Date: May 25, 2016
Author: David Tease, Golf NSW

Vardon status added to NSW Open Qualifiers

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arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Golf NSW is thrilled to announce that all 2016 NSW Open Regional Qualifying Tournaments have been afforded State Vardon status and will be part of the 2016 NSW Vardon Trophy calendar.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>"The Regional Qualifying Tournaments are the ideal pathway for amateurs across the State to gain entry into the 2016 NSW Open Golf Championship," Graeme Phillipson, Golf NSW General Manager – Golf, said "Including the tournaments in the NSW Vardon calendar means the state's elite players have another reason to compete and hopefully secure a spot in the NSW Open along the way."

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>The Vardon Trophy is one of Golf NSW's most prestigious titles and has been awarded to some of the State's finest golfers including Bruce Devlin, Brett Ogle, Lucas Parsons, Brendan Jones, Scott Gardiner, James Nitties and Won Jon Lee since its inception in the 1950's.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>The winner of the Vardon Trophy is the player with the lowest scoring average for the previous 12 months and who has played a minimum of 25 qualifying rounds. It is open to male amateur golfers who hold a current Australian or overseas equivalent handicap of 4 or less.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Austin Bautista underlined the future he has in the game by picking up the 2015 title after a standout year that included victory in the Federal Amateur Championship and securing a place in last year's Emirates Australian Open.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>The NSW Open Regional Qualifying Tournaments will kick off at Howlong and Thurgoona Golf Clubs in the Albury region on the 18th and 19th of June 2016. Entry forms are available from the Golf NSW website or by phoning Howlong Golf Club on 02 60265822.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>The NSW Open Golf Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government and Destination NSW, and will be held at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Course in Greater Western Sydney from November 10th to 13th 2016. The Championship will form a key part of the 2016 Australian Summer of Golf.

arial,helvetica,sans-serif;”>Qualifying details for Golf Professionals can be found at:

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