Queensland PGA confirmed for Toowoomba

BY PGA of Australia | Australasian PGA Tour | 2012 Queensland PGA Championship | General | 03 Jan 2012

City Golf Club in Toowoomba will again play host to the PGA Tour of Australasia when the Queensland PGA Championship is played from 23rd – 26th February, 2012.

In an extension at the City Golf Club of at least another year, the tournament is riding off the back of an incredibly successful Championship in 2011.Held just six weeks after the devastating Queensland Floods, last year’s tournament proved to be just what the region needed.

“When everyone’s morale was down early in 2011, the community needed something to turn their thoughts away from the effects of the floods, and I think the tournament did just that,” said Ed Britnell, President of the City Golf Club.

“Last year’s event had the benefit of putting a smile on people’s faces that in previous weeks may not have been there and we hope that in 2012 the world class athletes that we are proud to bring to the region once again will provide much enjoyment to the community.”

Known for it’s quick greens, tight fairways and amazing facilities, the City Golf Club boasts one of the largest clubhouse facilities in the country, including a 4 ½ star motel.

2011 Queensland PGA Champion Gareth Paddison talked about last year’s tournament and the opportunities offered to Professionals on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

“That the Queensland PGA Championship was even played last year in the aftermath of the terrible floods was a great credit to the Queensland spirit, the City of Toowoomba and City Golf Club. The strong community support made for a really enjoyable week and was appreciated by all the players.”

“I was fortunate to win last year and am really looking forward to returning to defend my title. This year’s event will have the added bonus of Official World Golf Ranking points which is a fantastic boost for the tournament.”

The 2012 Queensland PGA Championship will not only be about the four days of golf and $115,000 in prizemoney, it will also have a strong focus on the community.

The week of events will begin with the Geiger Civil and Electrical Junior Pro-Am on Monday afternoon and will continue with such activities as school, hospital and shopping centre visits, not to mention a fashion parade, a market day and movie nights which will see the professionals going to outlying communities to give free clinics and watch Happy Gilmore on outdoor screens.

“We would like to think that by the time the professionals leave on Sunday afternoon, they will not only have made a significant economic benefit to Toowoomba, but they would also have offered inspiration and touched almost every demographic in the region in one way shape or form,” said Broc Greenhalgh Executive Officer of the Queensland Division of the PGA of Australia.

The leading Professionals set to contest the Queensland PGA Championship will be announced in the coming weeks and already the city of Toowoomba are looking forward to seeing the 81st champion lift the Charles Bonham Trophy.

Following on from the Queensland PGA Championship PGA Professionals will have the opportunity to contest the Australian 4-Ball Pro-Am Championship from the 1st – 4th March. This major event on the Queensland Pro-Am Circuit is set to be held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast and brings together amateurs and professionals in a team format.

Later in March the New Zealand PGA Pro Am Championship will be played at the Hillls Golf Club in Queenstown.

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