Berrigan Shire Council has agreed to sponsor the PGA Associates Championship at Tocumwal for the next five years.
Running for 18 years, the event attracts up to 140 PGA associates to the region each year to play for what is the largest prize money of offer for a PGA Associates State Championships.
Many also bring their partners or families, which has a significant benefit to the local economy.
Commonly the tournament is held early May.
PGA membership manager Luke Bower said
“The PGA of Australia are thrilled to extend the already great relationship with the Berrigan Shire and Tocumwal Golf Club by having committed to playing the Victorian PGA Associates State Championships for a minimum five years at Tocumwal Golf Club.”
In addition to the 72 hole tournament and Pro-Am event that is conducted during the week of the tournament, the PGA Associates conduct golf clinics for the local schools to expose more juniors to playing golf.
In a first, 60 Victorian PGA Associates will again head to Tocumwal in the July school holidays to play along-side junior golfers from around the Berrigan Shire region in the PGA Junior Pro-Am played at Tocumwal Golf Club.
Tocumwal Golf & Bowls Club operations manager Kathy Giddens said juniors from the region will receive guidance and be exposed to the next generation of PGA members and some future PGA stars during the Junior Pro-Am, as part of the PGA’s commitment to developing junior golf in the region.
“Tocumwal Golf and Bowls Club is so proud to enter into a further five-year agreement with the PGA for this event and match the Berrigan Shire’s generous commitment to make this the biggest prize purse for a state championship.
“This event benefits the club, our region and the local economy with golfers and families staying locally.
“It also presents our shire as a golfing destination and showcases Tocumwal.”
Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan said this region is home to some of the best golf courses around.
He said the opportunity to use this as a tourism and economy builder was identified in council strategic plans, and this deal helps progress that.
“This partnership with PGA is imperative to the future of bringing golf to life in our shire and continuing to bring golfers to the area is all part of our destination goal,” he said.
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