In line with Golf Australia s aim to align Australian tournaments with international industry best practice, the 2007 Championships and Tournaments Schedule has been revamped. The new schedule provides a balanced delivery of championships which better services the golf community and keeps golf at the forefront throughout the year. While providing opportunities to showcase some of the world s finest amateur golfers, the schedule also delivers high-quality events to both genders, on a national level across all ages. Under the leadership of Trevor Herden, Golf Australia s Manager of National Championships and Tournaments, the schedule has been developed with representatives of each women’s and men’s State Associations sitting on the new Championship Committee. In announcing the schedule, Trevor Herden, said, This is the first major stepping stone in the future direction Golf Australia will be taking with our events and signifies a very exciting time for Australian golf. The schedule aims to streamline events providing greater opportunities for both players and organisers and allows Golf Australia to better promote these important tournaments and championships. Highlights of the 2007 schedule include: After a two-year absence, the return of the MFS Women’s Australian Open, which will be played at Royal Sydney Golf Club from 1 to 4 February; The women’s and men’s Australian Amateur Championships to be played concurrently at the same venue; Development of a Trans-Tasman match play teams challenge (at this stage known as the International Cup) encompassing existing junior and open-age male and female Australia v New Zealand events; Inclusion of the Australian Men’sand Women’s Mid Amateur Championships to be played in January and November respectively, and the Australian Men’sSenior Match Play in September. The 2007 Championships and Tournaments Schedule can be viewed on this site. The 2008 schedule is due to be released early in 2007.