3 Jan 2012 - Source: PGA Australia
After a break for Christmas the PGA Tour of Australasia is back underway and starting off the year in a big way with the Victorian Open.
To be held at Spring Valley Golf Club from 5th – 8th January this year’s Victorian Open takes on a new angle with the Men’s and Women’s Opens to be played simultaneously at the same venue.
With some of Australia’s leading male professionals including Craig Parry, Peter Lonard and Defending Champion Paul Sheehan being joined by Australia’s leading female professionals, crowds at Spring Valley are set to see some top quality golf over the weekend.
From the Victorian Open the PGA Tour of Australasia will then play host to International Final Qualifying at Kingston Heath Golf Club on the 10th and 11th January 2012.
Just one of five IFQ’s held around the world it provides the opportunity for more Australasian players to qualify for The Open Championship – golf’s oldest championship.
With 47 of our best players entered including Peter Senior, Kurt Barnes and James Nitties and only three places available a fierce battle of golf is sure to take place over the two days.
Taking a month’s break the PGA Tour of Australasia then heads to Ballarat for the Adroit Insurance Group Victorian PGA Championship.
This will be the first time in more than 20 years that a regional location has hosted the Victorian PGA Championship and with a quality course like Forest Resort Creswick taking on the honour the Tour is sure to enjoy the change.
From Victoria it is then on to Queensland as the Tour moves to Toowoomba for the Queensland PGA Championship.
To be held at City Golf Club for the fourth time this event is all about community engagement with the local community getting to interact with some of the Tours leading players.
It then time for our neighbours in New Zealand to play host to the PGA Tour of Australasia when the NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship takes place from 29th March til 1st April at The Hills Golf Club in Queenstown.
Inspired by the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, one of the most prestigious events on the European Tour, the event builds on the long established NZ PGA Championship, first contested in 1920.
Professionals will play for the NZ PGA Championship over four rounds, but in a unique event format, 60+ invited amateurs and celebrities will be each paired with one of the 60+ professionals that make the cut, playing together as a team for the NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship over the final two days.
The PGA Tour of Australasia will then go on hiatus during the winter months until a full schedule commences in the second half of 2012.