Fairway to go for glory at Bay Pro

NATHAN Carey has made the long trip from Hervey Bay to Western Australia - and he's determined to make it worth it.

The 25-year-old golf professional has made a good start.

Carey, who completed his three-year professional traineeship at Ipswich Golf Club last year, has qualified to play in the $110,000 Western Australian Open which starts at the at the Cottesloe Golf Club tomorrow.

He was on of the 55 professionals who pre-qualified at the Mt Lawley Golf Club.

The Western Australian Open is a PGA Tour of Australasia event and previous winners include a couple of the greatest names in the sport, such as Greg Norman and Gary Player.

New South Welshman James Nitties won the tournament 12 months ago and he's now playing on the biggest golfing stage in the world, the US PGA Tour.

It is the first time Carey, who played all his junior golf at the Hervey Bay Golf Club, has teed it up in WA and he said he was pleased to have passed the first test.

“I hit it all right to qualify but my putting was shocking,” said Carey, who has been playing on the Queensland PGA Sunshine Tour this year.

“If I can get that (his putting) going I'll be happy as the course is in sensational shape.”

He will head to Bunbury for the WA PGA next week.

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