Nations best golfers headed back to Murray Bridge for PGA Classic

In full swing: The 2017 Murray Bridge Hotel Classic, which begins next Wednesday at Murray Bridge Golf Club, will feature stars such as Jason Norris.

In full swing: The 2017 Murray Bridge Hotel Classic, which begins next Wednesday at Murray Bridge Golf Club, will feature stars such as Jason Norris.

The PGA Pro-Am Series is back in Murray Bridge this week for the annual Murray Bridge Hotel PGA Classic.

Top quality golf will be on display over the next few weeks in SA as players from around Australia and New Zealand take to the fairways.

The championship event which boats a prize purse of $35,000 begins on Wednesday morning and concludes after 54 holes are played, ending on Friday afternoon at the Murray Bridge Golf Club where another great champion will be crowned.

The event is supported by the Rural City of Murray Bridge and events coordinator for the council, Mildy Raveane said the event was going from strength to strength.

The Murray Bridge Hotel PGA Classic was awarded the PGA tournament of the year in 2016 and announced at the annual South Australian Golf Industry awards dinner last October.

PGA State manager Darren Baynes said the Murray Bridge club and supporters do an amazing job with the event.

Murray Bridge CEO Michael Sedgman said the ability to bring events of high calibre such as the PGA Classic provided both an important social and economic benefit to the region.

 “It’s more than just a competition, these men and women who represent the PGA have an enormous amount of experience in both playing but also in teaching the game which is what they will also find themselves doing during the two week stretch of tournaments right around South Australia,” he said.

The 2017 event at Murray Bridge will see local young guns Anthony Murdaca and Max McCardle in action along with some of the more experienced players including Jason Norris.

Norris competed in on the Asian Tour while Murdaca competed in the US Masters a few years ago and like many of the young professionals in Australia, rely on Pro-Am tournaments during the year to keep the game sharp.

“The Murray Bridge event has established itself as the premier professional golf event in South Australia and we are proud of what the golf club has achieved in such a short amount of time,” Baynes said.

“Pro-am golf is an important part of growing golf in Australia and all the PGA Professionals look forward to coming to Murray Bridge and playing alongside and sharing some of their knowledge with golf fans from the local area.” 

The 2016 champion and former USPGA Tour player David Lutterus took full advantage of his victory at Murray Bridge last year and is now competing in the United States again and has spent much of the 2016 year practicing with Jason Day.

The event will also so see a special invitation granted to the leading amateur golfer from South Australia, Lachlan Barker who will tee it up and see how he stacks up against some of the best young professionals.