TWO years ago when Craig Parry finally realised his dream of winning the Australian Open at The Australian course in Sydney, his nephew Matt Thomas was on the bag and read every putt along their family victory walk together.Now, Thomas, 23, has decided he, too, will turn professional.Ask him about the time in 2006 when he qualified for the open at Royal Sydney and he’ll probably tell you he beat Parry. Omitted might be the not-so-significant fact that they both missed the cut.”Caddying for me, Matty has been able to mix with some of the players, like Tiger [Woods] at Isleworth, and been able to see first-hand the level that he needs to get to the next level,” Parry says. “He’s not far away from playing really well. He works hard and has a great short game.”Meanwhile, Parry has work to do to retain his player’s card to the Japan Tour. He is 71st on the tour’s money list with the top 70 exempt in 2010. CELEBRITY CHALLENGE On Monday, December 7, a day after the Open ends at the NSW layout, Sydney golf fans will be treated to a unique Australia versus New Zealand celebrity skins challenge at Moore Park. The respective captains will be Geoff Ogilvy and Michael Campbell. Other golfers include Kiwi Greg Turner, Peter O’Malley and Lucas Parsons. Others in action include Jimmy Barnes, Phil Kearns and Matt Burke and INXS’s Tim Farriss.Channel Ten will telecast the event, and entry is free. SENIOR AT THE SENIOR Peter Senior, who is 10th on the European Seniors Tour after playing just three tournaments, will make his Australian seniors debut at Royal Perth this week – in the $300,000 Australian Senior Championship in which Wayne Grady will defend the title he has won in the past two years at Concord.Apart from the usual suspects – Rodger Davis, Mike Clayton, Brian Jones, Terry Gale, Mike Harwood – there will be an international flavour with American Mac O’Grady and Frenchman Marc Farry. O’Grady is eccentric and outspoken, and capable of breaking par either right-handed (his natural side) or left-handed. Farry was one of the first players to be drug-tested on the European Tour. Negative of course, but he does smoke rich-smelling French cigarettes. WELCOME COLLECTION Tom Moore is passionate about golf history and also founder of the Australian Golf Heritage Society which has a marvellous museum on Parramatta Road in Granville.For years, he has had his eyes on a private collection of clubs and balls assembled over 50 years by 79-year-old Edgar Oakman in his journey as a club pro which started when he worked at the old Carnegie Clark factory in Rose Bay and progressed to Moss Vale, Papua New Guinea, Katoomba, Nelson’s Bay and Wentworth Falls. Oakman, 79, has donated his collection to the museum and it will be on show soon. SCOTT REFOCUSES Adam Scott has acknowledged playing in the Presidents Cup as a Greg Norman wildcard selection got his game back on track.”I’m really close to firing on all cylinders and being part of the Cup gave me the confidence I’ve been lacking for a few months,” Scott said. He’s back in Australia practising for a couple of weeks before playing the Singapore Open, HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai and then the Australian Masters. Source: The Sun-Herald
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