Victorian Open

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Victorian Open
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Tournament information
LocationVictoria, Australia
Course(s)13th Beach Golf Links (Beach Course and Creek Course)
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour (2019)
FormatStroke play
Prize fundA$1,500,000
Month playedFebruary
Tournament record score
Aggregate270 Scott Laycock (2001)
270 David Law (2019)
Current champion
Scotland David Law
13th Beach is located in Australia
13th Beach
13th Beach
Location in Australia

The Men's Victorian Open is an annual golf tournament held in Australia. It was founded in 1957 and is the Victoria state open championship for men. It is run by Golf Victoria and is a Golf Australia national ranking event. In 2019 it received public recognition for its unique format and equal prize pool for men and women. The tournament's tag line is: "Men and women. On the same course. At the same time. For equal prize money." The men and women play on the same course at the same time in alternating groups.[1]

Since 2012, it has been held concurrently with the Women's Victorian Open.[2]

In 2013, the men's and women's Victorian Opens were held concurrently at 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Victoria.

When the tournament moved to 13th Beach Golf Links in 2013 the combined prize pool was $300,000, with $150,000 on offer for each of the men's and women's fields.

In six years, the total prize pool has increased ten-fold, with the 2019 men's and women's Victorian Open fields to be playing for a total purse of $3 million ($1.5 million each).

Since 2009, the Victorian Open had been a Tier 2 event on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, having previously been part of the Von Nida Tour. However, in 2017 it became a Tier 1 event attracting a minimum of 16 world ranking points for the winner, compared to the previous minimum of 6.

Starting in 2019, the event is now co-sanctioned by the European Tour, and will continue to be played alongside the Women's Victorian Open, now co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour. The event features a double cut, 65 players will remain after the first cut, then 35 players after the Saturday cut.[3] Due to the European Tour involvement, the winner now receives 20 OWGR ranking points. On 8 February 2019 player James Nitties matched the world record of nine consecutive birdies in the Victorian Open. His birdie run from the 15th to the fifth in the first round set a European Tour record and matched Mark Calcavecchia's feat in the 2009 Canadian Open.[4]


