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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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.


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.

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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 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 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 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 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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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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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
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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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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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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 or by calling 132 849.


Twitter: and #AusOpenGolf


 Story Credit: Golf Australia

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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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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
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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.

Story Credit: PGA Australia
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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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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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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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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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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.

Story Credit: PGA Australia
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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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    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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    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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    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 or by calling 132 849.


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    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

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    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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    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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    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

    Photos from Round 4 are available on the
    Golf Queensland Facebook Page

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    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 or by calling 132 849.


    Twitter: and #AusOpenGolf


    Story Credit: PGA Australia

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    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
      or by calling 132 849.


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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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
    • Cooper Wallace with his elder brother Jarrod, a Broncos NRL player
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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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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    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.


    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 to see how the other Australians performed.  
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    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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    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 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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    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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.’’

    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.’’

    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.’’

    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.’’

    , 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.’’


    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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    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 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.


    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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    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.


    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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    Amateur Jake McLeod shoots sizzling 67

    Queensland amateur Jake McLeod fired a five-under 67 to rocket up the leaderboard during the third round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.McLeod’s outstanding round included seven birdies and a double-bogey which came on his second hole (the 11th on the card).

    But the 21-year old was unfazed, holing out from a bunker for birdie on the 12th to quickly get his round back on track.

    “I just kept it in play from the tee all day and rolled in a lot of putts,’’ he said. “There were a few 15 to 20-footers and I also holed out from the bunker on 12.’’

    McLeod, who won the 2012 Queensland Amateur Championship and was runner-up the following year, will start Sunday’s final round at three-under after rounds of 74-72-67.

    He was also a member of the Queensland state team which won the national interstate series in 2012.

    “Cameron Smith was in that team and everyone knows what a great player he has proven to be. He gave me something to aspire to,’’ said McLeod.

    McLeod came from Townsville to attend the golf academy at Hills International College in 2009 and graduated in 2011.

    “I work part-time at Victoria Park Golf Club and practice and train with the QAS and state golf squads,’’ he said.

    “We practice and play a lot at Brookwater and I played the Queensland Open for the previous two years. I came in with the expectation of making the cut this week but if I can produce another round like today who knows what might happen.’’

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    QLD Open: Round 2 Summary

    Steady scores were the order of the day in the second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open being played at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Victorian Rory Bourke who held a share of the overnight lead fired 1-under 71 to find himself clear at the top of the leaderboard on 5-under the card.

    Sitting just one shot behind him having also shot round of 71 are experienced winners David Bransdon, Michael Sim and Matthew Millar.

    A group of seven players including New Zealander Mark Brown who fired 5-under 67, the equal best round of the day, round out the top-10 on the leaderboard. They are all tied 5
    th on 3-under the card.

    The second round cut was made at 5-over the card with 50 Professionals and four amateurs making the weekend rounds.

    The third round will tee off at 9.10am with the leaders on course 10.30am. 

    Key Quotes:

    Rory Bourke: 68, 71

    "It was very scrappy, I started really well, then the wind got up and I just couldn't hit, many good shots and I was just getting it on the green and taking my pars in the end which was tough enough out there.  At the moment it (a win) would mean everything. It would make things a lot easier for the next 12 months."

    David Bransdon: 69, 71

    "It was a bit different. I knew what I shot I, knew I had 1-under, I knew I had two doubles,  I didn't realise how many bogeys I had and I didn't realize till I signed my card that I had seven birdies as well. So it was a very mixed bag. It is such a tough golf course, it doesn't give you a lot, well I made seven birdies, but normally it is very easy to make a mistake  and that's what you've got to try and keep off and hopefully I can do better job of it over the weekend."

    Matt Millar: 69, 71

    "I guess the conditions were pretty good, we were hoping the rain would hold off and it has.  A few tight pins today, might have been a bit harder that yesterday. It seemed like they were, so it was a little bit tricky to get near some of them but yeah I played nicely I guess, in general. The only thing that bothered me was the course, with my game not being as long as a lot of the other guys, it can be a little more demanding."

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    Amateurs gobble up pro lessons
    There were 13 Queensland amateurs among the 16 who pegged it up in the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    Two of the four who made the cut to play this weekend proudly wear the maroon of Golf Queensland and the Queensland Academy of Sport, the golfing department of which is based on site at Brookwater.

    But when the group next comes together, there will be hundreds of stories.

    Because while Victorian Zach Murray and New South Welshman Travis Smyth will join Queensland state team players Blake Proverbs and Jake McLeod in weekend action, the experience for all 13 has already been invaluable.

    Promising Anthony Quayle, already the winner of this year’s Pacific Northwest Amateur in Oregon, fell on the wrong side of the +5 cut, missing by two strokes.

    But he said the lessons he took from playing in his state Open championship have been invaluable as he eyes a future pro career.

    “For all 13 of us, it’s a good chance to try to learn from the tour pros we’re playing with and see how we stack up against them,” Quayle said after his round of 73 today.

    “Regardless of how we’ve played, if we can take a few lessons from it and move forward, it’s definitely a good event for us.”

    And highlighting the camaraderie among amateurs of his generation, and particularly at the QAS, Quayle said there would “absolutely be pooling” of information in next week’s debrief.

    “I’m sure we’ll all talk about a few shots we shouldn’t have hit and whether we had a putt to make the cut,” he said.

    “I’m sure there’s a couple of us still here with the capability to be in contention on Sunday.

    “So yeah, it will be great to get back to QAS next week and share our stories and information – it helps us get better.”

    Quayle said his colleagues, inspired by the major championship winning heroics of fellow Queenslanders Jason Day and Adam Scott, had a pathway that was world class.

    “What Golf Australia and GQ through the Queensland Academy of Sport are doing is generating a lot of good, strong players.

    “What Jason is doing, what Adam was doing 18 months or so ago, it’s definitely inspiring this generation that’s coming through now.

    “I think it’s a credit to the two organisations who are working with the juniors and amateurs – they’re starting young and Australian golf will see the benefits in years to come.“Everything goes hand in hand with what Jason is doing, the two programs are doing and obviously the work the amateurs are putting into the game now to make sure we get there as well.”

    Queensland amateurs through two rounds (cut +5):

    +2 Jake McLeod
    +4 Blake Proverbs
    +6 Jarrod Stirling
    +7 Anthony Quayle
    +8 Jack Sullivan, Shae Wools-Cobb
    +9 Cory Crawford, James Macklin
    +10 Simon Viitakangas, Charlie Dann
    +12 Chris Crabtree, Sam Daley
    +20 Mitchell Smith
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    Rory Bourke’s caddie experience a boost as he leads

    Watching the world’s best players at close quarters convinced Victorian Rory Bourke he could refine his game to become a competitive tournament professional.

    Bourke, who quit golf for a period to caddie for players paired with the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowall and Ian Poulter, leads the Isuzu Queensland Open after 36 holes at Brookwater.

    The 27-year old followed his opening 68 with a solid second round 71 to be at five-under after 36 holes, a stroke ahead of David Bransdon, Michael Sim and Matthew Millar who all carded 71s.

    On a packed leaderboard, 11 players are within two shots of the lead. Experienced Kiwi Mark Brown, who played himself into the mix with a 67 in difficult afternoon conditions, is one of seven players at three-under for the tournament.

    Bourke endured a rough start after turning pro in 2012 and decided to shelve his clubs and caddie for Korean-born Jin Jeong, a mate from their amateur days in Melbourne. Jin Jeong struck early paydirt as a pro when he won the 2013 Perth International with Bourke on the bag.

    “I went to Europe caddying for Jin and was fortunate to have been involved in groups that included some of the world’s best players,’’ said Bourke.

    “I also talked a lot with Martin Kaymer and took a lot from the whole experience. It showed me what you need to do to be successful. “Those players don’t make mistakes like a lot of amateurs or younger pros. They tighten up a few things and it goes from there.’’

    Bourke returned from Europe resigned to reigniting his professional career and was successful at last year’s Australasian PGA Tour qualifying school.

    “I’ve played at tournaments like the Queensland Open for a couple of years and a win this week for be massive for me. It would get me a start in a few big Australian events later in the year and provide a bit of money for me to have a go at some q-schools overseas.’’

    Bourke had a strong amateur career in Victorian, representing the state for five years, and also contested the US and British amateur championships and finished runner-up at the Scottish amateur.

    “I had a decent amateur career,’’ he said. “That’s where I met and became good mates with Jin ...”

    New Zealander Brown’s 67 was the best of the day and was equalled by Rohan Blizard and Scott Laycock who are at two-under and one-over respectively.

    “It’s a tough track and it was tricky this afternoon,’’ said Brown. “Fairways are tight and the greens small ... it is a very strong test.

    “Shooting five-under certainly moves me up the board.’’

    Brown has performed well internationally and won the 2008 Johnny Walker Classic in India. Next week he will play the Russian Open on the European Tour.

    Overnight joint leader Daniel Valente got to five-under with two holes to play but a double-bogey on his penultimate hole resulted in a 73.

    New South Welshman Aaron Townsend played well for a 69 after dropping a shot on his final hole to be two strokes adrift of Bourke.

    “Every hole is a bogey-in-waiting here so you have to be careful,’’ said Townsend.

    “I’m not overly long but I hit it pretty straight and putted nicely. But I’d like to get my iron play a bit sharper.”

    Queenslander Gavin Flint, who shared the first round lead, carded a 73 to be two shots off the pace.

    The cut was indicative of the testing Brookwater layout at five-over par with a number of prominent players failing to qualify for the weekend. Casualties included tournament favourite Brad Kennedy, Matt Griffin, Steven Leaney and Jake Higginbottom.

    LEADERBOARD (36 holes)

    5-under: R Bourke (Vic)
    4-under: D Bransdon (Vic), M Sim (WA), M Millar (ACT)
    3-under: E Stedman (NSW), A Townsend (NSW), R Beaufils (Qld), M Brown (NZ), M Choi (Vic), D Valente (Vic), Gavin Flint (Qld)
    2-under: S Jeffress (NSW), R Blizard (WA), M Guyatt (Qld), M Wright (Qld)

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    Rory Bourke’s experience as a caddie invaluable as he leads second round

    Watching the world’s best players at close quarters convinced Victorian Rory Bourke he could refine his game to become a competitive tournament professional.

    Bourke, who has caddied for players paired with the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Graeme McDowall and Ian Poulter, shot a 71 today for a one-stroke lead in the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    After a rough start as a professional golfer in 2012, Bourke decided to shelve his clubs and caddie for Korean-born Jin Jeong, a mate from their amateur days in Melbourne. Jin Jeong struck early paydirt as a pro when he won the 2013 Perth International with Bourke on the bag.

    “I went to Europe caddying for Jin and was fortunate to have been involved in groups that included some of the world’s best players,’’ said Bourke.

    “I also talked a lot with Martin Kaymer and took a lot from the whole experience.

    “It showed me what you need to do to be successful. Those players don’t make mistakes like a lot of amateurs or younger pros.

    “They tighten up a few things and it goes from there.’’

    Bourke, 27, returned from Europe resigned to reigniting his professional career and was successful at last year’s Australasian PGA Tour qualifying school.

    “I’ve played at tournaments like the Queensland Open for a couple of years and a win this week for be massive for me. It would get me a start in a few big Australian events later in the year and provide a bit of money for me to have a go at some q-schools overseas.’’

    Bourke had a strong amateur career in Victorian, representing the state for five years and contesting the US and British amateur championships before turning pro.

    “I had a decent amateur career,’’ he said. “That’s where I met and became good mates with Jin ...”

    Bourke’s solid today 71 followed his opening 68 when he finished with eagle on the 17th a birdie on the final hole.

    “I got off to a flyer but struggled a bit in the middle of the round. I kept my head up and finished okay.’’

    After the morning rounds at Brookwater he holds a one shot lead over David Bransdon (71 today), Michael Sim (71) and Matthew Millar (71).

    A further shot drift at three–under after 36 holes are Ed Stedman who carded a second round 71 and Aaron Townsend (69).

    “Every hole is a bogey-in-waiting here so you have to be careful,’’ said Townsend.

    “I’m not overly long but I hit it pretty straight and putted nicely. But I’d like to get my iron play a bit sharper.”

    Low rounds of the morning came from Scott Laycock and Rohan Blizard who had five-under 67s, vast improvements on their opening 78 and 75 respectively.
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    Volunteers make the tournaments go around
    They are dotted around the course wearing red shirts and white caps, enjoying the golf and exuding enthusiasm.
    Hardly a golf tournament in the world can operate without volunteers and the Isuzu Queensland Open is no exception.
    About 25 volunteers are working at the 2015 Open and Golf Queensland manager Matt Field says they are stretched to cover a myriad of tasks on and off the course.
    “Without the help of the volunteers the event would simply not function efficiently,’’ said Field. “They all have a love of golf, but are not necessarily good golfers or even regular golfers.
    “We have a lady who worked at last year’s Open after just starting the game at St Lucia. She enjoyed the experience so much she is back again this year.’’
    Field said the majority of volunteers were golf club members from nearby areas such as Oxley, Ipswich and host club Brookwater.
    “But we have people from further afield such as Redland Bay,’’ he said.
    “They all enjoying watching the players and also to see how a tournament functions. We receive some very positive feedback on their experience.’’
    Aside from the satisfaction of being involved, volunteers receive a free Isuzu Queensland Open shirt, cap and voucher for a free game at Brookwater. They also receive an invitation to Golf Queensland’s annual Volunteer Day.
    Duties for the volunteers are varied, ranging through scoring, spotting, providing information, player transport, car parking, on-course drinks, tending leaderboards and more.
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    QLD Open: Round 1 Summary

    Daniel Valente, Gavin Flint and Rory Bourke are tied for the lead on 4-under 68 following the first round of the Isuzu Queensland Open being played at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Victorian Daniel Valente has never played the Greg Norman designed Brookwater layout while Gavin Flint was a member of the Queensland State Team as an amateur and completed his training on the challenging layout.

    Victorian Rory Bourke finished with an eagle and a birdie to join the lead as darkness threatened to halt his round.

    Michael Wright fired 3-under 69 in the morning field on his home course and was joined later in the day at tied 4th on the leaderboard by David Bransdon, Michael Sim and Matthew Millar.

    Rounding out the top-10 on 2-under 70 are Marcus Cain, Ed Stedman, Michael Choi and Taylor Macdonald who made his Professional debut today.

    Key Quotes: 

    Daniel Valente - 4-under 68

    "I thought it was a really tough golf course the first time playing. I had heard that it's extremely tough. Obviously all the boys had said that its very penal. I got off to a hot start playing the back-9 and just kept it kind of going. You just have to be really on your game, it's there if you can play really well but if you are a little bit off, a hole can bite you very, very easily," said Daniel Valente.

    Gavin Flint - 4-under 68

    "I have played here a lot; I came through the Queensland Teams and Queensland Academy of Sport so I have probably had 100 plus rounds out here. I definitely have a good idea of how I like to play the course; it's pretty tricky so my game plan was pretty good today. You have to be aggressive off the tee without hitting too many drivers, because the second shots on this golf course can be really difficult. Today I put it into pretty good positions off the tee and then I was able to capitalise," said Gavin Flint.

    Rory Bourke - 4-under 68

    "I came home really hard the last few holes with a birdie and an eagle so it was great. I was playing terrible the last few weeks. I had a win and then haven't touched the clubs for a bit and so it's been getting back into it and it had completely dropped off. I was getting a bit worried actually but yesterday it was quite good and I thought that's fine I'll breed off that and today was exceptional so that's great," said Rory Bourke.

    Michael Wright - 3-under 69

    "I have played terrible the last few years. I just put so much pressure on myself the last couple of years. With everyone saying "oh it's your home course you're the red hot favourite," but this year I've actually slipped under the radar, it's been great. No one has really said too much so I just didn't really have any expectations and went out and played my golf. It's good to start off on a good note and I look forward to the rest of the week," said Michael Wright.

    Michael Sim - 3-under 69

    "That's actually my lowest round, around here so I haven't really broken par too much so I'm off to a good start this week so see how the next few days go. Hopefully the wind dies down in the morning tomorrow and we get some nice greens and keep going on top of 3-under. I'm playing better and I am enjoying my golf and I have been working hard so it's nice to get off to a good start. It will be nice to play the next three rounds and see what happens," said Sim.

    Taylor Macdonald - 2-under 70

    "The first tee shot, I have hit that tee shot many a time, it was just five times harder today, I'm not sure why. The nerves were there for about three of four holes and then after that I was good to go," said Taylor Macdonald.

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    Trio lead Queensland Open
    Daniel Valente, Gavin Flint and Rory Bourke are tied for the lead on 4-under 68 following the first round of the Isuzu Queensland Open being played at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Victorian Daniel Valente has never played the Greg Norman designed Brookwater layout while Gavin Flint was a member of the Queensland State Team as an amateur and completed his training on the challenging layout.

    Victorian Rory Bourke finished with an eagle and a birdie to join the lead as darkness threatened to halt his round.

    Michael Wright fired 3-under 69 in the morning field on his home course and was joined later in the day at tied 4th on the leaderboard by David Bransdon, Michael Sim and Matthew Millar.

    Rounding out the top-10 on 2-under 70 are Marcus Cain, Ed Stedman, Michael Choi and Taylor Macdonald who made his Professional debut today.

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    Victorian rookie storms home to share lead
    Rookie pro Rory Bourke stormed home with an eagle-birdie finish to share the first round lead of the Isuzu Queensland Open with Queenslander Gavin Flint and fellow Victorian Daniel Valente on four-under 68 at Brookwater.
    Bourke’s stunning finish came in fading light as calm descended on Brookwater after difficult breezes had made afternoon play difficult.
    His only previous wins as a professional have been in pro-ams at Yeppoon, three weeks ago, and in West Australia in June.
    Flint and Valente had the best of the early conditions to share the one stroke lead over Queenslander Michael Wright, Michael Sim (WA), David Bransdon (Vic) and Matthew Miller (ACT).
    The difficulty of Brookwater’s testing layout was evidenced when only 16 of 120 players broke par in the first round.
    Flint, who turned professional in 2004 after a stellar amateur career, played consistently with six birdies and two bogeys.
    The 34-year has something in common with US PGA champion Jason Day in that he suffers bouts of vertigo on the golf course.
    “I’ve had vertigo on and off for the past three years but it stayed away today,’’ he said. “Hopefully that doesn’t change for the rest of the week.’’
    Flint’s consistency was the keynote. He turned in 33 after starting on the 10th hole and held his game together on his homeward nine in perfect early conditions.
    “I’m very happy. After getting away to a good start I held it together pretty well for the rest of the round,’’ he said.
    Flint has campaigned in China for the past two years after losing his card on the Asian Tour.
    As an amateur he was a Queensland state teammate of Steven Bowditch and Andrew Buckle. At one stage Flint concurrently held the Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand amateur titles.
    Valente, 30, who was playing his first tournament in five months after a fractured rib, made a sensational start off the 10th with four successive birdies. He notched another on the 17th to play his opening nine holes in 31.
    He dropped shots on the second and fourth holes but made birdie on the ninth (his last) for a 68.
    “It was a real hot start and I should have actually birdied the fifth as well,’’ he said. “I’m fresh after a long break and it was good to come back that well.
    “The injury set me back. But it has given me an opportunity to work on my game and get ready for European Tour school later in the year.”
    Sims, Bransdon and Miller had to battle tricky winds during their afternoon rounds of 69.

    “The wind was all over the place. One numerous holes you would be standing on the tee and the wind would change direction,’’ said Sim. “I chipped and putted well which helped.’’

    Sim rolled in five metre putts on the eighth and ninth holes and then from 15m from the fringe of the green on the 11th for birdie.

    Bransdon agreed the breeze which heightened after the benign morning conditions was a significant challenge.

    “It was flukey and changed direction,’’ said

    Bransdon. “But I enjoy the course. It’s up my alley because I’m a better ball striker than I am putter.’’

    On 70 are Queenslander Taylor MacDonald, who played impressively in his debut round as a professional, Marcus Cain (Qld), Ed Stedman (NSW), and Michael Choi (Vic).

     Leading amateur is Victorian Zach Murray who is in a group of players on 71 including Matthew Guyatt who strung together five straight birdies despite the discomfort of back pain. Guyatt left the course immediately to seek treatment in an endeavour to be fit for the second round.


    68 G Flint (Qld), D Valente (Vic), Rory Bourke (Vic)
    69 M Wright (Qld), M Sim (WA), D Bransdon (Vic), M Miller (ACT)
    70 M Cain (Qld), T MacDonald (Qld), M Choi (Vic), E Stedman (NSW)
    71 R Beaufils (Qld), T Wood (Vic), M Guyatt (Qld), M McArdle (SA), Z Murray am (Vic)
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    Valente joins the top
    It’s safe to say Victorian Daniel Valente has taken a circuitous path to the top of the Isuzu Queensland Open leaderboard.
    Valente, 30, peeled off a four-under-par 68 today to share the first-round lead with fellow Victoria Rory Bourke and Queenslander Gavin Flint.
    But while his game was smooth, it has been anything but for the late-blooming Melburnian to arrive at this point.
    Valente, who grew up playing at Werribee Park before moving to nearby Sanctuary Lakes, realised his game “wasn’t up to pro standard” when touring with fellow Victorian David McKendrick playing mini tours in the United States a few years back.
    But when his game clicked with his good mate’s coach, American Geoff Jones, the pieces started to come together.
    With a revised swing and outlook, Valente charged to prominence late last year after “Monday qualifying” to a string of events, then using good results to keep playing despite not having any official status at the time.
    But four top-eight finishes in three months – and a bold showing at the Australian Masters -- to end last year’s Australian PGA Tour season gave him great hope he’d turned the corner.
    But that all came to a grinding halt late last summer when he, without any contact and only swinging in practice, broke a rib.
    “So I had gathered a bit of momentum, finally and then I haven’t played a tournament since,” said Valente, who made four birdies in his opening five holes, including a near ace on the 14th.
    “It was really frustrating because I just started to feel like I was getting somewhere and then I had to stop.
    “But I’ve just been to see Geoff again and I’m feeling pretty good about things again.”
    It’s a name well worth watching this summer as Valente clearly has the game to feel comfortable on the Australian tour – and is only now getting the chance to show it.
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    Taylor Macdonald all class in Pro debut

    Debutant professional Taylor Macdonald was all poise and patience during an impressive opening 70 at the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.Followed by an enthusiastic gallery mostly from the Redcliffe and Pine Rivers Golf Clubs where he learnt his golf, Macdonald played a disciplined round in which he used his driver on only three tees.

     Impressively, he showed admirable composure to recover from an opening double-bogey six on his opening hole (the 10th).

     “I was actually very nervous but came back with a birdie on the next hole and was right from there,’’ he said.

     Macdonald was behind the green for three on the 347m, par four, but his chip skidded across the green and rolled back down the fairway.

     “I then hit a great pitch to about five feet and made the putt. I said to my caddie that I’d hit four good shots on the hole and still walked off with double-bogey,’’ said Macdonald.

     “You have to know when to be conservative around here. If you hit it off the fairway you’re going to have a wild day and it’s not going to be very nice in your head.

     “Keep the ball in play and on the greens and you are going to have a relatively good score. You can be patient or aggressive ... it can go both ways. It is about making judgements.’’

     The strongly-built Macdonald, 23, said he hit driver on only the second, eighth and 17 holes.

     “I’m lucky to have played a lot of golf at Brookwater and pretty much know how it plays.’’

     Other amateur opening rounds included 71 Zach Murray (Victoria), 73, 75 Travis Smyth (NSW), 75 Cory Crawford (Qld) and 78 Anthony Quayle and James Macklin (both Qld).

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    Flint and Valente shoot 68s for early lead

    Queenslander Gavin Flint and Victorian Daniel Valente shared the early lead in the $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open today after shooting four-under 68s on the testing Brookwater layout near Ipswich.

    Flint (pictured), who turned professional in 2004 after a stellar amateur career, played consistently with six birdies and two bogeys.

    The 34-year has something in common with US PGA champion Jason Day in that he suffers bouts of vertigo on the golf course.

    “I’ve had vertigo on and off for the past three years but it stayed away today,’’ he said. “Hopefully that doesn’t change for the rest of the week.’’

    Flint’s consistency was the keynote. He turned in 33 after starting on the 10th hole and held his game together on his homeward nine in perfect early conditions.

    “I’m very happy. After getting away to a good start I held it together pretty well for the rest of the round,’’ he said.

    Flint has campaigned in China for the past two years after losing his card on the Asian Tour.

    As an amateur he was a Queensland state teammate of Steven Bowditch and Andrew Buckle. At one stage Flint concurrently held the Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and New Zealand amateur titles.

    Valente, 30, who was playing his first tournament in five months after a fractured rib, made a sensational start off the 10th with four successive birdies. He notched another on the 17th to play his opening nine holes in 31.

    He dropped shots on the second and fourth holes but made birdie on the ninth (his last) for a 68.

    “It was a real hot start and I should have actually birdied the fifth as well,’’ he said. “I’m fresh after a long break and it was good to come back that well.

    “The injury set me back. But it has given me an opportunity to work on my game and get ready for European Tour school later in the year.

    Flint and Valente have a one stroke lead over Queenslander Michael Wright who knows the arduous Brookwater layout like the back of his hand.

    A further shot back on 70 are Victorian Michael Choi and Queenslanders Marcus Cain and Taylor MacDonald who is making his professional debut.

    Matt Guyatt, who finished his round in pain after battling a back injury, had a string of five successive birdies in his 71.

    Leading amateur after completion of the morning rounds was Victorian Zac Murray who also shot 71.

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    Guyatt opens with a rollercoaster round

    Matt Guyatt signed for a 71 at Brookwater today – but it was far from plain sailing.

    The affable Brisbane pro said he “felt something pop” in his lower back early in what became a rollercoaster opening round.

    Guyatt, 40, was doing all he could to stretch out after and between shots, but feared that he might have to pull out midway through his first nine holes, on the back nine.

    But true to his hard-working nature, Guyatt knuckled down and tried to get back to the clubhouse with his scorecard intact.

    Bogeys on the 14th, 15th and the 18th tested his patience and dropped him to two over, but the 2011 NSW PGA champion soon had spectacular rewards for his fight.

    Using a short putter in competition for the first time in almost 15 years, Guyatt calmly rolled in five consecutive birdie putts to storm through the pack.

    Only two late bogeys prevented a score that would have better represented his efforts, but Guyatt was happy enough to “escape” with his 71.

    “I need to go and work this out … maybe see my chiro and see what happens,” Guyatt said.

    “I’m pretty sure I’ll be right to go tomorrow, but yeah, that wasn’t fun for a while.”
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    Felton withdraws in agony

    Perth prodigy Jarryd Felton has withdrawn from the Isuzu Queensland Open with a debilitating back injury.

    An emotional Felton, 20, will fly home to Western Australia tomorrow with his immediate playing future in doubt, fearing a fourth serious flare-up of injuries in his hips and lower back.

    The Golf Australia national squad member blames a 46-hour trip from Chicago to Perth via Los Angeles and Brisbane after the recent Western Amateur in the United States as the cause of his problem.

    A short rest in Perth before flying to Brookwater seemed to help, but Felton, who had been considering turning professional this summer, said he knew after six practice holes on Monday that he was “in trouble”.

    “I’ve had a history of these type of things and it’s something I can’t push when it happens,” said Felton, who was restricted to walking the course on Tuesday before deciding to withdraw today without swinging a club.

    “It’s really painful, but the worst thing is knowing what I’ve gone through before and hoping it’s not a recurrence of that.

    “The best case is that it’s just a back injury, maybe a swollen disc … and that it will get better with rest and treatment.

    “I don’t really want to think about the worst case … I’m just going to analyse it all for now with (Golf WA physio) Martin Mcinnes and we’ll take it from there.

    “It’s not a case of thinking surgery or anything right now, it’s just time to see what’s wrong and make a plan from there.”

    Felton, based at Gosnells Golf Club in suburban Perth, has been in exemplary form this year, remarkably going unbeaten as the No.1 seed for WA in the Interstate Series.

    He also had two great results touring with an Australian team to South America, finishing runner-up at both the Southern Cross Invitational and in the Argentina Strokeplay Championship.

    But he has a history of having lengthy breaks with injury having spent more than six months out after separate hip surgeries as a young teenager, then again missing several months after a bulging disc in his back two years ago.

    “I’ve had these things before and Marty and all my team in WA have said to me that I just will have to work through these things throughout my career,” a stoic Felton said.

    “They’ve basically said that I just have to work six times harder than the average player on my fitness and … keeping these things (at bay).

    “Hopefully it’s just something minor this time. I’ll just go back to Perth tomorrow and … get to the bottom of it.

    “It just means I’ll have to go even harder on these things when I come back. It’s not going to stop me.

    “It’s just something we will figure out and hopefully … get it to the point where it doesn’t keep happening in the future.”

    Story: Mark Hayes, Golf Australia
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    Matt Griffin ready to fire at Isuzu Queensland Open

    Victorian Matthew Griffin has emerged from a slow start to the year to hit top form on the eve of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Griffin, who tied for third at Brookwater in 2014, has had two strong finishes on the Japan PGA Tour since June.

    “I wasn’t playing well until the end of May but have finished eighth and 13th in Japan since then and have found some form,’’ Griffin said, after yesterday’s pro-am.

    “I enjoy Brookwater and hope to be in there with a chance to win on Sunday. It’s a tight layout and you have to work the ball around which suits my game.’’

    Griffin, 32, will fly out to South Korea immediately after the Open to defend the Korean PGA title he won last year.

    “And then it is back to Japan for the second half of the season,’’ he said.

    A former top amateur, ranked No 3 in the world at one stage, Griffin turned pro in 2008 and was the No 1 player on the One Asian Tour in 2013. The following year he won the Victorian Open as well as the Korean PGA.

    Griffin last year carded rounds of 73,70, 68 and 74 at Brookwater to finish four strokes adrift of eventual winner Andrew Dodt.

    IMAGE: Matt Griffin took to the skies on Wednesday thanks to Pterodactyl Helicopters to view Ipswich from above.
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    Tour Veteran Stephen Leaney looking for a solid start at Brookwater

    Seasoned global golf campaigner Stephen Leaney believes a strong start in tomorrow’s opening round is vital to his chances in the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Leaney, runner-up to Jim Furyk at the 2003 US Open and a four-time winner on the European Tour, has been hampered by limited tournament play this year.

    “This will only be my fourth event for 2015,’’ he said. “I expect to be rusty and the biggest challenge for me is to come out and feel comfortable on the golf course.

    “The times I’ve played this year it has taken me eight or 10 holes to gain any sort of playing rhythm. If I can get off to a solid start over the opening nine holes I should be able to set myself off for the rest of the week.’’

    Leaney’s vast experience and proven patience as a professional over two decades should be an advantage if he makes a positive start. His first significant victory was in Queensland in 1996 when he defeated American Corey Pavin in a play-off to take the ANZ Players Championship at Royal Queensland.

    “Brookwater is a hard golf course because if you miss by a little bit it is magnified and you can have a lot of high scores. You don’t have to do a lot wrong to have high numbers out there.

    “In another sense, it is good that you have to be patient ... something I’ve been good at my whole career.’’

    Leaney predicts this week’s winning score will be similar to Andrew Dodt’s seven-under aggregate which won in 2014.

    “Scoring is not going to be low. Single digits under par will probably win it.’’

    Leaney is out early in tomorrow’s opening round. He tees off at 7.15am with Kiwi Mark Brown and Victorian Josh Younger.

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    Brad Kennedy’s form in Japan looks good

    Brad Kennedy, the top-ranked player at the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open, has interrupted a successful season in Japan for a “hit and run” visit to Brookwater.

    Kennedy is currently seventh on the Japan PGA Tour money-list with earnings of $A338,500. He has finished runner-up three times this season from nine tournament starts.

    A two-time winner in Japan, Kennedy is currently the 11th highest world ranked Australian at number 164.

    “I’m only home for a week and look forward to playing Brookwater under tournament conditions,’’ said Kennedy. “I’ve moved my wife and two daughters to live in Tokyo this year so don’t need to travel home as frequently as I’ve done in past years.

    “It has been a real positive for my family and my golf. We’re very happy to be based in Japan.’’

    Kennedy, who played today’s pro-am at Brookwater will partner fellow Queenslanders Matt Guyatt and amateur Cory Crawford in tomorrow’s opening round, admits he is “very underdone” going to the Open.

    “My last event was six weeks ago and I’ve just been practising and training in a very hot Japanese summer before coming over here,’’ said Kennedy.

    The 41-year-old won the 2013 Queensland PGA Championship at Toowoomba’s City Golf Club and had previously notched the 2011 New Zealand Open and 2010 West Australian Open.

    “Japan is probably the easiest place I’ve played tournament golf,’’ he said. “I feel like it is a second home. The crowds are great, travel is easy and I enjoy the people and the culture.’’

    Kennedy said his eldest daughter, aged nine, attended an international school where children from 13 different nationalities are in her class of 16 students.

    IMAGE: The Isuzu Qld Open Wednesday Pro Am - LtoR: Mike Yoda, Albert Sofia, Brad Kennedy and Chris Musch

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    Smith inspiring mates at Queensland Open
    Cameron Smith is Australian golf’s rising star and at just 22 years of age he is already an inspiration to his mates.

    Smith’s rise up the ranks of professional golf has been meteoric. He turned Professional at the Isuzu Queensland Open in 2013 and since then has finished tied 4th at the US Open, competed just last week at the PGA Championship and has sealed his PGA TOUR card for 2016.

    This week at the Isuzu Queensland Open another young Aussie, Taylor Macdonald (pictured), is turning Professional.

    Despite thinking he is old, at the tender age of 23; Macdonald lists his biggest motivator for a move into the play for pay ranks at his good mate Smith.

    “I was getting old, I’m 23 and my mate Cam Smith is killing it so that was a bit of a heads up to turn Pro,” said Macdonald, who played alongside Smith in the Queensland State Team.

    “Cam has worked really hard to get where he is and obviously it inspires a few of us to do exactly what he is doing.”

    “To get there is different but we all need someone to follow and he is the one.”

    Macdonald isn’t the only young gun on the PGA Tour of Australasia looking to follow in Cameron Smith footsteps.

    Geoff Drakeford and Todd Sinnott who have been competing on the European Challenge Tour are also impressed by what their former amateur competitor has achieved so quickly.

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    Queensland Open to relaunch summer of golf
    The Aussie summer of golf gets back underway this week with the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia has arrived at Brookwater Golf and Country Club for the Isuzu Queensland Open which celebrates its 90th anniversary this week.

    The honour board for the tournament reads like a who’s who of Australian golf with Australia’s first PGA Champion Jim Ferrier having won the title in 1934, 1938 and 1939.

    More recently Australia’s newest PGA Champion Jason Day finished the low amateur when he competed in the Queensland Open at Ipswich Golf Club.

    Other significant players of note to have won the Queensland Open in its 90 year history include recent World Golf Hall of Fame inductee David Graham (1985, 1987), Greg Norman (1983, 1985, 1986), Ian Baker-Finch (1990) and more recently Steven Bowditch (2004).

    This week some of the rising stars of Australian golf have assembled to try and add their name to the trophy.

