Golfers win big at the Gold Coast World Masters
Gold Coast, Australia 24 October 2018 — Stuart Argall from Maryborough, Victoria, was among the big winners at the 23rd annual Gold Coast World Masters, which ran from 15 – 20 October. The competition, among Australia’s largest tournaments for club golfers over the age of 35, is played in age divisions up to 70+ years, as well as A, B and C grades based on handicap. An event tradition is the final night’s major prize draw, where seven selected golfers are invited to the stage and leave with prizes of increasing value.
Pictured is Inside Golf publisher, Sam Arthur (left) and Go Golfing CEO, Peter McCarthy (right) presenting the grand prize to Stuart, who was the last player standing and took home the grand prize of a luxury New Zealand golf experience. Stuart won a six-night vacation for two people, starting with four nights at Huka Falls Lodge, ranked as New Zealand’s best lodge and a favourite retreat for the rich and famous. Including return airfares, transfers, degustation dinners, and carrying a price tag of $2000+ per night, Stuart, who is taking his wife, will also grace The Kinloch Golf Course’s fairways, designed by Jack Nicklaus. It’s hard to believe but the prize gets better as the travelling twosome venture to Cape Kidnappers Lodge for an additional two nights with meals and golf included. Valued at $2000 per night, and $550 per golf round, Stuart and his wife will be living large.
Inside Golf’s publisher, Sam Arthur, conducted the major prize draw and made a new best friend in Stuart, who was bursting with excitement, “I rang my wife and suggested she sit down before I told her about my big win. Then I called both my kids. I can’t believe I’ve won the holiday of a lifetime. Oh my god, I’m still in shock.”
Golfers came from every Australian state and territory, along with international visitors from USA, Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Glenn Dodds, a member of the Sunshine Coast’s Mt Coolum Golf Club, has never missed the event, playing all 23 years. “I just love it. Look around, everyone has a great time. We play the best resort courses, enjoy the fabulous social events & entertainment, and catch up with friends we’ve made over the years.”
The newly opened Top Golf facility, next to Movie World, hosted opening night celebrations and players were gave it a big ‘thumbs-up’. Inclement weather at the start of the tournament reduced this year’s event to 54 holes, but that didn’t stop the impressive golf scores from rolling in, namely a 2 under par round by David Osborne (Windsor, NSW) at Palm Meadows, en-route to winning the men’s 56-64 gross. Oliver Poate (Bayview, NSW) recorded rounds of 77,77,78 to win the 35-55 gross and will be looking smart with a full collection of Fenix apparel, as seen on Australian pro-golfer, Scott Hend. Oliver’s wife, Sue, took home a new Callaway Rogue club by guessing her driving distance to within one centimetre.
Supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, the tournament injects more than $2.1 million into Gold Coast tourism. Callaway, Drummond Golf, Pacific Fair are all long-time sponsors. The event also raised $8,250 for ‘Golf Fore A Cause’, supporting White Ribbon Australia.
Dates for the 2019 Gold Coast World Masters Golf Championship have been confirmed for 20 to 26 October. In a boon for the event, the members-only The Pines at Sanctuary Cove and the much-loved Jack Nicklaus designed Lakelands will join Links Hope Island and Palm Meadows for the 4 round tournament.
Go Golfing’s series of week-long World Masters tournaments are hosted in Hobart in January, Thailand in June, Vietnam in September and of course the Gold Coast in October. Interested in finding out more?Visit www.gogolfing.net.au or send an email to email@example.com
GOLD COAST WORLD MASTERS – MAJOR PRIZE WINNERS
- Stuart Argall (Maryborough, VIC) – New Zealand luxury lodge golf holiday
- Debra Dunne (The Vines, WA) – 2019 Gold Coast World Masters package
- Di Baker (Gayndah, QLD) – 5 night Phuket luxury golf holiday
- Kevin Dodd (Royal Fremantle, WA) – 5 night Thailand golf holiday
- Blue Mauchline (Hikurangi, NZ) – $2,000 Callaway equipment
- Michele Cook (Morack, VIC) – $1,000 Drummond Golf voucher
- Sue Poate (Bayview, NSW) – 20 dozen Callaway Chrome Soft golf balls