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Victorian Golf Open to host men, women simultaneously

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For the first time, the Victorian Golf Open will be held for both the men and women simultaneously on the same course. Spring Valley Golf Club will host the tournament this week.

The men will hold a 72-hole event at Spring Valley, making a weekend cut to the low 50 and ties, according to the PGA of Australasia. The women’s event will be a 54-hole affair, with the first round contested at nearby Woodlands Golf Club. 

Saturday’s third round for the men at Spring Valley will begin at 7:30 a.m., before giving way to the women's event in the afternoon. The women will begin at noon on Saturday, and the field will also be cut to the low 50 and ties at the end of Saturday’s second round.

On the final day of play, organizers intend to alternate groups of men and women off the first tee. The events will finish one after the other. Paul Sheehan is the defending champion of the men's event, while the women's tournament will be played for the first time since 1992.

The U.S. Golf Association will likely be paying attention. It plans to stage the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in consecutive weeks in 2014.