No Woods but scalpers warned off the 2010 Australian Masters

THE JBWere Australian Masters was a huge event last year with fans flocking for tickets and sell-out crowds.

Well, tickets for the 2010 Masters go on sale on Wednesday June 9 and it will be interesting to see the reaction.

The big difference of course is that while promoters are pushing the chance to see golfing stars like Spain’s Sergio Garcia, Colombia’s Camilo Villegas and our own Geoff Ogilvy, at this stage it appears highly unlikely that one T Woods will be fronting.

Announcing the start of sales this week, Victorian Sports Minister James Merlino was apparently confident enough in the appeal of the event to feel the need to warn scalpers to back off.

“The JBWere Masters is one of Melbourne’s great major events, but individuals trying to make a quick buck off the event face sanctions of more than $6000, while companies face tough fines of more than $30,000 under Victoria’s anti-scalping legislation,” Merlino said.

The Masters will be held at Melbourne’s Victoria Golf Club from 11-14 November.

David Rollo of tournament organiser IMG Australia said 100,000 people will again have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best in Melbourne at this year’s event.

“The 2010 JBWere Masters has maintained an affordable and accessible ticketing policy with daily tickets available under $50,” Rollo said.

“Last year’s event sold out so sports fans should purchase tickets early as general admission will again be capped at 20,000 per day.”

Tickets are available for all four tournament days plus practice and Pro-Am day.

Golf fans can purchase a season pass for $179 to access the venue over six days and general admission to the tournament is $49 per day. 

Children under 14 years of age will receive complimentary access if accompanied by an adult (Conditions Apply).

Tickets are available through Ticketek on 132 849 or by visiting any Ticketek outlet. People going the scalper route may have their tickets cancelled.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

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