Junior Golf Qld

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28-Apr-2016
District Challenge added to junior Amateur
In a new initiative for 2016, Golf Queensland has introduced the Fayde Junior District Challenge to be run in conjunction with the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur.

The Challenge will be run over the first two rounds of the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur at Bargara Golf Club on the 28th and 29th June.

Golf Queensland’s golf operation manager Luke Bates said the junior Amateur was shaping up to be a terrific Championship, now with the added bonus of the District Challenge.

“Golf Queensland is excited to add this representative concept to the junior Amateur and hope that Districts can use it to assist in the promotion of their junior pathway.

“Without the support of Fayde this initiative would not be possible and we are truly thankful for their sponsorship of this new event.”

One boy and one girl will represent a district with each player to receive a refund on their entry and two Fayde polos with district representation noted on the shirt.

The winners will be the best gross score over the two days in both categories. The district/s with the winning boy and girl will receive a $500 Fayde voucher (one for each winner) which can be used by the district on junior initiatives.

Districts will be emailed at the close of entries (1st June) with a request to send through their selected player and shirt size, if Golf Queensland has not heard back within 48 hours the player with the lowest handicap will be selected, contacted to confirm shirt size and have their entry fee refunded.

In addition to the district shirts all players entering the Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur will have the opportunity to purchase a Fayde tournament polo. Read more


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27-Apr-2016
Aussies primed for Queen Sirikit challenge
It might be golf's equivalent of trying to beat Walter Lindrum on his home billiards table.

Australia's women's team -- Hannah Green, Karis Davidson and Robyn Choi -- are at Ora Country Club on South Korea's Jeju Island this week for the Queen Sirikit Cup.

Beating the Korean women in any golf competition is a tall order -- they have won eight of past nine Sirikit trophies -- at the best of times; doing so at the course on which they train and compete is a monumental challenge.

But for Green, a focal point of the combined Asian team's recent win in the Hankins Trophy, a lesson she learnt in Portugal will come in handy.

“They are great players and we'll have to play really well to beat them at home,” Green said from Korea yesterday.

“But people think they're robots and they're not. I saw them make mistakes -- they make them, too.

“Maybe not as many as us, but they do make them,” she said with a giggle.
“I expect us to go reall well this week and be right up there with them.”

Green, of Mt Lawley Golf Club in Perth, along with Gold Coast duo Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) and Choi (Royal Pines), have shared the lion's share of amateur events around Australia in the past year and coach Virginia Irwin says they've arrived on Jeju in good form and full of the confidence those victories should generate.

More importantly, Irwin said, is that they've already bonded wonderfully as a team for the prestigious event which has this year dropped its “invitational” status to be a fully-fledged Asia-Pacific Golf Federation sanctioned event in its 38th staging.

The competition begins today and is played over three rounds with an individual prize and the best two of the three scores counting to each country's team total.

“The girls have done all the right things to be selected to be here and watching them train here now, they're all playing well at the right time,” Irwin said.

“The camaraderie among them is great ... they are helping each other out, playing their roles, giving each other great feedback and that creates a really comfortable environment -- and that's when you play your best golf.

“I think it's going to be hard to beat the Korean team this week, they're such a dominant force. But the way things are going, I'm very hopeful we can be very competitive.”

Australia -- through Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Grace Lennon in 2013 -- is the only team to defeat the Koreans in the past nine years of Sirikit battle.

“And that absolutely is important to us ... the girls all know that it can be done, that we've done it. If they play smart and hole their putts, we can definitely compete.”

Davidson, fresh from her Australian Junior Championship triumph in Tasmania a fortnight ago, took nine holes off a practice round yesterday “just to relax a little”, but rejoined her teammates as they completed their round and said she was feeling good again after a “bit of a rest”.

That left first-time Australian representative Choi and Green to battle it out for the honour of raising the Australian flag at last night's opening ceremony.

And it took a chip-off after a tight battle for Green to finally subdue Choi's spirited challenge.

“It's been great already,” said Choi, whose family's Korean heritage is helping all team members with ordering from local menus.

“I'm nervous a little; I just really want to do something for the team. But it's such an honour to play for Australia and be here ... I can't wait to get going.”

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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21-Apr-2016
Queensland teams prevail to second
The 2016 Golf Australia Junior Interstate Series has come to an end in Tasmania with both the Queensland boy’s and girl’s teams earning second place. 
 
Golf Queensland CEO Lindsay Ellis said although the Queensland teams were piped at the post, we are immensely proud of their performance.
 
“On behalf of Golf Queensland, we wish to congratulate joint boys’ champions Golf NSW and Golf SA, and girls’ champions Golf NSW on their victory. It was a fantastic display of golf with great interest shown from all over Australia,” Mr Ellis said.
 
“We must also congratulate Karis Davidson on her win in the Australian Girls’ Amateur last week and Rebecca Kay on her third place finish.”
 
The boys’ were favourites throughout the series after toppling South Australia (SA), Northern Territory, and the Australian Capital Territory only to put on hold by Western Australia.
 
The boys’ soldiered on defeating New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania to face Victoria in the final round, contesting for a highly sought-after victory. With five states in contention on the final day, the series would inevitably belong to SA and NSW who were crowned joint winners after Queensland was taken down by Victoria 2-3, only a halved match away from victory.
 
The young maroon girls entered the final match unbeaten, with only NSW standing in the way of the first Queensland victory since 2014. The State of Origin challenge lived up to expectations with Edgar and Kay giving Queensland an early edge, only for NSW to fight back with the final match as the decider.
 
In a turn of events, 2015 Individual Amateur Champion Celina Yuan reigned over this year’s QLD champion Karis Davidson with NSW triumphing by a bruising 0.5 points to victory.
 
With 11 interstate series between Davidson, Kay and White, the girls are moving on from the junior ranks later this year leaving young guns Habgood, Edgar and Lewis to carry on the Queensland flag.
 
Chris Jimenez and Rhianna-Maree Lewis proved forces to be reckoned with remaining undefeated throughout the series. The Queensland Women’s and Men’s team are looking to go one better in May when the Australian Interstate Teams Matches kicks off at Royal Queensland Golf Club and Brisbane Golf Club. 

Individual match breakdown - click here

   

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20-Apr-2016
Drama to the end as SA, NSW share title

Final scores:
Australian Girls' Interstate Teams
Australian Boys' Interstate Teams

South Australia and New South Wales are the joint boys’ Junior Interstate Series champions after a pulsating final round at Ulverstone, Tasmania.

Only a series of clutch one-putts from the young New South Welshmen prevented the SA boys from winning alone after a day in which three states thought the trophy was going their way.
Queensland began with the ball in its court, knowing it needed only to halve its match against Victoria to seal overall victory.

But when the defending champion Vics stormed home for a 3-2 win, the drama went up another notch.

South Australia and New South Wales had already fought to a tense halved match on Tuesday, but that was nothing compared to what unfolded after the SA boys romped past Northern Territory 5-0 to ensure that calculators were needed.
The Blues, playing against Western Australia, firstly needed to win, but to do so by a score of 4-1 would ensure the title alone.

A 3-2 NSW victory would mean SA won the title and a 3.5-1.5 result would provide joint winners for the first time since 2000 when NSW and WA shared the honours in Brisbane.
When Joshua Gadd (2&1) and Corey Jones (7&6), both of whom were unbeaten all week, triumphed in the No.5 and No.4 matches respectively, NSW looked a solid chance for solo glory.

Mandurah’s Cooper Geddes then threw a spanner in the NSW works when he won the No.3 match 1-up over Jordan Garner, with captain Jason Hong 1-down in the No.2 match to Fred Lee with two holes to play.

Hong, based at Concord, went the aggressive route off the 2nd tee (his 17th hole) but only pitched to 4m with Lee – also unbeaten through the week – half that distance from the cup.
But Hong was equal to the pressure and rolled in his birdie putt dead centre before Lee missed and their match was squared.

After driving into the trees and being forced to pitch out on the third (his last hole), Hong calmly played his third to 2m and rolled in another perfect putt, this time for par to halve the match and leave No.1 Jay McKenzie needing a full point to share the title.

“It was like a dream come true. That’s definitely up there with the greatest moments I’ve had in golf,” Hong said.

“Probably the putt on the last hole, you can’t get much more pressure than that.”
But the drama was far from finished.

West Australian ace Ben Ferguson, trailing 1-down on the last tee, turned up the heat with an approach to 3m, then must have fancied his chances when McKenzie’s approach rolled to 6m right of the pin, but on the fringe.

Remarkably, though, the Ballina gun sent his team into raptures with a curling, downhill putt that dropped for birdie, meaning he couldn’t be beaten and the title was shared.

“Everything fell our way, the putts dropped when they needed to,” Hong said.
“The putt Jay made up the last I just can’t describe – I just wanted to run towards him, give him a big hug.

“We were just in awe , everything fell out way perfectly and it was due to happen, we haven’t won for quite a while, so it was good for Golf New South Wales,” said Hong, who also paid tribute to his South Australian rivals.

It’s South Australia’s third win in 11 years and NSW’s fifth in that time span.

It also gives the Blues a great double after the girls’ team triumphed at Devonport on Tuesday.
NSW national coach Dean Kinney said the tale had been almost from a storybook.
“What an unbelievable week,” Kinney beamed.

“You can believe in what you like about god and universe, but it was meant to happen for everything to be so close, it was quite incredible.”

“The finish was amazing – for the captain to step up and hit a big driver up the tight second last hole when he’s one down and make birdie was brilliant.

“We’d asked Jason to not be as conservative earlier in the week, but what a time to do it – he just stepped up at the crucial time and he’s done it.
“And then that last putt (by McKenzie) … just incredible.”

South Australian manager Christian Puccini was equally gobsmacked by the turn of events, but was exceedingly proud of his team that fought back after an opening 4-1 hammering by Queensland to play the rest of the week unbeaten.

“Last year we started with two losses and didn’t lose again after day one, so this year we were keen to get a good start but came up short again,” he said.

“But the guys regrouped and did really well after that – they never got down about their chances … and I’ve never seen a tighter group.

“Watching Lachie Barker and Jackson Kalz go so well in the (Australian Junior Championship) last week, it really gave the boys confidence they could mix it and that we had the players who could do the job.

“We had some solid players, but anyone who was down one day played well the next day, so we managed to have three or four in form each match and the guys all picked up straight after they had a bad one.

Barker, Ben Layton and Liam Georgiadis will all play for SA’s senior team in next month’s Interstate Championship in Brisbane, but Puccini also praised Michael Coleman whom he said “dominated” in his three matches after a flat result in last week’s individual championship.

“Him and all the guys just really did what needed to be done – it was a great team effort,” Puccini said.

“It’s a fantastic result for the state – an awesome achievement for these fellas, they’ve been training hard and they’re a top bunch of kids. To see them winning is a proud moment.”

Earlier, Queensland had the fate of the trophy in its hand and looked good when Chris Jimenez and Lochie Coleborn won matches at No.5 and No.4, respectively, to ensure that pair played the tournament undefeated, too.

But in what turned out to be the pivotal match, Victorian Toby Walker steadied after giving up an early lead at No.3 and eventually beat Louis Dobbelaar 3&2 to set the reigning champs away.

Matias Sanchez and Cameron John then completed the job for Victoria with 3&2 and 4&3 wins at No.2 and No.1 respectively, leaving Queensland an agonising half-point short of victory.

Victoria finished a creditable fourth, equal on points with Queensland but behind on matches won, while WA finished fifth with a 4-3 record.

The ACT downed Tasmania 3-2 in a tight encounter to finish sixth ahead of the hosts, while the Northern Territory was valiant throughout the week, but couldn’t quite get over the line.

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20-Apr-2016
Scott unavailable for Olympic selection
Adam Scott will not play in the Olympic Games.

The world No.7 says scheduling and family commitments will prevent him from giving his utmost to Australia’s Games tilt as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

“My decision has been taken as a result of an extremely busy playing schedule around the time of the Olympics and other commitments, both personal and professional,” Scott said today.

“I have informed the Australian team captain (Ian Baker-Finch) and relevant authorities, who are understanding of my position and I wish the Australian Olympic team the very best of luck in Rio.”

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said the early decision would enable another medal contender to take his place.

“We’re obviously disappointed Adam will not play because he’s one of the best players in the world, but we understand his position,” Pitt said.

“This means one of our other elite players will get the chance and we’re more than happy that we will field a very strong team in Rio.

“We will have at least four great golfers compete for Australia in Brazil and we’re very excited for what that means to golf in this country and more broadly around the world.”

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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20-Apr-2016
Cards fall Queensland's way after tense battle
Queensland has the boys’ Junior Interstate Series fate in its hands after a dominant day at Ulverstone.

A tension-filled halved match between New South Wales and surprise packet South Australia left the states tied second with 4.5 points, only half a point behind the young Maroons.

But both states are far enough back in terms of individual matches won that Queensland will win overall should it halve its critical final-round match against Victoria tomorrow.

The Queenslanders (5-1) overpowered Tasmania 5-0 in the afternoon following a 3.5-1.5 win over old rival New South Wales in the morning.

Victoria looms as the wildcard after fighting back on day three with wins over Western Australia and the ACT today to draw level with WA at 4-2.

Both Victoria and WA could mathematically win, but would need to win 5-0 tomorrow and have a series of other results fall their way, with South Australia’s great form making that particularly unlikely.

Tasmania and ACT face each other tomorrow and are tied sixth with 1-5 records, one game clear of the winless Northern Territory, SA’s final-round opponent.

South Australia and NSW played a tremendous match that ebbed and flowed throughout a tense afternoon.

It wasn’t until the No.1 match between in-form pair Jay McKenzie (NSW) and Lachlan Barker (SA) was halved on the final green that the marbles really fell Queenlsand’s way with the combatants unable to be split at 2.5 matches each.

The final round will be played on Friday morning.

Live scores:

Australian Girls' Interstate Teams
Australian Boys' Interstate Teams


Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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19-Apr-2016
Old rivals brace for title showdown
Queensland sent defending champion Victoria packing from the Junior Interstate Series this afternoon with a resounding victory.

The young Maroons set up a head-to-head shootout with long-time rival New South Wales for the title tomorrow morning with a 4-1 triumph over the Vics at Devonport.

The Blues put themselves in that position with a resounding 4.5-0.5 win over the Composite Team today, sufficient to make the Tuesday match a winner-take-all encounter.

Queensland (4-0) remains undefeated and will win the title should it win or halve the match against NSW (3-1).

But even a 3-2 win by the young Blues will push them past their northern rivals and into top spot with Victoria (also 3-1) unable to catch the winner.

Lisa Edgar gave the young Maroons a great start with a 3&2 win over Linley Ooi, but Victoria hit back when Alex Hilliard toppled Darcy Hobgood 1-up in the No.4 match.

But Queensland’s young veterans – Stacey White, Becky Kay and Karis Davidson, who’ve now played 10 Interstate Series between them – stood tall, toppling Zara Woodbridge, Gabi Ruffels and Alizza Hetherington, respectively.

A series of dramatic matches has left the boys’ competition in a far greater state of flux.

Only Cameron John’s win prevented NSW from completing a clean sweep of Victoria this afternoon, leaving the Blues clear atop an incredibly congested chasing pack.

The reigning champion Vics, now 2-2, are only mathematically alive with no fewer than four states having rushed past them.

New South Wales have gone unbeaten to date, but face the hardest road home of all the contenders with three consecutive matches against the teams with a 3-1 record to come.

One of those, South Australia, has swept all before it since an opening loss to Queensland on Monday morning. The young Croweaters stunned Victoria on Monday afternoon, then took down Western Australia this morning before securing their lofty spot with a 4-1 win over the ACT this afternoon.

But far from rolling over, the WA boys showed real bottle in the afternoon with a pulsating 3-2 win over Queensland, leaving both states locked with SA at 3-1 overall.

Chris Jimenez, at No.5, and Lochie Coleborn, at No.3, gave Queensland a 2-1 lead after WA’s Hayden Hopewell took the No.4 match.

But with their title aspirations on the line, WA’s Freddy Lee dispatched Louis Dobbelaar 5&4 at No.2, then watched as Ben Ferguson played some pressure golf to topple top-ranked Queenslander Charlie Pilon 3&1 in the top match.

In another important match, host Tasmania took down Northern Territory 3-2 to earn its first point.

The girls’ competition ends tomorrow after the morning matches, while the boys finish on Wednesday morning.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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19-Apr-2016
QLD Boys' & Girls' Interstate Matches updates

Updates from the Golf Australia Junior Interstate Series

Follow Golf Queensland twitter for live updates.

Boys final scores: http://bit.ly/23QYqQY
Girls final scores:
http://bit.ly/1Nyg1DK

Boys Final Placing: 2nd

Round 7: QLD v VIC. Lost 2-3.
 

Round 6: QLD v TAS. Win 5-0.
 

 Round 5: QLD v NSW. Win 3-2.

Round 4: QLD v WA. Lost 3-2.
 
 Round 3: QLD v ACT. Win 4-1.

Round 2: QLD v NT. Win 4.5-0.5
Round 1: QLD v SA. Win 4-1.

Boys Individual Results

Name

Games

Wins

Loss

Halves

Charles Pilon

6

2

3

1

Louis Dobbelaar

6

4

2

Lochie Coleborn

6

6


Jediah Morgan

6

3

2

1

Christopher Jimenez

6

6

Joel Stahlhut

5

3

2


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Girls Final Placing: 2nd
 

 Round 5: QLD v NSW. Lost 3-2.


 Round 4: QLD v VIC. Win 4-1.
 Round 3: QLD v Composite. Win 4.5-0.5

Round 2: QLD v WA. Win 3.5-1.5 

Round 1: QLD v SA. Win 4.5-0.5
 

Girls Individual Results

Name

Games

Wins

Loss

Halves

Karis Davidson

4

2

1

1

Rebecca Kay

5

3

2

Stacey White

5

3

1

1

Darcy Habgood

4

2

2

Lisa Edgar

5

4

1

Rhianna-Maree Lewis

2

2




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18-Apr-2016
Davidson holds nerve, shakes bridesmaid tag
Karis Davidson had been so close before, she didn’t want to get caught again.

Even when she tapped in the winning par putt on the 18th today, she wasn’t sure the girls’ Australian Junior Championship was hers.

But when applause rang out around the Devonport Golf Club, the quietly spoken Queenslander knew her days as a bridesmaid were over.

“I wasn’t too sure I’d won, but everyone clapped and then I obviously knew,” Davidson said after a five-under-par round of 67 left her at 22 under and a one-shot victor over New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori.

“It feels really good because I’d come runner-up twice and I thought maybe third time lucky, so that was good.

“It’s obviously been my goal all week … it feels really good to get it this time.”

Davidson, 17, was beaten by a shot by Melbourne’s Konomi Matsumoto at Yering Meadows in 2014, then watched Celina Yuan birdie the last at Tea Tree Gully last year before the Sydneysider prevailed in a three-hole playoff.

But the Queenslander wouldn’t be denied this time around.

After Kobori and fellow Gold Coaster Becky Kay fired several early challenges, Davidson held tough down the final stretch, playing a blemish free back nine in four under the card as her opponents blinked momentarily.

“I kept playing the course and just wanted to make the best score I could instead of playing against the other girls,” said Davidson, also the winner of the recent West Australian Amateur Championship.

“I was a little bit nervous, (especially after) the previous years were so close, but I held it together and finished well.”

Davidson, who will soon join Hannah Green at the US Women’s Open as co-winners of the Karrie Webb Series scholarship, also wins a berth in next year’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open field at Royal Adelaide where she’ll play against a fully fledged LPGA Tour field.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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15-Apr-2016
Kay, Davidson lead maroon charge
Queensland flexed its impressive muscle today as its girls marched to the top of the Australian Junior Championship leaderboard in Tasmania.

Golf Australia national squad member Becky Kay leads at -12 after a second consecutive round of six-under-par 68 at Devonport Golf Club.

But it wasn’t enough to break her own teammates, let alone the field, with four of the top seven spots held down by Queenslanders with 36 holes to play tomorrow.

The day’s best round belonged to Kay’s fellow Gold Coaster Karis Davidson, who fired a personal best score to par, a seven-under 67.

Davidson leapfrogged four places to sit one shot behind Kay and New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori at 11 under.

Toowomba’s Darcy Habgood impressed again with a 70 to sit at nine under, while Surfers Paradise youngster Lisa Edgar fired a superb 69 to jump to outright seventh at seven under.

Also firmly in the mix at nine under are Wollongong’s Stef Hall (71) and Mandurah’s Kathryn Norris (70) after another day of low scoring.

“There were some good scores again today, so it’s nice to shoot one (myself),” said Davidson, who was recently confirmed alongside Hannah Green as a Karrie Webb Series scholarship winner.

Davidson said she “didn’t do anything special” despite canning eight birdies against just one bogey.

“I was a bit unlucky with a few putts yesterday, but today they all seemed to go in, which was nice.”

Davidson, 17, based at Sanctuary Cove, said the feeling among the Queensland team was strong.

“Tony (coach Tony Meyer) was really happy with the scores and the way we played,” she said.

“I’m not sure if there’s a reason, just that we all practise hard and push each other along – we’re a good team.”

The field was cut to 60 with another Queenslander, Eloise Taylor, the final girl to advance at +12.

The tournament wraps up tomorrow (Friday) with 36 holes, again at Devonport.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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13-Apr-2016
Hall, Kay strike early blows
Neither are in front, but Stef Hall and Becky Kay have plenty to like about their Australian Junior Championship chances after an entertaining first day at Devonport Golf Club.

New Zealand’s Momoka Kobori leads after a day of low scores, her seven-under-par 67 the culmination of some precision iron play on a lovely day in northern Tasmania.

But Hall and Kay, both of whom have experience representing Australia, sit handily just one back after 68s that left each delighted with their progress.

Hall, 16, came out of the blocks in dazzling form, canning “pretty much everything I looked at” with her red-hot putter.

The Year 11 student at Shellharbour Anglican College near Wollongong said her game had improved greatly since playing for Australia in the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation Junior Championship in Taiwan in August.

“With my coach Steve McRae (from Russell Vale Golf Club near Bulli), I’ve really put a lot more work into course preparation and planning and it’s probably taken a couple of shots off (per round),” said Hall, who opened with four consecutive birdies and six in her first seven holes.

“It gives me confidence that I know what I’m going to (confront) before each round.”
Hall’s six-under round was her best score ever to par and featured an 11m bomb for a birdie two on the 14th, but surprisingly no further inroads on the back-nine par-5s.

Conversely, Gold Coaster Kay made light work of the late long holes, with eagles on the 11th and 13th holes to charge through the field.

That was a far cry from the early part of the Golf Australia national squad member’s round when she “couldn’t make a putt”.

“I was a couple over (after six) but I just made a birdie putt or two and then things started going in,” said the Coolangatta-Tweed member who has put behind her some indifferent results earlier in the summer.

“I’ve definitely improved since then and I’m getting stronger with all the work we are doing. It’s much better now that I actually know what’s happening on the course when I go out there again.,” she said with a laugh.

Toowoomba’s Darcy Hobgood and Mandurah’s Kathryn Norris sit tied fourth at five under, while top-ranked Karis Davidson, of Sanctuary Cove, is among a group of four at four under.

Defending champ Celina Yuan, of Sydney, finished at one under, as did Victorian Kono Matsumoto who rattled off four late birdies after her chances looked to be waning early.

The top 60 and ties after tomorrow’s second round will advance to the final 36 holes on Friday.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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13-Apr-2016
Greatness just around the corner
Hilton Head, the idyllic American golfing island, won’t be on the minds of many teeing it up at this week’s Australian junior championships in Tasmania.

But if ever there was a point to illustrate just how close the grand stages of world golf can be, the reigning Australian boys’ champion will be in the American getaway this week testing his game against the world’s best on the US PGA Tour.

Ryan Ruffels, who would still be eligible to play this week had he not turned professional in December, won the boys’ title in fine style last year with two record rounds to close his successful title defence.

Conversely, the reigning girls’ champion is back and Celina Yuan will start among the favourites to become just the third player since 1990 to defend her crown.

Victorian Mi Sun Cho achieved the feat in 2004 and 2005, following New South Wales star Gloria Park, who won three consecutive titles from 1996-98.

Sydneysider Yuan, 17, who represents The Australian Golf Club, was a semi-finalist in the Australian Amateur Championship at Metropolitan in January and has continued to churn out good results since.

But on the well-kept surrounds of the Devonport Golf Club this week, she will likely renew a rivalry that reached its zenith at this time last year when she beat Queenslander Karis Davidson on the third hole of a playoff at Tea Tree Gully in South Australia.

Davidson, 17, who represents Sanctuary Cove Golf Club, has taken her game to a new level recently and currently tops the Australian junior girls’ rankings after beating Australian No.1 Hannah Green in the West Australian Amateur title last month.

The power-packed New South Wales contingent features four players in the top 20 of the national rankings, including Doey Choi (12) and the emerging Hannah Park (14).

Other top contenders for the girls’ title include Queensland’s Becky Kay (13), a member of the Golf Australia national squad, West Australian Kathryn Norris (9) and Victorian duo Alizza Hetherington (11) and Gabriela Ruffels (28), who is eager to continue her rapid improvement.

The boys’ competition, at nearby Ulverstone Golf Club, promises to be fiercely contested with Queenslander Charlie Pillon the top-ranked contender.

Pillon, 17, was the medallist at the Australian Amateur Championship in January and packs a game that’s being steadily honed by the QAS and at his Hills International School base.
But he will face a battle royale to live up to the billing with a strong West Australian attack sure to come from Freddy Lee and Ben Ferguson, second and fourth in the rankings, respectively.

Another West Australian Min Woo Lee (7) and his GA national squadmate, Victorian Cameron John (3) are also primed for the event, while Sydney’s Jason Hong (5), Melbourne’s Matias Sanchez (6) and exciting Canberra prospect Joshua Armstrong (10) each have designs on following Ruffels’ footsteps.

Both events are played over 72 holes – 18 on Wednesday and Thursday before a cut to the top 60 and ties, then 36 holes to determine the champion on Friday.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Interstate Championships are then played separately for three days from Sunday, with Victoria defending both titles.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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11-Apr-2016
'Fried' Smith completes first Masters
A ''fried'' Cameron Smith left Augusta National after his first Masters needing a few beers at home in Brisbane.

Smith, 22, closed with a 74 to finish tied-55th but confessed to being exhausted from four days of grinding.

"I just sort of soaked it all in today,'' he said. "There wasn't really a goal in place or anything. The goal was to go out there and just have fun and soak it all in. I did that pretty good. Again, didn't probably play the way I wanted to, but that's golf.''

The former Australian amateur champion said his only surprise was how tough the course played in the conditions. "It's definitely harder than I thought. Not generally the course, just the conditions. I mean, rarely do you see winds like we had the first three days on TV. I mean, I was coming in expecting it to be tough, but the conditions itself to be relatively easily and it definitely wasn't that.''

Adam Scott was another Australian who struggled to make an impact, finishing with a 76 to finish just outside the top 40. "Today was just a continuation of the week, really,'' he said. "I'm a little disappointed with today's round. It started well, but I had about three three-putts, I think, and kind of from nowhere, and just a bit sloppy. I got to the point somewhere in the round where the reality set in that I'm not going to do anything special and just that intensity dropped and this course bites you, which was a little bit disappointing."

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
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11-Apr-2016
Willett's Masters after Spieth meltdown
England's Danny Willett has won the Masters after an amazing Amen Corner meltdown by golf's apparent iron man, Jordan Spieth.

The American appeared to be cruising as he went to the back nine five ahead, having led at the end of all three previous rounds, and on his way to back-to-back wins at Augusta National. He had made his run with four consecutive birdies from the sixth, concluding with a brilliant, curling putt on the par-four ninth.

But Spieth, just 22, revealed a human side when he was bitten by the famous par-three 12th, in the heart of Amen Corner, hitting his tee shot and then another ball into Rae's Creek and taking a quadruple bogey seven. Walking to the tee a shot ahead of Willett, he was suddenly three behind. "I just put a bad swing on it at the wrong time,'' an emotional Spieth said later.

Spieth's back-nine implosion -- he shot 41 -- will go into the legion of Masters meltdowns with Greg Norman (1996) and Rory McIlroy (2011). In the end, he tied for second with England's Lee Westwood after closing with a 73, including seven birdies.

It was not to be an Australian challenge this year, with Jason Day (73) never threatening.
The Queenslander began the final day just three behind Spieth, but could not make anything happen. Day's only birdies were on par-fives as he struggled today, and he finished tied-10th.

It was Willett who made the play with a brilliant 67 to post five-under par, and he waited in the clubhouse as Spieth tried to pull his game back around on the last few holes. The American made two birdies and hit it close at the 16th, giving himself a chance. But his run ended at the 17th, where his approach found the front trap and he took bogey.

Willett, 28, embraced his caddie knowing that he had won his first major having led the tournament for just three holes, and as was quickly observed, the son of a vicar had won the a Masters that was decided at Amen Corner.

"It was a very surreal day when you look back at the ebbs and flows,'' he said afterward, receiving the winner's green jacket. "We're just fortunate the shots we hit were correct at the time and we holed a few putts when we needed to.''

The Englishman will leap into the world's top 10 players and while he has escaped notice previously, he is an outstanding player. He was already ranked No. 12 in the world before today, and he was the No. 2 player in Europe behind Rory McIlroy last year.

It was a day when the scoring was a little better, helped by hole-in-ones from Davis Love and Louis Oosthuizen at the 16th. Oosthuizen's shot will go into the annals because it ricocheted off the ball of his playing partner, JB Holmes, and trickled into the cup, surely a first.

Sadly, Spieth threw it away, but there will be many more chances for him ahead. "I just think it was really it was a very tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never have to experience again,'' he said.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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08-Apr-2016
Golf’s not just for grey nomads

Featured in Bmag April 8th, by Resa Zekants

Looking for a new hobby, ladies? Join some of South East Queensland’s best golf clubs for a free introduction to Ladies, Let’s Golf.

Ladies, Let’s Golf is an innovative new golf program designed exclusively for women, encouraging new golfers and returning ones to develop and refresh their golfing skills.

As an introduction to the course keen golfers can enjoy a free 60 minute session incorporating two golf skill aspects, with all equipment like golf balls and clubs as well as coaching and afternoon refreshments included.

If you’ve never played golf before, you probably have this idea in your head that it’s a sport for older men and women – but that couldn’t be more from the truth!

You wouldn’t think it, but golf’s actually a great way to get fit! In fact, a low-impact 18-hole game of golf burns around 900 calories! That’s quite a lot!

It’s also a great way to de-stress! Why not get away from work and the kids and have a round of golf with the girls? All whilst being outside in the sunshine surrounded by beautiful lakes and gardens! Yes, please!

But it’s not just the exercise and stress-less aspect of the game that’ll have you hooked, it’s also a great way to meet new friends and get a bit of socialising in! And, we all love to do that!

The Ladies, Let’s Golf course will help you meet like-minded women in a fun, relaxed and non-competitive environment, as well as learn more about golf and the skills involved. And, it doesn’t matter if you’re a regular golfer or not, anyone can join the course no matter what your skill level is.

So get out there and try something different this year! Ladies, Let’s Golf free introduction courses will be held at numerous golf clubs around Brisbane. For clubs involved or for more information visit www.golfqueensland.org.au

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08-Apr-2016
Aussies make sluggish start
Australia’s tilt for a second green jacket has made a rocky start.

World No.1 Jason Day looked set to buck the trend, but a nasty closing stretch cost him five shots and an even-par 72, six shots off the pace of defending champion Jordan Spieth.

It meant not one of the five-strong Aussie contingent could find red numbers on a trying day.

In gusting winds around Augusta National, Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman were the next best of the Aussies with two-over-par 74s.

Pre-tournament fancy Adam Scott was unusually wayward in carding a flat 76, while fellow Queenslander Steve Bowditch shot a 79 as his battle with a nasty wrist injury raged.

Smith began with a bogey on the first, then added a double-bogey on the third to leave himself in early strife.

But the Masters rookie hit back with birdies on all the par fives after that point and only a late stumble with a three-putt on the par-3 16th knocking him back down the leaderboard.

Leishman, too, was a couple over through five holes, but hung tough and by the time he played a superb approach inside 2m on the 17th, he was able to move towards day two with a hint of momentum.

“To hit a good tee shot, good second shot and have a nice short putt (on 17) … then a nice little up-and-down on 18 was nice … so a good one tomorrow and hopefully get back in it,” Leishman said.

“I hit some really good shots that finished in terrible positions.

“The way the wind was switching and it swirls a lot … all of a sudden you’re in a spot when a (bogey) is a good score.

“On a day like today, it’s important to let things not get out of hand. It’s really tough out there, especially with the greens so fast.

“It’s interesting, but it’s fun. I grew up in the wind and I enjoy this stuff and it’s not just windy for me.”

But the story wasn’t the same for Scott who just couldn’t find his rhythm.

The 2013 champion took six bogeys and, amazingly, found birdies on the tough 6th and 11th holes to prevent shooting himself out of contention.

Remarkably, Scott could not make a birdie on any of the par-5s that he normally gobbles up.

Sadly, Bowditch just hasn’t had the time for the preparations he’d have loved for his second trip to Augusta. Battling a painful wrist injury and other recent dental issues, he just couldn’t find his groove.

Bowditch opened with bogey, then took a penalty drop en route to a double-bogey on the par-5 second hole.

He managed a birdie on the eighth, but couldn’t take advantage of a couple of late opportunities to finish at seven over the card and needing a huge second round to make the cut.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia.
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08-Apr-2016
Day: Four bad holes among terrific golf
Jason Day grinned when he slightly blocked his third shot to the 15th.

He wasn’t smiling half an hour later.

The Queenslander had been coasting along at five under with a swirling Augusta wind seemingly in his sails when, just one behind leader Jordan Spieth, he chose the seemingly prudent path of laying up on the par-5 15th.

His approach still left him with a birdie chance, but critically well above the hole.
Three putts later, a bogey meant his sails were no longer fluttering.

An errant tee shot on 16 soon had them, like his ball, well and truly wet and going backwards.
The world No.1 took a penalty drop, but then made another blocked pitch for his third to the famous par three green – again to a penal perch well above the hole.

Three more putts later, this time with a triple-bogey aboard, he had fallen off the leaderboard in 10 troubling minutes.

A tugged drive up 17 meant a second to another disaster zone behind the exposed green and facing a large bank – another hurdle he couldn’t overcome and another bogey dropped him back to even par.

A lucky break on his final drive – Day’s ball jumped out of the first bunker left and sat on the grass before the second trap – eased the pressure and led to a regulation par.

But by then, the gloss had been stripped from what had appeared a superb round from which to launch Australia’s assault on a second green jacket.

Day began with a spectacular long approach shot to set up eagle at the second, then by the time he’d nearly holed out his second on the par-four ninth, he’d gone out in an imperious 31.

A bogey on 10 was quickly forgotten by a great par save on 11 and a two-putt birdie on 13, with the drama ahead not even remotely on the radar.

But a back-nine 41 shows that there’s no corner on this classic course where you can hide for a few minutes if things look wobbly – even if Day later said he wasn’t fazed.

“I'm not too frustrated with how everything went. Yeah, it's not the way I planned it out today, but I felt like I played some really good golf up until then,” he said.

“But if you get yourself out of position here at this course it's very difficult to salvage par – unfortunately starting on 15, I got myself out of position pretty good.”

Day said he didn’t want to miss right on with a left-to-right breeze on the 16th tee, but then double-crossed himself.
“You don't want to miss the green right or miss it up at the top there right, so you try and be a little bit more aggressive. And I (had) good swing, I just pulled it a little and it went in the water.

“Then you don’t want to go there again, so you hit it right. From there, you just can't get it near the hole. It's so hard, no matter how soft or how hard you hit it or the perfect position, it's just really difficult to get it near the hole.

“But there were only four bad holes, really, in amongst some really terrific golf.
“To be honest, I played great golf. If I went 41 on the front side and 31 on the back side I'd be just celebrating. Obviously it's just a number.

“I've just got to slowly try to inch my way back into this tournament if I can and be patient with myself and hopefully I'm there by Sunday.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia.
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07-Apr-2016
Day will win Masters - Player, Strange
Golf legend Gary Player and dual US Open winner Curtis Strange have both tipped the world No.1 to win this week's US Masters.

Day is guaranteed to be top of the rankings when he arrives at Augusta National following back-to-back victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WGC-Dell Match Play.

Former Ryder Cup captain Strange feels the US PGA champion can become just the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to claim a green jacket after winning their previous two tournaments.

"Absolutely I think he can do it," said the 1988 and 1989 US Open champion, who is now an analyst for ESPN. "I think it's a great position to be in.

"You wonder how long it will last. He's not thinking like that. He's doing everything he can possibly do to keep this going through next week, and I'd much rather be in a position where people are saying can it last, versus trying to find something. I'd rather be in Jason Day's position than (defending champion) Jordan Spieth's position right now.
"Jason is incredibly streaky. We saw that last year. But really it's a streak continuing from last year to this year. He seems to have figured it out.

"Remember, we wondered when we first saw Jason about five years ago at Augusta (he finished joint second on his debut in 2011) and then he didn't quite play to what we thought he might the next couple of years, due to injuries and whatnot.

"He's doing now what I've always thought he would be able to do. He's an incredible swinger of the golf club, a free swinger, which means he's going to play some streaky golf, up and down a little bit, much like Rory (McIlroy)," Strange said.

"And when a standard has been set by Tiger playing well every single week, sometimes it's a bit unfair to hold all these guys to that. But Jason is having a streak of his own, and it's good stuff, and I don't see any reason why he won't be playing well next week."

Player, a career grand slam winner and triple Masters champion, agrees with Strange after Day triumphed last week in the World Match Play against the top 64 players in the world.

Following the win, Day moved back to the top of the world rankings, dropping Spieth to second.

“There are a host of players that can win (The Masters), but I loved Jason Day's swing long before he won (the USPGA) and I've always loved Jason Day's game," Player said.
"At the moment, I would say Jason Day,” said the 80-year-old Player.

His believes the major obstacle to Day's success this week will be the uncanny putting ability of the defending champion, Jordan Spieth.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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07-Apr-2016
Davidson and Choi off to Korea for big Asia-Pacific women’s amateur event
GOLD Coast teenagers Karis Davidson and Robyn Choi will take on the Asia-­Pacific region’s best in the Australian team for the Queen Sirikit Cup later this month.

The pair are to be joined by West Australian Hannah Green for the event in South Korea, where the host nation is chasing a ninth title from the past 10 years.

It will be an ironic experience for Choi, who was born in Sydney but whose parents come from Korea.

“It is a big thrill to be picked for Australia,” 18-year-old Choi said.

“As an amateur being able to represent your country is a big thing and one of my goals is to turn professional and be able to play for Australia in an Olympic Games.”

Australia last won the trophy in 2013 in Taiwan with Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Grace Lennon in the green and gold.

For Davidson and Green there is a double bonus because they are also heading off to ­California for the US Women’s Open in July.

And for Davidson it will be an extra special trip because she turns 18 on July 7, the first day of the Open at CordeValle resort near San Jose.

She and Green won $10,000 packages for finishing first and second in the Karrie Webb ­Series, sponsored by Australia’s greatest female player. And Choi finished third. The pair will be guests of Webb during their stay in California and will get to soak up all the atmosphere at one of women’s golf majors.

“It’s really cool and it should be a great opportunity to meet such a great player as she is,” Davidson said.

The Coast pair went head-to-head in the Queensland Amateur stroke and match play titles late last year.

Davidson won the stroke series at Palm Meadows then faced Choi in the final of the match play when the latter came from behind to win.

Davidson then followed up by winning the West Australian stroke title last month.

Story courtesy of Gold Coast Bulletin: Terry Wilson
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05-Apr-2016
Isuzu Queensland Open - Regional Amateur Qualifiers Announced

Media Release
Tuesday 5th April

Golf Queensland is pleased to announce the addition of two regional amateur qualifying events for this year's Isuzu Queensland Open.

The gross winner of Golf North Queensland Men's Open and the gross winner of the City of Rockhampton Men's Open will both be given an exemption into the main field of this year's Isuzu Queensland Open. Entries are still open for both events:

Golf North Queensland Men's Open - Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016
Venue: Rowes Bay Golf Club
To enter visit http://www.golfnq.org.au/

City of Rockhampton Men's Open - Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016
Venue: Rockhampton Golf Club
To enter call 07 4927 3311

After consultation with the Districts it was decided that these two 36 hole stroke play opens would serve as excellent amateur qualifying events for the Isuzu Queensland Open.

"To have the addition of two regional qualifying events is a win for both the players competing in the regional areas and the Isuzu Queensland Open," Tournament Director, Isuzu Queensland Open Luke Bates said.

"It is hoped that the allocation of an exemption to each winner will spark further interest in these regional events and also the Isuzu Queensland Open."

"We must thank the Far North Queensland Golf Association, Golf NQ and Golf CQ for their assistance in organising these regional qualifiers for 2016."

In 2015, over 330 competitors entered the Isuzu Queensland Open which after pre-qualifying saw 120 players tee it up at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

In addition to the regional qualifying events the following State Championships will also provide winners with an exemption into the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open.

• 2015 Greg Norman Junior Masters
• 2016 Queensland Boy's Amateur Championship
o Bargara Golf Club - June 28 to July 1 - Entries are now open - Click here
• 2016 Men's Stroke Play Championship
o Pacific Harbour Golf Club - 28 to 30 August
• 2016 Men's Queensland Amateur Championship
o Pacific Harbour Golf Club - 28 to 30 August
• 2016 Keperra Bowl
o Keperra Golf Club - 11 to 14 October

The Isuzu Queensland Open will be contested at The Brisbane Golf Club from Thursday 20th October to Sunday 23 October 2016. For more information on the Isuzu Queensland Open please click here.

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05-Apr-2016
Smith set for Augusta debut

Cameron Smith could hardly have had a better warm-up for his debut appearance at Augusta National, a blistering 4-under back nine at Golf Club of Houston lifting him inside the top-20 for just the second time this year.

Smith played steady golf at the Shell Houston Open with rounds of 69-72-72-69 but it was his final round, and last nine holes in particular, which will give him the most confidence heading to Georgia.

After a poor start and making the turn 1-over with two bogeys and a birdie, Smith showed the sort of intestinal fortitude which saw him finish T4 at last year's US Open at Chambers Bay.

He opened his back nine with three straight birdies and added a fourth at the difficult par-3 16
th to tour the final nine holes in 32 in his final competitive hit out before The Masters.

Above average greens in regulation figures and a positive Strokes Gained Putting statistic bode well for the tricky slopes at Augusta National and Smith will be heading down Magnolia Lane with positive thoughts in his mind.

Of the nine Australians to tee up in Houston only Smith and Steven Bowditch were assured starts at The Masters at the start of the week and without an Australian victory it remained that way.

Bowditch missed the cut and has work to do if he is to have a chance next week but there were encouraging signs for some of the other Australians who've found the going tough this year.

2006 US Open winner Geoff Ogilvy and PGA TOUR rookie Rhein Gibson both made their second cuts for the season, both finishing in red figures for the week for just the second time since January.

Ogilvy played his best golf in the opening round where he posted three birdies against a lone bogey but trod water for the rest of the week with two birdies and two bogies each day to remain 2-under after 72 holes.

Gibson was a little more erratic making five more birdies for the week than Ogilvy but also dropping more shots, including a double bogey at the 18
th in the first round.

Stuart Appleby also made a double at the final hole though his mistake, unfortunately, came in the final round after some fighting play had got him to 3-under for the day and a chance to finish in the top-25.

While not the finish he was looking for his performance for the week was encouraging as he battles to earn the roughly $600,000 required to keep his card as he plays the year on a medical exemption.

John Senden was the final Australian to make the cut and after three solid rounds had a disappointing back nine Sunday to drop down the standings.

A triple bogey six at the par-3 14
thwas the lowlight of the week but in a season where he has missed as many cuts as he has made to date, playing the weekend is a positive.

The surprise of the week was the play of Aaron Baddeley who has shown good form much of the year as he tries to win back his full card.

Despite a good record at the Golf Club of Houston Baddeley limped to a second round 75 to miss the cut for just the fourth time in 12 starts since the season began last October.

Former winner Matt Jones and Robert Allenby were the final two Australians in the field and they joined Baddeley in missing the cut by a single stroke.

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04-Apr-2016
2016 Qld Men's and Women's Foursomes Championships

The Queensland Men’s and Women’s Foursomes Championships was once again strongly supported with a large field of nearly 170 competitors teeing off at Wynnum Golf Club on Sunday.

Scott Draper (Keperra) and Ashley Grosvenor (Keperra) won the 2016 Queensland Men’s Foursomes Championship by a commanding three strokes with scores of 70-67 for a total of 137.

The QAS squad pairing of Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy River) and Charlie Dann (Pelican Waters) closed out their afternoon round with 67 to join their morning score of 73 (total 140) to finish runners up and three shots behind the winners.

The Brisbane duo of Timothy Lukin and Cameron Powell combined well to shoot the day’s best round of 66 and take the first round lead, but their afternoon score of 74 (total 140) wasn’t enough to keep them on top, finishing in third place on a count back.

The Women’s Foursomes was won by the State Team pairing of Robyn Choi (Royal Pines) and Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe). Despite trailing by two shots heading into the afternoon, the pair’s consistency of rounds of 73-74 (Total 147) was enough to win by one shot. 

It was the State Junior Girls pairing of Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba) and Lisa Edgar (Surfers Paradise) that set the hot pace in the morning with a promising score of 71, however this could not be maintained with the pair signing for an afternoon round of 77 (Total 148) falling just short.

This was the fourth year in a row that Wynnum Golf Club has hosted this State Championship and was once again presented in great condition.  The player’s obviously enjoying the venue and format with stronger than ever numbers consisting of 23 women partners and 61 male partners entered.

Photos are now available on the
 Golf Queensland Facebook Page. 

CLICK HERE
 for full list of results.

Entries for the Mixed Foursomes Championships to be held at McLeod Golf Club, Sunday 29th May are now open.
Enter here.


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30-Mar-2016
Queen Sirikit Cup team selected

Australia has selected an in-form team to tackle next month’s prestigious Queen Sirikit Cup in Korea.

Perth’s Hannah Green and Gold Coast duo Karis Davidson and Robyn Choi will head to Jeju Island from April 27-29 vying for the mantle of Asia-Pacific’s top women’s team.

The 38th staging will be the first as an affiliated event under the Asia-Pacific Golf Federation’s banner, leaving behind its “invitational” status and opening up the tournament to entries from across the region.

The team will be coached by Virginia Irwin and managed by Matt Cutler, who said beating the host nation would be a tall order given they’ve won eight of the past nine championships.

“It will be exciting to take an in-form team to Korea and pit ourselves against the best in our region,” Cutler said.

“The APGC team recently beat Europe in the Patsy Hankins Trophy, so we know how strong golf is in Asia.

“And it is a World Amateur year, so all players will be looking to make an impression given the formats are identical.”

The best two stroke scores daily for each team count towards the prestigious team event, while an individual prize is also up for grabs.

Australia last won the trophy in 2013 in Taiwan with Minjee Lee, Su Oh and Grace Lennon in the green and gold.

Green, Davidson and Choi are hoping to emulate that squad with each in impressive form.

Green, of Mt Lawley Golf Club, has been Australia’s top amateur throughout the past year and was a key part of the Asia-Pacific triumph at the Hankins Trophy in Portugal two weeks ago.

The West Australian is also tournament hardened having returned a string of top results in professional events throughout the summer.

Davidson, of Sanctuary Cove, won the Queensland Strokeplay Championship last year and followed up last week with victory over Green in the WA Strokeplay, ensuring that duo won the Karrie Webb Series scholarships for 2016.

Choi, of Royal Pines, will make her Australian debut having been runner-up in the Golf SA Classic last week and victorious at the Greg Norman Junior Classic last year. 

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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30-Mar-2016
Trainees and Pros reap glory in QLD
History was made today as Queensland PGA Trainees and Sunshine Swing Professionals proved victorious in their respective tournaments at Oxley Golf Club in the Sunshine State.

The PGA Trainee Team battled it out against the Queensland Junior Team on a quest to secure the PJ Davies Plate for the first time in 13 years.

It was a sweet victory for the PGA Trainees who defeated Golf Queensland 4.5 to 1.5 in an event that has been staged since 1985.

Being played simultaneously was the Caddies Cup, which saw a number of Professionals tee it up against the Queensland State Team. First staged in 1927, the Caddies Cup Trophy was first played in its current format in 1986.

Queensland PGA Championship runner up Tim Hart was joined by a number of PGA Tour of Australasia Professionals including Michael Wright, Steven Jones, Brett Rankin and Aaron Pike as they went head-to-head in pursuit of the Caddies Cup title and eventually upstaging the Queensland State Team 5 points to 3.

