Steve Joyce, the corporate Santa, just handed out $900k so people can play a game of golf

Why is the government subsidising a golf tournament?

The government is putting up $900,000 to support the hosting of next year’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championship.

The four day tournament is being hosted by the Royal Wellington Golf Club and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says it will be broadcast live to more than 150 countries.

“The tournament provides a strong platform to showcase New Zealand as a great tourism and golf tourism destination,” he said on Thursday.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand and a real coup for the Wellington club.”  

The 72 hole stroke play tournament will run from October 23 to 30, 2017, and see 120 of the best amateur male golfers from 40 Asia-Pacific countries travel to New Zealand.

The money is coming from the government’s Major Events Development Fund.

Golf is generally a sport for wealthy people, why is the government subsidising this event?

The annual fee for a full playing member is $2300 per annum. Surely they could have found sponsors for that amount amongst the members.

I fail to see why this is being subsidised, it’s not like there will be any prize money, they are amateurs.


– NZ Newswire

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