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Victoria Open cancelled

The future of Australia’s longest-running golf tournament, the Vic Open, is in doubt after this year’s event was cancelled.

The tournament had been scheduled for late October at the Portsea and Sorrento Golf Clubs in Victoria, as part of the secondary Von Nida Tour, but the Victorian Golf Association has announced that a lack of sponsorship has left it with no choice but to cancel.

"This is a most disappointing announcement to make," VGA President Dick Kirby said in a statement on Thursday.

"The Vic Open has a long history of outstanding contribution to golf and has a proud tradition of nurturing many young players through amateur careers to their current status as some of Australia's leading international players."

"It has been an important event which is intertwined with the promotion of golf as a leading participant sport in this state. The circumstances for funding major professional golf tournaments have changed over recent years."

"VGA has turned every possible stone to save the Open and Victorian club golfers have directly contributed significant funds into the event for almost a decade."

"Unfortunately, changed sponsorship priorities for major companies together with the impact of new events brought into Victoria with direct government funding support have left us with nowhere to go."

 

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