All-star line-up return for NSW Open at Castle Hill Country Club

Iron discipline: Nick O’Hern, bringing his A game back from the US.IN 1985 Greg Norman won the Australian PGA at Castle Hill Country Club.
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In 1986 Norman came back. It was the year he won the the British Open, led all four majors into the final round; something never been done before or since.

He’d won five tournaments in a row leading into the PGA, but Mike Harwood beat him on a dramatic final day.

Castle Hill was the host, an acknowledged championship course.

That status continued when the Canon Challenge was held there.

New Zealand’s future US Open champion Michael Campbell won it in 1993, Peter Senior in 1994.

Since then there’s been a lull. Now big-time golf is back.

Castle Hill will host the Gloria Jean’s Coffees NSW Open from November 21-24.

A Norman in his prime won’t be there but a field featuring some US PGA tour regulars will include left-handed Nick O’Hern.

“I remember playing a Canon Challenge at Castle Hill Country Club and I thought it was a great parkland layout,” O’Hern said.

“It will be an ideal preparation leading into the Australian Open”. O’Hern has won more than $7.4 million in the US.

Steven Bowditch is another star heading back.

His year has been highlighted by a second at The Greenbrier Classic, helping him retain his US tour card for 2014.

He won the NSW PGA in 2010, and past NSW Open champions Peter O’Malley, Terry Price, Adam Crawford and Aaron Townsend will be in the field.

They will do battle with some of Australia’s country’s best young talent on the quite challenging Castle Hill golf course layout.

James Nitties, Nick Flanagan and Ashley Hall, along with recent PGA Tour of Australasia winners Jack Wilson and Josh Geary can all be expected to be in contention come Sunday afternoon.

Castle Hill Country Club manager Melissa Ellis said the course is in perfect championship condition.

“The club is providing plenty of food and entertainment offerings for families and visitors to enjoy,” she said.

“I’m really excited and very proud to have the club host this championship event, showcasing our picturesque course and the beautiful Hills district.”

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