Pro Am starters prepare

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PAUL Habgood and Johnathon Zirkler will be amongst the home-town names chasing a share of the large prize money purse when the Toowoomba BMW and Westpac Middle Ridge Pro Am Classic hits off on Friday.

The Toowoomba Golf Club duo are part of a 65-player pro field lining up for the $25,000 event also featuring a large amateur field.

Other Downs professionals teeing up include Paul's brother Matthew Habgood, City Golf Club's Chris and Matt Britnell, Andrew Webb and Grant Harriman and John Collins from Warwick.

Friday's event is highlighted by the appearance of USA PGA Championship winner Wayne Grady who hits off at 12.15.

"It's exceptional to have Wayne coming here," Zirkler said.

"Not too many Queensland country courses get the chance to host a Major winner."

Habgood said Friday's field also included a number of in-form players from Queensland's Troppo Tour and one of Australia's most successful Asian tour players.

"Tony Carolan could be a player to watch," Habgood said.

"He has earned more than half a million US dollars on the Asian tour since 2006."

Spectator entry to the course is free from 7am.

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