Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy announced today the 27th RACV Ladies Masters will be hosted by RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 25-28 February 2016.
In announcing the dates for the event, Mr Tuohy paid tribute to RACV, the title sponsor and event host; Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, who have supported the event since inception in 1990.
“The RACV Ladies Masters has a proud history spanning three decades at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast and during this period it has seen many of the world’s best female golfers and rising stars contest the coveted Ladies Masters title,” he said. “The players in next year’s Ladies Masters will for the first time experience the highly acclaimed, redeveloped 18-hole course layout at RACV Royal Pines establishing a new era for the event.”
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The Graham Marsh designed course which was unveiled earlier this month for the Men’s Australian PGA Championship, will provide a totally new playing experience for the field in the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) co-sanctioned RACV Ladies Masters.
RACV Executive General Manager, Sue Blake said that RACV was delighted to be continuing its major sponsorship and the hosting of this prestigious ladies golf event at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
“The RACV Ladies Masters has proven to be a platform for many of the world’s best and emerging players to showcase their exceptional talent and this event provides our members, guests and visitors to the Gold Coast with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy world-class golf right on their doorstep,” she said.
Mayor Tate of the Gold Coast City Council said: “We’re proud to support this event since it first began in 1990, because it’s events like these that motivate our young people to participate in sport.”
He continued: “As part of our Sport Plan, we’re actively working towards growing participation in sport to make the Gold Coast Australia’s most active city. I hope we see plenty of families coming to watch the golf and that the next generation of young female golfers will be inspired by the field of talented players.”
Karen Lunn (CEO) ALPG said: “On behalf of the ALPG and our co-sanctioned partners at the Ladies European Tour I would like to pay particular thanks to RACV for their ongoing support as the title sponsor of the RACV Ladies Masters, and also to Tourism and Events Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council for their support of the tournament.”
She added: “We are delighted to be once again returning to the Home and Championship Golf in Australia for the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters. I am sure the players will enjoy the newly designed 18 holes at RACV Royal Pines Resort for the first time in 2016.”
She continued: “The ALPG look forward to again welcoming players from more than 27 countries to the Gold Coast which is one of the players’ favourite destinations. We look forward to making the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters the best ever!”
One hundred and forty four players from more than 27 countries including amateur invitations and Defending Champion, Australia’s Su Oh will contest the 27th RACV Ladies Masters.
Further player announcements will follow in early January.