Mitsubishi Masters eyes Olympic future

Golf will be included in the 2016 Olympic Games for the first time since 1904, and the 2012 Mitsubishi World Masters, to be officially launched this Friday on the Gold Coast, will provide the perfect training ground for budding players.

Go Golfing, who are responsible for a number of high-profile amateur golf tournaments around Australia, are eagerly awaiting the new chapter in the history of golf that will unfold in four years time.

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Peter McCarthy, Managing Director of Go Golfing, says the Masters tournament on the Gold Coast is an excellent starting point for golfers who are working towards competing in the Olympic Games.

“As Australia’s largest amateur golfing competition, the Mitsubishi World Masters is an opportunity for golfers to have more competition that can sometimes give them an edge to turn pro and turn golf into their career,” Mr McCarthy says.

“After the recent confirmation of golf in the 2016 program, a new era of golf has emerged and will inspire millions of youth around the world as a new breed of athletes and spectators head to the Games in 2016.”

“It’s an exciting time as we genuinely believe that some of the talent we see go through the Masters has the potential to go on and compete in something as incredible as the Olympics and if not in 2016, in following years.”

Mr McCarthy says after being in the business for decades, he has seen many determined golfers go from amateur to pro overnight.

“Golf is an interesting sport in the sense that the transition between amateurs and pros can happen so fast to those who are talented and who put a lot of hard work in to improve their game,” Mr McCarthy says.

“In saying that, I would never underestimate the potential of golfers playing golf recreationally.”

“I feel with an Olympic experience now an option for golfers, it will inspire a lot of amateur golfers around the world to think bigger and better than they ever had before.”

The Mitsubishi World Masters sees men and women over the age of 35 battle it out across four different age groups, and will be able to play in a variety of compulsory and non-compulsory events over the seven days.

“People come from around the world to enter this competition—and when you look at what’s here on the Gold Coast, it’s not hard to tell why,” Mr McCarthy says.

“This year we are fielding players from around Australia, as well as registrations from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Saudia Arabia, Southeast Asia and even Poland – with International participation continuing to rise.

“The Mitsubishi World Masters is expected to bring an extra $1.5 million to the Coast over the tournament.”

Over the course of the competition it’s estimated that local hotels will see an additional 4,200 room nights booked, with players and non-players expected to eat a combined 17,850 meals on the Gold Coast during their stay.

There is over $120,000 in prizes presented across the week. Upwards of 250 prizes are awarded for the golfing competition with the biggest prizes reserved for the Mitsubishi World Masters final night gala dinner where this year’s car winner will be the first in Australia to own the all new Mitsubishi Mirage which won’t be on sale in Australia until January 2013.

The 2012 Mitsubishi World Masters Golf Championship will start at 8am on Sunday 21 October with an optional round of golf at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Each day will see competitors playing on a different course, with another optional ‘skins’ round being held on Wednesday 24 October at The Glades.

For more information about the Mitsubishi World Masters, please visit Go Golfing