Full results can be found below

PJ DAVIES PLATE

 
 

CADDIES CUP

 

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29-Mar-2016
Martin wins Sunshine Coast Open

Local knowledge proved decisive over the Easter weekend when 18-year-old Ryley Martin scorched around the Headland layout at Buderim to win the Tate Professional Engineers 2016 Sunshine Coast Men’s Open amateur golf championship.

Martin, the reigning Headland Golf Club junior and open champion, shot four under par rounds of 68 on successive days to become the youngest winner in the 56-year history of the prestigious tournament. He won by three shots from Queensland State squad member Shae Wools-Cobb of Maroochy River, with defending champion Charlie Dann (Pelican Waters) a further three shots back.

But Martin (136) wasn’t the only Headland member among the 220 starters to stand on the winner’s stage at the annual tournament.

Sean McGill (74-74, 148) returned the best gross score in division two and Nathan Osborn (86,79, 165) won division three gross, while Adam Rydwanski (142) and club president Jon Welch (also 142) were the division one and division three nett winners, respectively. Tim McIntosh (from 1770) was division two nett winner, with Lochie Coleborn (Mt Coolum) and Keith Horne (Maroochy River) the respective junior and senior title winners.

After warming up with three sub-par rounds – including a six-under 66 - at his home course during club competitions the previous week, Martin returned two contrasting rounds in the Easter tournament.

On Saturday he had an unblemished card with two birdies on each nine. But on Sunday his score included four bogeys complemented by eight birdies, five of which came on the back nine.

“I was in the final group on Sunday and started nervously with the putter, bogeying holes four, five and six,” he said.

“But I holed a bomb for a birdie on eight and that started things rolling for me on the back nine where I rolled in five birdies.”

Martin said playing with QAS and Queensland State team members Dann and Wools-Cobb during the weekend had been challenging, but extremely enjoyable.

“I always enjoy playing with those guys, and testing myself against the better players,” he said.

“To play well both days was really encouraging and to win was a big thrill. I had fun.” 


Story by Tony Durkin

 

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29-Mar-2016
Day storms to world matchplay crown

Jason Day blew away Louis Oosthuizen in the final of the Dell Matchplay in Texas today to continue his rip-roaring stretch in the United States.

Day, who will leap back to No. 1 in the world when the rankings are released tomorrow, has matched Adam Scott's feat of winning back-to-back tournaments on the US PGA Tour, remarkably giving Australia four wins in five weeks.

It is emerging as a red-letter year for Australian golf, with this country already breaking its record of wins on the European Tour.

Day was remarkable again today, beating world No. 2 Rory McIlroy in the semi-final 1-up in the morning, then taking the South African Oosthuizen apart in the afternoon, to complete an unbeaten week.

The Queenslander rolled in a 4m par putt to beat McIlroy on the 18th green after a tight semi-final tussle, gathered himself, then played superbly in the final so that it was over after just 14 holes.

Day won 5&4 when he hit a wedge in close on the 14th hole after Ooshuizen's approach had scuttled through the green. The South African conceded after his chip did not go in, giving Day his second win in the World Golf Championship matchplay in the past three years.


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25-Mar-2016
Champ returns to Buderim with Queensland team mate
THREE members of the newly-named Queensland state team will play in the two-day 2016 Sunshine Coast Men's Open amateur golf championship at Headland Golf Club over the Easter weekend.

Defending champion Charlie Dann of Pelican Waters will be joined in the star-studded field by fellow local Shae Wools-Cobb of Maroochy River and Doug Klein (Redcliffe). Only last Monday the three were notified of their selection in the Queensland team.

The 56th staging of the Easter tournament, sponsored by Tate Professional Engineers for the 17th successive year, has attracted another classy field. Of the 220 starters, 72 have a handicap of four or less.

And while the three state team members are justifiably expected to be among the leaders come Sunday evening, five-time champion David Grenfell is the lowest handicapper in the field.

The former Headland member now plays out of Maroochy River and is off plus three, the same handicap as Wools-Cobb. Grenfell, who was the champion in 2014, had first victory back in 1992 aged 19.

Dann, the defending champion who was forced to withdraw from last weekend's Queensland PGA championship in Toowoomba because of a back issue, will play off plus two, as will fellow state team member Klein. Graham Hourn (Kingaroy) and Adam Gemmell (Ipswich) are others in the field playing off plus two.

Despite missing the Queensland PGA, Dann said there will be no excuses going into the weekend.

"My game is in very good shape," he said.

"I really like the Headland layout and enjoy playing this tournament. And with so many top-rated players in the field, defending my title will be a real challenge."

All Sunshine Coast-based clubs will be represented in the tournament plus seven Gold Coast clubs, but the greatest representation will be from Brisbane. Thirteen Brisbane clubs, including Royal Queensland, Brisbane Golf Club and Indooroopilly, will have players in the field. Other visitors heading to Buderim are from Royal Sydney, Toowoomba, Dalby, Goomeri, Ipswich, Kingaroy, 1770, Moranbah and Gladstone.

Despite a weekend drenching the Buderim course will be in superb condition for the tournament with the 328 couch greens expected to be running at between 10 and 10 ½.

Players will tee off in from both tees from 6.30am on Saturday, while the top seeded 12 for the second round (Sunday) will tee off from noon.

Story: Tony Durkin

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24-Mar-2016
Green, Davidson seal Webb Series prizes

Perth’s Hannah Green and Gold Coaster Karis Davidson have won the chance to live out a dream.

Green, 19, and Davidson, 17, are the winners of the 2016 Karrie Webb Series as the two leading players in national rankings events for the past year.

Thanks to the generosity of Australia’s greatest female golfer, each player will receive $10,000 to put towards their tournament and training expenses this year.

But it’s the prize that money can’t buy that both players are already “extremely excited” about – the chance to spend a week with Webb during the 2016 US Open at CordeValle, south of San Francisco, in early July.

Green, of Mt Lawley Golf Club, topped the series table with 613 points including a win in the Victorian Amateur and a string of top-five finishes, also won the prize last year alongside Julienne Soo.

And the Golf Australia national squad member, who also enjoyed a great summer in professional events around Australia and New Zealand, said she couldn’t wait to catch up with her idol Webb for a repeat of last year’s adventure.

“We had an awesome experience, it was my first time meeting Karrie and going to a major,” Green said.

“Getting to know her and she how she does it – and how others do it – it’s an awesome experience.”

Davidson sealed her scholarship with a gutsy win over Green in this week’s Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic at Lake Karrinyup Country Club near Perth.

That, combined with victory in the Queensland Amateur, was enough for 609 total points, well clear of fellow Gold Coaster Robyn Choi in third place.

The Sanctuary Cove-based teenager was thrilled with the cash aspect of the scholarship, but was even more taken by the chance to meet one of her fellow Queensland heroes.

"She was one of my idols growing up,” the quietly spoken Davidson said.

“It’s a great thing to look up to … and Karrie is definitely a great player, so it should be a great week in the US with her.”

Green, who effectively began the Bowra & O’Dea with no sleep having flown home from representing Asia-Pacific in the Patsy Hankins Trophy triumph over Europe in Portugal, said the scholarship was a key factor in that decision.

“Yes, it was a big motivator. I wanted to play this week to get as many points and win (because) it’s such a great opportunity and I don’t think you realise it until you get to do it.”

Golf Australia high performance director Brad James was thrilled for both young women.

“To have the opportunity to spend a week learning from Australia’s most accomplished golfer is something they’ll remember for a lifetime and hopefully take that experience and use it to further their careers,” James said.

“It’s a good reward for the consistency they’ve shown through the year and we wholeheartedly thank Karrie for the time she puts into developing the future stars of our game.”

Click here for Karrie Webb Series final standings.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia
Photo courtesy of Golf WA

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24-Mar-2016
Queensland Interstate Series teams picked

Golf Queensland has named its representative teams to compete in the Australian Men's and Women's Interstate Teams Matches from 9 – 13 May to be played on home soil.

Queensland will host this year's event with the Men's to be played at the Brisbane Golf Club and the Women's at Royal Queensland Golf Club.

Queensland Head Coach, Tony Meyer said it is a fantastic opportunity for the Queensland teams to play in their home state.

“They will have multiple opportunities to play the courses before the event providing them with an ideal preparation for the Series,” Meyer said.

This year’s team includes many new members following a number of the senior amateurs joining the professional ranks last year. 

“Whether it is the first or fourth time a player has been recognised on the team, it is an honour to represent your state,” he said. 

“I get excited to travel away with these players every year and I’m sure the teams will enjoy the experience.”

Both the Queensland Men's and Women's Teams will be hoping to improve on last year's second and third placing respectively.

Men’s Team:

Anthony Quayle (Sanctuary Cove)

Charlie Dann (Pelican Waters)

Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy River)

Blake Proverbs (Royal Queensland)

Steven Cox (Wantima)

Charlie Pilon (Hills)

Doug Klein (Redcliffe)

Mitchell Smith (Oxley)

Coach: Tony Meyer

 

Women’s Team:

Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove)

Robyn Choi (Royal Pines)

Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe)

Gennai Goodwin (Indooroopilly)

Becky Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed)

DeeDee-Taylah Russell (Emerald Lakes)

Coach: Richard Woodhouse

 

Golf Queensland also recently announced the junior teams which will be played in Tasmania at Ulverstone Golf Club and the Devonport Golf Club next month.
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Boy’s Team:

Charles Pilon (Hills)
Chris Jimenez (Royal Queensland)
Jed Morgan (Hattonvale)

Joel Stahlhut (Goondiwindi)

Lochlan Coleborn (Mount Coolum)
Louis Dobbelaar (Brookwater)

 

Development:

Mitchell Varley (Sanctuary Cove)

Zach Maxwell (Virginia)

Girl's Team:

Becky Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed)
Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba)
Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove)

Lisa Edgar (Surfers Paradise)
Stacey White (Pacific)
Rhianna-Maree Lewis (Maroochy River)

Development:

Isabelle Taylor (Sanctuary Cove)
Sarah Wilson (Pelican Waters)

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24-Mar-2016
Back injury takes gloss off Day victory

Jason Day won the battle, but has he lost the war?

Day played some occasionally brilliant golf early to beat Graeme McDowell 3&2 in the opening match of the WGC World Match Play Championship in Texas.

But with the Masters just two weeks away, Day suffered a painful back injury while hitting a driver on the 15th hole.

The Queenslander battled hard for the next 15 minutes and shook hands when McDowell missed a chance to extend the match on the 16th green.

But whether or not the world No.2 plays any further part in this week’s tournament remains unclear.

Day told AAP correspondent Ben Everill he was “really struggling” before he left the course to seek treatment after being in obvious discomfort and battling to even walk properly.

"It's really hard to play with searing pain in both sides of your lower back," Day told AAP.

“Just my back has seized up and I need to get inside right away for treatment and see what's wrong.”

His second match against Thongchai Jaidee isn't scheduled until later tomorrow.

With the Masters just two weeks away the injury couldn't come at a worse time for the 28-year-old, who has battled injury and illness throughout his career.

Day came back from two down after the first four holes to win his match against the former US Open champion from Northern Ireland.

He made birdies on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 12th holes to re-establish a lead, then hung on with pars after that run established a 3-up lead.

Marc Leishman blew a golden chance to take out Ryan Moore when the Victorian couldn’t scramble a par on the closing hole and the American’s four proved enough for a halved match.

Matt Jones led early against Louis Oosthuizen, but the South African made some key birdies on the second nine and eventually held sway 2&1.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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24-Mar-2016
Davidson endures wild ride to win Bowra & O’Dea
Queensland’s Karis Davidson has prevailed to win the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic in a roller coaster afternoon at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Davidson (-12) and Green (-10) held a significant advantage over the rest of the field to start the day giving the final round the air of a matchplay final. Despite both coming in at even par, the leaders shot contrasting rounds — trading big leads only to finish where they started.

With three straight birdies to open her round, Green quickly erased Davidson’s two shot advantage and turned it into a one shot lead.

Green then pushed onwards with a birdie on the seventh while Davidson bogeyed after having troubles in the trees to the left. It would be a five shot turnaround in just seven holes, but Davidson held her nerve to engineer a similar swing back in her favour.

After Davidson birdied the 11th hole to get within a shot of Green, the pair traded pars until the fateful par-5 16th. Sitting in adjacent bunkers, Davidson made a masterful out to get within three feet and set up a certain birdie.

Green was much less fortunate — falling short, chipping on and three putting for a disastrous double bogey. Davidson’s eventual birdie would be the nail in the coffin as she went from one back to two shots up over the closing holes.

On the 18th Davidson held her nerve to make a tricky two putt from behind the green, securing a triumphant third national rankings title.

Davidson was obviously delighted in her victory, bouncing back from her slow start by going 2-under and bogey free on the back nine – all while suffering from a stomach bug.

“Yeah this is really great. I haven’t really been feeling well the last two days but I just stuck in there this afternoon,” said Davidson.

“I feel I played consistent and I finished strongly and it all turned out well.”

Davidson didn’t buy into the matchplay feel of today’s round, helping her stay level headed and consistent as she turned the screws late in the day.

“I didn’t really think about [falling three behind] to be honest,” said Davidson.

“You know anything can happen on the golf course and I just kept saying to myself to keep playing the course and not my opponents.”

Lake Karrinyup’s bunkers wreaked havoc for many in the field, with their hard base making it difficult to get under the ball — yet Davidson felt she excelled when she fell into a trap, and this was embodied by her escape on 16.

“My bunker shots have been pretty good this week considering the bunkers here have been quite hard,” said Davidson.

“I just felt really confident on that shot. I knew that if I got it close it would give me a good chance to get even with Hannah – on that downhill putt I felt really nervous but I got it, and I knew I just had to keep it consistent over the last two holes.”

Finishing 9 shots behind Davidson, and the only other golfer under par, was Lake Karrinyup local Hannah Thompson. A further three shots back in fourth was 2015 champion Elizabeth Elmassian of NSW while Amanda Tan of Singapore was fifth on 7-over par thanks to an impressive 4-under final round.

In the Mid-Amateur, Melissa Luk bounced back from a difficult second round to win by six shots over Peta Roberts, while Lake Karrinyup’s Sharon Dawson added the Senior’s title to her growing list of achievements thanks to her five stroke victory over Shirley Van Der Brugghen.
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23-Mar-2016
Choi extends lead at Rene Erichsen Salver

After 36 holes, Robyn Choi from RACV Royal Pines in Queensland, leads the Rene Erichsen Salver by two strokes, after rounds of 71,72 to be 3-under the card.

Choi who turned 18 last week, fired four birdies again in the second round, on holes two, four, nine and 15, but struggled on the 18th, again making bogey.

Choi said she will have one eye on her opposition in round three, but also try and focus on the play ahead.

Shina Kanazawa (Japan) and Olivia Kline (Vic), the later firing the low round of the day, a four-under 69 and South Australian Elysia Yap (Glenelg) are in a three-way tie for second at one-under.

Yap was surprised with her form, which included four birdies today, three on the back nine.

“It’s the first time I have been under par at a major tournament” Yap said.

Fourteen-year-old South Australian Jin-young Yun is in outright fifth at one-over, after rounds of 75, 72.

Kristalle Blum from The Grange is in a tie for sixth at 2-over after rounds of 76, 72.

“I hit it really well, left a few out there with a couple of three putts for par, but all in all, I was pretty happy with how I played and how I hit it, so can’t be too unhappy with one-under,” Blum said.

24 players progress through to the third round on Wednesday.

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Story courtesy of Golf SA


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22-Mar-2016
Walking wounded lead the way

Karis Davidson and Hannah Green are feeling anything but 100% fit, yet they sit streets ahead of the field after three rounds of the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic at Lake Karrinyup.

Battling a stomach bug, Queensland’s Davidson managed her third straight round of 4-under par to lead by two shots over a jet-lagged Hannah Green.

Lake Karrinyup’s Hannah Thomson is a further eight shots back on 2-under par with the rest of the field over the card -- defending champion Elizabeth Elmassian is+1 in fourth and Victoria’s Zara Woodbridge is +6 and fifth.

The soaring Davidson managed to match her previous two trips around Karrinyup by simply trying to keep the focus on her golf and away from her physical condition.

“I am playing pretty solid, although today I’ve felt really sick,” said Davidson.

“I woke up with a bug so I’ll try and get rid of that before tomorrow. I tried not to think about it today as there’s nothing you can really do – except to make sure I kept drinking water.”

Despite Green saying she noticed Davidson walking slowly all day, is was Davidson who pulled away to lead by two shots after Green double bogeyed the 8th hole.

Green bounced back with birdies on 9 and 10, but Davidson was able to match the West Australian, coming home with birdies on 10, 14, 16 and 17.

“I feel I putted well and hit a few good shots into the greens,” said Davidson.

“I had two birdies in a row and 16 and 17, they were both good approaches and good putts – and I think I did that in the second round as well.”

Davidson is two years the junior to Green, although the pair have gone head to head many times in the past 18 months of amateur golf with both winning numerous National Ranking events in this time. With a Queensland and NSW Amateur crown under her belt, Davidson knows how to get in the right headspace to defend her lead.

“I’m not really thinking about what [Green] is going to do tomorrow,” said Davidson.

“All I’m focusing on is going out and playing against the course because, I know how good Hannah is. I’m sure we’ll have a bit of fun out there and just see what happens.”

Green, who birdied the final hole to get within two shots of Davidson, echoed similar sentiments -- although Green said the importance of her 20 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole wasn't lost on her.

“I knew what the situation was – I just wanted to have as small of a margin as possible to the leader as tomorrow,” said Green, who was facing a similar putt to Davidson who slid short and left of the cup.

“I felt pretty good over the ball. I saw [Karis’ putt] and it broke a lot more than I expected, so I thought that I must be under-reading it and I gave it a bit more.

“It was probably the most solid putt I had all day. If I didn’t see hers I don’t think I would have taken as much so it was helpful.”

While Davidson can only hope to wake up in a better state tomorrow, Green is confident she can get her body-clock back to Perth time by the time she reached the first tee.

“I actually felt worse today than I did yesterday,” said Green.

“I slept for about 10 hours last night, it was so heavy so I think when I woke up this morning I was still in a sleep, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll be set.”

Story courtesy of Golf WA

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22-Mar-2016
Dodd doubles up

Continuing his affinity with the Murgon Golf Club, 2013 champion Rickie Dodd (Windaroo) has doubled his Indigenous Championship tally with a commanding 8-shot victory over Virginian visitor Jaryd Grant. Rickie has now finished 1st, 2nd and 1st in his last three Championships. 

As players found their feet in the first round, Grant led by 1-shot from Craig Dodd (Blackwater), Shane Bird (Wondai), Peter Bligh (Murgon) and Daniel Blades (St George).

After admitting to a disappointing opening round of 73, Rickie made his charge with a tournament low round of 65 (5-under) to establish a 2-shot buffer over brother Craig and 6-shots ahead of Grant.

A stunning opening of birdie, birdie and eagle (on the par-4 3
rd ) by Grant applied pressure to the Dodd, but momentum was lost when a poor approach shot on the 7th resulted in a bogey. Rickie maintained his composure to play the final 9 holes in two-under and claim the 2016 Indigenous Championship.

In the Nett division, Bribie Island member Jacob Anderson’s scores of 68-64-68 were good enough to emerge victorious. 

Both Rickie Dodd and Jacob Anderson have secured a start in the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open Pro-Am to be held during tournament week at Brisbane.

The Senior’s Division saw locals Max Conlon and Warren Collins win the Gross and Nett sections respectively.

The most popular victory was that of the only female participant Chloe Letts (Pacific) who took out the Junior Nett.

Congratulations must go to the volunteers and staff of Murgon Golf Club for their hospitality and efforts in the operation of the 2016 Indigenous Championship.  Thank you must also go to the Murgon and Cherbourg communities for their continued support throughout the event.

For full results please see the
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22-Mar-2016
Choi leads Rene Erichsen by 1

Robyn Choi from RACV Royal Pines in Queensland leads the Rene Erichsen Salver after firing an impressive 2-under round of 71 at Royal Adelaide.

Choi, ranked fourth nationally, started superbly, moving to four-under after six holes, before posting two bogeys on the back nine holes.

“I played well today and started well which was good. I unfortunately made bogey on the last but I’m happy with that score this afternoon’. Choi said.

Choi leads Japanese duo Shina Kanazawa and Riri Sadoyama who each posted rounds of 72 (1-under). Kanazawa made two birdies for the day while Sadoyama posted four.

Elysia Yap from the Glenelg Golf Club is the leading South Australian in a tie for fourth with Hannele Mikkola. Yap is at 1-over after a round of 74.

Ella Adams from The Grange Golf Club is at 2-over in a tie for sixth.

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22-Mar-2016
Exhausted Green tied with Davidson

Hannah Green and Queensland’s Karis Davidson are tied on top of the Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic leaderboard after the opening 36 holes at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

With an 8-under total, Green and Davidson hold a three shot advantage of Lake Karinyup’s Hannah Thomson, with a sizeable gap between the leading trio and the rest of the field — fronted by defending champion Elizabeth Elmassian of NSW on 4-over par.

Green teed off for her marathon 36 hole day just hours after an intercontinental flight from Portugal, playing last week as a part of the victorious Asia-Pacific team at the Patsy Hankins Trophy.

“I was just hoping for under par,” said Green after sleeping for just an hour and a half after her flight landed at 1:30am.

“I did not expect 5-under this morning, but I’ve always liked Karrinyup and I’ve had a pretty good record here. Knowing what I’ve done on the course especially helped me, as it was so hard to focus today, I’m just so tired today and I can’t wait to go home!”

Green credited playing partner Davidson for keeping her focused and on her game, as the pair remained within close distance throughout their opening two rounds.

“Karis played really well today and I think we lifted each other up,” said Green.

“We made a lot of birdies out there and it was really good to have her there going well. It kind of helped me along as I was just trying to keep up and stay focused out there.”

It’s been four years since Davidson last played the Bowra & O’Dea at Lake Karrinyup, but during that time the Gold Coast junior has emerged as one of the brightest talents in Australian golf, qualifying for the 2014 Australian Amateur final at 15 years old — only to fall to the experienced Minjee Lee.

Green held a one shot advantage over Davidson after the opening 18 holes on 5-under par, but Davidson clawed back the advantage with a bogey free second round – shooting three birdies over her final six holes to tie with Green.

Only Lake Karrinyup’s Hannah Thomson seems a reasonable threat to unseat the pair, shooting rounds of 2-under and 3-under on her home course. A former WA state representative, Thomson has shown that she still has the game to compete, firing six birdies in her opening 11 holes of the second round.

While Green is exhausted, Davidson said she has a lot left in the tank after a long day, taking on the rolling hills of Lake Karrinyup with the help of her battery operated power-caddy.

“I couldn’t’ remember much about Lake Karrinyup so it feels like it’s my first time again. I like it, it’s really nice – especially the greens. The course is in great condition,” said Davidson.

Despite going 8-under for the day, Davidson said she couldn’t think of any memorable shots out on course, crediting her putter for getting her to the top of the leaderboard.

“I played pretty well. I was putting quite well today and I didn’t have any three putts which really helped,” said Davidson.

“Tomorrow I’ll just go out and relax and have fun like I have today. I enjoyed it, the course and the company were great and I had a good group.”

The Bowra & O’Dea Women’s Classic also inclused a mid-amateur and seniors divisions.

Reigning Australian and New Zealand Senior Amateur champion Sharon Dawson holds a 1 stroke advantage in the seniors division over Shirley Van Der Brugghen, after Dawson fired a solid opening round of 2-over par.

Gosnells’ Melissa Luk leads the mid-amateur by two shots, sitting on 3-over par from her opening round. Lake Karrinyup’s Peta Roberts is second on 5-over.

Story courtesy of Tom  Fee, Golf WA

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21-Mar-2016
Hart close second at QLD PGA

German David Klein has secured his maiden victory on the PGA Tour of Australasia winning the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship in a thrilling one-hole playoff at City Golf Club in Toowoomba.

David KleinFlying under the radar for much of the week, Klein started the final round 10-under the card and trailing overnight leader Kristopher Mueck by three shots.

Klein opened his final round campaign quickly firing back-to-back birdies to make his ascension up the leaderboard, his only blemish came on the par-4 9th hole.

Tied for the lead with Queenslander Tim Hart by the end of regulation play, it was back to the 18th for the pair to determine a winner. Hart's tee shot went wayward ending in the trees requiring him to chip out to then get up and down for par.

Klein, who struck a beautiful tee shot, landed his ball on the left hand side of the 18th fairway with a perfect line to the pin setting him up to make a winning birdie. 

With this win, Klein receives $18,750 and Official World Golf Ranking Points, plus full exemption on to the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further two years.

Rounding out the top-10 on 14-under the card were Christopher Wood (QLD), Darren Beck (nsw) and Kristopher Mueck (VIC). A further shot back on 13-under the card were Michael Sim (WA) and Steven Jeffress (WA), followed by Daniel Pearce (NZ), Taylor Cooper (QLD), Tom Power Horan (VIC), Daniel Valente (VIC) and Cory Crawford (QLD) who ended their week on 12-under the card.

Queensland amateur Anthony Quayle won the low amateur plate after firing a final round of 7-over 77 to end his week on 1-over the card.

From Toowoomba the PGA Tour of Australasia will take a month break before heading to Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in Papua New Guinea for the South Pacific Export Radler PNG Open from the 21-24 March.

For all final scores from the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship please visit pga.org.au.

For the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit please visit pga.org.au.

For the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule please visit pga.org.au.

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21-Mar-2016
Day magic keeps Aussies on a roll

It's official, Australia is now dominating the US PGA Tour.

Jason Day won his eighth career title on the world’s biggest tour this morning, pulling off a stupendous sand save for par and a one-stroke victory over American Kevin Chappell.

Day had been far from his electrifying best throughout a rollercoaster final round, but a sensational birdie on the 17
th and clutch hands up the last proved enough at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida.

Remarkably, it was Day’s fifth wins in his past 12 starts on US PGA Tour, dating back to the Canadian Open in July last year.

The victory also took him back within 0.3 points of Jordan Spieth in the race for No.1 world ranking.

It was also the third Aussie victory in four weeks after fellow Queenslander Adam Scott peeled off the Honda Classic and WGC Cadillac Championship.

Scott again finished well, a closing 69 marred only by a double-bogey on the last hole as he finished T12 at nine under, while Marc Leishman also had a 69 to finish T17 at eight under.

But the round belonged to Day, whose front nine included three uncharacteristic bogeys, but whose back nine was enough for a closing 70 to finish at 17 under.

Day, who received a text message from good mate Tiger Woods before his round, said it had been very pleasing to win while not playing his best golf.

“I just ground it out today and it wasn’t the best day I’ve had, but to be able to get it done when I wasn’t quite on (was great),” he said.

Day began with a chip-in birdie on the second and looked on as his lead blew out to three. But errant long approach shots on the second and fourth were compounded by a pulled second into the water on the par-five sixth hole and he looked in trouble.

Chappell, Henrik Stenson and playing partner Troy Merritt all held or shared the lead during a tumultuous back nine, but all fell away in the closing minutes.

Chappell, still seeking his first PGA Tour victory, stood on the last tee with a one-stroke lead over Day, but carved his drive right and was forced to lay up on the tough par four.

The American, who heard Day’s birdie roar on the 17
th behind him, couldn’t catch up and his eventual bogey cost him the lead.

Stenson drowned his approach to the 16
th, then Merritt, who’d twice chipped in for birdies on the back nine, followed suit on the last to make it a two-horse race.

Day then blocked his drive right, but had a good enough lie to take on the water in front of the green and blasted his approach into the back bunker.

From 30m, the ice-cool Queenslander knocked his third from the sand to just over 1m and calmly rolled in the par putt to trigger celebrations with caddie Col Swatton, wife Ellie and children Dash and Lucy on the 18
th green.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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18-Mar-2016
Queenslanders collide in America

Three ex-Queensland juniors pursuing golf scholarships in America are set to collide at the Briar’s Creek Invitational next week. The tournament will see Nadine White, Lauren Mason, and Kate Law cross paths in South Carolina.

 

Mason is a junior currently representing Texas Tech which is ranked 26th in college rankings. White has been playing for Campbell University for three years, also a junior. Law is new to the field as an incoming freshman in fall 2015 representing East Carolina University.

 

This is the second year that Mason and White are teeing up with T14 and T58 finishes last year respectively. Texas Tech earned third place with Campbell fourth, separated by thirteen shots. Former Queensland teammate Emily McLennan is a member of Chattanooga women’s team earning a T45 finish last year however not playing in this year’s competition.

 

All four girls pursed the American golf college life after achieving outstanding amateur success as a junior. Each were a member of the Queensland state team’s leading their teams to victory. Emily was a part of the 2009 and 2011 series which also boasted Lauren in 2011 and 2012 as the winning teams. White joined the winning team in 2012 followed by Kate Law in 2013 and 2014 taking her place, going on to boast consecutive wins. Of the past 10 years of the interstate series, the girls have been a part of six wins for the state.

Opting for college in 2013, Nadine is a junior on the Campbell women’s golf team with constant high results to show. She has earned the Big South Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week honour twice this season alone, most recently earlier this month (March).

 

At 21 years of age, Lauren and her team have achieved great success qualifying for nationals. Her best finish was T5 at the web.com intercollegiate also achieving personal best score of 68.

 

Young gun Kate Law recently joined the ECU Pirate’s golf team with a bang after claiming the 2015 Bargara Classic weeks before leaving for the states.

 

Emily is currently the highest ranked Amateur in the WGR rankings on 132, followed by Nadine 176, Lauren 342 and Kate 688.

Scores will be available here:
http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=participants&tid=8918

Photo credit of Nadine White: Golf Stats



Lauren and Nadine at the Interstate series 

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18-Mar-2016
Rookies lead QLD PGA

Macdonald, a former low amateur at City Golf Club, fired a flawless round of 8-under 64. Opening with a birdie on the par-5 10th Macdonald fired eight birdies, six of them on the back-9, and launched himself up the leaderboard.

"It was a good day to play golf. I'm in pretty good form at the moment with my driver so that came out of the bag a lot and where I'm hitting it is perfect position to score. If I'm pitching well, like it did today, I can capitalise on a few birdies out there," said MacDonald.

"A few years ago I played this event as an amateur and won the award for lowest amateur and I like the place, I think it suits me."

"There are another three rounds to go and if I keep playing the way I am I'll be happy."

Power Horan matched Macdonald's opening birdie until an unfortunate bogey on the par-3 4th caused a slight set back. Bouncing back with two eagles on the back-9, including one on the 17th, Power Horan saw himself join Macdonald at the top on the leaderboard after flying home.

"It was a good day, I played pretty well and I managed to have a good score," said Power Horan. 

"I got off to an ok start, I birdied the first but then I bogeyed the fourth and then played pretty well with two eagles on the back nine which was nice. It's nice when you play well, I found it really good."

"It's good being at the top rather than the bottom for sure, but a long way to go, obviously three more rounds. This sort of course you can play well and make the most of it, but if you hit a few poor tee shots it can really go the other way."

Both in their rookie seasons on the PGA Tour of Australasia they hold a one shot advantage over morning leader, Kris Mueck, and Adam Stephens signing for 7-under 63.

Rounding out the top-10 on 5-under the card are Lindsay Wilson, Aaron Townsend, Mitchell A. Brown and Tom Bond, while Darren Beck, Peter Cooke, David Klein, Jake Higginbottom and Lucas Herbert are a further shot back on 4-under the card.

Round two of the Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship will get underway tomorrow at 6:45am

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15-Mar-2016
Hodgkins' heroics overcomes huge Cup deficit

The power of “nice” – and the impact of a champion’s voice – is far stronger than you’d imagine.

Just ask Kirsty Hodgkins, the young Queenslander who added the Women’s Riversdale Cup to her growing list of tournament victories on Sunday.

Hodgkins, who celebrated her 18th birthday last week with a remarkable come-from-behind victory charge, paid tribute to a brief meeting with former LPGA Tour star Lindsey Wright for her growing belief and success.

“Dad took me to the Women’s Australian Open (at Kingston Heath) one year and I had the chance to watch and then meet and talk with Lindsey … she was just so nice and was such a good player, it was such a great moment for me (in hindsight),” Hodgkins said.

“I got to watch her and (English star) Melissa Reid, but to talk to Lindsey just made me really want to focus on my golf. I’ll never forget that.”

The Albury-based Wright, effectively retired from the tour now but also a great fighter, would have been exceptionally proud on Sunday as Hodgkins ran down a seemingly unassailable target to win by a stroke.

The Queensland state team representative began the final day seven shots behind runaway leader Yumi Kodo, never really giving herself a chance at victory that she ultimately achieved with a sparkling five-under-par 68 en route to a nine under total.

But a withering mid-round run gave Hodgkins that sniff of an upset – and the pressure ultimately became too much for the Japanese to bear.

“I made four birdies in a row from the fourth hole and then made another couple around the turn at the ninth and 10th to, I suppose, turn the pressure up a little bit,” she said.

“But I think the keys were actually a couple of good par saves on 12 and 13 when I was in a bit of trouble, then she made bogey on 14 and suddenly we were all square.

“I hit my downhill first putt 12 feet (4m) past on the 15th, but made the one back to keep me square, then she went over the back on 16 and took a double that gave me the edge.

“But then I had a split-second loss of concentration and three-putted myself there for a bogey and the lead was one.

“I thought to myself, `Just don’t do anything stupid – make pars and play to the middle of the greens and put the pressure on her to come up with a birdie’.

“I hit a 7-wood (for safety) off the 18th tee, then hit a 50-degree wedge a bit right of where I was aiming but safely on the green, then just put it down to tap-in distance and she couldn’t make a birdie and that was it.

“I couldn’t believe it, really. I’m still trying to figure it out.

“That just doesn’t happen – to be in the final group on the final day and come from seven back … it just shows you that anything can happen in golf and you should never give up.”

Hodgkins, whose family moved from Victoria to Queensland three years ago, has set up a happy base at Redcliffe Golf Club, but is coached by Chris Gibson at Victoria Park in inner northern Brisbane.

And the teen, who’s off to the University of Colorado on a golfing scholarship in July, said she’d made steady progress under Gibson.

“He’s been really good for me, not only on the golf side, but also the mental side of the game, too,” Hodgkins said.

“It’s a big difference from last year … (when) I just made the (Riversdale) cut but went on and finished last.

“I’ve been playing really well for the last couple of months and I think it just came together at Riversdale.”

That, however, might be selling herself a little short.

Hodgkins also played stellar golf on a Tasmanian tournament trip in late January, not only winning the state’s Junior Masters, but also the open-age Tamar Valley Cup.

“It’s nice to play some consistent golf,” she said with one eye already on her impending collegiate career.

“I just really want to give it a good crack now and see how I measure up against the other girls over there before hopefully turning pro … one day.

“I’d love to represent Queensland and Australia if given the chance, but that’s out of my hands for now.”

You can’t help but think how proud Wright would be to hear those words.

Story: Mark Hayes

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14-Mar-2016
Smith finding his feet

PGA TOUR rookie Cameron Smith seems to be finding his feet in the US, the 22-year-old the lone Australian to make the cut at one of the circuit's most difficult tournaments this week.

Smith opened with an impressive round of 1-under 70 at the Valspar Championship's tough Copperhead course to be inside the top-10 and, despite not maintaining that momentum all week, it was further proof the Queenslander has the game to compete at the highest level.

Since playing his way onto the TOUR with some exceptional performances last year, Smith has struggled to find consistency with his best finish to date a T11 at the Pebble Beach event last month.

That performance signalled somewhat of a turnaround for the former Australian Amateur champion after four missed cuts in his previous seven starts, this week's T42 another move in the right direction.

The encouraging signs come at just the right time for Smith who will tee up in his first US Masters in less than a month.

Fellow Queenslander John Senden continued his on again-off again relationship with the Innisbrook course, the 2014 champion missing the cut by a single stroke.

Senden made a brave run at playing the weekend after a disastrous start to his second round, a double bogey at the 11th, his second hole of the day, and four other dropped shots on his first nine looking to have ended his week.

But the two time PGA TOUR winner showed resolve to fight back, an eagle at the course's first hole and two more birdies on the second nine offset by a single bogey, his eventual 4-over total one too many.

For Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Steven Bowditch it will be harder to find the positives, all struggling from the outset and missing the cut by multiple shots.

Appleby will be hoping this result is just a blip after showing glimpses of form in recent weeks, the Victorian still having 12 events remaining on a medical extension as he battles to get back his card following back surgery early last year.

Story courtesy of PGA Australia

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14-Mar-2016
Hodgkins triumphs at Riversdale Cup

Golf QLD state member Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe) has added the 2016 Riversdale Cup to her list of interstate wins after an impressive four-day display at Riversdale Golf Club in Victoria.

 

Hodgkins posted four superb rounds of 74-71-70-68 to finish 9-under par 292 to claim a one shot victory over Japan’s Yumi Kudo.

 

Seven shots off the pace going into the final day, Hodgkin’s brilliant display of consistency and drive saw her catapult to the top of the leader board with a final five-under round, while Kudo struggled to hold her 54-hole lead finishing 3-over.

 

Hodgkins posted an unbelievable nineteen birdies during the tournament rounded out with nine bogies adding Riversdale Cup as her second interstate win after the Tasmanian Junior Masters last month.

 

Munchin Ken (New Zealand) was the only other women finishing under-par in the 22 player field with fellow Queenslander and recently named 2015 Junior Female Golfer of the Year Karis Davidson posting fourth position.

 

Golf NSW’s Harrison Endycott took out the Men’s tournament with rounds of 71-67-67-69 to finish with a one shot victory over Henry Spring.

QAS member Steven Cox was off to a firing start leading after round one with an excellent 5-under round, and two shots of the pace heading into round three.

 

Douglas Klein scored an ace on par-3 14th hole during opening day also finishing highest ranked Queenslander at seven-under.

 

QLD Women’s scores: Kirsty Hodgkins 283 (-9), Karis Davidson 294 (+2), Robyn Choi 296 (+4), Gennai Goodwin 302 (+11), Ji Won Keon 303 (+12), Alice Kweon 308 (+16) and Stacey White 314 (+22).

 

QLD Men’s scores: Douglas Klein 281 (-7), Chris Park 287 (-1), Tony Lee 289 (+1), Charlie Dann 289 (+1), Mitchell Smith 289 (+1), Charles Pilon 291 (+3), Steven Cox 293 (+5) and Blake Proverbs 295 (+7).

 

2016 Riversdale Cup Champions Harrison Endycott and Kirsty Hodgkins
Photo credit: Anthony Powter

Full scores available here

Watch the interview with Women’s Champion Kirsty Hodgkins and other Queenslanders below.


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14-Mar-2016
2016 Golf Australia National Squad: Get to know our Queenslanders

Meet the two Queensland Juniors part of the Golf Australia National Squad Rebecca Kay and Louis Dobbelaar.

 
Name: Becky Kay

DOB: 25/01/1999

Club: Coolangatta-Tweed Heads GC

Twitter: @beckyykay

Most memorable golfing moment: Chipping in at the 18th at the Australian Ladies Masters to finish 6th and low amateur.

Coach's name: David Nable

Career low round and where: 68 @ 13th Beach GC

Favourite sporting team: Newcastle United, Richmond

Favourite player: Rory Mcilroy

Past results:
2015 Australian Ladies Masters – 6th
2015 Port Phillip Open winner
2015 Quarters Vic Am
2015 T20 IMG World Junior
2015 2nd APGC teams event - Taiwan
2015 3rd APGC individual - Taiwan

Name: Louis Dobbelaar

DOB: 31 August 2001

Home Club:  Brookwater Golf and Country Club

Coach: Grant Field

Twitter: @louisdobbelaar

Most Memerable moment: Winning the QLD Junior from 7 shots behind after 36 holes.

Favorite Player: Rickie Fowler

Favorite Sport: Soccer

Past Result Highlights
2015 Queensland Boys Amateur (1st)
2015 Aaron Baddeley Australian Junior, 15 and under (1st, 3rd overall u18)
2015 Srixon International Sub Junior Classic (1st)
2015 Victorian Junior Masters, U14 (1st)
2014 Queensland Boys Amateur, 14 and under (1st, 11th overall)


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14-Mar-2016
Australian captain IBF talks Olympics

Listen to Ian chat on SEN

Australian captain Ian Baker-Finch is extremely buoyant about the new Olympic golf course – and has hinted Adam Scott is keener than many think.


After a handful of aspiring Brazilians took to the newly laid course in beachside suburban Rio for its first full test this week, Baker-Finch said it had “come up nicely”.

And in encouraging news for Aussie fans, he said every time he spoke to the leading contenders to play for Australia as golf returns to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years, they were as eager as possible.

That included Adam Scott, who’s coming off back-to-back US PGA Tour victories, including the WGC Cadillac Championship in Miami last weekend.


The Queenslander, now ranked sixth in the world, will be an automatic selection if he remains in the top 15, but has maintained for the past two years that he will only play if his calendar and season goals and requirements align.

But Baker-Finch said both Scott and world No.3 Jason Day have the national spirit and are looking forward to August.

“Every time I see Jason Day, he says, `Finchy, I’m pumped, I’m pumped, I can’t wait’,” the 1991 Open champion told Melbourne’s SEN radio.


“I know there’s been a lot of talk about Adam, the way he started off this year, but he says, `Finchy, I play in the green and gold every week, you know that’ … and he’ll be playing his butt of when the time comes.”

Baker-Finch, who also said Minjee Lee and Karrie Webb – the likely women’s team – were “champing at the bit” for their Olympic  chance, said he’d only heard good reviews from the course’s first test event, attended by Australian Olympic Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller, who had downplayed earlier concerns over its condition.


“It was more about 18 months ago when they were unsure how it was going to grow in and finish up, but it’s all come up really nicely,” Baker-Finch said.

“But now … the course looks good, I’ve seen lots of photos and videos – the clubhouse is done (and) practice facilities look good.


“The course has grown in well. The last six months, that was their main concern – and it certainly looks pretty nice, right now.”

Baker-Finch said architect Gil Hanse had tried to incorporate some Alister MacKenzie-style bunkering into the new course which adds a “little Royal Melbourne” feel.


“The course will stand up. It’ll be new and the greens won’t be as good as we’re used to on the Sandbelt because of its age, but the course itself will be really good.


“It has a little links style, an open look to the course, some wetlands and lovely looking bunkering.”


Baker-Finch, who’s based in Florida for his TV commitments with CBS, said he’d make an interim visit to Rio, then arrive in Brazil on August 1 with the Games golf to start in the second week of competition.

He said fellow Queenslander Scott’s spectacular form was great reward after a couple of years of great change, including going back to the short putter after golf’s rules outlawed anchoring.

“He got married, had a baby, then he had this talk for a whole year about the long putter and Olympics – a whole mantra the whole year,” Baker-Finch said of Scott.

“So he bit the bullet, went to the short putter around (US) PGA last year, told us he felt comfortable with it here in Australia in November, and now he’s had to go to it and had a year to get over it, he’s starting to feel more comfortable, has a direction and it’s showing.


“He could easily have won three in a row – he nearly won at Riviera.

“He said he felt good with what he was doing and now the necessity of having to do it, it just got his mind around it at the end of last year and he’s jumped well (this year).

“He had to practise a lot with it, (but) you just have to knuckle down, practise and get comfortable.


“It’s all about trust. When you start trusting that change in your swing, you build on it and you have a couple of results and boy, he’s really turned the corner.”

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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14-Mar-2016
Hend win gives Aussies a record

Ausralian golfers have set a new record for wins on the European Tour just a few months into the season, after Scott Hend held sway at the True Thailand Classic at Black Mountain Golf Club.

The 43-year-old Hend, who won by a shot in the joint European-Asian Tour event, is the fifth different Australian to win on the European Tour in 2015-16, the most ever.

The run began with Marc Leishman's triumph in South Africa last December, followed by Nathan Holman's win in the co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast. In the past three weeks Adam Scott (WGC), Marcus Fraser (Maybank Championship) and Hend have all secured wins.

For Hend, an Asian specialist with eight wins on that continent, the victory is a huge bonus, giving him two-years worth of playing time on the European Tour. He has previously focussed on Asia, most recently winning the 2015 Macau Open. His world ranking -- 122nd before this week -- also is soaring.

Hend began the final day with the lead but was overtaken at one point by an astonishing 63 from Thailand's Piya Swangarunporn.

 
But the big-hitting Queenslander rallied from a shot back, rejoining the lead when he rolled in a long birdie putt from the fringe at the par-four 14th hole. At the short par-four 17th, he bombed his drive on to the green and two-putted from long range for the birdie that gave him the outright lead again, with the par-five 18th to play.

A par was all he needed, and he was secure once he hit a brilliant three wood second shot on to the green, taking three putts from 15-metres to get down for a 68. "There wasn't too much pressure there,'' he said. "You just have to three-putt it for a win, anyway you can.''

At 18-under overall, he beat Swangarunporn by the slimmest of margins, going one better than his second-place finish in the same event last year.  Ironically Hend was poor at the WGC event in Florida last week, finishing 63rd in the 66-player field with an 80 and a 79 on the weekend.

"
I just stayed patient,'' he said. "Last week I didn't really have much patience in Miami and this week I hung in there, and if I made a mistake, I didn't get upset about it. I just rolled with the punches.''

Hend's win followed the triumph of Melbourne's Matthew Griffin at the ISPS Handa BMW New Zealand Open at The Hills today, a rare double victory for Aussies.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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07-Mar-2016
Scott's magical run continues

Adam Scott’s magical early-season form continued today with a spectacular victory in the World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship in Miami.

Scott banked his second successive PGA Tour win after last week’s Honda Classic triumph, holding off Bubba Watson to win by a shot at Trump National Doral with a memorable up-and-down for par on the closing hole.

Scott’s win will likely move him to No.6 in the world again and leapfrog the Queenslander to the head of the FedEx Cup standings.

But it wasn’t smooth sailing – right until the bitter end.

Scott blocked his drive into the first cut of rough up the savage closing hole where he was partially blocked by surrounding palm trees, then held his breath as his approach flirted with water left as the slice he played for didn’t eventuate.

The ball had plenty of momentum when it careered long and left, but held up in the thick rough of the hazard, leaving him 12m from the hole.

Coolly, though, Scott flopped his lob wedge approach to 2m and nailed a knee-knocking putt to great joy and relief.

Earlier, Scott opened brightly with a birdie, but twin double-bogeys on the third and fifth holes dropped him as far as six shots behind overnight leader Rory McIlroy.

But Scott remarkably maintained his composure with six birdies from that point to steamroll the field with a final-round 69 to finish at 12 under.

McIlroy couldn’t find a birdie in the final round until an up-and-down from the greenside bunker on the short par-four 16
th.


Watson became a three-time runner-up at Doral despite a great closing 68 and holding the lead outright early on the back nine before Scott made his winning run.

The 2013 Masters champion was simply superb with his mid-irons.

He made spectacular approach shots to several tough par-fours on the back nine, including to tap-in range on the 11
th and 14th where several other contenders dropped the ball.

The 2013 Masters champion almost fell out of the top 20 a month ago, but a runner-up finish at Riviera and two consecutive victories have him back in discussions about top major contenders.

He is the first person since Tiger Woods to win back-to-back- tournaments on the PGA Tour’s “Florida Swing” in 2001.

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04-Mar-2016
Paul Pisasale awarded ambassador for QLD Open

Golf Queensland has announced the City of Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale as an official Queensland Open ambassador.

Golf Queensland chair Peter Castrisos said it was necessary to acknowledge Paul as one of the Queensland Open ambassadors.

"On behalf of the Board I would like to recognise the Mayor for his support of the Queensland Open," Mr Castrisos said.

"This recognition is a small way to show our thanks for your role in bringing the Queensland Open back to the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2013 and for continuing your support of this great Championship since it was held at Ipswich Golf Club.

"Paul, thank you and please accept our recognition by making you one of the first official Queensland Open ambassadors." 

The 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open will be played from 20 - 23 October at The Brisbane Golf Club.

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Peter Castrisos presenting Paul Pisasale with his award



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04-Mar-2016
Dates announced for 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open
The Isuzu Queensland Open will be played from 20 - 23 October this year allowing for a greater alignment with the traditional golf tournament season.
 
Golf Queensland chair Peter Castrisos said the dates will position the Championship early in the lead-up to the Australian summer of golf.
 
"We are excited about the opportunities the later date will provide through player availability and increased daylight resulting in a larger field," Mr Castrisos said.
 
"Spring is the optimal season for golf and I am sure The Brisbane Golf Club will be presented in first class condition."
 
The Isuzu Queensland Open's shift into the back end of the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule adds to a tantalising summer of golf in Australia.
 
"2016 is going to be one of the biggest summer of golf seasons we have had in recent times, with the World Cup of Golf bringing the world's attention to Australia," said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the PGA Tour of Australasia.
 
"Based around this the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule is starting to take shape and the confirmation of the Isuzu Queensland Open further strengthens what will be an exciting season."
 
"While the world's best will be on show at the World Cup, tournaments like the Isuzu Queensland Open are integral to the rising stars of Aussie golf as they provide an opportunity for players to gain competitive experience and hone their skills."
 
