Iconic Gold Coast event celebrates 15 years of success
The Mitsubishi Motors World Masters Golf Championship, Australia's biggest and richest event for amateur golfers has wrapped up for another year with an exciting week of golf and social events on the Gold Coast.
Over 950 visitors from throughout Australia and overseas arrived on the Gold Coast for the tournament which commenced on Sunday, 24 October. Golfers played at four of the Gold Coast's premier resort courses, The Colonial, Glades, Lakelands and Royal Pines Resort.
The finale of the tournament was a glamorous gala dinner held at the Jupiters Casino on Saturday, 30 October. Special guest, Masahiko Takahasi, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia attended the dinner and conducted the prize draws for more than $120,000 in prizes including a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer car.
The tournament is organised by Go Golfing, a local family owned business. Peter McCarthy, tournament founder and managing director of Go Golfing recalls 15 years ago when he organized the first Mitsubishi Masters tournament, "I was just 23, and working out of a makeshift office in my parent’s home."
"Having Mitsubishi Motors come on board as naming sponsor breathed life into the concept and this relationship has gone on to become Mitsubishi Motors longest running sponsorship association," said McCarthy.
The tournament is played in age and handicap divisions for golfers over the age of 35 who have an official golf club handicap.
There were several Gold Coast winners:
Ladies 50-59 A Grade:
Stableford Winner: Narelle Norris (The Grand Golf Club)
Men 50-59 A Grade:
Stableford Winner: Maurice James (Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club
Men 35-49 B Grade:
Stableford Winner: William Clark (The Grand Golf Club)
Men 35-49 C Grade:
Stableford Winner: John Rattray (The Colonial Golf Club)
Gold Coast Runner Ups:
Men 35-49 B Grade
Stableford Runner Up: Matthew Brown (Gainsborough Greens Golf Club)
Men 35-49 C Grade:
Stableford Runner Up: John Turnbull (The Colonial Club)
Men 50-59 C Grade:
Stableford Runner Up: Brad Power (The Colonial Golf Club)
The Broadbeach precinct is the social and entertainment hub for the event and hosts Australia's biggest 19th hole festivities each night. With event visitors staying on the Gold Coast for an average of 8 nights, the event injects an estimated $2.4 million in direct economic benefit to the Gold Coast.