Championship golf comes to Darwin for NT PGA

In an exciting development for the PGA Tour of Australasia and golf in the Northern Territory, the first PGA Tour of Australasia tournament – the Northern Territory PGA Championship – to be hosted in Darwin will be staged at the Palmerston Golf Course from August 11-14.

NT-raised Web.Com Tour golfer Aaron Pike was on hand at the championship launch, which will see players of the calibre of Triple Crown winner Peter Lonard and tour veteran Peter O’Malley head to the Top End for this inaugural event along with a host of budding champions of the future.

Brian Thorburn PGA Australia CEO – Brian Thorburn (Credit: PGA Australia)

“I was 12 years-old when I played my first game at Palmerston and this means so much to me,” Pike said. “I have won an NT Open there but the chance to win the Northern Territory’s first PGA Tour of Australasia event would be very special to me.”

“Golf NT has such a strong junior program in place and these sorts of events will hopefully get a lot more kids playing the sport.”

The Northern Territory will be the newest destination on the PGA Tour of Australasia and Minister for Sport and Recreation, Nathan Barrett, said the event provided the perfect platform for local golfers to launch their international careers.

“The Northern Territory PGA Championship will be the first the PGA Tour event ever held in the Northern Territory and that is wonderful news for local golfers,” Mr Barrett said.

“We are expecting golfers from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia in Darwin for the event and that will provide international exposure for the Northern Territory and great financial returns for the Darwin hospitality industry.”

The inaugural NT PGA Championship will feature a $150,000 prize pool, with Official World Golf Ranking points on offer and a full exemption to the winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2017 season.

PGA of Australia chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said he was thrilled with the Northern Territory’s inclusion on the PGA Tour.

“I am delighted to announce the Northern Territory PGA Championship as the newest tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia,” Mr Thorburn (pictured) said.

“The Northern Territory PGA Championship will be a festival of golf and we look forward to working with the Northern Territory Government and Palmerston Golf Course on a successful first tournament and setting a benchmark for a long and successful future.”

“Tournaments like the Northern Territory PGA Championship are incredibly important to the ongoing success of Australian golf on the world stage.”