This year the Championship moves back to The Brisbane Golf Club after last being played at the venue in 1991 when Stuart Appleby won as an amateur.
 
Golf Queensland is also looking to expand the reach of the event in 2016 with the introduction of a number of regional amateur qualifying events. Further information on these initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
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01-Mar-2016
Ladies Masters: Amateur wrap

Karis Davidson was Queensland’s highest ranked Amateur finishing T18 (E) for the tournament with rounds of 75-72-74-71 (292). Davidson received an invitation from her win at The Invincible’s Ian Baker-Finch Classic last year. Highlights include an eagle on 18 during her third round.

Defending Amateur Champion Rebecca Kay opened the tournament with her best round of two-under (71), keen to defend her amateur title. Despite following with rounds of 75-77-73 to finish four-over, Kay remained positive quoting “I try to focus on me. I mean the girl (Nicole Broch Larsen) I was playing with during my first rounds was leading but I wasn’t trying to catch up to her or anything, just play my own golf, hit my spots and hopefully sink some putts.”

2015 Greg Norman Junior Masters champion had a lot to show when she stepped up to the Ladies Masters for the first time, proving not to disappoint with an opening one-under round of 71. A following two-under score saw Choi climb the leader board and one shot back from then leading amateur Hye Jin Choi. Choi seemed to struggle on the weekend with a bogey-birdie-bogey consistency resulting in final scores of 79-76 (+6) and T35 to close the tournament.

Kirsty Hodgkins was excited to start her first Ladies Masters venture after qualifying during the RACV Junior Masters held on the Monday. Despite struggling in her opening round to shoot 77, Hodgkins fired back with a two-under score to make the weekend cut. Kirsty finished T67 with scores of 77-71-80-77.

Invitational guest Gennai Goodwin struggled under the new Royal Pines conditions with rounds of 81-83 missing the cut.

Other Queensland scores include: Katherine Kirk -1 (17), Sarah-Jane Smith +2 (25), Ellen Davies-Graham +6 (T35), Anna Stanton +12 (T64) and Bree Arthur + 18 (75).

Congratulations Jiyai Shin who was crowned the 2016 Ladies Masters Champion with Hye Jin Choi Leading Amateur.


   
 Karis Davidson  Rebecca Kay
 
 
 Robyn Choi Kirsty Hodgkins


Gennai Goodwin
 
 


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29-Feb-2016
Emirates Australian Open Dates Set

The 2016 Emirates Australian Open will be played from November 17-20.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt confirmed the dates today, saying the 101st staging of the national championship would be hosted by the iconic Royal Sydney Golf Club for the 15th time.

“Along with our staging partner Lagardere Sports, we have built in recent years a tradition of attracting strong international fields at the Emirates Australian Open and we are certainly in a position to continue that come November,” Pitt said.

“In the last few years we’ve had many of the world’s greatest players playing our championship including Adam (Scott) and Jason (Day), along with international superstars such as Tiger (Woods), Rory (McIlroy), Jordan (Spieth) and Bubba (Watson).

“The 2016 schedule is going to be a fascinating one, with opportunities to have a large number of the superstars of golf coming down under. 

“With a new World Cup format this year, it will be a unique process for all the tournaments in terms of signing players and setting up their fields.

“Ultimately it’s a great opportunity to have a series of really successful tournaments in the November and December period that then have a positive impact on the profile and vibrancy of Australian golf."

Sydneysider Matt Jones fended off the hard-charging Spieth at The Australian in November as the world No.1 sought a second consecutive Stonehaven Cup in a field featuring 12 past champions and four major championship winners playing before record crowds.
 

“In showcasing world-class fields, the Emirates Australian Open’s global reputation continues to grow and we’re hopeful this trend will continue in November,” Pitt said.

Echoing Pitt’s sentiments, Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia which oversees the PGA Tour of Australasia, looks forward to witnessing another successful national championship.

“The Emirates Australian Open is a pinnacle tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia which all Australian tour professionals and many of the world’s best dream of winning,” Thorburn said.

“The quality of the fields assembled to contest the Emirates Australian Open is a testament to the lure of the Stonehaven Cup as well as the quality of the golf courses which host our national Open.”

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29-Feb-2016
Scott wins gunfight with Sergio

Australia's Adam Scott has secured a groundbreaking win, the first since his return to a regulation-length putter, in a thrilling Florida gunfight with Sergio Garcia.

Scott won the Honda Classic at the penal, watery PGA National course after going into the final round tied for the lead with Spain's Garcia.

It is his first victory since mid-2014, when he was the No.1 player in the world, and he has been in a period of transition with the ban on anchoring as well as the birth of his first child.

Most importantly it shows the world that he can still win without the long putter, a fact that was obvious but still a point of debate since the anchoring ban came into effect at the end of last year. He was No. 3 in the world before he ever picked up a long putter, but today is some kind of vindication.

A month out from the Masters, it is a perfect tonic for 35-year-old Scott, who won the fabled tournament in 2013 to become Augusta's first Australian champion.

Scott's win was all the more remarkable for the fact he made a quadruple bogey seven on the par-three 15th on Saturday when he first took control of the tournament. Only three players in three decades won a PGA Tour event after taking a quadruple at any stage.

The Queenslander was solid down the stretch today. Starting out in a shootout with Garcia, he birdied the first and fifth to take control. Through eight holes, he led by two shots, but then missed fairways at the ninth and 10th saw him give back shots and hand Garcia a share of the lead.

A bogey by Garcia at the 11th saw Scott back in the lead and he would not surrender it, although he had to make his way through the infamous Bear Trap, the stretch of three holes from the 15th to 17th so-called because Jack Nicklaus was the designer.

At the par-four 12th, Scott hit one of the shots of his career, and it was a game-changer. From 140 metres out and in a fairway trap, the Australian carved his iron shot over trees and up to within kick-in distance for birdie. He moved back to a two-shot lead there, before the Spaniard's great birdie at the 14th brought it back to one and the Bear Trap loomed.

At the 15th, Scott three-putted for bogey, but Garcia also dropped a shot, tugging his tee shot left of the green. Then Garcia blinked; at the 17th he missed the green left again and took bogey. By the time they reached the 18th tee, Scott was two shots ahead.

Scott made a safe par at the par-five 18th, finishing with a tap-in for the victory and a closing even-par 70, one better than Garcia's 71. It was his 12th official victory on the PGA Tour and he has moved to third on the Fedex Cup rankings after finishing tied-second last week at the Northern Trust Open.

The former world No. 1 said his game was improving after a disappointing 2015 season. "My game's come into a really good spot at the end of last year and now starting out this year,'' he said. "We've been working hard because it was a little bit loose, it was slipping last year, the consistency wasn't there. I've made some nice progress especially obviously, noticeably on the greens, and it paid off this week.''

Garcia was philosophical. "He played better than me, at the end of the day,'' said the Spaniard. "It's as simple as that.''

Another Australian, John Senden, finished tied-10th as the players prepare to move on to the lucrative World Golf Championship Cadillac Championship next week.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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28-Feb-2016
Jiyai Shin reigns supreme at RACV Ladies Masters

Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a superb final round 4 under par 69 to win the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines Resort today, defeating England’s Holly Clyburn by three shots.

Shin had held the overnight lead by two shots from Clyburn and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth, and the talented European pair piled on the early pressure.

The 28year old Swede made early birdies at the 1st and 3rd holes to join Shin in the lead at 10 under par while Clyburn herself made birdies at 3rd and 6th holes to make it a three way tie at the top, before Shin broke out of the tie with a birdie herself at the 6
th to edge clear again. Two more birdies at the 8th and 10th holes saw the affable Korean take a 2 shot lead, however just when Shin seemed completely in charge she would falter with bogeys at the 11th and 13th, where she drove into the water to fall back into a tie for the lead with Lennarth, who had earlier birdied the 8th hole to get to 11 under par.

Shin would bounce back with a birdie at 15 and  the 16 came the killer blow when she holed from 3 metres  and a comfortable three shot lead with just two holes to play after Lennarth had  bogeyed the 4
th hole. 

The margin would prove too great for the chasing pack to overcome, and Shin would cruise to a three shot victory with a birdie at the last for a 4 under par round of 69.

The 27year old former winner of the 2013 Women’s Australian Open was obviously delighted to win in Australia for the second time. “I really wanted to win this tournament because previously I came second. I really want my photo up with the past champions. I got a lot of motivation from each. I feel really good. I want to stay here. I love coming to Australia, it really feels like home, I would love to stay here! I love the pies and some beer but please keep this a secret from my trainer! It is great to win, that means I get to come back next year”

Shin said that she had really enjoyed the newly re-designed RACV Royal Pines layout. “When I first played the course earlier in the week it gave me a really good feel. I love playing links style golf and in the wind and this course gave me a similar feel so I came into the tournament really confident.  You really have to concentrate around the greens, it really has changed a lot”

Holly Clyburn birdied the last to finish alone in second place at 11 under par, while Camilla Lennarth and Nicole Broch Larsen finished in a tie for 3
rd place at 10 under par.

16 year old Korean Hye Jin Choi finished as the leading amateur at 8 under par in a tie for 5
th place, while 2009 RACV Ladies Masters Champion Katherine Kirk finished as the leading Australian at 1 under par in 17th place.

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27-Feb-2016
King Louis reigns in Perth

Louis Oosthuizen eased to victory at the ISPS HANDA Perth International to claim an eighth European Tour title at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

The World Number 21 came into the final day with a three-shot lead and, while he was briefly caught on the front nine, the South African cruised to a closing 71 to finish on 16 under, one shot ahead of Frenchman Alexander Levy.

Local favourite Jason Scrivener had been the man to rein in Oosthuizen earlier and he signed for a 69 to finish third, with Grégory Bourdy and Peter Uihlein a further shot back on 13 under.

The win sees the 2010 Open Championship winner move ahead of countryman Branden Grace and back into fourth place for South African wins on the European Tour, and makes it six wins in 11 events for the Rainbow Nation this season.

"I missed the greens on the second and third and was a little rattled after that but I settled in nicely and went back to just hitting greens and giving myself opportunities," he said.

"I had a good stretch seven through to 12 and settled myself there and left myself with a vicious first putt on the last but luckily I had three.

"I love Perth and the golf course. It's somewhere I would love to come back to. It's a great course to play.

"I'm flying tonight and playing Doral next week so hopefully I can take a lot out of this and play well."

Oosthuizen saw his three-shot overnight lead quickly cut to one thanks to a bogey on the second as Scrivener and American Uihlein made early gains, with France's Romain Wattel holing a brilliant putt for eagle on the third.

Scrivener briefly had a share of the lead as he got up-and-down from a bunker on the seventh but Oosthuizen repeated the trick from the same hazard just minutes later to get his nose back in front.

That birdie seemed to spur the 33 year old on and he put his tee-shot on the par three next to seven feet and rolled in the putt to get to 16 under.

That was enough for a three-shot lead when Scrivener left his par putt on the ninth short but Uihlein, after brushing the hole on numerous occasions, got one to drop for a birdie and the gap was two atthe turn.

Scrivener, Uihlein and Wattel all saw their challenges fade down the back nine and when Oosthuizen put his tee shot to ten feet on the 12th, the lead was four shots.

Levy hit a brilliant second into the 18th to set up a birdie and sign for a 66, meaning Oosthuizen had a two-shot lead to protect up the stretch, which he did with a single bogey on the last.

Levy's closing round contained eight birdies but was damaged by a double-bogey on the sixth, while an impressive birdie-birdie finish helped Scrivener to third.

Frenchman Bourdy was right on the cut-line at the halfway stage but went 65-66 over the weekend, a contrast to Uihlein who cut a frustrated figure making a second consecutive 71.

Wattel finished at 12 under, a shot clear of Perth native Brett Rumford, with Singapore's Mardan Mamat at ten under.

Story courtesy of Perth International

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25-Feb-2016
Day wins AIS Male Athlete of the Year

Jason Day capped off a remarkable year by being named the 2015 AIS Sport Performance Awards (ASPAs) Male Athlete of the Year at a gala awards event at Star City in Sydney Wednesday night. 

The boy from Beaudesert’s extraordinary 2015 peaked with his first Major win at the 2015 USPGA Championship making him world No. 1.

Day said he was “honoured” to receive the award.

“2015 was a dream come true for me. Winning a major championship had been a dream of mine since I was 12. So taking out the PGA brought me to tears.”

Day’s 20-under in the PGA was the lowest score in a major and he was only the fifth Australian to win the prestigious tournament.

It was one of five USPGA wins for the year, and he finished in the top 10 in three of the four Majors.

He memorably finished ninth in the U.S. Open having collapsed on the course with vertigo on the second day.

The (ASPAs) recognise Australia’s leading athletes, teams, coaches and administrators by celebrating their outstanding achievements.

About 300 of Australia’s sporting personalities gathered for the second annual ASPAs.

Story and photo courtesy of Golf Australia

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22-Feb-2016
Nomura's 65 blows them away

She left her only mistake until the last, and by then, Haru Nomura already knew that the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open was hers. She had played one of the great rounds of Australian tournament golf, a 65 that closed out legends of the past, present and future, such as world No. 1 Lydia Ko, and hall of famer Karrie Webb.

Haru Nomura, the 23-year-old from Tokyo, has introduced herself to the golfing world with a thunderclap.

Her seven-under closing round, spiced with monster birdie putts and just 26 blows with the flat stick, took her to 16-under par and a three-shot victory over Ko at 13-under. With three holes to play the New Zealander Ko was just a shot back and threatening, but Nomura just kept hitting greens and making putts, again at the 16th from short range, and yet again from 10 metres at the 17th with a downhill slider that would have scared most players.

She summed it up afterward: "The putter ...wow ... Unbelievable!''

She bogeyed the last hole from the front, right trap but Ko had suffered the same fate, and the margin was three shots. Ko, who finished outright second after a 67, was among the players who rained bottles of water and sports drink upon her on the 18th green.  Asked afterward is she had feared following a player of the world No. 1's stature in the game, she said through an interpreter: "There was no pressure.''

Her explanation was that she played the course, and not the opponent. The truth is that she has fallen away from 36-hole leads several times before, but this time, she would not yield as she had done in the Bahamas, and in Ocala in the United States earlier this year. Did she consider herself an equal of Ko, she was asked. "Should I tell the truth,'' she laughed. "I think I'm better! Maybe...''

She had never previously won an LPGA Tour event although she did win a tournament as a professional in Japan after turning professional at 17. She did not have a stellar amateur career, but chose to take her game to America rather than staying in Japan. She has spent the past five seasons on the LPGA Tour, and her world rank had climbed to 67th.

Nomura had eight birdies and only one bogey all day. Among those to wilt to her assault were veteran Karrie Webb, who jumped into a share of the lead when she birdied three of the first five holes before faltering to finish third, and Danielle Kang (73) who played alongside her in the final group.

She is the first Japanese winner of the tournament since 1974, when the legendary Chako Higuchi won at Victoria.

Ko was philosophical about her near-miss. She gave herself a chance when she holed a birdie putt  at the 17th, but in the following group Nomura immediately matched her feat, which was the story of the day. "When another player does it, it’s really out of my hands,'' said Ko.

Webb was "frustrated'' after a tough day on the greens, yet encouraged by her ball-striking. "What I can take from this week is it's the best I've swung it for a long time and I know that the putts are going to drop so I just have to be patient,'' said the Australian.

Of the other Australians, Su Oh came home hard with a 68 to finish tied-14th and Hannah Green of Perth carded a closing 69 to finish 20th and earn leading amateur honors.

Big crowds lined the fairways again today, many following Ko as well as Webb, almost oblivious to the fact that the winner would come from the final group. More than 30,000 turned out for the four days, way above Golf Australia's expectations. The decision to move the Open from Melbourne to Adelaide for three years was a massive winner, as Adelaide folk embraced the tournament.

Next year, it will be at Royal Adelaide. The benchmark in this city has been set.

For final scores, see www.womensausopen.com/scores

For videos from the final round:
Haru Nomura’s post-round presser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4A1dR7XPj8
Lydia Ko speaks after her round: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5VfQvU7NU
Hannah Green seals low amateur honours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDAsUDYHq1E


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22-Feb-2016
Golfers to help fund next generation

Australia’s new wave of elite professional golfers will help fund the future of Australian golf under a groundbreaking new program.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt today announced the “Give Back” program, a revolutionary plan agreed by the body’s high performance staff and athletes.

“In essence, when graduates of our high performance squads reach a certain threshold in professional world rankings each year on the world’s top tours, they will put some of their earnings back into the GA high performance pot for the next generation,” Pitt said.

“We could not be prouder that our brightest young talent are effectively putting their hands into their pockets to say thanks to all those who’ve helped them achieve their professional goals.

“It says everything about them as people, not just athletes, that they’re prepared to help the next wave push through by giving them the same opportunities they received to reach their potential.”

Each player since 2015 to have been in the Golf Australia national or rookie squads has signed a commitment to be part of “Give Back”.

Once athletes reach a world rankings threshold – top 125 for men and top 50 for women – a small percentage of their prizemoney will be returned to high performance programs throughout Australia.

This money will be reinvested into helping develop the future stars of the game.

No athlete will be asked to give back for more than five years, nor more than the funds they received through the program when they were participants. There is no compulsion for players who don’t reach those benchmarks to contribute and endorsement deals aren’t taken into account.

Money will only be given back once an athlete reaches his or her sixth year as a professional. This allows athletes time to establish themselves before the commitment begins.

Of those participants since 2015, Minjee Lee has already reached the benchmark, but she won’t return any money until 2020, her sixth year as a pro.

Australian PGA champion Nathan Holman turned professional in 2014, so is eligible to give back in 2019 and, at No.176 in the world rankings, is approaching the men’s threshold.

As part of the “Give Back” culture GA is trying to create, Cameron Smith has shown his commitment by setting up a separate scholarship in his name.

The 22-year-old, tied for fourth at last year’s US Open, will give an annual $12,500 sponsorship to a player he and Golf Australia’s high performance team jointly select.

The inaugural Cameron Smith Scholarship has been given to Golf Australia national squad junior member Louis Dobbelaar.

For full coverage of the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, click
 www.WomensAusOpen.com

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18-Feb-2016
Karrie Webb excited to represent her country

Karrie Webb is excited to be back in her home country this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open where she will be going for an unprecedented sixth win at the event.

“Well I think you know it’s our Open, it’s our Australian Open and I think that carries a lot more prestige for Australians than it does for anybody else,” Webb said. “I think everyone wants to play well, every Australian wants to play well in the Australian O
pen and sometimes the added pressure, the added focus that they might not get when they’re anything else in the world. Sometimes it’s hard to get used to and to deal with.”

The Open this week will be the first of several opportunities for Webb to represent Australia in 2016 as she is on pace to represent her home country at both the Olympics and UL International Crown.

“I just checked the points the other day and we’re eighth, so we’ve all got to help our rankings a little bit to make sure that we qualify,” Webb said of the UL International Crown. “So first I think it’s important that we make it and then you know it’s important that we come together as a team. I think Aussies over in the States or even Europe you see it as well, we all sort of stick together so it’s fun you know when we played it two years ago it was fun to hang out just as a team and we don’t get to do that very often in golf so you know for me I’d like to, like for us to qualify and you know once we qualify have fun and hopefully we’ll have a chance to win.”

While those events are important to Webb they are down the line as she looks to add a 42nd title to her impressive LPGA Tour resume in front of a raucous home crowd.

“You know if I play in Australia once or twice a year it’s the only time that you know the majority of the crowed are for me,” Webb explained. “You know whenever we’re anywhere else in the world, you know if we’re in the States the crowd has their favorites but if you’re playing against an American you know they’re cheering for the American which rightly so they should be but so it’s a nice change to have that when I come home.”

Story courtesy of LPGA

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16-Feb-2016
Evergreen golfer Peter Senior ready for a big week at the Perth International

The 56-year-old stunned the golf world with his victory at Huntingdale in November and, while he was inundated with media requests in the hours and days following, there's been little suggestion he will be considered a genuine contender this week.

But only the foolhardy would completely write off the chances of a man who is the epitome of a professional golfer. If Peter Senior is teeing up, you can be sure it's because he believes he can win.

“I don't feel old,” he says when recounting the reaction to his win at Huntingdale.

“I still feel like I can compete. At the US Masters two years ago Bernhard Langer finished top 10 and Jimenez finished third so it's not like 50 is the end of the world.

“Davis Love won on the main Tour last year and there are a couple of tournaments every year where the courses allow the older guys to contend.

“The young guys have a perception that we can't play any more but if they went to the Champions Tour they'd see different. We're over 50 but we're not down and out.”

Senior says the Lake Karrinyup course is his pick as one of the best in Western Australia and is one he is familiar with as some local friends are members.

“I've played it quite a bit in the last 10 years because we have some friends in Perth who are members there,” he says.

“I feel it sets up well for me because most of the dog legs go right to left and that suits my natural shot shape.

“It's a course where if you drive it well you can score well and I've been driving it nicely lately so I'm looking forward to playing.”

Of course, good driving will only be rewarded if the putter behaves and the flatstick is the one unknown for Senior.

Having put aside the broomstick he used for more than two decades in the wake of January's anchoring ban, he says he has no idea how he will go on the greens.

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 “I've gone to a short putter with a pencil grip and I've been working really hard with it at home” he says.

“It's been an hour to two hours every day working mostly on short putts and I'm happy with how it's been going but I won't really know until tournament time.

“You can't recreate the pressure of a real tournament when you're at home no matter what you do so the true test will come Thursday of tournament week.”

He said he watched the performance of Bernhard Langer with great interest the first two weeks of the new US Champions Tour season, the German winning the second tournament of the year using a non-anchored broomstick putter.

“He shot 62-66 the first two rounds of that tournament with the long putter not anchored which is amazing golf and gives me another option to consider if needs be,” he says.

Senior would have been part of those two American tournaments but contracted a virus just before leaving Australia and opted to stay home instead.

The missed opportunity means the week at Lake Karrinyup will be even more important to his preparations for his final year on the senior circuit.

“I was going to go for two weeks then come back for four but decided just to stay for the six weeks when I got ill,” he said.

“So playing this week is really important for me. It's the first tournament of the year and it will tell me where my game is really at so I'm keen to get going.”

The field at Lake Karrinyup will be stronger than the one assembled at Huntingdale but Senior isn't out of his depth at any level.

And the confidence from November's heroics won't work against him if if he does find himself with a chance come Sunday in Perth.

“It's good to know you can still do it,” he says.

Photo: Joey Ratcliffe
Story: Golf Link

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15-Feb-2016
Smith, Day and Jones find California form
Cameron Smith finally found some of the form that earned him his PGA TOUR card last year as he shared top Australian honours with Matt Jones and Jason Day at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Smith, who has struggled since playing his way onto the Tour with some brilliant golf in 2015, had a forgettable second round but will otherwise be pleased with his best finish on the world's biggest circuit since his T4 at last year's US Open.

Having missed four cuts in his previous seven starts, and producing a best finish of T37, it was no surprise to close observers to see the Queenslander's turnaround in form at Pebble Beach.

A final round of 2-under-par 70 at the difficult Pebble Beach layout put him in the top third of scoring in the final round, testament to his grinding style of play on tough courses.

His final total of 9-under for the week was matched by both Matt Jones and Jason Day, the trio finishing T11 in one of the stronger fields assembled this year.

While both Day and Jones found the going tough Sunday, producing matching 1-over 73's, both will be pleased with some consistent golf during a week filled with distractions because of the pro-am format.

Jones' best was a third round 67 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club while Day's second round 66 at the same course was his highlight for the week, a scintillating 6-under back nine suggesting his best is not far away.

Of the 12 Australians who began the week seven made the cut including rookie Ryan Ruffels who was T10 after 36 holes in what has been an impressive US debut.

After making the cut at Torrey Pines two weeks ago the talented 17-year-old was the leading Australian with two rounds to go and despite not producing his best over the weekend has proved he has the game to compete at the top level.

A 6-over 78 in the final round was far from his best and while T60 will feel like a disappointment it is a worthy effort for both a teenager and a rookie.

Steven Bowditch (T41), Aaron Baddeley (T50) and Rhein Gibson (68
th) were the other Australians to make the 54-hole cut while Geoff Ogilvy, Jarrod Lyle, Rod Pampling, Greg Chalmers and Cameron Percy all missed the final round.

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15-Feb-2016
Ko claims third NZ Women´s Open title.

World number one Lydia Ko today won her third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in impressive style at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch. Ko had  held the overnight lead by one shot from French rookie Justine Dreher after shooting rounds of 69 and 67 to be a 8 under par. 

Those who thought that the day would be a procession for the 18 year old defending champion hadn’t counted on several challenges coming, the first by talented American Amelia Lewis who had finished second to Ko here in 2013 when she won the title as a 15 year old. 

Lewis started the round at 3 under par, and 5 shots behind Ko, and was playing more than an hour ahead of the overnight leader. By the time Lewis had played the 11th hole she was 6 under for her round, ten under par for the tournament and found herself one shot ahead of Ko who had made a steady but unspectacular start to her round.

However, as many before her had done this week, Lewis’s round came to grief over the tough finishing three holes and she would finish the day at 3 under par round and finish in a tie for 6th place.

The next challenger would be the talented young Dane Emily Pedersen, who had started the day 2 shots behind Ko and started brilliantly with an eagle at the  par 5 2nd hole . She would bogey the short par 3 fourth hole but another birdie at the 10th hole would put her in a tie with Ko for the lead. Pedersen would also falter down the stretch, making bogeys at 14 and 17 finishing at 6 under par.

While all this was going on Ko was playing steady golf. She birdied the par 5 second hole before making a disappointing bogey on the par 5 6
th to be even for the day. Ko could not have helped but notice the challengers coming at her but she remained calm and made the killer punches at 10 and 11 where she made back to back birdies to edge in front once again. The Kiwi star made a fantastic up and down from the sand on the tricky par 4 12th, and cruised through the tricky stretch of holes from 13 to 17 having the luxury of a 2 shot lead heading up 18 over Korean amateur Hye Jin Choi, Englishwoman Felicity Johnson and Nanna Madsen who were all in the clubhouse at 8 under par.

Ko as expected made no mistakes and hit a superb drive up the 18th, followed
 by a superb iron shot to 8 feet. Unfortunately she could not make the birdie putt but a tap in par sealed a two shot victory.

As was the case in 2015, Ko had the chance to share her victory with the huge galleries who had come out to watch her play today. While the talking point of the day should have been Ko’s third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open title, there was a small distraction which occurred at 1.13 local time. 

Just 11 minutes before Ko and playing partner Frenchwomen Justine Dreher were due to tee off for their final round, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck just 10kms from the course and had both locals and international visitors in a panic for the 30 seconds or so it lasted. Over the next 5 hours there would be a total of 52 further aftershocks, the initial quake was the 9
th largest earthquake in Christchurch’s history.

The wider golfing community is very aware that Lydia Ko is not only a brilliant golfer but a very special young woman, and today she showed us yet another example of her generosity. After thanking the title sponsors ISPS Handa, her family, her team  and other event stakeholders, Ko shed a few tears as she thanked NZ Golf, describing how much they had done for her career and that she would not have achieved what she has done without them behind her. She then announced that she would be donating her entire tournament prizemoney to help New Zealand in some way. “I have discussed this with my family and my team and this is something that we all want to do. We will seriously think about the best way that we can use  this money to help New Zealand”

Ko dedicated the win to her good friend and mentor former 
New Zealand Golf President Patsy Hankin who had passed away suddenly last year.

The ALPG tour and Ko now head to the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide for the 2016 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

For final scores and prizemoney http://alpg.com.au/tournament.php?id=4251&sec=r

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12-Feb-2016
Smith, Ruffels lead Aussie charge at Pebble

Cam Smith’s birdie barrage heads an inspired Aussie charge in the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Smith, who played on the Monterey Peninsula course, carded seven superb birdies in his opening 13 holes on the par-71 layout, made two important one-putt pars on the closing two holes to sign for a sizzling seven-under-par 64.

The score left him just one behind American leader Chez Reavie, another to have played at Monterey, who carved out five birdies and an eagle on the back nine to finish at eight under the card.

But there was plenty of green and gold support on the leaderboard for Smith, with no fewer than seven Aussies in the top 29 and, amazingly, five in the top 16.

That support cast was led by Rhein Gibson and Ryan Ruffels in just his second tournament as a professional.

Gibson showed no signs of what lay ahead when he turned at Spyglass Hill in one under. But four blemish-free back-nine birdies paved the way for a T15 finish at -5.

Ruffels, 17, was in the last group out at Pebble Beach, but remained patient throughout a long afternoon.

He started hot and was four under through five holes until a double-bogey on the ninth threatened to derail his round.

But the Golf Australia rookie squad member, playing on invitation, made three birdies on the back nine including one after a spectacular bunker shot to 40cm on the last hole.

Ruffels also played a superb approach to the ocean-side 10
th green to a tough pin cut far right from where he calmly slotted a 1.5m birdie to settle his nerves after his only blemish.

Emirates Australian Open champion Matt Jones peeled off six straight birdies at one point in his round, but mixed in two bogeys and a double en route to a -4 finish at Pebble Beach.

He was joined on that scored by Texas-based Steve Bowditch who was equally entertaining with seven birdies, including four in five holes around the turn and two in a row to finish his round at Pebble.

The rejuvenated Aaron Baddeley fired -3 at Spyglass Hill, while evergreen Greg Chalmers matched that mark at Monterey, giving the Aussie contingent plenty to cheer at all three courses of the fabled event.

Jason Day was not fantastic early, going out one over at Spyglass after starting on the back nine, but he carded two inward birdies to finish one under.

Jarrod Lyle had a bit of everything in an even-par 72 at Spyglass, his round containing an eagle, four birdies, four bogeys and a double. Importantly, though, he was three under in his final eight holes.

Geoff Ogilvy (+2), Rod Pampling (+3) and Cam Percy (+4) all left themselves with work to do after playing their opening rounds at Spyglass Hill.

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11-Feb-2016
RACV Junior Masters the ideal curtain-raiser

Bob Tuohy, Chairman of the RACV Ladies Masters, announced today that the sixth RACV Junior Masters tournament would be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Monday, February 22 – three days prior to the RACV Ladies Masters. 

Since the inaugural Junior Masters in 2011, the curtain-raiser to the “main event” has grown in stature and now attracts more than 50 players from Australia and overseas.

This year players from Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand will join a strong contingent of Australian players.

The tournament winner will receive an invitation to play in the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters.

Golf fans who appreciate following the next wave of young stars will be certain to have their appetites whet ahead of the RACV Ladies Masters.

Last year, Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club’s rising junior star Rebecca Kay qualified to play in the RACV Ladies Masters and performed extremely well.

The 17-year-old finished in a tie for sixth place – just five shots behind champion Su Oh.

“Rebecca (Kay) was the leading amateur and even had her own cheer squad from her home club,” said Fay Campbell, who helps run the tournament with Denise Engwirda.

A clear indication of the tournament’s growth and success is the fact that this year more than 35 players are on single figure handicaps.

“I’m a big fan of promoting and introducing new young talent, which I have done ever since the inaugural Ladies Masters in 1990 and it’s why we introduced the Junior Masters to engage with the wider golfing community and promote the game at grass roots level,” Mr Tuohy said.

The Ladies Masters is proudly supported by the Queensland Government though Tourism and Events Queensland, recognising the important role events play in driving visitation and generating jobs.

The tournament is where Karrie Webb, Lydia Ko, Minjee Lee, Yani Tseng, Lorena Ochoa and others received their start.

Now, through his company and with the support of RACV Royal Pines Resort, junior girls have the chance to test their skills against their peers in a competitive 18-hole shootout.

For the winner, it’s an opportunity to play alongside professionals where they can observe and learn how some of the best players in the world go about their work.

For the past six years, the RACV Junior Masters has been well supported by the local community, who have the knack of spotting talent from afar.

This year should be no different.

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11-Feb-2016
Field released for Women's Open

List of players as at 10/2/16 at 11.00am (not final field) Click to view

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World No.1 Lydia Ko will get the headlines, but there are plenty of other reasons to be excited about the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open field.

About three more of the world’s top 20, three other past world No.1s and two other major champions, to be precise.

Ko became the youngest ever world No.1 – male or female – aged 17 last year, then weeks later became the youngest ever Australian Open champion.

The New Zealander has never finished outside the top 20, but will face one of her stiffest Australian tests to date in what is, remarkably, her sixth 
assault on the Patricia Bridges Bowl at age 18.

White-hot Korean Ha Na Jang comes to South Australia on the back of her LPGA Tour victory in Florida last week now ranked a career-high No.9 in the Rolex Rankings.

Jang held out Canadian prodigy Brooke Henderson (new world No.12) last week, while the leading Australian at last year's national championship Minjee Lee (No.18) is also in good early-season form.

There’s No.34 Karrie Webb, a modern Australian marvel who has already won five national championships and found great form in the final round of the Victorian Open at the weekend.

There's dual major winner and past Australian champion Jiyai Shin (ranked No.31) making her return to the LPGA Tour after an extended absence, while four-time major champ Laura Davies returns for a shot at her third Aussie title. 

Then there's British Open winner Mo Martin and US Open champ Eun-hee Ji, both back for another attempt at their first Australian victory.

With the final field soon to be released, Women’s Australian Open tournament director Trevor Herden said there would be
no fewer than 39 of the top 80 from last year’s LPGA Tour money list on show at The Grange.

It’s a real testament to what the Open has come to mean to so many around the world that we can attract such quality and depth,” Herden said.

“We are one of only four national Open championships (US, British and Canadian) on the LPGA Tour’s schedule and it definitely adds to the lustre of the tournament and its significance.

“It really just continues to grow and forge its own place on the national sporting calendar – and that’s a remarkable turnaround considering we didn’t even have the tournament as recently as 2006.

“And who knows where it might sit in the world schedule in years to come?”

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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10-Feb-2016
GA partners with fashion icon Daniel Hechter

Golf Australia has forged a partnership with world-renowned fashion label Daniel Hechter.

GA’s high performance squad members and staff will be decked out in suits and other lifestyle fashion apparel when they’re representing Australia domestically and around the world.

The label, which bears the name of its French creator, is revered globally as the first and still leading fashion house for “ready-to-wear” designer clothing.

Peter Thompson, chief executive officer of the brand’s Australian licensee Expedition Apparel, said the partnership would continue Daniel Hechter’s already strong sporting links.

“I am really excited to be associated with Golf Australia and, in particular, the young development squads,” Mr Thompson said.

“The Daniel Hechter organisation has a long history of association with sports having designed the first Paris St. Germain football jersey.”

Those ties, based originally on young designer Daniel Hechter’s love of soccer and other sports, have spanned around the world, from tennis to skiing and even to AFL club, the Fremantle Dockers.

Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt was thrilled to unite with a company that has espoused the concept of “affordable luxury” for more than 50 years.

“Our young athletes represent every Australian golfer when they are at tournaments around the world, and I can’t think of a better message for them to send to those they encounter,” Mr Pitt said.

“In Daniel Hechter, they will be both fashionable and sporty and look the part off the course as much as they are on it.”

Daniel Hechter will also throw its support behind next week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, further strengthening its ties with elite golf and its global branding.

It is intended that Daniel Hechter staff will conduct a deportment session at an upcoming GA high performance camp, working with athletes to help them progress along the pathway to professional golf from an off-course perspective.

The Daniel Hechter collections are sleek, sophisticated and contemporary, infused with that easy elegance and savoir-faire for which Parisians are renowned.

With more than 50 years in the industry, the French fashion house is stocked in more than 2500 outlets across 63 countries. Daniel Hechter collections can be found in more than 120 in-store corners and retail outlets around Australia and in three dedicated shops in Perth, Adelaide and a flagship store in Melbourne.

For more information on Daniel Hechter Australia, please visit
www.danielhechter.com.au  and like the page https://www.facebook.com/danielhechteraustralia/ on Facebook.

    

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09-Feb-2016
Golf Queensland announces Junior Interstate Teams

Golf Queensland has today announced the 2016 Queensland Junior Interstate Boys' and Girls' Teams to compete 17 April – 20 April 2016.

Tasmania will host this year's event, with the Boys’ event to be held at the Ulverstone Golf Club and the Girls’ at Devonport Golf Club.

Golf Queensland's Head Coach, Tony Meyer said all selected players thoroughly deserve their places on the teams. 

"It is always exciting for those young players to have an opportunity to represent their state at National level.

"It is great reward for those players who have been playing well over the last six months.

"I have no doubt that these players will perform well and represent the state of Queensland with pride and passion" he said. 

The girls’ team have been victorious in four series in the past five years, with the boys’ last win in 2013.

Two male and female development players have also been selected to travel with their respective Junior State Teams to compete in the Australian Junior Amateur Championship.

Boys:

Charles Pilon (Hills)
Chris Jimenez (Royal Queensland)

Jed Morgan (Hattonvale)

Joel Stahlhut (Goondiwindi)

Lochlan Coleborn (Mount Coolum)
Louis Dobbelaar (Brookwater)

Girls:

Becky Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed)

Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba)

Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove)

Lisa Edgar (Surfers Paradise)
Stacey White (Pacific)

Rhianna-Maree Lewis (Maroochy River)




Development

Mitchell Varley (Sanctuary Cove)

Zach Maxwell (Virginia)


Development

Isabelle Taylor (Sanctuary Cove)
Sarah Wilson (Pelican Waters)


A 2016 team photo will be taken shortly.


 

Photo: 2015 Girls & Boys State Team








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08-Feb-2016
Long day but Kiwi veteran prevails in play-off

New Zealander Michael Long has claimed the 2016 Men’s Oates Vic Open after producing an amazing recovery shot from a hazard to beat Canberra’s Matthew Millar in a dramatic play-off.

The pair tied on 13-under at the end of the regulation 72 holes at Barwon Heads’ Thirteenth Beach Golf Links after Millar birdied the final three holes to force the tournament into a play-off.

With huge crowds following the pair back up the par-five 18
th hole, Long hooked his second shot about 40m left of the pin and into deep rough inside the hazard on the first play-off hole.

But Long not only knocked the ball onto the green, he put it within five feet. After Millar left his birdie attempt just short of the cup, the Kiwi rolled in his putt to claim the title.

The 47-year-old is the third New Zealander to win the Oates Vic Open and first since Gareth Paddison in 2004.

It was the third consecutive year the men's Oates Vic Open has been decided in a play-off.

Long, who hadn’t won since the 2008 WA PGA Championship, said he was amazed someone found his ball and was fortunate it was sitting nicely for him to attack the pin.

“It was sitting up high so it was a little baseball shot and I said to my caddy `here we go, it's a wing and a prayer' and it came out perfect,” Long said.

“What can you say? Don't want to say it was a pure fluke because I had some idea what I was going to do. But I could not do that again in probably 100 attempts.

“I was walking in there and I was worried the ball might actually fall down to the bottom of the reeds. One of the marshals was saying to be careful when you walk in there.

“Didn't want to think about it too much and trusted my hand-eye coordination that I could hit a ball about three feet off the ground.

“That was pretty special - that one will live for a long time. I feel a little bit sad for Matthew because I had no right to make four from there.”

Long, who has a full-time job as a general manager of a golf course in Perth and is a director of the PGA Tour of Australasia, said he was thrilled to add his name to the Oates Vic Open honour roll.

“It means a lot. (Vic Open) has got a lot of wonderful names, Australian golf has got a rich and proud history and tradition and to get your name on some of these trophies is nice,” Long said.

Millar, who has now posted five runner-up finishes in his last 16 tournaments, admitted he thought the pair were heading back up the 18
th for the third time when he saw where Long had played his approach.

“You don’t assume anything in golf because you can always hole it from anywhere,” Millar said.

“But to honest, walking on the green I thought to myself `we’re a red hot chance to at least go one more hole here’ because I certainly wouldn’t have backed him to get it up and down from out of there (hazard).

“But well done to Longy. He played well today and he’s obviously played well through the week and didn’t make too many errors.”

Aron Price, who led the tournament at the half-way mark, and day one leader Scott Strange both finished tied for third on 11-under with six players a further shot back.

That included New Zealand’s Josh Geary, who had the best round of the final day a six-under par 66, and local hope Ben Eccles.

It was Eccles second consecutive top 10 Oates Vic Open finish. The 21-year-old was disappointed at his finish after bogeying the final hole.

“I had a few chances out there and couldn’t get them to drop,” Eccles said after his round. “It’s been a good week, I played pretty solidly and it’s a good way to start the year.

“It would have been nice this week to finish it off because of the home crowd but the game is there. I’ve just got to keep putting myself there and one will come.”

Third round leader Adam Blyth had a final round to forget, carding a six-over par 78 to finish tied for 19th at seven-under par.

That group also included the leading amateur, Victorian Brett Coletta, who shot a final round of four-under par 68.

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06-Feb-2016
Level-headed Blyth takes reigns

Adam Blyth has taken the outright top position of the men’s Oates Vic Open tournament after the Queenslander finished 13-under-par this afternoon.

The 34-year-old enters the final day three strokes ahead of Matthew Millar (ACT), Michael Long (NZ) and Stephen Dartnall (WA) despite conceding his first double bogey of the week.

“It played really nicely, I ran away to a very nice start and made four birdies on the first six holes and then struggled a little and got caught on the seventh hole with a double,” said Blyth.

"But I’m still thankful I putted really well on the back nine today.”

Blyth, who returned to the PGA Tour of Australasia in 2014 after a two year break, emphasised the importance of “staying level” throughout the tournament to date.

 “I keep saying to myself whatever happens then happens; the birdies will come but so might the bogeys or double,” Blyth added.

“That took place today but hopefully I can cut that out tomorrow; I’m still happy that I stayed level and kept playing well.”

If successful, Blyth would be the first Queenslander to win the tournament since Kenny Druce’s 1999 men’s title at the Victoria Golf Club.

“It would be fantastic to win not only for the practice that’s been put in but also because it really does feel like a really big event with the crowds, the sponsors and what the two are able to put into the event.”

However Michael Long is also in a healthy position to become the first International to claim the tournament’s ultimate prize since fellow New Zealander Gareth Paddison’s 2004 feat.

Long captured a temporary lead when landing an eagle on his final hole to the pleasure of all those watching by the green and those tuned into the live stream.

“Those holes are not too easy particularly on the 17th because you’re hitting the par-3 with the wind on that tee shot and managing to get one reasonably close,” said Long.

“Then on the 18th I find that if you get your drive away it becomes a very gettable par-5 but to then make an eagle I was really happy because it was a very long putt.”

Long, who captured last year’s Cottesloe Open title, admitted he was happy to draw level with his long time opponent Matthew Millar.

“I don’t want to count how old I am but it is good to see guys like Matthew who supported the tour for a long time finally sort of break through and get on a bit of form.”

Millar’s opening round score sheet was very colourful with an eagle, a birdie, three bogeys and a double bogey featured on the first nine.

Nevertheless the reigning New Zealand PGA champion has since recovered with precision and has returned to the top four.

“I’m very happy to be there again, all the feelings are coming back again and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” said Millar.

“Today I held some putts but, having said that, I left a lot of putts short again in the middle of the hole.”

He continued, “I’m not saying that you should always make them but I’ve had the ball on line on the green all week so that’s encouraging.”

“If it’s not too windy anything is possible because the greens are excellent.”

Meanwhile Wodonga teenager Zach Murray is the outright leading amateur of the tournament and equal fifth overall after registering 9-under-par with Scott Strange (WA) and Aaron Price (NSW).

“I was very happy, I rolled in a few bombs early which resulted in birdies which got the day started and I played pretty solid on the back nine so it was a good game overall,” said Murray.

“My mindset is that there’s pretty much nothing left to lose tomorrow; I’ve got to go out there like I have been.”

Earlier in the morning, local Curlewis Golf Club member Deyen Lawson captured an impressive day score of 6-under-par.

And what was the local star’s humorous larrikins response to the press?

“Yep, I just wanted a bit of a sleep-in tomorrow,” joked Lawson.

Courtesy of Golf Victoria 

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03-Feb-2016
Maroochy River girls to play Pennants

For the first time in the 33-year history of Pennant Golf on the Sunshine Coast, girls have been included in junior teams for the 2016 series.

And, according to Brisbane District Golf Association vice-president Steve King, it has never happened before anywhere in Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast’s newest golf club, Maroochy River, has instigated the landmark breakthrough that has resulted in four of the competing 10 junior teams this weekend fielding at least one girl.

“It’s fantastic. Wonderful news for the girls and certainly a milestone for golf,” said Maroochy River junior pennant team manager Peter Owen.

“Hopefully this decision opens a pathway for girls on the Sunshine Coast to compete against the best in their age group, male or female. It certainly gives them an opportunity they previously have not had and I’m proud to say our club helped instigate the change in attitude among our delegates.”

Sunshine Coast Golf Zone director of golf, Scott Mayes, said waning numbers among junior boys had been one of the reasons for the admission of girls in pennant teams.

“The pennant delegates from each of the clubs in the zone felt an ‘all-inclusive’ competition was the way to go,” he said.

Maroochy River is fielding three teams in the 2016 junior competition, and five girls will make their debut. Each team consists of three players, with the boys playing from the white tees and the girls from the red.

The strength of the junior girl talent at Maroochy River is indicated by the fact that in each of their three teams, the No.1 player – the golfer with the lowest handicap – is female. The girls are Rhianna Lewis (handicap 3), Danika Coyne (4) and Sarah Wilson (5).

Caloundra is the other club fielding a girl in their team. She is Aneka Park, who plays of a handicap of one and will also be the No.1 player.

Mr Owen says the boys at Maroochy River have readily embraced the ground-breaking decision.

“We have some very talented boys as well, and they are looking forward to playing pennants for the club under this change in format,” he said.

They are well aware of how well the girls play, and how competitive they are on the golf course. No doubt there will be some intra-team rivalry, and if expressed in the right spirit that can only be good for our teams.”

Story: Tony Durkin

Photo: Rihanna Lewis & Danika Coyne





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01-Feb-2016
Golf Queensland announces 2016 QAS Squad
Golf Queensland has today announced the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Golf Squad for 2016, with six new faces joining three existing squad members.
 
Charlie Dann (Pelican Waters), Dee Dee Russell (Emerald Lakes), Lawry Flynn (Brisbane), Louis Dobbelaar (Brookwater), Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy River) and Steven Cox (Wantima) will join Blake Proverbs (Pacific), Gennai Goodwin (Indooroopilly) and Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed) to make up this year's team.
 
The QAS Golf Program is aimed at players who have the potential and commitment to succeed at elite level competition golf. 

The selection of squad members is based on recent state, national and international tournament performances as well as their commitment to continuing development in all aspects of their games, including technical, physical and mental.

Golf Queensland Head Coach Tony Meyer said the QAS Squad forms the pinnacle of the Golf Queensland High Performance Program.

"All players selected this year have earned their spots on the squad," Mr Meyer said.

"We are also extremely lucky to have a great team of coaches and sports science providers which the elite athletes will have access to."

"It is an excellent opportunity for the athletes to improve their skills and work towards their goals of becoming elite professionals."

The QAS Golf Program had a number of standout achievements in 2015, specifically through Cameron Smith, Jake McLeod and Taylor Macdonald.
 
Smith had a breakout year after placing fourth at the U.S. Open, ranked within the Top 100 World Golf Rankings and earned a US PGA Tour Card.
 
Macdonald last week secured his status for 2016 at the Final Stage of Qualifying School for the PGA Tour of Australasia. A top five finish earning him a spot in Exemption Category 10 for the duration of the 2016 season.
 
After a successful amateur career and Leading Amateur at the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open, Jake McLeod placed 11th at Qualifying School placing him in Exemption Category 13 for the 2016 season.
 
The 2016 QAS Squad is now proudly supported by Titleist. 

The Queensland Academy of Sport Golf Program is conducted with the assistance of the Queensland Government and forms the pinnacle of the Golf Queensland High Performance Program. 

The QAS Golf Program, which commenced in July 2001, is designed to assist Queensland's most talented amateur players in reaching their full potential within the amateur golf ranks. 
 
QAS scholarship holders have access to world-class coaching and support services including sport science, strength and conditioning, medical, career and education in addition to financial support for competition and training costs, depending on the level of their scholarship.

Steven Cox at the NSW Amateur. Credit: Golf NSW

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01-Feb-2016
Interstate golfers dominate to win Tasmanian Junior Masters

A COURSE record was set as two interstate golfers took out the 2016 Tasmanian Junior Masters tournament on Friday.

Queensland's Kirsty Hodgkins dominated the female field to beat the old course record set at the Ulverstone Golf Club by three shots.

The 17-year-old finished the event 10 under the card and three strokes clear of Tasmania's Zahara Lemon on seven-under.

Chloe Thornton, from the New South Wales Golf Club, finished third on four-under-par.

Victoria's Matias Sanchez won the boys division as the 17-year-old Royal Melbourne member finished on three-under-par and captured the title by two strokes from New South Wales' Christopher Fan and Western Australia's Fred Lee, both on one-under.

