Best ever amateur field set to ‘Master’ Royal Melbourne
AUSTRALIA’S highest-rated Amateur golf event, the Australian Master of the Amateurs, will take centre stage this month, with the world’s top elite amateur golfers battling it out for the coveted green jacket.
The event is among the top-rated R&A amateur events in the world – comparable in reputation to the US Amateur and the British Amateur — and has helped launch the careers of top golfers like Jason Day, Brendan Jones, Rickie Fowler (US), Jin Jeong (S. Kor) and Tom Lewis (UK).
For fans, it represents an unparalleled opportunity to see tomorrow’s superstars before they become famous. Imagine walking the fairways of Royal Melbourne– with no boundary ropes – alongside “the next Phil Mickelson or Rory Mcilroy”, politely chatting with them and getting their autograph at the beginning of their career!
Last year, young Queenslander Tarquin Macmanus stormed home amid rough conditions to win the event, finishing the four rounds with a 12-under-par total of 276, which was a record score for the event, pipping Jason Day’s top score of 281 in 2006.
This year, players like Kelly Kraft (US Amateur Champion), Corbin Mills (World #8 Amateur) and China’s 13-year-old Guan Tian-lang (Aaron Baddeley International Junior Golf Championship Boy’s Winner) will join over 50 of world’s top-rated amateurs from countries like Germany, The US, China, Fiji, Japan, The UK, Mexico, Singapore, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Australia. Many of these elite amateurs are on the cusp of turning professional, so their level of play will be something to behold.
The event has grown significantly over the 16 years of its existence – due to the tireless determination and efforts of founders Peter and Angela Mann who, along with their growing team of assistants, have turned the event into Australia’s Number 1-rated Amateur event, attracting bigname corporate sponsors including VISY, Srixon, Bolle, Bushnell, Toyota, RACV, Woolworths, Yamaha, Schweppes, Air Pacific, Crown Lager, Calvin Klein, Tourism Victoria, Canon, Graeme Miller Wines, Powerhouse Productions, bcreative, Solution Red, A. Royale Corporate, SSG Signage, Radisson Hotel & Suites (Sydney) and NEC. You don’t get sponsors of that magnitude without a top-notch event and world-class players. Having covered this event extensively over the years, I can attest that it is one of the best-run events I’ve seen.
The players, too, recognise the quality of the event, with some remarking that they are “treated like a PGA Tour Professional” when they attend, with the lavish Opening Ceremony, Gala Dinners and the highly-regarded Srixon AmPro Invitational, which puts the Amateurs in the spotlight alongside Australian professionals, guests and sponsors.
The event will be played at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from Tuesday 10th–friday 13th. The course is sure to be in spectacular condition, having recently hosted The Presidents Cup, and currently being prepared for the Lpga-sanctioned ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
Spectators are welcome, and there is no admission fee. For more information, visit www.masteroftheamateurs.com.au
US Amateur Champion Kelly Kraft will join the world’s best amateurs at this month’s Australian Master of the Amateurs. Inset: 2011 champion Tarquin Macmanus (Photos: Anthony Powter and USGA/JOHN Mummert)