Golf NSW and the PGA of Australia have today agreed to extend the field of next week’s AVJennings NSW Open from 144 to 156 players.
The move to add 12 players to the field was taken following the decision on Wednesday by the European Tour to postpone the Hong Kong Open.
Invitations to the Championship have now been extended and accepted by Western Australians Brett Rumford & Terry Pilkadaris, New South Wales’ Andrew Dodt, and Matthew Cheung of Hong Kong.
An additional eight players next in line for automatic inclusion in the field, and who were required to pre-qualify on Monday, have been elevated into the tournament field.
Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the decision was an understandable one in light of the situation in Hong Kong.
“Several players who were impacted by the postponement reached out to us for a start in the NSW Open. Although it is late notice, we are happy to accommodate them,” Mr Fraser said.
Nick Dastey, PGA of Australia Tournaments Director Australasia said the decision in conjunction with the Tournament Players Council was a simple one.
“The PGA of Australia is pleased to have worked in conjunction with Golf NSW to facilitate an outcome which has added some real quality to the AVJennings NSW Open field.
“By being adaptable, we have created an opportunity for an additional twelve of our members to play in this great championship, and this is a good outcome for all,” Mr Dastey said.