Following the success of last month’s inaugural Perth International golf tournament in Western Australia, next year’s tournament will return to Lake Karrinyup Country Club from October 17-20, 2013.
The Perth International, owned by IMG, forms part of The 2013 European Tour International Schedule, announced yesterday, and will again be the only event in Australia to partner with The European Tour.
Senior Vice President and Co-Global Managing Director of IMG Golf, Robbie Henchman, said they were delighted to be staging the event at the club for a second time.
“Lake Karrinyup Country Club proved to be an outstanding venue for our inaugural event and we are delighted to return in 2013.
“We remain indebted to Tourism Western Australia for its invaluable support and look forward to building on the success of this year’s event and to welcoming more of the world’s best golfers to Perth next October.”
Tourism Western Australia worked closely with IMG to create a major annual international event for Perth and Chief Executive Stephanie Bucklandsaid they were looking forward to building on the success of 2012.
“Tourism WA is delighted that Lake Karrinyup Country Club, WA’s premier golf course, has been confirmed as the host for the 2013 Perth International, and that the event has retained the same date on the European Tour schedule for next year.
“The inaugural Perth International was an outstanding success by every measure and we look forward to working with IMG to build on that success in2013 and beyond,” she said.
President of Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Chris Carey said they were proud to have the event return.
“The members of Lake Karrinyup Country Club were extremely pleased and proud to host the 2012 ISPS HANDA Perth International and look forward to once again working closely with the European and Australasian Tours, the WesternAustralian Government and IMG to produce an even more exciting and engagingevent in 2013.”
Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia said they also looked forward to the 2013 event.
“Lake Karrinyup proved the perfect host for the inaugural Perth International, receiving wonderful reviews from both our Australian and international competitors. I’m sure I speak not only on behalf of the PGA Tour of Australasia but also our Tournament Members when I say we look forward to returning to Perth and Lake Karrinyup in 2013.”
Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of The European Tour, said “Thanks to the combined endeavours of Tourism Western Australia, Lake Karrinyup Country Club, our co-sanctioning partners at the PGA Tour of Australasia and the tournament promoters, IMG, the first edition of the Perth International in October was a huge success, and we look forward to returning to Western Australia next year.
“The tournament occupies a prime position on The 2013 European Tour International Schedule, as it will provide our Members with the final chance to secure their cards for the following season. Lake Karrinyup Country Club proved a hugely popular venue for the players this year, and I have no doubt many of them will make the return trip next October.”
The 2013 Perth International will again be co-sanctioned by The European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia and in addition to the outstanding support of Tourism WA will continue to have the support of premium brands including Volkswagen, Crown Perth, TAG Heuer and Schweppes.
The Perth International will carry prize money of US$2,000,000, making it currently the richest tournament in Australia.