    The field features Geoff Drakeford and Todd Sinnott who has been competing on the European Challenge Tour and Taylor MacDonald who makes his Professional debut this week.

    In recent years the Isuzu Queensland Open has kick started its Champion’s careers. Nick Cullen won the title in 2013 before going on to win the Australian Masters while last year’s winner Andrew Dodt went on to regain his European Tour card in 2015 and has already notched up a victory on the lucrative Tour.

    This week will also see the return of some past champions with Ryan Haller (2007) and Terry Price (1993) both in the field for the 90th anniversary.

    The Isuzu Queensland Open is the first of nine tournaments to be played around Australia and the South Pacific this year.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia’s Triple Crown is sure to have Australian sports fans captivated as it’s played across back-to-back weeks.

    It begins with the Australian Masters which returns to its spiritual home at Huntingdale Golf Club from 19-22 November.

    The next week sees newly crowned World Number 1 Jordan Spieth seeking to defend his title at the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from 26-29 November.

    Australia’s richest tournament, the Australian PGA Championship will then be contested at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 3-6 December.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia is also delighted to welcome the European Tour to the Gold Coast as the two tours co-sanction the tournament which is worth AU$1.75million.

    Another highlight of the 2015 season will be the second staging of the Fiji International which will see World Number 15 Matt Kuchar adding his star power to the field at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from 15-18 October.

    To see the full schedule of for the PGA Tour of Australasia please visit
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    Victorian Anthony Brown chasing another course record at Brookwater

    Brookwater course record holder Anthony Brown is chasing a repeat performance of last year’s opening round when the $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open starts on Thursday.

    The 32-year old Victorian equalled Nick Cullen’s course record 65 to set the pace last year before finishing tied third, four shots behind winner Andrew Dodt.

    “I feel comfortable at Brookwater but that doesn’t mean it is easy for me,’’ Brown said, after completing today’s pro-am. “It is a very strong golf course ... you have to hit the ball in the right position on the fairways and into the greens.

    “There are some really diabolical greens if you get on the wrong side of them. The greens are relatively small. It is about hitting it to the right spot to give yourself makeable birdie putts.

    “But I really like how the course sets up off the tee. There is a lot of shot-shaping required and I like to play my golf like that.’’

    Brown’s last tournament was two months ago at the Thailand Open and he admitted he was “a bit scratchy’’ in today’s pro-am.

    His form in half a dozen Australasian PGA events was solid earlier in the year prior to campaigning in the China Tour. Brown finished eighth at the New Zealand PGA and had top-15 finishes at the Queensland and Victoria PGAs and Victoria Open.

    “The China Tour has suffered because of the state of their economy and we haven’t had as many events as expected. It’s a little frustrating and I’ve had more time at home than I would have liked this year.’’

    Brown’s career highlight came in 2012 when runner-up to surprise winner Daniel Popovic at the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum. His ability to fire a low round was evident at Coolum when he shot a sizzling 64 during the tournament.
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    Qld Open was the first tournament outing for partnership of Jason Day and caddie Col Swatton

    US PGA champion Jason Day has revealed his unique bond with caddie Col Swatton started at the Queensland Open at Ipswich 11 years ago.

    Although Swatton had been associated with Day at the Kooralbyn International School and then at Hills College at Jimboomba, it was not until the 2004 Queensland Open at Ipswich Golf Club that he actually caddied for the then 17-year-old.

    Following his emotional triumph in the US PGA Championship, Day said he had fond memories of the first time Swatton had been on his bag.

    “He’s come a long way because the first time he caddied for me at Ipswich Golf Club we had a pull cart. He was pulling a little trolley,’’ said Day.

    “It was the Queensland Open and he didn’t make it up the 18th fairway. He was that buggered he couldn’t make it up.

    “So now he can carry a 45 pound (20kgs) bag around the place ... he’s come a long way.’’

    Wet weather shortened the Queensland open to 54 holes in 2004 when Steven Bowditch shot 18-under to record his first win as a professional. Day shot 10-under to finish one stroke behind leading amateur Adam Blyth who subsequently turned professional and will contest the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open which starts Thursday at Brookwater.

    Swatton has been much more than a caddie for Day. He is also coach, mentor and mate.

    “Col has been there for me since I was 12 and a half years old,’’ said Day. “For him to be on the bag for me from Ipswich to a major championship means so much.’’

    PHOTO: Jason Day pictured with Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale (centre)
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    Sunshine Coast amateur shoots six-under to lead qualifiers for Isuzu Queensland Open

    Peregian Springs amateur Charlie Dann shot a sizzling six-under 64 at Virginia Golf Club today to lead pre-qualifers for the Isuzu Queensland Open which starts at Brookwater on Thursday. 

    A total of 227 players contested pre-qualifying rounds at Virginia and Keperra Golf and Country Club for the final 10 spots in the Open field.

    Dann, 19, had a three stroke margin over professional Ian Esson with a further shot to Luke Whitbread, Jordan Mullaney and amateur Sam Daley.

    Another teenage amateur, James Macklin, 18, took the honours at Keperra with a four-under 68. Macklin, from the Pacific Golf Club and a member of last year's state junior team, had a one stroke margin over fellow amateur Matthew Smith with pros Alex Katholos, James Gibellini and amateur Jarrod Stirling qualifying with 70s.

    A further 10 players received tournament invitations to complete the field of 120. They are Terry Price, a dual Queensland Open winner in 1993 and '95, Australian Open runner-up Jean Louis Guepy, experienced Kiwi Gareth Pattison, Geoff Drakeford, Adam Groom, Ray Beaufils, Marcus Cain, Sam Eaves, amateur Travis Smyth and Taylor MacDonald.

    MacDonald, an outstanding Queensland amateur, will be making his professional debut.

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    Isuzu Queensland Open drives funds into charity

    Golfers at the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open will show their support for Queenslanders affected by cancer this week as they tee off in the name of charity.

    Cancer Council Queensland has been named the official charity of the annual event, held on August 20-23 at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Raffles and auctions will be held throughout the tournament to raise funds for CCQ’s work in cancer control, along with on-course collection buckets and a Cancer Council Queensland pop up shop.

    Golf Queensland spokesperson Claire Power said they hoped to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland’s work while raising awareness about sun safety.

    “A number of staff have had melanoma scares recently and as golf is an outdoors sport we thought it was a great chance to raise awareness,” Ms Power said.

    “In Queensland there is the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with around 370 new cases diagnosed every single day.

    “We hope to encourage golfers to be SunSmart while out on the golf course and show their support for the work of Cancer Council Queensland.”

    The Isuzu Queensland Open is in its 90th year and the event will see more than 300 golfers competing for the top title.

    Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the charity was proud to be named official charity of the 2015 Queensland Open.

    “Community support from events like the Queensland Open is instrumental to our work in cancer research, prevention and support,” Ms Clift said.

    “We commend Golf Queensland for their dedication to making a difference and encouraging golfers to reduce their risk of skin cancer by adhering to SunSmart policies.
    “Sun protection is required when the UV Index is three and above. In Queensland, the UV Index is three and above all year round, so sun protection is required in every season.

    “Even on cloudy winter days on the golf course, it’s important to slip, slop slap, seek and slide.

    “To Golf Queensland, the golfers and spectators - thank you for your generosity and support.”

    Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

    More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at or via 13 11 20.
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    Nathan Green hits the crossroads at Isuzu Qld Open

    After more than 10 years in America and a victory on the US PGA Tour, Nathan Green will tackle this week’s Isuzu Queensland Open at the crossroads of his playing career.

    “You could call it a mid-life crisis,’’ said Green. “I really don’t know what happened, but I wasn’t playing great over there, wasn’t enjoying the travel and wasn’t 100 per cent motivated.

    “All I knew was that I really didn’t really have it anymore at that level. I have a young family and in the end it was an easy decision to come back home.

    “I’ve not really closed the door on playing but just have to see how things go for a while.’’

    New South Welshman Green, 40, achieved his US Tour victory in the 2009 Canadian Open where he defeated Retief Goosen in a sudden-death playoff.

    “That is something I’m pretty proud of because I never really thought I had to game to win on the PGA Tour,’’ he said.

    A popular character on Tour, the genial Green came close to a significant debut victory three years earlier when involved in a three-way playoff with Tiger Woods and dual Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal at the 2006 Buick Invitational.

    He had par on the first play-off hole but was eliminated with Woods defeating Olazabal on the second sudden-death hole.

    “I played really well in my early days on the US Tour and competing against those really good players made me realise I could be competitive,’’ he said.

    Green also won the New Zealand Open in 2006 which took him into the world’s top-100 for the first time.

    He had made headlines early in his professional career with a $500,000 hole-in-one prize during the 2001 Australian Masters at Huntingdale.

    “I’d only been a pro for three years and it certainly opened doors,’’ he recalled. “It helped set me up, but there was a downside in that I lost my hunger for a couple of years.’’

    Since returning to Australia last year Green has undertaken a “bridging course” with the PGA of Australia and helps out in the pro shop of the Toronto Country Club on the lower north coast of NSW where his brother, Darren, is head professional.

    “All of my family are based around the area and I’m doing some coaching at the club,’’ he said.

    Green admits his preparation for the Queensland Open has not been ideal.

    “The only golf I’ve played has been the last four Saturday competitions at Toronto,’’ he said. “I haven’t had a lot of time to go out and hit balls and I’ve heard Brookwater is one of the toughest tournament courses we play.

    “I’m looking forward to a practice round on Tuesday and then Wednesday’s pro-am,’’ he said. “I’m looking forward to the week ... it will be good to get out with the boys again.’’
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    Golf Queensland Congratulates Jason Day

    Day: Major Championship Winner

    Golf Queensland chairman Peter Castrisos saluted Jason Day as a “superb golfer and tremendous role model” after the Queenslander’s inspirational victory in the US PGA Championship.

    Day, a member of state junior and senior teams during his amateur days, joined Greg Norman, Wayne Grady, Ian Baker-Finch and Adam Scott as Queenslanders to have won major championships.

    “It makes us very proud that a player who came through our junior and senior ranks can move on to the world stage and achieve the highest honours,’’ said Mr Castrisos.

    “Jason’s victory was inspirational for all of us at Golf Queensland and very satisfying to our coaches and high-performance managers. He always set a good example and is a tremendous role model for juniors, indeed all golfers.

    “It is very positive for the sport to have a number of our emerging players performing at the highest level. Cameron Smith is another young Queenslander with a great future.’’

    Smith, who has his 21st birthday tomorrow, finished fourth at this year’s US Open and earned a start in the 2016 US Masters.

    Day debuted for the Queensland senior amateur team as a 17-year old in 2004 and played again the following year when he was also leading amateur at the Queensland Open Championship. He turned professional in 2006.

    A teammate in the 2004 and 2005 Queensland teams was Andrew Dodt, winner of last year’s Isuzu Queensland Open who also won on the European PGA Tour this year.

    The 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open will be contested this week at Brookwater where the Australasian PGA Tour’s director of tournaments, Andrew Langford-Jones, also hailed Day’s magnificent victory.

    “We all knew that fame was not far away for Jason, even when he was a 17-year old. He was always something special,’’ said Langford-Jones.

    “It is great that he now has his name on the Wanamaker Trophy (US PGA Championship) and how far Jason goes from here is purely up to him.

    “Given the outstanding group of young talent in world golf, the Spieths, McIlroys and company, it is a very exciting time for the sport...”
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    Finally, Day grabs his major

    On the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, Jason Day fulfilled his destiny today.

    The man from the Queensland town of Beaudesert, just north of Brisbane, won his first major championship at Whistling Straits, blowing away the field to take the United States PGA Championship.

    He becomes the fifth Australian -- after Jim Ferrier, David Graham, Wayne Grady and Steve Elkington -- to win the Wanamaker Trophy, and the first of his countrymen since Adam Scott's Masters triumph in 2013 to secure one of the four majors.

    The world No. 5, soon to rise higher in the rankings, closed with a brilliant 67 to win by three shots, holding off the new world No. 1 Jordan Spieth, South Africa's Branden Grace and Britain's Justin Rose. Spieth, the phenomenal 22-year-old American, finished outright second to overtake Rory McIlroy and climb to the top ranking in world golf for the first time.

    Day was rarely threatened on the final day, finishing at 20-under-par for the tournament, breaking the major championship record under-par score of 19-under set by Tiger Woods at the Open Championship in 2000.

    The Queenslander showed little emotion through most of the final day until he lagged his birdie putt at the 18th hole to tap-in distance, and then he burst into tears as he marked and waited for Spieth, knowing that it could not be ripped away from him now.

    Afterward, he embraced his American wife Ellie and his young son Dash behind the 18th green. The couple are expecting a second child soon.

    Day, 27 and now based in Columbus, Ohio, had endured a string of near-misses in the majors since 2010, with nine previous top-10 results and three runner-up finishes.

    He was tied for the lead through three rounds in both the US Open and the Open Championship at St Andrews earlier this year, but could not complete victories, including a heartbreaking finish at the Old Course where his putt for a playoff stopped short of the cup.

    Starting today with a two-shot lead, he immediately made a two-putt birdie at the par-five second to steady his nerves, and he was never headed all day, although South Africa's Branden Grace momentarily pulled within a shot as the Australian played the sixth hole.

    After his strong start, Day made further birdies at the fifth, sixth and seventh holes, the last of the three with a bombed 10-metre putt, set it up. By the time he made a nice par-save on the ninth and his main rival Jordan Spieth took a bogey, he had a four-shot lead, but there was much golf to be played.

    Day, flanked by his mentor and caddie Col Swatton, would not waver this time. At the par-five 11th, he bombed a 350-metre drive, hit the green in two and made another birdie. At 12, he made a fine up-and-down from a greenside trap to save par, then at the par-four 14th he delivered a killer blow to Spieth, making birdie from three metres to reach 20-under-par.

    A bogey after finding the fairway trap at the 15th was a spoiler, and his lead came back to three shots, but at the par-five 16th he hit a peerless long iron second shot to the green and ventured a glance to Swatton as though to say: 'Almost there'. Day made birdie, and Spieth birdied there too, but the American was running out of holes.

    Day held his three-shot buffer to the 18th, and piped his drive, then hit the green in regulation. There would be no glitches; it was breathtaking golf on a difficult course.

    "I didn't expect I was going to cry,'' he said at the presentation. "A lot of emotion has come out just because I've been so close, so many times in major championships and just fallen short. Just really close. And to be able to play the way I did today, especially in tough conditions, especially with Jordan in my group. I mean, I could tell that he was the favorite, just to be able to play the way I did, finish the way I did was something special.''

    Day had visualised the moment for years, since he won the Australian boys' championship in 2004, and the world junior. He wants to be world No. 1, and he is close now.

    With the barriers down, who knows how many majors he can win? He has virtually no weakness in his game, and he sits comfortably with McIlroy and Spieth among that cluster of great, young players who have taken the mantle from a tiring Tiger Woods.

    Arise, Australia, and acknowledge a new champion of world sports.
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    It's your time to play! Juniors help open the Qld Open

    Queensland’s future golfers were on hand to officially launch the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open and celebrate 90 years of the Championship.

    The junior golfers were on course at Brookwater Golf and Country Club trying their hand at the championship venue before the Professionals tee off on Thursday.

    Golf Queensland chair Peter Castrisos said it was very fitting to celebrate the milestone with our future golfers.

    “It is great way to showcase the Queensland Open and Brookwater to our junior golfers. “A future Queensland Open champion might just be here,” Mr Castrisos said.

    The juniors today played a modified 9-hole course under the Pee Wee Pennant competition run by Golf Queensland.

    Mr Castrisos said 90 years has seen many champions go onto international success.
    “Many of our great golfers including Norman Von Nida, Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch and Peter Senior have won the Queensland Open,” Mr Castrisos said.

    “In fact, Von Nida won his first Queensland Open in 1935 and then it was the last tournament he won in 1961 before retiring.”

    “We look forward to seeing the next Queensland Open champion produce great things on the world stage.”

    The $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open will be held at Brookwater Golf and Country Club from August 20-23. Admission is free.
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    For the Love of the Game: Anthony Quayle
    TWENTY-five years have passed since a golfer wearing short pants and long socks was the last amateur to win the Queensland Open Championship.

    Stuart Appleby, then a 20year-old from country Victoria, fired a final-round 66 at Brisbane Golf Club to defeat Adelaide professional Mike Sprengel.

    Appleby's amateur status prevented him receiving the modest first prize of $3600, but the blond-haired Victorian had his name engraved on the T B Hunter Cup alongside golf luminaries including Greg Norman, Ian Baker-Finch, David Graham, Kel Nagle, Jim Ferrier, Norman Von Nida, Peter Senior and Billy Dunk.

    Appleby might have missed collecting a cheque in 1991, but he went on to win an Australian Open, notched nine victories on the US PGA Tour and earned $35 million prizemoney in a stellar professional career.

    Next week the Isuzu Queensland Open, starting at Brookwater Golf and Country Club on Thursday, will celebrate its 90th year.

    Another 20-year old amateur, Anthony Quayle, is dreaming of emulating the deeds of Appleby.

    Quayle won't be wearing shorts and long socks, but instead the uniform of the Golf Queensland state senior team of which he's been a member for two years.

    "Last year's Queensland Open was my first tournament playing against the pros and I really took a lot out of the experience," Quayle said.

    "I tried to pick the brains of two of the professionals I played with and tried to learn about their careers and how they approached things.

    "It was interesting the way they managed their games around Brookwater."

    Quayle made the cut at the 2014 Open and his career has accelerated with wins in the Tasmanian Amateur in February and the Pacific Northwest Amateur in Oregon last month during a nine-week American campaign.

    "I went off to America on my own with a goal of learning more about the game," he said.

    "My attitude was that whatever happened, win or lose, I'd come back with more knowledge and a better player.

    "I travelled on my own, stayed on my own and learnt how to manage a lot of things."

    Quayle played seven tournaments in the US, finishing runner-up at Birmingham, Alabama, as well as winning in Oregon.

    He returned on Wednesday and went straight to the practice range at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast where he also works.

    "The job at Sanctuary Cove, working in the golf shop and picking up balls on the range, means I can earn money to keep my dream going," he said.

    "I've come back from the States with my confidence on a bit of a high and I'm looking forward to Brookwater."

    Quayle grew up in Gove in the Northern Territory, where his father worked in mining and his mother operated a hairdressing business from the family home.

    "None of my family plays golf," he said. "When I was six years old we used to drive past the little nine-hole course at Gove and I wrote Mum and Dad a letter asking for a set of golf clubs for my seventh birthday. They went to the local newsagent and bought me a plastic Looney Tunes golf set and I built my own six-hole course around our house.

    "I put old baked beans cans in the ground for the holes and after that graduated to playing at Gove Golf Club. When I was 14 my parents could see I was passionate about the game and made some significant sacrifices to send me to board at Hills International College at Jimboomba.

    "I'd always been passionate but being part of the Golf Academy at Hills gave me more focus and direction."

    Quayle gained selection in the Queensland Academy of Sport golf squad last year where he is coached by high performance manager Tony Meyer. "Anthony is a very athletic kid who is extremely hard working and professional," Meyer said.

    "He still has a couple of years to go in his development and his next step is to win a big event and push for selection in the national amateur squad.

    "His effort to win in America was really commendable. " Quayle is one of 10 amateurs in the confirmed field of 103 players for next week's Open, with another 17 players (seven sponsor's invitees and 10 pre-qualifiers) to be added.

    A record 227 players will contest pre-qualifying at Keperra and Virginia on Monday.

    By Bernie Pramber, The Courier-Mail

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    2015 Men's Country Week wraps up
    Monday & Tuesday – Stroke

    Scott Warren (Gin Gin) has won the stroke event of Queensland Men’s Country Week at McLeod and Oxley Golf Club’s.

    Warren fired a 1-under par round 71 at McLeod to hold the joint lead with Matt Lejeune (Gatton) and Grant Rasmussen (City).

    Warren was able to continue his good scoring from the first round to return a second round four-under par-68 in perfect conditions at Oxley, and enough to claim this year’s event by two shots.

    This was a role reversal from last year’s event as the 2014 champion Adam Gemmell (Ipswich) finished runner-up after firing a consistent second round three under par-69.

    Thursday – Foursomes

    A blustery Indooroopilly Golf Club hosted the Foursomes section with 56 pairings vying for their Divisional Titles. 

    Division 1 was won by Marty Manning (Ipswich) and Ben Daniels (Sandy Gallop), who, despite having a double and a triple bogey in the opening 4 holes, closed with a 78 to claim a 2 shot victory. 

    Finishing second on count back were Toowoomba’s Chris Webster and Jason McWilliam.

    Ryan Slack and Jeremy Zahl (Gayndah) returned a fine 70.5 to win the Nett section from Chinchilla’s Glen Gray and Deon Hunt (74.5).

    Scoring was tough however Richard Marschke’s (Toogoolawah) and Robert Yeo’s (Laidley) gross score of 92 was enough for  a 3 shot victory over Country Week stalwarts John Smith (Craignish) and Michael Treay (Blackwater).

    Division 2 Nett winners were perennial contenders, Chris Bath (Rosewood) and Barry Thoms (Ipswich), with a great score of 68. A distant 8.5 shots behind in second was the Biggenden pairing of Ivan Groves and Brett Flanders. 

    Friday – Fourball

    Blessed with yet another beautiful Queensland winter day, players headed to Redcliffe for the final day of Country Week, the Fourball Championship.

    The leader board was tight all morning with many scores around the 40-43 point regions. With only a few groups remaining on course, Tod Mathews (Capricorn) and Clay Jacobson (Maroochy River) (pictured) signed for 44 points and an eventual 1 point win. Jacobson would go on to describe that the all-important point was secured with Mathews holing a 4 foot downhill putt on the last… with his eyes on his partner rather than the ball!

    Finishing runners up on count back were Ryan Slack and Brent Chambers from Gayndah, on 43 points, with third place taken out by Peter Griffin (Maroochy River) and Shane Eastell (Sandy Gallop).

    A massive thank you is extended to all four hosts (McLeod, Oxley, Indooroopilly and Redcliffe) for the fantastic manner in which their courses were presented and the hospitality extended to the Country participants. Players are already booking their 2016 trip!

    This week would not be the same without the sponsors, and City Golf Club and Motel are to be congratulated and applauded for their continued support of country golf. They do a wonderful job promoting country golf, as well as supporting the annual Sand Green Championships.

    For all results from the 2015 Men's Country Week, see below:

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    McLeod leads Aussie charge

    Jake McLeod leads a strong Aussie contingent after the first round of the Western Amateur in Illinois.

    McLeod fired five birdies and two mid-round bogeys en route to a three-under-par 69 at Rich Harvest Farms, west of Chicago, to trail joint leaders Dawson Armstrong and Jose Mendez by just two strokes.

    The Queenslander, fresh from the Golf Australia national camp in Texas, is tied sixth in a week in which the format means it’s important to be near the top.

    West Australian Curtis Luck is tied eighth after at two under after a mercurial round featuring five birdies and an eagle, but marred by three bogeys and a double.

    Queenslander Cory Crawford was also adventurous in a round of 71 that leaves him T18. The national squad member made five birdies, but also threw in a costly double-bogey on the 16th.

    He’s joined on that score by Victorian Ryan Ruffels who uncharacteristically made five bogeys in his opening round, but offset that with an eagle three on the last hole and four birdies.

    Victorian Ben Eccles and New South Welshman Harrison Endycott are also handy, both with even-par 72s that left them T36.

    Victorian Lucas Herbert made a double-bogey on the first hole, but fought back to fire a one-over 73 that left him T52.

    But it wasn’t all great news for the Aussie contingent with Sydneysider Cam Davis unable to find his normal rhythm and Perth’s Jarryd Felton enduring a quadruple-bogey eight as both signed for 76s that leaves them in trouble at T96.

    Queenslander Taylor Macdonald suffered through two triple-bogeys on his back nine en route to a 77, but New South Welshman Travis Smyth had the day’s hard-luck story with a sextuple-bogey 10 on the par-four 17th as part of his otherwise fine 78.

    The Western Amateur is played from Tuesday-Saturday in the United States with two 18-hole strokeplay rounds before a cut to 44 and ties.

    There is then 36 holes of strokeplay on Thursday, with the low 16 advancing to matchplay.

    On Friday, two 18-hole matches narrow the field to four semi-finalists before two more matches on Saturday to determine the champion.

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    Dodt, Cullen dream big at WGC

    Australian underdogs Andrew Dodt and Nick Cullen line up at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational knowing one good week could change their lives.

    While world No.4 Jason Day and former winner of the event Adam Scott will spearhead the Australian charge at Firestone Country Club in the lucrative no-cut 77-man field, Dodt and Cullen find themselves on the brink of a life-altering opportunity.

    Dodt, a two-time European Tour winner finds his way into the field after a win at the True Thailand Classic back in February while Cullen booked his ticket with his Australian Masters triumph late last year.

    And while the fans in Ohio may not know much about the 1001-1 shots the pair hope they do by weeks end.

    “It’s only my second world golf event so I am still trying to get used to it all. I play regularly on the European tour but its obviously not as big as this,” Dodt, who played in the 2010 WGC HSBC Champions event in China said.

    “It’s so easy to get caught up in the range in this guy, that guy, that player, that coach, that manager but I just have to stay in my own bubble and do what I have to do without trying to be distracted.”

    The 29-year-old might find it easier than normal to do so after drawing the lone single person tee time over the first two rounds and he spent time with Cullen and Day in a practice round to garner as much advice as possible.

    Sighting Cameron Smith, who leveraged a fifth place finish at a world golf event late last year into what will eventually be a US PGA tour card next season, Dodt knows what is at stake.

    “A big result here would be huge, it would just be big for my confidence,” he said. “Playing with Jason it is good to get a feel and a vibe for what level I need to get my game at.

    “I would like to be thereabouts on Sunday, that would be nice.”

    For Cullen, a hand injury has hampered his preparation for the biggest start of his career but he remains confident he has what it takes to put a cat amongst the pigeons.

    Having only played once in nearly four months, where he withdrew after making the cut, the odds are stacked against him.

    “I did a real good number on my left hand, bruising a metacarpal back in April hitting off golf mats at a driving range when the weather was a bit average. It is still bothering me a bit but this event is too big to not play,” the 31-year-old world No.318 said.

    “It’s just nice to be able to come into an event against the big boys with no cut and play with a bit of freedom, especially not having played much in the last few months.

    “I think anyone playing these events has the ability to win it. You want to be in contention Sunday in every golf tournament you go to, that’s the judge of being successful for the week, so I would love to be around Sunday and be up there competing for it.”

    For Cullen the key will be getting in position off the tee.

    “I just need a bit of confidence off the tee because the short game feels great and my putting feels great so that’s half of it taken care off,” he said.

    “The swing off the tee hasn’t felt too great so I am trying to find that but I came into the Aussie Masters not feeling to good about it and it worked out well that week.”

    Story: Ben Everill / Golf Australia

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    Smith provided PGA Championship opportunity
    Cameron Smith’s dream year continues next week when he tees up in the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

    Smith burst onto the international golf stage after an eagle at the 18th hole at the US Open catapulted him up the leaderboard and launched his career.

    “I didn’t think it would all happen this quick, but it’s definitely good that it has,” said Smith who has all but secured his PGA TOUR card for 2016 as well as places in the fields of the US Open and US Masters.

    “At the start of the year I wanted to learn as much as I could and get as much as I could from playing in America but to have achieved this in a year is definitely unexpected.”

    Smith, who is just 21-years-old, will have another opportunity to shine on a major stage, thanks to a special invite from the PGA of America he will compete in the PGA Championship.

    Taking it all in his stride, Smith is remaining true to character and is not over-awed at the upcoming experience but does believe he will be better prepared to deal with the pressures of a Major Championship the second time around.

    “I don’t think the US Open has changed my expectations, I never really expect much of myself, I’ll obviously go to the US PGA to contend but I don’t really expect anything,” added Smith.

    “This time around I know what to expect with the pressure and the crowds and things like that.”

    “But it’s just a game of golf at the end of the day, you just have to go and do what you do.”

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    Silver lining to special efforts

    Australia’s Special Olympic golfers are bringing home a pair of silver medals and so much more from Los Angeles.

    Aside from their outstanding achievements in standing on the dais, Darren Tait and Kathryn Wilson both shone in the highest pressure environment they’ll likely face in their sporting careers.

    Coach Jeremy Smith was ecstatic with both series performances with Canberran Tait and Queenslander Wilson dramatically slashing their best previous scores.

    Tait, 47, playing in the level four nine-hole event, entered with a previous best score of 58.

    So Smith was thrilled that in three of the four tournament rounds, Tait matched or bettered that mark with rounds of 58-61-56-54 for a 229 total that was just two outside the gold medal mark of Korean Gaeun Kim.

    And not to be denied, Wilson matched those remarkable achievements in the level five 18-hole strokeplay event.

    Wilson, who counts fellow Queenslanders Adam Scott, Karrie Webb and Jason Day among her heroes, had never shot better than 92 in a major competition.

    So with extraordinary rounds of 89-83-86-84, she proudly took home silver with a total of 342 behind only Zimbabwe’s Tungamirai Mudyanadzo.

    The Australian team fared superbly in Los Angeles with 76 athletes in 12 sports combining for an extraordinary haul of 23 gold, 19 silver and 18 bronze medals.

    But, as evidenced by the Aussie golfing pair, perhaps even a grander achievement was the total of 15 “personal bests” among the team.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia

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    Jack Sullivan qualifies for NSW Open

    Jack Sullivan’s play-off victory in the 2015 Twin Towns Amateur Open gained the talented Queenslander automatic entry into this year’s NSW Open which will again be played at Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club from 12-15 November.

    Sullivan said he was excited and relieved after winning the sudden death playoff on the first hole against Jack Weston.

    "I was very happy to win and qualify for the NSW Open. I actually played in the Open two years ago, and hopefully I can play as well as I did last time at Castle Hill and this time become the leading amateur."

    Sullivan played his first professional event in the 2013 NSW Open firing an opening round of 66 to be co-leader with Aron Price and Victorian Michael Choi.

    The 62nd Twin Towns Amateur Open Championship was played over 36 holes at the Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club in tricky conditions with slick greens and a testing wind.

    Sullivan (70, 70) and Weston (72, 68), both fired rounds of 4 under par for the 36 hole event.

    Nicole James, Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club's Golf Operations Manager, said, "It is a wonderful opportunity for Jack to get a start in the NSW Open and we are thrilled to have the winner of the Twin Towns Amateur Open gaining automatic entry into such a prestigious event.

    "The support from our local MP Geoff Provest, Member for Tweed, Stuart Fraser, CEO Golf NSW, and Neil Steinhardt, GCDGA President, was brilliant," Ms James added.

    In addition to winning the Open, Jack also became the 2015 Gold Coast District Golf Association Champion, a closed event to players who are members of any golf club affiliated with the District. Jack hails from the Palmer Gold Cost Golf Club enabling him to triumph in both categories.

    For the 2015 Twin Towns Open Final Results go to:

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    Day's Olympic interest piques

    A trip to former NBA star Michael Redd’s house has put Jason Day in an Olympic frame of mind.

    The Queenslander, a good friend of the Olympic basketballer, said to see avid golfer Redd’s gold medal from the 2008 Beijing Games had piqued his own interest in Rio 2016.

    “I had a buddy (Redd, who) represented Team USA and I was at his house and looking at his medal and it was just an amazing piece,” Day said.

    “It's history being able to look back on it and tell a story one day and what you did, where it was, what happened.

    “It would be a good moment just to capture in time.”

    Day, 27, said he’d once thought of the Olympics as a realm of amateur athletes, but as golf prepares for its first Games appearance since Paris in 1904, he’s hot to pull on the green and gold in Brazil next year.

    “One thing that I do want to do is I want to represent my country in the Olympics. It would be amazing to win (a) medal,” Day enthused.

    “To have the opportunity of representing your country and going to the (opening) ceremony and winning a medal would be pretty neat just looking back on it.”

    The newly crowned Canadian Open champion admitted solving scheduling issues in 2016 would be critical.

    The Open Championship, Canadian Open, US PGA Championship and Olympics are likely to fall in successive weeks in a crowded 2016 calendar.

    “Looking at the schedule right now with the two majors and Canada, that's going to be tough – a tough stretch for me,” Day said.

    “But I'm looking forward to having a look at the schedule and picking my tournaments.”

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    Women's senior: Chasing the champion quartet

    Can anyone break the domination of Australia’s top quartet of women’s senior amateurs?

    Entries are now open for the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur at Perth’s Gosnells Golf Club from October 26-30.

    But only twice since 2000 – and not since 2006 – has anyone other than Robyn Puckett, Sylvia Donohoe, Jacqui Morgan and Josie Ryan won the event.

    And they’re all likely starters again this year, putting the heat on the next wave to stand up.

    Defending champion Puckett, from Queensland, will aim to win her third title, while seven-time champion Donohoe, from NSW, will hope to add another after finishing runner-up last year.

    Morgan, from New South Wales and the No.1 ranked player on the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Rankings, will again be among the favourites, while Queenslander Ryan wants to add her 2003 and 2013 titles. 

    The championship will be played over 36 holes qualifying, followed by elimination match play.

    The leading 16 players will qualify for the major championship, in addition to the top eight players in four age divisions qualifying for their own age match play flights.

    To keep things interesting, there will also be a handicap competition in conjunction with the first two rounds of qualifying, as well as a state teams event to enhance the interstate rivalry.

    Off the course, players will be able to renew friendships at the cocktail reception on Tuesday evening and conclude with the presentation reception on Friday afternoon, all included in the entry fee.

    And again, any player who introduces a friend to the championship for the first time will go into the draw to win a prize for a $200 voucher to spend at the Gosnells Golf Club pro shop.

    Click here for further information regarding the Australian Women’s Senior Amateur -

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    Blenkey victorious at the Qld Senior Women’s Amateur Championship
    Jill Blenkey (Newcastle) has won the Queensland Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Maroochy River Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast.


    The New South Welshwoman won her final match 2&1 over opponent Nikki Haines (Moore Park). 

    In Wednesday's semi-final, Haines eliminated leading qualifier Jacqui Morgan (Monash) 2&1, as well as four-time Queensland Senior Women’s Amateur Champion, Wendy O’Connell (North Lakes), in the previous match.

    Jill Blenkey eliminated last year’s champion and third place qualifier, Josie Ryan (Headland), in her first match 1Up. It was Blenkey’s continued consistency all week in the match play format that allowed her to remain undefeated and take out this year's event in stunning fashion. 

    Vicki Jones (Bribie Island) was victorious in Division 1 of the 55-64 years match play final, while Gwen Clutterbuck (Oxley) took out the Division 2 title.

    In the over 65 age group, Faye Payne (Caloundra) proved too strong, winning 3&2 Division 1, and Division 2 was won by Maroochy River member, Clem Sutherland.

    Congratulations must go to Maroochy River Golf Club for again hosting this year's event. 

    For full results, click here.

    To read the wrap report for the Queensland Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, click here.

