Sadd happy to play in NSW PGA

As the operator of the South Coast Golf Academy set up in the middle of the Kembla Grange racetrack, David Sadd has regularly fetched balls from closer to the course proper rather than any golf course itself.

But venturing feet-first into the treacherous scrub of Mount Broughton Golf and Country Club?

"When they've got snake warnings in the carts [you don't go in]," Sadd said. "That's what they suggest anyway. Play another one."

The fact that Sadd is even thinking about Mount Broughton, the home of this year's NSW PGA as well as an assortment of snakes and lost golf balls, says a lot about his desire to again make his own mark on the game.

Mired in coaching commitments at the academy, Sadd will play his first event "for a while" when the NSW PGA begins on the outskirts of Bowral today.

With the encouragement of several of his students, Sadd headed up to a one-round pre-qualifying shootout at Highlands Golf Club on Monday.

He booked his ticket into the 132-man field - by the barest of margins.

"I guess I've done a lot of practice down here and a lot of my clientele and the guys that I coach have all backed me and pushed me forward," Sadd said.

"It would be nice to do it for them as well as myself.

"I'm running the business myself as well so it's very hard to get time to play."

On his goals for the tournament, Sadd said: "One, it was nice to make it. Two, I would like to make the weekend.

"It's just about getting out there and enjoying myself and I'm not putting any pressure on myself."

The NSW PGA will head to Mount Broughton after being played at Wollongong Golf Club for the past three years.

Craig Parry is expected to be the star attraction at the weekend.

Jake Higginbottom will play his first tournament as a professional after winning the New Zealand Open as an amateur last week.

 David Sadd has qualified for the NSW PGA. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

David Sadd has qualified for the NSW PGA. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI


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