For a number of months, it’s been a case of ‘Will he or won’t he?’, but it’s now confirmed that our inaugural champion – Jordan Zunic – will be back to try to make it two in a row when the NT PGA Championship – presented by Cazalys Palmerston returns from 31 August – 3 September.
The 25-year old from Wollongong has always had a yearning to defend his title but, like fellow tournament entrant Dimitrios Papadatos, has been assessing his European Challenge Tour status and prospects of a promotion to the main Tour right until the last minute.
The Challenge Tour’s loss is now Palmerston’s gain with Zunic looking to rekindle the positives vibes and fond memories from his wire-to-wire triumph in 2016.
“I always wanted to come back and play but obviously it was going to be a decision that I had to make at the last minute. I didn’t know what was happening with my schedule on the European Challenge Tour but I’m glad to be coming back.” Zunic said.
“I’m bringing my girlfriend up with me this time, she’s never been to Darwin before so I’m sure we’ll find some good things to do when we’re not on course doing the job.”
Zunic has been home for a few weeks after a great learning experience in his debut campaign on the European Challenge Tour.
“I learned a lot over there and got to go to a heap of new places that I’d never been to before, experiencing different cultures, experiencing different golf courses and countries.”
“It’s not all sunshine and rainbows being away from home so long, playing week in, week out, away from your friends and family at home. The biggest challenge was being away from all my family and friends for so long. That was a new experience for me and something I need to learn how to deal with.”
“Overall, the Tour is run really well and having a full schedule to play in every week is awesome. I started out playing pretty well but the last month or so wasn’t quite what I would have liked but that’s alright, I just tried to learn what I could and try not to make the same mistakes next time.”
“The competition over there is really strong and you have to be on your game, week in, week out, if you want to finish well in a tournament.”
Zunic obviously has fond and vivid memories of his wire-to wire performance in claiming the title in 2016. Like many in the inaugural field, it was Zunic’s first time to the Top End and it culminated in a week he will never forget.
“Really, from start to finish for me, it was just a fantastic week. The people there were amazing and so friendly and I’m pretty sure I speak for everyone who played last year, we all had a good time.”
“They put on some good activities for the guys up there during the week, I remember I went to an AFL match up there in a corporate box which was really fun. A few of the boys went out on a charter fishing trip on the Wednesday afternoon which they raved about.”
“Tournament-wise, everything went really smoothly. I think the members were happy with how it went, the players were happy with how it went and I obviously had a great time because I managed to play well and get the win.”
“I was fortunate enough to have a local member, John Croker, caddy for me on the weekend last year and I spoke to him just a couple of days ago and he said he’d love to caddy for me again.”
“I’m really excited to be coming back and have a good time up there again.”