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    The Queensland Senior Men's Amateur heads interstate, again

    Victorian Ian Frost (Bendigo) shot the best final round of 74 to claim the 2015 Queensland Senior Men’s Amateur Championship at Southport Golf Club by five shots from repeat runner-up Sam Christie (Indooroopilly) and Barry Shannon (Wanganui).

    The leaderboard was tight heading into the final round with 10 players within five shots of pace maker Barry Shannon. 

    Through the first nine holes of the last round, Peter Hannah had assumed the lead from Frost, with Shannon, Christie and Darryl Hearsch within three shots. 

    When both Frost and Hannah double bogeyed the long par 3 12th hole, the title race was even closer. 

    However, a crucial point came on the very next hole, with Frost making a birdie 4 to Hannah’s 7. And Shannon and Christie weren’t to be denied, with birdies of their own. 

    The closing four holes of Southport are demanding and Frost’s class as the highest ranked Australian Senior in the field, shone through, parring his way home. 

    He couldn’t be matched, with eventual runner-up Christie closing his round with a bogey and a double bogey. 

    Shannon also found grief and couldn’t apply pressure to Frost, as he bogeyed the final four holes.

    Home course knowledge paid dividends for Ray Geary as he claimed the Overall Nett and also combined with fellow Southport members, Jeff Wood and Tony Irvine, to win the Club Teams Challenge.

    Players enjoyed three spectacular days at Southport with first class course conditions and hospitality. 

    Course superintendent Stuart Moore and his team are to be congratulated for the outstanding manner in which the course was presented and, as always, thanks are extended to Steve Lamerton and his staff for the welcoming atmosphere at Southport Golf Club. 

    In 2016, the event will head North to Bribie Island. 

    To view all results, click

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    Jenkins wins the Queensland Women's Mid-Amateur Championship

    Oxley member Jess Jenkins (pictured) has won the 2015 Queensland Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Maroochy River Golf Club.

    Jenkins fired a final round of 81 (+9) to finish five shots clear of her nearest rival, returning scores of 74,82 and 81 to finish 237 for the Championship.

    Wantima Golf Club member Katrina Van Trier's three-round total of 242 was good enough to take out second place. Van Trier, whose name appears on the trophy four times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014), fell just short of claiming her fifth title after trailing by two shots overnight. 

    Robyn Callaghan (Oxley) won the Nett division after three days of great scoring which included an eagle on the par-5 eleventh hole.

    For full results in the Women’s Mid-Amateur, click here.

    In the Queensland Senior Women’s Amateur the top placed qualifier, Jacqui Morgan (Monash), knocked out eighth qualifier Susan Jones (Headland) in convincing fashion, winning 10&8 to progress through to the next round.

    The four players to progress through to the semi-finals of the knock-out match play in the Championship flight- Jacqui Morgan (Monash), Nikki Haines (Moore Park), Rosalind Fisher (Gosnells) and Jill Blenkey (Newcastle) will vy for a spot in the final on Wednesday 29th July at the Maroochy River Golf Club.

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    Play-off decides championship

    Two stars of Mount Coolum’s winning Sunshine Coast Pennant team have fought out a three-hole play-off before 23-year-old Stephan Scheepers was crowned 2015 club champion.

    Scheepers and TJ King finished the four rounds of the championships on 307, 19 over the card. In a fluctuation of fortunes over the three play-off holes Scheepers survived, with two pars and a bogey.

    Two rounds of 79 over the two-weekend championships ruined the chances of 18-year-old King, one of two scratch markers to contest the titles. But he fired an impressive final-round 74 last Sunday to put him in the play-off.

    Scheepers started the championships well with two rounds of 75, but carded 78 and 79 on the final weekend. However, a spectacular eagle on the par five 17th on Sunday was enough to force the play-off. 

    Two of the club’s promising juniors, Lochie Coleborn and Zac Quirk, were unable to contest the championships because they were playing in the Queensland State Schoolboys championships in Cairns at the weekend. Both were also members of the winning Pennants team, as was Todd Balkin, another who did not contest the championships.

    Other members of the winning Pennants team, Stephan’s twin brother Tiaan and Scott Mitchell, finished sixth and eighth respectively. 

    However Tiaan is the first twin to have his name on the honour board. He and perennial Mount Coolum winner Jean Brkic recently teamed to win the Mixed Foursomes championship.

    Charles Brkic won B grade with a 14 stroke victory over Mike Beal; Kyle Sunderland scored a 17 stroke win in C grade from Darryl Hicks; Ryan Stephenson came from behind to beat Jared Barr for the junior club championship; and Grant Airey is the 2015 veteran’s champion, beating the long winning run of KR Smith. 

    The respective grade nett winners were: A grade, Grant Airey; B grade, Morris Barnes; C grade, Terry Hyde. 

    Photo: Stephan Scheepers looks on as his opponent TJ King putts during their play-off.

    Story: Tony Durkin

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    Day triumphs to win Canadian Open

    Jason Day has vaulted to No.4 in the world rankings after winning the Canadian Open.

    The Queenslander closed with a spectacular hat-trick of birdies, capped by a fist pump and a roar on the 72nd hole at Glen Abbey Golf Club when he made a similar putt to the one that would have sent him into The Open Championship playoff last week.

    On that occasion, the 27-year-old left his birdie putt centimetres short, but he made no such mistake this morning.

    "I got the ball to the hole this time which was nice," Day said with a wry grin after sinking a 7m birdie putt on the par-5 last hole.

    “The first thing I said was I’ve got to get to the hole this time, that’s what I said in my head.

    "There's no better feeling than coming down to the wire and contending with these guys. It was just back and forth all day, and I'm so glad that I got that putt in.

    "To be able to do that it just gives me a lot more confidence going in to the rest of the season."

    Day, who had been in contention for the past two majors, the US Open and The Open at St Andrews, fired a final round four-under-par 68 to finish 17 under the card to beat American Bubba Watson by a shot.

    A further stroke back was hometown hope David Hearn who was aiming to become the first Canadian winner in 61 years.

    It was Day's second victory on the US PGA Tour this year after he won the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in February and showed he had quickly overcome the disappointment of St Andrews despite playing the final 36 holes of the Old Course without a bogey.

    Day birdied three of his first seven holes to briefly snatch the outright lead before handing it back with dropped shots on the eighth and ninth.

    He then made six pars to start the back nine before unleashing his birdie blitz.

    Day is the sixth Australian to win the Canadian Open, joining Joe Kirkwood (1933), Jim Ferrier (1950, 1951), Kel Nagle (1964), Greg Norman (1984, 1992) and Nathan Green (2009).

    He will now take a break before beginning preparations for next month's final major of the year, the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits,

    "I feel good, I feel really good. I'm going to take next week off," Day said.

    "The last two weeks have been a big grind for me, but it's all worth it.

    "All the hard work that I put into it, it's my fourth win of my career and hopefully I'll have many more.

    "But right now I'm just so proud to be the Canadian Open champion."

    Rising amateur Ryan Ruffels, playing on a sponsor’s invitation, didn’t make the third round cut after opening with a spectacular 66.

    In his debut on the US PGA Tour, the 17-year-old dual Australian junior champion was in a tie for third after the first round before he slumped over the next two rounds and fell foul of the Tour's Rule 78 regulation.

    The secondary cut stipulates that if more than 78 players remain in the field after 54 holes, those beyond that number cannot play in the final round.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia

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    Opening doors for amateurs

    Monday pre-qualifying is a component of every major golf tournament and the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open is no different.

    Entries for this year’s pre-qualifying close on Thursday, 30th July, and male amateurs and professionals are eligible. Amateur golfers must have an Australian handicap of 4.4 strokes or lower to contest pre-qualifying rounds to be held over 18 holes on Monday 17 August, at Keperra and Virginia Golf Clubs.

    For amateur golfers, the experience of testing themselves in pre-qualifying can be invaluable. They play in competition against professionals with all players in pursuit of a place in the field for the 72-hole Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater from August 20-23 2015.

    Ten places in the final field are available to pre-qualifiers and last year four amateurs made the grade - Blake Proverbs, Terrence Ng, Shae Wools-Cobb (at Keperra) and Andy Chu (Virginia).

    Last year 198 players contested pre-qualifying at the two venues.  

    Wools-Cobb, from the Sunshine Coast, ultimately finished tied 24th in the quality Open field and was third leading amateur behind Kade McBride and Taylor MacDonald. 

    Wools-Cobb, 19, will be exempt from pre-qualifying this year as he is a member of the State Team. He is in good form, having travelled north to win the Far North Queensland Championship at Mareeba earlier this month.

    Proberts, 17, tied 38th last year and Chu also made the cut to finish tied 61st. Proberbs is exempt for 2015 (State Team member) but Chu intends to tackle pre-qualifying again.

    Defending champion Andrew Dodt, who won on the European Tour after last year’s triumph at Brookwater, has not ruled himself out of playing next month. He is attempting to qualify for the US PGA Championship, but should he fall short a return to Brookwater is on the cards.

    Dodt, a former top Queensland amateur, carded seven-under last year to defeat South Australian Tom Bond by two strokes with fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith a further. Smith also made the Queensland Open form look special when he shared fourth place at the US Open in June, pocketing A$524,000 and earning his US PGA Tour card for the remainder of the year.

    Entries for the Isuzu Queensland Open close 5pm, Thursday 30th July. Enter here:

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    Two golfers represent Australia at Special Olympics

    Two Australian golfers are representing their country at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles starting this weekend.

    In what is billed as the biggest sporting event in the world this year, 7000 athletes from 177 countries are competing across 24 sports in the World Summer Games for people with intellectual disabilities.

    Golf is represented by Kathryn Wilson, from Queensland, and Darren Tait, from Canberra. Jeremy Smith, from Queensland, is the coach.

    Wilson counts Adam Scott, Karrie Webb and Jason Day among her heroes. “It feels very good to be going to the World Games and I am very proud to know that I will wear the green and gold,’’ she said.

    Tait is the oldest athlete on the team at 47 years old. He says: “The most exciting thing about representing Australia is doing well for my team.”

    The golf competition at the Games is to be held at the Harding municipal golf course and the Wilson municipal golf course, both owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles.

    The team is in Huntington Beach for training and cultural experiences as part of the Host Town program. They will head to their athlete village in Los Angeles on Saturday in preparation for the Opening Ceremony on Sunday at 11am AEST, with Michelle Obama, wife of the US President Barack Obama, performing the duties.

    Overall, there are 76 Australian athletes competing in 12 sports.

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    Day gets back on the horse

    Jason Day is bound to put another near-miss at the Open Championship last weekend behind him quickly.

    The Queenslander took Golf Canada’s charter flight out of St Andrews to Oakville, Ontario on Sunday night and tees it up in the Canadian Open tomorrow.

    Day, who finished a shot out of the three-man playoff to log his ninth top-10 finish in a major, was asked at a media conference about his problems with vertigo.

    The world No. 9 is accustomed to fielding the interest after his collapse during the second round at the US Open at Chambers Bay.

    Since then the problem has been diagnosed as benign positional vertigo, an inner-ear invection. Day is taking medication for the problem, which was under control at St Andrews, but there is no guarantee that the problem will not return.

    “I sound like a doctor,” he told the media conference. “I feel like I’m in a conference right now. I mean, if anyone has benign positional vertigo, I can fix you.’’

    Day, who ended up tied-fourth in the Open, says he needs to be patient.

    “It’s a process, but it’s something I can be patient with because golf is kind of a marathon, not a sprint,” he said. “I’m not on a time limit, which is great. I have all the time in the world.’’

    Day is one of seven Australians in the field for the Canadian Open.

    Golf Australia elite amateur squad member Ryan Ruffels is one who is playing in the field on a sponsor’s invitation, continuing the Victorian’s foray into the big professional events. He recently played in the French Open on the European Tour, missing the cut.

    Ruffels, 17, has won consecutive Australian boys’ titles in the past two years.

    Story: Golf Australia / Martin Blake

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    Scott commits again to Emirates Australian Open

    Australia’s US Masters champion and former world No. 1 player, Adam Scott, is returning to compete in the Emirates Australian Open at The Australian in November.

    Golf Australia confirmed today that Scott, the world No. 11, would tee it up in the nation’s most prestigious tournament from November 26-29 in Sydney.

    Scott, 35, came close to winning the United States Open recently with his dynamic finishing 64, eventually tieing for fourth at Chambers Bay, reuniting with his longtime caddie, Steve Williams. He also tied-10th at the Open Championship at St Andrews over the weekend.

    Adam is one of Australia’s all-time great players; the 2013 US Masters Champion, the only victory by an Australian at Augusta National; a multiple winner of top-level tournaments around the world and a former World No. 1.

    The Queenslander won the Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club in 2009, eclipsing the field by five shots at the tournament’s only visit to that venue. He has been a regular contender in the country’s most famous tournament, finishing fifth at The Australian last year, runner-up to Rory McIlroy in 2013, 14th at The Lakes in 2012 and fourth in 2011.

    “The Australian Open is a tournament that I value highly, Sydney is a great city and The Australian Golf Club is an excellent venue for Championship golf. I am really looking forward to competing to win my National Open once again.’’ said Adam. 

    Golf Australia’s chief executive, Stephen Pitt, said Scott’s appearance would provide a foundation for what should be a white hot field. “Adam has been a great supporter of the Open and he is always thereabouts at the finish,’’ said Pitt. “We look forward to seeing him play again and we know that the crowds appreciate not only his golf, but the way he carries himself. He’s an immensely popular figure and a great ambassador for the sport in this country.’’

    NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said it will be great to see Adam Scott coming back to Sydney in 2015.

    "Adam is a local favourite and will be leading a world class field of golfers at this year's Australian Open. The NSW Government is proud to have secured this event for Sydney through Destination NSW, and with players like Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth it promises to attract visitors from all over the region to our State," he said.

    The Emirates Australian Open will be broadcast live on the Seven Network across all four days.

    The Championship is owned by Golf Australia and is managed by World Sport Group with the assistance of TRP Sport.

    Tickets are available through Ticketek at or by calling 132 849.

    The Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Australian Golf Club from 26-29 November. 


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    Spieth to defend Emirates Australian Open title

    World golf’s new sensation and aspiring Grand Slam winner Jordan Spieth will defend his Emirates Australia Open title.

    As tickets go on sale around the country today for the November event in Sydney, 21-year-old Spieth, winner of both the Masters tournament and the United States Open in 2015, has committed to the Open at The Australian from 26-29 November.

    The Texan superstar fell just short of winning a third consecutive major in the Open Championship at St Andrews overnight, finishing just one shot out of a playoff. Had he managed a third major in a row, he would have joined the late, great Ben Hogan and set off for an unprecedented Grand Slam of professional majors.

    But now, he will focus on the remainder of the season and the Emirates Australian Open.

    Spieth, 21, played arguably the greatest round in the Australian Open’s storied history last November to win the Stonehaven Cup by six shots.

    And with the Open returning to The Australian Golf Club in Sydney for a record 19th time from November 26-29, the American is hoping he can emulate his eight-under-par round of 63 that sent the golfing world into a frenzy.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled to return to Sydney,” said Spieth, who parlayed his Australian success into a string of great results, including his record-breaking run to win the green jacket at The Masters in April.

    “I had a fantastic time in Australia. I can’t wait to come back and hopefully defend the Stonehaven Cup.”

    Spieth was ranked 11th in the world when he hoisted the Stonehaven Cup, but after winning the Emirates Australian Open, The Hero World Challenge, The Valspar Championship and The Masters, he reached No.2. His victory in the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington recently has him within touching distance of the world No. 1, Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland.

    He is just the sixth player in history to hold both the Masters and US Open titles at one time, and just the second – behind the immortal Jack Nicklaus – to hold the Masters, US Open and Australian Open titles at one point. Nicklaus achieved this in 1972 after he won the Australian Open at Royal Hobart in 1971.

    Spieth is in remarkable company. “It has been an amazing six months since I left Australia,” he said. “Shooting 63 in the final round and winning at The Australian Golf Club was one of the proudest moments of my career. To see my name on the Stonehaven Cup alongside all the champions of the game gave me great confidence.”

    Spieth also was runner-up at both the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open and fourth at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles.

    Emirates Australian Open tournament director Trevor Herden was delighted with Spieth’s signature.

    “Jordan was a massive hit at The Australian last year – nobody who saw him play will forget his final round, in particular,” Herden said.

    “But more than just play good golf, Jordan has been a tremendous ambassador for the tournament and has sung its praises in some pretty lofty places since he left, including at Augusta after he won The Masters.

    “It’s a great honour to have another major champion in our field – we can’t wait to see Jordan again.”

    New South Wales Premier Mike Baird said the global attention Spieth would bring was a boon for Sydney and New South Wales.

    “We saw how much people gravitated towards Jordan last year and that he spoke so glowingly of his time in our state was a ringing endorsement of all we have to offer,” Mr Baird said.

    “We are very keen to welcome Jordan back again in November and hope we can show him another few dazzling jewels of Sydney so he continues to spread the word on our behalf.”

    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 or by calling 132 849.

    The 2015 Emirates Australian Open will be played at The Australian Golf Club from November 26-29.


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    Day, Scott finish close but not close enough at The Open

    Jason Day and Adam Scott have been here before; they know the associated pain all too well.

    The Queenslanders were neck deep in an enthralling final round of a major championship, but again fell agonisingly short. 

    Their own final assessments of their T4 and T10 finishes in weeks to come will be more complex.

    But in the brutal world of media and armchair analysis, the public will today address a couple of critical moments of the Open Championship that neither will recall fondly.

    Day, although never having held a share of the lead, was always within touching distance and had a chance to join the playoff with a birdie try on the 72nd hole.

    Almost unbelievably to his legion of fans, he left it short, just inches from his much-sought shot at “immortality”.

    “I hit a good putt. All I wanted to do was put a good stroke on it. I didn't want to blast it way past the hole and hit it through the break, so I just wanted to hit my normal putt and try to hole it,” Day explained after finishing at 14 under with a closing 70.

    “Unfortunately I thought it was a little bit faster, and it just pulled up short.”

    Scott, conversely, held a share of the lead for several holes after a blistering six-hole stretch from the fifth hole yielded five birdies.

    His critics will say that a missed par putt on the 15th from inside 30cm was his breaking point.

    The man himself pointed to an errant approach to the par-five 14th that finished in a back trap and in a position from which par was extremely unlikely, despite his best effort.

    Either way, both holes ended in bogeys that abruptly ended a round that had promised so much.

    Scott unravelled with a bogey on the 17th hole, then a double on the last after carving his drive out of bounds right – his five-over stretch in the closing five holes dropping him to a 10-under-par finish.

    “That (bogey on the 14th) wasn't the end of the world. But to miss a really short putt on the next, I don't really have an explanation for that,” Scott said.

    “I just went up to tap it in from a foot and it lipped out. Just one of those stupid things that happens – and that really put me in a tough position to where finishing with a handful of threes was unlikely on a day like today.

    “It's a tough finish, and I just didn't execute the last five holes.”

    Scott, who memorably won the 2013 Masters as much by masterfully keeping his nerve as his sublime golf, now has six top-10 finishes in the subsequent 10 majors.

    Day also has six in that time, including the third behind his mate at Augusta National.

    Both rightly claim that being in contention is the only thing they ask of themselves.

    Both insist their time in the major spotlight will come (again in Scott’s case).

    And both gave remarkably composed press conferences that reflect their intellect and professionalism.

    But behind all the polite answers, they were both bleeding.

    The cameras trained on Scott’s eyes and typically dazzling smile.

    All the while his hands were trembling.

    Day, similarly, was hurt badly by another chance that slipped away, the rueful shaking of a slumped head away a clear indicator as he walked away.

    Don’t let the slick answers fool you – these guys, our top-ranked players, were completely gutted.

    Even Day, a relative pup at age 27, knows there are finite chances to win these titles that define careers – his mate Tiger Woods the prime example. 

    Still, the answers to the immediate questions remained polished, at least publicly.

    Day refused to blame a shot the high winds cost him on the 13th green moments before the 10-hour delay was called on Saturday.

    Remarkably, that was the third and final bogey of a week dominated by shoddy weather.

    He closed without dropping a shot in 41 quality holes of golf – yet still bafflingly to him, he came up short.

    “I've been working very hard to try and accomplish my first major and it's a little frustrating with how it finished.

    “But I've been in contention at major championships a lot now, and it just shows I'm doing the right things, and I can't look at it as a negative.

    “I'm just a little frustrated because I just walked off the course. Give it time so I can just sit down and look at what the positives were and move on from there and just try and get better.

    “It's just something that I really want to do is I really want to have that shot at immortality. It'll soon come my way. I've just got to be patient with it.”

    Scott, even before regulation play finished, predicted that 15 under would have worked for him – indeed that was the playoff requirement.

    Having reached that figure in the lead on the 10th hole only added to his anguish.

    “I was six under (for the round) and I tied for the lead. I kind of levelled myself with where everyone was and that's exactly what I had to do,” Scott said.

    “I knew from that point on, I was just going to have to play a great nine holes to have a shot at it. I felt that was even to two under from that point.

    “It was playing really tough at times, straight into the wind, playing long, and I made my mistake on 14 with a poor shot in there and compounded that continuously coming in.

    “(I’m) disappointed the way I played the last five holes for sure. I could have done a lot better than that.

    “It's a shame not to get in there and finish with a shot, that's for sure, but maybe it was too much to ask today.”

    Sadly, that proved correct.

    Story: Golf Australia

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    Day leads the Aussies at The Open

    Queensland's Jason Day has charged into a share of the lead at The Open with Marc Leishman, Adam Scott and Steven Bowditch all within contention heading into the final round.

    The third round of The Open called for low numbers at St Andrews and the Aussies answered.

    Playing early in the morning, Marc Leishman got the ball rolling firing a bogey free 8-under 64, the lowest round of the tournament launching him into the clubhouse lead on 9-under the card.

    "Today the goal was to shoot a good round so I had a chance tomorrow. I probably wasn't quite expecting to do what I did, but I really put myself in it," said Leishman who by the 16th hole had an opportunity to record the lowest ever round in a Major.

    "I gave myself some really good chances on the last three holes, it was disappointing not to go a couple better."

    "15, 16, 17, they're not easy holes, especially where the pin is on 16 and 17 today. Thinking about making birdies instead of thinking about trying to hold on and make pars like you normally do on those holes was a pretty good mindset."

    Playing with Leishman, Marcus Fraser also put in an impressive showing, his 4-under 68 seeing him in a share of 33rd heading into tonight's final round.

    Teeing off in the fourth last group of the day, Jason Day played a perfect round reeling off five birdies for a 5-under 67.

    Day is well poised to claim the Major victory he so desperately wants; he starts the final round tied for the lead on 12-under the card with amateur Paul Dunne and Louis Oosthuizen.

    "We haven't had an Aussie win the Claret Jug since Mr Norman; it would be nice to put my name on the Jug. We're just trying to chase that bit of immortality," said Day.

    That's probably the best way to put it is just that you're stuck in history at that moment, and you know that year, that person's name on that jug is immortal in some way. It's just great to be able to have that piece of history and that glory that goes along with it."

    However lurking dangerously on the leaderboard is Jordan Spieth, he is just one shot off the lead and aiming to collect his third leg of the Major grand slam.

    "I'd be very shocked if he's not in contention going up the last few holes," added Day of his final round playing partner, Spieth.

    "He's definitely going to be the favourite, but I still have a lot of fans out there that are supporting me along the way."

    "I hear the Aussies in the crowds and I even hear the locals here, even people that aren't from the UK are supporting me."

    Also nicely poised to take a run at the Claret Jug is Adam Scott. His 2-under 70 in the third round has him tied 6th on 9-under the card, just three shots behind Day and the leading trio.

    Over the past three years Scott has been Australia's brightest hope of winning The Open with a memorable runner-up finish in 2012 and a further two top-5 finishes.

    Steven Bowditch is putting in his best performance at a Major and is tied 15th on 8-under the card, which could have been two shots better if not for a late stumble in the third round.

    A further two shots back on 6-under the card are Greg Chalmers and Matt Jones, while Geoff Ogilvy joins Marcus Fraser on 5-under.

    John Senden recorded his first under-par round of The Open and is now 4-under the card courtesy of his third round performance.     

    Playing his first tournament since April, Brett Rumford has been a model of consistency firing his third 1-under the card round of the tournament.

    Scott Arnold rounds out the Aussie contingent and is 1-over the card after three rounds of his Major debut.

    Story: PGA of Australia

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    Baker-Finch: Scotty deserves this

    Adam Scott deserves to stroll the Open fairways as a past champion, just like the 28 past winners who honoured Peter Thomson and the late Kel Nagle today.

    That emphatic declaration came from one of those feted few, Ian Baker-Finch after the 1991 titleholder completed a unique four-holes challenge.

    "No-one is ever owed anything in this game, but I think he's as close to being owed an Open as anyone,'' Baker-Finch said.

    "I think this might be it because he deserves those special occasions and he's up for it.

    "Like winning the first green jacket for Australia and winning an Open at St Andrews is something really special.''

    Even the great man himself, Thomson will be a silent and dignified supporter of the Queenslander who has finished second, tied third and tied fifth at the past three Open championships.

    "I've been wanting Adam Scott to win for several years now and he hasn't pulled it off yet, but I think he's the strongest player we've got. And it might be this year,'' Thomson said.

    "He knows what to do. I wish he would settle on a putter and stick to it, he's experimenting now.

    "There's no obstacle for him. He can win, really. He hits it as far as any of them and as accurately too.

    "Australian golf is going well with or without Open champions, but it would help young people, I guess, to be more impressed.''

    Thomson and Baker-Finch joined past champions that included Tom Watson, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods in the Champion Golfers' Challenge over four holes on the eve of the 144th Open championship first round.

    Eight groups of four played St Andrews' first, second, 17th and 18 holes in which the best individual score on each hole hole counted for the team.

    Thomson's team of Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Ben Curtis finished in a four-way tie with teams captained by Tony Jacklin, Tom Weiskopf and Palmer at three-under.

    And so the focus shifts to the battle to be crowned a major winner.

    "I think it's the major of all majors, the Open at St Andrews, and it would be great to see an Aussie win it, whether it be (Marc) Leishman or Jason (Day) or Adam,'' Baker-Finch said.

    "Any of the guys could do it, but it would be good to see one again. I think that they're all prepared. There's 15 Aussies, any one of them could do well. I won one. Any one of those could win one, too.

    "You always look at the highest-ranked, Adam Scott, Jason Day, but Marc Leishman, John Senden, Rod Pampling, they've all got the ability to do it.

    "Matty Jones, nobody strikes it better than him, so I think it's patience, getting the right side of the draw. I think that's going to be a big part of this Open, Thursday, Friday weather.''

    Bruce Matthews is a Herald Sun sports writer
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    Bowdo living the dream
    Bar an “ankle tapping”, Steve Bowditch is on the verge of fulfilling his lifelong ambition.

    Bowditch, 32, dreamt of being a PGA Tour player by age 30 – he did so the first time at age 22 – and play The Open Championship at St Andrews.

    He confessed today, just two days before his ambition is reached, that he doesn’t think about hoisting the Claret Jug.

    But in the next breath, the Queenslander said he didn’t think about winning on the PGA Tour, but now has two titles to his credit following his Texas Open win in March.

    “(Those visualisations are) not something I’ve ever done. This week, bar an ankle tapping, so I don’t get to peg it up on Thursday, my two biggest dreams will be made real. Which is pretty neat,” he said with his unique mix of raw comedy and reflection.

    Bowditch first played a major at the 2003 Open Championship when he missed the cut at Royal St George’s by three shots. His only other majors were both last year – a sure sign of his sustained improvement, even if he still admits there’s much work to do.

    “I always wanted to be out here and compete at the highest level all the time. I’m still not there.

    “This is my fourth major now, so I’m not even close to the top level. Hopefully I can keep gaining experience and maybe I can keep sliding up those world rankings and compete with the big boys all the time.”

    Bowditch has struck the ball well in practice, but has a wish that might sound odd to fair-weather golfers.

    “The game’s in pretty good shape. And I enjoy this style of course, even though I don’t get to play it much,” he said.

    “You’ve got to be able to think out there and unfortunately the last couple of days we’ve played it the weather conditions have been perfect.

    “So hopefully tomorrow we might get some wind and rain to mix it up a little bit, because I dare say by the weekend it’ll kick on.”

    The weather forecast in eastern Scotland is bleak, particularly for Friday’s second round with winds expected to top 60km/h late in the afternoon.

    “It’s all part of the experience,” Bowditch said.

    “You play a benign practice round and do all the prep work, but if you’re not out there when it’s trying conditions, you’re basically starting again on Thursday.”

    But, as his qualification through FedEx Cup points rankings suggests, it’s the consistent side of the once mercurial Bowditch that has made his progress continual.

    “It’s pleasing. It’s stuff we’ve been working on, just tightening up a few shots and take some big numbers out of my game,” he said.

    “I (can now) play a little conservative … but also a little aggressively too, when it’s needed.

    “I’ve been able to make a few more birdies from aggressive play with different shots, not just off the tee.

    “Getting aggressive when we’ve got right numbers (yardages) and trusting my short game and, when we don’t, we’re playing away from it (the pin) a little more.

    “It’s hard to explain, but we’re being more aggressive and passive at the same time.

    “Back (in 2003) I thought my game was better, but I didn’t have the mental approach you need to play golf at the highest level. I don’t think I’m there yet.

    “My game through (those middle years) deteriorated until I found a coach in Scott Hamilton who I trusted and believed what we’re doing.

    “Then from 2009 through to now it’s gradually getting better.

    “Once your game gets to a certain level, then you can really concentrate on the mental side of things and your preparation and you’re not sitting on the range all day beating balls and trying to find a golf swing.

    “It’s not there every week, but it’s minor tweaks that will get you out there to compete every week (now).”

    Bowditch said discipline would determine his finish this week, saying one hot stretch could be enough.

    “Neil (Wallace), my caddie, and I, if we can attack when we need to attack but really just be patient. It really is a patience game out here and like most majors, if you can have a 6-9 hole stretch … when you can make five or six birdies, then the rest you just tack along and minimise mistakes, by the end of Sunday you’re going to be around the (mark).”

    And that really would be a dream come true. Even for mild mannered Bowditch.

    Story: Mark Hayes, St Andrews

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    Quayle wins Pacific Northwest Men's Amateur
    Anthony Quayle of Queensland, Australia sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the 36th hole of the final match to defeat Shintaro Ban of San Jose, Calif. and win the 114th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship.

    Ban had squared the match on the par-3 35th hole when Quayle 3-putted. 

    After Quayle sank the birdie putt on the final hole, Ban saw his own birdie attempt, which would have extended the match, slide by the hole, giving Quayle the title.

    In the morning round of the match, played on the resort’s Woodlands course, Quayle built an early lead as he played the round in 7-under par, and was 3-up at the lunch break as the two prepared to play the resort’s Meadows course in the afternoon round of the match.

    Ban quickly got back into the match, squaring it up with a birdie on the par-5 19th hole and two eagles, which included a hole-out from the fairway on the 419-yard par-4 22nd hole and a 3 on the par-5 24th hole when he reached the green in two.

    On the last nine holes, Quayle birdied the 28th and 29th holes, both par-4s, then Ban won the 30th hole.

    Then, in gunslinger style, the two players matched birdies on the 31st, 33rd and 34th holes, Quayle clinging to a 1-up lead.

    Ban squared the match on the 205-yard par-3 35th hole, as Quayle double-bogeyed the hole (he would double-bogey both par-3s on this final nine), which set up the final hole dramatics.

    The championship was held at Sunriver (Ore.) Resort, and was conducted by the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA).

    Anthony Quayle, winner of the 114th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, poses with the Macan Cup in front of the final scoreboard.

    Of the putt on the final hole, Quayle said, “I just told myself I could make it, trying to keep positive thoughts in my mind. I was a little bit nervous and just wanted to put a good stroke on it. It was straight uphill.”

    After making birdie, Quayle had to stand by and watch as Ban attempted to tie the hole with his own birdie. “In match play you always have to believe the other guy is going to make it,” Quayle said. “Otherwise it’s too much of an emotional rollercoaster.”

    Of his win, Quayle said, “It’s such a massive relief. There’s so much stress all week, so much golf and so many matches. It’s very taxing taxing mentally. This win helps the confidence in my game, and I’ll always be able to say I have it on my resume that I won the Pacific Northwest Amateur.”

    Quayle, the No. 5 seed, had defeated No. 1 seed Charlie Kern of Mercer Island, Wash., 1-up, in yesterday’s semifinal match, a contest that had also gone down to the final hole of the match.

    Quayle, 20, recently won the Tasmanian Amateur Open Championship, is a member of the Queensland Men’s State Team and is ranked in the top 15 in the Australian Amateur Rankings.

    Ban was attempting to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Shotaro, who had won this championship in 2012. Ban just finished his freshman year playing on the men’s golf team at UNLV. He was a co-medalist at the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur, and qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amateur. He won the 2014 San Francisco City Men’s Amateur, and last week tied for seventh at the Sahalee Players Championship.

    The Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur is one of the oldest amateur golf championships in the world. Past champions include names such as Tiger Woods, Jeff Quinney, Ben Crane, Jeff Coston, Nick Flanagan, Jim McLean and Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Famers Chandler Egan, Harry Givan, Jack Westland, Bud Ward and George Holland, among many others.

    Players competed for the Macan Cup, which is named after legendary golf course designer A.V. Macan, a member of the Pacific Northwest Golf Hall of Fame and winner of this championship in 1913.

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    Success at the 2015 Bargara Junior Classic
    The Bargara Junior Open Classic was held from Tuesday 7 July to Thursday 9 July over 54 holes of stroke play at Bargara Golf Club.

    The tournament saw junior golfers from across the region battle it out for the title which has been in contest for 27 years.

    Douglas Klein, 2014 Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year, took out the Boy’s title with a final score of 65, 72, 70 (207).

    Kate Law, of Maryborough, won the Girl’s event finishing with 75, 74, 76 (225).

    Next year, the event will no longer run in its current format with the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship set to move to the Bargara Golf Club.

    The Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur will run from Tuesday 28th June until Friday 1st July 2016, providing a great opportunity for the junior golfers to participate in a junior state championship.

    Entries for the 2015 Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship held at Indooroopilly Golf Club from 7 to 9 December are opening soon.

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    2016 Isuzu Queensland Open moves to Brisbane
    Golf Queensland today announced the 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open will be hosted by The Brisbane Golf Club.

    The three-year agreement will see the Queensland Open return to the course that has hosted the Championship 18 times over its 90 year history.

    Golf Queensland chairman Peter Castrisos said it was pleasing to have the backing of Queensland golf clubs, like The Brisbane Golf Club and their members, to ensure this great Championship remains successful.

    "There has been tremendous support for the Queensland Open since its return to the PGA Tour of Australasia calendar three years ago," Mr Castrisos said. 

    "Golf Queensland, along with a number of stakeholders, banded together to get this historical championship back up and running.

    "Brookwater Golf and Country Club was one of those behind the return and we thank them immensely for hosting the tournament over the past three years and look forward to another successful event this August."

    "The next phase will see the championship back at The Brisbane Golf Club, 25 years since they hosted the event which saw the then amateur, Stuart Appleby, claim the title."

