THE Australian PGA Championship will no longer be held on the Sunshine Coast.
THE Australian PGA Championship will no longer be held on the Sunshine Coast. Brett Wortman

Coolum loses the hosting rights to PGA tournament

BREAKING: COOLUM will no longer be home to the Australian PGA Championship.

Following months of speculation, the PGA of Australia has confirmed the Australian PGA Championship is headed to a new home in 2013, sending a fond farewell to the Sunshine Coast which has hosted the tournament for the past 11 years.

In a statement today PGA CEO Brian Thorburn confirmed the imminent move.

"Since May last year the PGA has received a number of offers from Palmer Coolum Resort to continue to host the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola in 2013 and beyond," Mr Thorburn said.

"For various reasons, including a lack of flexibility of dates for the tournament and signage matters, none of those offers have been acceptable to the PGA and, in the interest of our Members and stakeholders, late last year we decided to look at alternative venues outside the Sunshine Coast to host the event.

"The PGA has today formally advised Palmer Coolum Resort of its decision that the Championship will not be returning to Coolum in 2013.

"The PGA has received strong interest and impressive offers and submissions from several venues and regions throughout Queensland and although negotiations are ongoing, we remain confident of announcing a new host venue shortly.

"Let me also reiterate that the Championship will remain in Queensland. The Sunshine State has hosted the Championship since 2000, and with the ongoing support of Tourism and Events Queensland, we're committed to ensuring the tournament continues to feature on the state's vibrant events schedule."



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