As is usually the case, Paul Sheehan, the defending champion, is not in the field. Sheehan managed just a bogey on the second playoff hole last year, but it was good enough to best Michael Sim for the crown.
Sim is also on the PGA TOUR, but has yet to play this year. Sheehan meanwhile has teed it up three times on the PGA Tour this season, but has yet to make a cut.
The 156-player field is split between 78 Nationwide Tour players, 73 from the PGA TOUR of Australasia and five invitations.
A very busy Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds beginning Thursday at 10:30 a.m. ET.
The Nationwide Tour shifts to New Zealand next week for the HSBC New Zealand PGA Championship, where Jim Rutledge won last year.
Nationwide Tour Notes