The ISPS Handa Vic Open is one of the leading Australian golf events where men and women play on the same courses, at the same time, for equal prize money. With world-class golf, live music, food trucks, bars and activities, the ISPS Handa Vic Open is the perfect day out.
Golf Victoria have invited Fairway Birdie members to watch the action on the final day of play Sunday February 10th. We will be treated with free entry and a wonderful day out together. Walk the fairways with me watching incredible golf on display.
I am speaking from experience, after heading down there last year and experiencing it first hand, there is nothing like it in the world of tournament golf. Walking off the 1st tee with Minjee Lee (No. 6 in the world) after she started her 4th round, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been pushed to the side behind ropes and restricted areas. We casually followed the players out on the fairways, some even enjoying the interaction with the spectators. It’s such a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere along with the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula 13th Beach Golf Course will be in mint condition.
Everyone is welcome, so please bring your friends or family members. Don’t be afraid to head down on your own and I’ll see you there for a great day out. Look out for the Pink FWB Caps…Wear a touch of pink !
Please send me an email requesting how many tickets you’d like email@example.com
Date : Sunday 10th February
Meeting time : 11.30am @ Players Putting Green/look for the pink FWB Caps.
HISTORY OF THE VIC OPEN –
In a format unique to world professional golf, the ISPS Handa Vic Open titles are simultaneously staged over 72-holes stroke play at the 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula during early February with respective starting fields of approximately 156 players.
The Men’s Open has been the pinnacle event in Victorian men’s golf since being first played at Riversdale in 1957 with the inaugural title won by Australian golfing legend, Ossie Pickworth.
Many world-famous players have claimed the men’s title including Australia’s five-time British Open winner, Peter Thomson (1958, 1968 and 1973); South Africa’s Gary Player (1959); Bruce Devlin (1962 and 1963); Kel Nagle (1967 and 1969); David Graham (1970); Greg Norman (1984) and Robert Allenby (1991).
The Women’s Championship was first played in 1988 but experienced a 20-year hiatus after the 1992 event. In order to provide an equivalent elite event for Victorian women’s golf; stimulate participation/promotion of the game to the entire Victorian community and highlight Golf Victoria’s role as the peak body for men’s and women’s golf in the State, the Women’s Open title was reintroduced in 2012.
The Championship was simultaneously staged with the Men’s Open at the Spring Valley and Woodlands Golf Clubs over 54-holes in January 2012 and was a resounding success.
In 2013, the Championship moved to 13th Beach Golf Links and successfully grew further both in terms of media interest and prizemoney. Both titles were simultaneously conducted on the 36-hole facility and attracted high quality fields and large spectator numbers.
The fields play simultaneously over the Beach and Creek Courses for the opening two rounds. Following a ‘cut’ after the opening 36-holes, the qualifying men’s and women’s players (60 players plus ties for each event) progressed to the third round on Saturday on the Beach course.
The 2018 event again saw the use of a second cut. After the third round, a second cut was implemented to the leading 35 players plus ties (professionals and amateurs) for both men and women allowing for a single ‘wave’ of tee times on the final day.
All rounds of the Championship see alternate groups of men’s and women’s players utilised to start the field, culminating with the leading group of men and leading group of women following each other onto the 18th hole to conclude the Championship on Sunday.
The Men’s winner holds the Men’s Open Championship Cup for one year while the Women’s winner holds the Women’s Open Salver. Prize money is played for by Professionals and for 2019 has been increased to $1.5 million each for the Men’s and Women’s championships – a total prize pool of $1.3 million.
See you there,