The leading Tasmanian was Launceston Golf Club's Thomas Rehrmann on 11-over-par and in 18th position.

Following her win on Friday Hodgkins said 10 under par was one of her best results and she really enjoyed playing at the Ulverstone Golf Club.

"It would be one of my best results and I really enjoyed playing here at Ulverstone," Hodgkins said.

"I thought it would be really tough and the competition from Zahara and Chloe was pretty close so I'm really happy with the win."

Sanchez said he was pleased the weather was kind on Friday as he was worried about the challenged of a shortened competition.

"I was very happy in the end because it's difficult only having the two rounds," Sanchez said.

"It was a really strong field this year so I'd say this is one of my best wins and I quite like the course here in Ulverstone.

"It's very similar to the courses I play back in Victoria which helped me today."

Story credit: The Advocate


WINNERS: Kirsty Hodgkins, of Queensland, and Matias Sanchez, of Victoria, were winners of the Tasmanian Junior Masters tournament. Picture: Brodie Weeding.

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01-Feb-2016
Ruffels makes cut, Day misses

An ''under the weather'' Jason Day suffered a rare missed cut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in California today, but rookie professional Ryan Ruffels continued to impress by getting through to the weekend.

Day, who began the week with a virus, carded 72-74 to finish two-over par and outside the cutline for the first time in a US PGA Tour tournament since  July, 2015. He missed just two cuts all last season, his breakthrough year in which he won five times, but Day's whole family has been impacted by illness in the past week and he said he did not pick up a golf club until Thursday's opening round in California.

"It's just one week. You can't live and die by one week,'' said Day. "It's not the last cut I'm going to miss. Hopefully it is the last cut I miss this year.''

Ruffels, the 17-year-old Melbournian who turned professional a few weeks ago, is playing on invitation and hoping to make enough money in a few starts this season to secure a playing card for 2017.

He reached four-under at one point today playing on Torrey's south course, the same course that he won the Callaway world junior championship, but he gave back shots with bogeys at the 11th and 12th holes and another from the greenside bunker at the 17th.

The Victorian Institute of Sport graduate and member of Golf Australia's rookie squad of young professionals carded a one-over par 73 for the day and is one-under overall through two rounds.

Day was not the only big name to miss the cut; world No. 3 Rickie Fowler also suffered the same fate and so did Phil Mickelson. Gary Woodland of the United States  and KJ Choi of South Korea lead the Open at nine-under par through two rounds.

Meanwhile Perth's Minjee Lee is three-under par, five shots from the lead, after two rounds of the LPGA's season-opening event in the Bahamas. Lee is tied-20th.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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30-Jan-2016
2015 Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship

On Friday 23 October 2015 eighteen Australian Golf Heritage Society members and guests assembled on the links at Royal Queensland Golf Club to contest the inaugural Queensland Hickory Shaft Championship.

AGHS (Queensland Chapter) was pleased to welcome interstate AGHS members Rob Downie and Michael Sheret who made special efforts to attend. We were also delighted to welcome non-AGHS members Joe Janison (Brisbane Golf Club), Chris Webster, Chris Dower and Geoff Fairweather (all from Wynnum Golf Club), who helped make up a healthy field for the first running of the event.

The Championship
The Championship, an eighteen hole stroke-play event, was won by Alan Grieve with a score of 79 strokes. Considering the windy conditions, difficult bunkers, and speedy greens and surrounds, this was a wondrous round of golf. Being a previous winner of the U.S. Hickory Open Championship and double winner of the Australian Hickory Shaft Championship, it was a rock-solid performance by the firm favourite. In second place, with an equally impressive round of 83 strokes, was former Royal Queensland Golf Club Captain Ralph Heading. In third place, with a fine round of 85 strokes, was PGA member and Director of Golf at Brisbane Golf Club Joe Janison.

The Captain’s Trophy
The Captain’s Trophy, an eighteen hole handicap stroke-play event held in conjunction with the Championship, was also won by Alan Grieve with a nett score of 71 (off a handicap of 8). Alan was five strokes clear of his nearest rival, Ross Haslam, who had a nett score of 76 (off a handicap of 11). Third place was shared by Ross Bishop (off a handicap of 10) and Chris Webster (off a handicap of 13) with nett scores of 80.

Nearest The Pins
Ensuring an almost clean-sweep for the day, the winner of the nearest-the-pin prize on the 4th hole was Alan Grieve. The nearest-the-pin winner on the difficult 11th hole was ever-reliable Ross Haslam.

Presentations and Dinner
A very enjoyable day was had by all and we were extremely pleased to be joined at dinner by the Chapter’s Patron, Charlie Earp. After presentations, Michael Sheret gave a brief description of the historical displays installed for the day around the clubhouse and the ‘special’ putters he had supplied for the enjoyment of all.

Drinks, a nourishing dinner and stories of the day’s events were then shared. They were preceded by a secular grace recited in perfect Scots brogue by Dr Sheret—it went as follows:

Gowfers Grace
Some hae meat and cannae eat
And some wad eat that want it
But we've been on the links taeday
An' aw oor troubles blown away
An' here we sit
We hae oor drink
An' afore ye think
 O' aw the putts that didnae sink
Think o' the wan that sank it
An be gled ye didnae shank it
Noo we hae meat
An we cin eat
So yays yir paws
An open yir jaws
An let yir gods be thankit...

with apologies to Robert Burns

Acknowledgements
AGHS Queensland Chapter would like to thank the Members and Committee of Royal Queensland Golf Club for making their marvellous links, practice facilities and clubhouse available for the running of this event.

In particular, would like to express our gratitude to the RQGC Match and Greens Committee and especially the Club’s President Andrew Corrigan, Captain Suddy MacKechnie and Vice-president Rob King-Scott for their ongoing support of AHGS and hickory golf in Queensland.

We would also like to thank RQGC Golf Operations Manager Steve Rhind for his exceptional management of the event (and the nine others we have held so far this year), General Manager Tim McGahon, Executive Assistant and Event Manager Cathy Keighley, and the house staff for providing such a well organised and delicious dinner.

Andrew Baker (Captain - AGHS Queensland Chapter)

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28-Jan-2016
In-form Dann has an eye on Europe

Pelican Waters golfer Charlie Dann is proving to be one of the best amateur players in the country after securing second place in the esteemed Lake Macquarie Amateur event.

Dann finished the tournament 10-under par, shooting rounds of 70, 68, 73 and 67 respectively.

The top two finishes capped off an impressive run for the ex-Gympie-based golfer, whose fourth place in the Keperra Bowl and third place in the Australia Master of the Amateurs at the notorious Royal Melbourne golf course have seen his national ranking cemented well inside the top 20.

Given his latest achievements, a professional career looks likely.

But Dann insists there is still a lot of golf to play before then.

"Just contending in these major amateur events is an important stepping stone to a professional career," Dann said.

"My goal for 2016 is to try and play internationally in Europe; I want to be a contender in the biggest events."

And according to former coach Patrick Jones, that could happen sooner rather than later.

"Charlie has the temperament of a great golfer and that was evident early on," Jones said.

"It is not easy but I can see him being very successful down the track."

Dann will now set his sights on the Queensland men's team that will compete in the interstate series in coming months.

Story courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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28-Jan-2016
Queenslander Dobbelaar added to national squad

Three of Australia’s most prodigious young talents have been added to Golf Australia’s national squad.

Queenslander Louis Dobbelaar, West Australian Min Woo Lee and Victorian Cameron John have been added as junior members.

Aside from rewarding recent outstanding performances, Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said their selection would enable them to have access to more international tournaments, along with increased resources and expertise to help them take the next step.

“All the national coaches agree that Louis, Min Woo and Cam have not only started to put some great results on the board, but that they each have demonstrated great development processes and the drive to push harder again,” James said.

“By earning berths in the national squad, we reward them, but also encourage them to take advantage of all the teams and programs they now have at their disposal.”

Dobbelaar, mentored by Cam Smith’s coach Grant Field, already has an impressive resume at just 14 years old.

The Brookwater and Royal Queensland member was runner-up in the San Diego Junior Masters and US Kids World Golf Championship in 2014 when aged 12.

He won the Queensland Junior title last month and represented Australia at the Asia Pacific Confederation Junior Championship in Taiwan in August, finishing a creditable 11
th in the teams’ event against competitors up to five years his senior.

Lee, 17, has made great progress in the past year.

Coached by his older sister and LPGA Tour star Minjee’s mentor Ritchie Smith, Lee won the recent Aaron Baddeley Junior International Championship in San Diego, sealing his entry to this year’s Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney.

He fired a course-record 64 against the pros to lead after the first round off the WA PGA in Kalgoorlie in October, then backed up at his home Royal Fremantle course a week later with a T10 finish in the WA Open after being right in contention with five holes to play.

Earlier in the year, he was joint low amateur at the Spirit International in Texas.

He was the West Australian Amateur champion at Hartfield last March, then aged 16, and represented Australia in the Argentine Amateur and Copa Tailhade in Buenos Aires in November having played for WA in boys’ and men’s teams for the past three years.

John, 16, is coached by Tim Wendell and is part of the Rowville Secondary College high performance program.

He won the Victorian Junior Masters to start a 2015 campaign that featured success around the world and back. He was second alongside fellow national squad member Becky Kay in the Asia Pacific Confederation Junior Championship teams’ event in Taiwan in August.

The Waverley and Commonwealth golf club member then went one better with victory in the 120
th Argentine Amateur Championship in Buenos Aires in November and capped a stellar year with victory in the Victorian Amateur Championship.

“All three athletes have produced results at national and international levels, which is impressive at their respective ages,” James said.

“They now have the opportunity to further their development with increased access to resources through the national program and we’re confident they have the dedication to take advantage of that chance.”

The trio joins Gold Coast teen Kay as junior national squad athletes, with Sydney’s Cam Davis, Melbourne’s Brett Coletta, Perth’s Hannah Green and Wodonga’s Zach Murray the “senior” members.

Former tier one squad member Ryan Ruffels has turned professional, making his debut this week on the US PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines near San Diego and added to the Golf Australia rookie pro squad for 2016.

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

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28-Jan-2016
Queenslander Cox goes low in NSW AM

A surprise packet from Queensland has finished the opening day of the Golf NSW Amateur Championship with the low round at Riverside Oaks Golf Resort.

Steven Cox from Wantima Country Club north of Brisbane scorched around the Gangurru course with a 6-under par 65 with a round that contained 5 birdies, an eagle and a solitary bogey.

“I played solid. I knew the conditions were good for scoring before I teed off today. I tried to hit as many greens as I could, put myself in good position to hole some good putts and it worked.”

Cox felt his good score today came down to keeping his emotions in check, something he hasn’t been too good at before.

“It was all about keeping my excitement down a bit. I know everyone can get excited when they’re having a good round. I’ve done that a lot myself, got excited, and then made a few bogeys.”

“I was just trying to keep my head in the game and do what I have to do. Keep the routine the same. It worked.”

Cox, who has just turned 18, finished high school last November. He’s hoping to get a part time job so he can earn some cash and commit a lot more time to his game.

“I want to travel and play and get my ranking up as high as I can. I’m aiming to be number one in Australia in the men’s ranking. That’s my goal.”

He’s been getting a bit of golf in working towards his goal too. He played the Aussie Amateur Champs in Melbourne a fortnight ago, and the Lake Macquarie amateur last week.

Things really started to click for the teenager late last year, and the dedication seems to be beginning to pay off. His talent and dedication have been noticed  by Golf Queensland along the way, with selection in the QLD State Junior Team last year. He has just been selected in the QAS Program as well.

“I was really stoked to get in to the QAS. That was a big goal of mine. I hoped to get into it by then end of this year but to get into it at the end of last year, it's given me a big confidence boost.”

Cox is ready to find out how far he can go in the game, and to do it in his own way along the way. doing it yourself is a trait he admires in one of his idols, Bubba Watson.

I’m a huge fan of Bubba.  He does stuff his own way. I like that. I like doing stuff my own way and I really like that about him too,” he smiled.

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27-Jan-2016
Canadian star Brooke Henderson to light up RACV Ladies Masters

One of the world’s most exciting new talents in women’s golf, Brooke Henderson, will make her first appearance at the RACV Ladies Masters at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from February 25-28.

RACV Ladies Masters tournament chairman Bob Tuohy said the 18-year-old Canadian, ranked 17
th in the world golf rankings, would light up the tournament.

“Brooke Henderson is a sensational player,” he said. “She has already won on the LPGA Tour and is going to be golf’s next megastar and we are delighted she is playing at RACV Royal Pines Resort.”

Over the past 27 years, Tuohy Associates has made a habit of introducing bright, new talent to the tournament.

“The Ladies Masters has long been a stepping-stone for golf’s future stars,” Tuohy said.  “We have a reputation for unearthing new faces that have plenty of golfing ability. 

“Karrie Webb played her first professional event at Royal Pines and went on to become the world’s best player.

“Then there was Annika Sorenstam, who won here in 1995 and again in 2002 and 2004.

“We introduced Yani Tseng in 2010 as an amateur and a year later she won the tournament. Lorena Ochoa was another who played in the event before becoming the world’s top ranked player.

“New Zealand’s Lydia Ko played in the event before she became the best player in the world and Minjee Lee finished runner-up as an amateur in 2014.”

The RACV Ladies Masters is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and promoted as part of the
It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events.

Henderson said she was thrilled to be playing in the event.

“This will be my first time visiting Australia and seeing the Gold Coast,” she said. “I have heard wonderful things about the event, golf course and the resort.”

Last year, Henderson burst onto the scene when she won the LPGA Tour’s Cambia Portland Classic by eight shots and finished in the top-five at the Women’s US Open and Women’s PGA Championship.

She was an amateur at the time and her victory was the first by a Canadian since Lorie Kane in 2001.

Henderson is only the third player under the age of 18 to win on the LPGA Tour after New Zealand’s Lydia Ko and American Lexi Thompson.

A happy go-lucky person, Henderson is a creative player who has the ability to adapt her game to any golf course – especially long and challenging golf courses.

That’s because she hits the ball long and can comfortably draw and fade the ball when required.

Henderson, who made the Canadian national golf team at age 14, had a stellar amateur career winning the Women’s Canadian Amateur in 2013 and was runner-up at the 2014 Women’s US Amateur Championship.

As an amateur, she won three tournaments on the Canadian Women’s Tour and tied for 10
th in the 2014 Women’s US Open at the age of 16.

Henderson was the top-ranked woman amateur in the world before turning professional at the end of 2014.

Canada’s female athlete of the year in 2015, Henderson carries a 47-inch driver, which helps her generate plenty of power.

She is in the top-25 in driving accuracy (79.91 per cent) and greens hit in regulation (78.13 per cent) and ranked in the top-50 in putting average.

“I have big dreams, big goals ahead of me and I’m chasing after those,” she told LPGA.com. “Hopefully, I’ll have a long career on the LPGA Tour.”

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27-Jan-2016
Day defends as Ruffels makes pro debut

With Jason Day defending and Ryan Ruffels making his Professional debut, the PGA TOUR's Farmers Insurance Open will have a heavy Australian focus this week in California.

The pair are part of a 14 strong Australian contingent and while Day, in particular, will be under the spotlight Marc Leishman might be the Australian to surprise this week.

Day's thrilling play-off victory last year was the continuation of a string of high finishes at Torrey Pines but Leishman, too, has proved somewhat a specialist on the Southern California layout.

In seven appearances he has missed the cut only once but has two runners-up finishes and another top-10 on his resume as well.

He missed the cut by a stroke at last week's Careerbuilder tournament despite being 8-under for the three rounds played and in his seven rounds so far in 2016 has shot worse than 70 just once, indicating his game is in good shape.

The full list of Australians playing this week is: Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Aaron Baddeley, Jason Day, Rhein Gibson, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Jarrod Lyle, Geoff Ogilvy, Rod Pampling, Cameron Percy, Ryan Ruffels, John Senden and Cameron Smith.

Every week on Tour is an important one but particularly so this week for Jarrod Lyle, Rhein Gibson and Ruffels though all for different reasons.

Lyle's quest to get back his PGA TOUR card continues but with the clock ticking after a missed cut last week the pressure continues to mount.

Lyle needs to amass $209,111 to earn back his status but now has only seven tournaments left to achieve that goal.

He played decent golf at last week's Careerbuilder tournament but with the cut coming at 9-under after three rounds it was a tough school where you needed to be better than decent to play all four days.

His previous form at Torrey Pines offers little encouragement with a best of T42 in five appearances but he will be highly motivated this week and after a five birdie back nine to shoot 66 in the third round last week he is clearly hitting the ball well enough to score.

For Gibson the week is an important one as he is yet to play his best since graduating from the Web.com Tour in 2015.

In six starts he has made just one cut and with a reshuffle of priority rankings looming at the end of February he needs to move up the list to have some security for the rest of the year.

Gibson is currently 37th on the priority list which dictates tournament eligibility and needs some good performances in the next three weeks to move higher in the standings.

Having not played the tournament previously, Gibson begins the week with a clean slate though would like to make some good memories by Sunday.

While the rest of this week's Australian contingent are well into their careers for 17-year-old Ryan Ruffels the first tee Thursday morning represents a huge moment.

The teen announced a fortnight ago that he had left the amateur ranks and despite his tender years he understands what an enormous opportunity it is to make his Professional debut at one of the biggest events on the world's biggest Tour.

Expectations are high for Ruffels' future and he will feel the pressure at Torrey Pines but he is in somewhat familiar surrounds having won a World Junior tournament here in 2014.

It will be different conditions and vastly different circumstances that greet him this week but it's an exciting way to launch what many believe will be a long and successful career.

Story: PGA

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25-Jan-2016
Houston takes top honours at Q-School

Anthony Houston has secured his season on the PGA Tour of Australasia winning the Final Stage Qualifying School presented by Cobra Puma Golf at Sandhurst Golf Club.

Entering the final day three shots behind overnight leader, Callan O'Reilly, Houston fired an impressive 8-under 64 to finish on 17-under to record a four shot victory over fellow Victorian and second round leader, Jack Wilson, and Queenslander, Taylor Macdonald.

Houston opened his round steady making par on his opening hole before a hot run with the putter saw the Victorian add five birdies in six holes to his card in a round that produced seven birdies, one eagle and a lone bogey on the 11th par three.

"It's the first event I've won as a Pro, even though it's Q-School it's still a good feeling."

"I went to China Q-School last week and missed out and came home feeling pretty down on myself.

"Jack and Callan had been playing really well all week and I'd assumed they'd be three or four under, so I just kept trying to push and push and not stall. They are tough holes coming in an I just had to hit good shots."

"I think it helped not having any expectations, I just went out and played as good as I could."

With this first place finish Houston receives Tournament Exemption Category 7 (a) on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the duration of the 2016 season. His first tournament for the season will be the Oates Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links next month.

A playoff determined positions second to fifth, with Jack Wilson (13-under) Taylor Macdonald (13-under), Matthew Giles (11-under) and Chris Gaunt (11-under) rounding out the top five.

Players ranked two to five will be placed in Exemption Category 10 for the duration of the 2016 season. Those in this category are expected to gain a start in all State Based Championships as well as having a strong chance in gaining a start in a number of the tier one tournaments.

Those players ranked six to 40 will be placed in Exemption Category 13 for the duration of the 2016 season.

In addition to a Tour card, the three top performing players earn an equipment and monetary contract from Cobra Puma Golf, joining the likes of Rickie Fowler, Jonas Blixt and Graham Delaet as Cobra Puma Golf ambassadors.

Top 40 include
: Taylor Macdonald, Jake McLeod, Aaron Wilkin, Kota Kagasaki, Cory Crawford, Christopher Wood, Tim Hart and Damien Jordan.


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25-Jan-2016
Dann holds on at Lake Macquarie

Despite rainy conditions throughout the tournament, twenty-five Queenslanders teed up in the Lake Macquarie Amateur with twelve players advancing after the 54-hole cut.

 

Queensland’s Charlie Dann carded rounds of 70-68-73-67 (278) to finish two shots back from men’s champion Harrison Endycott (NSW). Dann’s bogey free round consisted of five birdies with a solid finish to the tournament.

 

Early leader Shae Wools-Cobb shot consistent rounds of 70-73-72-68 (283) with 2015 Keperra Bowl winner Anthony Quayle one shot behind.

 

The women’s event was dominated by international visitors with Hye-Jin Choi “smashing” the Ladies course record with a bogie free round 65 (279).

 

Leading Australian and Queenslander Robyn Choi struggled with round three conditions carding 82 otherwise playing solid golf all week following her previous rounds of 70-70 and final round 70 (292)

 

Sarah Yamaki was QLD’s next best placed in a tie for T10th with rounds of 75-71-76-76 and one shot ahead of fellow Queenslander Karis Davidson.

 

Final Queensland scores

Player

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Total

Charlie Dann

70

68

73

67

278

Shae Wools-Cobb

70

73

72

68

283

Anthony Quayle

69

76

73

66

284

Steven Cox

73

68

74

73

288

Kade McBride

71

72

76

71

290

Blake Proverbs

76

70

75

70

291

James Macklin

71

75

79

67

292

Mitchell Smith

70

73

81

75

299

Lawry Flynn

69

76

78

76

299

 

Player

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Total

Robyn Choi

70

70

82

70 

292

Sarah Yamaki

75

71

76

76

298

Karis Davidson

76

73

75

75

299

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22-Jan-2016
Lake Macquarie tested by the best

Players have made the most of perfect conditions for the opening round of the Lake Macquarie Amateur held at Belmont Golf Club, NSW.

 

Last year’s women’s hot shot Robyn Choi is the leading Australian firing five birdies and two bogies to sit independently in 5th position carding a 2-under round 70. The women’s event is being dominated by a strong international contingent with reigning Australian Ladies Amateur Champion Min-Ji Park leading the field at 5-under.

 

WA’s Hannah Green is the only other Australian in the top 10 shooting one-under and tied for 8th. Fellow Queenslanders aren’t far behind with Sarah Yamaki shooting 75 for T8 and Gennai Goodwin T9 with Karis Davidson, Kimberley Crawley and Dee-Dee Russell.

 

WA’s Ben Ferguson posted the men’s leading score of 65 with seven birdies and an eagle for an impressive 7-under round.

 

Leading Queensland males Anthony Quayle, Douglas Klein and Lawry Flynn sit in the top 5 after each carding opening rounds of 3-under 69.  Australian Amateur top 8 qualifier Shae Wools-Cobb sits one shot back on 70 with fellow Queenslanders Charlie Dann, and Mitchell Smith. 

 

With over a third of the field sitting on par or better, today’s second round promises to be exciting as players jostle to make the cut of the top 66 players.

 

Queensland has 25 other players in the Men’s and Women’s field.


Men’s

Women’s

Anthony Quayle

69

Robyn Choi

71

Douglas Klein

69

Sarah Yamaki

75

Lawry Flynn

69

Gennai Goodwin

76

Shae Wools-Cobb

70

Karis Davidson

76

Charlie Dann

70

Kimberley Crawley

76

Mitchell Smith

70

Dee-Dee Russell

76

James Macklin

71

Victoria Fricot

79

Kade McBride

71

Georgia Clarke

82

Hyunsik Kong

71

Margarita Zakareyshvili

82

Dylan Gardner

72

Karen Kim

83

Steven Cox

73

Jarrod Stirling

76

Blake Proverbs

76

Drew Herbet

77

Parky Park

78

 

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22-Jan-2016
Buchanan joins Australian Golf Schools

Such has been the evolution of Gold Coast-based Australian Golf Schools in recent years that its principal, Tom Linskey, has brought on board a professional to manage the day-to-day running of the coaching school.

And, with fate playing a role, AGS has secured a golfing guru. United States golf professional Paul Buchanan who, among his other talents is rated a Master Club Fitter, has recently joined the organisation as Dean of Instruction.

“This is an absolute coup for us,” says Tom, whose Australian Golf Schools operation is in its 37th year.

“Paul brings an outstanding USA pedigree with him and has a history of producing elite golfers. He is also the best club fitter I have ever seen.”

But, according to Tom, another significant attribute Buchanan delivers to Australian Golf Schools is a continuation of the solidarity of a business which has attained repeated success for almost 40 years.

“I have worked with Paul numerous times over the past four years and when he instructs it is like listening to myself,” he said.

“Admittedly, that sounds like I am blowing my own trumpet. But what it actually means is that Paul will be providing more of the same that has made us successful, but from a different perspective.

“As our longevity in this business suggests, we have operated with a very effective formula. And while Paul will bring with him new ideas and a wealth of knowledge and experience, we won’t be straying from what we know works best.”

Buchanan and his family moved to Australia from Utah four years ago for Paul to take up a senior position with Global Sports International as an educator on clubfitting and coaching for PGA professionals in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa. Melbourne had been the family’s base since moving to Australia.

“But great weather, combined with the many fine golf courses here, has been the enticement for Paul coming to the Gold Coast ,” Tom explained.

“For us it was a case of the right place at the right time, and we are absolutely thrilled to have Paul now teaching at our school.”

But while it is a coup for Australian Golf Schools, Tom says it is even better news for the students.

His stable of pupils reads like a who’s who of world golf – Lorena Ochoa, Natalie Gulbis, Spencer Levin, Peter Fowler, Ryan Fox and Anthony Brown have all advanced their game under the tutelage of Paul Buchanan.

Buchanan has been coaching professionally since 1988, but says he has had a lifelong love affair with golf and started playing when he was five.

“My dad, who is an avid golfer, was my mentor and role model. My first job, at age 15, was in the golfing industry, but my passion is coaching,” he said.

Story: TONY DURKIN

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19-Jan-2016
Three Aussies earn full China Card

The first week of the PGA Tour China's Q-School ahead of the 2016 season was a largely successful one for the Australian contingent involved at OCT Kunming Wind Valley Club.

Jake Younan's
 final round of 3-under 69 was enough to see him finish second for the week and wrap up a full year on the PGA Tour China, while countrymanDaniel Nisbet was one stroke further back at 1-under in a share of fifth.

Queenslander Christopher Wood locked up one of the final two fully-exempt spots by finishing in a share of 14th at 2-over the card, despite a 1-over 73 in the final round on Sunday.

Earning conditional status were Sydney-siders Andrew Evans and Mitch Davis in a share of 19th, while one shot further back at T23 was fellow Aussie Peter Martin.

Theodore Coroneo
 was the final Australian to earn a place on the tour, coming in at T33, with compatriot Anthony Houston not so lucky, the Victorian missing out on conditional status by a single stroke.

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18-Jan-2016
Aus Am: Queensland results

Our Queenslanders held on tight at this year’s Australian Amateur played at Metropolitan with commendable results. Eleven players made the match play event with three advancing to the next round.

Medallist winner and top-seed Charles Pilon was stand out of the week after qualifying for the 32 player match play after finishing the 36 Hole Stroke event 66- 72 taking out medallist honours. Pilon continued his streak winning all his matches confidently to reach the quarter final and top 8. Pilon’s run unfortunately came to an end against Wales’ Evan Griffith going down 6&4.

Shae Wools-Cobb also qualified for the quarter final after a T14 stroke play finish, taking out Victoria’s Matias Sanchez with a spectacular finish to make the top 8. Wools-Cobb made it an entertaining match however was defeated by last year’s Australian Open pre-qualifier Austin Bautista by one.

Queensland State player Karis Davidson was our last women’s hope after finishing T5 in the stroke play to advance to the match play tournaments. After successfully making the final last year, Davidson competed against current Australian Girls number 1 Hannah Green in an epic battle unfortunately suffering a penalty on the 17th hole after being square with two to play which resulted in the WA Champion winning by one.

Congratulations Scotland’s Connor Syme and Korea’s Min-ji Park who played stunning golf to win their respective Australian Amateur Championships, presented by Swinging Skirts.

Well done to all our Queensland Amateurs who participated in Golf Australia’s Australian Amateur #AusAm

    








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18-Jan-2016
Syme, Park win high quality Australian Amateur Championship finals

Scotland’s Connor Syme and Korea’s Min-ji Park played stunning golf today to win their respective Australian Amateur Championships, presented by Swinging Skirts.

Syme, 20, will return later this year to play the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney after winning an epic two-round final 3&2 over New South Welshman Travis Smyth at Metropolitan Golf Club.

Park, 18, similarly, won the right to play next month’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at The Grange in Adelaide, but said later that she would need her mum’s permission to make another overseas trip.

Syme was outstanding in making just two bogeys through 34 holes of a back-and-forth tussle with Smyth. The Scotsman was three under through his morning round and was again three under through 16 when Smyth’s birdie try ran by, ending the match to rapturous applause from an appreciative gallery.

“I can’t wait to get back here and play the Open. It’s my first time playing in Australia and I think it’s great, clearly,” Syme beamed.

Park was equally impressive. The shy Korean ran in 10 birdies across the 31 holes it took her to better fellow Korean Ayean Cho 6&5 in a high-quality women’s final.

“I’m really looking forward to participating (in the Women’s Australian Open) … but I’ll have to ask Mum first,” she said.

“But I hope to be back, definitely.”

Park was unofficially eight under – a number Cho, who also played well, was simply unable to match.

“I was happy to make that many birdies. My putting was good and I think that was the difference,” Park said.

Korea won the international teams event, while New South Wales won the national teams title, both playing for a trophy honouring Ross Herbert.

For additional information, please see www.golf.org.au and www.golf.org.au/australian-amateur for more stories.

Super Syme: www.golf.org.au/newsdisplay/91916

Park needs mum’s nod: www.golf.org.au/newsdisplay/91918

Smyth still a winner: www.golf.org.au/newsdisplay/91919

For videos and additional information with Syme, Park and Smyth, please see our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/golfaust

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15-Jan-2016
Cheyenne Woods returns for RACV Ladies Masters

Cheyenne Woods returns to Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast as a former champion of the RACV Ladies Masters and should she reproduce the form that saw her sweep to victory in 2014, she will have a great chance of lifting the crystal trophy for the second time.

The popular American, well-known as Tiger Woods’ niece, is making her third successive appearance in the tournament to be played from February 25-28.

Born in 1990, ironically the same year as the inaugural Australian Ladies Masters, Woods has always looked the part on the golf course – stylish and oozing charisma.

As a rookie in the field in 2014, Woods soon worked out a strategy that fitted perfectly with her ability to play to her strengths and finished two shots clear of Australian sensation Minjee Lee, an amateur at the time.

She made light work of the unfamiliar golf course and became one of only a handful of players to break par in every round when she carded 69-67-71-69 for a 276 total – 16-under par.

Woods, who joined the Ladies European Tour in 2013 and currently plays on the US LPGA Tour, was denied last year when she finished in a tie for 26th.

RACV Ladies Masters tournament chairman Bob Tuohy said Woods was “an absolute asset to the event”.

“Cheyenne will add spark to the event,” he said. “Apart from being a past champion, Cheyenne is a very good player.

“She also has a nice presence, a lot of charisma and goes about her job on the golf course in a professional manner.

“In the US, she has a huge following via Twitter, Facebook and on television, which is important when it comes to the RACV Ladies Masters.”

Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said securing the talented Woods was a win for the tournament and Queensland tourism.

“It’s fantastic to have Cheyenne back in Queensland where she scored her very first tour victory at the 2014 RACV Ladies Masters,” Minister Jones said.

“The name Woods is synonymous with world golf and Cheyenne will be a big drawcard at the RACV Ladies Masters which will bring thousands of visitors to the Gold Coast.

“Securing marquee players such as Cheyenne helps Tourism and Events Queensland achieve the objective of inspiring more visitors to experience the best destination on earth, Queensland.”

From Phoenix in Arizona, Woods is the daughter of Earl Woods Jnr, Tiger’s half brother.

She turned professional in 2012 after an All-American career at Wake Forest University. Her only previous professional victory came in 2012 in the SunCoast Series in the US.

Media Release:
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15-Jan-2016
Aus Am Queensland update

Tough conditions for Round 1 of the Australian Amateur match play played at Metropolitan Golf Club saw four women’s round of 32 matches resumed early Friday morning.

Eleven Queenslanders battled it out with top seed Charles Pilon, Kade McBride, Shae Wools-Cobb and Karis Davidson progressing to todays’ match play.

Medallist and top seed Charles Pilon continued his good form with a 3&2 victory over fellow Australian Haydn Barron.

Kade McBride defeated South Australia’s Matthew Lisk one-up.

2015 Mandurah Amateur winner Shae Wools-Cobb battled to take out NSW’s Darcy Joe two-up after turning through nine four-up.

Sung-ho Yung, the 2015 Korean Amateur champ took out Dylan Gardner one-up.

Great battle by Lochie Coleborn after nabbing one of the last four spots to make the match play, however going down to New Zealand’s Ryan Chisnall one-down.

Taiwan’s Lawerence Ting took out Queenslander Jarrod Stirling 3&1.

Collyer utilised local knowledge to beat second seed Anthony Quayle two-up in a high-class first round duel that continued right to Metropolitan's 18th green.

After opening round low score of 67 followed by 76 to make the match play, James Macklin was defeated by ACT’s Josh Armstrong 3&2.

Mitchell Smith was taken out by Scotland’s Syme Connor 4&3.

Karis Davidson had Sydney’s Chizuru Ueda dormie four-up when they resumed on the 15th tee Friday morning with Davidson returning to triumph 5&3.

The epic clash between 2015 Queensland women’s success star Robyn Choi and Hyun-kyung Park was called off for the night when they were unable to be split through 19 holes. The pair continued to the 20th tee this morning with the Korean world No.94 defeating Choi one-up.

Best of luck to our four Queenslanders progress to Round 2 of match play today

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Men’s match play progress scores
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14-Jan-2016
Pilon nabs medallist honours

In the foosteps of Jason Day, Wagga Wagga’s Charles Pilon is the men’s Australian Amateur Championship medallist.

Pilon, 17, fired an even-par 72 at tough Kingswood yesterday morning, then watched the six-under-par 66 he shot at Metropolitan stand up in a delayed round marred by wild weather

Overnight leader Kevin Yuan, among those caught in the delay, returned this morning and faltered with four bogeys in his closing six holes to slide to three under a day after his amateur course record 64 at nearby Metropolitan.

Pilon, who like world No.2 before him, attends the Hills International School in Queensland. He has qualified for his second straight matchplay phase of the #AusAm after finishing 12
th in strokeplay last year.

He will take the No.1 seed into the matchplay, with his opponent Haydn Barron after the big West Australian was one of four men through a cliffhanger 15-man playoff.

Pilon was thrilled with the “awesome” result.

“It’s a great confidence booster going into matchplay. I went out at Kingswood yesterday and just tried to get it around in square and I did exactly that,” the Golf Queensland state team member said.

“I’m very happy … it’s very good for my world rankings and give me a bit more status (towards future tournaments). That’s another really big advantage of the result.”

The affable Pilon said he was fortunate to have played in the calmer part of Wednesday’s wild weather and finish his round before play was suspended.

“It was good to get that off in the morning before the wind and heat of the afternoon – it definitely helped me a lot. It picked up the last couple of holes, so I can sympathise with the afternoon guys.”

The round of the day belonged to emerging Queenslander Anthony Quayle, whose 67 at Metropolitan franked the form he showed at last weeks’ Master of the Amateurs without any tangible success.

“That’s been coming, for sure,” Quayle said.

“I feel last week at Royal Melbourne I was pretty close and the scores didn’t reflect how I played.

Then I played solid in the first round (at Kingswood) and couldn’t quite get it done, so it was nice today to have a few under and have a score that reflects how I’m playing.”

Quayle, who won the Pacific Northwest Amateur last year in Oregon, likes his chances in the matchplay, too.

“I’m a very confident match player. The tournament I won in the US last year was a top 64 matchplay event against a pretty strong field, too, so I feel like I can do it again,” he said.

“I like matchplay – I feel like I’ve got a pretty good game plan going into it and a good mindset of how I need to approach it and get on top of my opponent, so … if I believe I can win every match, there’s no reason I can’t get it done.”

Remarkably, a 15-way tie for the 61
st-64th slots into the matchplay was resolved in just one hole when Victorians David Micheluzzi and Blake Collyer, Perth’s Barron and young Queenslander Lochie Coleborn who were the only players to make par on the tough par-four 10th hole.

A four-way women’s playoff for three berths took two holes to resolve with Queenslander Lauren Mason eliminated with a bogey on the par-three 11
th.

New Zealand’s Alanna Campbell made a par to advance after both made bogeys on the 10
th, with birdie and par good enough on that hole for Hannele Mikkola, of Finland, and Victorian Lisa Teo, respectively.

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11-Jan-2016
From long way back, Dann chasing hard

There’s a picture of a young Charlie Dann caddying for John Daly on his website that, if you could caption it, would surely say “golf’s odd couple”.

Aside from golfing ability, the two are about as disparate as you could possibly manage.

Daly is the brash, loud American; Dann the impeccably polite young Queenslander who until a couple of years ago was quietly working in the Peregian Springs pro shop.

But that’s all changing – except for the parts about manners and volume.

Dann, 23, is charging; rapidly making up for what he’d tell you was a slow start along a different path that many at this week’s Australian Amateur Championship have trodden.

There are 30 Australian amateurs higher than Dann on the world rankings.

But only a small number, if any, are more dedicated.

Dann is travelling with the Queensland Academy of Sport squad this week even though he’s not yet a member.

He arrives at Metropolitan and Kingswood on the back of an outstanding run to third position – and leading Aussie – at last week’s Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne.

Both are factors that all point to what could be the most important aspect of Dann’s game, this week and beyond – he’s starting to feel like he belongs.
“Absolutely, I’m starting to believe it for sure, now. It has taken a year, but it’s been very promising,” Dann said.

“Obviously being an amateur it’s all about getting experience and being able to put yourself into that position where you can perform at the high level.
“I’m starting to do that more and more now and to get into that position (last) week was what I wanted to do.

“It wasn’t really about winning or losing … it was about being here and making the most of the opportunity … and I think I did that.”
And that typifies Dann’s understated manner.

The Sunshine Coaster, who trains with QAS assistant coach Grant Field at Pelican Waters, started his final round at Royal Melbourne six shots adrift of world No.8 and eventual winner Aaron Wise.

But after an eagle on the West Course’s 12th, then birdies on the 14th and 15th, Dann was suddenly within a shot of the lead at six under for his round as most of the field went into reverse.

A hint of understandable nerves and one of Australia’s toughest closing stretches combined for three closing bogeys, but it didn’t diminish the achievement.

“It was a very enjoyable round, playing really nicely and I’ve probably never putted better in my life, so that was very exciting,” he said.
“I had a couple of birdies in the middle stretch of the back nine, so it was good to get that feeling (of contesting the lead).
“The greens were immaculate and it’s a privilege to play here.”

And that typifies the outstanding – and information-hungry – attitude Dann brings to the table this week.

Golf Australia national coach and QAS program boss Tony Meyer said Dann’s rapid improvement had been because he’d finally been able to dedicate himself.

“From 18-21 he was working at Peregian, so he couldn’t really focus on his game,” Meyer said.

“But he’s going hard at it now working with Grant and really coming into his own.

“Charlie’s a really good guy and a really hard worker. He’s the sort of guy who’ll hang around to see better players when he’s finished his round and learn something new.

“I suppose you could say he’s a late bloomer … his game has really developed and he’s shown some good results which is great considering how hard he works on his game.”

For his part, Dann is just thriving on lessons he’s filing away on some of Australia’s greatest courses – with Metropolitan and Kingswood adding to his education.

“The condition of these courses is amazing and I can’t wait to roll some more putts in on such beautiful greens.”
Sounds just like John Daly, right? Not.

Story: Golf Australia

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08-Jan-2016
Orchard leads at Moss Vale Pro-am

Queenslander Ali Orchard will take a 2 shot lead into the 2nd and final round of the Moss Vale ALPG Pro-am tomorrow, after shooting a 6 under par 67 in tough windy conditions today.

It was an up and down day for the 24 year old left hander from the Gold Coast, who is playing in just her second season on the ALPG Tour “After a double bogey 6 at the first hole, I thought to myself you are just going to have to really grind this out today, the conditions are tough and everyone is going to have a bad hole somewhere” Grind out she did, Orchard  bounced back straight away with a birdie at the par 3 2nd hole, and followed that up at the 5th with an eagle 3 to get her into red numbers. Birdies at 7 and 9 saw Orchard make the turn in 3 under par, and after a back nine which included 3 birdies, an eagle and 2 bogeys she signed for 67.

Orchard just last week completed her PGA traineeship, and felt that for the first time in her career was able to go out and completely focus on her game. “For the past four days I have had nothing else to focus on apart from my golf. Normally I am stressing that I have an assignment to hand in or something else to do so it has been great for me just to focus on my golf for a change. I am so fortunate that I have such a great team around me who have stuck with me while I finished my degree and my traineeship. I really need to thank my coach Michael Jones, my sponsors Retail Food Group and Taylor Made, without them I couldn’t be out here with this opportunity”
Orchard made history in June earlier this year when she became the first female to win the prestigious Pampling Plate which is awarded to the Queensland PGA Trainee Match Play champion.

In 2nd place two shots adrift at 4 under par are Mexico’s Ana Menendez and American Sydney Cox, while ALPG legend and eight time LPGA tour winner Rachel Hetherington is lurking just a shot further back after a 3 under par 70.

At 2 under par is a group of eleven players including 2014 champion Sarah Kemp, Stacey Keating, Stephanie Na, Englishwomen Felicity Johnson and rookie Hayley Bettencourt.

Better weather conditions are expected tomorrow, the 2nd and final round will commence at 6:58am.

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07-Jan-2016
World Cup of Golf returns to team format at Kingston Heath Golf Club, November 21-27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2016

Melbourne, Victoria, AUS –
Tournament officials announced today that the 58th edition of the World Cup of Golf will be played at Kingston Heath Golf Club, with the format returning to team play (two-man teams) from 28 different countries squaring off on November 21-27, 2016, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

One of the most historic global events in the game, the World Cup of Golf has been played 57 times in 25 countries and will carry an $8 million (US) purse with the first-place team splitting $2.56 million. The event boasts an impressive and prestigious list of winners that includes the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Davis Love III, Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros, Arnold Palmer, Bernhard Langer, Sam Snead, Peter Thomson, Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Jason Day, among many others.

Kingston Heath is one of Australia’s best golf courses and consistently ranked among the top 50 courses in the world. The course is renowned for its natural charm and strategies created by its superbly crafted greens and bunkers. The signature par-3 15th hole is one of the classic short holes in Australia, if not the world.

Kingston Heath has hosted numerous prestigious events over its history including the men’s Australian Open, (1948, 1957, 1970, 1983, 1989, 1995, 2000), Women’s Australian Open (2008), Australian Matchplay Championship (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992) and the Australian Masters (2009, 2012). Winners of these events include names like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Ian Baker-Finch, Greg Norman, Peter Senior, Karrie Webb and Gary Player.

“The World Cup of Golf has a long and storied history as one of the true international events in our sport,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “On behalf of the International Federation of PGA Tours, we are thrilled that a course with the reputation and standing such as Kingston Heath will serve as the tournament’s host venue in 2016. The fans in the Sandbelt region of Australia are some of the best in the world and our players consider themselves extremely fortunate every time they are able to play in an event of this stature in the Melbourne area. Our thanks go out to the Victorian Government for their partnership in both the past and future events.”

Acting Minister for Tourism and Major Events for the State of Victoria, Philip Dalidakis said "We are thrilled to welcome the World Cup of Golf back to Melbourne's magnificent Sandbelt. It's another great addition to our outstanding major events calendar, which already contributes so much to Victoria's economy. We look forward to welcoming the world's best golfers and fans from around the globe to Melbourne in November."

“We’re looking forward to the World Cup of Golf this November. We are thrilled that one of Australia’s truly great golf courses will host some of the world’s great players, showcasing our great game to Australia and the world,” said Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of PGA Tour of Australasia.

“We at Kingston Heath are delighted that the International Federation of PGA Tours and the International Golf Association are bringing the 2016 World Cup of Golf back to the Melbourne Sandbelt,” said Club Captain Peter Clark. “Our Club has a rich history of hosting major golfing events and we look forward to welcoming the world’s best players and modern day champions to The Heath in November.”

“The World Cup of Golf was started back in 1953 for the Goodwill of the sport,” said Jon Linen, Chairman of the International Golf Association. “It has become an iconic international event, carrying the torch for golf on a global scale. The event has had a long history of being contested in Melbourne, Australia, as the world’s best players rave about the courses, the atmosphere and the great fans in the Sandbelt region.”

The 2016 World Cup of Golf will mark the fifth time in the tournament’s history that it will be played in Australia and the first at any course other than Royal Melbourne.

Previous World Cup of Golf events in Australia;
Year Winning Country/Players
1959 Australia (Peter Thomson/Kel Nagle)
1972 Chinese Taipei (Hsieh Min-Nan/Lu Liang-Huan)
1988 United States (Ben Crenshaw/Mark McCumber)
2013 Australia (Jason Day/Adam Scott)

The 2016 tournament will return to a 72-hole, stroke play, two-man team event format. The first and third days of competition will be the foursomes (alternate shot) format and the second and final days are fourball (best ball) play.

The top 28 available players of different countries from the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, August 1, 2016 (Monday after the PGA Championship) will choose their teammates for the competition. As the defending Individual Champion of the 2013 World Cup of Golf, Jason Day will qualify automatically as the top-ranked player for Australia. Day will be allowed to choose his partner. All other of the top 28 players have until Thursday, August 12, 2016, to commit to play in the tournament. The deadline for each exempt player to select his partner is August 26, 2016.

“It’s great that the World Cup of Golf is going to Kingston Heath,” said defending champion and No. 2-ranked player in the world, Jason Day. “The course has tremendous tradition and it is one of the reasons that Melbourne's Sandbelt is considered home to several of the world's great golf courses.”

The World Cup of Golf Information –
Web-site – http://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/world-cup-of-golf.html
In 1953 when the inaugural Canada Cup and International Golf Championship—as the World Cup of Golf was then called—took place in Montreal, Canada, it was a relatively low-key event with just seven nations taking part. Since then it has grown into the greatest world team event in the game of golf, where teams of two players representing 28 countries compete for the prestigious title on some of the finest courses around the globe.

The tournament has been graced by the greatest names in the history of the game. Some winners: Peter Thomson and Kel Nagle (winners for Australia in 1954); Ben Hogan and Sam Snead (winners for the U.S. in 1956); four-time winners Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (for the U.S. in 1963-64 and 1966-67); four-time winners Davis Love III and Fred Couples (for the U.S. in 1992-95); Gary Player and Harold Henning (winners for South Africa in 1965); Tiger Woods and David Duval (U.S. winners in 2000) and Jason Day and Adam Scott in the last playing of the event in 2013.

It was no coincidence that the first event was held in Montreal, for the Canada Cup and International Golf Championship was the brainchild of industrialist John Jay Hopkins, founder of Canadair. The trophy that will be presented to the winning team bears his name. Hopkins could justifiably be called the Founding Father of international golf. He believed deeply in golf’s potential to promote goodwill among all the nations in the world.

“Golf is a civilized and a civilizing game,” he once said. “It’s a game for good neighbors. It has the spice of good competition, while imposing the highest moral restraints.”

Hopkins’ devotion to golf led him to establish the International Golf Association in New York in 1952 with the mission of promoting, “International Goodwill Through Golf.”

“It is my hope that the International Tournament will serve through the spirit of the game to bind people together. The thousands, and hopefully, ultimately millions who watch these sportsmen must inevitably recognize the common bond that links all nations.”

The tournament became known as the World Cup of Golf in 1967.

Quotes about Kingston Heath Golf Club
Tiger Woods - "Unbelievable golf course, I've always been a huge fan of Sandbelt golf courses. The bunkering is just phenomenal. You don't get to see bunkering like this in any other place in the world. I've always loved coming down here and playing these golf courses… it' a treat. You don't need a golf course to be 7,700 yards for it to be hard. You can build it just like this.”

Ian Baker-Finch - “My favourite golf course in Australia and one of the World's best.”

Geoff Ogilvy - "We play a lot of unbelievable courses on the PGA TOUR, but Kingston Heath would be far and away the best of the regular tournament courses - that's not including the Majors. The US Open has stunning courses, but overall, most of the American courses are nowhere near as good as Kingston Heath.”

Ian Poulter – “Kingston Heath is totally awesome. Someone please tell modern day architects we don't need 
8000 yard tracks they're not enjoyable. Best yet.”

More information will soon be made available with relation to ticket and hospitality sales. Those interested for sponsorship related questions should e-mail WorldCupOfGolf@PGATOURHQ.COM.

The World Cup of Golf is the fifth worldwide event sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours, joining the four World Golf Championships – Dell Match Play (Austin, Texas, USA); Cadillac Championship (Florida, USA); Bridgestone Invitational (Ohio, USA); and HSBC Champions (Shanghai, China).

About Melbourne, Victoria
Voted the world's most liveable city for the past five years, Melbourne is a leader in staging international sporting and cultural events, with its super-friendly people ready to welcome World Cup of Golf visitors. The city is famed for its laneways and cafe culture, known as Australia's coffee capital, and is home to vibrant arts, music and fashion scenes. Melbourne's food credentials are attracting global attention and the city is the gateway to Victoria, including 21 wine regions, the stunning Great Ocean Road scenic drive and abundant native Australian wildlife.

