THE Aussie summer of golf gets back underway this week with the Isuzu Queensland Open celebrating the 90th anniversary of the event at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.
The honour board for the tournament reads like a who’s who of Australian golf with Australia’s first PGA Champion Jim Ferrier having won the title in 1934, 1938 and 1939.
More recently Australia’s newest PGA Champion Jason Day finished the low amateur when he competed in the Queensland Open at Ipswich Golf Club.
Other significant players of note to have won the Queensland Open in its 90 year history include recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee David Graham (1985, 1987), Greg Norman (1983, 1985, 1986), Ian Baker-Finch (1990) and more recently Steven Bowditch (2004).
This week some of the rising stars of Australian golf have assembled to try and add their name to the trophy.
The field features Geoff Drakeford and Todd Sinnott (pictured above) who has been competing on the European Challenge Tour and Taylor MacDonald who makes his Professional debut this week.
In recent years the Isuzu Queensland Open has kick started its Champion’s careers. Nick Cullen won the title in 2013 before going on to win the Australian Masters while last year’s winner Andrew Dodt went on to regain his European Tour card in 2015 and has already notched up a victory on the lucrative Tour.
This week will also see the return of some past champions with Ryan Haller (2007) and Terry Price (1993) both in the field for the 90th anniversary.
The Isuzu Queensland Open is the first of nine tournaments to be played around Australia and the South Pacific this year.
The PGA Tour of Australasia’s Triple Crown is sure to have Australian sports fans captivated as it’s played across back-to-back weeks.
It begins with the Australian Masters which returns to its spiritual home at Huntingdale Golf Club from 19-22 November.
The next week sees newly crowned World Number 1 Jordan Spieth seeking to defend his title at the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from 26-29 November.
Australia’s richest tournament, the Australian PGA Championship will then be contested at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 3-6 December.
The PGA Tour of Australasia is also delighted to welcome the European Tour to the Gold Coast as the two tours co-sanction the tournament which is worth AU$1.75million.
Another highlight of the 2015 season will be the second staging of the Fiji International which will see World Number 15 Matt Kuchar adding his star power to the field at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from 15-18 October.
To see the full schedule of for the PGA Tour of Australasia please visit pga.org.au.