Chances Open for McIntosh
WHEN golfer Greg McIntosh got a call ‘just a few days ago’ it wasn’t your typical telemarketer.
Instead, it was a call to let him know he would be playing in the Australian Open.
“It’s my first Australian Open and I didn’t expect to be in the tournament,” he said.
“I may have had a couple of beers to celebrate.”
Originally from Ballina, McIntosh has been playing in the Korean Tour recently until an unfortunate snowboarding incident left him with a knee injury.
“But it’s alright now just in time for the Australian Open,” he said.
And with the tournament only a week away, McIntosh’s enthusiasm is on the rise.
“I’m very excited, and looking forward to it,” he said.
“I grew up watching these guys play.”
And having just come back to taking swings after his injury, McIntosh isn’t sure how his form is holding up.
“I don’t know how my form is actually; I haven’t been playing a lot lately,” he said.
“I’m not expecting to do too well.
“I’m just going to enjoy getting out there and having a crack at it.”
Having started golf at the tender age of four, McIntosh has played plenty of junior golf locally, has played in Asian tournaments and has taught golf overseas.
“The Australian Open will be pretty different to what I’ve been playing because I haven’t played any professional tournaments in Australia before,” he said.
“There’s some tough competition.
“It’s my first tournament back in a while so I’ve just been doing some on-course stuff and teaching full-time.
“I’m putting in some work so I’ll just have to see how it goes.”
“Anything could happen. It’ll be quite an experience.”
The Australian Open will be held at the New South Wales Golf Club in Sydney from December 3 to 6.