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The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour has returned to the Northern Territory for its second year at the Palmerston Golf Course from today to 3 September.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, said the NT Government is providing $150,000 in prize money for the week-long NT PGA Championship.
“The Territory Labor Government is focused on attracting visitors to the Territory and sporting events like the week-long PGA are great for the economy,” she said.
“The event will provide a boost to the tourism industry by increasing visitor numbers while also helping keep people living in the NT by given them access to top quality sporting events.
“We are thrilled to be part of this prestigious event, providing professional golfers the opportunity to compete in a top level competition here in the Top End.”
Minister for Education and local Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler said the event showcased Palmerston’s ability to host quality events.
“The Palmerston Golf Course is a quality facility and a sporting hub that the local community are very proud of,” Ms Lawler said.
“It brings me great pride to see it displayed on the national and international stage - NT PGA is a wonderful event it’s great to see it return to Palmerston for another year.”
Assistant Minister for Sport and Member for Brennan Tony Sievers agreed and said organisers would deliver a great event.
“I am thrilled that the event has returned to Palmerston. I congratulate everyone involved in its coordination and I wish all players the best,” he said.
The NT PGA forms part of the PGA Tour of Australasia with a total prize pool of over $8.5 million, with the tournament carrying Official World Golf Ranking points.
PGA Australia Assistant State Manager of QLD/NT Justin Maker said that on the back of last year’s success, the 2017 Cazalys NT PGA Championship is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with professionals from around the world looking forward to taking to the fairways of the Palmerston Golf Course next week.
“Defending Champion Jordan Zunic will return looking to reignite his year, while Adam Blyth, Ashley Hall and Steven Jeffress will all be looking to add their names to the Championship trophy,” Mr Maker said.
“The NT PGA Championship week will also include a number of community engagement activities, including junior and ladies’ clinics, pro-ams, hospital visits, as well as the professionals taking in the sights and sounds of what the Northern Territory has to offer.”
“The spotlight will once again be on the Palmerston Golf Course and the NT PGA next week and we look forward to seeing the golfing public out and about supporting one of the Territories’ largest sporting events this year.”
Noel Fahey, General Manager of Cazalys Palmerston, said the Territory could expect a fantastic international field with players from Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand and America.
“We’re excited to welcome players that have won major PGA Championships, as well as emerging players from the Territory; it’s going to be a fantastic four days of competition,” Mr Fahey said.