    The Brisbane Golf Club President, John Kelly, said that The Brisbane Golf Club is delighted to support Golf Queensland in hosting the Queensland Open and contributing to the development of golf in Queensland.

    "We are also tremendously excited about this great opportunity to showcase our fantastic course to the golfing world," said Kelly.

    Tournament Operations Manager for the PGA of Australia, Graeme Scott, is pleased with the venue selected for the 2016 Queensland Open.

    "Brisbane Golf Club will be a great venue for this tournament," said Scott.

    "The course is already in great condition and I'm sure it will be presented extremely well for next year's Championship."

    The 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open will be played at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club from 20 to 23 August. Entry is free for spectators who are also welcome to walk the course with the Professionals.  

    To find out more about the upcoming 2015 event, click here.

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    2016 Queensland Boy's and Girl's Amateur relocates
    The Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship is set to move to Bargara Golf Club and will be held from Tuesday 28th June until Friday 1st July 2016.

    Following consultation between Golf Queensland and Bargara Golf Club it was agreed that the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur will replace the Bargara Junior Open Classic from next year.

    With this change, the Bargara Junior Open Classic will no longer run in its current format from 2016.

    Luke Bates, Golf Queensland’s Manager of Golf Operations, said, “Golf Queensland and Bargara Golf Club see this as positive step to growing junior golf in the State.”

    “The Junior Open Classic has been a prominent event over the past 27 years for junior golfers and Golf Queensland looks forward to continuing this legacy with Bargara Golf Club.”

    Don McKewen, President of Bargara Golf Club said, “The Board welcomes this change and the benefits that a junior state championship will bring to the region. 

    “This is a great achievement for our club and recognises the hard work of a dedicated team which has successfully run the three-day Bargara Junior Open Classic for 27 years.”

    In 2011, the Bargara Golf Club hosted the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur and it was well received by both players and parents.

    The 2015 Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship will be held at Indooroopilly Golf Club from 7 to 9 December 2015 with entries opening soon.

    The 2015 Bargara Junior Open Classic is accepting registrations, click here for more information.

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    Newcomers win Mt Coolum Cup

    New members Gary Rehbein and Colin Eames have won the prestigious Mount Coolum Cup at their first attempt.

    The pair, who joined the club in January, combined superbly for 50 points in the 4BBB stableford competition to win the 2015 annual honour board event.

    Originally presented to the then Suncoast Beach Golf Club in 1984, the name became the Mount Coolum Cup the following year when the club name change occurred.

    Club Patron Ken Chadwick has assisted to restore the prestige of the Mount Coolum Cup in recent years by sponsoring the event and bolstering the prizemoney on offer. 

    As 2015 winners Rehbein and Eames will have their names entered on the club’s honour board as well on the trophy. They will also be invited to the 2015 presentation night where they will be presented with a trophy and a $150 cash prize.

    Eighty teams contested the 2015 event. 

    Story: Tony Durkin

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    New sanctioning agreement for 2015 Australian PGA Championship
    The Australian PGA Championship will reach more than 500 million viewers globally and be the richest tournament in Australia in 2015 thanks to a new co-sanctioning agreement announced today with the European Tour.

    The Championship, the oldest and most prestigious professional tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia, will be played at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 3 – 6 December 2015 and is expected to attract a number of the world’s best players with the prize fund increasing to AU$1.75M.

    PGA of Australia Chief Executive Brian Thorburn said sanctioning with the European Tour would provide a greater reach with a new broadcast agreement through Europe, Asia and the US.

    “This will be the highest purse in Australian PGA Championship history and will position the tournament more strongly on the international stage with exposure to a greater broadcast platform than any of our previous tournaments.”

    “This is a huge step forward for the tournament to rank alongside many of the great tournaments in Europe and Asia. The partnership will also provide the opportunity to improve the strength of the field through the greater depth of international players currently playing on the European Tour,” he said.

    In addition to the 1st place cheque of A$315,000 from RACV Royal Pines, the winner of the 2015 Australian PGA Championship will be granted exemption into the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the 2016 BMW PGA Championship at The Wentworth Club in the UK, and compete for the A$19.5M in prize money at those events.

    “As the last tournament of 2015 the Australian PGA Championship caps off what will again be another exciting year of Australian golf,” Thorburn said.

    Keith Waters, The European Tour’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of International Policy, said: “The relationship between The European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia continues to flourish and our partnership will continue to bear fruit over the coming years. We are delighted to assist in elevating this Championship and providing the opportunity for European Tour and Sunshine Tour members to play in this great event.”

    The Championship will also provide visitors the chance to view Graham Marsh’s $10million completed upgrade to the RACV Royal Pines Resort layout.

    “RACV has invested a significant amount of money to upgrade their championship course and it is looking exceptional. The newly designed 16th and 18th holes will provide fantastic viewing for fans attending the tournament while the 10th tee, which is now positioned near the tournament ‘village’, will enhance the fan engagement experience even further,” added Thorburn.

    Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, said she welcomed the new agreement that would provide a significant boost to the event’s international profile. 

    “The Australian PGA Championships is a highlight on Queensland’s events calendar, attracting a crowd of around 40,000 each year,” Ms Jones said.  

    “The Queensland Government is proud to support the event through Tourism and Events Queensland as part of our commitment to grow tourism and jobs for Queenslanders.”

    The European Tour will receive 60 positions into the tournament. In an arrangement with (South African) Sunshine Tour, 30 of those positions will be granted to their membership.  The PGA Tour of Australasia will receive a minimum of 71 direct positions into the tournament. In addition, there will be 8 tournament invitations, 6 qualifying positions and 3 positions for PGA Vocational Members.  PGA of Australia is working on broader and enhanced playing opportunities at a number of different tournaments for its entire Australian membership in the medium to short term. 

    The tournament is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, RACV, City of Gold Coast, Gold Coast Tourism, Emirates and Coca-Cola Amatil. 

    It will be broadcast live on Ch7 from 3 – 6 December, 2015.

    The official Australian PGA Championship event launch will be held on 12th August. 

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    Golf Queensland congratulates Cameron Smith

    On behalf of Golf Queensland Board, staff and Queensland golf clubs we would like to extend our congratulations to Queensland Professional Cameron Smith after his T4 finish in the 2015 US Open at Chambers Bay.

    In his first major, Smith sealed his position on the 18th hole when he played a spectacular three wood for a kick-in eagle. 

    As the only player at the event with four rounds at par or better this week, he tied with fellow Queenslander Adam Scott and earned himself $US407,037.

    It’s been a big 12 months for the 21-year-old who has come from strength to strength since his tied third finish at the 2014 Isuzu Queensland Open. 

    Smith accumulated seven top 10 finishes from nine starts on the Asian Tour, making him eligible to compete in the USPGA Tour event, the CIMB Classic where he finished tied fifth and earning more than $250,000.

    Following on from the CIMB Classic, Smith played four US Tour events including the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am at Pebble Beach, missing the cut on each.

    Smith then flew back to his hometown of Brisbane to play in the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship at City Golf Club Toowoomba where he finished in 2nd place to Ryan Fox, a gesture which was recognised by many people in the Queensland golf industry.

    Since then, Smith competed in the New Zealand Open (T4) and played four events on the US Tour including the RBC Heritage (T15), the Zurich Classic of New Orleans (T43), AT&T Byron Nelson (T46) and the Memorial Tournament (MC), to qualify for the US Open.

    His top four finish at the US Open gives Smith a start at the 2016 Masters Tournament, 2016 US PGA Tour Card as well as earning enough points for US PGA Tour Special Temporary Membership Category for the remainder of the year and being ranked in the world’s top 100.

    Golf Queensland is very proud of Cameron’s achievements and look forward to watching him compete against the world’s best.

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    Doors fly open for heroic Smith

    It had already been a great week when Cameron Smith stood over a three-wood on the 18th fairway.

    But when the 21-year-old major championship debutant put the 265m shot to within 20cm for a kick-in eagle, it launched his career into a stratosphere he couldn’t quite grasp.

    The Golf Australia rookie pro laid the foundation for his next 18 months with his eagle the icing on a round of 68 that propelled him to three under overall and a tie for fourth alongside Adam Scott.

    Did we mention it was his first major?

    The result won him $US407,037 and effectively secured his US PGA Tour card for next season, along with a start at next week’s Travelers Championship.

    It gives him a return entry to next year’s US Open and the Masters and catapults him into the world’s top 100.

    And should he accept, which will be a matter of time, a special temporary membership that’s now on offer based on his FedEx Cup points total, he’ll be able to accept unlimited sponsor invites into the remaining events this American season.

    In short, he’s skipped about normal 1000 steps with four days of almighty heroics.

    And it was too much for the mild-mannered Brisbane lad to take in.

    “I'm speechless. I just want to sort of sit in the hotel room and let it all absorb,” he said with trademark cheeky grin.

    “That sounds pretty good, though, doesn’t it? I honestly haven’t thought about it. It’s pretty crazy actually.”

    What he could explain was the feeling after his withering finish with 6000 people in the 18th grandstand roaring in unison.

    “It was spine tingling, it was crazy,” he beamed.

    “Never, ever been -- nothing near that. It's awesome.

    “I said to my caddie, Dan, on the tee, `Do we have a shot at getting there (in two shots)?’.

    He said, `If you hit a good drive’, so I hit a really good drive, ended up just short of the bunker there on the uphill slope, which helped a lot (with my second shot).

    “It was just a perfect 3- wood. And I hit it … and it went a lot closer than I thought it was going to go.

    “I wasn't really expecting it (to go that close) to be honest. I just wanted to get it somewhere on the green and hopefully I would have putted it.

    “But to finish up and have a tap-in for eagle is a nice way to end,” he said in one of the year’s great understatements.

    “It still hasn't really sunk in, and I don't know what to say. Sorry.”

    Smith said his form hadn’t been great in his US starts, but that he’d had a good feeling before coming to Chambers Bay and in practice rounds.

    “I thought I could definitely compete and if I could get my way around the golf course pretty good, I'd sort of thought I had a shot.

    “But it wasn't to be, really. But I'm happy with where I finished, for sure.”

    And as it slowly began to sink in, Smith began to reflect on what might have been had his normally laser accurate putting been on song during the final round.

    “I probably hit it the best today of the whole week.

    “I gave myself plenty of opportunities, but my distance control with the flat stick today was definitely not as good as it has been.

    “I had three three-putts today, so it might have cost me a `W’. But what can you do? It’s golf.

    Smith said his win gave his confidence an extreme boost.

    “To be up there in a major means that you can play with the big guys,” he said.

    “So I just (need to) keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully it all works out.

    “I have had plenty of opportunities this year on the PGA Tour and didn’t really do too much and I really thought I wasn’t playing my best.

    “But to come out here and show everyone what I’ve got is a very cool thing.”

    Very cool indeed. And in his first major!

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia

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    Champions make a habit of winning

    When it is time for the honour boards at The Brisbane Golf Club to be updated, the sign writer will not need to check the spelling of the 2015 Men’s and Ladies’ champions.

    Champions Cameron Powell and Lynne Conroy have won their divisions nine and five times respectively, and their names adorn the honour board for a number of other championship victories.

    Twenty-eight-year-old Powell, who concedes he did not become serious about his golf until he was 19, scored a 4&2 win over three-time champion Don Nicol in the recent 36-hole match play final.

    He had previously scored qualifying rounds of 74-75 before winning 8&7 and 3&1 in the match play quarter and semi-finals.

    The ladies play a different championship format to the men.

    Every even year they contest the same format as the men (top eight play match play after two qualifying stroke rounds), and every other year they play four stroke rounds.

    Lynne Conroy’s winning score this year was 339, and she beat Angela Fong by one stroke.

    Mrs Conroy, who joined The Brisbane Golf Club in 1996, has now won 48 honour board events including the Brisbane Shield twice, both times partnering her husband John.

    She has now won the ladies' championship nine times, her recent victory giving her the title for a record six years back-to-back.

    After winning successive titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Cameron Powell turned professional and had brief stint playing the China Tour in 2013.

    However he decided the life of a touring professional was not for him and was re-admitted to the amateur ranks in October last year.

    Powell conceded that playing Don Nicol in the match play final had been a little surreal.

    “Don is nine years older than me and when I was starting to get serious about my golf about a decade ago, I would watch him play and be in awe of his ability,” he said.

    “To play him in the final, and beat him, was a major achievement for me and also a huge thrill.”

    Mrs Conroy described her win as unexpected, claiming she had not been playing well prior to the championships.

    “I actually had only one good round during the championships, and eventually snuck home by a single shot. I was nine shots behind after two rounds but my 78 in round three put me back in the running,” she said.

    Her goal now is to win three more times to eclipse the current ladies’ record of 11 championship victories. – TONY DURKIN
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    O'Keeffe victorious at Queensland Women's Sand Greens Championship
    Brooke O'Keeffe (Springsure) has won the 2015 Queensland Women's Sand Green Championship at Alpha Golf Club this weekend.

    O'Keeffe shot a final round score of 66 (-4) to join her first round score of even par-70 to take out the Silver Division by six shots. 


    The overnight leader, O'Keeffe managed just a single shot start over Emerald member Sonia Bray who returned a 71 (+1) for her Saturday round. 

    Bray returned another consistent round of 71 to finish on 142 (+2) for the championship, enough to secure second place.   

    In the Bronze 1 division Lola Cuffe (St George) and Loretta Lockie (Taroom) fired first round scores of 87 to lead the division by a single stroke. 
    Cuffe returned a second round score of 86 to finish on 173. 
    Katherine West (Borneo Barracks) returned a second round 85 to join her first round score of 88 to also finish on 173. 
    Loretta Lockie's second round wasn't good enough to join the pair and a sudden death play-off was required to separate the players. 
    Both ladies couldn't be separated on the first play-off hole with each returning par. 
    Cuffe was the eventual winner on the second play-off after returning a second par, enough to win the Bronze 1 division.  

    The Bronze 2 division was also decided by a sudden death play-off with Rochelle Robinson (Blackall) the eventual winner on the first play-off hole against local member Eunice Frazer (Alpha). 
    Frazer finished with 101,92-193 and Robinson retuned rounds of 98,95-193,

    All players were greeted with superb conditions on both days of the championship.

    The Alpha Golf Club received extremely positive comments from all involved due to the great preparation of their course and kind country hospitality.

    For all championships results and information, please click here.

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    Smith's poise defies his years
    There was a split second when Cam Smith looked vulnerable in his major championship debut today.

    It didn’t last long.

    The Queenslander’s entourage said he’d woken up before his debut US Open round as calm if it was a Wednesday chook run at his home Wantima Country Club.

    And barring a quick slap of his putter after an uncharacteristic double-bogey on the 13th – his fourth of the day – Smith played true to script for an even-par 70 built on patience beyond his 21 years.

    Smith, without any status in the United States but rapidly building a resume of impressive invitational starts, only qualified in Ohio last week.

    But a great sign of his ability to keep his head in a crisis came with a 40-foot bomb for par on the 11th hole, his second, after a drive into deep rough in a mid-fairway mound.

    A missed birdie chance on 12 was followed by that double-bogey on 13, but the Golf Australia rookie squad member calmly jammed in great approaches inside 1m on both 14 and 15 to right the ship.

    “Yeah, I’m pumped. I started off a bit shaky … but a couple of birdies in a row that got the momentum going and held on to it pretty good for the rest of the day,” Smith said.

    “I could have let that get to me, but my caddie Dan said, `Just keep at it, it’s a US Open, it happens’.

    “Really, you’ve just gotta take it on the chin and keep moving forward (and) I just got on with it and did my stuff the rest of the day.”

    And that’s nearly a perfect description.

    He birdied the 18th, bogeyed the 2nd and otherwise parred out – a steadiness reflected in his calm post-round assessments.

    “It was tough, but fair. The game plan was to make 18 pars and that was sort of how it ended up,” he said.

    “I’ll keep the game plan exactly the same tomorrow and hopefully a few more putts can go in.

    “But I think I’m in a pretty good spot.”

    Smith said his first major championship tee shot had been nervy, but far from overwhelming.

    “There weren’t too many around when we teed off (at 7am), (but) the crowds got bigger as the day went on and there were a couple of big roars and it was a pretty cool experience.”

    And very cool to see the first edition of something Australian golf can get used to for many years ahead.

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    Smith has plenty to play for at Chambers Bay
    WHILE his namesake couldn't lead Queensland to a series-clinching win on Wednesday night, young Queensland golfer Cameron Smith is hoping the state, and the country, is cheering his name come Sunday.

    The 21-year-old is more than happy for his name to be associated with the Queensland and Australian rugby league skipper but as he lines up for his maiden major championship at the US Open he is ready to forge his own identity.

    As a former Australian amateur champion Smith has been plying his trade on the US PGA tour this season on limited sponsor invites, riding a T5 finish on debut in Malaysia last year to $US407,530 and 207 FedEx Cup points in nine starts.

    While he has used up his allotted sponsor invites for the year Smith could become a special temporary member should he earn 116 or more points at Chambers Bay, the equivalent of somewhere around a top-five finish.

    It would enable the young star to accept further sponsor invites and put him in prime position to collect a full playing card for 2015-16.

    To get those privileges he need only match the 125th ranked player on tour this year in points or money, which would be all but a lock given he would already have more money than last years cut off.

    "This is a good week to do something for sure," said Smith, who birdied four of his last six holes in sectional qualifying to earn his place.

    "I am playing good. I am hitting the ball solid.

    "I think the key this week is just keeping out of the cabbage and just doing your work around the greens.

    "I'll try to shoot somewhere around even because that should be up there at the end of the week."

    Read more on the Golf Link website here.

    Smith joins eight Australians at the US Open, including fellow Queenslanders Adam Scott, Jason Day and John Senden as well as Australian's Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Kurt Barnes and Marcus Fraser.

    Watch the US Open LIVE on Fox Sports - dates and times below in AEST:

    • Round 1 | Fri 19 June | 0200 - 1300 | Fox Sports 3
    • Round 2 | Sat 20 June | 0300 - 1300 | Fox Sports 3
    • Round 3 | Sun 21 June | 0500 - 1200 | Fox Sports 3
    • Round 4 | Mon 22 June | 0500 - 1230 | Fox Sports 3

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    Taylor Macdonald does Queensland proud in Scotland

    The British Amateur Championships held at Panmure and Carnoustie golf clubs in Scotland this week has provided invaluable learning opportunities for one of Queensland’s top amateurs.

    Taylor Macdonald, 2014 Male Queensland Amateur of the Year, travelled to Scotland this week with Golf Queensland Head Coach Tony Meyer and the Golf Australia team to compete in one of the oldest and most prestigious amateur events in the world.

    This year, the Amateur comprised almost two-thirds foreign players including five of the world’s top 20 all of which compete for a start in the Open Championships of the same year, as well as the following year’s Masters Tournament and the US Open.

    After competing over 36 holes of strokeplay, one round at each of the two courses, the top 64 players then progress to the match play section.

    Day one saw Taylor shoot an opening round 72 (E) at Carnoustie placing him in good position heading into the final qualifying round scheduled for Tuesday.

    Taylor went on to finish T32 in the qualifying round after he shot a second round even par 70 in tough conditions at the Panmure course.

    Day three saw him up against world number 10 and two-time European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters of England for the first round of match play at Carnoustie.

    Unfortunately, Taylor fell behind early and the Englishman played a solid game, leaving no opportunities for Taylor to come back and took the win over Taylor 3-2.

    Despite the loss, the tournament has provided new opportunities for the Queenslander who impressed his coach Tony Meyer, “Taylor played extremely well in very tough conditions and should be proud of how he played all week.

    “These couple of weeks in Scotland have been a great learning curve for Taylor and will no doubt help him continue to develop as player.

    “The conditions Taylor has played here in Scotland have been something he would not have faced before with strong winds, cold weather and thick rough” says Tony.

    Taylor will now return to Australia before heading to the United States in July to contest the Western Amateur and the US Amateur.

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    White and Proverbs win Mixed Foursomes Championship
    Stacey White (Pacific Golf Club) and Blake Proverbs (Pacific Golf Club) combined magnificently to win the 2015 Mixed Foursomes Championship at McLeod Country Golf Club on Sunday 14 June 2015.

    White and Proverbs led by two shots at conclusion of the morning round when they fired a commanding score of 70.

    Sarah Wilson (Half Moon Bay) and Shae Wools-Cobb (Maroochy) finished the first round a further two shots back on 72. 

    The pair was unable to capitalise on their morning form, carding a 76 in the afternoon round.

    White and Proverbs fired a consistent second round score of 74 giving them a thirty-six hole score 70,74-144 enough to win this year’s championship.

    It was champion Stacey’s sister, Nadine White (Pacific), and her partner Nick Barney (Windaroo) who fired the day’s best. 

    Their second round score of 68 along with their first round score of 77 elevated them into second place, finishing on 145.

    Golf Queensland wishes to thank the McLeod Country Golf Club for presenting the course in fantastic condition.

    For complete gross and nett scores please click here.

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    Dodt chases European honours
    Isuzu Queensland Open champion Andrew Dodt has no doubt his victory at Brookwater last August played a significant role in his on-going success during 2015. 
    Dodt is uncertain if he will defend his title later this year as he chases higher honours in Europe and the United States. This year’s Open will be contested at Brookwater from August 20-23, a fortnight after Dodt plays the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio, and a week after the US PGA Championship for which he hopes to qualify. 

    Read more in the Winter 2015 edition of Q Golf Online magazine here.
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    O'Dell proves to be the local hero at Barcaldine
    Barcaldine member Jacob O’Dell has beaten one of the strongest fields in recent memory, to claim the 2015 Men’s Sand Greens. 

    Leading by 2 shots after Round 1 with a 6-under 67, the pressure was on O’Dell with 2012 Champion Anthony Timms (City Golf Club) primed for a final round charge.
    Coming through 9 holes in Round 2, O’Dell had extended his lead to 3 shots over Timms with fellow City member Nigel Weldon making a run. 

    Timms birdied the 10th and 11th holes to close the gap to only 1, but when O’Dell responded with birdies on 13, 15, 16 and 17, the title was staying in Barcaldine. 

    A final hole eagle secured a runner-up finish for Timms, but all the plaudits go to O’Dell who closed with a steady par, a final round 8-under 65 and a two shot victory.
    Edward Choyce (City Golf Club) overcame a 2 shot deficit to win the B Grade Championship from overnight leader Barry Littlewood (Isisford Golf Club).

    Birdies on the 17th and 18th holes proved to be difference after Littlewood surrendered his lead with a double bogey on the 10th.
    The C Grade Championship proved to be a popular victory with 23 year Sand Green veteran Jim Bourke (Baralaba Golf Club) receiving a rousing ovation after claiming his maiden title by 1 shot over Phil Kennedy (Mitchell Golf Club), with rounds of 83 and 86.
    The Fourball Championship was held on Friday with Wes Waugh and Cameron Tindall winning in a triple countback (52 points) from the teams of Jesse Noonan and Ted Choyce, and Glenn Forsyth and Bob O’Brien.
    Barcaldine Golf Club is to be applauded for the outstanding job in hosting the 2015 edition of Men's Sand Greens. 

    Thanks also to the local sponsors and the naming sponsor City Golf Club, for their generous continued support. 
    With the previous two editions of the Men’s Sand Greens reaching capacity field, players are already excited for Quilpie in 2016.

    For full results please click here.
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    Smith joins US Open field

    Queenslander Cameron Smith has joined the list of eight Australians who will tee it up in the United States Open at Chambers Bay later this month.

    Smith, the 21-year-old member of Golf Australia’s rookie squad, qualified today after he shot eight-under over 36 holes in sectional qualifying in Columbus, Ohio.

    It was enough to give the former Australian amateur champion the right to play his first US Open from June 18-21.

    Smith has made impressive strides since turning professional in 2013, finishing fifth on the Asian Tour order of merit last year.

    The eight Australians already qualified for the US Open are Smith, fellow Queenslanders Adam Scott, Jason Day, and John Senden as well as Marc Leishman, Geoff Ogilvy, Kurt Barnes and Marcus Fraser.

    There is a further cut-off point after the St Jude Classic this week on the US PGA Tour, where the top 60 on the world rankings who have not already qualified will earn a start.

    This is the opportunity for another Queenslander, Steven Bowditch, who is at No. 64 on the rankings this week.

    Story: Martin Blake / Golf Australia

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    Bowditch salutes in Texas

    Queensland's Steven Bowditch held firm on a dramatic final day to win the Byron Nelson tournament on the United States PGA Tour today, his second tour victory.

    Bowditch, 31, had recorded just one top-10 finish since his maiden triumph, the Valero Texas Open last year.

    But starting the day two shots clear, he carded a 64 to win by four shots at a venue where he and his wife Amanda Yarussi celebrated their wedding four years ago.

    The Queenslander, who lives in Dallas, Texas near the tournament venue of TPC Four Seasons, closed superbly.

    He nailed a long par-saving putt after finding the back bunker at the par-four 15th hole, then made a great birdie from beside the green at the par-five 16th after tugging his approach. That made the margin three shots, and then at the par-three 17th, he thought that he had flared his tee shot into the water that guards the right of the green.

    Destiny was with him. The shot cleared the water narrowly and stopped on the right fringe. Bowditch rolled in the birdie putt that sealed the deal, leaving him with a four-shot lead going up the 18th hole.

    At 18, he striped his drive over the water and into the fairway, almost made birdie from the fringe of the green, then tapped in from a few centimetres for the win.

    He pockets $US1.278 million, and gets a further two-year exemption to play on the US Tour.

    Bowditch, a brilliant rather than steady player, is unpredictable. After his win in the Texas Open last year and his first appearance at the Masters, where he was tied-26th, his world ranking slid to 127th.

    But his best is quite something. "When it's good, it's good,'' he said. "When it's not, I'm just trying to hang on.''

    Bowditch played alongside Dustin Johnson, one of the world's best players, and outplayed him, rarely looking flustered. At one point during the back nine, he signed an autograph for a fan; at one green, he yawned. But it was a mirage. "Moving a mile a minute,'' was his own description of his mindset. "I wasn't really at ease.''

    His American wife was waiting behind the 18th green, where their wedding photographs were taken just a few years ago.

    “This is a pretty special place for myself and my wife,’’ he said. “We took some wedding pictures here. Now I get to take some more pictures here!’’

    Bowditch is the second Australian to win on the US Tour this year, behind Jason Day.

    Meanwhile fellow Queenslander Karrie Webb had her best result for some time on the LPGA Tour this morning, finishing tied-fifth in the Shoprite LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

    Veteran Richard Green finished tied-10th in the European Tour’s Irish Open behind Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark.

    Story: Martin Blake / Golf Australia

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    Mount Coolum wins Pennants
    The club may be regarded as ‘little brother’ among the Sunshine Coast golfing fraternity but Mount Coolum has proved to be the great upstart of the 2015 Pennant season, winning both A and B grade titles.

    Fielding the youngest team in the history of the club, Mount Coolum beat defending minor premiers Headland 5 and 2 in the A grade final.

    The club’s first and only other A grade Pennant victory was in 2008. 

    But it was a different story in B grade, with the 4 and 3 win – again over Headland – the third win in seven final appearances during the past decade.

    Mt Coolum also finished minor premiers in both grades.

    According to Sunshine Coast Golf Zone Director of Golf Scott Mayes, who is a Mount Coolum member and played in the winning B grade team, the key to the success of the A grade team has been the club’s on-going cadet system.

    “Three young members of our team – TJ King, Lochie Coleborn and Zac Quirk – have come through the system which has been diligently run over the years by Barry and Denise Degenhardt, Kevin Smith, Yvonne Clohesy and Heather Gibbie,” he said. 

    “Since they were 10 and 12 years of age these boys have been at the club practising almost every day. This win has been a culmination of much hard work by the boys and wonderful dedication by their mentors.”

    The winning team was a mixture of age and experience, with two ‘40 somethings’, three 20-year-old's and three teenagers. 

    Scott Mitchell
    (37) captained the winning team which included Nigel Smyly (43), 23 year-old twins Stephan and Tiaan Scheepers, Todd Balkin (24), TJ King (18), Zac Quirk (17) and Lochie Coleborn (16). And Luke Parker (20) was a reserve.

    The win in the final was even more impressive considering Coleborn did not play. He was unavailable because of commitments with the Queensland Junior Squad, playing in the Northern Territory Open.

    Although beaten in the final, TJ King was named Player of the Year and at 18 is believed to be one the youngest recipient of this honour in A grade.

    A previous winner of the award – also as a teenager – was Steven Bowditch, a former Mt Coolum member.

    Sunshine Coast Pennant results for 2015 were: 

    • A grade: Mount Coolum beat Headland 5-2 (Player of the Year - TJ King Mt Coolum); 
    • B grade: Mount Coolum beat Headland 4-3 (Player of the Year - David Butler Peregian Springs); 
    • Masters: Headland beat Peregian Springs 4-3 (Player of the Year - Marc Bright Cooroy); 
    • Juniors:  Horton Park beat Nambour 3.5-1.5 (Player of the Year - Josh Taylor Nambour)

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    Story: Tony Durkin
    Photo: Mount Coolum A grade. Back (L-R): Zac Quirk, Todd Balkin, Stephan and Tiaan Scheepers; Front: TJ King, Scott Mitchell, Nigel Smyly.

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    Aussies slide down leaderboard

    Australia has stumbled to finish 10th at the Queen Sirikit Cup.

    With Hannah Green (77),
    Queensland's Becky Kay (80) and Liz Elmassian (81) uncustomarily battling in windy conditions on the Hong Kong Golf Club’s New Course, the team suffered its worst collective round of the tournament.

    With the best two daily scores counting towards the Asia Pacific team title, Australia’s three-round total of 448 left it 26 strokes adrift of winner Korea with Philippines runner-up and New Zealand third.

    Green finished tied eighth in the individual event at five over par, with Elmassian tied 25th on 12 over and Kay tied 31st on 14 over.

    Australian coach Tony Meyer said the women “just couldn’t find any momentum” as the team fell from fifth overnight.

    “All the girls had bad starts and just couldn’t really get it back on track after that,” he said.

    “It was just a disappointing finish to a good week.

    “But I’m certain that Becky and Liz would have taken plenty from the week and learnt a lot given they haven’t played in conditions like this before.”

    Korea’s domination of the event continued with its eighth win in nine years with Australia’s win in Chinese Taipei in 2013 the only exception since 2007.

    With Hyun Kyung Park (-7), Eun Soon Jang (-3) and Joung Eun Lee (E) finishing first, second and tied fourth respectively in the individual event, the powerhouse Korean team finished 14 strokes clear of its nearest rival.

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    Sheree Hasson captures 2015 Women's Country Championship

    Cairns Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Club played host to the 2015 Women's Country Week Championships from Monday 18 May - Wednesday 20 May.

    Over 280 players from 38 clubs travelled to Far North Queensland for an exciting week of golf, with the Foursomes Championship beginning play on Monday and the individual championships playing out across the two courses on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, Cairns Golf Club hosted Round one of the Silver and Bronze II Championships with Sheree Hasson (Mackay), Marion Wright (Half Moon Bay) and 2012 Women's Country Champion Eileen Thompson firing an opening round of 78 (+5) to hold a two stroke lead over Half Moon Bay Golf Club member Sarah Wilson.

    In the Bronze II Championship, Debbie Curnow (Rowes Bay) set the pace early, as she managed 40 points on the Cairns layout. 

    Over at Half Moon Bay, local member Sue Job led a large field of more than 110 players, including Rosemary Veitch who trailed by a single shot after the conclusion of the first round.

    On Wednesday, clear conditions greeted the players for Round two, with Silver and Bronze II teeing off at Half Moon Bay Golf Club and Bronze I players heading across to Cairns Golf Club.

    Solid performances on the Cairns course earlier gave Sheree Hasson and Eileen Thompson confidence and prevented them from separating as they played on the Half Moon Bay layout.

    Both players showed early promise with Thompson returning birdies on the seventh and ninth holes, and later firing a double bogey. 

    Hasson managed just one birdie for her round and both players couldn't be split, both returning rounds of 5-over par 76 and heading to extra holes.

    Unfortunately Thompson was unable to contest the play-off due to travel commitments in the afternoon and therefore Sheree Hasson from Mackay claimed the 2015 Women's Country Championship title.

    At Half Moon Bay, Debbie Curnow (Rowes Bay) produced 31 points, enough to close out the rest of the field and take the Bronze 2 by a massive eight points.

    Round two of the Bronze I Championship concluded at Cairns, where Rosemary Veitch (Rowes Bay 95,101-196) emerged victorious, three shots clear from Alice Nurthern (Half Moon Bay - 97,102-199). 

    In Division 2 of Bronze I, a count back was required and Clare Kirby (Sanctuary Cove) defeated Half Moon Bay member Jennifer Bussey.

    Marion Wright (Half Moon Bay) and Erina Williams (Cairns) played well together to take out the 2015 Women's Country Foursomes on Monday. 

    Wright and Williams shot 7-over par 80 to win by three strokes from the sister pairing of Eileen Thompson and Fiona Bell from Townsville.

    Congratulations to Cairns Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Club for hosting a fantastic event, with special mention to both of the clubs' ladies committees who had put in hours of work to coordinate volunteers and make the 2015 Women's Country Week Championship a success. 

    In 2016, the Women's Country Week Championship will head south to the Gold Coast and both Southport Golf Club and Surfers Paradise Golf Clubs are looking forward to hosting upward of 400 players.

    For full results please click here.

    All photos from the tournament can be viewed on our Facebook page here.
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    Queensland men come off second best

    Victoria has completed an unprecedented clean sweep of state teams’ titles, downing Queensland 5-3 in the men’s final at Huntingdale.

    A day after winning the women’s championship at Royal Melbourne and less than a month after winning the girls’ and boys’ trophies in South Australia, history was made when Brett Coletta sealed his No.3 match 3&1.

    And then as the rest of the results fell Victoria’s way, the party began for the delirious home teams with the women’s squad watching in support.

    “It’s an awesome feeling,” Ben Eccles said after his quality match with Simon Viitakangas was halved, earning the Victorian skipper a medal as one of three unbeaten players for the week with five wins and two halves.

    “To have the girls and boys, then the women all win, we were really keen to get the four up today and it couldn't have worked out better.

    “It’s a really proud day for me, but mostly the state – to do that for the first time ever is almost unbelievable.

    “But we did it.”

    Victoria came hard out of the blocks and with David Micheluzzi four under and 5-up through seven holes against Jack Sullivan, his eventual 5&4 victory gave the home team a vital buffer.

    Thomas Power-Horan soon racked up his fifth win from six matches this week, dispatching the impressive Anthony Quayle 2&1 to add to the Vics’ comfort levels.

    But then things tightened up as Queensland showed the spirit it used to topple New South Wales to reach the final.

    Shae Wools-Cobb beat Andrew Schonewille 2&1 in the No.8 match and Blake Proverbs, the second of the unbeaten triumvirate, overcame Frazer Droop 2&1 after a roller-coaster ride throughout their tense match at No.5.

    But in terms of “wow factor”, however, the top match between Ryan Ruffels and Brisbane’s Taylor Macdonald had it all.

