Royal Pines in race against time
BY Bruce Young | ALPG Tour | 2013 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters | Preview | 29 Jan 2013
Tournament organisers at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters will again be facing a race against time to have the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout ready for the event to get underway on schedule on Friday.
With the event being scheduled over 54 holes for the first time in 2013, there is one extra day for the course to recover from the battering it received during last weekend’s heavy rain and wind on the Gold Coast and organisers are still hopeful that play will begin on schedule.
“Bunkers will be drained on Tuesday and as much clean-up work as possible will be done over the next few days,” said tournament promoter Bob Tuohy. “At this stage we are hoping that players will be able to get onto the course on Wednesday for the first time but we obviously need the weather to improve quickly.”
The event has a remarkable history of recovering from storms in time to be ready to play, this scenario having been faced on several occasions over the years.
Royal Pines is located alongside the Nerang River which has carried so much of the heavy rains dumped on the Gold Coast hinterland over the past few days but the drainage systems have proven their worth in previous years and are expected to do so again.
Fortunately the weather on the Gold Coast has dawned perfectly fine and sunny on Tuesday morning providing the best possible conditions for the cleanup and course preparations to begin.
Despite a reduction in prize-money the event has attracted a good field as many look to have their games in shape for the LPGA Tour’s Australian Women’s Open in two weeks time in Canberra.
Jiyai Shin, So Yeon Ryu and seven time winner, Karrie Webb, headline the field in the A$250,000 event.
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