Date: April 07, 2006

Honorary roles for Stars at MFS Australian Open

Golf Australia continues its commitment to establish the MFS Australian Open as one of Australia s leading sporting events, with the appointment of Robert Allenby and Craig Parry in honorary roles for the Open. The reigning Open champion, Robert Allenby has accepted the role as the first honorary ambassador for the MFS Australian Open and with his acceptance he also starts a new tradition for the event where the reigning champion will be offered this role each year as the national champion. With a mandate to profile the tournament Robert Allenby stated, I am delighted to accept the honorary position in the organisation of the 2006 MFS Australian Open. Hopefully my experiences can be of value and I am appreciative of this opportunity as the defending champion I am sure we will have a terrific championship at Royal Sydney and I look forward to assisting in any small way I can. Golf legend and Sydneysider Craig Parry has accepted an honorary role on the organising committee for the 2006 Open. As he is resides in the host city, Craig will focus on providing insights to the committee from a current players perspective as well as helping promote and market the tournament. Parry, stated, I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to join the committee and to share my experiences as a player and passion for the game. As a golfing professional it is important to continue giving back to the sport and I am looking forward to a great event in my home town. Golf Australia, CEO, Tony Hallam, said, We appreciate the support of all Australian players in coming home to play in the MFS Australia Open championship and believe it is important to have their views represented. We are thrilled that Craig and Robert have accepted our invitation to contribute beyond their playing role. Being part of the organising committee and along with Gus Seebeck ensures we will have player input both directly and through the PGA Tour. Craig and Robert will be great assets in assisting to both develop the MFS Australian Open s profile and the quality of its organisation. This is another example of the stakeholders in the golf industry working together for a better outcome. The MFS Australian open will be held at the prestigious Royal Sydney Golf Course (RSGC) from November 13 19, 2006.