After sixteen years at the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club's layout on the Queensland/NSW border, the event takes on a new look in 2012. The highlight for those making the 54 hole cut in each division will not only be to play the two courses on the Gold Coast but the opportunity to play the Palmer Coolum Resort on Tuesday 18th December.
Given that final round will be played just two days after the final round of the Australian PGA Championship is played at the Resort then the youngsters are in for a treat in terms of playing a quality layout in PGA Championship condition.
At the completion of 54 holes, each of the fields in the six divisions will be reduced by 50%, following which the leading 50% of players in each division plus ties, plus International will make their way to Coolum either via a couch supplied by the event or by private transport.
Interstate, Inter-Foundation and Inter- Association team players who have not already qualified shall participate in the final 18 holes. Also, the leading 3 Nett Scores in each Division, if not already qualified, will play in the final 18 holes.
Players throughout Australia in addition to several internationals are in the field.
Past winners of the event have included Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Karrie Webb, Katherine Hull, Amy Yang, Haeji Kang, Sarah Jane Smith, Andrew Buckle, Stephen Bowditch and Michael Sim.
Through 36 holes of this year's event Indooroopilly Golf Club's Kade McBride leads by two over Matthew Cheung and by three over Ryan Gaske, the latter two players members of the Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane.
Teremoana Beaucousin from the Feipi Golf Club in French Polynesia is alone in 4th position.
In the Girl's Division, Anna Stanton from the Woodford Golf Club leads by a huge margin.