11th ASGCC adds a Royal Touch

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THE Aus­tralian So­cial Golf Club Cham­pi­onships (ASGCC) is staged ev­ery Au­gust on some of the Gold Coast’s best golf cour­ses and this year the event will in­clude the su­perb Royal Pines Golf Course. The 27-hole com­pos­ite lay­out is well known for hav­ing hosted the Aus­tralian Ladies Masters and Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onships in re­cent years, mak­ing it a highly an­tic­i­pated ad­di­tion to the ASGCC.

Af­ter the suc­cess in 2014 of mov­ing to Broad­beach on the Gold Coast, the ASGCC is ex­pect­ing an­other bumper field in the tour­na­ment’s 11th year. Founded at Palm Mead­ows, in 2015 the ASGCC will also in­clude rounds at The Glades and Lake­lands Golf Clubs and host golfers at the lux­u­ri­ous and iconic ARIA Apart­ments in Broad­beach.

The event is an of­fi­cial na­tional cham­pi­onship for am­a­teurs rep­re­sent­ing their so­cial clubs and golf clubs that places great em­pha­sis on en­joy­ing play­ing tour­na­ment golf in the right spirit with great re­spect for the rules and eti­quette of the game.

Ac­cord­ing to So­cial Golf Australia (SGA) founder Matthew Pitt, the goal is to de­liver the best pos­si­ble value and ex­pe­ri­ence for those play­ing in the tour­na­ment and the ad­di­tion of Royal Pines has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased in­ter­est in the event.

“We are de­lighted with the re­sponse to the 2015 event and our pre-bookings sug­gest that the event will book out. Our golfers like to com­bine a fun hol­i­day on the Gold Coast with play­ing in a tour­na­ment on qual­ity golf cour­ses. They en­joy meet­ing new peo­ple from golf clubs around Australia and com­pet­ing with mates to win an Aus­tralian ti­tle in a for­mat that gives every­body a chance. Our job is to sup­ply our golfers with a fun event that also has cred­i­bil­ity of an of­fi­cial na­tional cham­pi­onship.”

“The golfers at our event are gen­er­ally peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate the chal­lenge and tests of skill and char­ac­ter that golf pro­vides as well as hav­ing a laugh and en­joy­ing the com­pany of friends and fel­low com­peti­tors. Our event man­age­ment phi­los­o­phy is re­ally as sim­ple as that: great golf and great fun. To us, the word “so­cial” means en­joy­ing the com­pany of your fel­low play­ers and the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in a tour­na­ment.” said Pitt.

“We recog­nise that the qual­ity of the peo­ple who play are the key to the suc­cess of the event as a mem­o­rable golf­ing adventure. Each year we look for ways we can im­prove the cham­pi­onships to add value and in­ter­est for our golfers. The ASGCC is get­ting big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year and the ad­di­tion of Royal Pines this year will cer­tainly add to the event ex­pe­ri­ence for our golfers.”

The ARIA Apart­ments is in the heart of Broad­beach and of­fer the con­ve­nience of close prox­im­ity to restau­rants, bars, clubs, the beach, Jupiters Casino (where the ASGCC Pre­sen­ta­tion Din­ner is held) and many other at­trac­tions Broad­beach has to of­fer. The ARIA fea­tures 4.5 star 2 & 3 bed­room apart­ments (as well as Pent­houses and Sky-Houses) and is con­sid­ered to be among the pre­mium ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions on the Gold Coast. In 2015, the ASGCC will be staged from

Au­gust 16-21 over four stable­ford rounds with a rest day af­ter the first two rounds to make it eas­ier for am­a­teur golfers to man­age the rigours of a 72-hole tour­na­ment. In ad­di­tion, there is an op­tional, fun am­brose round on the day be­fore the event, to be held at Palm Mead­ows. The event then kicks off with

rounds at Lake­lands Golf Club and Royal Pines Re­sort be­fore the rest day, and then

con­tin­ues at The Glades Golf Course and Palm Mead­ows for the 3rd and 4th rounds.

The ASGCC of­fers am­a­teur golfers the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the chal­lenge of play­ing in a pro­fes­sional tour­na­ment at­mos­phere. All golfers are wel­come to play in the event, how­ever only play­ers with cur­rent, of­fi­cial golf hand­i­caps can com­pete for the great prizes and ti­tles on of­fer. All four tour­na­ment rounds are sin­gle stable­ford and re­sults are en­tered on GOLF Link af­ter each round.

Event spon­sors and part­ners Heath­cote Win­ery, the Golf Clear­ance Out­let, Edge

Loy­alty, Good Food Gift Cards, Srixon and Garmin will all con­trib­ute to the prize pool of over $15,000. The high­light of the great prizes on of­fer is that one lucky golfer will again be drawn to win a free golf trip to

Thai­land (in­clud­ing air­fares) to com­pete in the 2016 SGA In­ter­na­tional in Pattaya, Thai­land.

The event is also linked with The SGA Tour event se­ries (sga­tour.com.au) hosted in each main­land cap­i­tal by So­cial Golf Australia. The top three place get­ters in the Or­der of Merit in each state win dis­count ASGCC en­try the fol­low­ing year. For golfers who need a hand­i­cap, The SGA Golf Club is a na­tional hand­i­cap provider of­fer­ing an of­fi­cial hand­i­cap and a GOLF Link num­ber for $95.

ASGCC en­try forms are avail­able at SGA Tour events, in Golf Clear­ance Out­let stores and on­line at the ASGCC web­site at

www.so­cial­go­l­faus­tralia.com.au. There is event in­for­ma­tion on the ASGCC web­site and golfers can also con­tact SGA di­rectly on (03) 5433 3213. In­side Golf is proud to con­tinue our sup­port the ASGCC and we will pro­vide

event cov­er­age and re­sults in 2015. •

Aus­tralian So­cial Golf Club Cham­pi­onships golfers cel­e­brate at the 2014 event.

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