AFTER a couple of years at the Wollongong Golf Club, the NSW PGA Championship has found a new home at the Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club near Moss Vale.
It is a good result for a tournament that has a history stretching back to the 1920’s and a champions list that includes Kel Nagle, Peter Senior, Wayne Grady and, more recently, Steven Bowditch.
“Staging the tournament the weekend prior to the Australian Open is certain to entice many of the country’s top golfers to test their skills around the Mt Broughton layout in preparation for the Open which this year will be played at The Lakes, ” said NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley, announcing the move on Monday.
The tournament, the first ever PGA Tour of Australasia event to be held at this venue, will be on from 29 November – 2 December.
“We are very honoured to be hosting such a prestigious golf event at our club, we hope the players and public will enjoy playing the course as much as our members,” said Basil Scaffadi, Managing Director of SEL, which owns the Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club.
Located deep in the heart of the Southern Highlands, Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club is one of the longest championship layouts in Australia and is characterised by undulating fairways and natural waterways.
“The PGA Tour of Australasia visits many areas of Australia each year and we are pleased to be bringing Professional golf to the Southern Highlands region with the NSW PGA Championship,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia, which operates the Tour.
“On behalf of our Touring Professionals I would like to thank the members of Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club for allowing us access to their wonderful course and I hope they enjoy watching the high quality golf on display throughout the week.”
The NSW PGA Championship will be a fitting curtain raiser to the Emirates Australian Open which will be played the following week 6 – 9 December at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney.
Along with the prestigious title of 2012 NSW PGA Champion, professionals will be competing for a prize purse of AUD$100,000, Official World Ranking Points and a place in the field for some of the Tour’s top tournaments including the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.