Golf NSW and the PGA of Australia have announced that a new event on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour will be introduced in 2017, The NSW Men’s Senior Open Golf Championship.
The 54–hole tournament, which will be held at Thurgoona Country Club Resort for the next three years, will be played from 1-4 November 2017 and will boast a minimum prize purse of $100,000.
“Golf NSW is thrilled to provide the opportunity for golfers aged over 50 to compete in a Championship against some of the legends of Australian professional golf for what will be a much sought after State title,” Golf NSW CEO, Mr Stuart Fraser said.
“We look forward to working closely with the Liverpool Catholic Club over the next three years to develop the Championship into an event which both the players and spectators will enjoy,” Mr Fraser added.
The event will be aiming to draw players the calibre of Rodger Davis, Peter Fowler, Mike Harwood and Peter O’Malley, all former PGA Tour of Australasia winners, as well as many of Australia’s finest senior amateur golfers.
PGA of Australia’s General Manager, Tournament Division, Mr Simon Butterly was excited to be working with Golf NSW in creating this new event.
“The PGA congratulates Golf NSW on its decision to introduce the NSW Senior Open Championship, and for this to form an integral part of the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour from November next year,” said Mr Butterly. “To have our professionals play for such a title with such a lucrative prize purse, and to compete against the nation’s elite amateurs will certainly be a great spectacle.”
A tournament of this stature would not be possible without a golf course of the standard of Thurgoona Country Club Resort or the support of the resort owners, the Liverpool Catholic Club, its President, Michael Coffey, General Manager, John Turnbull, and the Club’s Board of Directors.
The Peter Thomson designed course is a true championship test and is maintained in a meticulous condition. The layout has some wonderful golf holes which have been recently enhanced through a major investment in a new irrigation system.
“We’re delighted to work with Golf NSW and the PGA to showcase what a fabulous facility we have here at Thurgoona,” Mr Coffey said.
“We believe that our course will present a real challenge for the players, and we look forward to the Championship becoming a successful event over the ensuing years, one that will draw visitors to the wonderful Albury region,” he added.