Stronger field of international players tipped for NT PGA Championship
THE 2018 NT PGA Championships will attract a stronger field of international competitors than ever before, general manager of PGA tournaments Simon Butterly says.
Speaking to the NT News yesterday from the event’s home at Palmerston Golf Course, Butterly said the Championship would attract 15 overseas competitors – and they would be of high quality.
“We will be targeting international players. We have good relationships with the Asian tournament, it’s a good time of year for their players and (Darwin is) geographically close,” he said. “We’ve already commenced speaking with the Asian tour about getting players to come, which helps the event gain more exposure.
“We had 15 internationals last year – we will look to do the same in a field of 120. But we will be looking at a better quality of players, and more of a spread from different countries.”
Butterly said the event had been a major success since its first edition in 2016. “The first two years have been great and now we are looking to build on that and improve,” he said.
“We had really good feedback from all of our members the last two years, they really enjoy coming (to Darwin). For southerners it’s winter time, they get some nice weather and play some golf. It’s a different place for them to come, there’s lots of things to see and do, they get out and have a look around town.”