    Macdonald could scarcely have played better, bar for a couple of birdie putts sliding narrowly by.

    When he conceded Ruffels a birdie on the par-3 15th from inside 30cm, Macdonald was himself five under the card.

    But so imperious was Ruffels, who turned 17 on Wednesday, that that score was only good enough for a 5&3 defeat.

    Ruffels almost holed out on both the 15th and 3rd (10cm) and was an extraordinary 10 under par when he walked off.

    “I really didn’t want to let anyone down today,” said Ruffels, who was also a member of the winning boys’ team and won the individual national junior championship last month.

    “So I was really excited to be able to do that – it was an important day for Victorian golf, because those four wins have never happened before and it’s great to play my part.”

    Ruffels was 2-up early with birdies on the first and third, but gave one back when Macdonald almost aced the fifth, testament to the quality of the match.

    Macdonald’s eagle putt on the seventh sat on the lip, but Ruffels made a miraculous up-and-down birdie to halve the hole and start a birdie blitz that incredibly lasted six straight holes as the Queenslander was left just shaking his head.

    Senior squad rookie Brett Coletta fought a ripping match at No.3, which looked headed Queensland’s way when Jake McLeod led 1-up after 13 holes.

    But the emerging Coletta dug deep to win three holes in a row when it mattered most for his 3&1 triumph, sealing the title for Victoria.

    It didn’t, however, finish two stunning matches that, in the end, could not be split.

    Eccles scrambled impeccably for a par up the last as he and Viitakangas ended square after each player led at stages of a tense match.

    And then Cory Crawford had a chance to edge out Lucas Herbert in the No.2 match with a 4m putt on the last hole, but his birdie try slid by and the match was halved to seal the 5-3 final result and allow the party to begin in earnest.

    In the consolation matches, New South Wales ensured it finished third with a hard-fought 4.5-3.5 win over Western Australia.

    WA ace Jarryd Felton completed a superb week with a 3&2 win over Australian Amateur champion Cam Davis to remarkably remain unbeaten this week in the No.1 slot at an incredible collective 28 under par (estimated).

    In the playoff for fifth, South Australia breezed past Tasmania 6-2 with Antonio Murdaca winning the top match against Greg Longmore 2&1.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia

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    Queensland women finish third in the Australian Women’s Interstate Series
    After four days of competition at Royal Melbourne Golf Club (East Course), the Queensland Women’s state team have finished in third place after defeating South Australia 3.5-2.5 in the first consolation final on Thursday 30 April.

    Day one commenced on Monday 27 April and the women’s team locked in their first win in Round 1 against South Australia with 3.5-1.5. 

    It wasn’t an easy start for the women as South Australia looked strong leading in four matches after nine holes. 

    Yet, the opponents were unable to pull through and Gennai Goodwin and Karis Davidson brought home the win in their No.2 and No.1 matches respectively.

    The team played Tasmania in Round 2 defeating the team 4.5-0.5, the highlight being Robyn Choi’s 7&6 win in the No.4 match, resulting in an undefeated first day for the Queensland women.

    On day two, Queensland faced their first loss against hosts Victoria. 

    Robyn Choi commenced play in the No.5 match defeating opponent Bianca Ling 7&5.

    The Victorians managed to scrape through in the No.4 and No.3 matches with both matches halved. 

    Victorian captain Joanna Charlton edged out national squad member Rebecca Kay 2&1 in the No.2 match.

    Victoria’s Julienne Soo followed suit defeating Karis Davidson 2&1 in the No.1 match and settling Victoria’s win of 3-2 over the Queensland women.

    Round 4 saw Queensland fight back to claim a victory over New South Wales with a final score of 3-2.

    After play concluded on day two, it was clear Victoria was through to the finals and their opponent was determined in a final-round shootout between Queensland and Western Australia on Wednesday.

    The Round 5 decider proved too much for the Queensland women who succumbed to the pressure and lost out 2-3 to WA. 

    Yet, the women qualified for the first consolation final on Thursday and managed a win over SA 3.5-2.5 to place third in the interstate series.

    In the women’s final, team Victoria was victorious over Western Australia with 3.5-2.5.

    A great effort by the Queensland women’s team, coach Richard Woodhouse and team manager Shirley Dean

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    Queensland scuppers rivals' hopes
    Queensland will play Victoria in the final of the men’s Interstate Teams Championship.

    The Queenslanders put paid to the mathematical chances of New South Wales and Western Australia when they breezed past South Australia 7-0 this morning at Huntingdale.

    NSW held up its end of the bargain by pounding the Northern Territory 7-0, but finished a half-point behind Queensland, with the idle WA team a further half-point behind in fourth.

    Victoria edged past the gallant Tasmanians 4-3 to remain unbeaten in the preliminary rounds and will be chasing history tomorrow against Queensland.

    With its women’s, boys’ and girls’ teams all successful in the national championship in the past month, a win to the men tomorrow will provide an unprecedented sweep.

    NSW will face WA in the third-place playoff with Tasmania against South Australia in a battle for fifth.

    The Northern Territory finished winless in seventh place, but won four matches for the week in a memorable and successful debut in the championship.
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    Queensland wins epic tussle

    It didn’t have the biffo, but Queensland and New South Wales fought out a classic Interstate Teams Championship state-of-origin-style tussle on Day 3 of the Series.

    And with a likely final berth against Victoria on the line, it came right down to the last match until Queensland emerged victorious 4-3 after a gripping battle.

    The states alternated victories in a tense final hour with some brilliant shot-making under pressure.

    But ironically, the 17th hole – the 11th at Huntingdale – halved in bogeys was enough for national squad member Cory Crawford to seal a 2&1 victory in the No.2 match for the Queenslanders to be in front when it mattered.

    The result left Queensland tied for second with Western Australia on the ladder with Victoria clear and assured of its final berth.

    But WA has the bye in the final round on Thursday, meaning any points from either NSW or Queensland will eliminate it.

    Queensland will advance with a win over South Australia, while New South Wales will qualify with a win over the Northern Territory and a Queensland halve or worse.

    Tasmania’s afternoon 4.5-2.5 loss to WA took it out of contention, while South Australia ensured Northern Territory will finish seventh with a 7-0 thumping of the newcomers.

    Crawford, Jake McLeod, Blake Proverbs and Anthony Quayle all saluted for Queensland against NSW, which had Kevin Yuan, Troy Moses and Cam Davis victorious.

    Quayle, originally from the NT, was sublime in the No.7 match winning 6&4 to set the ball rolling and from then on, McLeod said it had a “state of origin feel” to it.

    “It’s a big rivalry, especially in league, so it feels good,” McLeod said.

    “We were looking pretty good with (Quayle) and Blake had a late win on the 17th before things got a bit tighter… it’s a great feeling to win a tight one like that as a team.”

    McLeod, who has won 3.5 of a possible five points this week largely by weaving magic with his putter, said his 4&2 result over Travis Smyth belied the match’s closeness.

    “Trav played well (but) I just putted well and made a few too many birdies for him in the end.

    “They’re nice and receptive (greens), so you can land it up next to the pin, hit it close and give it a good roll – I like them.”

    But McLeod said there was no room for complacency with South Australia more than capable of an upset on Thursday morning.

    “We can’t get a head of ourselves. We’ve just got to play our own game and get the wins we need to get in the final.”

    Earlier in the day, Victoria – which had the afternoon bye – became the first team through courtesy of its impressive depth.

    Despite Jarryd Felton’s impressive win over Victorian ace Ryan Ruffels the hosts won through 4.5-2.5.

    The Vics, though, turned to Brett Coletta (2-up over Kiran Day), skipper Ben Eccles (4&2 over Min Woo Lee) and unsung heroes David Micheluzzi and Thomas Power-Horan to seal a place in the final before having the afternoon off.

    Coach Marty Joyce was delighted with his team’s even performance.

    “They’re doing a very good job all the way through. The bottom four have been playing fantastic which is nice because a lot of the battles have been close going into the back nine,” Joyce said.

    “It gives us great confidence, absolutely. The team is very strong as a whole and a lot of the guys could be playing in different spots.

    “But the nice thing is they’re more comfortable playing in their spot, playing for a win and not worried about what position they’re in because at the end of the day we need four wins each time, regardless of where they come from.”

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    Registration for Olympic golf tickets opens
    If you’ve been waiting a lifetime to see golf in the Olympics, here’s your chance.

    As golf returns to the Games for the first time since 1904, you can now register your interest for tickets to personally welcome it back to the Olympic family in Brazil next year.

    The Australian Olympic Committee has launched the ticketing process for the Rio Games with residents having until May 5 to register their interest in attending the first Olympics ever held in South America.

    The AOC announced today it had joined again with CoSport as its authorised ticket reseller through website which will run the ballot and ticketing process.

    “For our athletes and fans alike, there are few experiences more exhilarating than being part of competition on the world stage,” Australian Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller said.

    “Together with CoSport, we are excited to extend an invitation to Australian fans from around the country to share this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

    CoSport managing director Grant Little said his company had a “deep knowledge of Brazil” and offered an “exciting variety” of individual ticket and package options.

    “Our hotel and tickets packages especially simplify attending the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so our guests can focus on enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to choose from once sales open, but the best packages will surely go fast,” Little said.

    The initial ballot closes on May 5 at 10am and by May 11, CoSport will confirm with fans which requested tickets have been secured and advise the payment process.

    Tickets start for as little as $27 to preliminary rounds in a range of sports and for sports such as marathon swimming and mountain biking in open precincts.

    Tickets to watch an athletics session which features a range of finals including the women’s 100m hurdles final, where Sally Pearson hopes to defend her Olympic title, start from $175 and range to $574.

    One of the iconic experiences of the Games will be beach volleyball on Copacabana Beach, with tickets to pool matches ranging from $33 to $67.

    The most expensive ticket at the Games is a prime seat at the opening ceremony for $2654.

    After the initial ballot phase, the next opportunity for Australian Olympic fans to purchase tickets will occur on May 19 as part of a first come, first served process.
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    Queensland, Victoria locked in battle
    The Interstate Teams Championship has begun in Melbourne with Victoria and Queensland locked in heavyweight battle in men’s competition.

    In showery conditions at Huntingdale, Queenslander Cory Crawford has clawed back from an early deficit to put the visitors right back in the hunt through nine holes.

    Crawford was two down to Lucas Herbert after the powerful Victorian was conceded a birdie on the par-five 14th hole.

    But Crawford wrested back the momentum with a spectacular approach to the 16th for birdie and turned all square.

    Queensland's No.3 Jake McLeod has Brett Coletta under the pump with a 3-up lead through the turn, with teammate Anthony Quayle also 1-up on David Micheluzzi.

    But Tom Power-Horan, Frazer Droop and Ryan Ruffels each lead for Victoria in a tense battle.

    In other men’s matches, South Australia has a decided edge over Tasmania with leads in four matches and two others square.

    But in a slight turn-up, Tassie’s No.1 Greg Longmore is 2-up through 10 holes over South Australian ace Antonio Murdaca.

    Northern Territory’s Mitch Gridley is 1-up through 16 against Western Australia’s Ben Seward in the Territory’s first ever match at Interstate Series level.

    WA leads four of the seven matches against NT, with two others square.

    In women’s matches on Royal Melbourne’s East Course, Victoria has won the week’s first point with Grace Daniell beating Tasmanian Sharon Crowden 8&7.

    But the hosts aren’t having it all their own way with Tassie up in two other matches through nine holes.

    In a potentially bigger shock, though, South Australia leads Queensland in four matches after nine holes, with Ella Adams leading 3-up against Robyn Choi with six holes to play in their No.4 encounter.

    Powerhouses Western Australia and New South Wales are locked in another tense battle with Jessica Whiting already securing one match for WA and Paige Stubbs likewise for NSW.

    Perth’s Hannah Green is 4-up over Liz Elmassian in the No.1 match, with the No.2 and No.3 matches all critical.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia

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    Australian Interstate Teams Matches commence in Victoria
    The Australian Interstate Teams Matches will run from Monday 27 April until Friday 1 May, 2015 in Victoria.

    The Interstate Teams Matches are Australia’s premier Amateur Team Golf Championships with each State team contesting singles match play in a round robin format, concluding with a final.

    The men’s competition will be played at Huntingdale Golf Club with each team consisting of eight players.

    The Women’s Interstate Teams play for the Galdys Hay Memorial Trophy and will play at Royal Melbourne Golf Club with each team consisting of six players.

    Queensland’s State Women’s Team:

    • Robyn Choi (Royal Pines)
    • Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove)
    • Gennai Goodwin (Indooroopilly)
    • Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe)
    • Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed)
    • Amy Walsh (Palmer Gold Coast)
    • Women’s Coach: Richard Woodhouse
    • Women’s Team Manager: Shirley Dean

    Queensland State Men’s Team:

    • Cory Crawford (Sanctuary Cove)
    • Taylor Macdonald (Redcliffe)
    • Jake McLeod (Royal Queensland)
    • Jake Proverbs (Pacific)
    • Anthony Quayle (Sanctuary Cove)
    • Jack Sullivan (Palmer Gold Coast)
    • Simon Viitakangas (Palmer Gold Coast)
    • Shae Wools-Cobb (Horton Park)
    • Men’s Coach: Tony Meyer
    • Men’s Team Manager: Matthew Toomey 

    Stay up-to-date with all the results streamed through the Golf Queensland Twitter account here.

    Photos of the tournament will be uploaded daily to the Golf Queensland Facebook page here.
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    Smith cashes in again
    Queenslander Cameron Smith has recorded his second top-15 finish in a remarkable US PGA Tour season.

    Smith, a Golf Australia rookie squad member, carved out six birdies in a four-under-par round of 67 at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina this morning to seal a T15 finish in the RBC Heritage.

    Playing on a sponsor’s invitation, the 21-year-old finished at nine under, nine shots behind champion Jim Furyk who beat Kevin Kisner in a playoff.

    Smith’s stellar play on the Asian Tour – six consecutive top 10s late last year -- earnt him a start in the co-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia where he cashed in with a T5, the first player in six years on PGA Tour debut with a top-10 finish.

    He has now parlayed that into six starts from which he has banked $366,300, giving him a great leg-up towards a Tour berth next year – and even the faint hope of a card on the big tour if he can shine at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans this week.

    Both Smith and fellow rookie squad member Oliver Goss will tee up in Louisiana.

    This morning’s win for Furyk came on the back of an impressive 11 birdies in 20 holes, including two in the gripping playoff with the winner on the par-three 17th.

    It was the American veteran’s 17th career victory on US PGA Tour, but he roared with obvious delight and relief when he broke a 100-start winless drought dating back five years.

    Though still ranked 10th in the world, the 2003 US Open champ had been winless in nine attempts while leading through 54 holes since the 2010 Tour Championship.

    ''I think getting excited on 17 there was a lot of pent-up frustrations,'' said Furyk, who closed with a 63.

    “I was starting to feel like this game is beating me up, and the losing hurts a lot more than winning feels good.

    ''I think I just forgot how good it feels to win.”

    Masters and Australian Open champion Jordan Spieth closed with a 70 to finish T11 at 10 under.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia
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    Golf Queensland announces two-year sponsorship with Srixon

    Golf Queensland is pleased to announce Srixon’s commitment as a sponsor until 2017.

    Srixon will return as a sponsor for the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open and major sponsor of the Queensland Men’s Mid-Amateur Championships.

    In addition, Srixon have committed to a new venture coming on board as a major sponsor of the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship.

     The Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championships will be played from 7 to 9 December at the Indooroopilly Golf Club.

    Managing Director for Srixon, Martin Wright said the company was pleased to partner with Golf Queensland and support another State-based Championship.  

    “Junior events such as the Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur are important for the growth of golf and we’re excited to add another pinnacle event to the agreement”.

    Golf Queensland Manager of Golf Operations Luke Bates said he was looking forward to seeing the success of the new partnership with Srixon on top of their returning sponsorship agreements. 

     “Srixon has provided invaluable support for Golf Queensland in previous years and their continued support is only testament of the quality of golf in Queensland.”

     About the Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur Championship 

    The Queensland Boy’s and Girl’s Amateur is the pinnacle Junior Championship in Queensland and is a three-day event comprising of 72 holes.

    Past winners include Karrie Webb, Katherine Kirk (nee Hull), Rachel Hetherington, Greg Norman, Wayne Grady, Peter Senior, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Andrew Dodt and Cameron Smith. 

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    Queensland Boys' Place Fifth in the 2015 Interstate Series
    The Australian Boys’ Interstate Teams Matches played from 13 – 17 April 2015 at Links Lady Bay Golf Club in South Australia and saw the Queensland State Boys’ Team finish in 5th place (20.5 matches won) at conclusion of play on Thursday.

    The Queensland boys’ team included 2015 Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year Doug Klein, 2014 Greg Norman Junior Masters Champion Charlie Pilon, Chris Park, Lawry Flynn, Louis Dobbelaar and Steven Cox.

    The boys claimed their first win on day one of competition up against Tasmania with 4 – 1. 

    Round two saw the boys against hosts South Australia in a tough fight for the win. Queensland’s No. 5 Louis Dobbelaar secured the 3 – 2 round win after his 3&2 win over Travis Miller.

    On day two Queensland claimed a 4 – 1 win over the Northern Territory before going on to play a tense battle against New South Wales. 

    Queensland captain Doug Klein finished the No. 1 match with a 3&2 win over Jason Hong to have the match halved.

    Play concluded on day two and Queensland was tied with New South Wales and Victoria all at the top of the table on 3.5 points.

    Day four and Queensland lost round five to Western Australia (1.5 – 3.5), yet managed to come back in round six with a 4 – 1 win over the ACT. 

    Unfortunately, the last day of competition didn’t see any success and the Queensland boys lost to Victoria (3.5 – 1.5). 

    Thirteen-year-old Louis Dobbelaar was undefeated and wasn’t going to let Victorian Aiden Didone break his run in the No. 5 match which ended in a half-point for each state after both players parred the last hole.

    The No. 4 match saw Queensland’s Charles Pilon go down to Konrad Ciupek of Victoria with 4&2.

    Chris Park managed a win, Queensland’s only, in his No. 3 match with his 10m birdie bomb on the 17th and he went on to win 2-up with a final hole par.
    The No. 2 match saw Steven Cox make huge putts on the 16th and 17th holes to have the match square going up the last but after a misjudged putt he went down with Victoria’s Cameron John winning 1-up.

    The final match of the round saw Victoria seal their win with Ryan Ruffels defeating Queensland’s Doug Klein 2&1 in the No. 1 match.

    The Victorian boys’ team took out the title and completed a clean sweep in the Interstate Series after the Girls’ title was secured a day earlier.

    After all play concluded, the Queensland Boys’ Interstate team finished in 5th place behind championship winners Victoria, Western Australia (2nd), New South Wales (3rd) and South Australia (4th). 

    Despite not placing, Queensland’s Louis Dobbelaar finished undefeated in the series - at just 13 years of age, this is an outstanding effort!

    To read a wrap report on the Girls' Interstate Series, click here.

    For full results and information, visit the Golf Australia championships page here

    Photo: nEverest Photography
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    Playgolf WEEK 2015 Dates Announced
    If you’ve ever wanted to play golf, put this week in your calendar.

    The second annual Playgolf WEEK 2015 will run from Monday, October 26 through to Sunday, November 1.

    Playgolf WEEK is an event to inspire and motivate people to give golf a go and play more often.

    It provides a great opportunity for facilities to promote all aspects of their venue, increase their revenue and engage with their local community. 

    The 2014 event saw nearly 200 facilities Australia-wide take part in Playgolf WEEK, with over 7,000 people attending activities throughout the week.

    For facilities or people wanting to know more about Playgolf WEEK, or for a full report on the 2014 event, please contact the Playgolf WEEK Team on 03 9626 5050 or
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    Queensland Girls' State Team End Four-Year Winning Streak to Victoria
    The Australian Girls’ Interstate Teams Matches for the Burtta Cheney Cup played from 13 - 16 April 2015 at Fleurieu Golf Club in South Australia and saw reigning champions, Queensland, admit defeat in an upset fourth round against Victoria.

    The Queensland girls’ team included 2015 Australian Ladies Master Leading Amateur and Golf Australia National Squad member Rebecca Kay and 2014 Golf Queensland Junior Female Amateur of the Year Karis Davidson

    The girls were joined by Robyn Choi, Stacey White and Kate Law in the three-day round robin format of competition. 

    After six title wins over the past eight years, including a more recent four-year winning streak, the Queensland girls’ team went into play as strong favourites. 

    Day one of competition saw Queensland defeat South Australia 3.5 - 1.5 with Karis Davidson, Robyn Choi and Kate Law successfully overcoming their southern opponents. 

    The No. 4 match saw Stacey White’s score halved against Jin-Young Yun and Rebecca Kay went down 3&2 to Cassidy Everniadis of South Australia.

    Glorious conditions on day two of competition set the tone for the Queensland girls as they defeated Western Australia in a whitewash 5 – 0.

    Next up was Round 4 against Victoria and they started confident as Robyn Choi secured the first point with a 3&2 win over Zara Woodbridge. 

    This familiar confidence was quickly put to rest when Victorians Alexandra Hilliard and Cheerie Tan defeated Queensland girls, Kate Law and Kirsty Hodgkins in the No. 3 and No.4 matches. 

    It didn’t stop there and Stephanie Bunque of Victoria played a 2m par putt on the 17th hole to give her a 2&1 win over Queensland’s Karis Davidson

    In the No. 1 match, Victorian captain Olivia Kline played a birdie on the 18th to defeat Rebecca Kay and cement Victoria’s round win and championship title after four straight wins throughout the competition.

    Not going down without a fight, the Queensland girls defeated NSW 3.5-1.5 in the final round of competition with Kirsty Hodgkins and Robyn Choi overcoming opponents 3&1 and 5&3 respectively.

    As a result, the Queensland Girls’ State Team finished competition in second place with three wins and one loss ahead of New South Wales.

    To read a wrap report on the Boys' Interstate Series, click here.

    For full results and information visit Golf Australia’s Championships page here

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    Vics topple giants to seal title
    If you believe golf is played above the shoulders, the Victorian girls’ team is your proof.

    The Vics left the highly fancied New South Wales and Queensland teams in their wake on Tuesday, stunning each en route to sealing an early victory at the Girls’ Interstate Teams championship in South Australia.

    And with a bye on Wednesday morning, the party started early Tuesday night with manager Jo Charlton promising her charges “plenty of ice cream and chocolate” in celebration.

    The Vics entered the week ranked fifth of five teams by the Australian rankings, but that mattered little to the team of Olivia Kline, Stephanie Bunque, Cheerie Tan, Zara Woodbridge, Alex Hilliard and Soo Bin Park who triumphed all four times they played Fleurieu Golf Course at Mount Compass.

    “It’s a really testing course and we just told the girls that pars would get the job done,” Charlton said.

    “So we just talked about hitting fairways and greens and not much else and that’s exactly what they did.

    “It’s incredible and the girls are justifiably rapt – we all are.”

    Victoria hung tough in the morning match against NSW, with Park‘s 2&1 triumph over Antonia Gonzalez in the No.5 match setting the tone.

    Then with undefeated Bunque and Tan leading the charge in the afternoon, the Big V took down the powerhouse Queenslanders 4-1 to give Victoria its first interstate title since 2007.

    “That’s the beauty of matchplay, it’s anyone’s game,” Charlton said.

    “They’ve worked really well all week and they’re a great little unit … we’re a happy little camp.

    “All the girls have really improved in the past year, but we didn’t expect this.

    “You always go in with a bit of faith and do the simple things well and we thought third would be great.

    “But once you have that belief, anything is possible.”

    Queensland, which has won six of the past eight titles, were confident after off a morning 5-0 win over WA and had Robyn Choi earn the first point with a 3&2 win over Woodbridge.

    But after Hilliard and Tan saluted, Bunque set the team into celebration mode with a 2m par putt on the 17th hole to give her a 2&1 win over red-hot Karis Davidson and seal overall victory.

    To cap it off, captain Kline then made a birdie on the 18th to beat Golf Australia national squad member Becky Kay 1-up in the No.1 match.

    In the other afternoon match, NSW edged past WA 3-2, meaning that WA and SA will play for fourth tomorrow morning, with Queensland and NSW fighting for second.

    Story: Mary Hayes / Golf Australia
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    Boys going by halves
    The stage is set for an epic conclusion to the Boys’ Interstate Teams championship with four states still right in the hunt.

    A tense afternoon of Round 4 matches left more questions than it answered at Links Lady Bay today after the top four teams remarkably shared the spoils.

    Queensland and New South Wales could each have put the other on the back foot, but fought out a tense halved match with skipper Douglas Klein winning 3&2 in the No.1 battle with Jason Hong.

    In theory that could have opened the door for Victoria, but a determined Western Australia had different ideas.

    The Sandgropers had unexpectedly halved their morning match with South Australia, but when Connor Faulds and Cameron Jones beat Vics Aiden Didone and Matias Sanchez, respectively, an afternoon upset looked on.

    But Cameron John beat Ben Ferguson 1-up and captain Ryan Ruffels trounced Min Woo Lee 6&5, the Vics salvaged half a point.

    The result left Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria tied on 3.5 of a possible four points, with WA poised on three.

    And host South Australia remains a mathematical chance on 1.5 after beating ACT this afternoon, while Tasmania opened its account with a 4-1 win over the Northern Territory.

    But it’s so close at the top, WA manager Darren Goss couldn’t split the teams.

    “Honestly it’s so close and it’s such high quality, you can’t call it,” Goss said tonight.

    “It’s a really good matchplay course with an open nine for the big hitters and a tighter one for the thinkers, so it’s just really close.”

    WA was extremely close to upsetting the fancied Victorians with John rolling in a 5m bomb on the last hole of his match, the sixth at Lady Bay, for his 1-up victory over Ferguson.

    “It was an amazing finish. But it was like that all the way around with most of the boys,” Goss said.

    “At one stage, Fred Lee (and Josh Hetherington) were about 35 feet away from the pin for their birdie putts and couldn’t decide who was away.

    “They tossed a coin to decide, then both of them just rolled in their putts. It was unbelievable golf.”

    Goss said his WA charges were confident they could continue on with matches to come against NSW and Queensland among their final three rounds.

    “All the boys played brilliant. Everyone’s confident and it’s matchplay, so anything can happen, especially the way it’s working out.”
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    Queensland Juniors Path a Promising Future
    The Australian Girls’ and Boys’ Amateur was held at the Tee Tree Gully and Kooyonga Golf Club’s in South Australia last week with several promising Queensland juniors dominating the field inside the top 20. 

    Queensland was well represented with 40 boys and 17 girls in the field of the 140 juniors competing in the tournament. 

    They competed against a star studded field with the boys gaining five top 20 finishes, and the girls earning seven spots in the top 20.

    Christopher Jimenez (Royal Queensland) was the top ranking male Queenslander placing tied fourth with rounds of 70, 72, 74, and 74 (290) after sharing the midway lead with defending Victorian Champion Ryan Ruffels. 

    Myoung Kim (Lakelands) was among the contenders only three shots behind (293) placing ninth while 2014 Golf Queensland Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year Douglas Klein (Redcliffe) finished with six over par (294) taking out 11th place. 

    Hills International’s Charles Pilon and Lakelands’ Chris Park also earned spots within the top 20 placing 13th and 15th respectively. 

    In the Girls’ competition, Sanctuary Cove’s Karis Davidson and Coolangatta Tweed’s Rebecca Kay were favourites leading into the tournament with each earning respective Amateur title achievements within the last month. 

    After a slow start with 75, followed by a promising four-under-par 69 on the second day, Davidson duly responded to a playoff with Sydney’s Celina Yuan. 

    The tense playoff resulted in an Australian Girls’ Amateur title for Yuan after a birdie on the third extra hole. 

    Davidson followed through and finished runner-up  (293) for the second consecutive year with fellow Queenslander Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe) earning fourth place (297). 

    The remaining Queensland girls finished in a strong suit as Jiwon Jeon (Hills International) placed equal six with fellow Queenslander Robyn Choi (Royal Pines), both scoring 300. 

    Golf Australia National Squad Member Rebecca Kay stumbled through the second day with rounds of 75, 80, 74, and 77 to place 13th. 

    Rounding out the top 20 for Queensland was Pacific Golf Club’s Stacey White with 308 and Yun Eun Eunice Kim (Lakelands) with 313.

    We wish the Queensland Girls’ and Boys’ Teams well with their endeavour’s to take out their respective Australian titles in South Australia this week.
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    Regional Junior Clinics take off in North Queensland
    The 2015 Junior Regional Clinics have kicked off in North Queensland with 40 keen juniors registered to attend.

    The two-day clinics are set to take place at Rowes Bay Golf Club in Townsville and Mareeba Golf Club in Cairns from 13-14 April 2015 and Bargara Golf Club from 4-5 July 2015. 

    At the clinics, juniors are afforded a fantastic opportunity to develop their golfing ability and exposure to Golf Queensland’s High Performance pathway.

    The two-day clinic is at a cost of $70 per participant which includes coaching (from a Golf Queensland coach and local Professional), technical analysis, acceleration and all meals and drinks.

    There are numerous opportunities to improve their game through both personal and social development, plus access to improved coaching and education programs including with state coaches and selectors.

    The Regional Junior Clinics play an important role in Golf Queensland’s development division and also gives the state team coaches the opportunity to work and connect with local community coaches.

    Golf Queensland Participation Development Officer Adrian Hewat highlights the importance of the clinics to drive development and exposure of our High Performance Program at an early age throughout the state.

     “This grassroots approach is imperative in building and maintaining relationships within the coaching teams across the state and is important in providing Queensland players with the best possible coaching and education,” says Hewat.

    “Each year we see success in our juniors and I look forward to seeing many more junior golfers from regional Queensland at next year’s clinics.”

    Follow us on Facebook here to see updates throughout the clinics. 

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    Karis gets her SA groove back
    Emerging Queenslander Karis Davidson has renewed her passion for South Australia, storming to the lead in the Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship.

    Davidson, runner-up in the Australian Amateur at The Grange last year, systematically picked her way through the field today with a bogey-free second round of four-under-par 69.

    Her exemplary form at Tea Tree Gully Golf Club, near Adelaide, gave her a three-shot buffer with 36 holes to be played on tomorrow’s final day.

    Sydney’s Celina Yuan (70) and New Zealender Brooke Hamilton (72) shot sub-par rounds today to join first-round leader Olivia Kline (77), of Melbourne, at one over in a tie for second.

    The only other red number of the day was posted by Perth’s Hira Naveed, whose 71 brought her back into the frame at six over after an opening 81.

    The shock of the day came when Golf Australia national squad member Becky Kay stumbled through three double-bogeys to manage an 80, which left her 11 shots off the -3 pace of her fellow Queenslander.

    Davidson, 16, a member at Sanctuary Cove, said she enjoyed the South Australian conditions.

    “It’s mainly because the courses here are pretty tight with plenty of trees and it really just makes you focus in on your shots because you’ll get in trouble if you’re not straight,” she said.

    “And the greens are soft and smooth, so you can putt with confidence.”

    Davidson, whose personal-best tournament round is five under, said she wouldn’t do anything different in tomorrow’s final rounds.

    “I had a good day today … happy I didn’t make any bogeys. I’ll just try my best tomorrow, have fun and see how it goes,” she said.
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    Kolar bubbles as leaders stall
    Some cracking scores lit up the Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship today – but oddly not at the top of a crowded leaderboard.

    Sydney’s Daniel Kolar peeled off a Kooyonga championship course record five-under-par 67 in today’s second round, but, like several around him to make their move, he was coming from a fair way back.

    World No.16 amateur and defending champion Ryan Ruffels, of Victoria, shares the midway lead at two under with Christopher Jimenez, of Queensland, after both followed opening 70s with 72s.

    First-round bolter Fred Lee, of Perth, fired a 73 to share third at one under with Jason Hong, who was one of a handful of players to push forward as the leaders stalled.

    Hong’s 70 was bettered by fellow Sydneysider Blake Windred (69), who shares fifth with Melburnian Cameron John (69), Canberra’s Josh Armstrong (69) and Kiwi visitor Daniel Hillier (68).

    But it was Kolar who stole the spotlight in Adelaide.

    The 17-year-old from St Michaels actually made an eagle on his last hole of the first round to finish with a 79.

    And using that momentum, he came out firing in the second round with birdies on the first, second, and fourth holes en route to seven birdies of an ultra-attacking round.

    “It was pretty good. I didn’t play too badly (on Wednesday), but didn’t have much luck,” Kolar said.

    “Today a couple of putts dropped and that’s the difference, I suppose.

    “It was good to back in contention a little bit, but I’ll have to have another one of them tomorrow … I’m still a fair way back.”

    Of the other pre-tournament fancies, Perth’s Min Woo Lee fired a 73 to sit at three over alongside Brisbane’s Douglas Klein (74).

    The field was cut to 63 at 12 over par or better, with the final 36 holes to be played in a Friday marathon.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia
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    Kline's all out attack pays off
    Olivia Kline’s sparkling attacking flair has given her a cosy early lead in the Australian Girls’ Amateur Championship in Adelaide.

    The Melburnian was the only golfer under-par on the demanding Tea Tree Gully layout today – but her three-under-par 70 was anything but routine as she built a three-shot gap after the first of four rounds.

    Kline, 17, of Victoria Golf Club, extraordinarily made three bogeys and a double-bogey, yet offset them with a brilliant attacking barrage around the long course.

    She made five birdies – on the 5th, 7th, 8th, 15th and 17th holes – and threw in an eagle on the par-five 10th hole for good measure.

    The Victorian captain in next week’s teams event, Kline leads Malaysia’s Ashley Lau Jen Wen by three strokes, with Queenslander Kirsty Hodgkins and South Australian Cassidy Evreniadis another shot back after each fired a one-over 74.

    Pre-tournament fancies Becky Kay and Karis Davidson, both of Queensland, each fired 75 to be five back, but still in touch, while defending champ, Victoria’s Kono Matsumoto has work to do after her opening 79.

    At the other end of the scale, a score of 92 might not immediately set hearts racing, but a closer inspection of Sophie Yip’s score might change the perspective.

    Yip, of New South Wales, is just 10 years old and in her first national girls’ championship – but you can bet it won’t be her last.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia
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    Mystery man Freddy Lee stuns them all
    There are remarkable golf stories – and then there’s the one about Australian Boys’ Amateur Championship leader Fred Lee.

    Lee, 15, fired a career-best 69 today to lead a star-studded field at Kooyonga Golf Club in Adelaide.

    And if that wasn’t remarkable enough, consider this: Lee rarely plays competitive golf – of any description.

    The impeccably mannered Perth teen instead chooses to practise his technique with teaching pro Craig Bishop, rarely bringing his skills to the course.

    “I’m really quite excited, it’s the first time I’ve ever shot three under,” Lee said of his round that gave him a one-shot buffer over Victorian Ryan Ruffels and Queensland’s Christopher Jimenez, the only golfers under par.

    “When I play, I’m normally pretty steady around par or one under, but I don’t get out very often to play.

    “I just practise every day, but just working on basics, rather than playing on the course.

    “I enjoy that, too, but mainly just to learn to read the greens.”

