Originally marked as the restart point of the PGA Tour of Australasia season, the West Australian swing of tournaments, including the WA PGA and WA Open, will be postponed until 2022.
Scheduled to be played from November 25-28 at the Graham Marsh designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course, the WA PGA was set to offer a $150,000 prize purse according to the Tour’s schedule, and will now be played in April (21-24) Golf Australia Magazine has learned.
Last played in 2020 for local residents only, the WA Open was set to be contested across Royal Freemantle, home to Minjee and Min Woo Lee, and held the week following the state’s PGA Championship.
First played in 1913 and won by players such as Ossie Pickworth, Kel Nagle, Gary Player, Ian Baker-Finch and Greg Norman, the WA Open will now be played from April 28 to May 1 next year.
Local players were alerted to the postponement of yet another event via email on Tuesday evening, with the travel restrictions in place in Western Australia and likely quarantine requirements cruelling the hopes of the tournament organisers of finally restarting 72-hole professional events in this country again.
An official release of an updated schedule is expected in the coming weeks as the Tour’s management attempts to put together a run of events for the opportunity starved Australian based players, who are still coming to terms with the recent cancellation of the men’s and women’s Australian Opens.
With the shift of the events in the West to 2022, the Victorian PGA Championship will mark the resumption of the local circuit, the event to be played at Moonah Links Resort from December 9-12, with the Gippsland Super 6 the following week at Warragul Country Club.
Following the two sanctioned events in Victoria, a number of local Tour players will tee it up across some of the nation’s best layouts in Golf Australia columnist Geoff Ogilvy’s Sandbelt Invitational before Christmas, with the event not currently part of the Tour, or organised by the PGA Tour of Australasia or Golf Australia, organisers of the Australian Opens.