Stronger field of in­ter­na­tional play­ers tipped for NT PGA Cham­pi­onship

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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.”

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