“The Rush” is the name of the newest golf tournament on the Australian golf calendar.
A brand new Australian golf tournament named “The Rush” was launched in Melbourne yesterday that will see amateurs play with professionals for a prize pool of $1.3 million.
“The Rush” golf challenge will be played at Legends course at the Moonah Links Golf course and The Dunes on the Mornington Peninsula between 27th February and 2nd March 2014 and will see teams consisting of one professional and one amateur playing in a best ball stroke event, under tournament conditions, over 72 holes for a $1 million first prize.
In a first for Australian golf, the winning team will share the $1 million first prize, with $500,000 going to the professional and the remaining $500,000 to the amateur nominated charity.
Australian golf legend Frank Williams who co-founded the Australian Masters is the tournament director of The Rush.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the entire golfing community, with professionals and amateurs playing together in a true teams event.” said Williams.
“What makes this event even more special is the addition of the “Charity Purse”. While players will be battling on course, charities will certainly be the big off course winners. Not only will one charity receive half a million dollars, other participating charities will be eligible to a share of hundreds of thousands more from the charity challenge”.
“For the amateurs, they get a taste of what is it really like to play as a professional under tournament conditions on some fantastic golf courses. Come Sunday, we want their knees to be shaking, hearts pumping!”
A few celebrity amateurs have already signed on to be a part of the event including television presenter Jeff Jansz, celebrity chef Ian Curley and Kerri-Anne Kennerley.
Kennerley, who is avid golfing enthusiast, hosted the launch at the Golf Tec centre in Melbourne’s CBD and has already committed to playing.
“I’m really, really excited about the event. When Frank spoke to me about it, I said straight away I was in and I can’t wait for the opportunity to play in a professional event. More importantly I get the chance to win $500,000 for my charity, Look Good Feel Better – Cancer Patients Trust,” Kennerley said.
All the details and further information is at The Rush website.