Australian PGA to again bookend summer of golf

Although it’s still early days, players competing in this year’s ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will have something to look forward to, as they once again finish the season in style, on Queensland’s sparkling Gold Coast.

Retaining its traditional place on the back end of the Australasian schedule, this year’s Australian PGA Championship will again played at RACV Royal Pines Resort, capping off what’s been a remarkable year in Australasian golf.

Harold Varner III Harold Varner III won the PGA title in 2016 (Credit: PGA Australia)

What’s more, on top of marking the end of the Tour of Australasia, the co-sanctioned tournament will also serve as one of the opening events of the 2018 European Tour. Further enhancing what’s sure to be an enjoyable occasion for fans and players alike.

“This festival of golf has been well received by our players and the European players as well as sponsors and most importantly the fans,” says Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia.

“Since moving to the Gold Coast this festival atmosphere has been enhanced by a number of initiatives across the week including Cobra Puma Orange Crush Kids Day, Greg Norman Medal, the SONIQ Million Dollar Hole and live music.”

As the final event on the 2017 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia schedule the Order of Merit champion will also be handed out, with the winner receiving starts in international tournaments in 2018 as well as the Von Nida Medal.

But perhaps more importantly it provides players a chance to unwind, before leaving to go and do it all again.

“The Australian PGA Championship has always been a favourite amongst the Australian players. It is a chance for our leading players to come home and celebrate the end of the season,” says Kirkman.

The four-day tournament tees off on November 30.