Rickie Fowler and Marc Leishman hit Cavill Avenue on the Gold Coast last night to hit a few glow in the dark golf balls onto the beach.
Marc Leishman and Rickie fowler in his Puma Golf Gear mingled with fans under the iconic Surfers Paradise sign before turning heads in spectacular fashion when they light up the Gold Coast being challenged to hit glow-in-the-dark golf balls at a ring of fireworks on the beach. Sure, why not!? Leishman and Fowler both looked particularly relaxed, Leishman especially so in the official footwear for the event.
The PGA of Australia did a great job with the video. Golf needs more of this sort of stuff they both stated.
American Rickie Fowler and Australian Marc Leishman took part in this Event to launch tomorrow’s first round of the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola, fans got up close and personal with tournament drawcards Fowler and Leishman as they participated in an impressive purpose-built challenge, created specifically for them by Light it up golf, Surfers Paradise Alliance and the PGA.
The challenge required the players to tee off from a nearly 2m high tee under the world famous Surfers Paradise sign, aiming for a ring of fireworks positioned down on the beach.
An iconic tourism favourite, Surfers Paradise boasts a world-class international reputation as one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations, and Fowler was more than happy to take part.
“Outside of the US, Australia is my favourite place to visit,” said Fowler who during the challenge spent time signing autographs and taking photos with the crowd.
"It's great to get out and see Surfers Paradise and the fans and do something a little bit different."
Leishman likewise got into the Surfers Paradise vibe choosing appropriate footwear for the beach-front challenge.
"Being on the Gold Coast and coming down here to hit some balls on the beach I thought I won't throw my golf shoes on I'll go with the thongs... it’s the official footwear of the Gold Coast and Australia, really," he said.
Surfers Paradise experiences 30,000 visitations on average per day.
A staggering 41 per cent of revenue spent on Accommodation at the Gold Coast is spent in Surfers Paradise, with players and fans from the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola expected to contribute significantly to the local economy. With the nice Gold Coast Weather tourists can also enjoy the Gold Coast Theme Parks while they are up watching the golf.
Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said today’s promotion on the Surfers Paradise beach was designed to excite locals and visitors and to support the economy by attending this great new event on the Gold Coast.
“We are very excited to be working with the PGA and their partners to bring this amazing golfing spectacle to the world famous Surfers Paradise beach,” said Mr Winlaw.
“From a branding perspective, major sporting events such as the Australian PGA Championship are critical to tourism growth providing significant media attention and exposure across national and international tourism marketplaces.”
“Our focus is to always create the wow factor for the hundreds of thousands of visitors who frequent our golden shores and also offer a drawcard for those who may not have been here for a while to come back and enjoy what’s on offer.”
“We are proud to align ourselves with the Australian PGA Championship. It’s a win-win for the community and Surfers Paradise businesses with an expected influx of visitors into the city for the big event.”
The first round of the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola gets underway from 6.00am Thursday at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola will again be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.
The Championship is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as well as Coca-Cola, RACV, Gold Coast City Council, Gold Coast Tourism, Emirates, Volkswagen, Hahn Premium Light, Amadio Wine and Srixon