Australian PGA Championship finds a new home on the Gold Coast

28 Feb 2013 9:36 AMJann Stuckey

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Australian PGA Championship has found a new home, with the organisers announcing the Gold Coast will host the golf tournament for the next five years. 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey today welcomed the decision to hold the Championship at the RACV Royal Pines Resort at Benowa.

“I am pleased the organisers have been able to secure a new venue which will allow them to get on with planning for the 2013 tournament to be held later in the year,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The Australian PGA Championship is the nation’s oldest professional tournament and the Newman Government will continue supporting it through a renewed agreement with Tourism and Events Queensland.

“The tournament has grown to become a signature sporting experience on our major event calendar and we recognise the important contribution sports tourism makes to the Queensland economy.

“The Australian PGA Championship will showcase the Gold Coast to a national and international audience, with the event broadcast to more than 400 million homes throughout 40 countries.

“As we look toward the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, it is major international sporting events like this that showcase the Gold Coast as a premier event and holiday destination.”

The 2013 tournament will mark the first time in more than a decade that the PGA Tour of Australasia has staged a major tournament on the Gold Coast, with event dates to be announced in the coming months.

[ENDS] 27 February 2013