AUSTRALIA’S golfing legends have found a secure home at Richmond Golf Club in Western Sydney for the next three years.
The Australian Senior PGA Championship will be played at the historic golf club in the Hawkesbury region until 2017; it was officially announced this week.
Having hosted the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour’s flagship tournament for the past two years, Richmond Golf Club has reaffirmed its commitment to golf, tourism and creating social inclusion within its community.
In another coup for the tournament, Coca-Cola has extended their naming rights sponsorship for the 2015 staging of the Coca-Cola Australian Senior PGA Championship.
In a statement the PGA of Australia said it was pleased to see the Australian Senior PGA Championship continue to establish a base in regional New South Wales which will assist in developing golf at a grass roots level.
Also supportive of the announcement are the PGA Professionals on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour who believe the three year deal will allow them to establish a connection with the Hawkesbury community.
The Coca-Cola Australian Senior PGA Championship will be played at Richmond Golf Club from 12-14 November 2015 for a prize purse of $100,000.
Attracting some of the best over-50’s PGA Professionals in Australia to compete, the prestigious title has previously been won by Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Noel Ratcliffe and Mike Harwood.
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia said the Coca-Cola Australian Senior PGA Championship attracted some of the country’s leading Legends Tour Professionals to compete for the highly sought after prestigious title.
“While it is a fantastic playing opportunity for our PGA Professionals, the biggest opportunity belongs to the Hawkesbury community who are able to witness this high calibre action in their own backyard.”
“The PGA is committed to growing golf at a grass roots level and creating opportunities for our PGA Professionals, we believe this relationship with Richmond Golf Club contributes to both of these important objectives,” he said.
Kimberley Talbot, CEO of the Richmond Golf Club said, “It is with great pleasure that the Richmond Club Board of Directors have signed a three year deal with the PGA of Australia to host the Australian PGA Seniors Championship, with the naming rights going once again to Coca-Cola.”
“This event allows us as an organisation to showcase the amazing Hawkesbury LGA to visitors on both a national and international level. Tourism has been a key objective of the Board of Directors for many years, which have realised the potential it has in improving the local economy and encouraging growth in the area.”
“As in the previous two years, this year’s tournament will be hotly contested by the legends of the sport, and will be an excellent platform for the Richmond Club Group to promote the game of golf in the region and attract new members and players to the club. In particular, through this tournament we aim to capture some of the growing veteran membership market, which will encourage social inclusion within our community.”
Rodger Davis, Chairman of the PGA’s Legends Tour Committee agreed with Thorburn and Talbot’s comments and said that over the past two years the players on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour had enjoyed travelling to and competing on the Richmond Golf Club layout.
“One of the strengths of the Legends Tour is the relationships the players create within local communities which is why we are looking forward to returning to the Hawkesbury region.”
“On behalf of all the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour players I thank Richmond Golf Club and Coca-Cola for their continued support of the Coca-Cola Australian Senior PGA Championship.”