Vic PGA to re-launch summer of golf

BY PGA of Australia | 10 Dec 2013

The 2013 PGA Tour of Australasia season may be drawing to a close but the summer of golf in Australia is far from over.

The Tour will tee off again in early 2014 with the Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship to be played from the 6 – 9 February at the Heritage Golf and Country Club.

In addition to a new venue, the tournament will take on a pro-am format.

An exciting prospect for amateur golfers, the Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship will provide the opportunity to compete in a PGA Tour of Australasia event in full tournament conditions alongside two Tour Professionals for the first two rounds.

“Playing in a pro-am format for the first two days adds an extra interesting element to competing in a Tour event,” said David McKenzie the 2013 Victorian PGA Champion who has enjoyed competing in a similar format at the NZ PGA Championship.

“It’s nice to provide Australian golf fans with the opportunity to experience golf in a different way to their social games or club comps. Everyone always has a great week at the NZ PGA so it should be a huge success here too.”

The Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship will be played across both the Jack Nicklaus signature designed St John and Tony Cashmore designed Henley courses on offer at the Heritage Golf and Country Club.

“The course was in fantastic condition in January this year and I can’t wait to get back there for the Vic PGA,” said David Bransdon who won the Lexus of Blackburn Heritage Classic earlier this year.

“It’s definitely a challenging course with firm and fast greens but is one of the best we play on Tour so I think the amateurs will really enjoy competing alongside us and learning how best to tackle the track,” added Bransdon who holds the St John course record at 8-under 64.

The Victorian PGA Championship was first played in 1924 with many golfing greats etching their name on the Jack Harris Cup including; Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Peter Senior, Stuart Appleby and more recently Marc Leishman, Cameron Percy and Alistair Presnell.

The Heritage Golf and Country Club says it is pleased to be hosting the Victorian PGA Championship in its 90th year.

“We are delighted to be hosting such a prestigious tournament with a rich history at our Club,” said Russ Powell, General Manager of the Heritage Golf and Country Club.

“Having already staged a successful PGA Tour of Australasia tournament we are looking forward to welcoming back the Professionals to compete on both our Championship courses.”

“Further, we hope keen amateur golfers take up the opportunity to play our courses in this unique way. There is no more exciting way to experience golf than playing inside the ropes with the Professionals.”

A full Order of Merit event, a prize purse of AU$100,000 will be on offer at the Lexus of Blackburn Victorian PGA Championship, as well as Official World Ranking Points and full status on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the winning Professional

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