One of Western Australia’s most successful golf exports Graham ‘Swampy’ Marsh MBE is set to return to where it all began when the PGA Tour of Australasia gets back underway next week with the staging of the WA Goldfields PGA Championship.
Marsh, now one of the world’s leading golf course architects, will head back to his birthplace in the Western Australian Goldfields to witness the first ever Professional tournament played on one of his most unique designs, Kalgoorlie Golf Course.
The course, regarded as one of the world’s top 10 desert courses, will next week play host to the WA PGA Championship – a tournament Marsh twice won during his successful Professional career.
“I won the WA PGA back in 1969 and 1978, but it’s been some time since I’ve been involved,” said Marsh who still competes intermittently on the US Champions Tour where he has claimed six victories including the 1997 US Seniors Open.
“It’s going to be a great experience, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the tournament comes together on the Kalgoorlie course.”
The course of which he speaks is a premier 18 hole grass golf course completed in 2010, which Marsh says was one of his most unique projects to date.
“Kalgoorlie was one of the most exciting projects that my company Graham Marsh Golf Design has been involved with in recent times,” said Marsh this week.
“The opportunity to design what is Australia's first genuine desert golf course was a truly exhilarating experience. Apart from winding through the stunning salmon gums the course also encompasses the rehabilitated rubbish tip thus allowing a number of holes to benefit from some serious elevation change. All of this adds to the dramatic nature of the course and the quality of the golf experience."
While he won’t compete in the WA Goldfields PGA Championship, Marsh will participate in the pre-tournament pro-am, and will also take part in a number of other tournament activities whilst onsite throughout the week.
Speaking about the tournament, The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder’s Mayor, Ron Yuryevich said he is looking forward to showcasing Marsh’s course to the visiting Professionals.
“Since opening for play in November 2010, the Kalgoorlie Golf Course has been ranked as the number 27 public access golf course, and the number 73 course over all in Australia by the Australian Golf Digest, an achievement we are really proud of, especially as it is a new course,” Mayor Ron Yuryevich said.
“Kalgoorlie Golf Course is a unique and challenging desert course which is also visually spectacular,” he said.
“It is not the type of golf course people expect to find in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
The $110,000 WA Goldfields PGA Championship will be played at Kalgoorlie Golf Course from 11 – 14 October 2012.
Players in the PGA Tour of Australasia field will include Peter O’Malley, last week’s South Pacific Golf Open Championship winner Brad Shilton and Western Australian contenders Stephen Leaney, Kim Felton and Stephen Dartnall.
A family friendly FREE community tournament, the event has been made possible thanks to the support of the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Eventscorp.