A Vision Of Golf’s Future
Written by RockSport on February 6, 2018
Last week there were record prize funds for the Oates Vic Open. This event at Barwon Heads near Melbourne is not the biggest of tournaments but it carries an important distinction.
Men and women compete at the same time, on the same course and for the same prize money. There were two 144-player fields competing for £370,000 apiece.
World number 20 Minjee Lee, from Perth, took home the best part of £70,000 for her five-stroke victory, which counts on the Ladies European Tour, and Tasmania’s Simon Hawkes banks the same amount for his play-off win in the men’s version.
Hawkes now gains a place in this week’s World Super 6 in Perth, another innovative format, which will count on the European Tour.
Last week’s event in Victoria offers golf an attractive vision for the future. It is one of the few tournaments to recognise the sport’s ability to bring together both sexes under the same competitive umbrella.