Palmerston Golf Course and the PGA of Australia are delighted to announce the dates for the 2019 Northern Territory PGA championship.

Daniel NisbetBeing played from 22 - 25 August at the Palmerston Golf Course, the tournament will form part of the 2019 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia schedule and will be contested for $150,000.

A week-long celebration of golf, Cazalys Palmerston Club and the Palmerston Golf Course General Manager, Matthew Hewer, said he looks forward to again having the spotlight on the Palmerston Golf Course for the NT PGA.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming an international field of players as well as emerging players from the Territory. It’s going to be a fantastic four days of competition.”

Assistant Minister for Sports & Community Events, Tony Sievers, said, “it’s wonderful to confirm one of the Top End’s most prestigious and high-profile sporting events for 2019.

“Golf is one of Australia’s most popular sports and is enjoyed by people of all ages, status and social background, so it is exciting that we are delivering this elite level of golf back to the Top End for Territorians to enjoy.

“The Northern Territory PGA Championship is a fully sanctioned professional tournament on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and provides professional golfers with the opportunity to play elite golf in the territory.

“The tournament is played for a prize purse of $150,000, it attracts Official World Golf Ranking points and provides the champion with a full exemption on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of the 2020 season.

“Developing the sport of golf in the NT remains high on our agenda, and our contribution of $150,000 per-annum in prize money for the championships is a testament to our commitment to the event, and to the sport of golf in the Territory.

“The Northern Territory PGA Championship provides strong economic benefits to the NT, with an estimated $1.8 million injected into the economy over the course of the event."

The 2018 Northern Territory PGA Championship attracted an entry list of 120 competitors, comprising of 99 Australia professionals, 15 international professionals and six Australian elite amateurs.

General Manager of Tournaments for the PGA of Australia, Simon Butterly, said the Northern Territory PGA Championship has flourished over the past three years the tournament has been played on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.

“The Northern Territory PGA Championship forms an integral part of our schedule and I am sure it will continue to evolve over the coming years thanks to the continued support of the Northern Territory Government,” said Mr Butterly.

“Professional golfers are privileged to travel the world and the Territory is certainly a unique destination that they all enjoy visiting and we are confident that an excellent field of players will tee it up at the Northern Territory PGA Championship in August.”

City of Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said the Council is proud to again be sponsoring this fantastic event.

“We are proud to be involved in bringing the tournament back to Palmerston for the fourth time. Territorians have always had a passion for outdoor sports so it’s a valuable opportunity to showcase our city, provide economic benefits for local businesses and a unique experience for locals and visitors. We look forward to welcoming all involved in the 2019 Northern Territory PGA Championship to Palmerston,” said Ms Pascoe-Bell.

Palmerston Golf Course, host of the 2019 Northern Territory PGA Championships, provides athletes with a challenging 18-hole par 71 course.

Last year, fans at the Palmerston Golf Course were treated to some spectacular scoring on the final day of the 2018 Northern Territory PGA Championship with one of the pre-tournament favourites, Daniel Nisbet showing a touch of class over the final nine holes to come away with a two-stroke victory. Incidentally, only last week, Nisbet won the 2019 Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship held in Toowoomba by six shots and is currently competing in his title defence of the New Zealand Open.

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia is the elite tournament destination for Professional golf in Australasia, encompassing events across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with a total prize pool of over $8.5 million. All tournaments on the tour carry Official World Golf Ranking points, and is marked as the premier golfing tour in the Australasia region.