Victoria's landscapes offer everything from international surf beaches, islands and coastal experiences to Alpine mountain ranges and inland lakes. Victoria is also a popular destination for domestic and international golfing tourism, famed for its sandbelts and home to picturesque, challenging courses that suit every ability.

Media assistance is available for World Cup media wishing to develop destination related content, research locations for outside broadcasts, interview local personalities and access rights free footage. Please contact destinationpr@tourism.vic.gov.au with any requests. Destination information is also available at www.visitmelbourne.com

About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organization, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis. As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999. The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999.

In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

About the International Golf Association
The International Golf Association (IGA) is a not-for-profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York in 1956. IGA is governed by its six-member Board of Directors. Jonathan Linen is the IGA Board Chairman. Through its association with the International Federation of PGA Tours, IGA continues its international goodwill through golf mission and looks forward to the 2016 return of the World Cup of Golf to Melbourne and a new Sandbelt region course in historic Kingston Heath Golf Club.

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05-Jan-2016
Day, Spieth square off in Hawaii

Golf fans did not have to wait long for the duel that is causing so much anticipation in 2016. Jason Day versus Jordan Spieth is on from Thursday in Hawaii, and it is a world heavyweight championship rematch.

 Spieth, the world No. 1 and Day, the world No. 2, are teeing it up in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, a 32-player event for tournament winners from the previous season, at the beautiful Plantation Course at Kapalua on the island of Maui.

Day has not played anywhere since the Presidents Cup in South Korea in October, declining Tiger Woods' tournament in the Bahamas and the Emirates Australian Open late in the year so that he could spend time with his wife Ellie, and their new-born daughter Lucy.

But the 28-year-old Australian will be well-rested and keen to pick up from the 2015 form where he won five times, including four of his past six starts, secured his first major -- the US PGA Championship -- and climbed to world No. 1 for the first time.

Spieth, who conjured an even better year, overhauled Day to win the Fedex Cup, the season-long points race on the US PGA Tour, at Atlanta in September, and along with Rory McIlroy (who is not playing this week) and American Rickie Fowler (who is) they represent the exciting bunch of younger men who have taken the mantle held for so long by the ailing Tiger Woods.

Day finished tied-third at Kapalua last year, flying home with a course record-equalling 61 on the final day.

Steven Bowditch is the other Australian in a field that is strong, including Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson from the top 10 on the world rankings.

Story: Golf Australia

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19-Dec-2015
Choi and Lyon crowned 2015 Greg Norman Junior Masters Champions

Peter Lyon (Southport) and Robyn Choi (Royal Pines) have claimed victory in spectacular style at the 2015 Greg Norman Junior Masters celebrating 25 years of the prestigious Queensland junior event. Lyon and Choi overcame their opponents during four intense days at Palmer Gold Coast and Palmer Colonial this week.

The 72-hole event commenced on Monday at Palmer Colonial with Tuesday’s round played at Palmer Gold Coast. Wednesday was a rest day with the final two days at Palmer Gold Coast and Friday’s final 18 holes played at Palmer Colonial.

Over 224 eager and aspiring junior golfers from around Queensland participated in the 25
th commemorative year of event with each of the six divisions reduced by 60% after 54 holes on Thursday, leaving the leading 40% of players in each division plus ties.

BOYS
Peter Lyon has finally had his break-through win claiming the boys’ championship title over Charles Pilon (Hills) after a gruelling six-hole playoff.

Carding rounds of 70-70-72, Lyon headed into the final round as the overnight leader with Pilon trailing by one shot. A double-bogey on the first hole was quickly forgotten as Lyon followed up with three birdies and two bogeys to finish on 73. Pilon’s burning desire to take home a title after finishing runner-up to Louis Dobbelaar during last week’s QLD Boy’s Amateur was ignited making four birdies, two bogeys, and a double bogey to put both players and playing partner Lachlan Barker (Glenelg) in a three-way tie heading down the 18
th.

All three players hit fantastic drives with short approaches and birdie opportunities lying in wait, however each missing the green resulted in a scramble to secure putts to be in contention for the playoff. Lyon recovered from the bunker to make par with Pilon’s safe chip earning him a spot in the playoff, however a bogey on the last for Barker cost him his chance for a playoff and the title.

What happened next in the playoff could only be described as ‘nail-bitting and enthralling’ as Lyon and Pilon battled over six gruelling holes for the championship. Friends, family and fellow players came out in force to support the boys, both worthy contenders. Square, after square, after square hole, it was only on the 18
th for the third time that day that we found a winner.

Lyon’s troubled drive in the left trees and chip-out narrowly missing the water saw his chances start to fade leaving Pilon with an easy approach to the green. Not giving up hope yet, Lyon chipped-in his 3m approach from the fringe, fist-bumping in joy to make par and put pressure on Pilon to make his par putt after putting his approach in the back bunker. Pilon’s saving grace putt narrowly missed and saw Peter Lyon take out his first championship title. Both players are to be congratulated on their excellent display of sportsmanship, noted by Director Charlie Earp.

Charles congratulated Peter during his runner-up acceptance speech jokingly quoting “you could tell neither of us wanted to win” referring to the excruciating six hole playoff which was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Louis Dobbelaar (Brookwater) continued his successful streak taking out the 15 Years & Under Boys division after last week becoming the QLD Boys’ Amateur champion at Indooroopilly. At just 14 years of age, Dobbelaar’s rounds of 75-77-70-70 was highly commended by Tony Rollins, seven shots clear of City GC’s Sam Blackshaw.

Junior star Elvis Smylie (Southport) won the 13 Years & Under boys division carding rounds of 77-71-80-74 (302) with Sanctuary Cove’s Jae Young Han finishing two shots behind on 304.

Aces of the week belong to Peter Lyon who had a hole-in-one on the 135m 4
th hole at Palmer Gold Coast, with Jack Pountney following in style with an ace on the 17th.

GIRLS
Robyn Choi capped off a stellar year winning the girls’ championship after already claiming three prestigious titles within the past months including the Katherine Kirk Classic, Queensland Amateur (Matchplay), and Queensland Girls’ Amateur.

Robyn has been the commanding force in Queensland Women’s golf this year with a score of 9-under and rounds of 67-71-76-68 (282) to take out the title, a single shot ahead of fellow friend and state team member Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe) displaying consistent rounds of 70-68-75-70.

Choi said she was “nervous but confident” with Hodgkins leading by one shot heading into the final round at Palmer Colonial. Choi’s exceptional five-under round included an eagle, four birdies and a bogey; a round much to be desired by all golfers. An eagle on the final nine further ignited Choi’s confidence with a chip-in on twelve putting the pressure on Hodgkins to deliver. Hodgkins returned with a consistent round which included four birdies and a bogey finishing 8-under for the tournament, and one shot away from the championship.

CEO Rae Clark also extended an invitation for Robyn to play at the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters played at her home course Royal Pines 25-28th February, competing with the likes of Karrie Webb, Katherine Kirk and defending Australian Champion Su Oh.

Min Kweon (Sanctuary Cove) returned to take out the 15 Years & Under Girls title with a score of 293 (75-76-73-69) after winning the 13 Years & Under division last year. Kweon was six shots clear from NSW’s runner-up Hannah Park (77-75-71-76).

Emerald Lakes member Lion Higo defied her incredible eight-handicap winning the 13 Years & Under division with rounds of 77-80-80-78 (315), with Eloise Taylor (Sanctuary Cove) outright runner-up on 324.

Special thanks to sponsors Palmer Golf Australia, Titleist, and Golf Queensland for their ongoing support during the tournament. Thank you to all the districts, delegates, and partners who assisted with the tournament as well as Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Maverick Antcliff who visited the juniors on Sunday during the opening ceremony to provide inspiration which all juniors and parents thoroughly enjoyed.

Sincere thanks must go to CEO Rae Clark, Director Charlie Earp, committee member Tony Rollins and the Junior Golf Queensland Foundation team Scott Simons, Tanya and Doug for their ongoing efforts to deliver a fantastic and renowned Queensland junior event. 2016 will see the consolidation of the Golf Queensland and the Junior Golf Foundation of Queensland junior operations to form one united body for junior golf in Queensland with exciting developments to come in the New Year.

Enjoy the summer of golf!

Overall Boys Champion – Peter Lyon (285)
Overall Girls Champion – Robyn Choi (282)

Boys Runner-Up – Charles Pilon (285)
Girls Runner-Up – Kirsty Hodgkins (283)

15 Years & Under Boys winner – Louis Dobbelaar (292)
15 Years & Under Girls winner – Min Kewon (293)

13 Years & Under Boys winner – Elvis Smylie (302)
13 Years & Under Girls winner – Lion Higo (315)

Final round photos will be available later today on the Golf Queensland Facebook page

For all final scores please visit
http://www.golfqueensland.org.au/gq-events/greg-norman-junior-masters-2


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18-Dec-2015
Senior the master of Sunshine Coast Legends

Australian Masters champion Peter Senior has continued a successful summer back home taking out the inaugural Sunshine Coast Masters with a final round score of 5-under par to finish on 14-under par over the four rounds.

The unique event saw PGA Legend Professionals compete at three separate E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour pro-ams throughout the week where the players with the best three aggregate score contested the final round at Twin Waters Golf Club, where their score would then be added to result in a four round combined score.

Hosting the Legends over the week have been the Sunshine Coast courses Noosa Golf Club, Peregian Springs Golf Club and Twin Waters.

Starting the day already at 9-under par Senior was five shots clear of his nearest rival Tim Elliot who fired a 3-under round at the Cricks Twin Waters Pro-Am to move up the overall series leaderboard. Also in the lead group was Richard Backwell who was the outright winner at the same event and one shot behind Elliot on the overall standings.

Already a winner this week at the Noosa Legends Pro-Am and narrowly missing out in a playoff at the Australian Legends Championship at Byron Bay, Senior was at his consistent best.

"This has been a great week for me and I can only congratulate all the players on the performances this week in making it a wonderful series of events," said Senior.

"It's great to have golf on the map in the area again and thanks has to go to Ian Baker-Finch for his efforts in getting this off the ground with the host golf clubs."

Senior will now look to take a break over the Christmas period before returning to the US at the end of January to compete on the Champions Tour for the 2016 season.

Story: PGA Australia

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17-Dec-2015
Senior wins at Noosa
Peter Senior continues to have successful Australian summer with a win at the Noosa Legends Pro-Am which starts a week of Sunshine Coast Legends events.

Carding a 5-under 67 Senior finished two shots clear of his nearest rivals Mike Zilko and Michael Barry.

A stellar field of over 70 Professionals competed including Ian Baker-Finch, who enjoys playing on the E-Z-GO Legends Tour when back in Australia, along with many other high calibre Professionals such as Mike Harwood, Terry Price and David Merriman.

The Sunshine Coast lived up to its namesake and Professionals enjoying favourable weather conditions all day with only mild easterly breezes to contend with.

One of the three golf course being played this week, the Noosa Golf Club has hosted the E-Z-GO Legends PGA tour for over three years. 

Local Professional and tour regular Mark Tickle was buoyed by the support given to the event by such recognised players.

"To have the likes of Baker-Finch and Senior wishing to come and play has really caused the club and local community a great deal of excitement," said Tickle.

"The club and its members love having these players come each year and I hope that we can continue to see such talent come and compete."

Senior started his round with two birdies and after a bogey on the par 3 7th hole was able to pick up a shot on the 9th to turn at 2-under par. His form continued on the back nine with birdies on 13, 16 and 18th holes.

"I can't remember when I was here last but I enjoyed being back," said Senior. 

"I'm thankful that Ian Baker-Finch invited me to get up here this week and I'm looking forward to the next few days."

Players will now head to Peregian Springs Golf Club on Wednesday for the second of three rounds before the leading players will compete for the Sunshine Coast Masters come Friday. For all event details click here.

Story: PGA Australia

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15-Dec-2015
World No.1 Ko, Webb, Lee commit to Adelaide

World No.1 Lydia Ko will defend her ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open championship in Adelaide.

The New Zealander, still just 18, became the youngest winner in the tournament’s storied history when she saluted at Royal Melbourne in February.

She will be joined on The Grange Golf Club’s West Course by Australia’s top-ranked players, LPGA Tour winner Minjee Lee and five-time national champion Karrie Webb – the first confirmed starters in what will be a star-studded field back in South Australia for the first time in 21 years.

Ko, who went on to win the LPGA’s season-long Race to the CME Globe as the Tour’s top player for 2015, is excited to return to Australia, the scene of several defining moments in her career.

“The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open really helped to jump-start a great year for me in 2015 and I am thrilled to be the defending champion,” Ko said.

“It’s always fun for us to play in front of our fans in Australia and we are already hearing good things about The Grange Golf Club.”

Webb, the record-holding five-time champion, is keen to kickstart her 2016 campaign with another title as she builds towards what she hopes will be an historic Olympic tilt.

“The Patricia Bridges Bowl has always been special to me – it’s a great trophy with some great names on it,” Webb said.

“It’s fantastic for the tournament to get back to South Australia and I can’t think of a better way to start a big year than by getting into contention on Sunday afternoon in Adelaide.”

Lee, 19, was low amateur at the Open at Victoria in 2014 (T11 overall), leading Australian as a pro in 2015 (T7) and is looking to continue that progression in Adelaide.

“It would be fantastic to take that next step – it would mean a lot to go well in my national championship,” Lee said.

“I can’t wait to get to Adelaide and take on the world’s best players in our own backyard again.”

South Australian Minister for Tourism Leon Bignell said securing these high-profile players was a huge boost for the tournament.

“To have professionals of this calibre commit so early is an excellent indicator of the high standard international event we can all look forward to in February,” Mr Bignell said.

“No doubt fans from around the globe will turn their attention to Adelaide to watch the performance of the world’s best golfers.

“We want to welcome people from around Australia and the world to the beautiful Grange golf course in our stunning capital, Adelaide.

“The state’s visitor economy is expected to feel the effects with a healthy boost of $3.7 million expected during the Open.”

Golf Australia’s tournament director Trevor Herden was thrilled with the early interest from the world’s best players.

“We are extremely happy to announce these three great names to get the ball rolling, but we’re very confident it is just a taste of things to come in terms of building the field,” Herden said.

“In days and weeks to come, we can expect a raft of the world’s best players to join us in Adelaide.”

The 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be held from February 18-21 on The Grange Golf Club’s West Course.

Tickets on sale now at www.Ticketek.com.au

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The 2016 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, is the flagship tournament on the ALPG Tour and is jointly sanctioned by the LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

The prizemoney is $US1.3million (approx. $AUD1.8million), making it the largest prize purse in Australian golf this summer.

Website: http://www.WomensAusOpen.com

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15-Dec-2015
Legends look to master the Sunshine Coast

The best PGA Legends Professionals will converge on the Sunshine Coast this week to compete on three of the most recognised golf courses the area has on offer to wrap up the 2015 E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour season.

Players will kick off the week of events at Noosa Golf Club tomorrow, then to Peregian Springs and Twin Waters Golf Club's in the days following.

The three individual pro-ams totalling $60,000 in prizemoney will culminate with the inaugural Sunshine Coast Masters tournament on Friday where the leading 29 Professionals from the three previous tournaments will share in a bonus $20,000 to also be played at Twin Waters.

The driving force behind the week and the unique format is Australian golfing legend Ian Baker-Finch who dedicates much of his time when back in Australia to not only his commentary commitments, but also supporting the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour.

Baker-Finch will be competing in each event during the week and no doubt will want to be at the top of the leaderboard by week's end.

"I enjoy coming home and playing in Australia and I'm sure we will see some of the best that our Legend Professionals can offer this week," said Baker-Finch.

"The Sunshine Coast is a fantastic destination to finish the season for the players and we are looking forward to having so many of our greatest names supporting the week."

Also making an appearance this week is Peter Senior who is in great form after his win at the Australian Masters but also coming off a narrow loss on the weekend at the Australian Legends Tour Championship held at Byron Bay. 

Senior lost to fellow Queenslander Tod Power in a playoff so will be looking for redemption in the coming days.

Other players to compliment the strong field of Professionals include Rodger Davis, Mike Harwood, David Merriman and Terry Price, not to mention the next generation of Legends looking to make a mark on the tour.

Credit: Golf Australia

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15-Dec-2015
Wins will come for young ace Smith
BRENDALE golfer Cameron Smith says lessons learnt during the final round of the Australian PGA Championship will serve him well when he next gets a shot at victory.

Smith took the outright lead during the final round at Royal Pines on Sunday, after a birdie on the 12th hole, but bogeyed the 13th, 16th and 17th to finish fifth.

The 22-year-old said it was another valuable experience in what had been a career-building year.

“It’s always good to be in contention on a Sunday, that’s for sure. In the last nine holes, a few things didn’t go my way, but that’s golf,” Smith said.

“I’ve always been good at controlling my ball flight, so when it’s windy ... I tend to go quite well.”

The Australian summer of golf Cameron Smith “couldn’t speak highly enough” of Jordan Spieth, but is working on his game to ensure he can match it with the world No.1 when they inevitably cross paths. Both are 22 years old, meaning Smith can expect to see Spieth towards the top of the leaderboard for many years to come. But there’s no shortage of belief from the Brendale golfer. “That’s the goal,” Smith said. “He’s unbelievable. But definitely all the young guys playing professionally believe they can do it.” was a welcome excuse to return home for an extended period after spending most of the year abroad.

After going into the year with invitations to seven tournaments in the US, Smith said he was “pretty happy” with his efforts.

“We just thought we’d have a crack and I wasn’t really expecting too much going into it, and I got a tour card out of it,” he said.

But Smith still can’t comprehend his fourth-place finish at the US Open. 
“It was just a good week and my game was on,” he said.

Smith said he didn’t feel under pressure to deliver a win. 
“Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to win, but I just need to keep doing the right things ... and the time will come,” he said.

Smith returns to the US in January for the start of the 2016 tour.

Story & Photo: Quest News 
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14-Dec-2015
Felton launches career with NSW PGA victory

West Australian Jarryd Felton has won his first Professional title in just his fifth start at a Pro.

Firing a final round 4-under 68, Felton secured a two shot win at the NSW PGA Championship with a tournament total 13-under 275.

It's an impressive victory for the 20-year-old who had to pre-qualify for the tournament but has now set up his career at home with exemption onto the PGA Tour of Australasia for the next two years.

Feeling comfortable throughout the round, Felton was unaware of his position at the top of the leaderboard until the 18
th green by which time, thanks to a birdie on the 17th, he had a two shot lead.

Finishing in share of runner-up on 11-under 277 are PGA TOUR player Rhein Gibson, PGA Tour of Australasia player of the Year Matthew Millar, James Nitties, Anthony Summers and Geoff Drakeford.

A shot further back finishing outright 7
th was Max McCardle, while rounding out the top-10 on 8-under the card were David McKenzie, Peter Cooke and Christopher Wood.

For all final scores please visit 
pga.org.au.

As the final event on the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, there was a lot on the line with some players in the field looking to maintain their cards for 2016. For a full summary of what players needed to do please visit pga.org.au.

For the final PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit please visit 
pga.org.au.

Key Quotes
Jarryd Felton, 65, 74, 68, 68, 13-under 275, champion

"I'm over the moon, walking down the last I didn't really know what the situation was but I saw the leaderboard and it was quite overwhelming."

"I was really impressed with myself; I stuck to what was best for me. I started with a birdie and normally I kind of get a little ahead of myself and think hear I go, I can win this tournament. But it was definitely too early to think that and I just kept going along making some birdies and some nice par saves. The birdie on 17 made me feel really good, then walking down 18 was great."

"The highlight was the 20 footer that I holed on 17 for birdie. I knew I had to coast it down to make par to keep in it, not realising what was going on, to hole it was a bonus."

"It takes a lot of pressure off, a trip to Q-School was on the cards obviously so it's taken that extra pressure off, I can plan out my year now so we will go from there."

Story: Golf Australia
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14-Dec-2015
Gregory Foo and Rebecca Kay take out 2015 Port Phillip Amateur Titles

Gregory Foo from Singapore has won the 2015 Men’s Port Phillip Amateur while Coolangatta’s Rebecca Kay has taken out the Women’s Port Phillip Amateur following the final 36-holes played at the Kingston Heath Golf Club on Sunday 13 December.

A member of the Singaporean National Squad, Foo came home with a final round of 71 for a four round total of 286 to win the men’s title by a solitary stroke from Sandhurst’s Brett Coletta. Trailing overnight leader Coletta by a stroke after the opening 36-holes, Foo gained the ascendancy with a superb three-under par morning round of 69.

In a high quality battle during the afternoon, matching one-under par closing rounds saw 22-year-old Foo hold on to outlast the Australian National Squad member for his first major foreign title.

The Women’s title saw Australian Junior Squad member,
Kay play superb golf over the final day. After rounds of 79 and 77 at Commonwealth, the 16-year-old from Queensland followed a morning even-par round of 73 with a one-under 72 to finish on a four round total of 301.

Leading amateur at this year’s Australian Ladies Masters, Kay won the women’s title by two-strokes from Amanda Tan from Singapore who closed with a 75 for a 72-hole total of 303. Kingston Heath’s Dayle Marshall finished in third position on 306 after closing with an even-par 73.

After the cool and windy conditions over the opening two rounds of the Championship, a perfect Melbourne summer’s day greeted players for the final 36-holes at Kingston Heath, creating good scoring opportunities for the 59 men and 23 women who qualified from the opening two rounds played at Commonwealth on Friday and Saturday.

While a moderate southerly breeze came up during the afternoon, clear skies and warm temperatures made for ideal playing conditions.

Following the appreciated support of the Commonwealth and Kingston Heath Golf Clubs, the qualifying rounds of the Victorian Amateur have been held in conjunction with the Port Phillip Amateur from 2008 for the men and from 2012 for the women.

The leading 32 men with 72-hole scores of 303 or better and the leading 16 women with 72-hole scores of 319 or better following the completion of the Port Phillip Amateur now progress to the match play rounds of the Victorian Amateur Championship which will also be played at Kingston Heath and Commonwealth.

A play-off was needed to decide the final three qualifying positions for the men between four players tied on 303. Tim Hardham, Mark Boulton and Tony Lee were the successful player following a sudden-death play-off with Markopolo Fullep. The match play rounds will begin at the Commonwealth Golf Club from 7.30am on Monday 14 December culminating in the 36-hole Men’s and Women’s finals on Wednesday 16 December.

The Men’s Port Phillip Amateur commenced in 1976 and has been played annually over that time at Kingston Heath and Commonwealth within Melbourne’s Sand Belt. The 72-hole Championship boasts former winners such as Mike Clayton (1977 & 1980), Brad Hughes (1987 & 1988), Craig Spence (1994), Stephen Allan (1995) and Scott Gardiner (1999).

The Women’s Port Phillip Amateur commenced in 2012 with Metropolitan’s Su-Hyun Oh winning in both 2012 and 2013 with talented youngster Shelly Shin from NSW victorious in 2014.

Final results for the 2015 Port Phillip Open Amateur can be found via the following links:

2015 Men's Port Phillip Amateur - Final Results

2015 Women's Port Phillip Amateur - Final Results

Photo: Kingston Heath Captain Peter Clark (left) and Commonwealth Captain Geoff Hardy (right) with 2015 Port Phillip Amateur Champions - Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta) and Gregory Foo (Singapore)

Story: Golf Victoria
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10-Dec-2015
Dobbelaar and Choi cap stellar year with Qld Boys and Girls Amateur Titles

Louis Dobbelaar (Brookwater) and Robyn Choi (Emerald Lakes) have claimed victory in their respective Qld Junior amateur championships after overcoming their rivals during three intense and taxing days at Indooroopilly Golf Club.

 

Trailing overnight leader and houseguest, Matias Sanchez (Royal Melbourne) by 7 shots heading into the 36 hole marathon third day, Dobbelaar rocketed up the leaderboard with an, at then, tournament low round of 68 (-4). Not to be outdone, Charles Pilon (Hills International), playing in the final group with Sanchez and fellow state-team member Steven Cox (North Lakes), took the 54-hole lead with a fine 69.

 

As Sanchez and Cox fell away over the final 18 holes, it quickly emerged that it was a 2 horse race between Dobbelaar and Pilon.  News spread quickly across the course that Dobbelaar, playing 3 groups ahead of Pilon, had played his penultimate 9-holes in 2-under to really apply the pressure. 

Both players birdied the drivable par-4 10th and split birdies over the 11th and 12th. With 5-holes to play, Pilon was confident he could close it out standing on the par-3 14th, having previously aced it during the second round.  A regulation par was enough to maintain his lead however ultimately it was a par-3 which would prove his downfall, as a bogey on the 16th was bettered by a birdie from Dobbelaar. 

 

The short par-5 18th would prove decisive. Dobbelaar had birdied the hole the previous three rounds and when he rolled in his putt for 4, he had made his 13th and arguably most important birdie of the final day to sign for 67 and a 72-hole score of 283 (-5).  In contrast, Pilon had only managed one birdie on the 18th during the tournament and when he found the light rough off the tee, he knew he needed something special to snatch the title. Pilon’s approach flew long and faced with a difficult pitch shot down the green, he managed to leave an extremely testing 25-footer to force a playoff.  As Pilon’s valiant attempt slid narrowly by, the result was confirmed with Dobbelaar becoming one of the tournament’s youngest champions at age 14.

 

Robyn Choi has been the commanding force in Queensland Women’s golf this year, having already claimed victories in the Katherine Kirk Classic and Qld Women’s Amateur, and it was business as usual as she opened with a 3-under round of 71 to share the first round lead with Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe).

 

Toowoomba’s Darcy Habgood definitely shook the championship up with a tournament low 70 (-4) second round to enter the final day with a 2-shot lead over Choi.  It promised to be an enthralling 36-hole shoot out with Hodgkins and Hazel Martin (Virginia) hovering.

 

A controlled opening 9-holes on day three had Habgood and Choi locked in a what appeared to be a head to head battle, however a haul of six birdies from Stacey White in the third round, put her squarely in contention heading into afternoon.  Habgood, unable to take advantage of Choi’s troubles on 10,11 and 12, stumbled late on the back nine of the morning round and when the scores were tallied through 54 holes, it was Choi with a slender one shot advantage.

 

Summoning the composure that has been her hallmark all 2015, Choi put space between herself and the chasing pack with a blistering 3-under front 9. Try as they might, Habgood, Martin and White were unable to apply the necessary pressure and when Choi made her 4th birdie on the par-5 12th, all that remained was the coronation walk down the 18th in celebration of one of the more dominant years witnessed in Queensland women’s golf history.

 

Habgood’s closing round of 74 was enough to clinch second and at only 15 years of age, she is definitely a player to watch in the years to come.

 

Indooroopilly is to be applauded for the magnificent condition the East Course was presented in and the hospitality shown to all participants.

 

The Boys and Girls Amateur now ventures to a new club and a new time with the 2016 edition (June 28 to July 1) to be the first of many championships held at Bargara Golf Club.

See photos from the final round on the Golf Queensland Facebook Page

By Matt Field

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09-Dec-2015
Course redesign to provide a new era for RACV Ladies Masters

Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy announced today the 27th RACV Ladies Masters will be hosted by RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 25-28 February 2016.

In announcing the dates for the event, Mr Tuohy paid tribute to RACV, the title sponsor and event host; Tourism and Events Queensland and the City of Gold Coast, who have supported the event since inception in 1990.

“The RACV Ladies Masters has a proud history spanning three decades at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast and during this period it has seen many of the world’s best female golfers and rising stars contest the coveted Ladies Masters title.”

“The players in next year’s Ladies Masters will for the first time experience the highly acclaimed, redeveloped 18-hole course layout at RACV Royal Pines establishing a new era for the event.”

The Graham Marsh designed course which was unveiled earlier this month for the Men’s Australian PGA Championship, will provide a totally new playing experience for the field in the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) co-sanctioned RACV Ladies Masters.

This event is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and promoted as part of the
It’s Live! in Queensland calendar of events.

The event will again be broadcast live in Australia by ABC TV Sport and will be broadcast internationally providing valuable destination branding for the Gold Coast and generating millions of dollars in economic benefit to the region.

RACV Executive General Manager, Sue Blake said that RACV was delighted to be continuing its major sponsorship and the hosting of this prestigious ladies golf event at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

“The RACV Ladies Masters has proven to be a platform for many of the world’s best and emerging players to showcase their exceptional talent and this event provides our members, guests and visitors to the Gold Coast with a fantastic opportunity to enjoy world-class golf right on their doorstep.”


Mayor Tate of the Gold Coast City Council says “We’re proud to support this event since it first began in 1990, because it’s events like these that motivate our young people to participate in sport,” he said.

“As part of our Sport Plan, we’re actively working towards growing participation in sport to make the Gold Coast Australia’s most active city.”

“I hope we see plenty of families coming to watch the golf and that the next generation of young female golfers will be inspired by the field of talented players.” 

Karen Lunn (CEO) ALPG said “On behalf of the ALPG and our co-sanctioned partners at the Ladies European Tour I would like to pay particular thanks to RACV for their ongoing support as the title sponsor of the RACV Ladies Masters, and also to Tourism and Events Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council for their support of the tournament.”

“We are delighted to be once again returning to the Home and Championship Golf in Australia for the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters.”

“I am sure the players will enjoy the newly designed 18 holes at RACV Royal Pines Resort for the first time in 2016.”

“The ALPG look forward to again welcoming players from more than 27 countries to the Gold Coast which is one of the players favourite destinations.”

“We look forward to making the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters the best ever!”

One hundred and forty four players from more than 27 countries including amateur invitations and Defending Champion, Australia’s Su Oh will contest the 27
th RACV Ladies Masters.

Further player announcements will follow in early January.
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09-Dec-2015
Three added to Golf Australia’s coaching panel

Three of Australia’s top female coaches have been added to Golf Australia’s national coaching panel.

High performance director Brad James said the addition of the vastly experience trio of Rachel Hetherington, Virginia Irwin and Shani Waugh was an invaluable asset.

“All three coaches have incredible – and varied – backgrounds in golf, but all have amazing skill sets that will really be advantageous to our up-and-coming athletes,” James said.

“More than that, all three are incredibly passionate about the sport and we are sure that will benefit all who share their experience and knowledge.”

The five existing national coaches -- Ritchie Smith (WA), Dean Kinney (NSW), Marty Joyce (Vic), Tony Meyer (Qld) and Gareth Jones (SA) – remain, and the women join Ryan Lumsden, Stuart Leong and Paul Skinner as members of the extended panel.

Hetherington had a legendary career, winning eight of her 11 professional titles on the LPGA Tour, including the Evian Masters, before turning her hand to coaching.

Waugh, the current president of the ALPG Tour, toured for 16 years and had several victories at home and internationally, including the 2005 Thai Ladies Open, before also turning her hand to coaching almost a decade ago and guiding Australia to gold and bronze medals in the World Amateur Teams Championship.

Irwin has spent her career as a coach and mentor and is one of Australia’s most qualified coaches. She coached the national team at the Queen Sirikit Cup this year and to victor at the Astor Trophy as well as leading several Queensland teams in interstate competition.

The group will share coaching responsibilities at events, attend camps and other national coaching events.

Story Credit: Golf Australia

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08-Dec-2015
Hart on the money at Wynnum

Tim Hart has etched his name into the history books alongside the likes of Peter Senior, Jeff Senior and Vaughan Somers, becoming only the sixth player in the 37 year history to win the Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am for a second time.

Renowned for attracting a super star field, Wynnum Golf Club was graced with the presence of some of Australia's sporting superstars including former Australian Cricket Captain Alan Border, Queensland State of Origin great Wally Lewis and premiership winning coach of the North Queensland Cowboys Paul Green, as well as PGA TOUR players Rod Pampling, Rhein Gibson and Cameron Smith.

However it was Tim Hart who would shine with his name topping the leaderboard at the end of the day.

Hart fired an impressive 9-under 61 which included six birdies and back-to-back eagles at the par-5 13th and par-4 14th holes.

There were plenty of impressive scores being made with Hart claiming victory by just one shot over Wynnum local Chris Wood, Daniel Fox and Adam Stephens, who only gained entry into the field following a late withdrawal yesterday afternoon.

The win is bitter sweet for Hart who missed out on competing at the Australian PGA Championship last week, losing in a playoff for the final position last Monday at the pre-qualifying also held at Wynnum Golf Club.

"I was really disappointed after missing out on the Australian PGA Championship last week, but to bounce back and put it behind me is very pleasing and possibly something I couldn't have achieved 12 months ago," said Hart.

The Wynnum win caps off a breakout season for Hart who is aiming to step it up again in 2016.

"This year has been one of my more consistent years, and I guess it's due to the hard work I have been putting in both on and off the golf course with my coach Richard Woodhouse," added Hart.

"I am really looking forward to the New South Wales PGA Championship later this week and hopefully I can replicate the golf that I am playing at the next level."

The Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am continues to hold the record for the largest one-day pro-am in Australia, with a prize purse of $60,000.

The honour board of winner's read like a who's who of Australian golf and includes household names such as Michael Harwood and Andre Stolz.

The 2015 Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing will draw to a close this week, with the final event of the season being played at Sanctuary Cove. Although Tim Hart has all but sealed victory in the MLC Advice Nundah Order of Merit, professionals will no doubt be looking for a timely cheque heading into the festive season.  

The Sunshine Swing forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of 200 events Australia wide.

Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia's Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.

For more information and results from the Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am, please click here.

Story Credit: PGA

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07-Dec-2015
Holman wins Aus PGA & European Tour card
Victorian Nathan Holman has won the Australian PGA Championship in a dramatic finish at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

The Woodlands Golf Club member was flying the flag for the Aussie contingent who headed into the final day as the highest placed Australian and well within reach of engraving his name on the Kirkwood Cup.

After bogeying his final two holes, Holman ended the day tied for the lead with South African Dylan Frittelli and American Harold Varner III on even par 288.

The trio entered a playoff with only one trip down the 18th required to determine the winner.

It was far from a textbook start to the final round for eventual champion Holman, after a double bogey on the first hole for the second consecutive day. He was quick to steady the ship and grinded away in tough scoring conditions picking up birdies on 9,12 and 15 to find himself leading by two.

Two missed greens on 17 and 18 proved costly as the 24-year-old failed to get up and down on both occasions bringing both Frittelli and Varner III back into the tournament.

However the 24-year-old held his nerve during the playoff to emerge victorious securing his first win as a Professional.

This was the seventh time that the Australian PGA Championship has been decided in a playoff.

The Australian PGA Championship is the first tournament on the European Tour schedule for 2016 and with his win, Holman will receive exemption on the European Tour for the remainder of 2016 season followed by 2017. He also receives a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour of Australasia and an invitation to the 2016 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

The AU$315,000 prize cheque also sees Holman secure the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in which he will receive an invitation to The Open Championship 14-17 July at Royal Troon in Scotland.

Rounding out the Australian PGA Championship’s top-10 were, South African Zander Lombard who finished fourth on 1-over 289 taking out the Kel Nagle Plate for the best performing rookie while Queensland’s Cameron Smith secured fifth spot on 2-over 290.

In a tie for sixth Dimitrios Papadatos, Richard Green and Matthew Millar ended their week on 3-over 291. While Adam Stephens, Peter Lonard, Mathew Goggin, Jordan Zunic, Anthony Brown, Nino Bertasio, Matthew Griffin, Rory Bourke and David Lingmerth all ended their week on 4-over 292.

For all round 4 scores please click here.
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02-Dec-2015
PresCare QSOOM Final
Now in its third year, the PresCare Queensland Senior Order of Merit continues to prove its popularity with golfers around the state.

This year the Series attracted 779 players who participated in 26 events. Of this, there were 294 women and 485 men who played in at least one event this year.

The average field size was 60 players with 70 per cent of the fields being 50 or more players.

The prize winners for the 2015 PresCare QSOOM were as follows:

Winner Men’s Scratch: Peter Hannah
Runner Men’s Scratch: Mario La Chiusa
Winner Women’s Scratch: Josie Ryan
Runner Up Women’s Scratch: Cheryl Sternberg
Winner Men’s Nett: Ian Broom
Runner Men’s Nett: Tim Deakin
Winner Women’s Nett: Wendy O’Connell
Runner Up Women’s Nett: Gwen Clutterbuck
Winner Men’s Super Senior: Trevor Box
Runner Men’s Super Senior: Rodney McNeven
Winner Women’s Super Senior: Helen Gray
Runner Up Women’s Super Senior: Adrienne Naismith

The next season for the PresCare QSOOM season has changed so that it finishes with 2016 Queensland Senior Amateur Championships for men and women. The 2015-16 year is already underway with the North Lakes event being the ninth event for the new season. To find more events click here.

PresCare will continue supporting the Series in 2016 and have also extended their sponsorship to include the Queensland Senior Amateur Championship.
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02-Dec-2015
Day honoured with Greg Norman Medal
Jason Day has received Australian golf’s most coveted award taking out the inaugural Greg Norman Medal tonight on the Gold Coast.

Receiving the award as Australia’s best preforming Tour Professional on the international stage, it’s been a year of significant success for the Queenslander who was a standout choice among the judging panel.

This is the second national award for Day, who was bestowed with the 2015 Don Award from the Australian Sports Hall of Fame in October.

"On behalf of the Australian golf industry I congratulate Jason on winning the inaugural Greg Norman Medal and convey how proud we are of all his achievements this year,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA.

“Jason is a wonderful ambassador for golf and it’s fantastic to see him add the Greg Norman Medal to his list of successes."

Greg Norman, who was also in attendance, echoed Thorburn’s sentiments that there was no one more deserving of the accolade than Day.

“Jason has stood out head and shoulders above all other players, both male and female, and he’s a great representative of Australian golf.”

Day, who was unable to attend the evening, appeared via video link with his mother Dening Day accepting the award personally from Greg Norman on behalf of her son.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to win the Greg Norman Medal, it caps off an amazing year,” said Day.

“I’d like to thank the PGA of Australia for launching this medal with Greg Norman and their support over the past 10 years.”

It’s been an incredible year for Day, who opened his 2015 PGA TOUR campaign solidly with a victory at the Farmers Insurance Open before going on to secure a further four victories on the Tour this season.

However, by far the standout achievement of the year for Day was claiming his first Major title, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, before rising to Australia’s newest World Number 1.

Day also finished tied fourth at The Open, tied ninth at the US Open and finished third on the FedEx Cup rankings. He was also the highest ranked qualifier for the International Team at The Presidents Cup.

Day was one of eight nominees in the running to take out the award with Adam Scott, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Rebecca Artis also up for golf’s most prestigious award.

The evening saw members of the professional golf circuit, corporate world and golf community gather to celebrate the achievements of both Tournament and Vocational PGA Professionals.

Complementing the pinnacle award was the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia Player of the Year, awarded to Matthew Millar, and the 2015 ALPG Player of the Year, which was awarded to Su Oh.

Millar made a solid start to the season finishing runner-up at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship in February before winning his first PGA Tour of Australasia title at the Holden New Zealand PGA Championship in March.

Millar hasn’t missed a cut on the PGA Tour of Australasia this season and has secured nine top-10 finishes from 12 starts.

Oh, meanwhile had four top-10 finishes from six starts and secured her first Professional victory on the ALPG Tour at the RACV Ladies Masters in February, a co-sanctioned tournament with the Ladies European Tour

Five other national Vocational awards were also presented and included:


2015 National Trainee of the Year, Rick Coleman
2014 National Trainee of the Year, Mark Alison
2015 National Club Professional of the Year, Richard Caiolfa (Rich River Golf Club)
2015 National Club Professional of the Year, Ian Pritchard (Mt Osmond Golf Club)
2015 National Teaching Professional of the Year, Stuart Leong (Albert Park Driving Range)

The night also saw Jarrod Lyle honoured after receiving the PGA TOUR’s Courage Award after overcoming two battles with acute myeloid leukemia.

Lyle is in the second year of a Medical Extension granted to him due to his life-threatening illness.

The Greg Norman Medal dinner, which is proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast, tees off the PGA’s flagship tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 3-6 December.

Australia’s richest golf tournament in 2015, the Australian PGA Championship will be played for AU$1.75million and co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour.

Tickets for the tournament are now on sale at www.ticketek.com.au with children 16 years and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounts are also available for members of RACV and affiliated motoring clubs as well as for Gold Coast residents.

The Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as well as the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Tourism proudly supports the Championship
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01-Dec-2015
MEDIA RELEASE: Queensland Golf Shines at Queensland Sport Awards

The Queensland golf industry enjoyed an exceptional night at the Queensland Sport Awards, held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

Golf was successful in two categories, with Max Whitten taking home the Sport Volunteer of the Year Award while Jason Day won the coveted Sport Star of the Year Award.

Golf Queensland Chair Peter Castrisos said it was very pleasing for the Queensland golf industry to be recognised in such a way.

"We are thrilled that golf has featured so heavily in the Queensland Sport Awards this year. Having three finalists was a remarkable accomplishment for Golf Queensland and we are very pleased that Max and Jason were able to win in their respective categories," Mr Castrisos said.

"All of our finalists were fantastic contenders in their categories and we are very proud of their achievements."

Day’s mother, Dening, gratefully and gracefully accepted the award on her son’s behalf.

“We are ecstatic for Jason,’’ she said. “The year has been so wonderful and it has now ended on an even higher note.

“He has worked so hard for what he has achieved and so many people in Queensland have known him since his young days in amateur golf.

Golf Finalists:
Jason Day Sport Star of the Year
Max Whitten Sport Volunteer of the Year
Rebecca Kay Junior Sport Star of the Year

Winner's background:
Max Whitten has been the driving force behind the establishment of the Maleny Golf Club, Sunshine Coast, commencing play late June which has seen him fittingly earn the award for Volunteer of the Year. The course was 15 years in development and it was only Max’s efforts in the early years and during construction that made the course and club possible.

Max's leadership, commitment, drive and enterprise has facilitated the construction of the course to meet an unmet demand for golf in the area.

Jason Day has had a stellar year, becoming the youngest and only the third Australian to hold the World Number 1 ranking.

In winning his very first major in August, Jason made history for the most shots under par in a major (20-under) with his record-breaking win at the BMW Championship catapulting him to the World Number 1 title.

In terms of his year so far, Day has lived up to his early promise he made as a junior Beaudesert Golf Club member; exclaiming “I want to take down Tiger.” Nine years later, Day’s resume for 2015 is impressive, but it’s more representative of a long, steady build-up where he has built his game to be unmatchable when it’s on song.

His five PGA tour wins, including his first major at the PGA Championship, and nine top-10 finishes was gold of the most consistent calibre.

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

Photo: Max Whitten, Dening Day and Peter Castrisos (Chair)

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30-Nov-2015
Matt Jones wins the Emirates Australian Open
Matt Jones is the 2015 Emirates Australian Open champion, producing his biggest tournament triumph on home soil at the club where he played pennant golf as a teenager, The Australian.

Sydney's Jones, 35, an under-rated player on the United States PGA Tour for a decade, won by a shot from world No.1 Jordan Spieth and world No.12 Adam Scott when he made par up the 18th, holing a putt from just more than a metre to get his hands on the prized Stonehaven Cup.

Jones limped to a final-round 73, two-over par, after starting the final day with a three-shot lead. But it was enough to post an eight-under-par total and win the $225,000 first prize.

Spieth missed a putt for eagle at the final hole that would have forced a playoff, leaving Jones to complete his par and mimic his idol, Greg Norman, in winning his national Open.

"It's amazing,'' Jones said.

"It's something I would have thought about from when I was six when I first met him. I tried not to think about it this week because I knew, as you saw today, anything can happen on a golf course. You can be one swing away from doing what I did and having no chance to win.

"To have my name on this trophy with like (Jack) Nicklaus, (Jack) Newton, Norman, all those guys, it’s a dream come true for me and it's something that I can’t have taken away from me.''

Jones grew up in Oyster Bay in Sydney's southern suburbs and graduated from The Australian Golf Club's pennant team, leaving Australia more than a decade ago to take up a golf scholarship in the US, then turning professional. His win at Houston on the PGA Tour last year was his first and the only professional victory before today.

It was a remarkable final day, not least for the stunning, 10-under par 61 by Rod Pampling that smashed Spieth's course record from last year and at one point, threatened to win the tournament for the Queenslander.

Scott closed with a 65 that gave him a chance, and until Jones' final putt, he had a chance of making a playoff.

Jones' final putt was tricky. It lipped in, from the left. "It's not the most comfortable putt,'' he said later. "I would've much preferred to leave it to a tap-in or gimme distance, but I was expecting Jordan to make that. I've played enough rounds of golf with him where he makes those putts. He didn't putt well today. I thought he was due to make one and he didn't. I was just lucky it caught the left lip and went in. I thought I'd missed it left but one of those things ... it just went in and I was very, very happy.''

For final scores, go to www.ausopengolf.com/scores

The tournament’s official website, www.ausopengolf.com, is home to a selection of great stories and videos from the dramatic final round.
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29-Nov-2015
Emirates Australian Open: Round 3 summary

Matt Jones continues to lead the Emirates Australian Open following the third round played today at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney.

Jones held his nerve and stuck to his game plan today closing with back-to-back birdies to fire 3-under 68 in the third round.

Leading the Emirates Australian Open by three shots, Jones is looking to control his aggression in the final round to minimise his mistakes and ensure he sets himself up with an opportunity to claim the Stonehaven Cup.

World Number 1 Jordan Spieth fired 4-under 67 today to ensure he sets up a final round pairing with Jones.

While some players might be nervous at the prospect of playing alongside the World Number 1, Jones is looking forward to tomorrow when he gets to compete against his mate.

Spieth's round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-4 17th which earned a huge cheer from the Sydney crowd.

Sitting outright third on the leaderboard on 5-under the card is Rhein Gibson who just this year earned his ticket to the PGA TOUR.

A shot further back is first round leader Lincoln Tighe and Aron Price who each had 1-under 70 at The Australian today.

Geoff Ogilvy remains at 3-under the card after his second even par round in a row.

Adam Scott recorded his best round of the Emirates Australian Open today firing 3-under 68 to move into the top-10. Joining him on 1-under the card after three rounds are Brett Rumford, Todd Sinnott and Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke.

The final round of the Emirates Australian Open will tee off tomorrow at 7.14am with the final pair of Matt Jones and Jordan Spieth on course at 12.40pm.

For all round 2 scores please visit pga.org.au.

For all round 4 tee times please visit pga.org.au.

Key Quotes:

Matt Jones, 67, 68, 68, 10-under, 1st

"One more day to go, I get to play with him; be no better person to beat on the final day and have him in the group with me.  So yeah, to go up against the number 1 in the world will be a lot of fun."

"I'm just happy to be in the final group leading the golf tournament with a chance to win. Of course we play golf for a living and to have the chance to win is what you want, and to go up against the number 1 in the world is even better."

Jordan Spieth, 71, 68, 67, 7-under, 2nd

"When I finished the round I thought I'd either be tied or one back and it looks like I may be two or three, either way, it's a lot better than I was to four holes today.  Great fight back, one of the best fought rounds I've had that I can remember."

"He's a guy (Matt Jones) who can, with confidence, really roll his putter well.  He's a guy who isn't fazed by the wind.  He hits a nice little punch ball draw flight and he's not letting up." 

Rhein Gibson, 72, 68, 67, 5-under, 3rd

"I knew it was going to be a little tough today with the wind and the bigger crowds but I had a good front-9 which kind of settled me down a bit and happy to shoot 3-under."

"This is one of my top three courses in Australia.  I love coming here.  The greens are absolutely perfect.  You get some balls tracking on line, they're going to go in."

Adam Scott, 71, 73, 68, 1-under, T7

"Just going out there, teeing off under par, it's always a good feeling but the difference between 5 or 6, or 7 and 8 shots is so huge."

"You never know how they're going to finish up but at least I clawed into red figures and start tomorrow hopeful of something special."

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24-Nov-2015
The PGA & China Golf launch new international tournament

The PGA of Australia and the the China Golf Association will stage a new International tournament which will see a team of PGA Professionals and amateur golfers battle it out for the title of International Team Challenge Champions.
 
Team China will go head-to-head with Team Australia on the Sanctuary Cove Palms Course on the Gold Coast from 3-5 December 2015 in the first stage of the home and away style tournament.
 
Following stage one, Team Australia will travel to China in mid 2016 to contest the international leg of the tournament.
 
“It’s wonderful to continue our relationship with the China Golf Association, and I thank them for their support in assisting us develop this new event, which has been modeled on the Ryder Cup format,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA.
 
“It will give our PGA Professionals and top amateurs the opportunity to participate and experience the excitement of competing overseas, while also assisting to promote the game of golf in China and Australia.”
 
Six PGA Professionals, who qualified via the PGA Professionals (Vocational Members) Championship, will join six amateurs, selected in consultation with each State Amateur Body and Golf Australia and based on their individual results this year, to form Team Australia.
 
