2012 summer of Australian golf continues to grow

THE 2012 summer of Australian professional golf continues to grow with two additional Western Australian tournaments added to the recently announced Heritage Classic in Victoria.

Western Australia will now host three weeks of championship golf with events in Kalgoorlie and Royal Perth joining the 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia.

The WA Goldfields PGA Championship and the John Hughes Geely Nexus Risk Services WA Open Championship will sit either side of this year’s $2 million Perth International, ensuring Western Australia will be promoted as a premiere golf destination.

“Western Australia has consistently played an important role on the PGA Tour of Australasia, with the state home to many Australian golf champions and some of our best courses,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA.

“We look forward to yet another chapter of this history, this time at Kalgoorlie and Royal Perth.”

For the first time the WA Goldfields PGA Championship will be played at Kalgoorlie Golf Course from 11-14 October 2012.

Kalgoorlie Golf Course is a premiere Graham Marsh designed layout, and is famous for having two of its holes included as part of the Nullabor Links, the world’s longest golf course.

One professional already confirmed for the event is prolific European and PGA Tour of Australasia champion Peter O’Malley.

Two weeks later, the WA Open Championship will tee off at Royal Perth Golf Club from the 25-28 October.

Also with $110,000 on offer, the championship will continue its tradition of producing some of Australia’s best up and coming winners with previous champions including Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Gary Player, Kel Nagle and more recently James Nitties, Kim Felton and 2011 champion Rohan Blizard.

With dates confirmed, the PGA says it will now work towards securing quality fields for both tournaments.

Heritage Classic joins the PGA Tour of Australasia

The news comes on top of a recent announcement by the PGA Tour of Australasia of a new Victorian event, the Heritage Classic, which will be conducted from the 24th – 27th January 2013.

“Tournament growth is essential to the success of the PGA Tour of Australasia and with a strong line-up of state based championships and new national tournaments, the likes of the Perth International, there are plenty of positives for Australian professional golf,” Thorburn said at the time.

The event will be held at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in the Yarra Valley with the added benefit of the Saturday round being played on Australia Day.

The dates for Australia’s top tournaments have also previously been announced, with the 2012 Australian Masters at Kingston Heath Golf Club from November 15 to 18 with a two week break before the Australian Open in Sydney from December 6 to 9 and the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum the week afterwards December 13 to 16.

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