SCRATCHED: Wayne Perske looks to sink his ball during the 2014 Pat O’Driscoll Real Estate/Tropical Auto Group Golf Pro-Am Classic at Mercure Capricorn Resort golf course in Yeppoon.
SCRATCHED: Wayne Perske looks to sink his ball during the 2014 Pat O’Driscoll Real Estate/Tropical Auto Group Golf Pro-Am Classic at Mercure Capricorn Resort golf course in Yeppoon. Chris Ison Rokcgolf

Coast Pro Am scratched for major upgrade

THE annual Pro Am Golf Classic at Mercure Capricorn Resort has been struck off the Queensland golfing calendar this year.

Capricorn Enterprise chief executive Mary Carroll said the decision was made by the resort owner due to $10 million refurbishment plans for the existing resort.

"Major refurbishments have been planned for the resort for some time now and it is believed that these renovations will have a major impact on the resort's ability to host the Pro Am Golf Classic in July this year," Ms Carroll said.

"Of course we are extremely saddened by this news and the timing is certainly unfortunate in what has been a difficult start to the year, but when Mr Iwasaki proceeds with a refurbishment of the resort as promised, then the 2016 event will be bigger and better.

"The annual Pro Am Golf Classic injects about $2 million into our local economy each year. This event has been voted 'Tournament of the Year' by the Queensland PGA 12 times and 'Resort Tournament of the Year' three times."

Ms Carroll said Capricorn Enterprise would continue to support Mr Iwasaki's endeavours to improve the resort.

"The resort is a major employer and injects tens of millions of dollars into our local economy each year," she said.

"We are also fortunate to have the world's largest hotel chain in Accor managing the resort under the Mercure brand with its global distribution channels, and in a globally competitive market, it is critical that product is upgraded to meet consumer expectations."

Queensland PGA voted the Pro Am Golf Classic as tournament of the year from 1995 to 1999, 2002 to 2006, 2009 to 2011 and 2012.

Next tournament

  • The RACV Royal Pines Resort Pro Am will tee off on April 16, 2015.
  • Prize money is worth $33,000.

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