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Thailand to Host World Amateur Tourny

THE Mitsubishi World Masters - Australia's longest-running amateur golf tournament - is going to Thailand.

The event, which has been held on the Gold Coast for the past 18 years, will take place at Hua Hin, 200 kilometres south of Bangkok.

Peter McCarthy, the principal of Go Golfing, who has conducted the week-long event for club golfers since its inception, has teamed up with Golfasian, a leading Bangkok-based inbound tour operator, and Centara Hotels and Resorts to create the Centara World Masters Golf Championship.

Hua Hin was named last year by the International Association of Golf Tourism Operators at its annual convention in Spain as 2014 golf destination of the year for Asia and Australasia.

The holiday home of the Thai Royal family for the past 80 years, Hua Hin has seven golf courses, numerous cultural and tourism attractions and has become one of Asia's leading golf tourism destinations.

The Centara World Masters will be held at four leading courses "“ including two of Thailand's best, Black Mountain and Banyan "“ from June 15 to 21.

Open to golfers aged 35 and over, the four-round stableford tournament will be played in 15 age and handicap divisions, ensuring golfers of a similar age and standard play together. Prizes valued at more than $70,000 will be given away at the final night gala dinner.

Peter McCarthy is expecting up to 600 golfers from around the world to attend, including more than 250 from Australia. It is open to all amateur golfers aged over 35 with an official handicap. More than 400 players have registered so far.

"The Mitsubishi World Masters has been such a huge success we wanted to take the format overseas. Like the Gold Coast, Hua Hin is a perfect golf destination, with great courses, beaches and other attractions," Peter McCarthy said this week.

"Royal Hua Hin Golf Club established in 1924, was the first golf course in Thailand.

"Black Mountain has been named best course in Thailand for each of the past three years and is an awesome golf experience. Banyan was named best new course in Asia in 2009, has been in the top three in Thailand for several years and its clubhouse was voted best in Asia for 2013 and again for 2014.

"The other two courses where the tournament will be played, Majestic Creek and Imperial Lake View, are beautifully presented and highly enjoyable layouts that will please all participants."

For more details, visit "www.ThailandWorldMasters.com":https://www.thailandworldmasters.com/