The National PGA Classic will be held for the first time next week. Playing at this landmark event will be two terrific young members of The National, Matthew Lever and Nathan Page. Ahead of the Classic we interviewed Matt and Nathan to get to know a bit more about them and how they are feeling about the challenge ahead.
Six Quick Questions for Matthew and Nathan
Q1. The National Classic is an exciting opportunity for any golfer, what are your goals for the upcoming tournament?
Matt: My goal for the tournament is a Top 15 finish.
Nathan: The same goal I set for every tournament: give my all to every shot and see what happens.
Q2. The Gunnamatta Course off the black tees is a very different course (especially in the wind) to the regular blue tees. What holes do you expect will provide the biggest challenge for players during the four day event?
Matt: I think holes 5, 11 and 16 will play tricky if it’s the prevailing wind.
Nathan: Depends on the wind direction, but 4 or 14 will be up there with the most difficult holes I would think.
Q3. What has been your preparation in the lead up to the event?
Matt: I have played pretty much four straight tournaments leading up to The National Classic so good competitive practice along with a couple of midweek comps on the Gunnamatta.
Nathan: Lots of Gunnamatta course tee times.
Q4. Are there any players you are looking forward to meeting/playing against at the tournament?
Matt: I’m looking forward to just teeing it up in an Australian tour event again. I learned a lot about my game last month at the Vic Open and The National Classic should add some more valuable experience to my game.
Nathan: Not really anyone in particular. It will just be good to get some conversations going with any of the pros I happen to bump into.
Q5. What is your greatest golfing achievement to date?
Nathan: Winning the South Pacific Junior Open in New Caledonia a few years back.
Q6. Who is your favourite golfer?
Matt: My favourite golfers to watch are Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter just because they aren’t the longest hitters and they rely heavily on short game and course management, like myself, to perform well.
Nathan: Max Homa, Brooks Koepka or Kevin Kisner. I can’t decide between them.
Thank you for your time Matt and Nathan and the best of luck to you both.