With the sun shining down on Ballarat Golf course ahead of the PGA National Futures tournament taking place from Tuesday to Friday, Ballarat trainee Ben Pisani is hoping to produce an impressive performance.
Speaking on Monday afternoon, Pisani said putting together a strong round would come down to decisiveness off the tee.
"You have to make decisions off the tee," he said.
"There's a good mix of holes in terms of length and a lot of well placed traps. You need to come in with a strategy, there's not a right or wrong way to play these holes, it's just about going out and figuring out how to play your tournament."
The 33-year-old said he expects to see a lot of different approaches from the 97 entrants in the $60,000 tournament.
"There's certainly an option to be aggressive with the driver on some of the longer par fours, while a lot of competitors may opt to be a bit safer, put in short and work from there."
Pisani, who played the back nine on Monday, said he was pleased with the condition of the course in the lead-up to the tournament.
"It's really nice and lush out there... the greens were rolling really well. When you've got conditions like this and the prize money is what it is why wouldn't people want to come compete in Ballarat."
The 97 competitors include past tournament winner Frazer Droop (NSW), who will be looking to take out the title for the second time and a pair of international entrants, Blair Riordan (New Zealand) and Derik Ferreira (Zimbabwe).
The event is being played under a different format for the four days. The first two days will be a pro-am, with amateurs playing alongside professionals in full tournament conditions.
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