A NEW COURSE: Club professional Graham Sheppard is pleased that the pro-am golf tournament will be held at the Yeppoon Golf Course this year.
A NEW COURSE: Club professional Graham Sheppard is pleased that the pro-am golf tournament will be held at the Yeppoon Golf Course this year. Chris Ison Rokcgolf

A new course for golf classic after venue cancelled

THE Pro-Am Golf Classic, which was scheduled to take place at Mercure Capricorn Resort, has taken a different course.

After the recent announcement that the resort could not host the event (after 23 consecutive years) due to a $10 million refurbishment of its rooms, Yeppoon Golf Club has taken a swing at the opportunity to host this year's Pro-Am Golf Classic.

The club has been confirmed as the new host for the event.

PGA professional Graham Sheppard confirmed the Yeppoon Golf Club was prepared to take on the challenge of hosting a pro-am tournament to fill the gap left in the Queensland PGA Sunshine Tour.

"We are not replicating the Capricorn Resort Pro-Am by any means," he said.

"This is a completely new and different event which will start with a corporate sponsors day followed by four days of tournament golf.

"The 2015 Southern Great Barrier Reef Golf Championship will attract some of Australia's leading tournament professionals and celebrities to feature in the social functions."

The tournament is expected to attract 100 professionals and 250 amateurs over the five days.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said the region faced a very real threat of losing this major annual event, which injected $2 million into the local economy.

She said there were possibilities the tournament would be relocated to another destination, without it returning to this region.

"I commend the Yeppoon Golf Club and Mr Sheppard for their amazing assistance... I encourage sponsors to help support this most important annual event," she said.

Mr Sheppard said he was disappointed about the loss of the resort pro-am this year. However, he was excited for the opportunity to showcase Yeppoon Golf Club's stunning course.



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