The Geoff Ogilvy Foundation is thrilled to today launch the 2023 Sandbelt Invitational which returns for its third year across one of the
finest collections of golf courses in the world, the Melbourne Sandbelt, from December 11-14.
This year, the Sandbelt Invitational gets underway at tournament host Geoff Ogilvy’s home club of Victoria Golf Club, before Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club’s South Course hosts round two, with Yarra Yarra Golf Club back for a third year as the third round venue. The final round to be played at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club, with the 2023 Sandbelt Invitational field taking on the challenge of the East Course.
Far more than simply showcasing the brilliant courses of the region, the tournament once again will bring together experienced players with the next generation of male and female professionals and amateurs in an effort to help foster Australian golf’s history of punching above its weight.
This mix of players following in the spirit of our country’s legendary players mentoring future stars, offering the chance to pass on knowledge, stories and encouragement in a competitive environment in line with the Foundation’s mission.
“After spending more time in America this year, I can’t wait to come back home to Melbourne, and especially the Sandbelt, for some competitive golf at the Sandbelt Invitational,” Ogilvy said.
“We can’t thank our host clubs enough for their continued support of this tournament, which gives the opportunity for Australia’s new wave to learn from experienced players in the same way I, and so many others, were fortunate enough to do.
“I can’t wait to spend some time on course with the younger players, and hopefully play some good golf myself, across the four days.”
Last year saw a thrilling final day battle at Peninsula Kingswood between PGA TOUR winner Cameron Davis and Ladies European Tour player Momoka Kobori for the overall title, which Davis claimed over the closing holes, aided by a remarkable driver off the deck at the 71st hole.
The pair took home the stunning trophies featuring sand from each of the host venues in their respective men’s and women’s professional categories, while Amelia Harris and Connor McDade triumphed in the amateur ranks. Four deserving champions sure to be crowned again in 2023.
“We believe this tournament can become one of the most important in Australian golf, not only because of the host courses which are among the best in the world, but for its benefits beyond the competitive play for all players,” Tournament Director Mike Clayton said.
Player announcements will be made over the coming weeks as final preparations are made for what is sure to be the biggest and best Sandbelt Invitational yet.
“To experience the tournament last year after somewhat learning on the go in 2021 was incredible, and this year promises to be even better,” Ogilvy said.
Established in 2021 to offer playing and learning opportunities for local players in a uniquely mixed field, the Sandbelt Invitational continues to gain international attention and would not be possible without the ongoing assistance of Visit Victoria.