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The Liberal and Nationals Government, through Destination NSW and the Department of Regional NSW, has partnered with Golf NSW to secure a
bumper program of men's and women's professional tournaments and qualifying events from 2024-2026.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the program of golf events would allow some of Australia's leading golfers to compete at the best courses across regional NSW.
"These events will inject more money into our regional hotels, restaurants and small businesses and put more regional courses like the Yamba Golf & Country Club on the 'must visit' list of passionate golfers," Mr Toole said.
"We expect that these 51 strategically placed golf events over three years will attract more than 16,000 visitors to the host regions, injecting an estimated $13.58 million into the regional NSW visitor economy.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis said he was delighted that Yamba had been chosen to host this prestigious event.
"The Yamba Golf & Country Club do a terrific job in maintaining the course to a very high standard and l know they are very excited to be hosting the women's open championships," Mr Gulaptis said.
"This will be a real economic boost for Yamba and the wider community as well as being a sporting spectacular."
Mr Gulaptis said this series of golf events highlights the commitment to building and securing a diverse events program across NSW with beneficiaries in the Clarence.
"The NSW Nationals have demonstrated a commitment to regional NSW through this partnership with Golf NSW by creating a pipeline of events that will provide a welcome boost to our local visitor economy," Mr Gulaptis said.
Golf NSW CEO Stuart Fraser thanked the NSW Government for its support.
"Golf is as popular as ever and so the variety of tournaments we can deliver for our players is growing thanks to the support of our partners, in particular the NSW Government," Mr Fraser said.
"It is an exciting era for us to enter this three-year partnership and to plan our events schedule knowing that we will be supporting regional NSW and giving back to local communities.
The Golf NSW major event calendar from 2024-2026 will include:
Host Venue: Yamba Golf & Country Club, River St Yamba, NSW 2464
Dates: February/March 2024
Tournament Website: https://www.womensnswopen.com.au
Venue Website: https://www.yambagolf.com.au
Prize Fund: AU$500,000 (Min)
With its idyllic seaside location, Yamba Golf & Country Club offers a picturesque course, kept to tournament standards all year
The course places a premium on position off the tee as much as length and will be a worthy challenge for the competitors vying for the Jan Stephenson Trophy.
First held in 2006, the tournament has been the catalyst for some of the brightest stars in the game to begin their careers, while for
others, victory in the Women's NSW Open helped underline their legacy to the sport.
Dame Laura Davies, widely acknowledged as one of Women's golf's greatest-ever players, lifted the trophy in 2008.
Current women's world number one, Kiwi Lydia Ko won the Women’s NSW Open aged 13 in 2012; her first ever win in a women's professional event.
Two players have successfully defended their women's NSW Open crown, New South Wales’s Sarah Oh in 2009 and 2010, while England's Meghan MacLaren successfully defended her 2018 Crown (won at Coffs Harbour) with a hard-fought victory at Queanbeyan in 2019.
Main photo: On-site for the announcement of Yamba as the host of the 2024 Women's NSW Open.
L to R: Kathy Parker, Joann Foley, Nationals Candidate for Clarence Mr Richie Williamson, Golf NSW Lyn Cooper, Deputy Chair, Deputy Premier Mr Paul Toole, Jenny Dewar and Julie Campbell