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Hope Island Lands New Innovative Pro Event

The finishing hole at Links Hope Island (Photo: Bruce Young)
Following in the footsteps of similar initiatives elsewhere, Queensland golf gets the chance to host an event where men and women professionals compete concurrently at the same venue when the Qantas Golf Club’s Gold Coast Challenge is held at Links Hope Island on March 12th and 13th.

The event will be played as part of the PGA of Australia’s Pro-Am Series and the ALPG Tour for a purse of $30,000 per event and each group will include one male pro, one female pro and two amateurs.

The success of the Oates Victorian Open where both male and female pros compete in alternating groups over the weekend has opened the door for other events of a similar nature although there is a point of difference in the Gold Coast Challenge.

That point of difference has men and women actually playing together in the same groups on the Gold Coast.

A strong supporter of Australian golf, this becomes the sixth pro-am tournament supported by the Qantas Golf Club but the first showcasing this inclusive format.

“We are really excited to be partnering with the PGA and ALPG in what will be an exciting concept for the game of golf,” said Robbie Bennetts, one of the Principals, Qantas Golf Club.

“We see a lot of couples playing Qantas Golf Club events and this creates an entirely new opportunity where they can play with both a male and female professionals in the same group.”

The Gold Coast City Council is supporting the event to the tune of $20,000 providing further evidence of their commitment to golf in the city which includes a bigger partnership with the Australian PGA Championship.

2018 is a big year for Links Hope island - an iSeekGolf Tee Times venue - which has regularly hosted pro-am events over the years but it is now twenty years since it played host to the Johnnie Walker Classic won by Ernie Els.

Not only is the venue staging this inaugural event but a new hotel is to be built adjacent to the clubhouse and several course alterations will begin in the middle of the year.

The event will be held a week after the completion of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open and ahead of another pro-am event at RACV Royal Pines hosted by Wayne Grady.


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