The Victorian Open becomes a mixed event with men and women playing in the same tournament.
Here is another first for Australian golf. The 2012 Victorian Open will be played in a mixed format featuring both men and women playing simultaneously for their own separate Victorian Open titles.
The 2012 Men’s Victorian Open will be played over 72-holes per usual at Spring Valley Golf Club from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th January. The Women’s Victorian Open will be concurrently played over 54 holes with prize money will also be identical with a minimum of $125,000 on offer for each title.
The first round of the Women’s Victorian Open will be held at the Woodlands Golf Club on Friday January 6th, before moving to Spring Valley where the final two rounds and played in conjunction with the Men’s Championship.
The Men’s event will have a 36-hole cut with the top 50 golfers playing on the weekend, teeing off alternatively with the women.
What a great concept and while I believe something similar has been done in Europe, it is once again a great initiative from the Australian PGA, ALPG and Golf Victoria. On the back of the successfully organised Surf Coast Knockout earlier this year I can see this progressive idea being equally as successful.