Australia’s rising golfers to compete at NT PGA Championship

The Territory’s PGA Championship is back with some of Australia’s best golfers set to tee off at the Palmerston Golf and Country Club from 17-20 August 2023, adding another elite sports competition to the Territory’s Major Events calendar.

Defending champion and rising golf star Austin Bautista, of NSW, is set to return and compete for a share of the $200,000 prize money against a field of 120 golfers, with competitors expected to attend from across the world.

Alongside Bautista, fans will be able to watch the likes of David Micheluzzi, the 2022/23 Winner of WA PGA, TPS Sydney & NSW Open; Tom Power-Horan, the 2022/23 Winner of Gippsland Super 6 and The National Tournament and Andrew Martin, Winner of Victorian PGA Championship during the 2022/23 season.

City of Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said the council was proud to be involved in bringing the tournament back to Palmerston for the seventh 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 2023 Northern Territory PGA Championship to Palmerston,” she said.

The Palmerston Golf and Country Club is ready to welcome spectators after undergoing extensive renovations including the addition of a mini golf course and new pro shop, car park, and café, with further works being undertaken on the clubhouse.

Palmerston Golf and Country Club general manager Matthew Hewer said when the club first hosted the NT PGA in 2016 the vision was to build it into one of the showpiece events of the Darwin sporting calendar.

“The 2021 NT PGA at Palmerston served as the final stop of the 2021/2022 season. We are excited to welcome the best professionals in the region back to the Northern Territory for the seventh time,” he said.

“With the works we have undertaken over the past 12 months, we believe both players and fans will be treated to the best NT PGA Championship yet conducted at Palmerston Golf and Country Club.”

A number of events will take place in the week leading up to the championship, including an intensive juniors’ clinic with the pros, a Junior Pro Am, a women’s clinic, a clinic to engage Indigenous children in the sport, and a sponsor’s golf day.

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