Seniors golf has found a home at Byron Bay Golf Club with the PGA of Australia signing an agreement with the club to host the Australian PGA Seniors Championship for the next three years.
The new agreement follows the successful staging of last year’s event at the northern New South Wales club at which European Seniors Tour regular David Merriman prevailed to take the biggest share of the $65,000 in prizemoney on offer.
Further adding to the significance, the agreement will see the 2008 championship prize pool increase to a total of $80,000, with subsequent annual increments of $10,000 to see a total of $100,000 on offer for the 2010 championship.
“The unique hospitality offered by Byron Bay last year was an endearing feature of the 2007 championship and with the ongoing club and community support the next three years promises to be memorable for all involved,” said Max Garske, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia.
With the 2008 Australian PGA Seniors Championship to be staged from 11-14 December, initial planning is already under way for this year’s event, with Byron Bay Golf Club President Jim Black confirming 2007 naming rights sponsor MEDIDRAIN would continue their association with the tournament.
Mr Black said the club was confident the level of additional sponsorship provided by local and regional business would increase significantly for both this year and those ahead due to the overwhelming success of the initial 2007 championship.
“The staging of the 2007 Australian PGA Seniors Championship event at Byron Bay Golf Club was seen as a major promotional boost for Byron Bay and the region and the club is delighted to have reached an agreement with the PGA of Australia to host the championship until 2010,” said Mr Black.
The Byron Bay golf course has undergone impressive improvements over recent years and presents a true championship test for amateurs and professionals alike.
When notified of the new agreement, reigning champion Merriman said he was thrilled the Australian PGA Seniors Championship would return to Byron Bay Golf Club and confirmed he would return from the European Tour circuit to defend his title.