PGA event re­turn­ing to Hamil­ton Is­land

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club will again host the PGA pro­fes­sional cham­pi­onship.

The 54 hole tour­na­ment will see qual­i­fiers from around the coun­try, in­clud­ing last year’s win­ner Nathan King who is re­turn­ing to de­fend his ti­tle.

The four day event, to be held from 14-17 Oc­to­ber, is not just for the pro­fes­sion­als.

Golf en­thu­si­asts of all lev­els can get in­volved with the in­au­gu­ral Hamil­ton Is­land am­a­teur golf cham­pi­onship sched­uled for the same time.

CEO of Hamil­ton Is­land, Glenn Bourke, says he is look­ing for­ward to host­ing an­other suc­cess­ful PGA event at the club and also in­tro­duc­ing the new am­a­teur cham­pi­onship to the golf­ing cal­en­dar.

‘Hav­ing two golf events run con­cur­rently is a first for Hamil­ton Is­land Golf Club and it pro­vides us with a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case our world class course to all lev­els of golfers” he said.

“It demon­strates the di­ver­sity of our course as be­ing chal­leng­ing and com­pet­i­tive enough for the pro­fes­sion­als but also en­joy­able and test­ing for am­a­teur golfers’, he said.

The com­pe­ti­tion is ex­pected to be fierce among the pros with the top two po­si­tions gain­ing en­try to the Aus­tralian PGA, to be held at the RACV Royal Pines Re­sort in Novem­ber, as well as com­pet­ing for a prize purse of $50,000.

In the am­a­teur cham­pi­onship, the win­ner of the sta­ble­ford event will be rewarded with over $5000 in prizes, in­clud­ing two nights at the is­land’s lux­ury re­sort qualia.

ON COURSE: Hamil­ton Is­land's golf course club house on Dent Is­land. The club will once again host a PGA event this year.

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