    Lee, a member at Royal Perth, but who rarely plays competition rounds at the South Perth venue, said he spends more time with his father David, a one-time 12-handicapper who largely shelved golf when Fred was born.

    “I surprised myself, actually. I started out wanting to be aggressive when I needed to be and patient when I needed to be,” he said.

    “But I judged my shots well and worked off the yardage book pretty well.”

    Lee, who plays off +1, confessed a limited knowledge of many of his rivals this week, having spent precious little time in tournaments.

    But remarkably, he idolises defending champion Ruffels, a comparative veteran aged 16.

    “I know Ryan. It’s actually a goal of mine to play with him – I think he’s outstanding.

    “My goal is to be like Ryan Ruffels, he’s an inspiration. So is (West Australian teammate) Minwoo Lee, they inspire a lot of people.”

    The pristine Kooyonga was a stern test today, despite playing a shorter length than its maximum.

    Most of the pre-tournament fancies are within reach of the lead, with Minwoo Lee firing a 74, one stroke better than last year’s runner-up Blake Windred and rising Victorian Cameron John.

    Queensland is well represented with Douglas Klein (73) and the impressive Charles Pilon (72) poised after the first of four rounds.

    Both Pilon and Ruffels made double-bogey on the tough par-four eighth hole, preventing them from even better finishes.

    Round 2 will be played tomorrow before the field is cut to 60 plus ties for 36 holes on Friday.

    Story: Mark Hayes / Golf Australia
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    Dann wins with six-under score
    A four-hole birdie blitz on the final day of the 2015 Sunshine Coast Men’s Open amateur golf championship at Headland Golf Club over the Easter weekend helped local Charlie Dann to yet another big tournament win.

    Dann, who plays out of Pelican Waters, shot rounds of 72 and 66 to return an impressive six-under par score and win the Tate Professional Engineers-sponsored event by one shot from Chris Crabtree (also Pelican Waters) and Headland’s Matt Walkenhorst.

    An impressive field of 220, including 30 players with a scratch handicap or better, teed off in the 56th annual event. Five players broke par, with Ash Grosvenor (Keperra) and defending champion David Grenfell (Horton Park) joining Dann, Crabtree and Walkenhorst under the card.

    But in a strange scenario, 22-year-old Dann said he had played better on Saturday than on Sunday, despite his brilliant six under 66.

    “On Saturday I left my putts short. On Sunday I had just 24 putts, and that was the difference,” he said.

    “But I was really happy with my overall ball striking and the course was superb - the best condition I have ever seen it. The greens were soft, receptive and really true and because there was very little run the trees did not come into play.”

    Teeing off on Sunday Dann was two behind the four overnight leaders, but turned at two under then birdied the first four holes on the back nine. His only blemish coming home was a bogey at 15 after missing the green to the left with a wedge.

    Dann, whose goal is to play in as many professional tournaments as possible during the next 18 months, has taken his national amateur ranking from 130 to 25 since October.

    Sean McGill, a Headland member playing off five, had his two best rounds in ages when he parred the course on both days to win the overall best nett score (134) with another local, Peter Folker (nine) second on 137. McGill also won the B grade gross with 144, while Kane Jongeling (North Lakes) won C grade with 169. 

    A grade nett was won by Scott Walker (Headland) with 140, B grade also by McGill and C grade by Scott Mayes (Mt Coolum) 140. The junior champion is Chris Jimenez of Royal Queensland while Headland’s club captain, Ian Moore, took out the senior title. 

    Story: Tony Durkin. Photo: Jason Dougherty / Sunshine Coast Daily

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    Next generation right now
    If this were football, there’d be dozens of scouts lining the fairways.

    The Australian Junior Golf Championships start in Adelaide on Wednesday – and with the gap constantly narrowing between our emerging youngsters and their elite open-age counterparts, it’s no surprise that many of the combatants are already well established in senior ranks.

    There’s no clearer example of that than defending boys’ champion Ryan Ruffels, the Victorian prodigy who at 16, remarkably has this and one more year of eligibility at this level.

    Ruffels, ranked 15thin the world senior amateur rankings, scooped the pool at Heritage last year and is eager to defend at Kooyonga from Wednesday.

    But Ruffels won’t have things all his own way with a talented field gunning for him.

    Among the leading contenders are Perth’s Minwoo Lee, last year’s runner-up Blake Windred, from Sydney, and Queenslander Douglas Klein.

    Emerging Cameron John showed his wares when he led the recent Riversdale Cup, while his Victorian teammate Josh Hetherington is making his first appearance for his new state having moved south from Darwin to further his golf.

    Lee, 16, had a taste of international golf in Argentina late last year as part of a touring Australian team.

    And he can’t wait to put the lessons to good use in the chase to topple Ruffels.

    “I’m totally up for it,” Lee enthused.

    “It’ll be really good to play alongside Ryan again and show what I have.

    “The time in Argentina was great … it was great to represent Australia (and) I really learnt a lot about my game.

    “It’s a great field, so it will be good to test what I’ve learnt against everyone.”

    The girls’ title will be contested at Tea Tree Gully with an equally gifted field.

    Newly promoted Golf Australia national squad member Becky Kay, of the Gold Coast, will be a nominal favourite after a stellar summer.

    But in Victoria’s defending champ Kono Matsumoto, Sydneysider Doey Choi, and fellow Queenslander Karis Davidson, the 2014 Australian Amateur runner-up, Kay won’t have it easy, either.

    Throw in some international visitors including New Zealand’s Astor Trophy representative Alanna Campbell returning to South Australia, and it’s clearly a hot field.

    The pathway from the national junior titles to golf stardom is well trodden with past winners including Adam Scott, Jason Day, Wendy Doolan and Jan Stephenson.

    But, as Ruffels knows all too well, the gap is shrinking.

    “Obviously there’s a step up to pro tournaments, but you realise that if you can avoid being star-struck that the difference between the levels isn’t as big as you think,” he said.

    The tournaments are both 72-hole strokeplay with 18 on Wednesday and Thursday followed by 36 on Friday with the winners earning berths in the respective Australian Opens.

    The Junior Interstate Teams Championship will be held the following week, also in South Australia.

    Story: Golf Australia // Mark Hayes
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    Queensland Golf Industry Awards winners announced

    The Queensland golf industry capped off a stellar year last night at the 2014 QGI Awards on the Gold Coast.

    The evening recognised the achievements of those from the Queensland Division of the PGA of Australia, Golf Managers Association Queensland (GMAQ), Golf Queensland as well as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ).

    With 25 awards presented and over 450 attendees, it was a strong representation of the positive direction of the Queensland golf industry.

    Golf Queensland presented five awards, including Headland Golf Club's Laurel Opray for Club Super Volunteer of the Year, Doug Klein for Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year, Taylor Macdonald for Male Amateur Golfer of the Year and Karis Davidson for both Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the and Female Amateur Golfer of the Year.

    Other notable winners include Chris Gibson winning the coveted PGA Teaching Professional of the Year and Dave Delahunty from Emerald Golf Club winning Club Professional of the Year. Redcliffe Golf Club won GMAQ Club of the Year. Keperra Country Golf Club's Gavin Lawrence took home the GMAQ Manager of the Year, while Victoria Park Golf Complex picked up the Junior Program of the Year Award.

    Winners Background:

    Laurel Opray - Club Super Volunteer of the Year
    Laurel Opray has volunteered an enormous amount of her time and energy into instigating an introductory ladies program at Headland Golf Club over the past two years.

    Laurel has over 60 ladies on her database, with 24 of these ladies progressing into club membership at Headland Golf Club.

    The financial gain of Laurel’s program to Headland Golf Club has been very significant and in late 2014, Laurel secured a $9,000 grant from the State Government’s “Get Going” funding program. With this grant, Laurel has been able to advertise extensively and purchase golf equipment to be used during the clinics.

    Doug Klein - Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year
    Doug Klein had a fantastic year, finishing as the winner of the Bill Kennedy Junior Averages Trophy.

    Doug had a number of top 10 finishes throughout the year including runner-up at the Gary Player Classic, 3rd placings at the Greg Norman Junior Masters, Queensland Boys Amateur, Aaron Baddeley International and South Australian Junior Masters, as well as 5th at the South Australian Junior Amateur.

    Karis Davidson - Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the Year
    Karis Davidson excelled in both junior and open company, consistently achieving top results at just 16-years-old and finishing as the second ranked player on the Australian Girls Ranking System. As a result of her dedication to the game, Karis won the Greg Norman Junior Masters and the Queensland Girls’ Amateur and finished 3rd in the Katherine Kirk Classic.

    Another highlight was her runner-up finish at the Australian Junior Championships. She was also a strong member of the Queensland Girls Junior Team, helping the State to be crowned champions in the Australian Girls’ Interstate Team Matches.

    Taylor Macdonald - Male Amateur Golfer of the Year
    This is the second successive year that Taylor Macdonald has won this award after an exceptional 2014, consistently finishing with top results. Taylor represented Australia at a number of events including the Asia Pacific Amateur, Asia Pacific Bonnallack Trophy and US Amateur. In February he finished as Leading Amateur at the Queensland PGA Championships.

    He is current Australian Men’s Foursomes champion, teaming up with Aaron Wilkin to win for the second straight year. Taylor won the Federal Amateur and finished as runner up at the Keperra Bowl. He also had a number of top ten finishes throughout the year including the Riversdale Cup, Lake Macquarie Amateur and Australian Master of the Amateurs.

    Taylor is a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport Program and the Queensland Men’s State Team.

    Karis Davidson - Female Amateur Golfer of the Year
    Karis Davidson enjoyed a very successful 2014, winning tournaments including the Queensland Girls’ Amateur as well as the Sunshine Coast Ladies Open.

    Karis also had a number of top 10 results including an impressive runner-up finish at the Australian Amateur Championships, 3rd in the South Pacific Ladies Open and 5th in the Dunes Medal. Another highlight was competing in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews where she finished 3rd in the under 18 competition and 10th overall. Karis was a member of the Queensland Women’s State Team. 

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    2015 Australian Open dates confirmed

    The 2015 Emirates Australian Open will be played from November 26-29.

    Golf Australia chief executive officer Stephen Pitt confirmed the date today, saying it was the perfect time to again showcase record-setting host, The Australian Golf Club.

    “We’re really excited to be heading back to a club that will host our national championship for an unprecedented 19th time,” Pitt said.

    “It’s the same week on the golf calendar as last year which was a resounding success and a great time of the year to bring a world-class field to Sydney.”

    Pitt said The Australian’s redesigned course had been “superbly prepared and well received by both players and fans” in 2014 as American Jordan Spieth lifted the Stonehaven Cup with one of the storied event’s greatest rounds.

    “The overwhelming feedback we’ve had from players and sponsors is that they’ll be delighted to go back in 2015, so we’re thrilled to be able to make that happen,” Pitt said.

    The Emirates Australian Open is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia, a member of the International Federation of PGA Tours, and the OneAsia Tour. The flagship tournament on the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Emirates Australian Open winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Rankings points.

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    2015 Qld Men's and Women's Foursomes Championships
    Ben Stieler (Brookwater) and Matt Pitty (Laidley) have stormed to victory in the 2015 Queensland Men's Foursomes Championships at sunny Wynnum Golf Club, with a final round of 69 and a 36 hole total of 139. 

    Sitting one shot adrift of first round leaders and eventual runners-up Charles Pilon (Hills) and Steven Cox (North Lakes), Stieler and Pitty finished with three birdies in their final four holes to emerge 3-shot victors.

    The Women's Foursomes Championship was won in dominant fashion, with Kate Law (Maryborough) and Amy Walsh (Palmer Colonial) streeting the field to win by 12 shots on a 36 hole total of 149. An opening round of 71 set up a 7-shot buffer which was only extended in the afternoon, highlighted by 10 birdies for the day.

    Law and Walsh were excited to have their names on a trophy that has also been won by Karrie Webb.

    Sanctuary Cove members Isabelle and Eloise Taylor played consistently over 36 holes to finish runners-up on a total of 161.

    Wynnum Golf Club was presented in great condition with players commenting on the great work done by the grounds staff.

    CLICK HERE for full events.
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    Queensland Men's and Women's Foursomes tees off this weekend
    The Queensland Men’s and Women’s Foursomes Championships is on this Sunday at Wynnum Golf Club, with a large field of over 170 players teeing off.

    The Men’s Championship has attracted a high quality field with many pairings under the handicap of three.

    Teams to watch include former professional tennis players and brothers Scott and Mark Draper, who will team up to contest the championship. Chris Fraser and Adam Gemmell will be looking to go one better on Sunday, after finishing as runners-up last year.  

    Queensland Boys Team member’s 16-year-old Charles Pilon and 17-year-old Steven Cox are also in with a good chance.

    The Women’s Championship is to be the largest field size since 2009, with 27 teams registered.

    A number of the Queensland Girls’ and Women’s State Team members will be competing, with Kirsty Hodgkins teaming up with Lisa Edgar and Amy Walsh partnering with Kate Law.

    Other women’s teams to watch include defending champions Madeline Trew and Sheridan Gorton, as well as 2015 Indigenous Championship winner Kimberley Crawley with partner Heidi Falconer. 

    The Queensland Men’s and Women’s Foursomes Championships will be held on Sunday 29 March at Wynnum Golf Club in a 36-hole Foursomes Stroke Play format.  Round one commences at 7am and round two at 12pm. 

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    Golf Queensland teams win Caddies Cup and PJ Davies Plate
    The Queensland State representative Men's and Boys' teams today competed against a team of PGA Professionals and PGA Trainee's in the annual Caddies Cup and PJ Davies Plate at Oxley Golf Club.

    The Golf Queensland Men's Team was victorious over the PGA 5-3, with the amateurs retaining the trophy. In the PJ Davies Plate matches, the Golf Queensland Boys’ Team defeated the PGA Trainees 5-1. 

    The PGA Team featured players such as Matthew Guyatt, Michael Wright and Ryan Haller in what is considered one of the strongest PGA teams in recent years.

    Golf Queensland State Team Player Anthony Quayle was said “it was great to play against such a strong group of players and pick their brain prior to the Interstate Series in Melbourne” 

    All players in the PGA Team have represented Queensland at an Interstate Series in the past.

    Dating back to 1927 the Caddies Cup originally sponsored by The Courier Mail and was a tournament specifically for Caddies, when caddying was popular. A young Norman Von Nida was the winner in the first two events played at Royal Queensland Golf Club. The event was discontinued in 1961. Wanting to maintain the trophy the Queensland Golf Union began using the trophy for the annual match against the PGA in 1986.  
    The Queensland State amateur teams are in training for the Australian Interstate Series' with the Boys' Team competing in Adelaide from 13-16 April and the Men's Team heading to Melbourne to compete from 27 April - 1 May. 

    Oxley Golf Club 24th March


    Taylor Macdonald v Matthew Guyatt - GQ 1up
    Simon Viitakangas v Sam Eaves - GQ 1up
    Jake McLeod v Michael Wright - PGA 1up
    Jack Sullivan v Ryan Haller - GQ 2up
    Anthony Quayle v Heath Reed - PGA 2/1
    Blake Proverbs v Tim Hart - GQ 3/2
    Shae Wools-Cobb v Blake McGrory - GQ 1 up
    Bailey Knoll v Chris Wood - PGA 5/4  

    CADDIES CUP - GOLF QUEENSLAND DEFEATED PGA - 5 matches to 3 matches  

    Doug Klein v Paul Griffiths - GQ 4/2
    Charlie Pilon v Kris O'Sullivan - GQ 1 up
    Steven Cox v Nelson Turner - PGA 2/1
    Chris Park v Ryan Norton - GQ 5/4
    Lawry Flynn v Will White - GQ 3/2
    Louie Dobbelaar v Shane Kelly - GQ 1 up


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    PGA International Challenge
    Team Australia Host China on the Sunshine Coast at the Pelican Waters Golf Club.

    Team Australia will be aiming for their maiden victory this year when Team China return to our shores for the fourth staging of the International Challenge.

    In the six legs of the events history, the best result the Australian team have managed was a tie at the China round in 2014.

    The International Challenge pits two 12 man teams from China and Australia in friendly competition designed to give participants from the China Golf Club League sponsored by Buick and the Holden Scramble the opportunity to play in an international tournament.

    This year the winning team from the 2014 Holden Scramble Championship Final, Palm Meadows, are joined by seven PGA Professionals; Darren Spencer (Devonport GC), Carl Evans (Logan City GC), Jake Nagle (Queanbeyan GC), Nathan Stubbs (Sanctuary Lakes GC), Richard Stokes (Narrabri GC), Shaun Piper (South West Rocks CC), and Simon Gough (Shortland Water GC).

    The competition will be hosted by Pelican Waters Golf Club on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast. After intense days on the golf course the International Challenge competitors will enjoy the facilities of the Pelican Waters Golf Resort & Spa while the Chinese guests will be treated to traditional customs and delicacies of Australia.

    The tournament got underway on Sunday 22nd of March with competitors taking in a practice round. After the day’s golf the players, organisers and guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Pelican Waters Golf Club and were entertained with special visitors from QLD Zoo.

    Players will be teeing off in a 4BBB Stableford round on Monday 23rd of March followed by an Individual Stableford round on Tuesday 24th of March.

    If Team Australia is unable to secure victory they will have a second chance when they travel to China for the away leg of the International Challenge to be played near Beijing.

    Updates for the event will be available via or the Holden Scramble Facebook page.
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    Craig Dodd seals the deal at Qld Men’s Indigenous Championship

    Craig Dodd (Blackwater) has secured the 2015 Queensland Indigenous Championship at the Murgon Golf Club, relegating his brother and 2013 champion Rickie Dodd (Mt Warren Park) to second. 

    After previously finishing runner up four times, Craig wasn't to be denied this year and fired the low round of the tournament on Sunday (68), extending his three shot overnight lead to a seven shot final margin. 

    Rickie led after the first round (69) but could not withstand the charge of a determined Craig.

    A shot further back in third was Burleigh junior Shalun Hay who rocketed up the leaderboard with a final day 1-under 69. As leading junior, Hay has also been offered a scholarship with Hills International Golf School.

    In the Nett division, Gayndah junior Jesse George dominated. George finished with nett scores of 65,55,60 for 180 total and has now dropped almost eight shots off his handicap. 

    Both Craig Dodd and Jesse George have secured a start in the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open Pro-Am to be held during tournament week at Brookwater.

    Kimberley Crawley (Horton Park) has made the Women's Indigenous Championship her own in the past few years, and 2015 was no exception. Crawley played beautiful golf and rounds of 77,71,71 produced a record low score for the Women's Championship. It was a successful week for the Hay family with Shalun's sister Ashleigh finishing runner up.

    The Senior Men's Division saw Scott Ridgeway (Maryborough) successful with consistent scoring over the three days. Ridgeway returned rounds of 79,81 & 81 to defeat Elgar Harrison by three shots.

    William Letts (Logan) took out the junior division with scores of 83,82 and 85. 

    Congratulations must go to the volunteers and staff of Murgon Golf Club for their hospitality and efforts in the operation of the 2015 Indigenous Championship. Thank you must also go to the Murgon and Cherbourg communities for their continued support throughout the event.

    For full results please click here.

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    Golfers make most of Redcliffe

    Over 100 players teed up on Thursday in the PresCare Queensland Senior Order of Merit (QSOOM) at Redcliffe Golf Club making the most of the peninsula location.

    Despite the warm Autumn day hitting the mid 30 degree Celsius mark, players enjoyed the picturesque Clontarf Beach course and northwesterly winds.

    The popular event consistently attracts a large field every year with people coming from Cairns, Dalby, Laidley and Brisbane to play.

    The PresCare QSOOM series provides the senior golfing community with an opportunity to connect with fellow golf enthusiasts while getting to visit some of Queensland’s great courses.

    Peter Lynch, PresCare’s Chief Financial Officer, was at today’s Redcliffe event and said opportunities like the QSOOM events to be with likeminded people provides an important social connection for seniors.

    “As we age, and particularly once we’ve left full time employment, it can be harder to maintain social connections,” Mr Lynch said.

    “Golf is not only a great way to keep fit, but provides opportunities to connect with others in your community and remain socially active.”

    Results from the Redcliffe event are available. Click here.

    The QSOOM is available to all male and female golfers, 55 years of age and over, who hold a current Men's Australian or overseas equivalent handicap of 27 and under, or a Women's Australian or overseas equivalent handicap of 45 and under to play.

    Golf Queensland wishes to thank Naming Rights Sponsor PresCare for their ongoing support of the Queensland Senior Order of Merit.

    CLICK HERE for the 2015 PresCare Queensland Senior Order of Merit event calendar.
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    Teen trio to represent Australia
    It was meant to be a transitional phase – just don’t tell the Australian Queen Sirikit Cup team.

    Sydney’s Shelly Shin, Perth’s Hannah Green and the Gold Coast’s Becky Kay were today named as the Australian trio to compete in the Asia-Pacific team championship in May.

    But coach Tony Meyer and manager Virginia Irwin see no reason why the new-look national team can’t be more than competitive at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

    Along with Jenny Lee and Gennai Goodwin, the three teenagers united to bring unexpected silverware home when they won the Commonwealth-based Astor Trophy in January.

    So despite the progression of Minjee Lee and Su Oh to professional ranks, Meyer says there’s confidence in the ranks that they can keep the winning roll started in last year’s world amateur teams triumph.

    “Absolutely they can – all three are in excellent form and there’s no reason it can’t continue,” QAS-based Meyer said.

    “I think we’re a really big chance of winning. If you look at the Astor Trophy, we didn’t expect to go so well with such a young team, but they did it there.

    “The Astor has been a real catalyst for the girls to kick on.

    “Shelly won the Aussie Amateur, Hannah was runner-up in the New Zealand Open and Becky was low amateur and sixth overall at the Ladies Masters.

    “So they’ve all done really well and I think they’ll be full of confidence.”

    The Queen Sirikit Trophy has been contested annually since 1979 with Australia victorious nine times.

    However, Korea has been its dominant force in recent years with Australia’s 2013 triumph the only time the international golf powerhouse hasn’t saluted since 2007.

    “The Koreans are always extremely strong at women’s golf – pro and amateur – but I think that the girls in our team have been in great form and we’ve had some great results over the last couple of Queen Sirikit Cups,” Meyer said.

    “There’s no reason that can’t continue with the international and competitive experience they now have under their belt.”

    The event runs from May 20-22 and pits Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, India, Taiwan, China and Indonesia.

    The format is three rounds of strokeplay with an individual champion and the team trophy based on the best two scores daily from each country.
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    Queensland's Becky Kay announced in National Squad
    Perth's Hannah Green and the Gold Coast's Becky Kay have been rewarded for stellar summers with elevation to the Golf Australia national squad.

    Green, 18, and Kay, 16, were key contributors to Australia's Astor Trophy triumph in Adelaide in January - and both have since recorded outstanding results in professional tournaments to underline their potential.

    Green, of Mount Lawley Golf Club in Perth's northern suburbs, took a giant step with her recent runner-up finish to world No.1 Lydia Ko in the LET-sanctioned New Zealand Open.

    That result came hot on the heels of competitive results at the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines and the Oates Victorian Open at 13th Beach; and all this after winning her home state WA Amateur last year, the Dunes Medal in Victoria in November and then a quarter-final finish in the Australian Amateur.

    Kay, of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club, was third in last year's Australian Girls Amateur and a semi-finalist in the Australian Amateur, but vaulted to prominence when sixth behind winner and former national squad member Su Oh in the Ladies Masters.

    Kay finished leading amateur with three birdies in her closing six holes amid a classy field testament to her mental strength.

    Golf Australia high performance director Brad James was delighted that both young women had enjoyed such consistent results.

    "Hannah and Becky have both shown they are capable of taking their games to the next level," James said.

    "We think they've both just scratched the surface of what they can achieve and we're delighted that we can look after their development processes going forward.

    "Hannah was a really key player for us at the Astor Trophy and showed really improved signs of maturity in her golf, just as she did in New Zealand.

    "Becky is just 16 and has an enormous upside to her game - what she did at Royal Pines was outstanding in just her second professional event."

    Golf Western Australia national coach Ritchie Smith said Green had already shown aptitude to compete with the world's best and would improve that again in the national program.

    "She's already a great athlete even though she's still learning the ropes at an international level and what it will take to succeed," Smith said.

    "If she develops that side of her game and how best to use her skills at that level, we've got high hopes for what she could achieve."

    Golf Queensland national coach Tony Meyer said Kay already had considerable experience including competing overseas and would soon represent her state for the third time.

    "Even with that and although she's had great results of late, she knows there's much work to be done," Meyer said.

    "But Becky has got a really strong work ethic and if she continues that and focuses on developing physically, she's likely to have great results in years to come."

    The duo joins Shelly Shin as the female members of the 11-strong national squad that also includes Lucas Herbert, Ryan Ruffels, Cameron Davis, Zach Murray, Brett Coletta, Cory Crawford, Antonio Murdaca and Jarryd Felton.

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    The 2014 Golf Queensland Stroke Average winners are...

    Congratulations to the 2014 Golf Queensland Stroke Averages winners for taking out their respective Stroke Average events.

    Angus Buchanan Trophy:
    1st - Doug Klein - 71.82
    2nd - Charles Pilon - 71.88

    Anne Bongers Trophy:
    1st - Eunice Kim - 69.89
    2nd - Karis Davidson - 69.95

    William Kennedy Trophy:
    1st - Doug Klein - 71.82
    2nd - Myoung Kim - 73.9

    Val Johnston Trophy:
    1st - Karis Davidson - 69.95
    2nd - Robyn Choi  - 73.53

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    Queensland State Teams Announced for Interstate Series
    Golf Queensland has named its representative teams to compete in the Australian Men's and Women's Interstate Teams Matches from 27 April - 1 May 2015.

    Victoria will host this year's event, with the Men's event to be held at the Huntingdale Golf Club and the Women's at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

    Queensland Head Coach, Tony Meyer said there was a mix of new and experienced players in the teams this year.

    "The team selections were incredibly competitive with many players performing well over the past year," Meyer said.

    Some of the highlights include Taylor Macdonald, winner of the Federal Amateur Champion (World #36), Cory Crawford who won the Malaysian Amateur Champion (World #56) and Karis Davidson who is number 71 in the world golf amateur rankings.

    The Women's team comprises of four junior players including Rebecca Kay who only recently finished fifth at the RACV Ladies Masters.

    "It's extremely exciting for the junior players who have been selected in the Women's Team, showing that the future is bright for golf in Queensland," said Meyer. 

    Meyer has travelled with over 10 interstate series teams as a coach. "I'm looking forward to being involved this year and seeing the camaraderie between players both on and off the course," Meyer said. 

    The Women's Team will be coached by Richard Woodhouse who is into his third year as an Interstate Series Coach.

    "Richard will provide the Women's team with the support and guidance needed to get the best out of our players." Meyer said.

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

    Men's State Team:
    Cory Crawford (Sanctuary Cove)
    Taylor Macdonald (Redcliffe) 
    Jake McLeod (Royal Queensland)
    Blake Proverbs (Pacific)
    Anthony Quayle (Sanctuary Cove)
    Jack Sullivan (Palmer Gold Coast)
    Simon Viitakangas (Palmer Gold Coast)
    Shae Wools-Cobb (Horton Park)

    Men's Coach: Tony Meyer

    Men's Team Manager: Matthew Toomey 
    Women's State Team:
    Robyn Choi (Royal Pines)
    Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) 
    Gennai Goodwin (Indooroopilly)
    Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe)
    Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed) 
    Amy Walsh (Palmer Gold Coast)

    Women's Coach: Richard Woodhouse
    Women's Team Manager: Shirley Dean

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    Dates set for Isuzu Queensland Open
    The dates have been set for the 2015 Isuzu Queensland Open to be played from 20 to 23 August at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Naming right sponsor, Isuzu, is proud to be aligned with the historical Championship which will celebrate its 90th year in August after first being played in 1925.

    “To reach 90 years is a terrific milestone and Isuzu is proud to be associated with this achievement,” said Alan Newcombe, Dealer Principal of Brisbane Isuzu.  
    “Being part of a Championship that provides Professional golfers with a pathway to larger events is humbling.”

    Last year’s winner Andrew Dodt hopes to return to Queensland in August after continuing with his winning form which saw him claim the Thailand Classic on the European Tour earlier this year.

    “Winning the Isuzu Queensland Open in 2014 at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club is definitely a highlight in my career and certainly an achievement I will never forget,” Dodt said. 

    “I have always wanted to win my State Open and to be able to do it in front of my family and friends was a really proud moment.

    “Depending on my 2015 schedule I hope to be able to defend my title later this year.” 

    Sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia, the Isuzu Queensland Open attracts a strong field which along with prizemoney also competes for Official World Golf Ranking Points.

    “It is wonderful to have the Isuzu Queensland Open back on the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule for 2015,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns and manages the PGA Tour of Australasia. 

    “Since the tournaments return to our schedule it has become a favourite amongst players and has attracted strong fields evidenced by 2013 champion Nick Cullen going on to win the Australian Masters and defending champion Andrew Dodt winning his second European Tour title this year.”

    “Tournaments such as the Isuzu Queensland Open provide important playing opportunities for up and coming Professionals and amateurs and I congratulate Golf Queensland and Isuzu on their dedication to ensuring the tournament success.”    

    It is the third year the Championship will be played at the Greg Norman-designed course which has ranked as Queensland's official number one and best public access golf course in Golf Digest as well as securing a place in the top 30 courses in Australia.

    Brookwater is a par 72, tournament standard course measuring 6,469 metres, that uniquely hugs the magnificent natural bush landscape in a cathedral of ghost gums and undulating terrain. 

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    Fox eagles his way to miraculous victory
    With a tournament total of 17-under 263, Ryan Fox triumphed in dramatic circumstance at the Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship by one shot from Matthew Millar (ACT) and Cameron Smith (QLD).

    "I am pretty ecstatic right now to be honest," said Fox.

    "I was around the lead all day. To do what I did on 16 and 17, just….I really can't describe it."

    A phenomenal final round of 8-under 62 highlighted by consecutive eagles on the par-4 16th and par-5 17th ensured Fox claimed his second PGA Tour of Australasia title.

    "16 is certainly not one, standing on the tee, that you think you are going to hit on the green. But I just figured I needed to do something," added Fox.

    "I aimed at the green, and hit driver as hard as I could, I managed to hit it to eight feet and knock that one in."

    "I thought maybe at best I would get it 10 short of the green but a little bit of adrenaline helped."

    Walking to the 17th tee, Fox was one shot behind leader Matthew Millar. 

    "On 17 I hit two really good shots into the green and got a good read from Snow, a local guy who caddied for me over the weekend," added Fox.

    "About 10 foot out the putt never really looked like it was going to miss."

    "I guess I went from two back to one in front after two holes, it was a bit surreal."

    A crowd favourite Fox finished runner-up in Toowoomba last year after Anthony Summers also made eagle at the 16th.

    "I love coming here; I have played here four times now, and had some really good results," added Fox.

    "I guess I did the same to Matty (Millar) today to what Anth Summers did to me last year."

    "He made two on 16 too when I was one behind and then he won by three, I guess it's nice to get a little bit of my own back."

    "Well done to Rug (Matthew Millar) he played well all week, I have probably stolen it off him a little bit."

    The win comes at a great time for Fox with the PGA Tour of Australasia heading to his home territory for the Holden New Zealand PGA Championship and BMW NZ Open in March.

    Queensland young gun Cameron Smith also played a superb round of 7-under 63 to ensure his runner-up finish alongside Millar on 16-under the card.

    Finishing with a tournament total 13-under 267 were Brad Kennedy (QLD) and Tim Hart (QLD).

    Qualifying School winner Ed Stedman (NSW) fired 7-under the card today to finish outright 7th on 11-under 269.

    Brad Shilton (NZ), David Bransdon (VIC), Alex Hawley (NSW) and Aaron Pike (QLD) round out the top-10 on 10-under 270.

    For all final scores please click here.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia now has a week off before heading to Auckland for the Holden New Zealand PGA Championship to be played at Remuera Golf Club from 5-8 March. 

    For the PGA Tour of Australasia schedule please click here.

    The Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship was played at City Golf Club in Toowoomba from 19-22 February.

    A prize purse of AU$120,000 was played for, with the winner also receiving Official World Golf Ranking Points and becoming fully exempt on to the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of this season plus a further two years.

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    Lydia Ko wins Australian Open
    World No. 1 Lydia Ko has won the 2015 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

    It is the 17-year-old Ko's first victory as the No. 1-ranked player.

    The New Zealander is also the youngest-ever Open winner in tournament history.

    Ko, who began the day in a share of the lead, held her nerve to card a two-under par 71 on the day and complete the tournament at nine-under par.

    She won by two shots from South Korea's Amy Yang at seven-under.
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    Aussie youngsters miss Open field
    The last three qualifiers for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open have been named.

    Korean So Jin  Baek, American Hannah Collier (both 69) and Spain's Marta Sanz Barrio (70) were the top three players from the official qualifying at Peninsula-Kingswood Golf Club today.

    Leading amateurs Jo Charlton (73) and Hannah Green (75) and Rebecca Kay (75) were among those who missed out on qualifying.

    Kay, the 16-year-old Queensland schoolgirl, was the leading amateur at the RACV Australian Ladies Masters over the weekend.
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    Anthony Quayle wins Tasmanian Open

    20-year-old Queenslander Anthony Quayle has won this year’s Tasmanian Open in a come from behind victory.

    A run of four birdies in five holes saw Quayle overtake overnight leader Austin Bautista.

    The Sanctuary Cove member carded rounds of 68, 71, 72 and 71 to win this year’s event at Royal Hobart.

    Quayle finished on six-under-par and two shots clear of Bautista on four-under.

    Victoria’s DJ Loypur placed third on three-under-par.

    17-year-old Victoian Julienne Soo has won the corresponding Elvie Whitesides Golf Championship.
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    Dodt makes it an Aussie double
    Queenslander Andrew Dodt made it a double for Australia with a last-ditch win in the True Thailand Classic on the European Tour tonight.

    Following Su Oh's magnificent triumph in the RACV Australian Ladies Masters, 29-year-old Dodt ralled with a final-round 67 to win the Thailand event by a shot at Black Mountain.

    It was his second European Tour win, but his first in five years after a rough stretch in which he lost his playing card.

    Fellow-Queenslander Scott Hend finished in a tie for second with Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee after he led for much of the final round. A bogey at the par-four 17th, when he tried to drive the green, left Hend needing an eagle at the last to reach a playoff with Dodt, but his chip from the fringe missed narrowly.

    Jaidee came even closer. Trailing Dodt's 16-under by a shot, he hit the green in two at the par-five 18th and had a long putt for the outright win. But the local hero three-putted, ultimately missing from two metres with a putt for a playoff with Dodt, who was waiting in the scorers' hut.

    "I'm speechless, it's just come out of nowhere,'' he said afterward. "I played well yesterday, but I didn't think I'd come out on top.

    "To be honest, losing my card two years ago was probably the best thing that could've happened to me. I went home last year, spent 12 months at home, played the Asian tour again, found myself again, found my game. To be in the winners' circle again, it's unbelievable.''