Captaining the squad will be PGA Professionals and General Manager Darren Richards from Ipswich Golf Club who will be the playing captain in Australia and the non-playing captain in China.
 
Professionals in the field
Darren Richards (c)     QLD     Ipswich Golf Club
Chris Duke                   SA       House of Golf
Robert Kennedy          NSW    Moss Vale Golf Club
Glen Dick                     NSW   Director of Golf at Kareela Golf Club
Peter Harrington         QLD     Palm Meadows Driving Range
Tod Power                   QLD    Tallai Golf Club
 
Amateurs in the field
Greg Longmore           TAS     Launceston Golf Club
David Micheluzzi          VIC     Cranbourne Golf Club
Shae Wools-Cobb       QLD    Maroochy River Golf Club
Travis Smyth               NSW   St. Michael’s Golf Club
Jack Williams               SA      The Grange Golf Club
Cameron Jones           WA     Royal Fremantle Golf Club
 
Each team will comprise of 12 players and the challenge will be run in a three round matchplay format:
 
Round 1:          Two person ambrose
Round 2:          4 Ball Best Ball
Round 3:          Singles
 
The first stage of the International Challenge will be contested at Sanctuary Cove Palms Course on the Gold Coast from 3-5 December 2015, while the International leg will be held in China in mid 2016. A venue in China is yet to be confirmed.

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Story: PGA of Australia

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23-Nov-2015
Senior wins Australian Masters at 56

If it’s meant to be the age of the next wave, somebody forgot to send Peter Senior the script.

Senior, 56, won his third Australian Masters at Huntingdale today, a mere 24 years after his first and 36 years after his first professional win in 1979.

Almost unbelievably, it completed a career triple crown AFTER age 50 having won the 2010 Australian PGA and 2012 Emirates Australian Open.

The Queenslander forged into contention with a 68 in gruelling conditions on Saturday, then held his nerve in a tense finish to replicate that figure for a two-stroke win at eight under par.

Boom American amateur Bryson DeChambeau, US PGA Tour star John Senden and unheralded Sydneysider Andrew Evans finished tied second at six under, while Adam Scott regained ground lost on Saturday to finish fifth at five under.

But the moment belonged to Senior, who made a sensational sand save from a greenside trap on the 18
th hole, presumably thinking he needed to do so before Evans made a pair of closing bogeys having briefly shared the lead.

“You could easily leave it short or you could go too far and go off the front of the green, so yeah, I was pretty happy with that,” Senior beamed.

“I had a little bit of a downhill lie, which actually helped me because all we had to do was bump it out and let it run up the hill.

“Once it got to the top of the hill, I thought it would feed all the way down.  I was surprised it stopped as short as it did.

“But the putt was probably the best I hit all day.”

Senior, clearly emotional and genuinely shocked to have won, said he just “didn’t expect to win these events any more”.

“But once I birdied the 10th hole today, I figured I had a really good chance.  I played pretty solid.  I hit a couple bad shots towards the end there, but I'm just over the moon.”

“To win this tournament, the Aussie Open a few years ago and the PGA a couple of years before that, all of them over 50 years of age, I think that's a big thing for me.”

Senior was clearly taken by the support of a large and vocal crowd at Huntingdale who clearly were honouring not only his three-under charge today, but also the sustained brilliance over four decades.

“Nearly every hole on the back nine everyone was cheering me, even my sh--ty shots,” he joked.

“It was just great.  I have not had that sort of following for a very, very long time.  It sort of encouraged me.  When I looked up on, I think it was 14, and saw that I was a couple in front, gave me a bit of a boost.

“It's just amazing.  I'm still blown over winning this tournament. But golf's a funny game.  That's what we play it for, and I'm really happy to be the winner.”

Senior said he wasn’t sure whether pulling on his third gold jacket or the love from the crowd meant more.

“I think a bit of both.  I had a lot of friends out there today following me.  They were crying when I finished.  I'm really happy that I've got such a great family and the friends that I have.

“I think I've been around that long that everybody knows me, and a lot of the people here, I'm more the elderly type that I'm sort of singing around the last nine holes.  I'm just real happy to be part of Australian golf.”

Tournament favourite Adam Scott said it was remarkable that the veteran had saluted, but that “it shouldn't be a surprise” given his stunning career with 33 professional victories around the world.

“Pete, obviously he's based his career around being very accurate and precise.  He's a hell of a competitor,” Scott said.

And that fact should never be doubted by anyone who looks through the history of Australian golf.

Photo: Peter Senior with the Waterford Wedgewood Australian Masters Globe trophy

Story Credit: Golf Australia

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22-Nov-2015
Cameron John wins Argentine Amateur

The semi final between Anthony Quayle and Cameron John was always going to be a close affair. 

On the front 9 the pair put on an impressive ball striking and putting display trading birdies back and forth, at the turn Anthony held a 1up advantage.

Cameron bounced back with wins on the 10th and 11th only for Anthony to take the 12th to move the match back to all square.

Anthony made the only mistake of the day on 16 three putting allowing Cameron to close out the match on 17.

This was definitely the match of the week with the two Australians leaving everything on the table. 

Cameron moved into the final this afternoon against Brazilian Andre Tourinho.

After spending a lot of mental energy in the mornings match Cameron found himself three down through the first four holes.

In true fashion Cameron continued his gritty attitude he has displayed all week clawing the lead back and by the turn had the match back to all square.

The momentum continued in Cameron's favour eventually closing the match out on the 17th to win 2/1.

Congratulations Cameron John on winning the 120th Argentine Amateur Championship! 

This tops off a great couple of weeks in Argentina with two guys who represented both themselves and Australia very well.

Story Credit: Golf Australia


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20-Nov-2015
Australians into last 16 in Argentinia

Australia’s representatives in the Argentinian Amateur Championship have charged into the final 16.

Both Victorian Cameron John and Queenslander Anthony Quayle recorded 3&2 victories in the first round of the matchplay phase today in a rainswept Buenos Aires.

Earlier, John finished the strokeplay phase seeded second after finishing at four under after bad weather forced its reduction from 36 to 27 holes.

Quayle also impressed, finishing one under and T11 in the strokeplay.

The Australian team, which led until being overhauled by Canada late in last week’s Tailhade Cup, is handling the constant weather delays well, according to Golf Queensland coach Richard Woodhouse who is with the players in Argentina.

Photo: Anthony Quayle in Argentina

Story: Golf Australia


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19-Nov-2015
Children with disabilities take the challenge
Children with disabilities from Brisbane West and Ipswich will take the challenge on Thursday 19th November at Corinda Pitch ‘n Putt, competing for the First Swing Inclusive Golf Challenge title.

Students from Western Suburbs, Goodna, Ipswich West, Claremont and Ipswich Special School will take part in the team-based challenge.

The students competing have been involved in the First Swing PE Golf Program at their schools for the past 2 terms all thanks to funding from the Federal Government initiative “Sporting Schools”.

First Swing gets kids of all ages and abilities learning the basics of golf, using modified equipment in a fun, active and inclusive way at their schools.

The nine-hole competition gives students a chance to put what the have learnt into play on a real golf course.

Brisbane Boys’ College have shown enormous support to the event this year by kindly donating the course free of charge for the day, “BBC own the golf course and the adjoining driving range and didn’t hesitate in supporting First Swing and the work they do with special needs children.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has again thrown his support behind the event by donating $300.00 to help students get to the event. “I’m really happy to support the golf challenge again, First Swing are doing a wonderful job in promoting inclusive activity in our community,” Mr. Pisasale said.

“Golf is such a fun game and anyone can play, seeing kids being active and healthy while enjoying themselves is something First Swing do very well”

First Swing Director and Australian PGA Professional, Jay Simpson and his team of PGA Professionals believe that golf should be accessible to all people of all abilities.

“The Corinda course is the ideal venue for the special school students to experience a real golf atmosphere and the competition will be fierce on the day, all schools want to be the first to get their name on the perpetual trophy,” Mr. Simpson said.

“The First Swing team are dedicated in exposing the game of golf to everyone, we pride ourselves in giving mainstream and special needs schools an equal opportunity to learn how to play golf. It is a great way to get outside and exercise in a safe environment and most importantly, have fun.

“Ultimately we would like the children who have played with First Swing to continue their golfing journey and join a First Swing program or a local golf club.”

For more information about First Swing programs visit www.firstswing.com.au.

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18-Nov-2015
Rohan hopes luck continues

Brisbane Lions player Rohan Bewick is well aware that luck plays a major role in our everyday life, and he hopes his recent slice at The Brisbane Golf Club continues into the upcoming AFL season.

And by slice we mean his slice of luck, and not a sliced golf shot.

There was no slice whatsoever in his sweetly-timed seven iron shot that aced the very difficult 168 metre 13th hole at The Brisbane Golf Club in last Wednesday’s club competition. It was Bewick’s first hole in one and only the third at the 13th at Brisbane in the past five years.

Bewick, who plays wingman for the Lions and has 78 AFL appearnaces to his credit, plays off a handicap of 12. The 26-year-old was recruited to the Lions from Perth in 2011 and is the newphew of former Essendon great, Darren Bewick.

The Brisbane Golf Club is a haven for local sporting stars, particularly Lions players. Joining Bewick as members are Daniel Rich, Claye Beams, Sam Mayes, Michael Close, Josh Green, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson, Ryan Bastinac and Lewis Taylor.

Queensland Bulls players Chris Lynn, Cameron Boyce, Usman Khawaja, Simon Milenko and

Jason Floros are members, as is Australian under 19 wicketkeeper Tom Healy, son of Ian. However, former Test fast bowler Ryan Harris remains the most celebrated member of the cricketing fraternity to regularly play the Yeerongpilly course.

Story Credit: Tony Durkin

Photo: A delighted Rohan Bewick after acing the 13th hole at The Brisbane Golf Club last Wednesday

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17-Nov-2015
Australian Men's & Women's Mid Amateur crowns champions

An avalanche of birdies has propelled Victorian Mark Boulton to his first national crown – the Australian Mid Amateur Championship.

Boulton, an arborist, began the day joint second and three shots behind Queensland’s Ashley Grosvenor.

But the Victorian Mid Amateur champ, who plays off a handicap of plus two at Phillip Island, poured in six birdies en route to a one-under-par 71 at Arundel Hills Country Club in Queensland.

Grosvenor, meanwhile, carded a 76 to leave Boulton a two-stroke winner at +4 (220), with last year’s champion John McMiles, of New South Wales, third on 229.

Boulton began his round with a birdie on the third, but gave the shot back on the sixth hole. Birdies on the eighth and ninth holes gave him momentum, but he soon surrendered that and more with double-bogeys on the 10th and 12th.

But Grosvenor, who couldn’t muster a birdie throughout a tense final round, couldn’t take advantage and Boulton stormed to the crown with birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th.

West Australian Melissa Luk maintained her overnight lead in the women’s championship with a final-round 80 to win by five shots.

Luk finished with a total of 235 (+19) including birdies on the second and sixth holes today.

Robyn Tait, visiting from Vietnam, finished runner-up, while Robyn Callaghan was third.

The state teams event was won by Queensland with a total of 709 with the team of Scott Draper, Ashley Grosvenor and Jess Jenkins.

Photos from Round 2: 
Golf Queensland Facebook Page
Story Credit: Golf Australia


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17-Nov-2015
Adelaide to host ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

ADELAIDE, November 16: The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be played in Adelaide in 2016 and beyond.

Golf Australia chief executive officer Stephen Pitt, in conjunction with South Australian Minister for Recreation and Sport and Minister for Tourism, Leon Bignell, announced the historic move today at next year’s host venue, The Grange Golf Club.

Midori Miyazaki, executive director for international affairs for the tournament’s naming rights sponsor ISPS Handa, also confirmed a seventh successive year as the event’s major partner.

Mr Pitt said The Grange’s West Course would host the LPGA Tour co-sanctioned event from February 18-21 next year.

He also confirmed Royal Adelaide would host the 2017 championship to help celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary, with nearby Kooyonga the 2018 venue with an option for further tournaments in South Australia after that time.

“We are incredibly excited to bring such a high-profile international event as the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open to Adelaide,” Mr Pitt said.

“The South Australian Government, Golf South Australia and the clubs involved have all shown huge interest in bringing the event to Adelaide.

“And with the city not having hosted an elite level golf tournament for a few years, we are thrilled to engage with the entire community here in bringing the world’s best players back to the people of South Australia.”

Mr Bignell said the championship would put Adelaide firmly in the global spotlight.

Hosting the Open means we can showcase the state’s premier golf courses, as well as highlight our spectacular tourism assets,” he said.

This is huge news for golf fans and for our visitor economy. The 2016 event alone will deliver an estimated $3.7 million to our visitor economy and will have massive flow-on effect for hotels, taxis, hospitality and small businesses.

“We will also have international media exposure estimated to be worth more than $4.4 million.

FOR FULL ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO, CLICK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysl_q9_0pxg

Founder and chairman Dr Haruhisa Handa was delighted to confirm ISPS’s ongoing support for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

“ISPS is a strong believer in the power of sport – it has a unique ability to create hope, inspire people and change society for the better,” Dr Handa said.

“After supporting many events and initiatives across Australia, I believe Adelaide is the perfect place for the Open and I am so excited about creating new relationships.”

The ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will again attract the best field in Australia this summer by world rankings with its full status on the LPGA Tour and prizemoney of $US$1.3million.

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said his players were thrilled to lock in Adelaide as their destination for the first tournament of its 2016 Asia-Pacific swing.

“It has been fantastic to watch this event grow in Australia since we joined in partnership with Golf Australia in 2012,” Mr Whan said.

“The LPGA Tour is now played in 15 countries around the world and features players from 30 countries in every point of the globe and Australia will continue to be a very important stop for us.
“The LPGA players love heading ‘Down Under’ and Adelaide’s wonderful courses will no doubt be great tests for the world’s best players.”

Australian Ladies Professional Golf executive director Karen Lunn said the domestic tour was delighted to have the Open back in Adelaide after a 22-year absence.

“It’s fantastic news that Dr Handa has shown continuing support of the event, along with the South Australian Government,” Miss Lunn said.

“It’s also great for women’s golf in South Australia – which has great past champs including Jane Crafter – to have the world’s best players in their back yard to help inspire the next generation of stars.”

The first formal player announcements are expected within weeks and tickets will go on sale through Ticketek in December.

The tournament is a tri-sanctioned event between the LPGA, LET and ALPG tours.

CAPTION: Stephen Pitt, Midori Miyazaki and Leon Bignell hold the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open trophy, the Patricia Bridges Bowl, at The Grange Golf Club today.
Picture: GOLF AUSTRALIA

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16-Nov-2015
Gold Coast to host next generation of international golf stars
The rising stars of the world of golf will soon hit the Gold Coast when the Australian PGA Championship tees off at RACV Royal Pines Resort in December.

Teeing it up in Australia’s richest golf tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, Australia’s hottest golfing talent Cameron Smith, New Zealand’s emerging star Ryan Fox as well as young gun Americans Harold Varner III and Peter Uihlein will all be aiming for the biggest win of their careers.

Queenslander Cameron Smith has taken the golfing world by storm this year, finishing tied fourth in his first major appearance at the US Open which also secured him an invite to The Masters next year as well as his 2016 PGA TOUR card.

“I am really looking forward to competing in the Australian PGA Championship in front of my friends and family,” said Smith.

“I have spent a lot of the year competing overseas and enjoyed every minute of the amazing opportunities I have been afforded but there is nothing better than returning home and finishing my season on the Gold Coast.”

“If I could end the season by winning my first Professional tournament, it would be even better.”

Ryan Fox has also enjoyed a breakout year, forging a name for himself in Europe. The two time PGA Tour of Australasia winner capitalised on his opportunities competing on the European Challenge Tour, winning the Le Vaudreuill Golf Challenge as well as making the cut at The Open.

Fox came heartbreakingly close to securing a full card on the European Tour. He finished outside the top-15 players on the European Challenge Tour automatically granted cards by less than €2000.

However there are always other ways onto the main Tour and Fox is this week competing at the final stage of European Tour Qualifying School.

“The experience I have gained competing in Europe has been fantastic. While it would have been good to already have my card sown up for next year, I am looking forward to playing the Australian PGA Championship as a European Tour co-sanctioned tournament,” said Fox, who knows a win on the Gold Coast would cement his status on the lucrative tour until the end of 2017.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to play a European Tour co-sanctioned tournament in Australia. Hopefully by December I will already have my card via Q-School but if I don’t, winning the Aussie PGA is another way of securing it.”

American Peter Uihlein will headline the young guns of the European Tour heading to Australia.

The former number one amateur in the world, Uihlein has already won on the European Tour at the Madeira Islands Open in 2013 with his 2015 season highlighted by four top-10 finishes.

The Australian PGA Championship will be Uihlein’s second time competing in Australia after he finished in the top-10 at the 2014 Perth International.

“I loved playing in Perth last year so when I found out the European Tour was coming back to Australia I jumped at the chance to play.”

“I’m looking forward to playing on the newly re-designed course in such an iconic Australian location.”

Competing in Australia for the very first time is new PGA TOUR graduate Harold Varner III who in 2015 finished 25th on the Web.com Tour money list.

Renowned as a big hitter, Varner is sure to entertain fans at the Australian PGA Championship whilst also looking forward to experiencing golf down under.

“I have always heard good reports about the quality of Australian golf, there are a lot of Aussies competing on the Web.com Tour so I’m looking forward to seeing for myself everything they have been talking about,” said Varner.

The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 3-6 December.

Australia’s richest golf tournament in 2015, the Australian PGA Championship is being played for AU$1.75million and co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour.

Tickets for the tournament are now on sale at www.ticketek.com.au with children 16 years and under admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Discounts are also available for members of RACV and affiliated motoring clubs as well as for Gold Coast residents.

Visit the Australian PGA Championship website at www.pgachampionship.com.au for further details.

The Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland as well as the City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Tourism proudly supports the Championship.
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12-Nov-2015
Day welcomes baby girl to family

Australia's top golfer Jason Day has become a father for the second time.

Day's American wife Ellie gave birth to a daughter, Lucy Adenil, this morning.

The pair have a son, Dash, who is three.

Ellie's pregnancy was the reason that Day, the world No. 2, opted to stay at his American home in Ohio this year rather than returning to play in the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian later this month.

Day has spoken recently about how parenthood has settled him and helped with his golf as he climbed to No. 1 in the world this year and won his first major.

"The stuff I used to get angry or frustrated with before, it has definitely mellowed me out,'' he said. 

"I think that is a good thing for me, especially on the golf course.''

Story Credit: Golf Australia

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11-Nov-2015
Golf Australia 2016 national squad released
Golf Australia’s 2016 national squad has been released, with a handful of athletes on the verge of inclusion to the six-strong group.

Cameron Davis and Ryan Ruffels both reached high performance benchmarks in becoming rare inclusions at the Tier 1 level.

The Sydneysider and Melburnian join a short list of just five other players – Minjee Lee, Oliver Goss, Cam Smith, Su Oh and Lucas Herbert – to have achieved that level since the program began in 2010.

Hannah Green, Brett Coletta and Zach Murray have each attained Tier 2 status after quality results in the past year.

And Gold Coast youngster Becky Kay has been named a junior member of the national squad.

Golf Australia has also identified several other athletes who are close to inclusion.

GA high performance director Brad James said they will all be notified and monitored over the summer tournament season with possible additions to be made after these events.

“Our state high performance programs continue to do an exceptional job delivering their under-pinning programs to provide the right structures and resources necessary as the athletes move along the pathway towards the Golf Australia national squad level,” James said.

"The national coaches and all of the key stakeholders of Australian golf continue to provide a culture of integration that is vital to the success of a national system.

“And our national camps that we conduct both domestically and overseas continue to provide us with not only talent identification, but also developmental opportunities for all athletes involved.

For full list of GA national squad selection benchmarks, click
 http://www.golf.org.au/selectionpolicies
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10-Nov-2015
Three advance to Europe Tour Q-School Final

A blistering final round has seen Antonio Murdaca through to the final stage of European Tour qualifying school with Todd Sinnott and David Bransdon also booking places at Catalunya Resort in Spain next week.

The trio were among six Australians to tee up at second stage of Qualifying, Geoff Drakeford, Callan O'Reilly and Kristopher Mueck failing to advance.

Murdaca began the final round at Panoramica resort in Spain outside the top-18 who would qualify but fired his best round of the week, a flawless 8-under-par 64, to climb to a share of 11th and advance to the final stage.

Bransdon finished 13th of 18 qualifiers at Las Colinas Country Club while Sinnott also finished T13 at Lumine Golf and Beach Club.

Four courses were used in various locations across Spain to host the second stage of qualifying with 267 golfers fighting for 72 places at the finale next week.

The final is a six round marathon where the top-25 and ties earn category 15 membership for the 2016 Tour.

In 2014 Andrew Dodt and Jason Scrivener both earned cards via the Q-School, Dodt going on to record a victory in Thailand and secure two more years of membership while Scrivener narrowly missed keeping his privileges via the top 115 on the Order of Merit.

Story Credit: PGA Australia

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10-Nov-2015
Webb splits with long-time caddie
One of the longest caddie-player relationships in golf ended Sunday when Mike Paterson looped his last round for Karrie Webb at the Toto LPGA Classic in Japan after a 15-year partnership between the Scottish caddie and Australian Hall of Famer.

Paterson is heading for the more lucrative PGA Tour, picking up the bag of another Aussie, John Senden.

Webb got 18 of her 41 LPGA victories with Mikey on the bag and four of her seven majors.

Webb, who turns 41 in December, says she’ll decide on a caddie for next year after she decides how many events she is willing to play.

In 2015, she played 21 events, with just three top-10 finishes but only four missed cuts.

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09-Nov-2015
Ryder Cup stars join Open field

Ryder Cup heroes Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Lawrie are the latest big names to commit to the Emirates Australian Open.

The pair joins an expanding European contingent striving for the Stonehaven Cup at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney from November 26-29.

Colsaerts, revered as one of the game’s most powerful ball-strikers, will join former Open Championship winner Lawrie in the field, along with a string of Aussies with multiple European Tour wins under their belt including Brett Rumford, Marcus Fraser, Richard Green and Andrew Dodt.

Both Colsaerts and Lawrie were part of the successful European team that rocked the United States in the Ryder Cup’s “Miracle at Medinah” in 2012.

Championship director Trevor Herden said their addition continued to bolster a great international contingent that boasts defending champion and dual 2015 major winner Jordan Spieth, former world No.1 Lee Westwood and 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke.

“We’re delighted to have Nicolas and Paul join the field – it really shows the genuine international interest in the Emirates Australian Open,” Herden said.

“They’re both world-class players who have performed at the highest level, and their interest in our national championship, along with the other overseas competitors, shows the global attention the tournament generates.”

The visit will mark just the second time Colsaerts has played professionally in Australia after representing Belgium in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2013.

Scotsman Lawrie, famously the 1999 Open Championship playoff victor at Carnoustie, hasn’t played in Australia since the 2005 Heineken Classic, also at Royal Melbourne.

Collectively, they have 10 European Tour victories and four top-10 finishes in major championships.

The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.

Website: http://www.ausopengolf.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AusOpenGolf and #AusOpenGolf

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AusOpenGolf

 Story Credit: Golf Australia

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09-Nov-2015
Fox prevails over amateur Luck

WA’s Daniel Fox has won his maiden tour victory by taking out the Nexus Risk TSA Group WA Open this afternoon at Royal Fremantle.

Fox was victorious by three shots over runner-up and low amateur winner Curtis Luck, who fell away on the back nine as Fox surged.

As the wind caused havoc with the rest of the field, Fox held his own and made four birdies on his back nine to race home for his maiden win, sealed with an emphatic 25-foot birdie putt on the last.

Fox could have three putted on 18 and still won, but unaware that Luck had bogeyed in the group ahead, Fox admitted to feeling the pressure.

“Standing on 18 I had a look at the leaderboard and saw a two shot lead and I was thinking ‘I hope that’s actually what it is’,” said Fox.

“I might need all three of them to try and get it in here. And then to hole it was just a dream, thank god that’s over.”

Before Fox could get off the 18th green, he was doused with two bottles of champagne purchased by his friends. To Fox, securing his win at home was so much sweeter.

“I actually didn’t think it would happen at home. I thought it was probably easier to be away where you don’t have all that involvement but it never seemed to faze me all day really, all week.”

Cottesloe’s Curtis Luck was philosophical about his runner-up finish. Despite a 4-over-par on the last five holes, Luck can already see the positives.

“I feel I put up a pretty good effort, especially in that last round — I just wasn’t able to finish it off,” said Luck.

“I didn’t hit the shots I needed to, but I’m extremely happy with the second (place finish), I would have taken that at the start of the week, so I’m really happy.”

As low amateur, Luck’s name will be etched on the prestigious Terry Gale cup, which has been a great indicator of future success with past winners including Brett Rumford, Stephen Leaney, Oliver Goss and Kim Felton.

“That’s extremely positive,” said Luck about his low amateur win.

“Obviously it’s nice playing in your home state, which make a massive difference and I had a massive support out there from Cottesloe members, so I’m really confident that down the line that I’ll be able to win here.”

“Whether as an amateur or as a professional, it’s definitely a sign of good things to come.”

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Story Credit: Golf WA

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05-Nov-2015
Queenslanders tee it up in WA Open

Local hope Shae Wools-Cobb is trying to continue his WA luck after winning the Mandurah Amateur in September which saw him qualify for the WA Open at Royal Freemantle this week.


Playing his second national ranking event after the Isuzu Queensland Open in August, Wools-Cobb is contesting with some of Australia’s best professionals and fellow mates Jake McLeod and Taylor Macdonald, both relatively new to the professional scene.

Wools-Cobb finished even for his first round with McLeod currently one shot from leader Curtis Luck at five-under through nine, with fellow Queenslander Paul Hayden carding a two-under round.

“This is my first time travelling for a professional event… My preparation is the same and I’m hoping it’s a good week... Back in Queensland I had a look at the course and type of shots I would need. It’s sort of like Mandurah, it’s tight but not overly long. I’ve been working on keeping my ball flight lower as it gets pretty windy around here...”


Live score update available on PGA Australia http://www.pga.org.au/tourns/pga-tour/event/leaderboard?season=2015&tour=pga&id=1072
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05-Nov-2015
Smith gets late WGC call-up

Cameron Smith swelled the Australian contingent to 10 at this week's WGC HSBC Champions event after American Billy Horschel was forced to withdraw through injury.

Smith took to Twitter to express his delight after receiving the late call-up though made sure to wish Horschel all the best.

"Got a start at HSBC!," he wrote. "@BillyHo_Golf get well soon! #onmychristmascardlist."

Smith had been first alternate for the limited field tournament which will give several Australians a huge opportunity to kick-start their 2016 seasons early.

PGA TOUR regulars Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones are joined in Shanghai by Nick Cullen, Steven Jeffress, Greg Chalmers, Scott Hend and Andrew Dodt in the no cut, US$8.5 million tournament.

For Jeffress and Cullen in particular it is a huge opportunity to test their games on a bigger stage and one magical week could change the course of their careers.

The stakes aren't quite as high for European Tour regulars Dodt and Hend though a strong performance could see both advance to the last two events of the lucrative Race to Dubai Finals Series.

Adam Scott will start among the favourites after his brilliant runner-up performance in Malaysia last week, a final round 63 suggesting the 35-year-old is in rare form though with 14 of the world's top 20 players in the field he will need to be.

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02-Nov-2015
Identical scores win IBF Junior Classic

Teenagers Jed Morgan (scratch) and Karis Davidson (plus four) shot identical scores of two under par 70 to win the 25th Ian Baker-Finch Classic at Twin Waters yesterday (Sunday).

And it was fitting that these impressive rounds were played on the same day that the highest-profile former winner of the tournament, Adam Scott, returned his best round in almost two years with a bogey-free nine-under 63 to finish second in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

Baker-Finch was back on the Sunshine Coast on leave from his role as a golf analyst with CBS in the US and much to the delight of the 80 players, he and wife Jennie walked the fairways of Twin Waters and mixed freely with the youngsters. He later presented trophies to the various winners.

Not only did Morgan (Hatton Vale) and Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) have identical scores of two under par 70, they also both carded two bogeys and four birdies in their rounds. Morgan, a year 15year-old student at Kelvin Grove State College, finished two strokes clear of Lochie Coleborn (Mount Coolum) while Davidson was five shots clear of Aneka Park (Caloundra).

As a result of their victories, and courtesy of Baker-Finch, both Morgan and Davidson will receive an all-expenses trip to Melbourne next year to contest the final qualifying round of the prestigious Aaron Baddeley International. They will also be extended invitations into the Greg Norman Junior Masters and Invincibles Junior Masters Championships.

Morgan also receives an automatic exemption into the final qualifying round of the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open and Davidson an exemption into the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters in February.

It has been a successful few weeks for both youngsters. Davidson won the prestigious 2015 Queensland Women's Stroke Play Championship last week and Morgan the 15 and under Gary Player Junior Classic. Both were 72-hole events.

While the gross winners carded identical rounds of 70, ironically both winners of the respective nett events also returned matching scores of 69. The girl’s nett was won by Samantha-Jane Windred of Pine Rivers while Jayden Bayliss (Gladstone) was the boy’s winner.

Supported by The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Tour, the importance pf the IBF Junior Classic was vindicated by the presence on the day of renowned coach Charlie Earp, PGA professionals Peter Heiniger and Steve Hutchison and Golf Queensland representative David Webber.


Story Credit: Tony Durkin

Photo: Jediah Morgan, Ian Baker-Finch, and Karis Davidson
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02-Nov-2015
Scott's 63 falls one short
A dazzling final-round 63 fell short for Adam Scott in Malaysia today as the Australian produced his best performance since reverting to a traditional putter.

Scott posted a 25-under par total in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, co-sanctioned by the United States PGA Tour and the Asian Tour, with a share of the lead.

But American Justin Thomas conjured a brave performance, recovering from a double bogey six at the 14th hole, where he hit his second shot into a lake, to birdie the 15th, 16th and 17th holes and regain the lead.

Even then, Thomas needed to make par at the par-five 18th hole to avoid a playoff with Scott.

When the 22-year-old smacked his birdie putt almost two metres past the cup it became a possibility. But he calmly stroked the par putt in to complete his first victory on the US PGA Tour.

"It's tough to win," said Thomas. "I understand we're in a sport where the winning percentage isn't in your favor. I've put myself in positions to win, and I just need to continue to do so."

Scott (68-66-66-63) had a brilliant week, using the claw grip that he adoped at the Presidents Cup recently.

He returns to Australia soon to compete in the UNIQLO Australian Masters at Huntingdale followed by the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian in Sydney.

Story Credit: 
Golf Australia 
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01-Nov-2015
Walsh turns Pro
Prominent Queensland Amateur Amy Walsh has turned professional.

Wash, 19, will be attending the Ladies European Tour School in November hopeful to quality for the Ladies European Tour.

The Robina member turned professional last week after an impressive junior career. Walsh recently finished second at the South Pacific Ladies Classic earlier this month also taking out the Women’s Foursomes Championship in April with partner Kate Law.

The Queensland Academy of Sport squad member has been a member of the Women’s State Team for the past 2 years, captaining the victorious QLD Junior Team at the 2013 School Sport Australia Golf Championships.

Walsh has also represented Australia at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival against China, England and New Zealand in 2013. Amy attributes her father John and Coach David Nable as having the most influence on her career to date.

Golf Operations manager Luke Bates has been impressed with Walsh’s ongoing progress. 

“Amy should be proud of her achievements over the past couple of years at both junior and open age Championships," Mr Bates said. 

"She has been a great representative of her State and is one who strives to continually improve her game. Golf Queensland wishes her all the best in her professional career."

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29-Oct-2015
McLeod turns Pro

Outstanding Queensland prospect Jake McLeod has turned professional.

McLeod, 21, plays for money for the first time at this week’s West Australian PGA Championship in Kalgoorlie in arguably the best form of his impressive early career.

The Royal Queensland member recently won his second Queensland Amateur Championship, becoming just the second person to do so in the past quarter-century after world No.1 Jason Day.

The former Townsville junior was also super impressive against the pros in the recent Isuzu Queensland Open, storming home with rounds of 67-68 on the tough Brookwater layout to finish as low amateur and tied for fourth overall.

The Queensland Academy of
Sport Member has been a member of the state men’s team for the past three years, including the Interstate Series champion team of 2013.

Queensland and national coach Tony Meyer has been impressed with McLeod’s ongoing progress.

“Jake has shown a lot of improvement in the past few years and his results show that he’s ready to take his game to the next level,” Meyer said.

“I’m confident that if Jake continues to work hard at his game, he has the capacity to become a successful international athlete.”

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29-Oct-2015
World-class amateur assault on Emirates Australian Open

A world-class amateur assault will launch at next month's Emirates Australian Open.

Three of the world's top 14 amateur golfers, including Australian Ryan Ruffels, will bid to become the first amateur since Aaron Baddeley in 1999 to hoist the Stonehaven Cup, and just the third after Bruce Devlin in 1960 since World War II.

Ruffels, ranked No.8, will join outstanding American pair Bryson DeChambeau (No.6) and Jordan Niebrugge (No.14) at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

And joining this pair will be Ruffels' fellow Golf Australia national squad member Brett Coletta, the medallist at the recent US Amateur as winner of the strokeplay phase.

The quartet will compete against an elite professional field containing world No.2 and defending champion Jordan Spieth and fellow former rankings-toppers Adam Scott and Lee Westwood, both of whom are also past winners.

A host of other former Australian Open champions has already confirmed, including John Senden, Greg Chalmers and Geoff Ogilvy, while 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke is also locked in, as are Presidents Cup stars Marc Leishman and Steve Bowditch.

DeChambeau is coming off victories at the US Amateur and NCAA Championship, becoming just the fifth player on an elite list – Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Ryan Moore – to have done so in the same year.

Niebrugge was low amateur in a stellar class at The Open at St Andrews this year. The Oklahoma State student was within three of the lead during the manic back nine in July, and his eventual T6 finish has already booked him a berth for the 2016 Open at Royal Troon.

 Ruffels, recently joint runner-up at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship with fellow Australian Cam Davis, said the Americans were quality golfers.

"They won't be as well known here yet, but those guys are really well respected in the amateur game. Their achievements this year were incredible," Ruffels said.

"The race for low am will be hot, but there's nothing to stop any of us winning overall. The amateurs are a lot better prepared these days to play against the pros and won't be intimidated by the occasion or back away from it.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see amateur contend or even win."

Davis, the Australian Amateur champion at the same course earlier this year, will not be playing the Open after season-ending wrist surgery.

The full amateur contingent is yet to be finalised.

The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek.

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27-Oct-2015
IBF flies home for his own golf classic

So important did he consider his presence at the 25th staging of the Ian Baker-Finch Junior Classic, the Sunshine Coast’s first winner of a golf major requested the staging of the event be delayed until this coming Sunday.

Baker-Finch, currently on sabbatical from his role as a golf analyst with CBS in the US, arrived back in Australia on the weekend and will be at Twin Waters on Sunday to welcome 80 of the best young golfers from southern Queensland. The IBF Junior Classic is supported by The Invincibles Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Tour and is back after a break last year.

And Invincibles president and founder, Graeme Miller, said talent in Sunday’s field was well and truly worthy of the presence of a golf luminary of the status of Ian Baker-Finch.

Heading the list of girls is the outstanding Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove), who last week won the 2015 Queensland Women’s Stroke Play Championship held on the Gold Coast.

“Karis plays off plus four, has had an outstanding year and is the stand-out among the girls playing on Sunday,” Miller said.

“But it will not be a walk in the park for Karis as local girls Rhianna-Maree Lewis (Maroochy River), Aneka Park (Caloundra) and Cassie Porter (Peregian Springs) are sure to make things interesting.”

Miller rated the boy’s division far more open, with the top-ranked players in the field used to ‘kicking each other’s butts to claim bragging rights to the next event’.

Steven Cox of Wantima recently won The Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters Championship by eight shots, equalling the course record for the tournament, but he will be challenged by his good mate Lochie Coleborn (Mt Coolum) and Dylan Gardner of Kilcoy.

“No-one among the boys seems to dominate and Sunday could easily throw up another new winner,” he said.

And while merely meeting the golfing legend will be a thrill for the youngsters, an even greater enticement awaits the overall winner of the male and female divisions.

The boy’s winner will receive an automatic exemption into the final qualifying round of the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open and the girl’s winner an exemption into the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters in February. And, courtesy of Baker-Finch, both will also receive and all-expenses trip to Melbourne next year to contest the final qualifying round of the prestigious Aaron Baddeley International. They will also receive invitations into the Greg Norman Junior Masters and Invincibles Junior Masters Championships.

Until last year’s hiatus the Ian Baker-Finch Junior Classic had been held at Beerwah Golf Club for 24 successive years. And the tournament host said he can proudly recall presenting trophies over the years to such prodigious local talents as Adam Scott, Katherine Hull and Stephen Bowditch.

“Sadly, the tournament lapsed last year for the lack of numbers and I was determined that would not happen again,” he said.

“I felt it was extremely important for the tournament to be rekindled and I was keen to have a hands-on involvement. I wanted to be back home this year and to have a presence at my tournament, and I’m really excited about Sunday.

“My goal is for this to be the re-start of something really big and special. And judging by the quality of the players competing, we are off to a great start.”

Baker-Finch regards Twin Waters as his ‘home’ course and said General Manager Steve Hutchison and his team had been extremely accommodating in hosting the event, which tees off at 7.15am on Sunday.

Story Credit: TONY DURKIN

  • Photo: Ian Baker-Finch and Invincibles president, Graeme Miller  

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    23-Oct-2015
    Classy Choi and match-play king McLeod too good in Qld Amateur Champs

    After last year’s Amateur Championships headed south of the border, 2015 would prove to be the year of the Queenslander.

    With three of the four semi-final combatants in both the Men’s (Jake McLeod, Shae Wools-Cobb and Mitchell Smith) and Women’s (Robyn Choi, Kirsty Hodgkins and Karis Davidson) Amateur hailing from Queensland, hopes were high for local victories.

     Standing in the way of a clean sweep were Jack Williams (South Australia) and Sophie Cusack (New South Wales).

    Sophie Cusack (Tenterfield) would prove to be a formidable competitor for Robyn Choi (RACV Royal Pines), having already knocked out the 3rd and 6th seeds on Thursday.

    Cusack took an early lead but Choi never gave in and with a par on the 18th, forced extra holes to decide the first finalist. A winner couldn’t be found until the third extra hole when Choi’s par was enough to end the run of Cusack.

    In the other semi-final, Women’s Stroke Play Champion and top seed Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) was looking to continue her dominance with her previous two matches reading like a tennis score (7/5 and 6/4).

    Standing in her way was fellow State team member Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe). An early blitz from Davidson had her 3-up after 9 holes and it was too much for Hodgkins to overcome, with Davidson closing out the match 4/3.

    The afternoon 18 hole final looked to be heading Davidson’s way as she again started strongly to be 3-up heading to the 10th tee. With seven holes to play, it appeared that the morning’s extra holes had taken its toll on Choi.

    Looks can be deceiving. Choi went on one of the more remarkable runs seen in the Qld Amateur. Birdies on the 12th, 13th (matched by Davidson), 15th, 16th and 17th had Choi standing on the 18th tee with a one hole lead that even the grandest soothsayer couldn’t have foreseen!

    When Davidson missed the green with her approach and didn’t hole her chip, Choi had two putts from 25ft to claim the title. A nervous attempt to lag to “gimmee” range left Choi with a 4ft left to right sliding putt to close out the match.

    Gathering her composure, Choi wasted no time in stepping up and duly holing the putt for a 1-up victory and the 2015 Queensland Women’s Amateur Championship. Choi is experiencing a stellar 2015, with the Amateur win adding to the Katherine Kirk Classic she won less than a month ago.

    With the top four seeds knocked out of the championship on Thursday, the Men’s Amateur title was wide open. The 2012 champion Jake McLeod (Royal Queensland) took on South Australian Jack Williams (The Grange), whilst in the other semi, Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy-River) battled Mitchell Smith (Oxley).

    McLeod is a passionate North Qld Cowboys supporter and he appeared to be copying his team with slow starts. He was fortunate to even make the semi-final as in his first match Thursday, McLeod found himself four down through six holes and staring at an early exit. His fighting qualities were on display as he not only won that match but also his quarter final after trailing. 

    Williams knew he needed a fast start and took the lead by 1 after 3 holes. A stunning approach on the fourth was the spark for a McLeod masterclass as he made birdie upon birdie to be 4-up with six holes to play. With a two putt par on the par 3-14th, McLeod was through to his third Queensland Amateur final in four years. 

    The Wools-Cobb & Smith match was a thriller. There was never more than a two hole advantage to either player, with both seeking to reach their maiden Amateur final. The consistent ball striking of Wools-Cobb proved too much in the end for the valiant Smith, who himself is enjoying the best year of his brief career, having already qualified for the2015 Isuzu Queensland Open. Wools-Cobb emerged a 1-up winner when the 18th hole was halved, and set up a mouth watering clash with Queensland team mate McLeod.

    After both players opened with pars, Wools-Cobb won the second hole but a costly three putt on the fourth evened the contest.

    The next half hour would prove to be crucial. McLeod holed a long range putt for a birdie two on the sixth to go 1-up. His drive on the seventh found trouble and when his second shot ricocheted off a nearby tree, Wools-Cobb looked like comfortably taking the hole. A miraculous third shot, under trees and between water hazards left McLeod with a 60ft putt for birdie. Wools-Cobb didn’t apply enough pressure with his approach and when both players two-putted for par, McLeod had dodged a bullet.

    Knowing that he couldn’t let opportunities like that slip, Wools-Cobb pounded his drive down the ninth and struck his approach shot to within four feet. A birdie restored parity to the contest but unfortunately that was the closest Wools-Cobb would get again.

    McLeod’s par on 10 was enough to regain the lead and despite a remarkable sand save on the 12th Wools-Cobb couldn’t get the vital hole win. With time running out, Wools-Cobb remained patient but a poor tee shot on the par 3-14th gave McLeod a two-hole advantage which he ultimately extended on the 16th to claim a 3/2 victory.

    Wools-Cobb should be extremely proud of his efforts this past week, having finished fifth in the Men’s Stroke Play and runner-up in the Amateur.

    For McLeod, he becomes only the second player in over 25 years to win the Queensland Men’s Amateur title on multiple occasions. The other player – World Number One Jason Day!

    With the anticipation that McLeod will enter the professional ranks in the not too distant future, his amateur match play record is the envy of many (11-1 Qld Amateur, 22-9-2 Interstate Series) and has certainly earned him the moniker of Jake “Match Play King” McLeod!

    Southport Golf Club is to be congratulated for the magnificent hospitality shown to the competitors over the past two days. As always full credit goes to Stuart Moore and his ground staff for presenting the course in fantastic condition.

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    21-Oct-2015
    Michel and Davidson victorious at Queensland Men’s and Women’s Stroke Play Championship

    Kyle Michel (Shepparton) and Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) have won their respective titles at the 2015 Queensland Men’s and Women’s Stroke Play Championships held at Arundel Hills Country Club and Palm Meadows on the Gold Coast.


    Women’s Stroke Play

    Davidson opened the Championship with an even par round of 72, followed by a second round of four-under par 68.

    She was able to cope with the warm weather after players were hampered by hot conditions during the final 36 holes. Just two shots back from 36 hole leader Jiwon Jeon, Davidson went on to return a third round 71 (-1).

    “After the front nine of my final round I thought I had a really strong chance at winning the tournament,” Davidson said.

    Her closing round of four-under par 68 was enough to win the Championship by two shots to Hills members Jiwon Jeon recording a 279 tournament total victory.

    Jeon finished the tournament on 281, seven-under for the 72 hole event.  After an opening three-under par 69 and a second round of five-under par 67, Jeon was in a commanding position heading into the final day.  

    After with a disappointing one-over par (73) third round, Jeon was able to regain her composure for the afternoon, posting an even-par round of 72. However, it wasn’t enough to stop Davidson’s consistent final round.

    Western Australian player Hannah Green (Mt Lawley) finished in outright third after she fired rounds of 69,69,75 and 69 for a total of 282 (-6).

    Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe) shot the tournament’s best score of six under-par 66 in the final round.

    Palm Meadows is to be congratulated for the magnificent condition of the course and the hospitality shown to all the players and caddies.


    Men’s Stroke Play

    Players were greeted with a perfect morning on Day One of the Qld Men’s Stroke Play Championship, yet it was only Lochlan Coleborn (Mt Coolum) who took advantage of the best conditions to register a one-under 71.

    With winds picking up in the afternoon, Coleborn’s score looked tough to match, yet late in the field Shae Wools-Cobb leapt to the front with a fine three-under 69. No sooner had Wools-Cobb reached the top, than Shepparton visitor Kyle Michel returned a course record equaling 67!

    Day Two proved challenging to the overnight leader after Michel couldn’t find the magic of round 1 and dropped back slightly with a 76. Playing the consistent golf he is renowned for, Pacific’s 2015 Gary Player Classic Champion Blake Proverbs moved into contention after rounds of 71 and 72.

    The bolt from the blue was James Grierson (Bonnie Doon) who after a first round score of 75, shot to the Championship lead with a flawless, course record six-under 66. Joining Grierson and Proverbs in the final group on Tuesday was Hills International’s Charles Pilon with a fine round of 68 accompanying his opening 73.

    Day Three was going to be a 36 hole battle around the demanding Arundel Hills layout, and so it proved for Grierson who sadly slipped down the leaderboard after a challenging round 3 finish. Rocketing to the head of the leaderboard were Brayden Petersen (Monash) and Blake Collyer (Metropolitan) after returning rounds of 67. Proverbs and Michel were battling to the end and with Pilon still lurking, the final 18 holes would be a championship shoot out.

    Early birdies for Michel put him in a strong position as Collyer’s disastrous opening 3 holes left him fighting to make the top 16 who would contest the Men’s Amateur later in the week. Pilon and Proverbs stayed in the hunt as Michel stumbled with bogeys on 12, 15 and 16. A birdie on the 72
    nd hole meant Michel set the clubhouse benchmark with a 285 (-3) total.

    Playing in the group behind Michel, Pilon lost his chance to claim the title with a penultimate hole bogey which left him 3 shots adrift with one hole to play.

    Proverbs however was only two shots behind and needing an eagle to force a playoff. After missing the green right, Proverbs chip shot didn’t threaten the hole and Kyle Michel secured the 2015 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Champion. Pilon snatched the runner up position and thoughts of what could have been with a 40ft eagle putt to end his championship.

    Myoung Kim (Sanctuary Cove) was a three shot victor of the 72 hole Nett prize from New Zealand visitor Duncan Croudis (Otago).

    Arundel Hills Country Club and especially Superintendent Todd McCully’s team are to be applauded for the wonderful presentation of the course. The players were treated to fantastic hospitality, to which Akiko Thomas, David Baird and Peter Macrae deserve to be wholeheartedly thanked.


    Champion of Champions

    The Champion of Champion’s event is open to all players who have won a Club or District Championship in the previous year with the title was decided over the first 36 holes.

    Women’s Champion Jiwon Jeon (Hills International) emerged a four-shot victory over Karis Davidson with rounds of 69 and 67.

    Men’s Champion Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy River) won the Champions title with rounds of 69 and 75. Wools-Cobb held a two shot margin from Lochlan Coleborn (Mt Collum).


    Queensland Amateur Championship Matchplay Event

    The top 16 players from the Stroke Play will now progress through to compete in the Queensland Amateur Championship (Matchplay) to be held at Southport Golf Club 22-23 October. The top 16 players from the stroke play will enjoy a well-earned day’s rest before heading to Southport.

    Women’s Top 16:  Karis DAVIDSON, Jiwon JEON, Hannah GREEN, Celina YUAN, Kirsty HODGKINS, Sheridan GORTON, Robyn CHOI, Deedee-taylah RUSSELL, Jenny LEE, Lisa EDGAR, Sophie CUSACK, Amy WALSH, Chizuru UEDA, Eunice KIM, Victoria FRICOT, Karen KIM.

    Men’s Top 16: Kyle MICHEL, Charles PILON, Blake PROVERBS, Brayden PETERSON, Shae WOOLS-COBB, Jake MCLEOD, Ben FERGUSON, Mitchell SMITH, Jack SULLIVAN, Jack WILLIAMS, Dylan PERRY, Duncan CROUDIS, Thomas POWER HORAN, Myoung KIM, Daniel GALE, Blake COLLYER.



    2015 Champion of Champions Jiwon Jeon and Shae Wools-Cobb

    Full results available here
    Photos from Round 4 are now available on the Golf Queensland Facebook Page


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    21-Oct-2015
    Three former winners commit to Australian Open

    Three former winners have joined the hot field for the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney next month.

    Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden and Greg Chalmers have all committed to their national Open to join the likes of world No. 2 Jordan Spieth, Australia’s US Masters champion Adam Scott, Englishman Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke in the field for the November 26-29  championship.

