Legends Tour event to boast big names and prize money
GOLF: The lucrative Sunshine Coast Masters is set to attract a crack field including reigning champion David McKenzie and 1991 British Open winner Ian Baker-Finch.
Heralded as the tournament of the year at the recent Queensland Golf Industry Awards, the 54-hole event will be contested at Pelican Waters and Twin Waters golf courses in December.
Tournament promoters intend for the event to be the richest on the Ladbrokes PGA Legends tour, with the potential for $100,000+ in prize money.
McKenzie is expected to again be among the line-up, after winning last year's edition by six strokes.
Sunshine Coast's ex-major winner and tournament mastermind Baker-Finch is also set to play in the fourth edition of the annual tournament.
"This iconic event on the Australian golfing calendar is a great addition to the rapidly growing sporting schedule on the Sunshine Coast,” he said via a press release.
"Golfers are travellers, they love to see new places and play on good courses, and the Sunshine Coast has plenty to offer both on, and off, the green.”
The first two days will feature 80 professional players battling at Pelican Waters and Twin Waters golf courses, in attempt to make the top 50, who will take home a portion of the prize pool and will go to the final day at Twin Waters.
Twin Waters Golf Club general manager Steve Hutchison said the event continued to grow from strength from strength.
"This (year's edition) will truly bring the region, in particular Pelican Waters and Twin Waters, into the tourism spotlight, both nationally and internationally.”
"And the local economy will be boosted by more than half a million dollars during these three days.”
The Sunshine Coast Masters is the penultimate event on the tour.