Brisbane Broncos Origin centre Kotoni Staggs will make the leap from ferocious fends to fairway finder after edging teammate Corey Oates at the PGA of Australia’s Sporting Teams Challenge on Wednesday.
Seven current Broncos – Staggs, Adam Reynolds, Kurt Capewell, Martin Taupau, Brendan Piakura and Jesse Arthars – and assistant coach Lee Briers teed off at a windy Nudgee Golf Club on Wednesday with the winner not decided until the final hole.
Oates briefly held the clubhouse lead when he posted 32 Stableford points but then had to watch on as Staggs stormed home.
Playing off a 17 handicap, Staggs navigated the final six holes in 3-over par – accumulating 15 points in those six holes alone – to match Oates’s total and claim victory on a countback.
After hitting his tee shot just short and right of the green on the par-4 finishing hole at Nudgee’s Bulka Course, Staggs had a tricky 10-foot downhill putt for birdie to claim the win outright. That putt missed just to the right, his tap-in par enough to earn bragging rights over his fellow Broncos and a step up in class in November.
Staggs will now line up alongside Australia’s best golfers and other Brisbane sporting identities at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship Pro-Am at Royal Queensland Golf Club on Wednesday, November 22.
Photo: (L-R) Broncos Corey Oates, Brendan Piakura, Martin Taupau, Jesse Arthars, Kotoni Staggs, Lee Briers, Kurt Capewell and Adam Reynolds contested the first PGA Sporting Teams Challenge at Nudgee Golf Club on Wednesday.