Australia's leading Vocational PGA Professionals will take to the challenging Hamilton Island Golf Course for the 2015 PGA Professionals Championship this week in their quest for a national title.

The 50 PGA Professionals who have qualified will be vying for a share of $50,000 in prize money and a chance to compete in the 2015 Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort in December.

The two leading male Professionals will qualify to tee it up alongside the likes of Brandt Snedeker, Robert Allenby and Peter Senior with the opportunity to play for the $1.75M prize purse.

Matt Docking from Cowra Golf Club and winner of the 2014 PGA Professionals Championship is excited about returning to defend his title together with the opportunity to once again win his way through to the Australian PGA Championship.

"The experience of playing at Royal Pines last year was unbelievable. Although I didn't play as well as I would have liked, it has added to the motivation of getting back there again this year."

Docking's final round of 6-under 65 in last year's PGA Professionals Championship was a new course record and he continues to talk about 'that' round.

"It is, and may forever remain, the best round of golf I have ever played. Considering how tough the golf course is and under the pressure of trying to win a tournament, to go bogey free is something no doubt I will remember for the rest of my life."

"The golf course at Hamilton Island is one of the best I have ever played, both for it's amazing views and its overall design. If it isn't on every golfer's bucket list, it certainly should be."

In addition to also playing for the main prize purse, the female Professionals at the PGA Professionals Championship will be vying for a position in the 2016 Victorian Women's Open and one of the country's richest ALPG tournaments.    

In a new initiative for 2015, the leading six Professionals at the PGA Professionals Championship will also be invited to join Team Australia who will play in an International Teams Challenge later this year. This new event will be formally announced this evening. 

Alongside the 50 PGA Professionals, 52 amateurs will compete for the Hamilton Island Amateur Golf Championship, vying for more than $5,000 in prizes including two nights at Qualia, a world class luxury resort in the Whitsundays.

Qualifiers for the PGA Professionals Championship are:

First NameLast NameStatePositionCompany
GlenDickNSWDirector of GolfKareela Golf Club
MatthewDockingNSWHead ProfessionalCowra Golf Club
JoelDugganNSWHead ProfessionalCammeray Golf Club
DavidFearnsNSWGolf ProfessionalGolf Traders
GregGreenNSWHead ProfessionalBeverley Park Golf Club
MitchellHarrisonNSWTeaching ProfessionalBathurst Golf Club
RobertKennedyNSWDirector of GolfMoss Vale Golf Club
AndrewMcCormackNSWHead ProfessionalHawks Nest Golf Club
MatthewMcGuireNSWHead ProfessionalMoree Golf Club
StevenMyersNSWHead ProfessionalLongyard Golf Club
MatthewParsonsNSWTerritory ManagerWilson Golf - Amer Sports Australia
GillianRaeNSWTeaching ProfessionalGolf Paradise (Driving Range)
DeanRaynerNSWHead ProfessionalRosnay Golf Club
DavydReevesNSWGolf Operations ManagerMount Broughton Golf & Country Club
SeanSomersNSWTeaching ProfessionalRoyal Sydney Golf Club
RossStrachanNSWHead ProfessionalEastlake Golf Club
DavidVan RaalteNSWAssistant ProfessionalMorisset Golf Club
AndrewWelsfordNSWDirector of GolfConcord Golf Club
GaryBurmesterQLDHead ProfessionalMt Warren Park Golf Club
AndrewEgeaQLDTeaching ProfessionalNoosa Golf Club
CraigGoodallQLDHead  ProfessionalSandgate Golf Club
PeterHarringtonQLDDirector Of CoachingPalm Meadows Driving Range
RichardHarrisQLDHead ProfessionalMcleod Country Golf Club
ShayneHaymanQLDHead ProfessionalJindalee Golf Club
AnthonyJohnsonQLDHead ProfessionalThe Golf King Superstore
MurrayLottQLDTeaching ProfessionalGolf Central
TodPowerQLDGround StaffTallai Golf Club
DarrenRichardsQLDGeneral ManagerIpswich Golf Club
GrahamSheppardQLDHead ProfessionalYeppoon Golf Club
ChrisDukeSAShop AssistantHouse of Golf - Mile End SA
StevenKrauseSAHead ProfessionalThe Vines Golf Club of Reynella
MattLiebeknechtSADirector of GolfFlagstaff Hill Golf Club
BryceGorhamTASHead ProfessionalProspect Vale at Country Club Tasmania
ZakRollinsTASHead ProfessionalSeabrook Golf Club
SimonAnglissVICHead ProfessionalThe Kew Golf Club
BenBunnyVICAssistant ProfessionalAmstel Golf Club
NickDasteyVICGeneral ManagerThe National Golf Club - Long Island  Course
RobertEmondVICDirector of GolfSkye Golf and Driving Range
AdamFraserVICTeaching ProfessionalMelbourne Golf Academy
LisaJeanVICGolf ProfessionalHorsham Golf Club
CraigMcLeanVICAssistant Teaching ProSorrento Golf Club
AnthonySandersVICHead ProfessionalNumurkah Golf & Bowls Club
JohnThalassinosVICGeneral ManagerKilmore Golf Club
RaffaelToperosoVICDirector of GolfClubtech Golf
ChrisTurkVICAssistant ProfessionalFreeway Golf Club
LukeBucknallWAStore ManagerGolfBox
TonyHowellWAHead ProfessionalMosman Park Golf Club
TristanMcCallumWAAssistant ProfessionalLakelands Country Club
VernonSexton-FinckWAHead ProfessionalWestern Australian Golf Club
KurtWattsWAHead ProfessionalDarwin Golf Club