PGA of Aus­tralia

Inside Golf - - Inside The Industry - Bri­anThor­burn

IS this go­ing to be the big­gest ever year for Aus­tralian golf ? It cer­tainly looks like it. As we fast ap­proach the busi­ness end of the sea­son, en­thu­si­asm for what lies ahead for Aus­tralian golf fans con­tin­ues to grow.

The 2011 PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia sea­son will re-start in Septem­ber with a new tour­na­ment in the South Pa­cific. Fol­low­ing a num­ber of suc­cess­ful years on the NSW/ ACT Pro Am cir­cuit, the South Pa­cific Open Golf Cham­pi­onship has been el­e­vated to our main Tour of­fer­ing the most ex­otic Tour des­ti­na­tion ever for our Tour play­ers. The tour­na­ment will kick-start an ac­tion packed Sum­mer of Golf that over the com­ing months will travel through the South Pa­cific as well as West­ern Aus­tralia, New South Wales, Vic­to­ria, Queens­land and into New Zealand, mean­ing golfers ev­ery­where will have the op­por­tu­nity to see some of the world’s and Aus­tralia’s best golfers in ac­tion.

Last month IMG con­firmed the JBWere Mas­ters will be played from De­cem­ber 8-11 at Vic­to­ria Golf Club which will con­clude the Tour sea­son for 2011. With Luke Don­ald, Ian Poul­ter and de­fend­ing Cham­pion Stu­art Ap­pleby al­ready con­firmed, the JBWere Mas­ters will en­sure an ex­cit­ing fin­ish to the 2011 Or­der of Merit which will again be hotly con­tested. Tick­ets for this and all other events will go on sale in the com­ing months, so keep an eye out to make sure you are a part of the big­gest ever sea­son of Aus­tralian golf.

It would be re­miss of me not to con­grat­u­late Ja­son Day for his sec­ond place in the US Open, a feat that pushed him up the world rank­ings into 9th po­si­tion. Ja­son is an out­stand­ing Am­bas­sador for Aus­tralian golf and we can’t wait to see him back home to­wards the end of the year. I’d also like to men­tion one of our more ex­pe­ri­enced PGA Mem­bers in Peter “Chook” Fowler who at 52 years old just took out his sec­ond Euro­pean Se­niors Tour ti­tle for 2011. Congratulations Peter on be­half of the PGA and all your fel­low Mem­bers and again we hope to see you back in Aus­tralia in the com­ing months.

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