13 Jul 2017
The 2017 Northern Territory PGA Championship returns to Palmerston Golf Course in Darwin and will run from 31 August – 3 September, as part of the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia schedule.
More than just a golf tournament, the Northern Territory PGA Championship will be a focal point for community activations designed to promote golf in the region, including a Junior Golf Pro-Am, Ladies and Sponsors Clinics, as well as hospital and indigenous community visits from some of the country’s best golfers.
Following on from their backing of the inaugural event in 2016 – won by NSW’s Jordan Zunic - the Northern Territory Government have again thrown their support behind the event.
“I’m thrilled to announce the return of the Northern Territory PGA Championship, with the government contributing $150,000 as prize money,” Tony Sievers, Assistant Minister for Sports and Community Events in the Northern Territory said.
“Golf is one of Australia’s most popular activities and is played by people of all ages, status and backgrounds – it’s a huge business and securing this tournament is a big deal.
“It’s exciting that we can provide the opportunity to both elevate the sport of golf in the NT while providing another boost to sport tourism in the Territory – this tournament will significantly raise the profile of the Palmerston Golf Club and the Territory.
“We look forward to welcoming top players from the region to the Territory for the 2017 tournament in what will no doubt be an electrifying week of professional golf in the Top End.”
In the lead up to tournament week, the ‘Path to Palmerston’ will allow every golf club within the Northern Territory to qualify their leading male and female player to compete in the official pro-am of the Northern Territory PGA Championship on Wednesday 30 August.
“We’re very excited to be returning to Darwin and in particular Palmerston Golf Course for the second Northern Territory PGA Championship,” said Simon Butterly, General Manager of the Tournaments Division for the PGA of Australia.
“Last year, the tournament was a great success in its maiden run. The tournament committee, volunteers and everyone at the Palmerston Golf Course did a fantastic job at creating a truly ‘Top End’ experience for the players and officials.”
“We had great feedback from the Professionals who competed and I know many of them will be looking forward to returning this year.”
2016 champion Zunic echoed the thoughts of many of his fellow competitors at the conclusion of the championship last year, most of whom were visiting Darwin and the Northern Territory for the first time.
“I’ve had an absolute ball up here this week.” said Zunic, who spent time off the course to explore the city, markets, even attending his first AFL match on the eve of the final round.
“It’s was my first time to Darwin and it’s definitely going to hold a special place in my memory bank, that’s for sure.”