Wollongong Golf Club has little interest in reviving the flagging fortunes of the NSW PGA Championship event it successfully hosted from 2009 to 2011, after NSW PGA chief executive David Barker confirmed the $100,000 event will not be held this year.
The WGC won rave reviews in the three years it hosted the championship, but general manager Leigh Hingston said the club was not looking to bring back the event to Wollongong.
"Hosting the event is not on the agenda at this stage," he said.
The WGC hosted the tournament for three years and attracted high calibre players Craig Parry, Peter O'Malley and Andre Stoltz to Wollongong in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
Negotiations to extend WGC's deal to host the championships until 2013 broke down following the 2011 event amidst scheduling conflicts and failure to secure local corporate sponsorship, prompting the NSW PGA to take the event to Mount Broughton in the Southern Highlands last year.
The NSW PGA is yet to find a home for 2014 with Barker admitting that funding and sponsorship were the main issues facing the marquee event.
"It won't be held in 2013," Barker said. "We only had a one-year deal with Mount Broughton and we haven't been able to secure an underwriter this year."
Barker said he would welcome a return to Wollongong and that the PGA was open to discussions with any other club willing to host the flagship event.
"Definitely we had three years in Wollongong and the event was very successful down there," he said.
"We're open to discussions with any and all clubs in NSW or the ACT that may be interested.
"It's a huge priority for us to continue to source venues and promoters to get it back on the schedule."
The $100,000 price tag attached to the championships makes it difficult for clubs to accommodate the marquee event without large corporate sponsorship or event funding from local or state governments and Barker said that the NSW PGA was looking at options to make the event more attractive to clubs.
"It's got to be viable for the club who's promoting the event," he said. "We're trying to find a viable model that will work for all the parties involved."