    American Spieth, the hottest player in the world for most of 2015, is defending the title he won at The Australian with a magnificent, closing 63 last year.

    The addition of Ogilvy, Senden and Chalmers, all veteran United States PGA Tour players, brings to 11 the number of former winners of the Australian Open playing next month.

    The others are Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Craig Parry, Peter Senior, Peter Fowler, Peter Lonard, Westwood and Scott.

    Presidents Cup players Steven Bowditch and Marc Leishman also are playing next month, along with US Tour regular Matt Jones, giving the Open one  of the deepest fields seen in years.

    Celebrations are planned for the 100th playing of the country’s most prestigious golf tournament, which dates to 1804.

    Ogilvy won the Open at The Lakes in 2010. Senden triumphed with two superb closing birdies at Royal Sydney in 2006, and Chalmers has won twice – at Royal Adelaide in 1998 and again at The Lakes in 2011.

    Ogilvy, who broke Australia’s major-winning drought when he won the US Open at Winged Foot in 2006, is an eight-time winner on the US Tour. He won more than $US653,000 in America last season.

    Senden, ranked 71st in the world, had another fine season in 2014-15, earning $US1.4 million and finishing 23rd on the Fedex Cup rankings.

    Western Australia’s Chalmers made 12 cuts on the US Tour last season and is a regular contender in his national Open, finishing fourth at The Australian last year.

    The championship is owned by Golf Australia and is managed by Lagardere Sports with the assistance of TRP Sports.

    The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

    The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

    The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.

    Website: http://www.ausopengolf.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AusOpenGolf and #AusOpenGolf

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    21-Oct-2015
    Hend cruises to victory at Macau Open

    Australian Scott Hend Sunday won a second Venetian Macau Open victory in three years after holding off title holder Anirban Lahiri and Chiragh Kumar of India with a final round of five-under-par 66.

    Hend cruised to a three-stroke triumph at the Macau Golf and Country Club to become only the second player after China’s Zhang Lian-wei to win twice at the US$1 million Asian Tour event with a tournament record of 20-under-par 264.

    The 42-year-old, who was pipped by Lahiri last year, collected the winner's cheque of $180,000. Lahiri and Kumar shared second place after closing with a 66 and 65 respectively.

    "Feel relieve and rewarded as I've worked hard the last few weeks in Europe," said Hend, who entered the last day with a three-shot cushion.

    "I knew Anirban wasn’t going to go away. He's a great player and I just went out there with the aim to shoot a good score as I knew they had to catch me," he said in comments supplied by the event organisers.

    "I can’t really remember much about 2013 (his previous win). I remember more about last year where I didn’t play solid down the stretch and Anirban got me. So this year, it is a different feeling," he added.

    Leading scores (par 71):

    264 - Scott Hend (AUS) 66-68-64-66

    267 - Chiragh Kumar (IND) 67-66-69-65, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 66-67-68-66

    270 - Brett Munson (USA) 66-74-65-65.

    272 - Niall Turner (IRL) 70-68-67-67

    273 - Jazz Janewattananond (THA) 67-72-67-67, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 68-71-66-68

    274 - Javi Colomo (ESP) 66-72-69-67, Sam Brazel(AUS) 68-66-69-71, Rashid Khan (IND) 70-65-68-71

    Story Credit: Yahoo News

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    19-Oct-2015
    Kuchar wins in Fiji

    After raging winds and a challenging four days on course, Matt Kuchar emerged victorious at the 2015 Fiji International.

    After starting the final round with a two shot lead, Kuchar fired 3-under 69 which saw the the World Number 16 end the week on 4-under the card and four shots ahead of Australian Professional, Aron Price.

    "Its been a great week. It's been so much fun to have the family here and have Dad caddying for me. To finish on top has really made it an excellent week, one I'm sure I'll never forget," said Kuchar.

    "I knew I had to play some really good golf to try and have a chance at this title and I played some great golf this week. I was excited to come out on top."

    "Winning is a hard thing to do regardless of where you are, US PGA or Fiji, there are great players everywhere."

    Kuchar pulled away from the field early thanks to four birdies on the front nine which were helped by calmer weather conditions.

    "With the wind blowing the way it was on Thursday and Friday, if you're not hitting it good you many not break 90, it was that challenging."

    The Fiji International is Kuchar's first win since the RBC Heritage on the PGA TOUR in April 2014.

    It was also his first appearance at the Fiji International after arriving fresh from a Team USA win at last week's Presidents Cup in Korea.

    It is hoped that Kuchar will return in 2016 to defend his title, alluding to the fact that it wouldn't take much for him to return.

    "We've had an amazing time in Fiji and you probably don't have to twist my arm too hard to get me back to Fiji. It's been a great week and certainly it's a destination I enjoy getting back to."

    Price meanwhile went bogey free in the final round firing 1-under 71 to finish his week on even par and outright second.

    "I hit 16 greens in regulations, on the two I missed I made pars I didn't have a bogey all day, just not enough birdies," said Price.

    Rounding out the top-5 finishes at this year's Fiji International were Vijay Singh, Ryan Fox and Nick Cullen.

    Hometown hero Singh had a bogey free round shooting a course record of 7-under 65 that included seven birdies to finish 1-over the card to tie for third with Fox and Cullen.

    New Zealander Fox fired 5-under 67 which included seven birdies to finished the week on 1-over the card.

    A costly double bogey on the front nine made things though for Cullen, who also managed to fire seven birdies in his round of 5-under 67, to join Singh and Fox on 1-over.

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    16-Oct-2015
    Ian Baker-Finch Junior Classic
    Every now and then opportunities arrive at our door step that are very difficult to ignore or pass up? That’s why The Invincibles Tour is thrilled to bits to be able to support and announce that the 2015 Ian Baker – Finch Junior Classic will be hosted by Twin Waters Golf Club “Sunday the 1st of November” which in itself is incredibly exciting, but what really makes this a very special occasion, is that Ian is going to…………

    Fly in from America to host his own Junior Classic and present the awards and he would like to invite every junior golfer (no matter what age) and their families, to bring a friend and join him as he mixes with our juniors and their parents to offer encouragement, support and feedback on what’s required to make it to the top as a Touring Professional.

    And if that isn’t enough to get your attention, every competitor will receive a show bag on arrival as well as playing for prestigious awards. Such as an exemption for the boy’s winner into the final qualifying round of the Queensland Open in 2016. The girl winner will receive an exemption into the 2016 Ladies Masters Championship at Royal Pines from the 25th to the 28th of February. (Subject to qualifying criteria)

    The Boy and Girl winner of the Ian Baker – Finch Junior Classic will also receive an all expenses paid trip to Victoria to contest the final qualifying round for the Aaron Baddeley International Championship (October) with the finals being held in America in December 2016 for the lucky winners (dates and time to be confirmed)

    And if the above is still not enough to wet your appetite or get your interest, Ian’s Junior Classic will also be a qualifier for The Invincibles IGA Sunshine Coast Junior Masters and Greg Norman Junior Masters Championships, The Invincibles Course Cup and Gold Cup of Cups Championships as well as an Invincibles Inter – Club Team Shield points scorer and Matchplay Championship qualifier along with a myriad of prizes in all divisions for boys and girls.

    The Invincibles Tour would like to encourage all junior golfers to pass on the word to your friends because this is one opportunity that you can’t afford to let pass you by.

    To find our more click here 


    The Tour and their members look forward to catching up with everyone at Twin Waters Golf Club to enjoy what promises to an exceptional day out.

    “The Invincibles Tour would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to Golf Australia, PGA of Australia, RACV Ladies Masters - Royal Pines Golf Resort, Golf Queensland, Queensland Governmant, Junior Golf Foundation of Queensland, TGA Golf, the Aaron Baddeley Foundation and Twin Waters Golf Club for their very generous support of the much sort after and very prestigious Ian Baker Finch Junior Classic”
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    16-Oct-2015
    Quayle wins 2015 Keperra Bowl Championship

    Anthony Quayle (Sanctuary Cove) has won the 2015 Keperra Bowl at the Keperra Country Golf Club after a fantastic display of consistency over the four days. 

    The Queensland Academy of Sport Member was nothing but brilliant all week, firing a first round six-under par (66) and solid even par (72) in the second round. His two round total of 138 placed him in the top groups heading into the final 36 holes.

    Quayle fired a  third day, one-under par (71) to elevate him further up the leaderboard and one shot back heading into the final round. He shot a flawless front nine that included four birdies, with three birdies and three bogies on the back nine. Quayle closed out his tournament with a four under par round 68, giving him a four round total of 277 (-11).

    Austin Bautista (Bonnie Doon) and Kiran Day (Cottesloe) tied for outright second, two shots behind Quayle. Last year’s champion Troy Moses (Bonnie Doon) fired rounds of 68, 73 and 72, for the first three rounds, to put him in contention leading into the final day. He returned a final round score of 67 to finish three shots back (280) for the tournament. 

    Final round leader Charlie Dann (Pelican Waters) finished in equal third place after a solid back nine with only one bogey to finish 73. Third place was also shared with Troy Moses (Bonnie Doon), Andrew Schonewille (Yarra Yarra
    ), Blake Collyer (Metropolitan GC), Mitchell Gannon (Bonnie Doon) and Daniel Gale (Castle Hill), finishing the tournament with 280 (-8).

    The Keperra Country Golf Club course was presented in outstanding condition, proving again to be a fantastic Championship facility. Special thanks to the superintendent and his staff.

    The majority of the field from this year’s championship will now travel down to the Gold Coast to compete in the 2015 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Arundel Hills Country Club, Sunday 18 - Tuesday 20 October.

    For complete scores from the 2015 Keperra Bowl, please
    CLICK HERE

    Photos from Round 4 are available on the
    Golf Queensland Facebook Page

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    15-Oct-2015
    Leishman, Bowditch bolster Australian Open field

    Two of Australia’s Presidents Cup aces are the latest to join the star-studded Emirates Australian Open field.

    Victorian Marc Leishman, 31, and Queenslander Steven Bowditch, 32, have today joined the parade of champions lining up to contest the Stonehaven Cup.

    Alongside current world No.1 Jordan Spieth, former world No.1’s Adam Scott and Lee Westwood and 2011 Open Championship hero Darren Clarke, the Aussie duo will compete at The Australian Golf Club in Sydney next month.

    Tournament director Trevor Herden was thrilled with the commitment of two of Australia’s brightest lights.

    “Both Marc and Steven have really made giant strides this year and it’s great to see them come back and not only support their national championship, but to both be back with legitimate shots at the title,” Herden said.

    “Marc was so close at the Open Championship in the playoff, and Steven won the Byron Nelson in Texas – then both showed the world they felt right at home at the elite level when they won their singles matches at the Presidents Cup.

    “It just seems like they’re both really ready to take the next step in their careers and maybe the Emirates Australian Open is where they take it.”

    Leishman, whose world ranking peaked at No.27 this year after he was part of a three-way playoff at the Open Championship at St Andrews, will play his sixth national championship but first since 2012 because of commitments with his young family in the United States.

    Bowditch, who has won tournaments on the US PGA Tour in consecutive years, will play the Australian Open for the 12th time having twice finished seventh, including as an amateur in 2000.

    The championship is owned by Golf Australia and is managed by Lagardere Sports with the assistance of TRP Sports.

    The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

    The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

    The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.

    Website: http://www.ausopengolf.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AusOpenGolf and #AusOpenGolf

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AusOpenGolf

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    13-Oct-2015
    Westwood, Clarke commit to Australian Open
    A past champion and a major winner are the latest players to commit to the Emirates Australian Open field.

    Former winner Lee Westwood and Open Championship hero Darren Clarke will join defending champ and world No.1 Jordan Spieth and local hero Adam Scott in the elite field at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

    Westwood, a former world No.1 and one of the most prolific international winners of his generation, sprung to international prominence when he won the 1997 Australian Open at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club.

    The Englishman fended off challenges from Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson to finish tied with five-time Australian Open winner Greg Norman at 14 under, then outduelled the “Great White Shark” on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first European to lift the Stonehaven Cup – a post he held alone until Rory McIlroy followed suit in 2013.

    “Obviously I have a lot of great memories of the Australian Open so I am really excited to be heading there again,” said Westwood, a perennial at the top end of the world rankings.

    “We all enjoy playing in Australia because of the standard of the courses, the knowledgeable fans and the great weather. It is also a really strong field again this year so it will be a superb spectacle.”

    Westwood, 42, has proven himself a true global player since his Australian Open win with victories in the United States, Europe, Japan, on the Asian and South Africa’s Sunshine Tour during a glittering career that has yielded 42 professional titles and a staggering 17 top-10 finishes in major championships.

    He also boasts a wonderful Ryder Cup record, representing Europe nine times for seven victories, five times a teammate of his good mate, Clarke.

    Clarke, 47, the incoming European Ryder Cup captain, famously won the Open Championship at Royal St George’s in 2011, but he’s no stranger to Australia, either. A popular figure wherever he plays, the Northern Irishman has won 14 times on the European Tour.

    “The Australian Open has a wonderful history and has been won by many of the game’s greatest players and with the likes of Lee, Jordan and Adam playing this November, we are in for a real treat,” Clarke said.

    Golf Australia’s tournament director Trevor Herden was thrilled with the addition of both players for the final event on OneAsia’s 2015 schedule.

    “Darren is an extremely entertaining player and engages with the fans and is always good value to have around the tournament,” Herden said.

    “Lee is one of the most successful players of this era, including having won our national championship before. He is one of the best ball-strikers and most consistent players in the world, so we can’t wait to see if he can get his hands on a second Stonehaven Cup.”

    NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said it would be great to see Westwood and Clarke in Sydney in November.

    “Lee and Darren are both legends of the game and form part of a world-class field of golfers at this year’s Australian Open,” Mr Ayres said.

    “The NSW Government is proud to have secured this event for Sydney through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW; and with players such as Lee, Darren, Australian champion Adam Scott and current world No.1 Jordan Spieth, it promises to attract visitors from all over the globe to our state.”

    The championship is owned by Golf Australia and is managed by Lagardere Sports with the assistance of TRP Sports.



    Watch highlights of Westwood's 1997 Australian Open win

    The 2015 Emirates Australian Open, the 100
    th staging of the national championship, will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.

    The Emirates Australian Open is a flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

    The event will be telecast for all four days on Channel 7. 

    Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com
      or by calling 132 849.

    Website:
     http://www.ausopengolf.com/

    Twitter: 
    https://twitter.com/AusOpenGolf and #AusOpenGolf

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    12-Oct-2015
    Aussies give their all at Presidents Cup

    The Australians made their presence felt in the Sunday singles at the Presidents Cup, contributing three points out of a possible four as the Internationals came within a whisker of winning the event for just the second time.

    Adam Scott led the final day charge, handing Players' Champion Rickie Fowler a 6 & 5 drubbing to draw first blood for the Internationals and set up a thrilling finale at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Korea.

    Steven Bowditch and Marc Leishman scored upset wins in their matches, Bowditch accounting for Jimmy Walker while Leishman claimed the biggest scalp of the week with a 1 up win over World Number One Jordan Spieth.

    Jason Day was the only Australian not to win his singles match, Open champion Zach Johnson too good for the World Number Two.

    After a disappointing showing in the four balls and foursomes, the Australians came out firing on Sunday, Scott posting the first point of the day with his thrashing of Fowler and setting the tone for a courageous fight back.

    The former Masters champion found the putting form which had eluded him most of the week, four straight birdies from the seventh taking him to an unassailable lead and the match finishing on the 13th green.

    Playing four groups behind Scott in the sixth match of the day Bowditch staged one of the comebacks of the week after making the turn 1 down to multiple PGA TOUR winner Walker.

    The Queenslander turned the match on the back nine, racing to a 3 up lead through 14 before eventually closing it out 2 up on the 18th green.

    Leishman, though, was the standout performer on Sunday winning a tight encounter with 2015's duel Major winner and player of the year Jordan Spieth.

    Spieth was fast out of the gate taking a 2 up lead through two holes but the cool Victorian wasn't fazed and made a brilliant birdie at the ninth to head to the back nine all square.

    Not to be denied Spieth immediately won the 10th, Leishman squaring the match at 12 before the American again got his nose in front at 13.

    Leishman squared the match for the final time with a birdie at 14 then took a decisive 1 up lead on the very next hole which he held till the 18th.

    The three Australian points were crucial in giving the Internationals a chance to win the Cup for just the second time, and first since 1998, but it wasn't to be.

    The ultimate pressure fell to rookies Anirban Lahiri of India and local hero Sang Moon Bae but both made crucial errors at vital moments to allow the Americans to triumph again.

    Lahiri, who didn't have his best game all week, showed enormous heart to square his match with PGA TOUR star Chris Kirk thanks to a brilliant up and down birdie at the par-4 14th.

    The pair remained square until the 18th where Lahiri, facing a three-foot putt to halve the match, faltered and missed, the US gaining an unexpected point.

    The outcome of the four days' play hung in the balance as the final match of the day between Sang Moon Bae and Bill Haas arrived at the 18th with Haas holding a slender 1 up lead.

    Bae needed to win the hole to earn a half point and tie the contest at 15 points apiece but under almost unimaginable pressure, in front of a home crowd, missed a greenside chip, handing Haas a 2 up win and the American team the Cup.

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    08-Oct-2015
    Ballard and Sim Qld PGA Foursomes Champions

    Matthew Ballard and former US PGA Tour star Michael Sim have today added their names to one of the PGA’s more historic trophies, after taking out the 2015 Club Car Queensland PGA Foursomes Championship.  

    Starting the day as one of the favourites, Ballard and Sim were quick to get out of the gates, holding a one shot lead after the opening 18 holes with a four under par, 66. They continued to set the pace early in the afternoon, though a number of late bogies would not assure them of victory.

    Trainee professionals Anna Stanton and Jade Fisher were lurking only one shot behind heading into the final 18 and when they posted a second consecutive three under par 67, it looked as though history could be made as they held the Clubhouse lead at six under par alongside Tim Hart and Chris Wood.

    Unfortunately it would be one shy of the winning total, as Ballard and Sim held it together on their final hole to post a final round three under par 67 for a one stroke win after finishing at seven under.

    After finishing third last year, both Ballard and Sim were pleased to have their named etched in PGA history alongside previous winners Ian Baker-Finch and Peter Senior. “It is great to have our names alongside some of the all time greats of Australian Golf,” said Ballard following his round.

    “Although it’s never easy playing foursomes, it certainly helps when you have so much trust in your playing partner. Michael played great out there today and although we tried hard to lose it over the final few holes, it was certainly his form on the course that was the catalyst behind our victory here today.”

    It has been the year of first’s for female trainee’s following on from Alexandra Orchard’s win at the Pampling Plate earlier in the year, with Anna Stanton and Jade Fisher becoming the first all female combination to claim the Qld Trainee Foursomes Championship. Although happy with their day, the pair will no doubt rue the opportunity they had to become the first female winners of the open Qld PGA Foursomes Championship, after making an astonishing 13 birdies over the 36 holes.

    This year would also see the inaugural Qld Senior PGA Foursomes staged, with Mark Tickle and Ossie Moore securing victory with a six over par 76. The duo were honoured with being crowned the inaugural winners, with the win adding to Moore’s collection, which includes the QLD PGA Championship and the QLD Senior PGA Championship.

    Professionals are now enjoying the hospitality of the Howeston Pro-Am today, with the event celebrating its 36th anniversary.   

    The Sunshine Swing forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of 200 events Australia wide.

    Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia’s Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.

    For all of the results from the Club Car Queensland PGA Foursomes Championship please click here.

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    06-Oct-2015
    Queensland Duo make it a Clean Sweep at Stonebridge

    Much like the NRL Grand Final, the 2015 Srixon International Sub Junior Classic has ended as an all Queensland affair. 

    Louis Dobbelaar dominated the Sub Junior Boys Championship since round one.  The mighty Queenslander held the number one position from the opening round and continued this domination throughout the Championship.  He completed the four-day tournament with an impressive 4 under par score of 68. With his previous three rounds of 68, 73, 70 Louis finished on a total of 279 (9 under par) and 16 shots ahead of his nearest rival and reigning 2014 Champion Cooper Geddes (Western Australia).Harrison Crowe (St Michael’s) was the best New South Welshman in the Sub Junior event finishing in third place on a total of 297.

    Fellow Queenslander Joy Mannix was just too strong for the girls field finishing with a final round 77 to give her total of 304 (16 over par) and crown her the Sub Junior Girls Champion. Western Australian duo of Kathryn Norris and Maddison Hinson-Tolchard rounded out the top three on scores of 314 and 316 respectively. Avondale’s Grace Kim was the best of the NSW girls finishing in fourth place with a four round total of 318.

    Boys Championship - Par 288
    279 - Louis Dobbelaar (QLD)
    295 - Cooper Geddes (WA)
    297 - Harrison Crowe (St Michael's) 

    Girls Championship - Par 288
    304 - Joy Mannix (QLD)
    314 - Kathryn Norris (WA)
    316 - Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (WA)
     
    Boys 12 Years and Under
    Scratch - Kaito Chiu (QLD) 315
    Nett – Jacob Dundas (Toronto 12) 288
     
    Girls 12 Years and Under
     
    Scratch - Yuka Lin (Cammeray) 343
    Nett - Jasmine Driscoll (Hurstville 28) 294
     
    Boys 13 Years
    Scratch - Harrison Crowe (St Michael's) 297
    Nett – Joshuaa Robards (Belmont 12) 292
     
    Girls 13 Years
    Scratch - Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (WA) 316
    Nett - Annika Boyd (Toukley 13) 300
     
    Boys 14 Years
    Scratch - Louis Dobbelaar (QLD) 279
    Nett - Blade Gadd (Penrith 6) 289
     
    Girls 14 Years
    Scratch - Joy Mannix (QLD) 304
    Nett - Sophie Martell (QLD 17) 294

    For a full list of results from the event click here.

    Story Credit: Jack Newton Junior Golf

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    01-Oct-2015
    Mixed success for couple
    Impressive Sunshine Coast golfer Charlie Dann has added yet another title to his trophy cabinet, this time with girlfriend Milli Stuurop by his side.

    The pair won the Pelican Waters mixed foursomes at the weekend, giving Dann his third championship – and honour board event - at the club within the past two months. He had previously won the club championship and match play title.

    Playing off plus three, Dann and Stuurop (six) returned a seven-over 79 during the first 18 holes of the mixed foursomes before scorching home with a one-under 71 in the afternoon. Jackson Hopkins and Karen Furlong were runners-up.

    While Dann’s form is a continuation of an outstanding year, Stuurop has also been a revelation. Following a three-year break from the game because of a shoulder injury, she did not resume playing until March.

    Dann’s other major wins in 2015 have been at the Sunshine Coast Men’s Open amateur golf championship at Headland Golf Club over the Easter weekend and the prestigious Queensland State Amateur Burleigh Cup, at Burleigh Heads, in May. The 22-year-old also shot a blistering six-under 64 at Virginia Club last month to qualify for his first Isuzu Queensland Open. –TONY DURKIN

    IMAGE: Charlie Dann and Milli Stuurop, Pelican Waters mixed foursomes champions

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    01-Oct-2015
    2016 PGA Tour of Australasia season announced
    The Australian summer of golf will continue into 2016 with the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule offering plenty of golf action in the start of the new year.

    While Australia is bracing itself for a bumper summer of golf in the coming months with the European Tour, Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els and Adam Scott all confirmed to be heading down under, the PGA Tour of Australasia early 2016 schedule has today been announced.

    The Tour will get back underway from the 4-7 February 2016 at the Oates Vic Open. Heading back to Thirteenth Beach Golf Links the tournament will again see the men’s and women’s championship played concurrently for the same amount of prize money, a minimum of $250,000.

    The Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship will be played the following week at the prestigious Huntingdale Golf Club from the 9-12 February for $100,000. Following on from the successful staging of the tournament in a pro-am format, the Mercedes-Benz Truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship allows amateurs the chance to play in a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament alongside the Professionals and on the famed Melbourne Sandbelt.

    The European Tour will be making a much anticipated return to West Australian soil for the fourth staging of the Perth International and in a new addition, the tournament will now be tri-sanctioned with the Asian Tour.

    Being played from the 25-28 February, the tournament’s move into the early parts of the Race to Dubai and PGA Tour of Australasia seasons is expected to see the Perth International attract a strong field of European and Australasian players looking to capitalise early in the year.

    The Perth International will be played for AU$1.75million which, along with the Australian PGA Championship, which is also co-sanctioned by the European Tour, makes it the equal richest prize purse currently on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

    From Perth, the PGA Tour of Australasia will jet back across Australia and the Tasman Sea to New Zealand for its major tournaments of the year.

    The Holden NZ PGA Championship will be played at Remuera Golf Club after the tournament’s successful return to Auckland this year. Professionals will be competing for NZ$125,000 from 5-8 March.

    The following week will see the prestigious BMW New Zealand Open being played in picturesque Queenstown. A highlight on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule, the players thoroughly enjoy being welcomed back to The Hills and Millbrook Resort each year for the NZ$950,000 tournament. Also being played in a pro-am format, there is a bonus NZ$50,000 on offer for the team component of the tournament meaning total prize money on offer for the professionals reaches NZD$1,000,000.

    Rounding out the early part of the 2016 schedule is the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship which will be played at the City Golf Club in Toowoomba from 17-20 March for $125,000.

    The second half of the 2016 PGA Tour of Australasia season will be announced next year.
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    01-Oct-2015
    Queenslanders lead after R2

    On a difficult day which saw no player break par, Queenslander Louis Dobbelaar has extended his lead to five shots after the second round of the 2015 Srixon International Sub Junior Classic at Stonebridge Golf Club. 

    The 14 Year Old's up and down round of 73 included 2 eagles, 3 birdies, 3 bogey's, 1 double and 1 triple!! He now leads Liam Kennewell by five strokes, after the South Australian stayed in the hunt with a three over par 75. Defending champion Cooper Geddes (WA) remains in contention for back to back titles, one shot further back after also shooting a third round 75 and he sits one clear of the leading New South Welshman Harrison Crowe (St Michael's).

    The Girls Division looks destined to go to an Interstate Competitor, with the top five girls on the leaderboard from outside New South Wales. Joy Mannix (Qld) joined Kathryn Norris (WA) on top of the leaderboard on a difficult day where only three girls broke 80. Mannix fired a 78, one better than Norris' 79, whilst Maddison Hinson-Tolchard (WA) moved into third after a round of the day 77. READ MORE

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    25-Sep-2015
    Proverbs, Pilon, and Morgan champions at Gary Player Classic

    Blake Proverbs, Charles Pilon and Jediah Morgan have won their respective age divisions of the Gary Player Classic at Pacific Golf Club, held from 22-25 September. 

    The 15 Years and Under Division was dominated by Jediah Morgan (Hattonvale GC) over three rounds. After a promising four-under start with 68, he followed with rounds of 76, 74, and 78 which was enough for a comfortable six shot victory over state team member Louis Dobbelaar (Royal Queensland). The 72 hole Nett winner was Hyin Ho Cho with 309 (Sanctuary Cove).

    The 16-17 Years division was won by Charles Pilon (Hills) with Steven Cox (Wantima) firing back in the last round but unable to bridge the gap. Pilon held a strong lead throughout the tournament with rounds of 69, 70, and 72 despite finishing with a shaky 76 (287). Cox fought back on the final day with 69 to be the eventual runner-up, finishing the tournament with 290. The 72 Hole Nett winner was Riley Todd (Burleigh) with 285.

    The final hole proved to be the decider in the 18-20 Years division with a close battle between local hope Blake Proverbs (Pacific) and last year’s winner Daniel Gale (Castle Hill).  After a fierce battle, Proverbs was able to secure the win with par on the 18th, while Gale finished with a bogey. Proverbs returned scores of 71, 72, 71 and 72 to finish 287, nine shots clear of third. The 72 Hole Nett winner was Jordan Mcdonald (Pelican Waters) with 298.

    Each divisional winner and runner-up took home a high-class Adina time piece, proudly donated by long term sponsors Bob Menzies from Adina Watches. 

    Gary Player is also to be thanked for his 44th year of continued support, with 41 of those years held at the magnificently presented Pacific Golf Club.

    Each year Pacific Head Professionals Paul Hazlett and Mark Victorsen donate a prize for the Most Improved Player which was first won by Greg Norman in 1973.  This year’s winner was Redcliffe Member Tyler Duncan. In comparison to last year’s efforts Duncan improved his three round total by 21 strokes and also made the cut for this year’s event.

    For full results, visit golfqueensland.org.au

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    24-Sep-2015
    Heaps of holiday fun at the MyGolf camp at Dalby

    Fifty-eight youngsters from Dalby and surrounding districts enjoyed a fun-filled MyGolf Camp on September 21-22.

    For the kids aged five to 12 years it was a ripping way to start the school holidays.

    Dalby Golf Club was the venue for the fifth MyGolf Camp facilitated this year by Golf Queensland’s participation and development manager Lee Harrington. Earlier camps in 2015 were held at Emerald, Mareeba, Ayr and Tambo.

    “We target children in the MyGolf age span of five to 12 years in regional areas,’’ said Lee. “Golf Queensland brings in coaches who work with the local professional or community coaches in the area.

    “It is something the golf clubs can take hold of and they can plan a format to suit their facilities.’’

    Lee works with a maximum of 15 students to one coach and was assisted at Dalby by fellow PGA members Scott Simons (from Junior Golf Queensland), Neville Austin and local club pro Heath Garvey.

    Simons arranged for an array of second-hand golf clubs and used balls to be taken to Dalby and distributed at the camp.

    “About half the group of 58 at Dalby were existing juniors and the others were new to golf,’’ said Lee.

    “We include a lot of fun and games during the time we spent teaching the fundamental skills of the game. Then each afternoon we go out on the golf course to give the kids further education and a taste of the game.’’

    The MyGolf camp concept is now in its third year in Queensland after the success of an inaugural camp at Tambo in the central-west.

    “I think we had about 40 at the first camp and everybody camped on site at the Tambo Golf Club,’’ recalled Lee. “We had kids from places like Ilfracombe and Muttaburra and had barbecues at night with everyone involved. It was a lot of fun.

    “Every place we’ve been has been a success. The product is very good ...”

    Local businessman James Golder, who owns Golders menswear stores in country Queensland, was an enthusiastic sponsor of the Dalby camp and had support from Dalby GC’s junior committee and club pro Heath Garvey.

    “When I go out west or up north it reinforces what a perfect concept the MyGolf Camps are to introduce and encourage youngsters to enjoy the game,’’ said Lee Harrington.

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    23-Sep-2015
    Round 2 wrap – Gary Player Classic

    Wet conditions in the afternoon proved to be challenging for golfers during Round 2 of the Gary Player Classic.

    Local hope Blake Proverbs (Pacific) is currently leading the 18-20 category, finishing one-over for the day after starting with an eagle and birdie. Indooroopilly member Chris Crabtree is in hot contention and tied for first after shooting 75, following his three-under round yesterday (144). Jordan Mcdonald (Pelican Waters) trails by one shot (145), after shooting today’s best round of two-under.

    Charles Pilon continues his domination in the 16-17 years category firing a round of two-under, leading the field with 139. Dylan Gardner (Kilcoy GC) follows with 143, with a three-way tie for third place (147) between Douglas Klein (Redcliffe), Josh Armstong (Lakes) and Tom Harvey (Hills).

    Yesterday’s under-15 division leader Jed Morgan (Hattonvale) remains steady in first place after a round of four-over today to be leading with 144. Zachary Maxwell of Virginia is in second place with 149, followed by Phuripon Namkang (Hills) with 151.

    Best score of the day was two-under the card belonging to Charles Pilon (Southport), Jordan Mcdonald (Pelican Waters), and Daniel Gale (Castle Hill CC).

    Play continues tomorrow morning commencing at 6.45am.  CLICK HERE for round 3 draw.

    Photos from Round 2 are available on the Golf Queensland Facebook Page.

    The Gary Player Classic is a 72 hole stroke-play event held from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th September 2015, with 18 holes to be played each day.

    The Classic is open to all male amateur golfers who have not attained the age of 21 years, as at Tuesday 22nd September 2015, with an Australian handicap and who are members of a golf club affiliated through their District Golf Association with Golf Queensland, or other State/National Associations.

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    23-Sep-2015
    Green has Aussies on track

    Hannah Green (pictured) has propelled Australia to a promising start at the World Junior Girls’ Championship in Canada.

    The Perth star threatened to leave the field in her wake early in her round at The Marshes Golf Club, near Ottawa, but a couple of late three-putts cooled her down as she finished even par and tied fourth, just two behind Korean leader Hye-jin Choi.

    Becky Kay fought back well after an opening double-bogey to finish at two over, while fellow Queenslander Karis Davidson battled gamely to finish four over.

    The best two scores left Australia at two over after day one, tied sixth in the team event and just four back from the Koreans.

    Green, a member of the Golf Australia national squad, began solidly enough with par on the 10th hole, but peeled off four consecutive birdies from there to roar to the lead at four under.

    But as the wind picked up late in the afternoon, the scoring conditions became increasingly difficult and the Mount Lawley member’s triple-bogey six on the 8th – her second-last hole – was the key factor in dropping her out of the red numbers.

    “Unfortunately on the eighth I found water and three-putted for triple, but besides that I was happy with my round,” Green said. 

    “I played really well on the first five holes but then had a couple of three-putts after nine. 

    “Overall I putted pretty solid though and holed some crucial putts.

    “The winds picked up for my back nine which made it harder to score.”

    Kay, of Coolangatta-Tweed, had an erratic round, but showed flashes of brilliance in making five birdies that should stand her in good stead as the four-round event continues.

    Davidson, of Sanctuary Cove, hit the ball better than her score indicated and remains confident of a better score tomorrow.

    Australia should enjoy the calmer conditions of the morning tomorrow, off the first tee at 8.33am, Ontario time, in the second round.
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    23-Sep-2015
    Round 1 wrap – Gary Player Classic

    Jed Morgan (Hattonvale) has kicked started his campaign after shooting the best round of the day with a 4 under 68 including seven birdies to lead the Gary Player Classic in the under 15 division. Nick Schneider (Lakelands) is two shots back after shooting a 70 for his first round.

    There are three tied in the 16-17 category all at 3 under (69) Charles Pilon (Hills) who is last year’s 15 and under category winner, Tom Harvey (Cromer) and Jack Pountney (Coffs Harbour).

    Chris Crabtree (Indooroopilly) leads by 2 in the 18 to
    20 year old category with 3 under (69) from Hyunsik Kong (Emerald Lakes), Futa Yamagishi (Hills) and local hope Blake Proverbs (Pacific) who had 4 under on his final nine holes after being 3 over to start.

    Competitors from QLD, NSW, VIC, WA, Malaysia will tee it up for round 2 from
    6:25am Wednesday. Click here for the draw.

    The Gary Player Classic is a 72 hole stroke-play event held from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th September 2015, with 18 holes to be played each day.

    The Classic is open to all male amateur golfers who have not attained the age of 21 years, as at Tuesday 22nd September 2015, with an Australian handicap and who are members of a golf club affiliated through their District Golf Association with Golf Queensland, or other State/National Associations.

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    22-Sep-2015
    Eye injury sounds safety warning

    A serious eye injury from a driving range accident on the Gold Coast has urged Golf Queensland's Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Ellis to remind all golfers to be continually aware of their surroundings.

    Cooper Wallace, the younger brother of boom Broncos forward Jarrod Wallace, has lost his right eye after being struck in the face by an errant golf ball at a golf driving range on the Gold Coast. But while he lost his eye, 16-year-old Cooper was lucky he didn’t lose his life.

    He and his mates were at the driving range having some good clean fun when Cooper innocently bent down to pick up a tee. At that exact time a mate teed off, and the ball smashed into his right eye from close range.

    “Without sounding too dramatic, a golf ball struck at around 200 kilometres an hour – which would be the average speed from a driver – is actually a lethal weapon,” he said.

    “Obviously, on the golf course, the vast majority of golfers keep their wits about them and are aware of getting into positions where they might strike someone, or be hit by a ball themselves. But this accident is a reminder that we can never be too careful.”

    Doctors have said that had the ball that struck Cooper been a mere two millimetres further from his eye, he would have been hit in the temple and almost certainly have died.


    However the damage was such that Cooper has lost his eye and a prosthetic replacement has recently been fitted.

    And according to Jarrod, who has backed the calls by Mr Ellis for golfers to be diligent, if any member of the family was to suffer a serious facial injury at sport it would more than likely be him.

    “Playing at NRL level, the family was always worried about me being the one getting hurt,” he said.

    “In fact one of my teammates, Josh McGuire, now has a detached retina from a poke in the eye playing footy. And he is lucky he hasn’t lost the sight in his eye.

    “But this injury to Cooper is a reminder that we can never be too careful, irrespective of where we are and what we are doing. For a lot of us golf is a game we play for fun, but we need to be aware that it can also be dangerous if we aren’t constantly aware of those around us.”

    Mr Ellis said there were no hard and fast rules about safety on the golf course, but using common sense was a good place to start.

    “Never stand in front of someone when they are hitting the ball – that is a fairly stock-standard imperative to assure your safety,” he said.

    “And when you are about to hit, make sure no-one is too close to you. But generally, when out of the golf course or at a driving range, keep your wits about you and always consider where other people are.”

    Club golfers are covered under the Golf Australia personal liability insurance, which is part of the player benefits association with their capitation fee. Read more.

    An appeal has been established to help raise funds to cover the medical expenses for Cooper’s prosthetic eye, which will need to be replaced every couple of years. Click here to the appeal link


    Story by Tony Durkin
    Image: 
    • Cooper Wallace with his elder brother Jarrod, a Broncos NRL player
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    22-Sep-2015
    Choi too good in Katherine Kirk Classic

    This year’s Katherine Kirk Classic was held at the newly opened Maroochy River Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast. Cradled within viewing distance of magnificent and distinctive Mt Coolum the stunning Graham Marsh-designed championship course stood up to the test.

    This year it was Queensland State Team member Robyn Choi (RACV Royal Pines) who took home the title after running away with the lead from day one. She finished 8 shots clear of Yurim Chin (Hills International).

    Choi shot an impressive score of 212 (-4) in what was at times tough conditions with players navigating strong winds and coastal showers over the three-day tournament. But the final round score of 69 (-3) proved Choi was in form to take out the overall title and add her name to the Katherine Kirk Classic trophy.

    In the under 21 section of the event Jiwon Jeon (Hills International) claimed the top spot with a 54-hole total of 217 after shooting an impressive 67 (-5) on the final day of play, this was the lowest round for the tournament and a new course record.

    The 15-year-old and under category was won by Min Kweon (Sanctuary Cove) with a total of 225 for the three-day stroke play. 

    Proudly sponsored by Queensland’s very own professional golfer, Katherine Kirk, the 54-hole stroke play Championship has been a stepping stone for many of the state’s best golfers including Amy Yang who won the title back in 2005 and is now ranked in the world’s top 10.

    For all the results click here

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    22-Sep-2015
    Choi extends lead in Round 2 at Katherine Kirk Classic
    Queensland State Team member Robyn Choi has extended her lead in the 2015 Katherine Kirk Classic at the completion of the second round at Maroochy River Golf Club with a two round total of 143 (-1).

    Choi (RACV Royal Pines) shot an impressive score of even par (72) in tough conditions which had players navigating strong winds and coastal showers throughout the morning.

    With three holes to play Choi had a chance of recording a new course record as she was two under par for the day, but bogies on 16 and 18 meant that this was not to be.

    Two players are eight shots back from Choi, local Danika Coyne (Maroochy River Golf Club) and Yurim Chin (Hills) who both sit on a two round total of 151 (+7).

    In the under 21 section of the event Sheridan Gorton (Murwillumbah Golf Club) and Jiwon Jeon (Hills) are tied on a 36 hole total of 150 (+6) which will ensure a shoot-out in the third and final round of Classic.

    For all round two scores and the round 3 draw please click here.
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    21-Sep-2015
    2015 Gertrude McLeod Winners Event

    Melita Smith (Pine Rivers), Trish Harris (Laidley) and Susan Ogden (Wantima) have won their respective divisions at the 2015 Gertrude McLeod Winners Event at Caloundra Golf Club

    In Division 1 (handicaps 0-22.4) Melita Smith fired a brilliant nett round of 71 to beat runner up Helen Wastell (Rockhampton) on a count back after she also returned a nett 71. 

    The Division 2 category (handicaps 22.5-32.4) was won by Trish Harris (Laidley) after she fired a consistent nett 77.  Margaret Cronin (Wynnum) finished runner up after returning a nett round of 78.

    Wantima member Susan Ogden won Division 3 (handicap 32.5-45.4) by a single shot after she fired a nett 74 on the Caloundra layout.  Olivia Evans (Wynnum) was runner up in Division 3 after a score of nett 75.

    The Wantima Golf Club Team members of Vicki Staples, Wendy O’Connell and Susan Ogden combined to win the aggregate nett teams event.

    The Gertr
    ude McLeod Winners event is the finale of the Club Level Gertrude McLeod Qualifier Competition, where Club winners are invited to play in their relevant division in a State Final.

    Congratulations to all the players and winners.

    Results available
    here

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    21-Sep-2015
    Golf Queensland Congratulates World No. 1 Jason Day
    Golf Queensland chairman Peter Castrisos echoed the sentiments of the golfing community in congratulating Jason Day and his World number 1 ranking.

    “All of Australia must be proud of Jason who has just achieved the highest honours,’’ said Mr Castrisos.

    “Day has endured a rollercoaster few months as a golfer and his win at the BMW Championships to secure the number one spot is inspirational.

    “Jason is a wonderful role model for all golfers and given the incredible talent in world golf it is a remarkable achievement to be crowned number 1.

    “Queensland has an impressive roll call of number 1 golfers including Greg Norman and Adam Scott and we are thrilled Jason is now also part of that history,” Mr Castrisos said.

    Day was a member of the Golf Queensland state junior and senior teams during his amateur days and turned professional in 2006.
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    21-Sep-2015
    The Don continues Day of achievements for Jason

    Australia's Jason Day will remember this day for a long time to come being nominated for the prestigious Don Award by the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at the same time as achieving his lifelong dream of becoming the Number 1 golfer in the world.

    Each year the Sport Australia Hall of Fame award The Don, widely regarded as Australia's leading contemporary sporting award, to the athlete or athletes who through their performance and example over the past year have most inspired the nation.

    One of 12 finalists Jason Day epitomises the traits with which The Don is awarded. It is also fitting that the nomination is announced the same day he becomes number one in the world.
     
    "To be nominated for The Don is an honour truly befitting Jason Day," said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia.
     
    "On the golf course Jason's achievements this year have been incredible, winning his first Major and achieving his childhood dream of being the number one golfer in the world, these alone entitle him to being recognised as one of Australia's greatest sportsman."

    "However it is the way in which Jason conducts himself off the golf course and so proudly flies the Australian flag around the world which make him truly deserving. His determination, graciousness and fighting spirit are traits which make him a wonderful ambassador for Australian golf and sport on the world stage."

    Long touted as Australian golf's most exciting prospect, Jason Day has lived up to the weight of a nation's expectation in 2015 winning his first Major title at the PGA Championship.

    But this year has been about so much more than his Major victory and four other PGA TOUR wins, Day inspired a nation as be bravely pushed through a severe case of vertigo which saw him collapse on course at the US Open during the third round.

    Showing mental toughness and determination, qualities that are now his trademark, Day went onto finish tied 9th.

    Made to perform on the world's biggest stages, Day also finished tied fourth at The Open at St Andrews, the home of golf, and just one shot outside of a playoff which included fellow Australian Marc Lieshman.

    On a personal level, Day is much admired by golf fans and fellow competitors for his close knit team which includes his coach and caddy, PGA Professional Col Swatton who has mentored Day since his father passed away when he was just 12 years of age.

    A true family man, Day is never far away from his wife Ellie and son Dash and while many fans would love to see him competing in Australia this year as the PGA Champion, he has put his family first and will remain in America with his wife who is due to give birth to their second child in November.

    If Jason Day were to win The Don, to be announced on Wednesday 21st October, he would become the second golfer to receive the prestigious honour. Adam Scott was the 2013 recipient after becoming the first Australian to win The Masters.

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    21-Sep-2015
    Day's triumphal march to No.1

    Jason Day is the world's No. 1 player for the first time.

    The man from
    Queensland cruised to a five stroke victory at the BMW Championship in Chicago today to leapfrog Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth at the top of the rankings, achieving a lifelong dream. It is his fourth win in six tournaments.

    Ultimately, it was relatively stress-free for Day, almost anti-climactic considering the gravity of the moment. There was no exclamation point, no holed-out wedge or drained 10-metre putt.

    All the work had been done on the opening two days of the BMW Championship with incredible rounds of 61 and 63, followed by a smooth third-round 69. So Day earned himself a triumphal march through the final round to the world No. 1 ranking having started the week at a career-high No. 3.

    He is just the third of his countryman to reach the landmark. Only Greg Norman and Adam Scott have done it before him among Australians, although Karrie Webb would surely have led the women's rankings early in her great career had they existed at the time.

    Day would shoot 69 with conservative play today. There was no need for heroics in his eyes, when you start with a six-shot lead. He kept hitting greens and two-putting, waiting for someone to challenge him. But the threats never emerged.

    At the par-five eighth he took his first birdie after a nice pitch, then he gave back a shot with a three-putt at the ninth, a moment that might have been worse. But each time he showed any sign of wobbling, he steadied.

    At the 12th, the Australian made a great par-save after chunking a fairway bunker shot so that he was well short of the green in regulation. He needed to make a putt from two metres to keep his card in order; he did it, comfortably.

    American Rickie Fowler made a run, then faltered. Daniel Berger pulled within four on the back nine, but could not sustain it. They all ran out of holes, and at the par-four 16th, Day put the hammer down. After getting lucky with his pulled tee shot and finding a decent lie, he hit a short iron to the fringe, just five metres left of the cup, and buried the birdie putt, finishing with a fist pump that said he knew he was home now, his lead back to five shots.

    Day wins $US 1.485 million for his win in the third of four playoff tournaments to conclude the PGA Tour season, and his season earnings have passed $US9 million.

    It is his fourth win in his past six tournaments, a stretch in which he also secured his first-ever major victory, the US PGA Championship.

    And he still has the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta this week, where only the top 30 will play and the FedexCup bonus of $US10 million is on the line. He will go into that tournament ranked on top of the points list, knowing that a win guarantees him the outrageous bonus pool; even a top three finish could be enough, depending on what the other top-ranked players do.

    As a teenager gave an interview in 'Golf Digest' in which he said he wanted to usurp Tiger Woods, become world No. 1. He was criticised for this at the time, but no one is questioning him right now. Day had a dream, and today it materialised.

    Of the other Australians, Steven Bowditch closed with a 66 to secure his spot in the field for the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week. It will be Queenslander Bowditch's first appearance in the season-ending tournament, a tribute to his great 2015. Sydneysider Matt Jones also had a good day, carding a 67, but narrowly missed the field for Atlanta, finishing just outside the top 30 on the Fedex Cup points list.

    JASON DAY'S SEASON


    Won: Canadian Open, PGA Championship, Barclays Championship, BMW Championship
    Prizemoney: $US 9,174,000
    Majors: Masters T28, US Open T9, Open Championship T4, PGA Championship 1.
    Fedex Cup ranking: 1
    World ranking: 1

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    21-Sep-2015
    Choi leads Katherine Kirk Classic after Round 1
    Robyn Choi (RACV Royal Pines) leads the 2015 Katherine Kirk after equalling the Maroochy River Golf Club Course Record of 71 (-1) (yellow tees) in blustery conditions on the Sunshine Coast.

    Choi’s only blemish for the day was a triple bogey on the 14th hole where she found trouble in a number of ways, firstly hitting her drive in the water and then accidently moving her ball later on the hole incurring a penalty. The eventual seven brought her back to even par for the day, however a late birdie on the par 5 17th hole meant that her round finished deservingly under par for the day.


    The nearest local player is Danika Coyne (Maroochy River Golf Club) who opened with a round of 75 (+3) to be 4 shots back from Choi.

    In the Under 21 section of the Championship, Sheridan Gorton (Murwillumbah) shot a 75 (+3) and leads Jiwon Jeon (Hills) who had a 77 (+5).


    For all the scores from round 1 and the draw for round 2 please click here
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    17-Sep-2015
    Jordan reaches new heights

    Damien Jordan has today taken a further step forward in his golfing career, taking out the 2015 bmag Week of Golf and more importantly the 250,000 frequent flyer points.

    After starting the final round at the Indooroopilly Pro-Am today one shot behind Brett Rankin, Jordan laid down the challenge, firing a two under par 70, for a 13 under par total.  Unfortunately for Rankin a one over par 73 wouldn’t be good enough to claim the back-to-back titles Rankin was seeking, finishing two strokes behind Jordan.

    The timing couldn’t be better for Jordan, with a number of PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments beginning over the next few weeks. “The win here in the
    bmag Week of Golf will not only build my confidence heading into the next few months, but more importantly assist me with my travel,” said Jordan.

