Published on : Monday, December 11, 2017
Coffs Harbour will also host the Women’s NSW Open in 2018, with the tournament moving to courses in other regional NSW locations in the four years that follow.
The NSW Government, via its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, secured the events for regional NSW in partnership with Golf NSW.
Mr Barilaro said the Australian Ladies Classic is a brand new event on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) tour, while the Women’s NSW Open will return to the calendar for the first time since 2015.
“This is a fantastic announcement not only for Coffs Harbour but for all of regional NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Major sporting events, like the two international women’s golf tournaments we’ve announced today, play a huge role in boosting tourism in regional towns.
“Adding major events to the regional events calendar not only gives visitors a unique perspective on everything our beautiful regional areas have to offer, but they are also important economic drivers for local businesses.
“Over the next five years, more than 16,000 domestic and international visitors are expected to travel to these events, injecting approximately $8 million into the NSW visitor economy,” he said.
The Australian Ladies Classic will be played at Bonville Golf Resort from 2018 until 2022, while the Women’s NSW Open will be played at Coffs Harbour Golf Club next year and at yet to be announced regional venues from 2019 until 2022.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said both events would provide a significant boost to local businesses, accommodation providers and tourism operators in the region.
“Hosting both events in Coffs Harbour next year and the Australian Ladies Classic for the next five years provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our sensational corner of NSW to the world, with gorgeous beaches, adventure sports, whale watching, nature reserves and some of regional NSW’s finest restaurants and cafes on our doorstep,” Mr Fraser said.
“These events further reinforce Coffs Harbour as one of Australia’s leading major event destinations, with the region already home to sporting events such as Rally Australia, the National Touch League and the AFL Masters Carnival,” he said.
Golf NSW Chief Executive Officer Stuart Fraser said he was thrilled to have partnered with the NSW Government to bring two high quality women’s events to Coffs Harbour.
“Fans will see a number of the world’s best female athletes competing in the Australian Ladies Classic at one of the nation’s best golf courses in Bonville, and then the following week the great golf will continue at the Women’s NSW Open at Coffs Harbour Golf Club,” he said.
Former Australian World Cup representative Nikki Garrett will make her comeback to professional golf at Bonville in 2018, following the birth of her first child, and will tee off alongside World Golf Hall of Famer, Laura Davies.
“The announcement of two more tournaments on the ALPG schedule is great news,” Ms Garrett said.
“As the mother of a toddler, it is exciting to know that I will once again be able to compete on the professional stage in my home state and also be able to show other mums that you can still take part in sport at the highest level.”
Local golf professional Emma de Groot said it was a dream come true to play in a tournament like the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville in her ‘back yard’.
“This is an amazing opportunity to play in my home town and I am really looking forward to teeing it up against the world’s best golfers next February.”
Australian Ladies Professional Golf Chief Executive Officer Karen Lunn said both events would attract some of the best Australian and international golfers.
“Coffs Harbour is one of the most beautiful places you could wish to visit and both Bonville and Coffs Harbour Golf Club are fantastic venues,” Ms Lunn said.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to Golf NSW and the NSW Government for making this possible. We are very much looking forward to these tournaments in 2018 and to welcoming our interstate and international players to Coffs Harbour for two fantastic weeks of golf,” she said.
The Australian Ladies Classic – Bonville will be held from 22 – 25 February, 2018 at Bonville Golf Resort and the Women’s NSW Open will be held from 1 – 4 March, 2018 at Coffs Harbour Golf Club.
Source:- Destination NSW
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