With final round action completed in spectacular weather, those involved in the tournament right through to senior levels of Government are already hailing the 2017 Northern Territory PGA Championship – presented by Cazalys Palmerston; as a resounding success.
Increased levels of corporate support, media and community awareness and spectator interest levels alone can be pointed to, but the success of the many off course activities, Wednesday’s Pro-Am and the well attended junior Pro-Am earlier in the week were also good news stories.
The Tournament Dinner was again held aboard a barge cruising Darwin Harbour, provided by tournament sponsor Barge Express, where the physical beauty of Darwin at night and the Top End's spectacular sunsets were showcased in all their glory.
A commanding performance by amateur Travis Smyth to take out the title was the icing on the cake.
Minister for Education and local Palmerston member, the Hon, Eva Lawler, praised organisers, sponsors, volunteers and the PGA of Australia for their dedication in staging another highly successful Northern Territory PGA Championship which in just two years, has become a feature event in the local community.
“It’s a wonderful event for the Northern Territory and particular, Palmerston,” Ms Lawler said,
“It’s a growing area in the Northern Territory with a growing population base and to have an event like the PGA here really focusses the attention of the town on Palmerston, which is a great thing.”
“It’s my experience that Territorians love great sporting events and they’ll really embrace and get involved in high level sporting events. People want to get out and be a part of the event, get to know the players and have that really great experience of seeing top level sport in the Territory.”
The Minister’s words certainly rang true with the leading players in the final round being followed by enthusiastic galleries made up of people of all ages, including many young children.
It was almost standing room only in the corporate hospitality marquee behind the 18th green and the alfresco Caddies Bistro at the Palmerston course, a popular spot for contestants and spectators all week, was doing a roaring trade by lunchtime.
“It’s wonderful to see the players and their families coming to Darwin for the tournament as well as quite a few Asian players coming down to play. We’re so close to Asia so to see some players from Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand playing here is a great thing.” Ms Lawler continued.
“Darwin has so many opportunities, great climate, good people; people coming here have a great time.”