Aussie Tour explores new frontiers in Papua New Guinea

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PNG OpenTHE PGA Tour of Australasia will explore new territories in 2016 as it heads to Papua New Guinea for the first time.

The South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open will become a fully fledged PGA Tour of Australasia tournament after many years of being a successful pro-am event.

To be played at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club (pictured), which successfully hosted the Pacific Games in 2015, Tour Professionals will be competing for a minimum of AU$140,000 and Official World Golf Ranking Points when they tee off from 21-24 April.

“The PGA Tour of Australasia continues to grow and offer Tour Professionals opportunities to compete in quality tournaments,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.

“We are delighted to have the South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open join the schedule, expanding the Tour’s presence across Australasia.”

“The PNG Open has for many years been run successfully as a pro-am on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series but its elevation to the Tour sees the prize money become official on the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, the application of Official World Ranking Points and as such it is expected the tournament will receive a boost in the strength of field competing for the title.”

Papua New Guinea will be one of five countries the PGA Tour of Australasia visits in 2016 with events on the schedule being played across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia.

The tour is across the Tasman this week for the NZ PGA Championship in Auckland.

The South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open also becomes the third National Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia’s schedule with the BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open and Emirates Australian Open to also be contested in 2016.

From Papua New Guinea the PGA Tour of Australasia will travel to Western Australia for the Nexus Risk Group TSA WA Open to be played from 28 April – 1 May with the TX Civil and Logistics WA PGA Championship being played in Kalgoorlie from 12-15 May.

For the current PGA Tour of Australasia schedule visit pga.org.au

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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