Co-sanctioned by PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
ISPS Handa Vic Open
2019 David Law  Scotland 13th Beach Golf Links 270 −18 1 stroke Australia Brad Kennedy
Australia Wade Ormsby
PGA Tour of Australasia event
Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Oates Vic Open
2018 Simon Hawkes  Australia 13th Beach Golf Links 274 −14 Playoff Australia Harrison Endycott
2017 Dimitrios Papadatos  Australia 13th Beach Golf Links 272 −16 2 strokes Australia Adam Bland
Australia Jake McLeod
2016 Michael Long  New Zealand 13th Beach Golf Links 275 −13 Playoff Australia Matthew Millar
2015 Richard Green  Australia 13th Beach Golf Links 272 −16 Playoff Australia Nick Cullen
Oates Victorian Open Championship
2014 Matthew Griffin  Australia 13th Beach Golf Links 281 −7 Playoff Australia Matthew Stieger
Victorian Open Championship
2013 Matthew Giles  Australia 13th Beach Golf Links 275 −13 1 stroke Australia Nathan Holman (a)
Australia Ryan Lynch
2012 Scott Arnold  Australia Spring Valley 272 −12 1 stroke Australia Kurt Barnes
2011 Paul Sheehan  Australia Spring Valley 276 −8 2 strokes Australia Matthew Griffin
Subaru Victorian Open
2010 Jason Norris  Australia Spring Valley 274 −10 2 strokes Australia Chris Campbell
2009 Ashley Hall  Australia Spring Valley 278 −10 2 strokes Australia Scott Laycock
Australia Craig Scott
Von Nida Tour event
Year Winner Country Score Venue
2008 No tournament
2007 Kim Felton  Australia 280 Woodlands
2006 David Diaz  Australia 202[nb 1] Woodlands
2005 Kurt Barnes  Australia 204[nb 1] Woodlands
2004 Gareth Paddison  New Zealand 204[nb 1] Woodlands
2003 No tournament
PGA Tour of Australasia event
Year Winner Country Score Venue
2002 Andre Stolz  Australia 274 Sorrento / Portsea
2001 Scott Laycock  Australia 270 Cranbourne
2000 Brad Lamb  Australia 278 Cranbourne
1999 Kenny Druce  Australia 275 Victoria
1998 Brad King  Australia 272 Victoria
1997 Stephen Leaney  Australia 280 Victoria
1996 No tournament
1995 Stephen Leaney  Australia 283 Victoria
1994 Patrick Burke  United States 278 Victoria
1993 Lucas Parsons  Australia 276 Woodlands
1992 Ian Stanley  Australia 284 Woodlands
1991 Robert Allenby (Am)  Australia 287 Woodlands
1990 No tournament
1989 Michael Clayton  Australia 285 Kingston Heath
1988 Jim Benepe  United States 282 Kingston Heath
1987 Roger Mackay  Australia 277 Kingston Heath
1986 Ossie Moore  Australia 280 Yarra Yarra
1985 Ian Baker-Finch  Australia 279 Yarra Yarra
1984 Greg Norman  Australia 281 Metropolitan
1983 Bob Shearer  Australia 282 Metropolitan
1982 Michael Clayton  Australia 281 Metropolitan
1981 Bill Dunk  Australia 277 Metropolitan
1980 Guy Wolstenholme  Australia 282 Metropolitan
1979 Rodger Davis  Australia 291 Kingston Heath
1978 Guy Wolstenholme  Australia 284 Metropolitan
1977 Geoffrey Parslow  Australia 275 Yarra Yarra
1976 Guy Wolstenholme  Australia 281 Kingston Heath
1975 Stewart Ginn  Australia 283 Metropolitan
1974 John Davis  Australia 284 Huntingdale
1973 Peter Thomson  Australia 284 Yarra Yarra
1972 Walter Godfrey  New Zealand 283 Commonwealth
1971 Guy Wolstenholme  Australia 289 Woodlands
1970 David Graham  Australia 273 Riversdale
1969 Kel Nagle  Australia 279 Kingston Heath
1968 Peter Thomson  Australia 288 Huntingdale
1967 Kel Nagle  Australia 283 Yarra Yarra
1966 Frank Phillips  Australia 284 Riversdale
1965 Alan Murray  Australia 291 Royal Melbourne
1964 Frank Phillips  Australia 278 Victoria
1963 Bruce Devlin  Australia 286 Kingswood
1962 Bruce Devlin  Australia 293 Huntingdale
1961 Alan Murray  Australia 290 Commonwealth
1960 Jack Harris  Australia 282 Metropolitan
1959 Gary Player  South Africa 275 Yarra Yarra
1958 Peter Thomson  Australia 289 Kingston Heath
1957 Ossie Pickworth  Australia 282 Riversdale
  1. ^ a b c Tournament played over 54 holes from 2004 to 2006.

In 2018 Hawkes beat Endycott with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2016 Long beat Millar with a birdie at the first extra hole. In 2015 Green beat Cullen with a birdie at the second extra hole. In 2014 Griffin beat Stieger with a birdie at the third extra hole.


  1. ^ Cooper, Matthew (6 February 2019). "Vic Open Defying The Norms in Golf's Equal Pay Argument". Forbes.
  2. ^ Berhow, Josh (7 February 2019). "Vic Open's mixed gender format lauded by many, but some irked by yardage issues". Golf Magazine.
  3. ^ "Five thing to know – ISPS Handa Vic Open". PGA European Tour. 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ "James Nitties equals world record with nine consecutive birdies". BBC Sport. 8 February 2019.

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Coordinates: 38°16′40″S 144°27′28″E / 38.2779°S 144.4577°E / -38.2779; 144.4577