Countdown to 2014 Perth International

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THE first big event of the Aussie golfing summer is less than a month away with preparations well underway for the 2014 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Golf Club.

The Perth International (October 23 to 26) has attracted a top field that includes three major champions in Jason Dufner, Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy, plus Ryder Cup Europe team member Victor Dubuisson.

There’s also five-time European Tour winner Brett Rumford, defending champion Jin Jeong and 2014 Texas Open winner Steven Bowditch in what is the event’s strongest field yet.

The Perth International is the only event in Australia to be co-sanctioned with the European Tour and it is an important tournament for those players needing to retain their cards for the following season or qualify for the Race to Dubai Final Series.

Lake Karrinyup Course Superintendent Trevor Strachan said his 26-strong team are in full championship course set-up mode.

“We’re dusting, top dressing, and cutting down around the tees to prepare all surfaces. If the weather stays warm through to the event the greens will be firm, fair and fast like last year’s Perth International.”

Lake Karrinyup Country Club is widely acknowledged as Western Australia’s premier private golf club and has been regularly rated as one of the top ten golf courses in Australia.

Perth International organisers have introduced some exciting new ticket options for this year’s event and there are packages to suit all budgets and enthusiasts – from die-hard golf fans to those new to the sport.

Tournament Director Simon Corkill said the new $20 ticket on Thursday was designed to encourage first-timers to check out the action and then return over the following tournament days.

“Lake Karrinyup is a wonderful place to spend a day and the course is one of the finest tests the players from both Tours will have all year. The new Advantage ticket, designed for guests keen on golf, is proving popular—no surprise given that it provides the ticket holder with up to $200 worth of savings including discounted green fees at a number of courses,” he said.

Additionally, there will be free entry for kids under 16 who accompany a paying adult, and for the first time in Australia there will be dedicated viewing areas for kids, bringing them closer to the action.

More information and ticket purchases are available from www.perthinternational.com

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of 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 Australian Senior Golfer 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, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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