PGA Tour of Australasia announces 2016 schedule

The Australian summer of golf will continue into 2016 with the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule offering plenty of golf action in the start of the new year.

While Australia is bracing itself for a bumper summer of golf in the coming months with the European Tour, Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els and Adam Scott all confirmed to be heading down under, the PGA Tour of Australasia early 2016 schedule has today been announced.

Richard Green Richard Green holds the 2015 Victorian Open trophy (Credit: PGA Australia)

The Tour will get back underway from the 4-7 February 2016 at the Oates Vic Open. Heading back to Thirteenth Beach Golf Links the tournament will again see the men’s and women’s championship played concurrently for the same amount of prize money, a minimum of $250,000.

The Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship will be played the following week at the prestigious Huntingdale Golf Club from the 9-12 February for $100,000.

Following on from the successful staging of the tournament in a pro-am format, the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship allows amateurs the chance to play in a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament alongside the Professionals and on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt.

The European Tour will be making a much anticipated return to West Australian soil for the fourth staging of the Perth International and in a new addition, the tournament will now be tri-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

Being played from the 25-28 February, the tournament’s move into the early parts of the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour of Australasia seasons is expected to see the Perth International attract a strong field of European and Australasian players looking to capitalise early in the year.

The Perth International will be played for AU$1.75million which, along with the Australian PGA Championship, which is also co-sanctioned by the European Tour, makes it the equal richest prize purse currently on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

From Perth, the PGA Tour of Australasia will jet back across Australia and the Tasman Sea to New Zealand for its major tournaments of the year.

The Holden NZ PGA Championship will be played at Remuera Golf Club after the tournament’s successful return to Auckland this year. Professionals will be competing for NZ$125,000 from 5-8 March.

The following week will see the prestigious BMW New Zealand Open being played in picturesque Queenstown.

A highlight on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, the players thoroughly enjoy being welcomed back to The Hills and Millbrook Resort each year for the NZ$950,000 tournament.

Also being played in a pro-am format, there is a bonus NZ$50,000 on offer for the team component of the tournament meaning total prize money on offer for the professionals reaches NZD$1,000,000.

Rounding out the early part of the 2016 schedule is the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship which will be played at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba from 17-20 March for $125,000.

The second half of the 2016 PGA Tour of Australasia season will be announced next year.

DateTournamentVenuePrize MoneyDefending Champion*
4-7 FebOates Vic Open13th Beach Golf Links$250,000Richard Green
9-12 FebVictorian PGAHuntingdale GC$100,000Aaron Townsend
25-28 FebPerth InternationalLake Karrinyup CC$1.75mThorbjorn Olesen
3-6 MarHolden NZ PGARemuera Golf ClubNZ$125,000Matthew Millar
10-13 MarBMZ NZ OpenThe Hills & MillbrookNZ$1mJordan Zunic
17-20 MarCoca-Cola QLD PGACity Golf Club$125,000Ryan Fox

*Defending Champion not confirmed to be playing the tournament