGA Ninyette was in the box seat to claim an against-the-odds victory at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club, holding an outright lead one flag from the clubhouse.
But he double-bogeyed the tricky final hole to squander a golden opportunity for a maiden professional win.
Not wasting any time back in WA, Ninyette played the Greenline John Deere Pro-Am at Harvey Golf Club on Tuesday and yesterday took part in the Jetline Capel Golf Club Pro-Am.
Today he will tee off at the Settlers Liquor Store Pro-Am at Margaret River Golf Club before the WIN TV Cup at the Bunbury Golf Club on Friday and the South West Open from Saturday where he expects the field to be tough.
Among those on course this weekend will be defending champion Richard Ball, 1999 Heineken Classic winner Jarrod Mosely and 30 players from overseas or interstate.
‘‘They’ll be some stiff competition. I’ll definitely have to play well,’’ Ninyette said.
‘‘I’m just looking forward to playing Bunbury again. I’ve always enjoyed going back there.’’
Tournament Director Peter Martinson said the South West Open was a great advertisement for the Bunbury area.
‘‘The course is in nice condition, and this time of year is about when the greens are at their fastest,’’ he said.
‘‘There has been some great golf played in the last five years — most of the leaderboard is getting into the red.’’
Spectator entry is free. The first groups will tee off at approximately 7.30am on Saturday and Sunday and 9am on Monday.
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