The 2019 Australian PGA Championship will be played from December 19-22 at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
A revision in scheduling will see the tournament close out the Australian summer of golf the week after the President’s Cup.
Since its move to the Gold Coast, the Australian PGA Championship has established itself as a festival of golf with a celebratory atmosphere which has been aided by its scheduling as the last event of the year.
Based on discussions with key tournament stakeholders including co-sanctioning partner, the European Tour, it was decided to close out the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia season with the Australian PGA Championship resulting in the change of date from that previously announced in November 2018.
“The Australian PGA Championship, when it is played from 19-22 December, will top off a huge three weeks of golf in Australia when it follows the Emirates Australian Open and The Presidents Cup,” said Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
“The Australian PGA Championship has been embraced by the players and sports fans for its fun atmosphere and we feel that it is important for it to be the final tournament of the year for us to deliver that experience expectation.”
RIGHT: Queenslander Cameron Smith is the defending back-to-back champion of the Australian PGA. PHOTO: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images.
Ben Cowen, European Tour Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “The Australian PGA Championship has become known for its fantastic atmosphere, which is enjoyed by players and fans alike. This change in date, to round off an exciting three weeks of golf in Australia, can only add to the anticipation around the event.
“We look forward to working with our partners at the PGA of Australia on the Gold Coast once again to deliver an event which brings a fitting end to the season in Australia, while helping to start the 2020 European Tour season in style.”
The Australian PGA Championship week will begin with the Greg Norman Medal dinner on the Tuesday night where the highest achievers in the Australian golf industry are heralded for their accomplishments.
The fun then continues with the MyGolf Kids Day and the 16th Hole Marquee party but the later date opens up the opportunity for people to enjoy Christmas celebrations at the golf. Going to a new level this year, additional festive activations will be added to the entertainment and corporate hospitality line-up in 2019.
While the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour players battle it out on course for the Joe Kirkwood Cup, the local Order of Merit race will also come to a conclusion with the winner of the Norman Von Nida Medal to be awarded following the Australian PGA Championship’s conclusion.
“The Australian PGA Championship has been embraced by the players and sports fans for its fun atmosphere and we feel that it is important for it to be the final tournament of the year for us to deliver that experience expectation.” – Gavin Kirkman
The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit provides a plethora of opportunities to the winner including full status on the European Tour, a start at The Open and various World Golf Championship tournaments.
“We have seen some thrilling conclusions to the Australian PGA Championship and the Order of Merit in recent years and feel that the atmosphere created on the Gold Coast is the perfect setting for them to be celebrated,” added Kirkman.
“This was one of the motivating factors in the change of date.”
The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Australian PGA Championship which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations, and life is beautiful one day, perfect the next.
The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from December 19 -22 with general admission from $25 when purchased at the gate, with children, 16 and under, granted free admission when attending with a paying adult.