Australasian Tour going to New Caledonia this year

The PGA Tour of Australasia is spreading into the South Pacific,

announcing Monday that a full Order of Merit tournament will be

held in New Caledonia in September.

The South Pacific Open will be played Sept. 14-17 in Noumea at

the Tina Golf Club, one of three 18-holes courses in New Caledonia,

which is almost 2,000 kilometers (1,260 miles) northeast of

Sydney.

The winner will gain a spot in the Australian Open, Australian

PGA, New Zealand Open and the Australian Masters as well as a start

in the majority of the remaining 2011 OneAsia events.

Professionals will play alongside local amateurs in a field of

at least 70 for the first two rounds in Noumea.