    It was just his third career win as a professional. He won in Asia in 2010 and took out the Isuzu Queensland Open in 2014 as he recovered his best golf.

    Today's win is worth $300,000 to the man who won the Australian amateur strokeplay championship in 2007.

    It also gives him an exemption on the European Tour until the end of 2016.

    Story: Golf Australia/Martin Blake
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    Su Oh wins RACV Ladies Masters with Becky Kay finishing as Leading Amateur
    Victorian teenager Su Oh signalled her arrival as a world class player when she captured her first professional victory in only her second professional tournament in the RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast.

    With rounds of 69, 75, 72 and 69 Oh finished atop of the leaderboard at seven-under-par and three clear of 2009 champion Katherine Kirk (69) and England’s Florentyna Parker (69) and Charley Hull (73).

    As Kirk (69)  and Englishwomen Florentyna Parker(69) walked to the clubhouse sharing the lead at four under, Oh made her winning move.  The teenager reeled off four straight  birdies at the 15th, 16th,  17th  and 18th to finish in fine style.

    Outright fifth was Annie Choi, while six players finished at two-under-par including South African Lee-Anne Pace and leading 16-year old Queensland Academy of Sport Squad member, amateur Rebecca Kay who finished two under after a closing birdie playing in just her second professional event.

    With words of encouragement from her idol Karrie Webb who texted her messages of support before her final round,

    “I spoke to Karrie. I asked her: ‘what do I need to do, you’ve won this eight times’,” she smiled.

    Oh burst into tears of joy on the 18th green after tapping in her winning birdie putt, hugging her caddie father SG.

    “I got pretty emotional, didn’t I?  That was a bit weird,” said the exuberant teenager.

    Co-runner up and 2009 winner Katherine Kirk was full of praise for Oh and the way in which she claimed her first victory after having secured an invite from tournament director Bob Tuohy.

    “She looked pretty composed out there, she’s got the goods,” declared Kirk  who fired rounds of (70-75-72-69).

    Oh who the world’s number one ranked amateur in 2013. She made her professional debut in last week’s Victorian Open finishing second.

    The Ladies Masters has a tradition of producing world class players since 1990 with  Webb,  Sweden’s Annika Sorenstam and Mexico’s Lorena Ochoa all going on to be ranked No.1 in the world.

    Oh will be looking to go back-to-back at next week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

    “I would love to, because then I would get my LPGA card too. It would be my dream two weeks, but I mean one wins hard, but two wins, yeah maybe we’ll see.” 
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    Kay qualifies for Ladies Masters
    Another week, another great amateur golf tale emerges.

    Gold Coaster Becky Kay qualified for the Australian Ladies Masters this week, winning qualifying at host club Royal Pines on Monday.

    Kay, 16, will make her second appearance in the Masters – her only professional events to date – after firing a two-under-par round to lead home 70 aspirants to compete in the co-sanctioned ALPG and LET event.

    It’s another important step in the Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club youngster’s progression – of which there have been many this summer.

    “I didn’t think I’d get through, so I was really excited to get another chance to play in the Masters,” Kay said.

    “But I’ve been playing well for a while … and it’s great to get reward for all the hard work I’m putting in on my game.”

    Kay, playing primarily at No.3, was a key member of Australia’s winning Astor Trophy team at The Grange in Adelaide in mid-January, winning 4.5 of seven possible points as the hosts regained the Commonwealth teams trophy.

    That followed on from her outstanding second place behind Golf Australia national squad member Shelly Shin in the Lake Macquarie Amateur.

    “I was really happy with the way I played there – that’s probably my best result so far,” Kay said.

    “(Then) to be involved with the (Australian) team in Adelaide was fantastic. We had a great team bond and … it was good to know my game stacked up against the girls from the other countries.”

    Kay’s progress was further evidenced when she reached the semi-finals of the Australian Amateur Championship at The Australian when she was narrowly beaten 3-&-2 by eventual champion Shin.

    Queensland Academy of Sport head coach Tony Meyer said Kay had developed nicely in the past two years, particularly her physical training.

    “She’s always been a good golfer, but she’s beginning to get stronger through her work at the QAS and you can see how her game has come along with it,” Meyer said.

    “If she continues to work hard in all areas of her personal development, Becky could become a really good amateur and hopefully have a good professional career.”

    Kay herself is keeping her goals on the realistic side, despite the increased expectations of many who’ve seen her take such huge strides.

    “I just want to make the cut this week – if I can do that, I’ll be happy,” she said.
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    Community activities kick off Ladies Masters week on the Gold Coast
    Golf Queensland has kicked off the community engagement activities in the lead up to the RACV Ladies Masters, starting on Thursday at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

    Golf Queensland will engage with over 2,000 juniors throughout the week, incorporating visits to a number of schools on the Gold Coast, including Robina State High School, William Duncan State School and Merrimac State School. 

    ALPG Professionals Lauren Hibbert and Adrianna Brent assisted students during the clinics at William Duncan State School on Tuesday morning, along with RACV Royal Pines Golf Coach, Loic Truet.

    William Duncan State School Physical Education Teacher, Jason Raffin, said it was good to see the students enthusiastic about golf. 

    "Golf Queensland has been very supportive in the promotion of the sport at our school and on the Gold Coast," Mr Raffin said.

    "I was given a MyGolf starter pack for the school after completing my Community Golf 1 Coaching Course and it has been instrumental in introducing the students to golf."

    A 'Behind the Ropes' experience will take place at Royal Pines Resort on Friday, where students from Hills International School will tour the media centre, have an opportunity to talk with the stars, attend a clinic, learn about career pathways in golf and watch the players in action on-course.

    The free MyGolf Junior Zone will be set up on the grassed area in front of the clubhouse over the weekend, open from 9am - 2pm Saturday and Sunday. There will be chipping targets, putting practice and other fun activities available, using the latest MYGolf and SNAG equipment.
    Golf Queensland Development Officer, Lee Harrington who is coordinating the week's activities, said the week isn't just about watching top level golf, but also about giving it a go.

    "With tournaments such as the Ladies Masters on, it is a great opportunity to promote the game of golf in the community," Ms Harrington said.

    "Golf Queensland strives to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle and playing golf is a fantastic way for children to keep active."

    "The juniors are always very excited to pick up the clubs and have a hit and we hope to see lots of eager young golfers at the MyGolf Junior Zone over the weekend." 

    The 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is on 12-15 February at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Tickets are available here, children under 18-years-old are free with an accompanying adult.

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    Golf Queensland announces 2015 QAS Squad
    Golf Queensland has today announced the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Golf Squad for 2015, with two new faces joining seven existing squad members.

    Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed) and Anthony Quayle (Sanctuary Cove) will join Jack Sullivan (Palmer Gold Coast), Cory Crawford (Sanctuary Cove), Blake Proverbs (Pacific), Amy Walsh (Palmer Gold Coast), Taylor Macdonald (Redcliffe), Jake McLeod (Royal Queensland) and Gennai Goodwin (Indooroopilly) to make up this year's squad.

    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.

    "There is no doubt that all players selected this year have earned their spots on the squad," Mr Meyer said.

    "We have a fantastic group of athletes in the squad and I'm looking forward to working with them."

    "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 2014, specifically through Cameron Smith (GA/QAS rookie squad Member), Aaron Wilkin and Cory Crawford.

    Smith had a breakout year in the Professional ranks earning rookie of the year honours on the Australasian PGA and Asian Tours. 
    Wilkin successfully transitioned from the amateur to professional ranks following a Top 10 finish in the PGA of Australasia Tour School, earning himself a strong tournament exemption status for 2015.

    Crawford improved his World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2014 from 701 to inside the top 70. Further to this, Crawford was selected in the Golf Australia National Squad. 
    The squad members train together three times a week and have the opportunity to travel both interstate and overseas to compete against some of the best amateurs and professionals. 

    The 2015 QAS Squad is proudly supported by Fayde Apparel. 

    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.
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    Jason Day wins on PGA Tour
    Jason Day has won the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA TOUR this morning.

    Finishing regulation play on 9-under the card, Day was tied for the lead with J.B Holmes, Harris English and Scott Stallings who competed at the Australian PGA Championship in 2014.

    The quartet headed to a playoff where on the par-5 18th Day and Holmes made birdie while English and Stallings dropped out of the running with pars.

    On the second playoff hole, the par-3 16th, Day took the advantage with a beautiful tee shot at the flag to set up a 15 foot birdie opportunity.

    While he missed his birdie putt he holed his par putt to seal the title, his third on the PGA TOUR.

    Holmes made bogey after his tee shot flew the green and ended up against the corporate marquees.

    He was provided relief but left himself too much to do on the green as his chip sailed past the hole.

    Day becomes the first Australian to win on the PGA TOUR in 2015, getting his season off to a strong start.

    “It’s an amazing feeling, I just kept visualising myself all week holding the trophy, like I did at the Match Play, and I just told myself I’m not going to stop,” said Day immediately after his win.

    “I am just really proud of myself for hanging in there and grinding it out.”   

    With this win Day is predicted to move to 4th on the Official World Golf Rankings.

    “My ultimate goal is to get to number 1 at some point but there are a lot of great golfers in front of me,” added Day.

    “It’s a good start to the year, just like last year; hopefully I can stay healthy and give it a good run.”

    Day’s win continues a good run for Australian golfers around the world with Mathew Goggin winning on the Tour last week and Richard Green taking out the PGA Tour of Australasia’s season opening Oates Vic Open yesterday.

    “The quality of Australian Professional golfers right now is just so strong, Jason’s win today is certainly evidence of that,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and Chairman of the Australian Golf Industry Council.

    “To already have two Aussies winners on International Tours so early in the year is very exciting and certainly sets us all up for a thrilling 2015.”

    “On behalf of everyone in the Australian golf industry I send my congratulations to Jason.”

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    Golf Queensland announces strong teams for Junior Interstate Series
    Golf Queensland has announced the 2015 Queensland Junior Interstate Boys' and Girls' Teams to compete in South Australia in April.

    Queensland Head Coach, Tony Meyer said the selected players have displayed solid form over the past year and thoroughly deserve their places on the teams. 

    "Being selected in the Queensland teams is recognition for their outstanding performances and I know both teams will be very competitive this year," Meyer said.

    "The teams are very fortunate to have fantastic coaches in Virginia Irwin and Grant Field, who have both travelled with national teams in recent months and will provide great support for the players."

    "The Interstate Series is an important event in the development of junior players and the team members are looking forward to representing their home State in April."

    In 2014, the Queensland Girls' Team was victorious for the fourth consecutive year, while the Boys' Team finished in third place. 

    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' State Team: 

    Steven Cox (Northlakes)

    Louis Dobbelaar (Royal Queensland)

    Lawry Flynn (Brisbane)

    Douglas Klein (Redcliffe)

    Chris Park (Lakelands)

    Charles Pilon (Hills)

    Boys' Development Players: 
    Lochlan Coleborn (Mount Coolum)

    Bailey Knoll (Sanctuary Cove)

    Boys' Coach: Grant Field 
    Boys' Team Manager: Shane Stevenson


    Girls' State Team:

    Robyn Choi (RACV Royal Pines)

    Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove)

    Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe)

    Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed)

    Kate Law (Maryborough)

    Stacey White (Pacific)

    Girls' Development Players:

    Lisa Edgar (Surfers Paradise)

    Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba)

    Girls' Coach: Virginia Irwin
    Girls' Team Manager: Chris Mayne


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    Women's Australian Open field finalised -- and full of talent
    New world No.1 Lydia Ko will steal the headlines, but there are plenty of other reasons to be excited about the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open field – about six of the world’s top 12 reasons, to be precise.

    Ko became the youngest ever world No.1 – male or female – at the weekend aged just 17 years, nine months and seven days and will, remarkably, play her fifth Australian Open.

    Her weekend conqueror in Florida, good mate and Korean star Na Yeon Choi, surged five places on the Rolex World Rankings to No.12. Two more Koreans – crowd favourite and joint 2012 Royal Melbourne runner-up So Yeon Ryu (No.7) and Kyu-Jung Baek (No.11) are among the throng of stars flocking to the Composite Course.

    World No.4 Shanshan Feng, of China, has become one of world golf’s most consistent stars and big-time performers.

    And then there’s No.9 Karrie Webb, an Australian marvel who has already won five national championships and will defend the Patricia Bridges Bowl she won at Victoria Golf Club.

    Tournament director Trevor Herden said there were no fewer than 55 of the top 80 from last year’s LPGA Tour money list on show in Melbourne.

    “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?”

    For the full field, check

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    What a Field
    The field for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is just about set and what a high calibre field it is shaping up to be, with no less than six LPGA winners and over 25 Ladies European Tour winners ready to fight it out. 

    The 26th staging of the event will include representation from a record 28 countries.  The 144 strong field will be gracing the fairways of the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February on the Gold Coast.  

    LPGA winners include Sophie Gustafson, England’s Laura Davies, Queensland’s Katherine Kirk, Canadian Lorie Kane, South African Lee-Anne Pace and Australian great Rachel Hetherington.

    Hetherington is making a return to the ALPG tour since retiring from the LPGA in late 2010.  She has been busy, Hetherington and her husband, Greg Ritchie, added to their family, with the birth of Annie several years ago.  Hetherington also has her own Golf Range and also teaches at Sanctuary Cove.  

    The 8-time winner on the LPGA has finished in the top 10 six times in her career with her best finish being runner-up to Karrie Webb in 2001.  Hetherington will certainly be a crowd favourite along with defending Champion Cheyenne Woods and three time winner Davies.  

    Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy said “I’m thrilled with the composure of the new look field this year, and in particular the strong mix of players, and for the first time from the China and Taiwan LPGA Tours.  The participation and calibre of the Asian players will generate extensive media interest in Asia which all goes well for destination Gold Coast and the RACV Royal Pines Resort course.”  

    Tickets for the RACV Ladies Masters are on sale at with children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.

    Members of RACV, RACQ, NRMA, RAASA, RACWA, RACT, RANT and NZAA will receive free entry plus one guest by presenting their membership card at the entrance gate.

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    Aaron Wilkin turns professional

    Former Queensland Academy of Sport and Queensland Men’s State Team member Aaron Wilkin has announced that he has moved into the professional ranks, after securing his PGA Tour of Australasia 2015 tour card earlier this month.

    “Before I move into the professional ranks this year, I would like to acknowledge and thank Golf Queensland and Golf Australia for giving me the opportunities and support over the past six years. 

    I’m honoured and regard it a privilege to represent my state and country. Board members, office staff, team managers, coaches and everyone behind the scenes who have helped and supported me from my first Queensland development team in 2008 to my last open men’s team in 2014, I thank you. 

    I would also like to acknowledge all the families that have hosted me in their family homes over the years, as well as the continued support of my family, friends and home club Wynnum. 

    I have been involved in Queensland’s Academy of Sport and Golf Queensland’s High Performance Program since 2011. In that time I have have been provided with extensive exposure to high-level development, from 3D analysis, physiotherapy, sport psychologists, fitness trainers, world class coaches and great facilities. I have been extremely lucky to have all these at my disposal over the years. 

    Representing Golf Queensland and Golf Australia has not only enhanced me as a golfer but as a person. It has provided me with the opportunity to travel and network with people all around the world. I have learnt how to adapt to different playing conditions and deal with the highs and lows of competition. In the process I have played on some of the world’s best courses and formed lifetime friendships.

    Coming from a small country town in Yeoval, NSW and learning to play golf on the local nine hole sand green course I never would have thought that my teenage years would have entailed travelling around the country and the world representing Queensland, Australia and now myself as a professional.  

    Over the years I have had many memorable experiences while being with Golf Queensland. Captaining the Queensland Men’s Team in 2014 was obviously a great achievement personally and a great privilege, but being a part of the winning Queensland team at the 2013 Australian Men’s Interstate Series in Tasmania was by far my proudest moment. 

    I have endeavored to represent Golf Queensland in the best way I could, and I sincerely wish all the best for everyone involved in Golf Queensland for the future. I say again I feel privileged to have had the opportunities and support of Golf Queensland and will cherish and take those experiences into my new chapter as professional golfer.” 

    -Aaron Wilkin

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    Best ever fields for Australian Amateur
    If you ever had thoughts of winning the Australian Amateur Championship, here’s a word of advice.

    You’d better hit the driving range — hard and often.

    Extraordinarily talented fields of men and women have gathered in Sydney for this week’s national titles – arguably the deepest fields the time-honoured event has known.

    And the increasingly international nature of the event has put an extraordinary pressure on the entry standard required to even reach the qualifying stage.

    There are 234 men, none of whom has a handicap higher than 0.8 – a figure down from 1.4 last year.

    In the 78-strong women’s field, a quantum leap in qualification standards means a maximum mark of 1.8, down from 4.4 last year.

    And if you’re wondering where the tournament stands on the international stage, consider this: golf’s all-conquering Koreans have sent their entire men’s and women’s national squads for the first time to a foreign event.

    On the men’s side, the dovetailed Masters of the Amateurs and Lake Macquarie events have also lured four top English players, a handful of Americans, defending champ Tae Koh from New Zealand and two players from Switzerland.

    And while the might of the Golf Australia national squad will be tough to budge, our top-ranked player Lucas Herbert rates super impressive Canadian Corey Conners (pictured) as the player to beat.

    Conners, who has finished his university studies in Ohio, has one of the most imposing amateur records of any player in the world.

    He’ll likely return to the world’s top 10 when his Lake Macquarie victory is factored in later today and was runner-up in the US Amateur last year following his semi-final appearance in 2013.

    “He’s got an amazing record in matchplay, so I think he’s the one to beat on form,” Herbert said.

    “But this field has got incredible depth. Any one of our national squad could do it – Ryan (Ruffels) is starting to play well, Cory Crawford and Cam Davis is an incredible match player.

    “It’s not just the Aussie players, though. There are heap of international players who could do well, too – it’s a great field.”

    Herbert and Ruffels were among the exceptional amateur wave who played in the recent Emirates Australian Open at The Australian – the venue for the matchplay component this week. Both the Australian and The Lakes will share Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s qualifying rounds before the knockout starts on Thursday.

    “I think everyone watched the Open on TV in November saw how (The Australian) course looked and I think it has helped attract people from around the world,” Herbert said.

    “People like coming to play great courses and the Open definitely helped that, too.”

    More than 20 of the 25 Astor Cup players from last week’s Commonwealth teams event in Adelaide will tee up in the women’s section.

    And Perth’s Hannah Green, still revelling as part of the Australian team’s triumph, said the field’s depth had skyrocketed in her fourth year of competing in the national titles.

    Green, 18, rated her Aussie team leader and national squad member Shelly Shin the player to beat, but said she’d taken great confidence from the team’s victory at The Grange.

    “I definitely was pleased to play like that  … in that situation,” Green said.

    “I was hitting it pretty well and it’s great to be able to build off last week. I’m really looking forward to it.”

    The men’s field will be reduced to 64 – and the women’s to 32— by Wednesday afternoon, ready to start matchplay on Thursday.

    Both events will have reached field of eight remaning players by Friday evening with the finals on Sunday.

    Check throughout the week for updates, and follow it live on @golfaust on Twitter.

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    Australia wins its fifth Astor Trophy
    Australia has won the Astor Trophy in Adelaide.

    The five-woman team of Shelly Shin, Hannah Green, Becky Kay, Jenny Lee and Gennai Goodwin became the fifth Australian unit to win the Commonwealth teams trophy with another resounding victory over South Africa at The Grange Golf Club today.

    The Australians were effectively unbeatable when they won both morning foursomes matches, but true to team manager Matt Cutler’s urgings, they maintained focus in the afternoon session and romped home 5-2 to stay unbeaten for the week.

    Cutler, who’d also been with the Australian squad that won the World Amateur Teams Championship in Japan last year with recently professional Minjee Lee and Su-hyun Oh, said the new-look squad had “exceeded expectations”.

    “We came in this week not really knowing what to expect, especially in a matchplay format against some girls we hadn’t really seen before, and they just really came together well,” said Cutler, also the Golf Australia high performance manager.

    “When you think we’ve lost two of the best amateurs we’ve seen in years, it was a fantastic achievement and perhaps the greatest part of it was that it shows the depth of talent we’ve got coming through.”

    The only common element between the two Aussie teams was Sydney’s Shin, who was superb again today in pounding South Africa’s top player, Bertine Strauss 5-&-3 in the singles after earlier combining with Lee for a foursomes triumph.

    Shin, 16, might be shy with her words, but she’s anything but that on course, winning high praise from Cutler for her leadership.

    “The world amateur is obviously bigger, but this win feels just as good,” Shin said.

    “It’s a good team … I wasn’t really thinking about leading, just doing my best out there … and I’m happy it has worked out for us.”

    Perth’s Green, 18, was again imperious, capping a great week with a 4-&-2 hiding of South African No.2 Michaela Fletcher to seal the day’s victory for the Aussies.

    Kay, 15, of the Gold Coast, succumbed to Lora Assad (2-up) and hometown favourite Lee, whose 19th birthday was toasted in the clubhouse afterwards, fell 3-&-2 to Ivanna Samu.

    But unsung hero Goodwin, 20, of Brisbane, took out Eleonora Galletti 2-up to round out a promising week for the Texas Tech representative.

    In the other match today, New Zealand beat Canada 5-2 to leave the final standings Australia (4 wins), Great Britain and Ireland (2), New Zealand (2), South Africa (2) and Canada (0).
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    Aussies put one hand on Astor Trophy
    Australia took a gigantic leap towards winning the Astor Trophy today, stopping the Great Britain and Ireland juggernaut in its tracks in Adelaide.

    The Aussie quintet put one hand on the Commonwealth teams trophy at The Grange Golf Club with a commanding 5.5-1.5 win over a team that had breezed through its previous two matches in ominous style.

    But courtesy of rock-solid efforts by Perth’s Hannah Green and the Gold Coast’s Becky Kay, the Australians were never in danger on day four of the five-day event.

    A win, or anything up to a 5-2 loss to South Africa tomorrow will ensure the hosts win the time-honoured trophy for the fifth time in its 56-year history.

    South Africa kept alive its hopes with a comfortable 5-2 victory over winless Canada in the day’s other match.

    Golf Australia high performance manager Matt Cutler said the Aussie team “wouldn’t discuss the permutations” overnight.

    “All we’ve talked about is wanting to stay undefeated – the rest will take care of itself,” he said.

    “If we don’t beat South Africa but still win, that will be nice – but we definitely want to end a great week on a high note.”

    The Aussies reshuffled their foursomes pairings and came up with their first win in that format for the week when Green and Kay took out Charlotte Thomas and Hayley Davis 1-up.

    That win came on the heels of the GB&I team upstaging Shelly Shin and Jenny Lee 2-&-1 to ensure the afternoon singles began with the match level.

    Aussie No.1 Shin led most of the way against Bronte Law, who close with a pair of birdies after being one down with two to play. But under fierce pressure, Shin canned her own birdie putt on the last to halve the hole and match.

    Green then began her singles against Chloe Williams indifferently until taking complete control from the eighth tee, playing flawless back-nine golf to hammer her opponent 4-&-3.

    Kay was equally impressive, leading Connie Jaffrey throughout in a 4-&-2 demolition that continued her outstanding run and belying her relative inexperience at international level.

    Hometown hero Jenny Lee was again solid in beating Thomas 2-&-1 to seal victory, then Brisbane’s Gennai Goodwin put the icing on a very sweet cake with a similar scoreline over Davis to have the Aussie team high-fiving for the second time in three days on either side of yesterday’s bye.

    It was a disappointing end for the GB&I team that has a bye tomorrow, so bookended its two thumping wins with losses to New Zealand and Australia.

    The Kiwis face Canada tomorrow, but all focus will be on the Australia-South Africa match on the West Course’s first tee from 8am Adelaide time.
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    GB and Ireland stay on a roll
    Australia’s position at the Astor Trophy in Adelaide crystalised today, even though it had the bye.

    The hosts must stop a rampant Great Britain and Ireland team tomorrow in a match-up that will almost certainly determine the outcome of the Commonwealth teams competition at The Grange Golf Club.

    The GB&I team dominated Canada today for a 5-2 win set up by twin 5-&-4 wins in the morning foursomes matches.

    And although Naomi Ko and Grace St-Germain pulled the Canadians back into the contest in the top singles matches, later wins for Connie Jaffrey, Charlotte Thomas and Hayley Davis ended Canada’s title chances.

    Those wins also gave GB&I commanding lead in the matches won category, meaning that even though Australia is unbeaten, a slip tomorrow will all but end its hopes, too.

    In the day’s other contest, South African and New Zealand fought out a thrilling contest before the Kiwis’ hopes were dashed on the final hole.

    South Africa’s win leaves its title hopes alive with matches against Canada tomorrow and Australia on Friday to play.

    After the foursomes were split 1-1, South Africa’s top player Bertine Strauss defeated Munchin Keh 4-&-3, but the Kiwis struck back with comprehensive wins to Julianne Alvarez (5-&-3) and Chantelle Cassidy (6-&-4) to take the lead.

    But Ivanna Samu kept her nose in front all day in the No.4 match and eventually took out Wenyung Keh 1-up on the 18th to square the contest.

    Kiwi Alanna Campbell was 3-down through 11, but hit back with four straight wins on from holes 12-15 to take the lead against Eleonora Galletti.

    But the South African stayed cool and when Campbell made bogeys on 16 and 18, the African won 1-up to seal a 4-3 overall win for her country.
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    Goodwin keeps nerve, sparks Aussie celebration
    It came down to the last putt, but Australia kept alive its unbeaten start to the Astor Cup in Adelaide today.

    The hosts needed to square the final singles match to beat New Zealand after mounting another solid afternoon comeback at The Grange Golf Club.

    But when Brisbane’s Gennai Goodwin was three down through 13 holes against Alanna Campbell, it looked for all money that the rubber would be halved.

    But Goodwin dug deep, winning the 14th, 15th and 17th holes to leave her needing to halve the last on the famous West Course to give Australia overall victory.

    And when the Texas Tech student calmly rolled in a par putt that sealed the 4-3 aggregate win, her emotional teammates rejoiced and high-fived around the closing green.

    “I was three down playing the 14th and needed to knuckle down,” Goodwin said afterwards.

    “I got myself into the right head space, I knew my match had a bearing on the team's result."

    Earlier, after trailing 1.5-0.5 through the morning foursomes session, the Aussies again turned to No.1 Shelly Shin to right the ship – and the Sydneysider responded for the second consecutive day, beating

    Kiwi ace Munchin Keh 2-&-1.

    Hannah Green couldn’t match Julianne Alvarez in the second match going down 2-&-1, but Becky Kay pulled the Aussies back level when she toppled Chantelle Cassidy 3-&-2.

    The unsung hero of the day was hometown star Jenny Lee, whose barnstorming 6-&-4 win over Wenyung Keh set up Goodwin’s late rally.

    Lee, who also won her singles on the opening day against Canada, even holed out from a bunker when she looked in trouble on one hole and was two under par when her match finished.

    In the day’s other match, Great Britain and Ireland bounced back from an opening loss to New Zealand, hammering South Africa 6-1.

    The result left Australia alone atop the standings as the only unbeaten team after two of the five days.

    The Aussies have the bye tomorrow, then face GB&I on Thursday and South Africa on Friday.
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    Women's Leadership Seminar


    2015 marks the first Queensland Rugby League Women's Leadership Seminar which will be held on Friday February 13.

    This seminar is based on QRL's ambition to elevate the participation of women in positions of leadership within sport. With a focus on female administrators and volunteers from sporting clubs and associations, this seminar works to build confidence, resilience and provide practical tools to heighten the capacity to influence change in a male dominated arena. 

    Male administrators and volunteers are also welcome to come along to learn how to maximise the potential of female colleagues and participants in their sports. 

    The conference runs from 12noon to 5.30pm and includes afternoon tea and an outstanding group of speakers from a range of sporting and non-sporting backgrounds. 

    Cost: $95 (plus $7.18 online admin fee) for guests not affiliated with a QRL club or association. Those affiliated with a QRL club or association may register for a subsidised rate of $40 per guest via

    Some guest presenters include:
    - Raelene Castle (CEO Canterbury Bulldogs)
    - Kylie Blucher (Managing Director Channel Nine Qld)
    - Alison Mosely (Paralympic medalist, former captain Women's Wheelchair Basketball)
    - Chandra Clements (Australian Business Women's Hall of Fame, 2014 Golf Stevie Australian Woman of the Year)
    - Rebecca Frizelle (Chair Gold Coast Times)
    - Annabelle Williams (OAM, Paralympic medalist, Swimming and Lawyer)
    - Sam Squiers (Sports Reporter Channel Nine Qld and Founder of Sportette)
    - Anita Palm (Head of Sport - GOLDOC and Beach Volleyball Olympian)


    Registrations close Thursday January 22 or when sold out. Get in early to secure a place.
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    Aussie's defy eagle barrage to beat Canada
    Australia has hit back superbly on day one of the Astor Trophy to snare a valuable win against Canada.

    The visitors had gone to lunch with a 1.5-0.5 lead over Australia at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, thanks in part to a stunning run by Ottawa’s Grace St-Germain.

    The Canadian junior girls champion holed out for eagle on the par-four third hole of the West Course, then backed it up with a hole-in-one on the eighth minutes later.

    It gave her and Naomi Ko a 1-up victory over highly rated Australian pair Shelly Shin and Hannah Green in the first foursomes match.

    And when Becky Kay and Gennai Goodwin halved their match against Jaclyn Lee and Alisha Lau, the match was in the balance.

    But both Green and Shin hit back hard in the afternoon singles matches with incredible birdie barrages for resounding wins.

    Green was six under when she beat St-Germain 5-&-3, while Shinn was three under when she dispatched Ko 5-&-4 to give the hosts back the upper hand.

    Jaclyn Lee beat Kay 3-&-2 to square the match overall for Canada, but hometown favourite Jenny Lee and Goodwin each stood firm on their closing holes to record 1-up victories.

    In the other match contested on the opening day of the five-day event, New Zealand recorded an impressive win against the fancied Great Britain and Ireland team.

    The Kiwis were one down after the morning foursomes, but Alanna Campbell stood tall on the last hole in the last match to win 2-up and ensure a remarkable 4-3 win for her country.

    Only Bronte Law for the GB&I team could muster a full point in the afternoon, dominated by the New Zealanders under threatening skies.

    South Africa had the first-round bye, but will begin its campaign against the GB&I team in the morning, while today’s winning teams will do battle to determine the early leader.

    Canada has the day two bye.

    Image: Golf Australia: Australia and New Zealand have started well at the 2015 Astor Cup

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    Astor Trophy kicks off in Adelaide

    The time-honoured Astor Trophy has begun in Adelaide.

    The tournament, formerly known as the Commonwealth Trophy, is contested once every four years between the best amateur women among Commonwealth nations.

    This year’s staging on the magnificent West Course at The Grange Golf Club pits Australian against teams from Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and a combined Great Britain and Ireland squad.

    Each team plays each other once with foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon with no final and all results calculated on contests won.

    Sydney’s Shelly Shin, 16, leads an Australian team into battle today against Canada with Perth’s Hannah Green, Gold Coast’s Becky Kay, Brisbane’s Gennai Goodwin and local prodigy Jenny Lee, 18, also flying the Aussie flag. Queensland Girls' State Coach, Virginia Irwin will be coaching the Australian team.

    The field features a host of the world’s top 100 amateur players, including Scotland’s Connie Jaffrey and South African Michaela Fletcher.

    Entry to The Grange is free and the tournament runs for five days until Friday.

    For the latest information and live scores, check

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    Kirk looking for Ladies Masters title No.2
    Queensland’s Katherine Kirk will be vying for her second RACV Ladies Masters title in February.

    The 2009 Ladies Masters Champion has confirmed she will be one of the stars teeing it up at the RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February on the magnificent Gold Coast.

    The two times LPGA winner is coming off another solid season on the LPGA where she played 26 events, made the 21 cuts, posted two top 10 finishes, with her best finish T4 in the Marathon Classic. Kirk finished 60th on the Money List with US$266,743.

    Speaking from the USA, Kirk spoke about how much she enjoys the event and what it would mean to win again.

    “The Ladies Masters is one of my favourite events because the crowds are always so supportive and it reminds me of my roots and all the people who've helped me in my career. Plus being a past champion means you always have fond memories of the event, the people that make it happen, and the course.

    “The best part about playing in the Masters is having my family and friends cheer me on. There's definitely something extra special about playing in my home state of Queensland and knowing the locals are pulling for you.”

    “The standard of play has really improved on all women's tours, especially over the last 5 years, so to win a second Ladies Masters would confirm that I'm doing the right things and continuing to improve. It would also validate the hard work and support of my family and team.”

    Kirk’s commitment to the ALPG Tour is fantastic as she won’t be arriving onto the Gold Coast until the Wednesday and teeing it up Thursday as she is playing in the LPGA in the Bahamas the week before.

    Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy said “Katherine brings a lot of energy to the Ladies Masters and is a very fierce competitor. It will be great to have her back in search of her second title and the $50,000 bonus on offer for the 2015 champion.”

    Kirk joins defending champion Cheyenne Woods and South African Lee-Anne Pace in the field with more high profile players to be confirmed in coming weeks.

    Tickets for the RACV Ladies Masters are on sale at with children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.

    Members of RACV, RACQ, NRMA, RAASA, RACWA, RACT, RANT and NZAA will receive free entry plus one guest by presenting their membership card at the entrance gate.
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    Sinnott's charge leaves burning pro question
    Outstanding Melbourne amateur Todd Sinnott has another reason to turn pro after winning his PGA Tour of Australasia card at Q-School today.

    But when and where Sinnott will exercise that option remains the burning question.

    As his Golf Australia national squad teammates battled it out over the road in the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne, Sinnott potentially cashed in on his excellent recent form in pro events at Victoria Golf Club.

    The Metropolitan member, who captivated a national audience with back-to-back bold showings at the Australian Masters and Emirates Australian Open in November, fired a closing 66 to finish second today.

    Only twin birdies by New South Welshman Ed Stedman to close his round won him medal honours and prevented Sinnott from beating home a field of seasoned pros.

    Two other amateurs – Aaron Wilkin and Charles Wright – earned the same tour status as Sinnott by finishing sixth and 18th respectively.

    The ranking, alongside such revered professionals as Matt Millar, Michael Long and Leigh McKechnie, will likely allow them direct entry into all but bar the tier one events on the Aussie PGA Tour.

    But it’s how they go about turning pro and taking up these options that will create much interest – particularly around the power-hitting Sinnott.

    “It’s very exciting, it sets me up a little bit now,” Sinnott said.

    “Before this week we had plans, but you need to get your card to make those plans happen so it’s good that I have set myself up.

    “I’m not 100 per cent sure … I will probably go pro pretty soon, but I’m not sure exactly when. I need to assess all my options.”

    In order to take up his place on the PGA Tour of Australasia, Sinnott need just turn professional at any stage throughout the 2015 season.

    Wright’s excitement was magnified by a superb hole-in-one on Victoria’s 178m par-three 16th hole.
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    Murray becomes youngest Master of Amateurs champion
    Wodonga’s Zach Murray is the 2015 Australian Master of the Amateurs champion after a record-breaking effort at Royal Melbourne.

