Illness has forced Tour professional James Nitties to withdraw from the field of the Yamba Pro-Am.
Illness has forced Tour professional James Nitties to withdraw from the field of the Yamba Pro-Am. Cade Mooney

Nitties withdrawal throws open Yamba Pro-Am field

THE LATE withdrawal of Australian Touring Professional James Nitties throws open the field of 170 golfers at this weekend's Yamba Pro-Am.

US PGA Tour professional Nitties entered the Yamba Pro-Am last week but illness has forced him to pull out.

Yamba Pro Shop's Louis Brown said Nitties withdrew earlier this week but the club was still looking forward to a bumper weekend.

"James was too sick to fly in so couldn't make it unfortunately," Brown said.

"I'm sure there are a few disappointed people but you can't do much about that."

Brown will be one of the 110 amateur golfers challenging the 60 pros this weekend. He said he was not too sure how he would fare against the competition, but was hopeful Yamba professional John Wright would win.

"It's tough to say actually," Brown said of the best part of his game.

"The greens have been pretty quick and the course is in good shape. Driving is usually my strong suit but I'm not too sure how I'll go.

"Luke Henwood is another local pro who should have a pretty good chance. Hopefully they'll go all right."

The club will hold a Pro-Am dinner on Saturday at which three professionals will be interviewed.

Attendees will have the chance to rub shoulders with former St George and Australian winger Nathan Blacklock, who will be a special guest.

Tickets to the dinner are $50 per person for a three-course meal, selected beverages and entertainment. Phone (02) 6646 2104.



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