Perth has produced some leading golfers including Minjee Lee and Hannah Green. (AAP/ABC News)
The choice to scrap the World Super Six golf event in Perth from subsequent yr is a blow to the game in Western Australia, and ends the town’s long-standing relationship with top quality worldwide golf. But it’s no shock.
The event struggled to appeal to top-ranked gamers. This yr’s event didn’t function one prime–50 participant, and in consequence didn’t seize the imaginations of vacationers or Tourism WA.
“Tourism WA’s focus is on attracting people from outside the state to visit for a holiday to help fill hotel rooms, cafes, bars, restaurants and retail shops, as well as creating jobs,” a Tourism WA spokesperson stated.
“While the World Super 6 attracts significant international and domestic media exposure, our Two-Year Action Plan outlines the need to support events that attract higher visitation to WA.”
Big international events like the Manchester United game at Perth Stadium attract valuable international visitors. (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Golf’s regular decline
Drawing crowds into WA has lengthy been the justification for the government funding expensive sporting events, such because the extremely profitable State of Origin and Bledisloe Cup matches, in addition to the current excursions to Perth by English Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United.
The state can also be funding tennis’s Fed Cup remaining, which shall be held in November, and the ATP Cup in January, because it continues to seek for marquee occasions to appeal to guests — and it appears the cash being spent on golf in Perth could possibly be put to higher use in staging occasions with extra pulling energy.
The finish of the Super Six event, a singular golf event in that it was a mixture of stroke-play and match-play, brings to an in depth a gentle decline from what have been heady days for golf in Western Australia.
Greg Norman was among the big-name players to tee off in Perth in the 1990s. (AAP: Dave Hunt)
It began out in 2012 because the Perth International — the richest golf event in the nation — earlier than being reborn because the World Super Six in 2017 after organisers struggled to have the required three top-20 gamers on the event.
It was a far cry from the 1990s and 2000s, when the likes of Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch and Ernie Els headlined golfing tournaments in Western Australia.
Women’s golf might maintain the important thing
Perth has produced some of the world’s best golfers in current occasions, and presently boasts Women’s PGA Tour Championship winner Hannah Green and present World quantity six Minjee Lee.
Perhaps it’s time for the State Government to leverage the power of the ladies’s recreation, and the expertise produced in the state, by making a pitch for the Women’s Australian Open.
The event is at present beneath contract to Adelaide till 2021, however it might be the event to fill the void created by the axing of the Super Six.