Date: December 18, 2012
Author: Golf Queensland

Queensland Open returns to Tour schedule

/> Golf Queensland today announced the Queensland Open would return in 2013 with Isuzu as its naming rights sponsor.

Isuzu's three-year commitment has ensured the tournament's return as a state-based championship to be played from 22 to 25 August 2013 at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

Forming part of the PGA Tour of Australasia, the tournament will carry Official World Golf Ranking points.

Golf Queensland chair Peter Castrisos said it was pleasing to have this premium event back on the calendar after last being played in 2007 when it was won by Queenslander Ryan Haller.

"Without sponsors such as Isuzu, events of this calibre which are open to professionals and amateurs would not be possible," Mr Castrisos said.

"The Isuzu Queensland Open will give a fantastic opportunity for our top amateur golfers to qualify and then compete against the PGA professionals in a 72 hole championship event."

Ranked number one in the State following the release of Golf Australia magazine's best 50 courses, Brookwater Golf and Country Club will ensure the golfers are set a challenge in vying for the $110,000 prizemoney on offer.

The host venue is also one of the key supporters of the event through their Partner Sponsorship commitment.

Mr Castrisos said since 1925 the Queensland Open has been a key tournament for many top-ranked professional players.

"Golfers including Norman Von Nida, Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior and Stewart Appleby, who was an amateur when he won in 1991, have their names etched on the TB Hunter Cup," he said.

Brian Thorburn CEO of the PGA of Australia echoed Mr Castrisos' thoughts.

"Throughout the years the sunshine state has produced some of our country's best international golfers, all of whom started out playing in events such as the Queensland Open."

"The Queensland Open will be the third PGA Tour of Australasia tournament contested in Queensland, and we look forward to working alongside Golf Queensland in the coming months and years."

Recent Emirates Australian Open and past Queensland Open winner Peter Senior said the tournament provides a fantastic opportunity for young and up and coming players to experience a championship at this level.

"The Queensland tournament has a rich history and it is encouraging to see it back on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule in 2013."

A number of fantastic sponsorship opportunities over varied levels are still available for organisations interested in being involved with this prestigious event. For a complete sponsorship prospectus please contact Luke Bates at Golf Queensland office on 07 3252 8155.