Queensland’s Tim Hart will look to add the Vanuatu Open title to his impressive list of Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series wins at Port Vila Golf and Country Club from 29 August – 1 September 2019.
Hart will headline one of the biggest fields ever assembled for the Vanuatu Open with 46 professionals from Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji and New Caledonia all looking to take home the lion’s share of AU$50,000 in prize money.
With an amazing 14 victories on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series so far this year, Hart has not only been winning tournaments but shooting rarely seen numbers in the history of the Series including an incredible round of 13-under 59, a total he’ll be hoping to replicate in Port Vila.
During the Onsite Rental Group Mining Town Series in Queensland, Hart shot an incredible 72-under par for 12 rounds. There’s no doubt that at his best he’ll be hard to beat, yet given quality of the 2019 field, he will have to bring his a-game.
This year sees an exciting mix of players venture to Vanuatu including 2016 Vanuatu Open Champion Aaron Cox and Victorian Adam Burdett who last week finished tied for fourth place at the Tailor-made Building Services NT PGA Championship on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia.
Experienced players in Michael Wright (Open Championship player in 2006 & 2009), Martin Dive (winner on the Asian Development Tour), and 2018 Samoa Open champion Alex Edge also bolster the field.
NSW/ACT Tournament Coordinator, Peter Welden, praised the work of the organising committee and outlined the importance of the event for PGA Professionals.
“The South Pacific events are an integral part of the NSW/ACT swing of the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series,” Welden said.
“The Vanuatu Open attracts more players than any other South Pacific event.
“There’s a relaxed atmosphere about the event which in turn has seen many friendships between the professionals and amateurs grow over the years.
“The Vanuatu Open’s Tournament Director Bryan Death does an amazing job coordinating the event and it’s become extremely popular for both amateur and professional competitors.”
The Vanuatu Open’s place as one of the premier overseas events on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series calendar is just as important to the local community.
“We work really hard to not only promote the Vanuatu Open but Vanuatu as a holiday destination so it’s great to see a field of around 200 players competing in this year’s event,” said the Vanuatu Open’s Tournament Director, Bryan Death.
The 2019 Vanuatu Open will commence on Thursday 30 August with the winner being crowned on Sunday afternoon.