Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism
South Australia will host the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Golf Open for another three years, under a new State Government deal expected to generate $18 million for the local economy.
Secured through the Major Events Bid Fund, the event will see top ranked international golfers welcomed back to Adelaide every year until 2021 to compete for the $1.6 million prize.
ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Golf Open attracts the very best international players, with superstars Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson part of the field this year, alongside reigning champ Ha Na Jang.
South Australia has hosted the tournament since 2016, with crowds of more than 30,000 people attending the events each year.
The 2018 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Golf Open will be held at Kooyonga Golf Club from 15 to 18 February.
In 2015 South Australia secured the rights to host the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open for 2016, 2017 and 2018. The new deal will extend these rights until 2021.
The State Government has invested $70 million in additional tourism funding to market South Australian nationally and internationally and attract major events.
Since 2014 the Major Events Bid Fund has successfully secured 54 events, with an estimated economic impact of $245 million.
South Australia has six golf courses ranked among Golf Australia’s 2018 top 100, including Royal Adelaide, Glenelg, Kooyonga, Grange West, Grange East and Links Lady Bay. Approximately 26,000 people are members of golf clubs across South Australia.
Quotes attributable to Tourism Minister Leon Bignell
We’ve been hosting the Women’s Australian Golf Open here in South Australia since 2016 and given how successful it’s been, we’re thrilled to secure the event for another three years.
More than 32,000 people came out to see South Korea’s Ha Na Jang take out top honours at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club last year, which is 10,000 more than when the event was held in Melbourne.
I have no doubt this year’s event will see another record-breaking crowd.
South Australia is known for putting on world-class events and we’re always adding more to the calendar – attracting visitors from far and wide and contributing to our record $6.3 billion visitor economy.
Hosting the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Golf Open is a huge coup for South Australia and provides yet another opportunity to show off our State to the rest of the world.