31 Jan '18, 11pm

The Oates Vic Open: a model for world golf

The Oates Vic Open: a model for world golf

There wasn’t a women’s Victorian Open for two full decades from 1992. Today, the women are playing for a share of $650,000 in one of the most innovative tournaments in world golf. The progress is stark. Amazingly, though, the revolution is as simple as it is pronounced. It began in the offices of the ultra-progressive Golf Victoria. In some eyes, the state body took a massive gamble in 2012 by uniting men’s and women’s tournaments in one combined event. The risk was not so much putting the kiss of life on the dormant female event, but rather would the burden of logistics and finances weigh down a men’s tournament that has an honour roll comparable to any great world event. By any measure, the answer as we head into the seventh edition as a combined event is a resounding `No’. The men’s purse has grown steadily and, with the receptive and influential PGA of Australia’s full...

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