Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy announced today the Sisters of Swing will return to the Gold Coast for the 25th Annual Volvik RACV Ladies Masters hosted by the RACV Royal Pines Resort between February 6-9, 2014.
The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters will revert to a seventy-two hole tournament with increased money.
Mr Tuohy acknowledged the on going sponsorship support of Korean Golf Ball Manufacturer Volvik together with long standing event partners RACV, Tourism and Events Queensland, the Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Tourism.
Defending champion Karrie Webb is likely to go head to head against New Zealand’s teenage sensation, Rolex Rankings World No. 5, Lydia Ko and a world class field of players from over twenty countries.
The 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters will feature many new and exciting new faces as a result of Europe’s crushing victory against arch rivals the US LPGA Tour in the 2013 Solheim Cup.
Our television partners, ABC Sport, J Golf Korea, Sky NZ and other international networks around the world will broadcast the Ladies Masters reaching 120,000,000 house holds providing priceless global and domestic exposure for the Gold Coast and our sponsors, Tuohy said.
Karen Lunn, Executive Director of the ALPG said on behalf of the Co-Sanction Partners, the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf: It is only fitting that the Australian Ladies Masters returns to RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast for its 25th Anniversary celebrations in February 2014. The event has been the highlight of the ALPG Tour calendar since its inception in 1990 and it has grown into one of the most significant women's sporting events in Australia. On behalf of the ALPG and our co-sanction partner the Ladies European Tour, we would sincerely like to thank our co-title sponsors Volvik and RACV together with Tourism and Events Queensland and also our other event partners for ensuring the future of this important event on our schedule.
Mr Kyung Ahn Moon, Chairman of Volvik said it’s his pleasure to continue to co-sponsor with RACV the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and return to the beautiful RACV Royal Pines Resort next February and join in the tournaments 25th year celebrations. I personally hope that Volvik will be a memorable brand not only for Australian golfers but also in every other country the international television reaches.
Mr Colin Jordan, RACV Managing Director & CEO, said that RACV was delighted to co-sponsor this prestigious women’s event, now in its 25th year at RACV Royal Pines.
“As the 'home of championship golf' in Queensland, RACV Royal Pines is looking forward to hosting the event and welcoming the world’s leading players, their families and large crowds,” he said.
"We are very pleased to see the tournament revert to a 72-hole format this year.
"RACV recently appointed Graham Marsh Golf Design to undertake a redesign of the championship course to increase the challenge of the course for professional golfers, whilst retaining the appeal of the course for amateur, social and corporate golfers.
"RACV is very excited with Graham's concept design, which has involved input from both the ALPG and PGA. Works will commence immediately after the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and are expected to take a couple of years to complete."
RACV continues to invest in new and upgraded facilities at Royal Pines for the benefit of Auto club members and guests. A brand new Day Spa will be unveiled before the tournament, work on a new state of the art gymnasium is about to commence and the Conference and Event facilities will undergo refurbishment in the coming months.
Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey welcomed news that the event would celebrate its 25th anniversary on the Gold Coast.
“The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters brings an international flavour to the Gold Coast’s dynamic event calendar, showcasing the Gold Coast and Queensland to over 120 million households across the globe,” said Minister Stuckey.
“The Queensland Government is proud to continue supporting this event through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of our goal to double overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.
“We look forward to welcoming some of the best women’s international golfers back to the Gold Coast and invite them to stay on and discover the fantastic tourism experiences the region has to offer.”