Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
World Number One Lydia Ko will be returning to Adelaide for the Women’s Australian Golf Open next year.
Along with 19 year-old Ko, defending champion Haru Nomura has also signed to compete.
After a highly successful 2016 event, the Open will be back in South Australia from February 16 -19 at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club - coinciding with the club’s 125th year.
The winner of the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will receive $1.3 million (US) in prize money.
This year’s Open was a huge success with more than 31,000 people attending over four days, injecting $6.5 million into the state’s visitor economy.
The event was broadcast nationally on the ABC TV network to a peak audience of 513,000 on the final round and an average audience of 219,000.
Internationally, it was broadcast to USA, China, Japan and UK, into 166 territories and more than 250 million households.
In 2015, South Australia secured the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Golf Open for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Following the 2017 event, the Women’s Australian Open will be held at the Kooyonga Golf Club in 2018.
The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open is Golf Australia’s flagship event for female competitors. It is owned and managed by Golf Australia, the governing body for golf in Australia.
Golf Australia awarded the event to South Australia for three years with an additional long-term option to host the event post the initial term. www.womensausopen.com
Leisure events are critical to our tourism industry, with more than $314 million pumped into our visitor economy.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell
I am sure next year’s event at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club will generate incredible results for women’s golf and our state.
Events like the Women’s Golf Open not only continue to contribute to our reputation as a world-class sporting destination, they also shine a spotlight on women’s sport – which the State Government supports at all levels, from grassroots to elite.
Lydia is such a brilliant golfer and a huge draw card. She loved her time in Adelaide this year and it will be terrific to welcome her back.
The State Government is always working hard to bring more exciting major events to South Australia and in the 2015/16 State Budget, we committed $10 million over two years to attract new leisure events to the state.
This bid fund has now secured 15 events, which will inject more than $60 million into the state’s economy.
In November last year, South Australia was named the Best Event State in Australia which is brilliant recognition of the State Government’s work in attracting and creating the state’s much-loved events.
Quotes attributable to Golf Australia Chief Executive Stephen Pitt
The response in South Australia in February was exemplary.
We were delighted with the way things played out with a great response from players, event partners and, of course, the record crowds.
We are really excited about our announcements today and the bright future for our national championship in Adelaide ahead.