36 | NZ Golf Magazine | July 2019 Travellingtheworld LUKETOOMEY WORDSANDREWWHILEY S ince the start of 2019, Luke has kept active playing on the NZ Pro-Am circuit, playing in the NZ Open and the NZPGA Championship at Pegasus. “I headed to China in late March and played three events before coming home for a couple of weeks. Then I travelled back for another three events which I have just returned from. There are two more events in June that I will pass on to focus on the six events later in the year”. “Playing on the PGA TOUR-China is an interesting experience, but very well organised. For each tournament we receive the official “Tournament Handbook” that NEW ZEALAND GOLF MAGAZINE CHECKED IN WITH ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S TOP YOUNG PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS, LUKE TOOMEY. A WAIKATO BOY WHO CALLS TAURANGA HOME, LUKE PLAYS MOST OF HIS PROFESSIONAL GOLF ON THE PGA TOUR IN CHINA. suggests a hotel to stay at and the “tournament player rate”. This is also the tournament hotel at which all the officials will stay and where the tournament transport will be coordinated from, to take everyone to and from the golf course. Sometimes, the golf course can be right by the hotel and sometimes it can take an hour to get to and from the course.” “We are really well looked-after with food, transport and medical services. This is important, especially for the foreign players, as not long ago twenty players were affected by the Norovirus and were hospitalised”. ↑ Luke Toomey lines up a putt during the first round of the PGATOUR Series China Beijing Championship at Topwin Golf and Country Club on July 26, 2018 in Beijing, China. FEATURE