PETER Nolan will step away from tournament play after this week’s Victorian PGA Championship.
The newly-married Nolan will instead focus his efforts on a new coaching venture for most of the year.
He is also hoping time away from the Australasian PGA Tour will help him overcome tendonitis in his feet.
Originally from Ballarat and now based in Melbourne, Nolan is looking to bow out of tournaRment play for the time being with a solid performance at Creswick’s Forest Resort over the next three days.
His first objective is to make the cut after today’s second round.
He gave himself a chance of doing this with a first round one-over 71 yesterday – more satisfactory after a poor start of three bogeys in his first three holes.
“I was half asleep,” the 30-year-old said.
Sitting four-over after five bogeys in his opening nine holes, he bounced back with four birdies and one bogey on the back nine.
Nolan praised the condition of the course. He said he was also pleased to have been able play an early round – he teed off in the first group at 7am – to beat the heat.
Nolan’s new coaching role will be with a new venture, XGolf in Malvern, which utilises a golf simulator to fine tune golfers’ games.