LET­TER OF THE MONTH

Golf Australia - - OUR SAY AND YOUR SAY -

IT’S OUR OPEN TOO I will turn 40 years old next month. I have been play­ing golf for 30 of those years and can’t get enough of the sport.

But, sadly, be­cause I live in West­ern Aus­tralia I will never get to see an Aus­tralian Open un­less I pay thou­sands to get on a plane and spend a week in Syd­ney to watch the golf, which is some­thing I couldn’t pos­si­ble jus­tify to my fam­ily.

The Open was last played here in Perth in 1974, four years be­fore I was born.

I know we have had our fair share of tour­na­ments played here over the years from the Heineken and John­nie Walker Clas­sics to the World Su­per 6 most re­cently. But none of them come close to hav­ing the pres­tige of our na­tional cham­pi­onship.

Is it any won­der that Golf WA won’t be­come part of the One Golf ex­er­cise by Golf Aus­tralia when the West has been ig­nored for so long when it comes to host­ing the Aus­tralian Open?

Per­haps one day I’ll get to see the Stone­haven Cup with all the great names like Nick­laus, Palmer, Player and Nor­man on it. I’m not hold­ing my breath though. Kevin McDougall

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OPEN TO IDEAS (MARK I) Ge­off Ogilvy’s ar­ti­cle “How The Stone­haven Cup Lost Its Lus­tre” story (GA, Novem­ber is­sue) was fas­ci­nat­ing and got me think­ing.

Talk­ing to some of the guys at golf, they were all for a $10 levy to fund in­vest­ment into the Aus­tralian Open with the event be­ing played on our great cour­ses around the coun­try. Evan Wilkin­son Via email

OPEN TO IDEAS (MARK II) Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ge­off Ogilvy on his Aus­tralian Open ar­ti­cle (How The Stone­haven Cup Lost Its Lus­tre, GA, Novem­ber is­sue). As a for­mer cham­pion of the event it must have been a dif­fi­cult task to write.

One point he did make which re­ally stuck with me was the fact that the Aus­tralian Open has lost the in­ter­est of the rest of the coun­try be­cause it is al­ways held in Syd­ney.

I live in Syd­ney and go to the tour­na­ment ev­ery year. But ro­tat­ing it be­tween three Syd­ney cour­ses does noth­ing for its in­ter­na­tional ap­peal. Imag­ine if they ro­tated the US Open around three New York cour­ses ev­ery year … not only would it never hap­pen but there would be a mas­sive up­roar.

Golf Aus­tralia should pick a list of eight of our best cour­ses right around the coun­try and ro­tate through the list over a decade. And I love the idea of Royal Mel­bourne host­ing ev­ery five years, how good would that be? Mark Cor­co­ran

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