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Golf Australia Express : December 2012
ONEASIA FINES RETURNED AUSTRALIAN golfers Terry Pilkadaris and Matthew Griffin will be paid back fines and legal costs by the Asian Tour after a court ruled they were allowed to play on the rival OneAsia circuit. Pilkadaris, Griffin, Dutchman Guido van der Valk and Malaysia's Anis Hassan took legal action after they were fined and barred from the Asian Tour for playing in OneAsia events in 2010. But a Singapore High Court judged ruled that the ban was a restraint of trade. PAIR OF ACES TWO club golfers have struck back-to-back aces at the same hole at The Lakes golf course in Sydney. Jonathan Cook and Peter Hough followed each other with a hole- in-one on the par-3 9th hole, each holing out with a 7-iron during a daily fourball competition last month. It is believed to be an Australian first. 2013 EURO TOUR CUTS THE European Tour has unveiled a 45-tournament schedule for 2013. Spain is the big loser under the new calendar, with six fewer events than this year, while South Africa will host six tournaments, including the season-opening Nelson Mandela Championship. The Czech Open and Singapore Open have also been slashed from the schedule. LAKE KARRINYUP CONFIRMED THE Perth International will return to Lake Karrinyup next year after the success of this year's inaugural tournament. It will remain the only Australian event on the European Tour schedule and will again feature $2 million in prizemoney, maintaining its status as Australia's richest tournament. ROUNDING UP AUSTRALIANS are playing more golf than they were last year, new figures show. The Australian Golf Industry Council Competition Rounds Report revealed Australian golfers have played more than 12 million rounds in 2011/12, a 3.5 per cent increase on the same time the previous year. Male competitive play jumped 4 per cent, while female competition rounds grew 2 per cent. DID YOU PLAY MORE GOLF IN THE PAST YEAR? DID YOU PLAY MORE GOLF IN THE PAST YEAR? AROUND THE TRAPS