    “This week has been one of the best weeks of my short professional career. I really can’t thank the sponsors, Virginia, Victoria Park and Indooroopilly Golf Club as well as
    bmag enough, as without their support, I wouldn’t be finding myself in this position. The win this week will now allow me to compete at the Asian Qualifying School next year, opening the door to the possibility of competing regularly on an international tour.”

    While Jordan was excepting the spoils of his win in the
    bmag Week of Golf, Indooroopilly Golf Club member Aaron Pike was also being applauded after taking out his home event, the  Coca-Cola Amatil Indooroopilly Pro-Am.

    With storms threatening, Pike fired a very impressive four under par 68 around the West course, to finish one shot ahead of the 2014 Sunshine Swing Order of Merit Champion Blake McGrory, with Jordan and Ben Clementson finishing in a tie for third.

    "The last few months have all been about building my game ahead of the PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments later in the year, so it’s nice to see that hard work paying off,” said Pike.

    “My round today was no doubt based on local knowledge, as knowing where you can and can’t miss it around the greens vital to a good round on the West Course. It’s always great to win in front of friends at your home club and luckily for me, my round today was good enough for the win.”

    Professionals will now enjoy a few days off before the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing heads south. Five events will be played across Northern New South Wales next week, starting with the Lismore Pro-Am on Sunday.

    The Sunshine Swing forms part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of 200 events Australia wide.

    Played across more than 170 golf courses around Australia, the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia’s Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.

    For all the results from the
    bmag Week of Golf and Indooroopilly Pro-Am, please click here.

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    17-Sep-2015
    Grosvenor wins the 2015 Queensland Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship

    Keperra member Ashley Grosvenor has won the 2015 Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

    Grosvenor opened the week with an even par round 72 on the first day, to place himself in the top five players. Grosvenor was one of only four players to shoot even par or better in the opening round. A two-under round of 70 on the second day was enough to secure his spot in the final lead group.
     

    Commencing the final round with a single shot lead from first round leader Lindsay Ross (Palmer Gold Coast), Grosvenor fired three bogies’ and one birdie on the front nine with five consecutive pars on the back.   After a double bogey on the Par-4 fifteenth and two additional bogies on the closing three holes Grosvenor was fortunate enough to hang on for a final round of six-over par 78 to finish with 220 (+4) for the Championship.

    Mark Boulton (Phillip Island) was a single shot back in second place on 221 (+5) after a closing round of three-over par 75. This followed his opening round of 71 (-1) and second round of 75 (+3).

    Scott Draper (Keperra) finished on 223 (+7) to secure third place.

    As part of Srixon's support of the Championship, each player was invited to receive a dozen Z-Star Golf Balls and compete in a separate nett event. Lindsay Ross from Palmer Gold Coast was extremely excited to have made this decision as it led to him winning the Srixon 54 Hole Challenge. Ross shot nett rounds of 68, 73 and a final day nett 81 to take home a year's supply (12 x 12 dozen boxes) of Srixon Z Star Balls. Ross was one of 143 players that chose to play the Sri
    xon ball at this year's championship.

    In the Upper Mid-Amateur Division (44-54 years) Robert Martin (Royal Pines) finished on 225 (+9). Martin was able to hole out his second shot on the Par 5 18th for an Albatross and edge out Emerald Lakes Golf Club member Gary Bruyers after he finished runner up on 228 (+12).

    In the Srixon Teams event section, it was a close battle between Mackay and Keperra Golf Club. The eventual winners were the team from Mackay comprising of Calvin Buckton, Shane Page and Michael Neaton. The winning Aggregate Nett score left them with a four shot win over the Keperra Golf Club team which comprised of Mark Draper, Ashley Grosvenor and Scott Draper.

    The Srixon NTP Challenge was held on the Monday afternoon. Each player had one attempt at a 60m pitch shot from the clubhouse to the practice green. After numerous close shots from competitors, the eventual winner was Gavin Young of Pacific Golf Club. Gavin's great pitch resulted in him winning a Srixon Prize Pack.

    It was the fourth time the Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship has been hosted by RACV Royal Pines Resort. With a field of 168 players and the fantastic feedback received over the three days, it is certain to be "must play" event in 2016.

    Stay tuned for the wrap up footage, coming soon.


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    15-Sep-2015
    Wools-Cobb extends Queensland's winning run

    “shocked” Shae Wools-Cobb has outlasted the field to win the Mandurah Amateur by a single shot at Mandurah Country Club in Western Australia.

    After sharing the lead with WA's Min Woo Lee after 18 holes, Wools-Cobb entered this morning’s third round seven shots behind the leading Lee.

    But an eight shot swing saw Wools-Cobb back on top of the leaderboard to start the afternoon round, this time in his own right.

    Wools-Cobb never relinquished his lead over the final 18 holes, despite starting, and finishing the final round with a single stroke advantage.

    Finishing second was WA’s Curtis Luck, who went seven under over the final day, and Troy Moses of NSW who fell just short despite being within a couple shots throughout the afternoon.

    WA’s Fred and Min Woo Lee shared more than just a last name, finishing fourth on 5-under par.

    Fred Lee shot the best score of the final round with a 5-under 66, while Min Woo Lee faded on the final day with closing rounds of 75 and 72.

    It’s the first National Rankings win for Wools-Cobb, extending a winning run for Golf Queensland after Blake Proverbs emerged victorious on the eve of the Mandurah Amateur at the Thailand Amateur Open.

    “When I heard Blake won I was rapt as we’re close mates, it really made me want to get the win here to keep it going.

    It’s been a good week for us with (Queensland's) Gennai Goodwin finishing 2
    nd in Thailand as well.”

    The Queenslander’s win was set up by an outstanding opening round of 67 in blustery conditions. Wools-Cobb drew a parallel to his opening round 69 at the 2015 Australian Amateur.

    “Both of those rounds had really rough conditions, so I seem to do well when it’s windy.

    I don’t hit a very high ball, so the wind doesn’t affect me as much. But I also putted really well this week – I don’t think I missed anything inside 5 feet.”

    To Shae, his afternoon was made easier by avoiding the lead group despite leading, thanks to the final round being seeded on the scores after 36 holes.

    With his partners out of contention, and the roaming leaderboard mostly out of the way, Shae was able to concentrate on his game instead of being caught up in the battle for first.

    Wools-Cobb did such a good job of keeping his eyes down, he didn’t realise he was still leading until the until the last two holes.

    “It was a bit of a grind out there. 
    I didn’t really know what the other guys were doing, because I never looked at the scoreboard until the 17th hole– so it was good for me as I wasn’t trying to push for birdies.

    I was avoiding (the leaderboard), really. I just wanted to play my best and see what happens instead of getting worried about the result.”

    With this win, an excited Wools-Cobb will return to WA in November with an exemption to the 2015 Nexus Risk Services WA Open at Royal Fremantle.

    “Playing the WA Open would be awesome! I’ve played the Queensland open twice, and had a good finish in the first year. I’d be keen to come back here and play against a professional field.”

    Wools-Cobb will start his celebrations by responding to the messages piling up on his phone, as well as post to on his facebook page which has growing base that has just recently over 600 fans.

    “A friend of ours said I should make a page so family and friends would know how I was going in all of my events – I will be good to post a win on there tonight!”

    Story Credit: Golf Australia


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    14-Sep-2015
    Day requests Aussie fans' understanding

    Newly crowned US PGA champion Jason Day has asked Aussie fans to understand why he’s not returning home to contest the Emirates Australian Open.

    Day became just the 11th Australian male to win a major with his two-shot victory last month at Whistling Straits.

    And with interest in the 27-year-old Queenslander at an all-time high, he hopes Aussie golf fans will accept his decision to remain in the United States as he and wife Ellie prepare for their second child due in November.

    “I don’t feel as though I am under any pressure to return to Australia given I won the PGA Championship and really I am just hoping everyone back home will understand my situation,” Day said.

    “I just want to make sure I am there for Ellie and that she has my support when she has our second child (a brother or sister to three-year-old Dash).

    “Australia is a great sporting nation and I know only too well how much they love their champions and while I may not be back home competing this year, I am far from done in terms of seeking to win the Australian Open, the Australian PGA or the Australian Masters.

    “They’re the events every Australian-born golfer would love to win in their career and I’m no different.

    “So while I won’t be competing in the Australian Open later this year, I am hoping that I will have many more Australian Opens ahead of me in my career.”

    Day last competed in Australia when he shared sixth place behind Rory McIlroy in the 2013 Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

    A week earlier he had teamed with Adam Scott as Australia won the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne where Day won the individual title.

    He had been scheduled to join Scott, McIlroy and eventual champion Jordan Spieth in last year’s Australian Open but withdrew with a back injury.

    Day has since charged up the world rankings to a career-high No.3 and is within range of No.1 should he have a victory in the coming weeks.

    Day already tops the US PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings with victory, his fourth of the year, in the Barclays Championship in New Jersey last month.

    Day maintained his lead in the playoffs despite finishing 12th last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston.

    If Day maintains his top position over the remaining two events, he will become the first Australian  winner in the nine-year history of the FedEx Cup.

    And while he recently revealed he has been receiving regular text messages from long-time world No. 1 Tiger Woods, he’s also disclosed he’s been discussing their respective back complaints.

    “I’ve found myself grouped a few times of late with Tiger, including the first two rounds in The Open at St Andrews, and it's something we have discussed with him while we’ve walked the course,” Day said.

    “Tiger and I have talked about our back problems and it’s all part of the modern game we play.

    “Everyone nowadays seems to go at the golf ball so hard and (it) seems you are going to pick up niggling little injuries.

    “We’ve seen Tiger struggle a lot with a back injury, but like I said it all seems part of the modern game and modern swings everyone is adopting.”

    Story Credit: Golf Australia

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    14-Sep-2015
    Min Woo Lee six clear in Mandurah

    With one word, Min Woo Lee sent panic through the field during the second round at the Mandurah Amateur.

    When queried about his mid-round score, the Royal Fremantle member responded a single word -- "better" -- referring to yesterday's opening round 67.

    Twelve hours after his sister shot 68 to rise into the top-10 at the Evian Championship, the younger Lee sibling signed for a 6-under 65, shooting his first ever bogey free round and opening up a six stroke lead in the National Ranking event.

    With tight fairways, Mandurah Country Club creates a social atmosphere between groupings. This is especially on the tee of the par three 17
    th. As players wait for the group ahead to putt out, there’s an opportunity to chat to golfers passing by on adjacent fairways.

    It was here where word of Min Woo’s performance spread like wildfire.

    One rumour had Min Woo’s lead as high as nine, another said he saw Lee sink a putt from off the 17
    th green for birdie (he parred). One went as far to joke that Lee only had 10 putts for the day (he had 25).

    With Lee’s iron game on song, his putter stepped up to make the most of the opportunities.

    “Today they were just dropping. It felt similar to yesterday but today I gave myself more chances. I drove it a bit better too, but I felt like I was holing everything.”

    It’s a case of hard work paying off, with Lee focusing on his putting after attending last month’s Golf Australia junior camp on the Sunshine Coast.

    “At the GA camp they said that my putting wasn’t too good! So I’ve been practicing, working on my stroke and working on my pre-shot routine. So far it’s turning out well.”

    Overnight co-leader Shae Wools-Cobb couldn’t match his outstanding 4-under opening round, settling for a 1-over 72 in much calmer conditions.

    Fred Lee, who was third placed to start the day, also carded a 72 -- allowing Min Woo to put a sizeable distance between himself and the field.

    “Shae wasn’t having his best day, so I saw it as a chance to get myself as far apart from second place as I could.”

    In second and in ominous form is Brett Coletta, who fired a 5-under 66 in another bogey free round for the leading pair.

    Coletta is playing his first tournament since winning the US Amateur medal almost four weeks ago.

    An off-day could be excused in the Victorian’s return to competitive golf, especially in yesterday’s blustery conditions.

    But Coletta says he’s happy with how he has performed on both days, despite bettering his opening round score by six.

    “I wouldn’t say it was rust (in Round 1), it was more due the conditions.

    I played quite well but the difference was just on a couple of holes. I made a of couple errors with my distances, and the wind was very swirly which gave me some difficult up and downs.”

    “I was off to a good start today, and all I wanted was to be in a good position for tomorrow, which I’ve done. Some putts may not have gone my way but if I stay patient I’ll see how I go tomorrow.”

    Coletta and Lee were drawn together for the opening two rounds, and Coletta will have another 36 holes tomorrow to challenge the leader.

    “He (Lee) was just clinical today. He put on a great show on the greens and there was nothing I could do to put pressure on him. Tomorrow I’ll be looking to get off to a good start and then see how he reacts.”

    Behind the West Australian leader is a swathe of interstate players.

    Coletta holds outright second on 4-under with Queensland’s Shae Wools-Cobb and NSW’s Troy Moses a shot further back.

    Dale Brandt Richards (NSW) is the only remaining golfer under par on 1-under, with Victoria’s Andrew Schonewille, South Australia’s Jack Williams and Royal Perth’s Fred Lee even with the card.

    Cottesloe’s Curtis Luck and Victorian Kyle Michel round out the top 10 on 1-over par.

    Story Credit: Golf Australia


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    14-Sep-2015
    Proverbs storms home to win Thailand Amateur

    The 19-year-old, who was one shot off the pace after three rounds, made a late charge by sinking one eagle and five birdies for 278.

    Co-overnight leader Jun Ho Song of South Korea came in second after shooting a 67 for 279. Proverbs received the King Rama VII trophy at the oldest amateur golf event in the country. 

    “I am happy to win here. My [Thai] caddie helped me a lot because she can speak English,” said Proverbs, who is on his first visit to Thailand.

    The best Thai was first-round leader Napong Sriprasit who finished third on 280, one shot better than Gregory Foo of Singapore. 

    Rayhan John Thomas of the UAE was fourth on 284. Thanaphum Khanchitworakun, the other joint overnight leader, had a round to forget with a 78. The 19-year-old failed to make a single birdie and suffered six bogeys. He was tied for 11th. 
     

    In the women’s event, Aditi Ashok of India, 17, secured a wire-to-wire five-shot victory on 286. Chakansim Khamborn shared second place with Gennai Goodwin of Australia on 291 by five shots. 

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    09-Sep-2015
    Three Queenslanders in Presidents Cup Team

    Steven Bowditch has been rewarded for his watershed year with selection in the International team to contest the Presidents Cup in South Korea next month.

    It will be the first
    time Queenslander Bowditch, 32, has played in a Presidents Cup team.

    He was chosen as one of the two captain's picks nominated by International team captain Nick Price today, along with Korean 
    Sang Moon Bae, who will give the International team its only home-grown player (although Danny Lee, of New Zealand, was born in Korea).

    There are now four Australians -- Jason Day, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Bowditch -- in Price's team.

    United States team captain Jay Haas nominated his son Bill and veteran Phil Mickelson as his 11th and 12th players for the event at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from October 8.

    Bowditch won the Byron Nelson tournament on the US PGA Tour this year and is still competing in the tour playoffs with a strong chance to make the top 30 who will contest the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

    He missed automatic selection for the Presidents Cup in 2013 by a meagre .0098 
    points, and was not chosen as a captain's pick. At the time, he was 123rd in the world rankings, but now he is 55th.

    The Australian, who was 11th in the order of selection, said he was "lost for words'' at his selection.

    The Americans also chose their 11th-ranked player in Mickelson, who has been quiet of late, but captain Haas said it was an obvious selection. Mickelson has played all 10 previous Presidents Cups. "If anyone deserves a pick, it is Phil,'' said Haas.

    FINAL TEAMS: INTERNATIONAL -- Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen (S Af), Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Branden Grace (S Af), Marc Leishman, Anirban Lahiri (India), Charl Schwartzel (S Af), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Danny Lee (NZ), Steven Bowditch, 
    Sang Moon Bae (South Korea). USA -- Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk, Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas.

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    08-Sep-2015
    PGA Legends retain Jack Brown Shield

    Senior Queensland PGA Professionals and their Golf Queensland counterparts went head to head today at Oxley Golf Club to contest the Jack Brown Shield - an annual match play event that sees Queensland PGA Legends take on the best of the Senior Golf Queensland team.

    The event is a popular one with both teams and promotes a strong sense of friendly rivalry.

    Now in its 11th year, the event honours popular PGA Member Jack Brown who was a formidable player in his day and also a great contributor to golf in Queensland.

    David Hando's won over Tim Deakin from Golf Queensland finishing 2UP after being 3 down after nine holes, while Tom Linskey from the PGA Team won his match 1UP on the last hole after holing out on second shot into the par 3 after nearly finishing out of bounds off the tee.

    At the end of the day it was the PGA Legends who proved victorious with a convincing score of 8 ½ to 1 ½, retaining the cup for a ninth time out of 11 contests.

    Story Credit: PGA

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    07-Sep-2015
    Cooper flies home to win

    Taylor Cooper has fired 3-under 69 to come from behind and win the 2015 Bundaberg Motor Group QLD PGA Championship.

    After finishing second behind Deyen Lawson in 2014, the tide turned this year when Cooper birdied two of the last four holes to claim the title.

    Heading into the final round three shots clear, Lawson had as much as a five shot lead throughout the final round before a double bogey on the 13th hole saw his lead start to diminish.

    Further mistakes for Lawson at the 14th and 16th opened the door to Cooper and when the Trainee Professional from Manly made a birdie on the 17th hole, he had hit the lead.

    Cooper hit his approach over the back of the green on the 18th hole, only to hole a 15 foot putt for par to shoot 69 and post a score of 1-under par for the tournament.

    This left the stage clear for Lawson who, after hitting his second shot on the par 4 18th to 12 feet, with a birdie opportunity to send the tournament to a playoff. 

    It wasn’t to be though with the putt narrowly sliding by and Cooper successfully avenging his 2014 runner-up finish.

    “Deyen and I have played together six or seven times in the final rounds of tournaments over the past three years and the rivalry has certainly pushed us both to be better players,” said Cooper.

    “The golf course this week played so different each day with the wind switching around, full credit to the ground staff here at Coral Cove. They have a gem of a golf course and the members should be privileged that they get to play it week in and week out.”

    The win is a big confidence boost for Cooper who is set to tee it up in the PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour co-sanctioned Australian PGA Championship in December courtesy of winning PGA National Futures Championship last year.

    “This win means a lot to me personally. I have only just got married a few weeks ago and with a big end of the year coming up including an invitation into the Australian PGA Championship, I am looking forward to grabbing the opportunity with both hands,” added Cooper.

    For Lawson it was again a case of close but not close enough, when it comes to defending a title after he finished third at the NSW/ACT PGA Trainee Championship just a few weeks ago.

    “There is little doubt as to what I came to achieve this week and that was a win, but full credit to Taylor, his ability to hit the shot when he needed down the stretch today was very impressive,” said Lawson.

    Rounding out the podium finishes was Caboolture Trainee and last year’s QLD PGA Trainee of the Year Rick Coleman, his final round 1-under 71 saw him finish at 5-over the card.

    Tying Cooper for low round of the day was Elanora Country Club Trainee Campbell Quirk who moved up nine places today following his round of 3-under 69, finishing in a tie for fourth.

    The QLD PGA Trainees now set their sights on their next event at Carbrook Golf Club on the 14th September as preparations kick in for the PGA National Futures Championship at Ballarat Golf Club in October

    Final Results available here

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    07-Sep-2015
    Hart storms home at Redland Bay

    Storms couldn't prevent the Oldmac Mazda Redland Bay Pro-Am from going ahead in its first appearance on the Sunshine Swing since 2001.

    Heavy showers weren't enough to stop former Redland Bay Trainee Mitchell Jacobson, Luke Hickman and Damien Jordan in the morning field, with the three carding 4-under 68 to hold the clubhouse lead.

    However it was current MLC Advice Nundah Order of Merit leader Tim Hart who stole the day firing a 6-under 66 to take the title.

    "It wasn't easy out there today with the blustery winds, with shots requiring more attention than what they normally would," said Hart.

    "Patience was certainly the key to my win and has assisted in extending my lead in the race to the Order of Merit title."

    "Hopefully I can continue to put myself in contention in the up and coming events on the Sunshine Swing and hold onto the Order of Merit lead."   

    Professionals will now enjoy a break on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing, with the next event on the schedule being played at the Virginia Golf Club.

    The Virginia Pro-Am will also mark the start to the bmag Week of Golf, with the leading player across the Virginia, City of Brisbane and Indooroopilly pro-ams receiving a bonus of 250,000 frequent flyer points.

    Final leaderboard available here

    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    03-Sep-2015
    Lawson’s lead continues

    First round leader Deyen Lawson has moved out to a six shot lead after an impressive second round score of 7-under 65 to lead with a combined score of 11-under at the 2015 BMG QLD PGA Trainee Championship.

    In near perfect weather conditions Lawson finished the front nine holes in 4-under opening with a birdie and then an eagle on the 3rd followed by another birdie on the 6th. The only blemish on his scorecard appeared when he bogeyed the par 4 11th.

    “The conditions were great with hardly any wind so I wanted to make the most with the opportunity,” said Lawson.

    “I just tried to remain patient throughout the round and I believe this helped me to scramble well and make the important putts.”

    The nearest competitor sitting six shots behind Lawson is NSW Trainee Aaron Glasson who finished with a 4-under 68, which was helped by a hole in one on the picturesque 2nd hole. Hitting a 7 iron into the 159m par 3, Glasson’s ball bounced once before dropping into the hole.

    “I thought I may have made an error in my club selection as it bounced once on the green and disappeared,” said the jubilant Glasson.

    “After first thinking it had run past I got excited by the reaction of the spectators near the green who were cheering.”

    Other players who moved into contention today were Taylor Cooper and Sunshine Coast Trainee Brad McLellan who both finished their rounds under par. Dane McArdle who was one shot behind Lawson after the first round is also amongst the leaders after an even par round of 72.

    Round three will commence at 7.00am tomorrow with the lead group teeing off at 9.50am and will see many players do their best to move to the top of the leaderboard and put themselves in contention for this year’s title.

    Round 2 results available here

    Photo Credit: PGA Australia

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    02-Sep-2015
    Strong national teams named

    A strong New South Wales contingent will form the backbone of Australia’s attempt at a Nomura Cup hat-trick.

    Sydney-based trio Cameron Davis, Harrison Endycott and Travis Smyth will be joined by in-form Victorian Ben Eccles in the Asia-Pacific teams championship in the United Arab Emirates next month.

    After a record 10th win in Thailand in 2013, Golf Australia high performance director Brad James is confident this team will acquit itself well in the biennial tournament.

    “This in an historic event in our region and we’ve enjoyed great success, particularly in recent years,” James said.

    “We have selected a team that’s in good form and we’re confident they’ll put in a strong performance under national coach Dean Kinney.”

    Two other Australian teams have been formalised with announcements for the World Junior Girls event in Canada and the Spirit International in the United States.

    Fresh from a bold runner-up showing in last week’s Asia-Pacific junior championship, Becky Kay will be joined by fellow Gold Coast youngster Karis Davidson and Perth’s Hannah Green at The Marshes Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario.

    The young women will compete in the 18-and-under event in both team and individual strokeplay competitions in the Canadian capital from September 22.

    The Spirit, to be contested over three-rounds of fourball competition, will feature Queenslander Gennai Goodwin, Perth’s Minwoo Lee and Victorian pair Jo Charlton and David Micheluzzi.

    It will be held at the spectacular Whispering Pines Golf Club midway between Houston and Dallas in Texas from October 12 with the men’s event winner to gain a start at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club on next year’s US PGA Tour.

    “It’s a busy representative period, but it provides a great opportunity for a number of our younger athletes to increase their international exposure,” James said.

    “All the athletes in Canada and the US have earnt their positions and will hopefully continue the roll of Australian golf in this North American summer.”

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    31-Aug-2015
    Inspired Trainees arrive at Coral Cove

    PGA Trainees have arrived at Coral Cove for the 2015 Bundaberg Motor Group Queensland PGA Trainee Championship and full of motivation on the back of Jason Day win at The Barclays morning,

    Now in its fifth year at Coral Cove Golf Club, the tournament is one of the highlights of the year for the next wave of PGA Professionals, with 67 Trainees hoping to aloft the Carnegie Clark Cup and a share in the $35,000 prize purse. 

    One  interstate player to watch this week is defending champion Deyen Lawson who won last’s year tournament by four shots.

    “2014 was by far my most successful as a professional and I am really pleased to be back to defend my title at Coral Cove. I really enjoy the golf course, it rewards the player who drives it straight and hopefully I can do that this week,” said Lawson.

    The strongest Queensland contenders include 2014 Queensland Trainee of the Year Rick Coleman as well as Ali Orchard who, after winning the Pampling Plate earlier this year, is looking to be the first female to win the tournament and one of the few PGA Trainees to win both the state match play and championship titles in the same year.

    “It would be a real honour to be able to say that I am the first female to win this event though there are plenty of good players here this week, both male and female, that are also looking to do so and therefore all I can do is give myself a chance come the back nine on Friday and see what happens,” said Orchard.

    The Coral Cove community will look to Caboolture Golf Club Trainee Ryan Norton who hails from the Bundaberg area and is looking to improve on his 21st position in 2014.

    “It is great to be home to see friends and family though my primary focus is to give myself a chance to win our State Championship. I know the course better than most of the other professionals. If I can execute my game plan, I would like to think I will have every chance to take out the title,” said Norton.

    The unique par 6, 12th hole at Coral Cove has already created interest amongst competitors and will play a significant part later in the week as to who climbs the leaderboard along with the other signature hole at Coral Cove Golf Club, the 203m par 3 2nd hole.

    Not only will trainee professionals be competing in the tournament, they will also be looking to leave their mark on the region by conducting a number of community activities throughout the week.

    A free ladies clinic will run on Tuesday at 3pm, as well as a free junior clinic on Wednesday at 3pm which will provide the ability to create more awareness of the game of golf in the local area.

    The first round will commence tomorrow morning at 7:00am in what is predicted to be sunny and calm conditions.

    Spectators are welcome to attend and witness the next generation of PGA Professionals tee it up.

    Photo: Deyen Lawson

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    31-Aug-2015
    Wright, Jeffress win at Maroochy River

    A suspension in play and having to return to the course early this morning to complete their first round was not enough to stop Michael Wright and Steven Jeffress from claiming the inaugural Maroochy River Pro-Am.

    Wright and Jeffress finished at 8-under, two shots clear of Troy Cox, who shot the round of the tournament today, a 7-under 65. 

    Both Jeffress and Wright along with the other 32 Professionals that played yesterday afternoon, had to return to the course at 6:00am this morning to finish their rounds, with Wright holding a two shot lead after a 66.

    Wright would return a 70 in today's second round, only to be joined shortly after by Jeffress with consecutive 68's.

    It has been a lean year for Wright, with his best finish on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing coming at the Morobe Open back in April where he finished tied 4th.

    "Although it hasn't been one of best years on tour, my form has really been on the improve over the past two weeks culminating into a victory here today," said Wright.

    "There is no doubt my top-10 finish at last week's Queensland Open has helped me with my confidence, I'm feeling more comfortable and settled with my game on course.

    "Hopefully I can continue to build on this momentum heading into the remainder of the PGA Tour of Australasian season." 

    2015 has been slightly different for Jeffress though, and after winning for the fourth time this year, he finds himself moving into second place in the race for the Order of Merit title.

    "The form has been good of late and it's great to have continued it on here at Maroochy River," said Jeffress.

    "This course has been built to hold tournament golf, and it wouldn't surprise me if this tournament continues to grow into some big in the coming years. I feel privileged to have won the inaugural event and I look forward to returning in 12 month time to defend my title." 

    For many of the competing professionals, it was the very first time they had seen the Maroochy River layout, with the course only officially opening in June this year. Although the course is still very young, the Professionals could only praise the Graham Marsh designed course, with many of them looking forward to returning for the 2016 pro-am. 

    The Sunshine Swing will now head south, with the Riverlakes Pro-Am being played next Wednesday. More than 50 professionals will compete for the $11,000 in prizemoney, before the Sunshine Swing returns to the Redland Bay Golf Club for the first time since 2001.

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    31-Aug-2015
    Day takes top honours at The Barclays
    Jason Day’s magnificent winning streak has continued, with the Aussie favourite winning The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club this morning and his fourth win on the PGA TOUR this season.

    Day fired a bogey free final round of 8-under 62 to take out the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff events by six shots over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

    After starting the day tied for the lead with South Korea's Sangmoon Bae, Day set the pace early with two birdies in the first four holes, which moved the Queenslander to two shots clear of Bae who had succumbed to two early bogeys.

    Day entered the back nine with back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th which briefly moved him to four shots clear of Stenson.

    Stenson quickly mounted a challenged firing back-to-back birdies on the 13
    th and 14th but it was a case of too little too late as Day answered back, ending his round on 19-under.

    “To be able to play the way I did over the weekend was fantastic, today was just phenomenal golf,” said Day after his round.

    Day now replaces Jordan Spieth at number one in the FedExCup standings and joins an illustrious list of players to record four or more wins in a season, including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

    “Together with the Australian golf community, I congratulate Jason on another hard-earned victory,” said Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA of Australia.

    “It’s always wonderful to see our Australian Professionals performing so well on the world stage and to see Jason’s highly successful season on the PGA TOUR continue is just fantastic.”

    Continue reading on 
    pga.org.au to see how the other Australians performed.  
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    27-Aug-2015
    Junior champ wins at Headland

    World junior golf champion Ryley Martin has had a double dose of success in his first weekend back at his home course since winning overseas.

    Playing off scratch, Martin scorched around Headland Golf Club’s 18 holes in a three-under par 69 on Sunday to easily win the Schweppes Junior Classic, the day after claiming victory in the men’s foursomes’ championship. His superb round included five birdies and two bogeys, and it won him the scratch event by three shots from Mount Coolum pair Zach Quirk and Ryan Stephenson.

    Last month 17 year-old Martin scored the biggest win of his burgeoning career when he captured the Veritas World Junior 16-18 years competition in the US. But back on his home course on Saturday he teamed with former club champion David Rattray to put his name on Headland Golf Club’s foursomes’ championship trophy for the first time.

    The reining Headland junior champion and five-time foursomes’ finalist Rattray won by a single shot from the experienced pair of Aaron Shaw and Justin Nicholson. 

    Rattray and Martin are not the only Headland golfers celebrating this week. A single stableford score of 50 points from Graham Wilson is still being talked about.

    Wilson, who played off 34, had 24 and 26 points on the respective nines with nine three-point holes and three four pointers. But while delighted with the score, he said he was embarrassed by his handicap.

    “That is absolutely my best round ever. Hopefully there are more like that so I can reduce my handicap,” he said. 


    Story: Tony Durkin

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    25-Aug-2015
    Aussie PGA is just 100 days away!
    The countdown is on! There is just 100 days to go until the first ball is struck at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast with the PGA Tour of Australasia welcoming the European Tour to Aussie shores.

    On hand to launch the countdown to Australia’s richest tournament, WA PGA Champion Ryan Lynch, New Zealand Open Champion Jordan Zunic and former New Zealand Open Champion Jake Higginbottom were practicing their swing on the idyllic Gold Coast beaches.

    “It’s definitely one of the most beautiful destinations that I have hit a few golf balls, it was good fun down there with Ryan and Jordan, and hopefully it promotes the tournament well,” said Jake Higginbottom.

    While Ryan Lynch sang the praises of the Gold Coast, “I have played on the Gold Coast before and it’s one of the best places in Australia to hold a golf tournament, as far as locations go,” said Lynch.

    “I think the European Tour players will love the Gold Coast, I think anybody in the world would come and enjoy the Gold Coast and the beautiful beaches and the great scenery.”

    “I think we as Aussies take for granted how nice the beaches are in that part of the world.”

    In its first year as a co-sanctioned event on the European Tour, our Aussie young guns are gearing up for what promises to be a big Australian PGA Championship, it could be the tournament that sees one of them join the Race to Dubai.

    “I think every player on the PGA Tour of Australasia is looking forward to playing in a tournament co-sanctioned by a top tour in the world,” added Lynch.

    “You only need to look back as far as the co-sanctioned events with the Web.com Tour and see the success that grew for a lot of the players like Alistair Presnell and Steven Bowditch, the success they have had in the US because of those co-sanctioned events. I can only imagine this is going to do the same with the European Tour.”

    With Jake Higginbottom adding, “I guess everyone’s aim is to try and win, like with Jin Jeong winning the Perth International obviously it gives you good exemptions.”

    “It’s good to see a PGA Tour of Australasia member win a European Tour event, it gives you hope that you can do it as well.”

    One of the most recent rising stars to emerge on the PGA Tour of Australasia, New Zealand Open champion Jordan Zunic, is looking forward to measuring his game against some of Europe’s finest.

    “Obviously after I won in March it really did change my whole year and I’m just really happy that I have lots to play in this year and can keep developing my game by competing against really good players,” said Zunic, who prior to his victory would not have been exempt to compete in the Australian PGA Championship.

    “Just the opportunity to play a European Tour event, giving us the chance to play against some high ranked players and also playing for some pretty good qualifications like gaining status is incredible.”

    But not just an opportunity for our home grown talent it also opens up the Gold Coast to some of the best European and South African professionals to experience what Aussie golf has to offer.
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    24-Aug-2015
    Sunshine Coast Academy launched

    With the financial assistance of sponsor Ramsay Health, Maroochy River Golf Club has launched the Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Academy.

    The academy, which had been operating for the past
    16 years at the former Horton Park Golf Club, is now being housed in state-of-the art facilities at the new Maroochy River club which has attracted a flood of new junior members since it opened in mid-June.

    According to Maroochy River GC junior development director Peter Owen, the number of juniors has more than doubled in recent months. And an offshoot of that has been victory in the recently-completed Sunshine Coast junior pennants
    competition.

    Many of those juniors were on hand when the launch was held, along with club professional Sean Seymore, Ramsay Health’s Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital chief executive Oliver Steele and Maroochy River board members.

    Seymore spoke of the vision of expanding the academy into what he described as a training facility of international class.

    “When completed in a few weeks the new academy building will feature some of the most advanced teaching, training and fitness equipment available,” he said.

    “The new program will cater for young golfers of all levels, from introducing the game to primary school students right through to honing the skills of elite young golfers ready to make golf their profession.”

    Also featured will be expanded weekend programs, holiday training camps, access to the array of new equipment housed in the academy building and the opportunity to learn from the Maroochy River professional golf teaching team of Seymore, Di Pavich, Marcus McPherson and Will White.

    Story: Tony Durkin

    Pictured at the launch of the Sunshine Coast Junior Golf Acadmey are (from left) Di Pavich, Bailey Murchie, Sean Seymore, Jared McEvoy, Will White and Samantha Pearson

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    23-Aug-2015
    QLD Open: Round 4 Summary

    Victorian David Bransdon has won the Isuzu Queensland Open following a three hole playoff with New South Welshman Rohan Blizard.


    At the end of regulation play Bransdon and Blizard were all tied at the top of the leaderboard on 12-under 276 which was a new scoring record for the tournament when being played at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.


    The par-4 18
    th hole was used in a sudden death format to decide the champion with Bransdon emerging victorious with a birdie on the pair's third trip down the 396 metre hole.


    It was a long day for Bransdon who had to remain patient as he made 11 straight pars during regulation play.


    While the day held far more highlights for Blizard who recorded back-to-back eagles on the par-5 8
    th and par-4 9th holes.


    For his win Bransdon walks away with a winner's cheque of $16,500, official world golf ranking points plus full status on the PGA Tour of Australasia until the end of 2017.


    Queenslander Jake McLeod finished the leading amateur on 7-under 281 in a tied for 4
    th on the leaderboard.


    David Bransdon: 69,71, 67, 69

    "Pretty excited, I am shaking like a leaf, it's unbelievable,it's been a couple of years since my last win but I am pretty proud of the wayI played today and they way I hung in there."


    "We weren't exactly stumping it in really close, Rohan hit the closest shot in the last playoff hole and unfortunately missed it but I guess that's basically how playoffs work really, we were hitting nice drives every time so it was pretty much going to come down to a putt, that's what I thought anyway."


    "I said I was trying to stay patient because that's what my new mantra, stay patient, because it's not exactly been my forte, so I said,you're hitting it great, you're giving yourself chances you will hole one eventually and that's what I just kept telling myself."


    Rohan Blizard: 75,67, 67, 67

    "The 8th hole kind of kicked started my round,hitting a really good 3 wood into a par-5 for two into about 8 feet and holedthe putt for eagle so that kind of kick started my round and gave me someconfidence. Then on 9 I hit a good tee shot, perfect yardage with a lob wedgeand somehow it went into the hole, I hit it straight at the flag, one bounceand it went straight in the hole. That's something that doesn't happen veryoften, two eagles in a row so that got me in a good position heading into theback-9."


    "Obviously disappointed because I thought, I kind of had a feeling that I was going to win today, just after having 5-under the last two days and then when I made two eagles it's going to be my day today."


    "Disappointed but ah playing, the 18
    th is a tough hole to birdie so Dave making birdie is a great score on that hole and unluckily I just missed my putt , I hit it right where I was aiming it just broke more that I thought, that's just the way it goes."

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    23-Aug-2015
    Top Amateur Jack McLeod finishes third at the Isuzu Queensland Open in quality performance

    Jake McLeod closed with a four-under 68 to be leading amateur at the Isuzu Queensland Open and finished in a tie for third place overall.

    The 21-year old Royal Queensland member finished on seven-under for the 72 holes, five strokes adrift of eventual winner David Bransdon.

    McLeod is an exciting prospect, as evidenced by his 67 on Saturday, and he produced more action in Sunday’s final round when he notched five birdies and two bogeys in a roller-coaster opening eight holes.

    “I started well with successive birdies and then three-putted the third,’’ he said. “I held it together really nicely although I didn’t make many putts coming home.’’

    McLeod described his opening round 74 on Thursday as “scrappy” but was delighted with subsequent rounds of 72-67-68.

    “It was a good finish and I couldn’t be happier,’’ he said.

    McLeod, who won the 2012 Queensland Amateur Championship, is a member of the QAS squad and the state men’s team.

    “I still have a couple of amateur events to play in a month or so before I prepare for qualifying schools on the Australasian and Asian Tours,’’ he said.

    McLeod was easily the best of the four amateurs to make the cut finishing 6 shots in front of fellow Queenslander Blake Proverbs, 13 shots in front of Zach Murray (Victoria) and 18 strokes ahead of Travis Smyth (NSW).

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    23-Aug-2015
    Isuzu back Queensland Open golf championship for another three years
    Isuzu Trucks has committed to another three years as major sponsor of the Queensland Open Golf Championship.
    Mr Mike Yoda, managing director of Isuzu Australia, confirmed the company’s on-going support during Sunday’s final round of the Open at Brookwater.
    “We are proud to announce our continued support of the Queensland Open, said Mr Yoda.
    He was supported by Isuzu’s Brisbane Dealer Principal, Alan Newcombe, who was a driving force behind the company’s role in resurrecting the 90-year old tournament at Brookwater three years ago.
    The 2016 Queensland Open will be contested at Brisbane Golf Club which hosted the initial Open in 1925.
    “We are delighted to be involved for another three years and want to acknowledge the tremendous job Brookwater has done over the past three years,’’ said Mr Newcombe.
    Golf Queensland chairman Peter Castrisos said the commitment by Isuzu Trucks guaranteed the immediate future of the Open.
    “Isuzu Trucks has been outstanding for the tournament and it is a real positive for golf in this state to have such a sponsor involved in the future,’’ said Mr Castrisos.
    “And the effort by everyone at Brookwater in hosting the past three Queensland Opens has been excellent. On behalf of Golf Queensland we sincerely thank Brookwater.”
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    23-Aug-2015
    Bransdon takes Isuzu Queensland Open title after dramatic final round at Brookwater
    David Bransdon prevailed over fellow New South Wales professional Rohan Blizard after a three-hole play-off in a drama-charged final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.
    After Blizard birdied the 71st hole to level at 12-under, the duo made regulation pars on the 18th and then returned to the tee to determine a sudden-death winner.


    In the 
    end it was 41-year old Bransdon who hoisted the T B Hunter Cup after making a curling four metre putt as they contested the 18th for the third time in the playoff.

    “My putter wasn’t behaving early in my 
    round but ultimately it was what won it for me,’’ said Bransdon.

    “Rohan played great and threw everything at me. He didn’t give anything. I had to earn it.’’

    Bransdon’s
    experience, consistency and shot-making made him a worthy champion, but there was justifiable sympathy for the gritty Blizard who carded his third successive 67 which included a self-imposed penalty stroke called on the par-four, 12th hole.

    Blizard, 31, called the penalty when he believed his ball had oscillated minutely after he removed a nearby twig. He immediately summoned a rules official and added a shot to his score on the hole.

    “Golf is an honest game. If you see a ball move you call it on yourself,’’ he said. “I’d hit a bad shot off the tee and was moving a stick behind my ball when it touched a leaf and the ball kind of oscillated.’’

    Blizard, who ultimately
    chipped-in from 25m to par the hole, admirably refused to blame the penalty for his defeat.

    His 67 included consecutive eagles on the par-five 8th hole and par-four ninth to grab the outright lead at the midway stage of the round.


    “Rohan really produced some fireworks before the turn with those
    eagles but I figured I’d just do what I needed and hit it in the fairways and on to the greens,’’ said Bransdon. “If he kept making birdies and eagles he’d win, but I wasn’t going to change from the way I’d played the golf course all week. Get aggressive at Brookwater and it will jump up and bite you.’’

    Bransdon
    carded a closing 69 to finish tied at 12-under with Blizard (67) with a four-shot break to third-placed Kiwi Mark Brown who shot 69. The consistency of Bransdon’s game was illustrated in the 21 holes he played on Sunday (including the playoff) which comprised 17 pars and four birdies.

    “The old adage in golf says patience will be rewarded,’’ he said. “Patience is normally not my
    forte but I hung in today and eventually the putts started to drop.’’

    Bransdon
    revealed he first attempted to pre-qualify for the Queensland Open when he was 14-year old kid from Wauchope in country New South Wales.

    “Our club pro came up for the event and suggested I come as well to get some experienced,’’ recalled
    Bransdon. “Hard to believe it was 27 years ago.’’

    Bransdon
    , who now lives in Sale, Victoria, with his wife and three children, said the Open victory will be a confidence boost when he tackles the European PGA Tour q-school later this year.

    Queenslander Jake McLeod was leading amateur after a fine 68 gave him a share of fourth place at 7-under with Adam Blyth (Qld) and Aaron Townsend (NSW).

    McLeod’s next major amateur event will be the Keperra
    Bowl but he said he intended to turn professional later this year.

    “I’m very happy with the way I played, especially after a bit of a shaky opening round,’’ he said.

    McLeod had a roller-coaster opening nine holes which included five birdies and two bogeys.

    Ed Stedman (NSW) was outright sixth after a 69 to be six-under, a stroke ahead of
    Quenslander michael Wright (68) and Michael Sim (73).

    Mathew Millar holed-out for a spectacular eagle in the par-four 18th to finish with a 67 to be four-under for the tournament.

    Millar’s hybrid approach from 180m went beyond the pin but trickled back into the hole.

    “It was a pretty good way to finish,’’ he said. “But the 77 on Saturday killed my chances. This is the most difficult course we play on the Australasian Tour.’’


    LEADERBOARD


    12-under: D Bransdon (NSW, won on 3rd playoff hole), R Blizard (NSW)
    8-under: M Brown (NZ)
    7-under: A Blyth (Qld), J McLeod (am Qld), A Townsend (NSW)
    6-under: E Stedman (NSW)
    5-under: M Sim (WA), M Wright (Qld)


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    22-Aug-2015
    QLD Open: Round 3 Summary

    Victorian David Bransdon leads by two shots heading into the final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    On the challenging Greg Norman designed layout, where low numbers are not easily given up, Bransdon's two shot buffer from Rohan Blizard, who has fired back-to-back 5-under the card rounds to be outright second, maybe too much to overcome.

    Sitting a further shot back from Blizard is four time Web.com Tour winner Michael Sim who is looking to win his first title on home soil and Michael Choi who is looking to notch up his first Tour victory.

    Rounding out the top-5 on the leaderboard is New Zealander Mark Brown who is 5-under the card.

    The final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open will tee off at 9.10am with the leader on course at 10.30am.


    KEY QUOTES:

    David Bransdon: 68, 71, 67

    "Basically no different to the other two days but I kept the short missed putts off the card today and the big numbers so that was the only difference really, I putted much better today."


    "I had to wait for the guys I was staying with yesterday for about 40-45 minutes and that's all I did, inside 10 feet was just, because that's the putts that I am struggling with at the moment, so I just practiced those until the boys came in. I was rolling a few on the greens and it continued today."


    "That's two less that I have to have tomorrow so that's always a bonus, and especially around here because it's a tough course, it's not a 62, 63 golf course so if I can go out there and keep it in the fairway, keep it on the green, hole a few putts, you never know at the end of the day."


    Rohan Blizard: 75, 67, 67

    "After the first round I had 3-over so I wasn't really expecting to be in this position after the first round so really happy with the last two days having 5-under the last two days and it would be good to be in the mix again on Sunday, it's been a while so I am looking forward to it."


    "I have never played that well here before but I have always thought that I could do well here. So I think it's just taken a couple of years to get used to the course."


    Michael Choi: 70, 71, 69

    "If I was in the lead it might be a bit different but I'm a couple a shots back so I'm not to fussed at the moment. Just try and start off steady and give it a god on the back-9 if I am in touch. But I am not too nervous at the moment."


    Michael Sim: 69, 71, 70

    "It felt a little bit different this morning, obviously playing front of a crowd, it's nice to play these events and get in contention and that gets you ready for the end of the year. So I am sure there will be a crowd tomorrow, I think I might be in the second last group, I'm not quite sure, but it's just nice to be in the hunt, and put under par rounds together out there."


    Mark Brown: 74, 67, 70

    "It's been good, I am probably close to three months without playing so I expected a bit of rust this week and it's actually been a bit better than I thought it would be. It's been pretty steady most of the week."

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    22-Aug-2015
    Victorian Bransdon shoots 67 to take a two-stroke lead into final round
    Victorian David Bransdon will take a two-shot lead and a stress-free attitude into Sunday’s final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.
    “Stress-free golf at Brookwater is good because this course is relentless. It can tear you apart,’’ said Bransdon. “I feel comfortable leading the tournament and, more importantly, comfortable with where my game is at the moment.’’
    Bransdon’s third round 67 took him to the front on a day when seven players either led or shared the lead at some stage. He is at nine-under, two strokes ahead of New South Welshman Rohan Blizard who also shot a five-under 67.
    A further shot adrift are Victorian Michael Choi, who carded 69, and Perth’s Michael Sim (70).
    The feature of Bransdon’s play has been his ball-striking which he showcased on the par-5, 17th hole, with a booming 300m drive followed by an exquisite 6-iron to within five metres. He missed the eagle putt, but tapped-in for birdie.
    “My putting has been the pain-in-the-butt of my 20-years as a professional, but it is getting better,’’ laughed Bransdon. “I putted much better today than I did on the previous two days...”
    The 41-year old is a prolific pro-am winner but has also been a consistent tournament performer. He had top-20 finishes at last year’s Australian Open and PGA Championships and his wins include the West Australian PGA Championship and the 2013 Heritage Classic in Melbourne.
    “I’ve three young kids back home in Sale and they love it when I bring a trophy home,’’ he said.
    Known as somewhat of a firebrand in his younger days, Bransdon said he had mellowed and learned to accept bad breaks on the golf course.
    Blizard’s effort to shoot a second straight 67 was outstanding. He notched six birdies today with the only blemish on his card a bogey on the par-4, 10th hole.
    Sim and Choi played consistently to be within three shots of the lead while experienced Kiwi Mark Brown is one stroke back after a third round 70.
    Victorian Rory Bourke, who had been on top of the leaderboard for the opening two rounds, is within striking distance at four-under with Queenslander Ray Beaufils and Aaron Townsend (NSW).
    Bourke’s 73 included a superbly struck 8-iron to within half a metre of the flag on the 167m, par-3, fifth hole which carried a $50,000 hole-in-one prize.
    Matthew Millar, who started the day one shot off the lead, faded with a 77 while Gavin Flint also dropped off the pace with a 75.
    Leading amateur is Queenslander Jake McLeod who equalled the best round of the day with a 67 to be at three-under after 54 holes.
    McLeod, 21, showed plenty of character to bounce back from a double-bogey on his second hole to birdie four of the next six holes.
    “I just kept in play off the tee and rolled in a lot of putts,’’ he said.
    “I rolled in a few 15 to 20 footers and also holed out for a bunker on the 12th.’’
    McLeod won the 2012 Queensland Amateur Championship and was runner-up in the event the following year.

    LEADERBOARD


    9-under: D Bransdon (VIC)
    7-under: R Blizard (NSW)
    6-under: M Choi (Vic), M Sim (WA)
    5-under: M Brown (NZ)
    4-under: R Beaufils (Qld), A Townsend (NSW), R Bourke (Vic).

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