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Australian PGA Commits to Gold Coast Until at Least 2020

Above (from left): Gavin Kirkman (PGA), Leanne Coddington (TEQ), Cam Smith, Donna Gates (acting Mayor) & Ben Cowen (Euro Tour). (Photo: PGA of Australia)
The Australian PGA Championship will remain on the Gold Coast until at least 2020 after the PGA of Australia announced renewed commitment to the event from Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and City of Gold Coast.

Less than a day after Cameron Smith's thrilling win in extra holes at Royal Pines, the PGA of Australia also confirmed dates for the 2018 edition which is expected to remain at Royal Pines.

"The three organisations have celebrated the extension of their agreements," the PGA of Australia said via a press release.

"This will tee off with the 2018 Australian PGA Championship which will be played from 29 November to 2 December 2018." 

Along with last month's Australian Open, the Australian PGA was one of just two flagship events on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia calendar for 2017 and, in addition to its continuation on the Gold Coast, will remain a co-sanctioned event with the European Tour.

Last week marked the fifth straight year that the Australian PGA had been held at Royal Pines since it relocated from Sunshine Coast venue Coolum where it had made its home from 2002 until 2012.

Royal Queensland staged the Australian PGA in 2000 and 2001 and the event has not been played outside Queensland since the 1999 edition at Victoria Golf Club on the Melbourne sandbelt.

The Australian PGA Championship has been marketed as a 'festival of golf' on the Gold Coast with the 72-hole event complimented by the MyGolf Kids Day presented by Cobra Puma and the Greg Norman Medal Dinner which this year celebrated Marc Leishman as the latest recipient.

Royal Pines with the Gold Coast skyline in the background.

“TEQ has a proud history with this event and our successful partnership with the PGA of Australia has resulted in strong crowd numbers as well as new initiatives including the Soniq Million Dollar Hole and the Tournament Village,” said Tourism and Events Queensland CEO Leanne Coddington.

“The Australian PGA Championship is an important part of the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar and with the strength of the field growing each year, it has cemented itself as a premiere golf event.

“But more than that, the championship enhances the Gold Coast’s reputation as a world-class events destination and gives us a global platform to promote Queensland’s unique tourism offerings.”

2018 shapes as a huge year for the Gold Coast with the city set to stage the Commonwealth Games in April.

“One of the biggest legacy outcomes for our city, post the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will be our drive to attract more world-class sporting events,’’ said Acting Gold Coast Mayor Donna Gates.

Ben Cowen, Director of International Policy, European Tour, added: “We are delighted to be returning to Queensland for a further three years and with the support of TEQ and City of Gold Coast, we believe this tournament will continue its long and proud history as one of Australia’s premier sporting events.

“Our relationship with the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia continues to go from strength to strength each year, and this tournament offers vital playing opportunities for our European Tour members in a superb setting. 

SIGNATURE HOLES: 16TH AT ROYAL PINES (QLD)

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