Inside Golf : Inside Golf Feb 2016
20 February 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au RACV Ladies Masters preview David Newber y email@example.com Golf fans in for a treat F OR 27 years, RACV Ladies Masters tournament chairman Bob Tuohy has made a habit of introducing brilliant new talent to the tournament and this year is no exception. Last year Australian Su Oh wowed the galleries when she took on English sensation Charley Hull and experienced campaigner Katherine Kirk and won. The good news is she’s back to defend her crown from February 25-28. “She’s a brilliant talent and one to watch,” Tuohy said. “Of course, there will be some familiar faces like 2014 champion Cheyenne Woods, South Korean Yiyai Shin and Laura Davies.” Shin, a two-time Women’s British Open winner, has 44 professional wins world-wide including 11 on the US LPGA Tour.” “She’s an incredible talent,” Tuohy said. “But we also have a whole bunch of new faces. “ We have seven Solheim Cup players confirmed in a field that will include 60 Ladies European Tour (LET) players. “ They all want to play in the event and we have had to increase the European player intake by 10 and still have another 20 on the waiting list. “ We have had a hell of a response this year – it’s unbelievable. “Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson will play. She’s already won on the US LPGA Tour and is going to be golf ’s next megastar.” Tuohy said his focus for the Ladies Masters had always been about introducing new talent. “We have had a good record in that regard,” he said. “Karrie Webb played her first professional event at Royal Pines and went on to become the world’s best player. “ We have a long list of players that played in the Ladies Masters before going on to stardom. “ There was Annika Sorenstam, who won here in 1995 and again in 2002 and 2004. “We introduced Yani Tseng in 2010 as an amateur and a year later she won the tournament. Lorena Ochoa was another who played in the event before becoming the world’s top ranked player. “New Zealand’s Lydia Ko played in the event before she became the best player in the world and Minjee Lee finished runner-up as an amateur in 2014. “I can assure golf fans that there will be a number of stars of the future in the field again this year.” tHe Golf CoUrse Golf fans had their first glance at the new- look Graham Marsh-designed Royal Pines Resort layout during the Australian PGA Championship last December. Of course, inclement weather played havoc on a revamped golf course tailored to combat leading-edge equipment and the players’ muscle. In recent years, the “old” Royal Pines Resort golf course suffered from lack of length and ineffectual hazards – at lease for the professionals. This year the slate is clean. “I remember coming here in 1992 and there was hardly a tree on the course,” Tuohy said. “The first two Ladies Masters tournaments (1990-91) were played at Palm Meadows and it’s been at Royal Pines ever since. “The golf course is a new experience for the players, but we are going to endeavour to set the course up so the players can produce good scores. “We don’t want even-par winning. From tee- to-green, the course will be set up very different to how it was set up for the Australian PGA. “We will widen the fairways where they taper in and reduce the height of the rough. “We won’t see the severe run-offs from the greens because we plan to enhance the first cut length to stop the ball rolling off into all sorts of difficult areas.” lonG serViCe The RACV Ladies Masters has a proud record spanning three decades. “It’s our 27th year, which is something of a miracle,” Bob Tuohy said. “I was told by Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate that he thinks the tournament is the oldest, settled event on the Gold Coast. “The Magic Millions has been going for a long time, but I think we beat them by a year.” for tHe reCorD THE RACV Ladies Masters has been played 26 times, but only has 13 champions. Karrie Webb has won it eight times, Swede Annika Sorenstam and Dame Laura Davies (three each) and Australian Jane Crafter and American Jane Geddes (two each). Other winners: Gail Graham (Canada), Amy Yang (South Korea), Lisa Hall (England), Aussie Katherine Kirk (nee Hull), Yani Tseng (Taiwan), Christel Boeljon (Netherlands), Cheyenne Woods (US) and Su Oh (Australia). • 12 De Havilland Rd, Mordialloc 3195 03 9580 2622 firstname.lastname@example.org *Rebate available when you trade-in your old buggy. 03 9580 7166 parmaker.com 100% AUSTRALIAN MADE DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE 5YR WARRANTY UP TO REBATE* $ 100 WALKER & 4 WhEEL MODELS ALSO AvAILABLE visit parmaker.com to find more about the complete range of Parmaker buggies, walkers and accessories. LIGHT, HIGH TEcH fRAME coMfoRTABLE SEAT PowERfUL & RELIABLE RESPoNSIVE HANDLING 5 year warranty Parmaker Spirit $2400 Includes rebate, normal stool seat and freight anywhere in Australia. ExcLUDES batteries and chargers.
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