When Golf Australia magazine columnist Geoff Ogilvy speaks, most listen. And the 2006 U.S. Open champion had the ear of the golfing world again on Tuesday when he announced a new tournament, The Sandbelt Invitational.
Announced on 10 News First alongside fellow Golf Australia contributor and former course design partner Mike Clayton, Ogilvy unveiled the event set to be played before Christmas this year before being scaled up in the future to potentially rival the Australian Opens as this country’s premier event.
“We called a few courses and they were almost unanimously, instantly, yes we are in,” Ogilvy told Channel 10 reporter Henry Peters.
The courses Ogilvy mentioned that will host the four day event are Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, Yarra Yarra and Peninsula Kingswood, some of the best layouts in Australia.
The course list and Ogilvy’s involvement sparking multiple Tour players from around the world to immediately register interest on social media.
“what a treat this will be… undeniably one of the best collection of golfcourses (sic) worldwide” former Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts tweeted.
US Open champion @GeoffOgilvyGolf has launched a brand new pro golf tournament in Melbourne - The Sandbelt Invitational.— Henry Peters (@henrypeters22) October 19, 2021
Held on 4 world-class courses, the event boasts an unorthodox format and a vision to become Australia's premier pro tournament.@10NewsFirstMelb pic.twitter.com/X1IezluMRn
The event is set to be contested by men and women, both from the amateur and professional ranks, finally giving a chance for many of our elite players and brightest prospects to once again tee it up competitively after Covid and continuing lockdowns have cruelled tournament golf in this country over the past two years.
Whether the event reaches the heights of our biggest events remains to be seen, however a new tournament showcasing one of the finest collections of golf courses on the planet is a huge boost for golf in this country. And with Ogilvy having regularly championed the concept of making Australian tournaments the best experience for players and fans as the way forward in the past, it is sure to be something worth keeping an eye on.