Our first summer as the newly formed Golf Australia team has been extremely successful! Spearheaded by the ISPS Handa Vic Open and and ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open we welcomed some of the world’s biggest tours to Australia with the sanctioning of the European Tour, LPGA, ALPG and PGA Tour of Australasia at the Vic Open, and LPGA and ALPG in Adelaide for the Women’s Australian Open.
Both events experienced significant growth, chiefly with the fortnight of golf being broadcast on free-to-air channel ABC. Also key to its success was the comradery shown by all involved staff in bringing both events to life. Thank you to all for your support and enthusiasm.
The winners circle hosted a global affair, with 20-year-old American Nelly Korda making it four Australian Open titles in the Korda ranks! Down at 13th Beach it was Frenchwomen Celine Boutier who steadied herself during the final stages for her maiden LPGA win and David Law who regularly plays on the Challenge Tour triumphing in the men’s event with an eagle up the last!
South Australia will play host to another major event next week, with the Queen Sirikit Cup returning to Adelaide for the first time since 2006. 14 countries will descend on Glenelg GC, our Aussie girls, Victorian Julienne Soo and New South Wales duo Doey Choi and Steph Kyriacou will be looking to again knock over Korea who have been the powerhouse of the tournament in recent times, having won 11 of the past 12 Queen Sirikit Cups!
From here and over the coming months, the Operations Department looks forward to reviewing and aligning the program of events across the country.