Hoy hoping to make cut on home course at Pro-Am
JEFFREY Hoy has four days of golf ahead of him.
Or so he hopes.
A share of $55,000 has attracted some of Australia's best golfers to the Ian Weigh Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am, starting today, and Hoy will be among them.
Like all of them, local bloke Hoy, 33, is scheduled to play the opening two rounds - today and tomorrow - of the four-day event.
An assistant golf professional at Rockhampton Golf Club, Hoy has played in the tournament since it was reincarnated in the mid-2000s but is yet to have to dig out his clubs to play on Saturday and Sunday.
Hoy today joins 80 professionals and 80 amateur golfers in the opening round of the event, with hopes of making the cut after the opening two rounds and featuring on the weekend.
Hoy said this year's field was as strong as any he'd been a part of before.
Queensland Sunshine Tour Order of Merit leader Kalem Richardson leads a field that includes New Zealand's Jared Pender and Aussies Scott Laycock, Gareth Paddison and former Rockhampton golfer Adam Blyth.
Blyth led last year's tournament after shooting a 66 in the opening round before slipping in the second and heads into today's tournament on the back of a fourth-place finish in the Mackay Pro-Am last weekend.
Former Jacob's Creek Open Championship winner Euean Walters is another name to look out for, while Rockhampton-raised golfer and former European Tour competitor Terry Price makes his return.
Ex-British Open competitor Matthew Millar is another one of the 80 professionals who Hoy believes is a genuine contender.
As for Hoy's chances of competing against the big-name players, he's got one big advantage - local knowledge of the course.
"You've got a better feel for the place. As soon as you hit it you know where it's going to be and you already know what sort of shot is ahead of you," he said.
"You know the spots where not to hit it. It does help."
Hoy, who grew up playing alongside world No.6 Jason Day, said he had taken a different approach to this year's tournament, deciding not to spend too much time on the course he knows better than most.
"I haven't managed to have good enough form to make the cut here," an honest Hoy said.
"I'd always played all these other events and then by the time I got here I was knackered.
"I've stopped playing a couple before so I'm feeling a lot fresher."
Hoy had a huge chance of making the cut in 2013, but a lapse in concentration when closing out his second round saw his hopes crushed.
"I had a bad third-last hole and dropped a couple shots and missed it. I was spewing," he said.
"It's not like I can't play well enough. On your home track you'd like to play all right."
IAN WEIGH Toyota Rockhampton Pro-Am
Starts today at Rockhampton Golf Club, with the final round to be played on Sunday.