The Gippsland Super Six will be played at the Yallourn Golf Club in late 2019 and feature a field of 132 professionals competing at stroke and matchplay over three days to determine the final 24.
The final day will see a thrilling six-hole shootout to determine the winner.
To be staged in partnership with the Latrobe Valley Authority, the event will be a week-long celebration of golf with several activities planned throughout the course of the tournament.
A junior pro-am, masterclass sessions, ‘caddy kids’ opportunities and qualifying competitions for local amateurs to take part in the tournament proper are all planned with other ongoing initiatives also designed to increase participation.
The PGA will bring golf to Gippsland year-round in a calendar of community engagement consisting of school visits, clinics, the Golf in Schools program, women’s ‘swing-fit’ sessions and inclusive golfing opportunities for people with disabilities.
The @PGAofAustralia is heading to Yallourn! @ShingvWorld announced the Gippsland Super Six would tee off on the 2019 tour this morning. Read more: https://t.co/Ji0Mdj8v6s #valleyofsport pic.twitter.com/BHW5zOPFIj— Latrobe Valley Auth. (@LatrobeValleyAu) August 30, 2018
Yallour Golf Club Project Co-Ordinator Peter Brown said the club had been on the hunt for a major event for some time, with a $200,000 LVA Community Facility Fund grant to upgrade the championship layout boosting its appeal to the PGA of Australia.\
“We have been working to attract a significant event to the Gippsland region for some time now and with the assistance of the LVA Community Facility Grant and members funds we are in the process of upgrading our course and facilities to make this a reality,” Mr Brown said.
“In addition to raising the profile of golf and its place in our local sporting community, we are looking forward to working with the PGA to provide the foundation for increasing participation from people of all ages and backgrounds in this healthy outdoor sport.
“We are excited that the event will bring significant economic benefits for a broad range of businesses and tourist destinations within the Gippsland region and encourage all businesses to get actively involved in making this an ongoing event on Australia’s major golfing calendar.”
On site at the announcement of the new event, PGA of Australia CEO Gavin Kirkman said the organisation was looking to tap into an already strong golf market in the region.
“We know golf is a massive sport in Gippsland with 14,000 registered players within 100 kilometres of Yallourn and a further estimated 26,000 social golfers in the same catchment area,” he said.
“The PGA is excited to bring this thrilling ‘Super Six’ format to the Latrobe Valley; the fast paced action brings an element to golf different from your regular 72-hole stroke-play that the whole family can enjoy.”
Dates are yet to be finalised but a PGA spokesperson said the tournament would be played in October or November next year.
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