THE Victorian PGA Championship has been lost by the Ballarat region for 2014.
Ballarat Golf Club has officially pulled out as a contender to host next year’s event due to the lack of a major sponsor, with the PGA of Australia now on the hunt for an alternative venue elsewhere in the state.
The 2014 edition of the tournament had been up for grabs after Forest Resort Creswick forfeited its rights last month.
Ballarat Golf Club had loomed as the front-runner to take over the championships for some time, but simply couldn’t generate the dollars needed to secure the event.
Ballarat Regional Tourism business development and events manager David McMahon said it was a disappointing outcome for the region.
“BRT has worked very closely with Ballarat Golf Club to try and find a way forward given the difficult circumstances and time frame. We commend the effort that Ballarat Golf Club, manager Michael Phillips and his committee have gone to in a genuine effort to save the event for Ballarat,” McMahon said.
“Ultimately this is a commercial decision made by Forest Resort and we continue to work with all parties to try and achieve the best outcome for all stakeholders.”
Late last month, PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn said discussions were being held with Forest Resort regarding its capacity to fulfil its contract and hold the event in 2015 and 2016.
New Zealand’s Gareth Paddison won the inaugural Victorian PGA Championship at Creswick in 2012 before David McKenzie won this year’s event.