Woods captured her first major professional victory earlier this year at RACV Royal Pines when she held off Australian teenage sensation Minjee Lee.
Woods said, “I am excited about returning to the Gold Coast. The reception I received from the Australian fans earlier this year is in my memory forever.”
“This will be the first time I return to a tournament as the defending champion, so it will be a totally new experience for me, but I’m looking forward it.”
Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy confirmed that RACV had stepped up its commitment to women’s golf, assuming the solo naming rights sponsorship for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters to be played from 12 to 15 February. The event will again be co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf and celebrate its 26th year since inception in 1990.
The 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, J Golf Korea, The City of Gold Coast and Thrifty and will be broadcast nationally by ABC Sport on Saturday 14th February and Sunday 15th February, live to Sky New Zealand and J Golf Korea with a total global household reach of in excess of 145,000,000.
Mr Tuohy paid tribute to all event stakeholders and co-sanction partners and in particular, the ongoing commitment RACV has made to the event and golf in general.
“RACV is once again hosting the PGA Championship of Australia later this year, then hosting and sponsoring the RACV Ladies Masters at what has become the home of championship golf in Queensland.”
“RACV has completed the first-stage of the redeveloped Royal Pines course and when all 18 holes are completed it will no doubt be acclaimed by the tour players and golf public as a world-class championship venue.”
RACV Managing Director and CEO Colin Jordan said “RACV is delighted to be both sponsoring and hosting this fantastic women’s golf event at RACV Royal Pines. This year, players and spectators at the RACV Ladies Masters will experience for the first time the new front nine layout designed by Graham Marsh, the initial phase of our commitment to provide a world-class championship course and to offer quality facilities for our members and guests.”
“In addition to the developments on course, players, their families and spectators will enjoy a vastly changed RACV Royal Pines Resort with the completion of a major expansion and development of facilities. These include the stunning award-winning One Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and extensive conference and events facilities,” Mr Jordon said.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the city was honoured to host an event with such a long and prestigious history.
“The line-up for the 2015 Ladies Masters shows a seriously competitive field and I really look forward to welcoming the players and seeing some quality golf played next February,” he said.
“This is one of our major sporting events that helps to put the Gold Coast on the world stage, being broadcast to an extensive local and international reach of golf fans from a world class venue.”
Karen Lunn, Executive Director of the ALPG said “It is great news to have the defending champion committed to the RACV Ladies Masters for 2015; Cheyenne has been a great ambassador for the tournament. On behalf of the co-sanction partners ALPG and LET, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to RACV for their continued commitment to the Ladies Masters and for taking on the title sponsorship of the event in 2015. RACV Royal Pines Resort has over the years established itself as a world class facility and tournament venue, and the recent upgrades to both the resort and the golf course will only add to the prestige of the event moving forward.
Tickets for the RACV Ladies Masters are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.au with children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.
Members of RACV, RACQ, NRMA, RAASA, RACWA, RACT, RANT and NZAA will receive free entry plus one guest by presenting their membership card at the entrance gate.