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#1 hind0

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 01:03 AM

What a sad situation in Australian golf when we can't even find a sponsor for the Tour Championship.

Looks like yet another event falls off the golf calender in this country. :cry:



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Posted 11 September 2002 - 09:24 AM

Yep I agree hindo...must be a tough ask for the Aust PGA but it is good to see the $100k+ mid-range tournaments are still around in 2003 which gives a good platform for the up and coming players to show their stuff...



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Posted 11 September 2002 - 07:18 PM

True, but the tour runs the risk of only being comprised of those small events as more and more major tournaments fall off the calender. So far there's about 4 or 5 tournaments that have disappeared in the last 2-3 years.

Longer term this means the junior golfers of today will not be able to see their favourite players play in Australian tournaments because they'll be trying to make their living on a tour which allows them to actually make a living.



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Posted 12 September 2002 - 09:08 PM

I think it is very important to remember that while the event has been lost in the short term the sponsor of that event ANZ has remained commited to Australian golf. So I guess you could say that is it not so much that a sponsor has been lost but rather that one has not been picked up. With ANZ involved in both the ANZ Championship ( relatively new event) and the ANZ Ladies Masters they have shown that they have been great supporters in recent years.

Perhaps a little surpirising however that such an event given its timing was difficult to sell especially given that it may well have played a role in deciding money lists etc and therefore spots in the US and British Opens and qualifying schools for the US



#5 hind0

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Posted 12 September 2002 - 10:34 PM

Good point Bruce. Didn't mean to bag out ANZ as I know they're still supportive, just not to the extent they once were.

Also this should probably go in the Ask Bruce forum, but since we're on this topic here, how many events on the Australasian Tour are now co-sanctioned events, either with European Tour or Buy.com tour?



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Posted 13 September 2002 - 01:46 AM

Hindo there are five.

The Heineken, the ANZ, (European Tour) The Johnnie Walker (tri sanctioned with the Asian Tour and European ) and of course the Buy.Com events the Jacob's Creek and the Clearwater Classic. Not exactly sure about the Perth International later next year but these five definitely are.



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Posted 13 September 2002 - 01:52 AM

Thanks Bruce.

Do you think these 5 events could survive if they were co/tri-sanctioned?






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