Some of Australia's leading Professionals will compete in Papua New Guinea over the next two weeks, attempting to win two of the largest tournaments to be played on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing in 2015.
Professionals will tee off at the Lae Golf Club tomorrow for the $110,000 Morobe Open presented by Coca-Cola, before heading to Royal Port Moresby Golf Club on Monday for the $152,250 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open.
The South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open is now the richest tournament to be played on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series, with the Morobe Open presented by Coca-Cola coming in a close second.
The rise in stature of both events has been impressive and indicates Papua New Guinea's passion for golf is on the incline.
To the delight of organiser's, three time Morobe Open champion Heath Reed will return to defend his title, but with previous champions like Michael Wright and Brad Burns also competing at this year's Championship, Reed will need to be on his game if he is to claim a fourth Morobe Open victory.
"To be honest, last year's victory came somewhat of a surprise considering the amount of golf I had been playing in the lead up to the tournament," said Reed.
"This course really suits my eye and although I have not been playing too much lately, I am looking forward a good week, hopefully replicating my previous form here at the Lae Golf Club."
Due to his commitment on the Asian Tour Kalem Richardson won't be returning to defend his title at the South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open next week.
But that opens the door for a strong field which includes Fiji International Champion Steven Jeffress, WA PGA Champion Ryan Lynch, as well as young guns Kris Mueck, Tom Bond, Daniel Nisbet and Tim Hart.
Papua New Guinea will once again have strong representation with Nelson Gabriel and August Peni teeing it up. Both Professionals will be looking to end the recent dominance of Australian and New Zealand Professionals have had on their premier Professional golf tournaments.
All the results from the Morobe Open presented by Coca Cola and South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open will be available on the PGA website daily.
The Sunshine Swing forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of 200 events Australia wide.
Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia's Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.
Headlines at a glance
Japan Golf Tour
Matthew Griffin: The golden rule in Japan
Seven Australians and New Zealand’s Michael Hendry will tee it up in the Token Homemate Cup this week, the first event in Japan for the 2019 Jap...
What's on this week / 16th - 23rd Apr 2019
Discover what's on in the world of golf and which Aussies are in action this week
PGA TOUR China
Marchesani’s heavy price for weather delay
When play was suspended on Saturday at the Haikou Championship on the PGA TOUR Series-China, James Marchesani was leading the tournament at Sunac 3KM ...