Date: August 02, 2007

Melbourne scores Nationwide tournament

The PGA Tour of Australasia has combined with the US Nationwide Tour to announce a new tournament to be held in Melbourne for the next three years. The yet to be named tournament will run from February 21-24 in 2008, at Moonah Links, on Victoria&aposs Mornington Peninsula. PGA Tour of Australasia CEO Ben Sellenger believes the new tournament will strengthen the already healthy relationship between the Australasian Tour and the secondary US Tour. “We are delighted to be building upon what has been a highly successful relationship with the US Nationwide Tour in announcing this new event, and at the same time enhancing our early season playing schedule,” Sellenger said. “The Nationwide Tour relationship has been an amazing career platform for Australian golfers over the past five years players like Paul Sheehan, Gavin Coles, Stephen Bowditch, Jarrod Lyle, Euan Walters, Paul Gow and others have been able to take advantage of this pathway to make their mark on the US PGA Tour.” “This year we have seen Nick Flanagan post back to back victories on the Nationwide Tour, and Jason Day become the youngest victor in US Tour history by winning on the same circuit, which will no doubt signal their arrival on the world stage.” Although Flanagan and Day have already impressed on the Nationwide Tour in 2007, there are numerous other Australasians plying their trade on the competitive tour. Australian veterans Greg Chalmers and David McKenzie have been in contention on numerous occasions throughout the year, while youngsters Aron Price and Matthew Jones have shown promising signs. The new tournament will replace the Jacobs Creek Open on the Australasian PGA Tour schedule, and will follow the co-sanctioned NZ PGA which will be held in Christchurch from February 14-17.