After the long winter break the Victorian Swing of the PGA Pro-Am Series gets underway in north western Victoria next week.
Monday 5th September sees the fourth staging of the Mildura Golf Resort Pro-Am at the Mildura Golf Resort. Past winner Adam Burdett has returned to compete against the best quality field the event has seen in its short history.
The players then move on to Swan Hill and the Murray Downs Golf Club, arguably the best course in the Murray region.
After a relaxing 4BBB event on the Tuesday the action heats up on Wednesday with a strong Professional field teeing it up in the Murray Downs Pro-Am.
The week has been part of the Victorian Swing for many years now and is showing its popularity amongst the players with all events seeing very strong entries and an increase on numbers on recent years.
"It's one of the bigger weeks on our calendar of golf for both the Professionals and amateurs. All events have a great mix of Club, Teaching and Tour Professionals, including tour winners and household names," said Cameron Davies, Tournament Coordinator – VIC/TAS Division for the PGA.
Players will be tested on Thursday as they move to the Stuart Appleby Cohuna Pro-Am. Tight, tree lined fairways make scoring extremely difficult with accuracy from the tee at a premium. Defending champion and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia player Kris Mueck is looking to make it back-to-back wins.
The final event of the week sees the 60th staging of the 36 hole Border Open at Barham Golf Club, the longest running two day pro-am in Australia. With $25,000 prize money up for grabs, it's the showcase event of the week. The tournament has become a favourite stop amongst the Professionals and many amateur visitors who flock to the town for the three day event.
Following a testing year on the PGA TOUR, Jarrod Lyle will be joining some of Australia's best up and coming young Professionals including ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia winners David Bransdon and Peter Wilson for the week of golf.
With the end of the 2016 PGA Pro-Am Series Victorian/Tasmania Order of Merit in sight, the race to secure the Peter Thomson Trophy is wide open. Ryan Haywood leads Andrew Martin by just over one hundred and fifty dollars with only a hand full of events to go.
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