- The Players Series is being played under a new tournament format in Australia
- Women and men will play against each other for the same championship title and prize money
- Scaled men’s and women’s tees create a fair course set-up
- Juniors will join the professionals on the weekend competing in their own championship
Billed as the ‘series for everyone’ a unique golf championship is underway in Melbourne, Australia this week.
The Players Series – a new and innovative championship concept developed by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the WPGA Tour of Australasia – will see Australia’s leading male and female professionals compete in the same field for the same prize purse.
Using scaled tees men and women golfers will compete on a level playing field for AU$150,000 in prize money.
The series will also provide invaluable playing opportunities for the younger generation, with 25 elite juniors playing alongside the professionals during the weekend action in their own dedicated competition.
The R&A provides funding from the proceeds of The Open to support the growth and development of golf around the world each year and this includes investment in the staging of professional and amateur events by its affiliated golf bodies.
It has provided a grant of £30,000 to the tournament organisers of The Players Series for staging this week’s event.
Unique format draws major support
Major champion Geoff Ogilvy hosts the inaugural event, The Players Series Victoria, at Rosebud Country Club.
Ogilvy commented, “Creating a series of tournaments for both men and women to compete for the same prize purse is truly unique and I am proud that Australian golf is leading the way.
“When you leave amateur golf, it can be incredibly hard to make your mark and play in the bigger events.
“The Players Series fills that gulf and provides valuable playing opportunities for our next generation of stars to compete with the country’s best players, which will help enable them to reach their potential.
Bright future planned for format
Joining Ogilvy in the field is LPGA player Su Oh who believes the format will draw the attention of international players once travel restrictions are lifted.
Oh commented, “I can’t wait to play competitive golf again. I’m excited to take part in this new tournament concept and help it grow into feature events on the national sporting calendar.
“Professional athletes always want to prove themselves against the world’s best, so being able to play alongside the best Australian male and female players will make The Players Series a significant drawcard for international calibres.”
The Players Series Victoria is being played at Rosebud Country Club in Victoria from 28- 31 January. Live scoring can found here.
The Junior Player Series begins on Saturday 30 January and scoring can be found here.
The second The Players Series event, The Players Series Sydney, will be played at Bonnie Doon Golf Club in New South Wales on 4-7 March.