Two Top Australian Golf Tournaments

Australia is home to some fantastic golf tournaments for both male and female players. These take place all over the country and attract some of the world’s top players. Here are a few details on just two of them.

Australian Open

The Australian Open is an event that is run by Golf Australia. It is the oldest tournament currently on the PGA Tour of Australasia and it started back in 1904. The winner is given the Stonehaven Cup, which first became the tournament’s prize in 1930. However, when compared with some of the events in the US and European Tours, the prize money is fairly modest. Despite this, some of the world’s top names in golf have won this event including Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

This is considered to be the tour’s flagship tournament. The event has undergone many changes since its inception but it is now a 72-hole stroke-play tournament. Amateur players have won the event several times.

Ladies Masters

The Ladies Masters is also known as the RACV Gold Coast Challenge and has been co-sanctioned with the European Tour for more than a decade. The current home of the tournament is the RACV Royal Pines Resort, located in Benowa in Queensland. This used to be the richest event for female golfers in Australia. However, in 2008 the prize fund was reduced.

In 2015, no less than 144 female players took part in the event, with the world’s top female players flying in to take part. However, it is also one of the youngest events for female players, having been founded in 1990 and played on a 54-hole stroke play format. This was expanded in 1994 to 72 holes. Karrie Webb is considered to be the most successful female player in Australia and she has won the event no less than eight times.