Australian PGA

During the first sixty years of the Australian PGA Championship, most of the editions were played as a match play contest, with qualification for the tournament dependant on scores posted in the Australian Open the week before. Scottish-born players dominated the early years of the event with Dan Soutar and Carnegie Clark – both friends hailing from the golf nursery of Carnoustie – winning the first six editions of the competition, starting in 1905 with Soutar defeating Gilbert Martin 4&3 in the final at Royal Melbourne.

Australian PGA Championship Trophy

Soutar claimed the fourth of his PGA titles with his win in 1910, becoming the first president of the PGA of Australia the following year. The association’s first meeting was held on 19th September 1911 in Clark’s pro-shop at Royal Sydney Golf Club and the Caledonian connection didn’t end there as other Scottish-born winners of the PGA down the years include Rufus Stewart (1929), Fergus McMahon (1932), Sam Torrance (1980) and Andrew Coltart (1994 and 1997). In all, 12 PGA titles have been won by Scots, second only to the number won by Australians.

The champion receives the Joe Kirkwood Cup, donated by Joe Kirkwood Sr. and first presented to Rufus Stewart in 1929. Kirkwood is acknowledged as having put Australian golf on the world map. Shortly after winning the Australian Open and New Zealand Open in 1920, he joined the PGA Tour in America, becoming the first Australian to win on that professional circuit with his victory at the Houston Invitational in 1923. He then teamed up with Walter Hagen in a series of stage shows and exhibitions, becoming famous for his trick shot routine. He finished fourth three times in The Open and was a best-placed ni...

Australian PGA host courses

Bonnie Doon

7th New South Wales - Best in Area 36th Australia Ranking 58th Oceania Ranking

The third oldest club in Sydney, Bonnie Doon began life as Marrickville Golf Club in 1897 when members played on a 12-hole course laid out in the Sydney suburb of Tempe.

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Castle Hill

25th New South Wales - Best in Area

The Castle Hill Country Club lies in the northwest Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills and the 18-hole layout here is a high calibre private member's course...

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Concord Golf Club

8th New South Wales - Best in Area 38th Australia Ranking 52nd Oceania Ranking

Founded in 1899, Concord Golf Club is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious clubs where Tom Doak’s Renaissance Design has breathed new life following a course renovation…

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Glenelg

3rd South Australia - Best in Area 40th Australia Ranking 57th Oceania Ranking

Today’s course at Glenelg Golf Club has been completely transformed to keep pace with the demands of the modern game and the set of holes around the turn are probably the strongest...

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Kooyonga

2nd South Australia - Best in Area 27th Australia Ranking 36th Oceania Ranking

Kooyonga Golf Club is one of the most interesting of Australia’s classic golf courses and it knocks most modern layouts into a cocked hat.

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Liverpool

52nd New South Wales - Best in Area

In 1971, sixty-seven years after it was formed, Liverpool Golf Club moved to its present site at Lansvale. Bob Green set out the course on moderately undulating land close to Prosper Creek, with water in play at many of the holes.

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Manly

35th New South Wales - Best in Area

Situated just a few blocks inland from Manly’s famous white sandy beach, Manly Golf Club has been in operation for over a hundred years, celebrating its centenary in 2003.

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Monash

30th New South Wales - Best in Area

Laid out within a bushland setting in the hills above Narrabeen, the course at Monash Country Club is named after Sir John Monash, a famous military commander in World War I, and it has recently been renovated by Bob Harrison and James Wilcher.

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Australian PGA Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kevin P Courses Played 32
2 Brendan James Courses Played 30
= Geoffrey Steer Courses Played 30
4 Wayne Moriarty Courses Played 26
5 Peter Martin Courses Played 25
6 Stuart Beck Courses Played 24
7 Tyson Flynn Courses Played 23
= Peter Wood Courses Played 23
9 david morgan Courses Played 19
= Ian Pemberton Courses Played 19