    Murray, not 18 until late March, is the youngest champion in the tournament’s 18th editions and his 12-under-par 276 aggregate is the lowest recorded.

    And while the Commonwealth GC pennant star’s win will look comfortable after rounds of 69-69-67-71 to beat fellow the Golf Australia national squad member Cory Crawford by two shots, the closing moments were dramatic.

    Murray had barely made a false swing all week until he came up short on the par-three 16th tee, then unexpectedly bumped his second through the green and took bogey to slash a shot off what had been a four-shot buffer.

    His heart then flew into his mouth when he flared an iron tee shot off the 17th into a bunker so far short and right off the 17th tee that some seasoned onlookers didn’t even know it existed.

    Murray didn’t know the sand was there and even hit a provisional ball fearing the worst and his pulse rate only became controlled again when he saw the ball plugged in the face and not in the thick ti-tree immediately behind the pot.

    He proceeded to escape with “one of the better bogeys” in his golfing life before making a regulation four up the last hole to seal victory.

    “That’s just huge – I played unreal this week, it’s my biggest win yet and it feels great,” beamed Murray, who had been exemplary until his not unexpected dose of nerves.

    “My heart was in my mouth when I hit that shot. I had no idea there was even a bunker over there,” he said.

    “I wasn’t in a good state at that moment (before I hit a provisional tee shot) because I was walking up there thinking it was in the ti-tree.

    “Then the bunker (lie) wasn’t ideal, but the I was able to get a shot on it which was pretty handy.”

    For reference, the most likely point of relief for a penalty drop had the ball flown 2m further would likely have been back towards the 12th green, leaving a large score on the cards.

    But that wasn’t on Murray’s mind.

    “I was half-buried, but hacked a seven-iron out, hit a solid five-iron to 20 feet and just missed the putt.

    “From there it didn’t feel too bad.”

    Murray paid tribute to playing partner and long-time mate and Yarrawonga golfer Frazer Droop, who had himself blown out of contention only minutes earlier with a wayward double-bogey on the 15th.

    The pair, also pennant teammates, had shared many laughs playing together for 36 holes, but no words were more important than those shared up the closing two holes.

    “I needed to compose myself for a minute … but I went up to `Droopy’ after that and we walked the whole 17th and 18th together.

    “I’ve known Frazer for a long time and it was good to share that experience with him.”

    Murray, who paid tribute to Golf Australia course management coach Paul Skinner for his shot selection lessons, said he’d learnt invaluable lessons before and during the tournament.

    “I played really well for first 15 holes (today) and had a couple of mishaps on the last couple, but still, that’s how it happens,” said Murray, whose on-course demeanour is exceptional.

    “But I kept and just played my game as I’ve been doing all week.

    “Even when it was tough I think I still managed to smile – and that’s important to me.”

    Murray won the rights to play in a handful of major amateur events in the UK and USA later in the year.

    But it’s testament to his level-headed nature that he’s not even sure he’ll take up the opportunities so he can focus on his Year 12 studies at Catholic College in Wodonga.

    “We’ll see. I don’t have to make up my mind yet … but it’s a big year and I’ve got to stay on top of the studies first.”

    And he was quick to quash any talk of turning professional any time soon.

    “It’s not even on my mind at the moment. I’ve gotta finish this year and hope to continue my golf at the VIS next year – we’ll just see how I go from there.

    “Right now it just feels great to be on that list of great names (including past champ Jason Day) and when I look back in the future to see my name among them will be a good feeling.”

    Crawford (69) reached nine under early in his round, but back-to-back bogeys on the 6th and 7th holes took him out of the picture for much of the afternoon.

    It wasn’t until the Queenslander surged again late that Murray was challenged with Droop (76 to be -5) and Jake McLeod (74 for -6) not charging in the final group.

    American Bryson DeChambeau (70) and Torquay’s Ben Eccles (72) shared third place at eight under.

    Other GA national squad members had mixed afternoons. Cam Davis couldn’t repeat Thursday’s heroics en route to a T12 finish after a 72 left him four under.

    Ryan Ruffels (68) and Brett Coletta (68) charged through the field to finish -2 and +1 respectively with both saying they played better as the week unfolded.

    Lucas Herbert closed with a 75 to finish one over, while Antonio Murdaca shot even par to finish three over and T44.
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    New team at Headland
    A new team of professionals, headed by Adam Norlander, has taken the reins at Headland Golf Club on the Sunshine Coast following a stellar 35 years’ service from John Victorsen.

    In fact, when Victorsen was appointed head professional at the Buderim-based club late in 1979, Norlander was about to turn five years of age.

    But the Victorsen era ended on New Years’ eve and 40-year-old Norlander – nicknamed Buffalo following an on-course event – has taken over with a team which has pledged to deliver a level of service to members of which the club can be proud.

    “As a professional golfer I was a reasonable Pro Am player with modest success,” says Norlander who undertook his PGA training at Brisbane club Gailes and St Lucia.

    “As a player, I soon realised that my real passion was for teaching the game of golf. I regard myself as a people’s person and I get a genuine thrill from helping others learn, appreciate and enjoy this great game.

    “With John having been here 35 years I obviously have big shoes to fill, but I am not afraid of hard work and doing the right thing by our members and guests.”

    After finishing his time at St Lucia in 2011, Norlander was appointed head professional at Oxley Golf Club. He was there until appointed to the Headland role towards the end of last year.

    Joining him at Headland are two members of his Oxley team, assistant professional Matt Douglass and trainee Josh Butler. Former Headland club champion Ben Wedmaier, who recently completed his traineeship under Victorsen, will remain as an assistant pro.

    As well as his playing and coaching career, Norlander has had extensive experience in golf’s retail and wholesale business. From 2005 to 2008 he was Queensland state sales manager for Srixon Golf and for the previous seven years managed the Golf Works store at Woolloongabba.

    Born, raised and educated in Brisbane, Norlander’s nickname Buffalo has endured since a round of golf in the Queensland Open of 1994 with former US PGA player, Zoran Zorkic.

    “I had hit my ball in the rough and it took me three shots to get it back into play,” he recalls.

    “Back then I was a little more rotund than I am today and Zoran said I reminded him of a wild buffalo thrashing around in the bush. For some reason that nickname has stuck.” 


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    Pace Confirmed For the RACV Ladies Masters
    LPGA winner Lee-Anne Pace will be looking to get her 2015 off to a flying start at the RACV Ladies Masters on the Gold Coast in February.

    The 33-year-old is a confirmed starter at RACV Royal Pines Resort from the 12 to 15 February, the 26th staging of the event.

    The Rolex Ranked World No. 31 had a fantastic 2014 capturing her first LPGA victory in October at the Blue Bay LPGA in China and finishing 38th on the LPGA Money List with US$467,559.

    October turned out to be a month to remember for the talented South African as the week before she won her first LPGA title, she won her first national open, the Cell C Women’s South African Open in a playoff. It was the Pace’s ninth Ladies European Tour.

    “To win my national open in front of family and friends was so special. I actually didn’t want to travel straight to China for the Blue Bay LPGA event, but it turned out to be another great week for me, to win my first LPGA title was surreal.” Pace said from South Africa.

    Pace, whose best finish at the Ladies Masters was equal fifth back in 2011, will be looking to get 2015 off on the right foot.

    “I love the Gold Coast, it reminds me so much of home in South Africa, so it is a great place to start 2015.”

    “I am looking forward to seeing the changes at the Royal Pines layout, it will be interesting playing 9 new holes and 9 of the old.”

    Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy said he was thrilled to welcome Lee-Anne back to the RACV Royal Pines Resort as she brings a lot of good golf to the RACV Ladies Masters and no doubt be in the mix on the final day.

    Pace joins defending champion, American Cheyenne Woods in the field with more high profile players to be confirmed in coming weeks.

    Tickets for the RACV Ladies Masters are on sale at with children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.

    Members of RACV, RACQ, NRMA, RAASA, RACWA, RACT, RANT and NZAA will receive free entry plus one guest by presenting their membership card at the entrance gate.
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    Burns wins Australia's Richest
    After shooting an 8 under par round of 62, Brad Burns has taken out the 2014 Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am, Australia’s richest one day Pro-Am. 
    With the event celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am is one of the longest running Pro-Ams in the country. It’s $60,000 prize purse also makes it one of the richest event’s in the PGA’s history bringing the likes of Rod Pampling, Steven Bowditch, Marc Leishman, Michael Sim and Rachel Hetherington to the Wynnum layout.   
    “We are extremely proud to have so many great players come back to play our event each year, showing that our commitment over a long period of time is appreciated amongst the professional ranks” said co-naming rights sponsor Doug Barton.
    “We are very proud to have the likes of Peter Senior, Andre Stolz, Terry Price and Peter McWhinney win our tournament over the years and we can’t help but feel some type of ownership seeing them win around the world after starting from humble beginnings.”
    Brad Burns, a prolific winner on the QLD Sunshine Tour with more than 30 victories made birdies on five of his first six holes and with further birdies on his 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th holes, found himself 9 under par through just 13 holes. Two bogies in his closing holes including one at the last, saw him card a 62 and win by 2 shots from Jason Norris.
    “No one is more surprised than myself. I have played here dozens of times and never really putted any good though today they dropped, to the point that the hole felt as big as a bucket” said Burns.
    “Full credit must go to Mick Power and Doug Barton. Their dedication to professional golf over the last 35 years is unbelievable and myself, and all of the professionals are forever indebted for their commitment.”
    For many of the PGA Professionals, Wednesday’s Oxley Pro Am will be their next stop, while others will venture to Noosa Springs for the first stage of PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School in an effort to secure playing rights for 2015.              
    For all scores from the Bartons/BMD Wynnum Pro-Am please click here 
    For all QLD Sunshine Tour events on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series please click here  

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    Chalmers wins Australian PGA in epic playoff
    Greg Chalmers has won the Australian PGA Championship after a seven hole playoff at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

    Starting the day seven shots off the lead Chalmers fired a final round 8-under 64 to end regulation play tied for the lead with Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby on 11-under 277.

    "It was an epic day, I honestly didn't think I'd be sitting here at this point today with the quality of the guys leading the tournament and doing well," said Chalmers.

    The trio headed down the 18th hole three times before South Australian Ormsby dropped out of the race.

    It took another four holes before Chalmers emerged victorious with a par over Scott who made bogey.

    "I just wasn't sure Scotty was ever going to hit a loose shot," said Chalmers.

    "I was trying to drive it in the fairway; I kept driving it in every bunker."

    "I thought if I'm going to lose this, I want to lose to a birdie."

    "It's a shame sometimes that that doesn't work out that way, that someone makes birdie and makes something spectacular but I'm very pleased to be the champion again."

    The key for Chalmers in the playoff today was not to panic.

    "My style of golf is never going to be an Adam Scott style of golf," added Chalmers.

    "I hit it off line, I don't panic.  I'm going to hit it off line, I did it all week and I did it sometimes today, but I have a short game that I hold in pretty decent regard."

    "I thought just keep making someone win it and today it turns out that a mistake was made and I'm on the trophy."

    With his win Chalmers also sealed the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit earning him starts in the World Golf Championship – Cadillac Championship, Nedbank Golf Challenge and The Open Championship, which he was already exempt into.

    The timing couldn't be better with Chalmers having only conditional status on the PGA TOUR for 2015.

    "I lost my status in the States this year, I don't have full status next year so I think this, winning the Order of Merit in Australia helps me," added Chalmers.

    "I'm forever thankful to our Tour here for those kinds of exemptions, it's very important for players and gives us a lot of chances."

    "I like to come back because I love Australia and I'm conscious of the idea that every career has a pathway."

    "My pathway started right here. So I think it's somewhat, not an obligation but just something, I think it's the right thing to do."

    Adam Scott was disappointed to have finished the year without a win on home soil acknowledging his failure to capitalise on his opportunities today.

    "I just didn't hit good enough shots in the play-offs and it's frustrating to not win when I hit so many good drives and had so many wedges and only made one birdie," said Scott.

    "I'm ready for a break.  I'm certainly going to enjoy this one."

    "Unfortunately not exactly how I wanted to end the year, but you know, hopefully onto bigger and better things next year."

    The least experienced of the playoff trio, Ormsby looked at the positives in his round including a brilliant chip in birdie on the last regulation hole to earn a place in the playoff.

    "It was nice to get in the play-off there.  I didn't think I was going to get in and I got myself in it but yeah, a little bit disappointed," said Ormsby.

    The Australian PGA Championship caps off another successful year for the PGA Tour of Australasia which has seen 15 tournaments contested, in four countries for more than AU$7.8million in prize money.

    2014 saw 15 individual Professionals from four countries win titles which included eight first time champions.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia will next week host more than 180 hopefuls at first stage Qualifying School as they look to earn status for the 2015 season.

    For all final results from the Australian PGA Championship please click here.

    For the final PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit please click here.
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    Pee Wee Pennants win to Coolangatta Tweed
    The first Gold Coast Pee Wee Pennants club team matchplay competition has been won by the team from Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club. 

    Coolangatta Tweed beat Surfers Paradise 22–14 in the final, which was played over 12 holes at Carrara Gardens on Sunday. Carrara Gardens, a short 12-hole course, was deemed perfect as the venue for the inaugural Gold Coast final. 

    According to Golf Queensland’s Participation Development Officer Lee Harrington, Pee Wee Pennants is a fun, friendly junior team matchplay competition designed to engage juniors aged from five to 12 years.

    “Pee Wee Pennants is an initiative of Golf Queensland and developed as a pathway program from clubs engaging juniors in the MYGolf program,” she said.

    “A version of this concept was trialled last year and at the moment Golf Queensland is steadily tweaking the product and rolling it out slowly to other districts throughout Queensland. Golf Australia is aware of the program and looking at its potential as a national program.

    “To date SEQDGA and Gold Coast have been the two pilot districts to run a series, but expansion is planned for 2015.” 

    Ms Harrington said the engagement of the entire family was another great benefit of the Pee Wee pennants matches. 

    “Spectators at matches are usually parents, friends, siblings and grandparents, and they far outweigh competitor numbers, and this conditioned players to perform under this spectator pressure,” she revealed. 

    Clubs involved in the recent Gold Coast series were Royal Pines, Emerald Lakes, Gold Coast Country Club, Surfers Paradise, Coolangatta-Tweed Head and Palm Meadows. 

    A five-week program was conducted between the clubs every Sunday afternoon. The budding golfers played on a shortened nine-hole course of 100 metre par 3s, 150m par 4s and 200m par 5s. 

    In Pee Wee Pennants teams are awarded one point for winning a hole, half a point for a square and no points if a hole is lost. Each team plays the full nine holes - or 12 in the case of the final - and each hole counts towards the final team score.

    Clubs play a team of six juniors under a two-person Ambrose matchplay competition. Both boys and girls are eligible and all of them have a caddy. The caddy is usually a parent or grandparent, although some teams have utilised other juniors to caddy for their mates. 

    Photo: Members of the winning Coolangatta Tweed Pee Wee Pennants team were (from the left) William Thorogood, Ben Adams, Kaleb Hughes, Sam Adams, William O'Brian, Billy Muldoon, Sean Hughes and Lachlan Walkom.  

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    Spring and Davidson win at Queensland Boys' and Girls' Amateur
    The 2014 Queensland Boys’ and Girls’ Amateur Championship wrapped up today, with Queenslander Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) taking out the Girls’ Championship and Kiwi Henry Spring (Whakatane) winning the Boys’.

    After violent storms left Indooroopilly Golf Club unplayable, Virginia and Nudgee Golf Clubs played host. More storms threatened over the initial two days of play but with an exceptional pace of play set by the field of under four hours, both rounds were completed. 

    The first two rounds saw some great golf with Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta-Tweed) leading the way with an opening three-under 70 at Virginia and Karis Davidson a one-under 71 at Nudgee on day two. 

    New Caledonian visitor Hugo Denis returned the best score at Virginia with a two-under 69. The round of the tournament came from Joel Stahlhut (Goondiwindi) with a withering five-under 66, dampened only by his closing two bogeys. Jack Poutney (Coffs Harbour) also played impressively for a 68 at Nudgee. 

    The 36 hole cut was made for both championships with 51 boys and 26 girls making it through to the final 2 rounds on Wednesday at Virginia, where they were greeted with clearing skies and no chance of inclement weather. 

    In the Girls’ Amateur, the field was bunched after the morning round with Davidson and Stacey White (Pacific) tied on one-under after 54 holes. A shot further back were Rebecca Kay and Jiwon Jeon (Hills). With a blistering five-under on the front nine, Davidson put a five shot gap between herself and the field, as Kirsty Hodgkins (Redcliffe) moved into second with Kay, after making the turn three-under par. 

    Dropped shots early on the back nine brought Davidson back a little but with none of her closest rivals making a substantially positive move coupled with a tap in birdie on the 16th, she cruised to a four shot victory. The final round 68 (-5) presented Australia’s top ranked junior with her first Queensland Girls’ Championship. 

    The final results saw Jiwon Jeon (Hills) finish second and Stacey White (Pacific) third.  Sanctuary Cove’s Joy Mannix claimed the 14-Years-and-Under title from Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba).

    The Boys’ Amateur was also a close affair after 54 holes with Hugo Denis holding a one-shot lead over Kodie Koski (Caloundra) and Riley Taylor (Casino), who were two of eight players to return third round 69’s. The best morning score was Tsukasa Maki (Hills) with 68.

    It was a nervous start for all players in the final three groups, with none playing the front nine under par; however Denis still clung to his lead. A mid round charge by New Zealander Henry Spring had him three-under through 13 holes and firmly in contention.

    Spring eventually signed for a one-over total 285. As the leaders faulted, Riley Taylor maintained his consistent form to join Spring on 285. 

    Spring and Taylor headed to the par 4 17th hole for the playoff and after good drives, both players missed the green to end up in the front right bunker. After Taylor struck his bunker too firmly, he was left with a 35 foot chip which he then left six feet past the hole. Spring played his bunker shot better and had a 12 foot putt for the Championship, which he calmly holed to become the first New Zealand winner of the Queensland Boys’ Amateur.

    Finishing in third was Peter Lyon (Southport) on 286 with overnight leader Hugo Denis finishing 4th also on 286. The 14-Years-and-Under winner was Louis Dobbelaar (Royal Queensland) with a 290 total with the runner up being Joshua Wellwood (Lakelands) on 294. 

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    Rae Clark wins at Queensland Sport Awards

    The 20th Annual Queensland Sport Awards Presentation was held last night, with Rae Clarke being presented with the highly esteemed Service to Sport Award for 2014.

    After beginning her career in the golf industry in 1984 behind the bar at McLeod Golf Club, Rae has been involved in all aspects of the industry including being a General Manager of McLeod Golf Club for more than a decade. 

    Finishing at McLeod in the mid 90’s, Rae moved into the role of CEO of the Queensland Ladies Golf Union, managing all facets of the coordination of women in the sport throughout the Sunshine State until 2001. 

    Following a brief stint at Nudgee Golf Club before taking her current position as CEO of the Greg Norman Golf Foundation, a role occupied for almost 13 years, Rae has been the driving force behind turning ‘Little fish into Sharks’ harbouring some of our state’s superstars such as Adam Scott, Jason Day and Karrie Webb.

    Rae has been one of Queensland's most prominent female sports administrators for over 30 years and is a very worthy recipient of the 2014 Queensland Service to Sport Award.

    Golf Queensland would like to congratulate Rae on her very deserving award win and thank her for her ongoing dedication to the game of golf.

    Congratulations must also go to Virginia Irwin, who was a finalist for the Sport Coach of the Year Award, and the Queensland Girls’ State Team, who were finalists in the Junior Team of the Year Award.

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    Spieth victorious at the Emirates Australian Open
    American Jordan Spieth has won the 2014 Emirates Australian Open played at The Australian Golf Club.

    Spieth fired an impressive course record 8-under 63 in the final round to ensure his name is etched on the Stonehaven Cup with a tournament total of 13-under 271.

    “What an incredible honour to put my name on here,” said Spieth who won the title by six shots.

    “With these conditions the golf course is very difficult. It’s definitely the best round I have ever played and the best win I have ever had.”

    “Being able to spread out from the field was a pretty awesome experience.”

    Starting the day tied for the lead with Greg Chalmers and Brett Rumford, Spieth put on a master class to win his second Professional title.

    “I didn’t think the round was out there but the putts just kept going in, boy we had a good time out there today,” said Spieth who with this win moves to 11th on the Official World Golf Rankings.

    Spieth was excited to have won on international soil and is already looking forward to returning to Sydney next year to defend his title.

    “It’s been an incredible week from the moment we got here,” added Spieth.

    “I love Australia, the fans were fantastic and the golf course was in top shape.”

    “What an experience, one that I will never forget.”

    “I am for sure going to be coming back to Australia.”

    Rod Pampling finished outright second on 7-under 277, Brett Rumford outright third on 6-under 278 and Greg Chalmers outright fourth on 5-under 279.

    Thanks to their finish at the Emirates Australian Open the trio have secured a place at The Open Championship which will be played at St Andrews in 2015.

    “It’s fantastic to qualify. I think it’s an awesome venue and obviously it’s the Home of Golf. I love links and I am definitely looking forward to it,” said Pampling.

    “It’s been a tremendous week and this is real positive to take out of the week. It’s of huge significance that it’s at St Andrews,” said Rumford.

    “I’m really excited for me and my family. I will take everybody over to go to St Andrews. I’m really proud of myself and very pleased to earn this spot in The Open,” said Chalmers.

    Adam Scott rounded out the top-5 with a tournament total of 4-under 280 while defending champion and World Number 1 Rory McIlroy finished at 2-over the card, tied 15th.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia now heads to Riverside Oaks Golf Resort for the NSW PGA Championship to be played from 4-7 December.

    The 2015 Order of Merit will then be decided at the season ending Australian PGA Championship to be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 11-14 December.

    For the full PGA Tour of Australasia schedule please click here.

    For the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit please click here.

    Photo credit: Dave Tease
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    Cullen now an Australian Masters Champ

    South Australian Nick Cullen has won the 2014 BetEasy Masters at Metropolitan Golf Club.

    Starting the day two shots off the lead, Cullen fired an impressive 3-under 69 for a tournament total of 9-under 279.

    Cullen won the title by just one shot from defending champion Adam Scott, New South Welshman James Nitties and Victorian Josh Younger.

    “You always think about winning and you want to win. You envision it but to be sitting here is just unreal,” said Cullen in his winner’s media conference.

    “I wanted to play better, to contend a little bit, be close, but to win the event with guys like Adam Scott and Geoff Ogilvy playing is unreal.”

    Walking onto the 18th with a one shot lead, Cullen put his approach shot into the bunker, playing one of the best sand shots of his life he had a short par putt to seal the title.

    “I hit a great bunker shot and got lucky; I didn’t have a very long putt on the last,” added Cullen.

    “I am glad it wasn’t any longer, I was nervous enough over that.”

    “I was trying to concentrate; I knew Adam was one shot back, so I didn’t really want to go into a playoff with him if it came to that.”

    A relieved and emotional winner, Cullen has secured the biggest win of his career, collecting a pay cheque of AU$180,000 to go with his gold jacket. 

    “Before this week I didn’t have any status locked up on any Tour, so to have a win and make a little bit of money is fantastic,” said Cullen who now has status on the PGA Tour of Australasia for the remainder of 2014 and the following five years.

    “It’s more of a relief than anything; it’s been a bit of a struggle this year to say the least so to have a win is just an amazing feeling."

    In 2013, Cullen claimed the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater Golf and Country Club. Thanks to the PGA Tour of Australasia being a part of the International Federation of PGA Tours, Cullen also receives an exemption into the World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational next August.

    Adam Scott put up a solid title defence however a first round 1-over 73 proved too much to overcome in his quest for a third consecutive Australian Masters title.

    “It’s hard to win a tournament, let alone three years in a row,” said Scott.

    “Defending was a big thrill for me, but it is very difficult to show up and win every year, it doesn’t happen very much.”

    “Unfortunately I think Thursday was a bit costly for me, I was playing better than that but it is what it is.”

    Rounding out the top-5 on the leaderboard on 7-under 281 were Matthew Griffin (VIC), Aron Price (NSW), Adam Bland (SA) and Paul Spargo (SA).

    The round of the day belonged to Rhein Gibson who shot a course record equalling round of 7-under 65 to finish tied 9th with Robert Allenby on 6-under 282.

    For all final round scores please click here.

    The PGA Tour of Australasia now travels to Sydney for the Emirates Australian Open to be played at The Australian Golf Club from 27-30 November.

    For the full PGA Tour of Australasia schedule please click here.

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    Katrina Jones wins Australian Mid Am Championship
    By Golf Australia

    Golf, as life itself, is all about timing. 

    And for newly crowned Australian Mid Amateur champions John McMiles and Katrina Jones, the saying has never been more apt.

    The pair came from the clouds to win their respective divisions yesterday as the field battled sweltering heat at Lynwood Country Club in Sydney’s north-west.

    McMiles had begun the final round seven shots adrift of runaway leader Paul Bucan, of the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, but stormed home to win his first national title by a stroke.

    The Liverpool Golf Club member immediately fired in four birdies to pull level by the time they turned for the final nine when Bucan made a calamitous double-bogey seven up the ninth hole.

    McMiles, 38, later admitted to sneaking a peak at the leaderboard at the turn – and that’s when the fun really began.

    “I did realise at that point that I was suddenly level with Paul … I hadn’t really expected to be there after where we started and he’d been playing so well,” McMiles said.

    “Then we just played an up-and-down sort of back nine and I think we exchanged the lead three times (amid) a few mistakes.”

    McMiles made three bogeys and a double on the back nine, but was able to mix in two birdies at the critical junctures.

    Bucan, however, after eight birdies in his first 44 holes, couldn’t find one at all on the back nine and a bogey on the par-five 16th meant he relinquished the lead for the last time.

    McMiles calmly parred the final hole for a 71 and a one-shot victory over the West Australian on a total score of 218, while Royal Canberra’s Andrew Tharle fired a 74 to finish third on 222.

    “We both battled up the 17th, but I was really happy to play a solid 18th and get the win – I’m really happy and excited to have done it.”

    A very similar drama unfolded in the women’s event.

    Queenslander Jones began the day five shots behind overnight leader Gemma Dooley, but made birdies on the 16th and 17th hole, turning up the pressure on the New South Welshwoman with an equal tournament low 74 to finish at 236 for the three rounds.

    And just as Jones, who also won the title in 2011, caught fire, Dooley cooled off – dramatically.

    Dooley, made a double-bogey on the par-four 11th hole, and couldn’t recover with three more bogeys in succession immediately afterwards and another on the 16th to lose the outright lead for the first time since round one.
    She finished with two pars for an 80 and 237 overall, but it was not enough to reel in Jones, with Lynwood member Catherine Coates (77) a further four shots back in third.

    In the state teams event, Queensland (Damien Jordan, Brett Monahan and Katrina Jones) and New South Wales (Jay Wooster, John McMiles and Gemma Dooley) were joint winners.
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    Proverbs secures European Tour invite
    by Rohan Clarke, Australian Golf Digest & Golf Australia

    Australian teenager Blake Proverbs has won an invitation to compete in a European Tour event after capturing the China Amateur Open.

    Proverbs held off a spirited challenge from compatriot Kevin Yuan for a one-stroke victory on Sunday in the flagship tournament in China for amateur golfers.

    The 18-year-old from Queensland receives a start in the 2015 Volvo China Open, which has been co-sanctioned by the European Tour since 2003.

    Proverbs carded a final-round 71 to finish at 2-over-par 290(76-72-71-71) on the tricky Greg Norman course at Mission Hills Golf Club in Dongguan, southeast China.

    After finishing third last year, Proverbs was delighted to get his hands on the China Amateur Open trophy. “I’m so excited. I tried to win last year, but I’ve done the job this time. Although I made two bogeys in the beginning, I just played safely because the course is tough.

    “Now I’m looking forward to the China Open as I’ve never played on the European Tour.”

    In the women’s competition, Elizabeth Elmassian from New South Wales claimed her maiden international title by two shots. She fired three consecutive rounds of 4-over 76 for a 12-over-par tally on the Norman layout.

    “To win the China Amateur Open means everything for me. I played very well apart from the 17th hole (where she made a quadruple bogey). I just stuck to my strategy,” said Elmassian, who receives an invitation to play in the 2014 China Women’s Open in December.
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    Cheyenne Woods set to defend RACV Ladies Masters title
    The effervescent Cheyenne Woods will return to the RACV Royal Pines Resort to defend her RACV Ladies Masters title in February next year.

    Woods captured her first major professional victory earlier this year at RACV Royal Pines when she held off Australian teenage sensation Minjee Lee.

    Woods said, “I am excited about returning to the Gold Coast. The reception I received from the Australian fans earlier this year is in my memory forever.”

    “This will be the first time I return to a tournament as the defending champion, so it will be a totally new experience for me, but I’m looking forward it.”

    Tournament Chairman Bob Tuohy confirmed that RACV had stepped up its commitment to women’s golf, assuming the solo naming rights sponsorship for the 2015 RACV Ladies Masters to be played from 12 to 15 February. The event will again be co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Professional Golf and celebrate its 26th year since inception in 1990.

    The 2015 RACV Ladies Masters is proudly supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, J Golf Korea, The City of Gold Coast and Thrifty and will be broadcast nationally by ABC Sport on Saturday 14th February and Sunday 15th February, live to Sky New Zealand and J Golf Korea with a total global household reach of in excess of 145,000,000.

    Mr Tuohy paid tribute to all event stakeholders and co-sanction partners and in particular, the ongoing commitment RACV has made to the event and golf in general.

    “RACV is once again hosting the PGA Championship of Australia later this year, then hosting and sponsoring the RACV Ladies Masters at what has become the home of championship golf in Queensland.”

    “RACV has completed the first-stage of the redeveloped the Royal Pines course and when it is completed in 2015 it will no doubt be acclaimed by the tour players and golf public as a world-class championship venue.”

    RACV Managing Director and CEO Colin Jordan said “RACV is delighted to be both sponsoring and hosting this fantastic women’s golf event at RACV Royal Pines. This year, players and spectators at the RACV Ladies Masters will be the first to experience the new front nine layout designed by Graham Marsh, the initial phase of our commitment to provide a world-class championship course and to offer quality facilities for our members and guests.”

    “In addition to the developments on course, players, their families and spectators will enjoy a vastly changed RACV Royal Pines Resort with the completion of a major expansion and development of facilities. These include the stunning award-winning One Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and extensive conference and events facilities,” Mr Jordon said.

    Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the city was honoured to host an event with such a long and prestigious history.

    “The line-up for the 2015 Ladies Masters shows a seriously competitive field and I really look forward to welcoming the players and seeing some quality golf played next February,” he said.

    “This is one of our major sporting events that helps to put the Gold Coast on the world stage, being broadcast to an extensive local and international reach of golf fans from a world class venue.”

    Karen Lunn, Executive Director of the ALPG said “It is great news to have the defending champion committed to the RACV Ladies Masters for 2015, Cheyenne has been a great ambassador for the tournament. On behalf of the co-sanction partners ALPG and LET, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to RACV for their continued commitment to the Ladies Masters and for taking on the title sponsorship of the event in 2015. RACV Royal Pines Resort has over the years established itself as a world class facility and tournament venue, and the recent upgrades to both the resort and the golf course will only add to the prestige of the event moving forward.

    Tickets for the RACV Ladies Masters are on sale at with children under 16 free if accompanied by an adult.

    Members of RACV, RACQ, NRMA, RAASA, RACWA, RACT, RANT and NZAA will receive free entry plus one guest by presenting their membership card at the entrance gate.
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    Playgolf WEEK kicks off

    It’s no secret that many of Australia’s top athletes and business people rush to the golf course whenever they have a spare moment.

    If you’ve ever wondered why, here’s your chance to find out.

    Former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, a self-confessed golf nut, has encouraged everyone to get involved in Playgolf WEEK when it tees off today.

    “I’m an unashamed golf tragic and reckon everyone should experience the enjoyment of playing golf,” Ponting said.

    “Nothing beats getting out in the fresh air on a golf course and trying to improve your game -- a game that you can share with family and friends, a game that you meet so many new people that become friends and above all, it’s a game that absolutely gets you in.
    “I hope everyone takes the opportunity to get to a Playgolf WEEK venue and have a hit. It’s going to be fantastic.”

    Participating Playgolf WEEK facilities will hold a “Come & Try Day” on Sunday, November 23, to cap a big week.

    Activities on this day include the use of a practice range, tips from professionals, clinics, putting competitions, sausage sizzles, and wine tasting -- something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned golfer or someone who has never tried the game.
    Facilities are also promoting other offers during the week such as 2-for-1 playing vouchers, discounted memberships and buy one lesson get one free.

    There are plenty of prizes on offer for those who can’t get to a Playgolf WEEK centre. One lucky person will drive away in an Audi A1 valued at $36,000, while seven runners up will tee off with a set of Cobra Golf Bio Cell Irons and Puma Formstripe Bag valued at more than $900.

    Be in with the chance to win $500 cash when you show your love of golf and upload a photo to social media and #playgolfweek, or win a pair of Oakley Sunglasses valued at $200 instantly if you get the Golden Ball at one the 12 facilities participating in the Golden Ball promotion.

    Playgolf WEEK is a Golf Australia initiative presented by Drummond Golf. Golf Queensland is also raising money and awareness for the Cancer Council Queensland this week.

    Visit find your nearest Playgolf WEEK centre, and for further information about the prizes on offer.
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    Isuzu Queensland Open wins at Ipswich Sports Awards
    Golf Queensland is pleased to announce that the 2013 Isuzu Queensland Open has won the Sports Event of the Year award, announced at the 2013/14 Annual City of Ipswich Sports Awards, held last Saturday night.

    The Ipswich Sports Awards aims to recognise and reward sportspersons, administrators and events for excellence in performance and commitment to sport in Ipswich, with the nominee list showcasing the top sporting talent in the region.

    Golf Queensland’s Golf Operations Manager, Luke Bates, said it was an honour for the event to be recognised in this way by the Ipswich City Council.

    "Thanks must be given to Isuzu, Brookwater Golf and Country Club, Ipswich City Council and the PGA Tour of Australasia for their support in bringing the event back to the calendar," Mr Bates said.

    "The Isuzu Queensland Open also recognises the support of the local community through volunteering, attending the event and being involved in come and try golf activities."

    The Isuzu Queensland Open was held at Brookwater Golf and Country Club from 22-25 August 2013.

    The Championship was returning to the PGA Tour of Australasia calendar after last being played in 2007. It was the first time Brookwater Golf and Country Club had hosted an event of this calibre and the course proved to be a fitting Championship venue. 

    Over 5,100 spectators enjoyed the four-day Championship that not only provided the community with some fantastic entertainment but a sense of pride to be the home of such a historical event. 

    More than 1,000 children were involved in activities held throughout the region promoting the game of golf and the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    Honour Board:
    Sportsperson of the Year: Jarrod Harvey
    Junior sportsperson of the Year: Larissa Chambers
    Lifetime Achievement: Rita Langer
    Sporting Association of the Year: Ipswich Hockey Association
    Coach of the Year: Theresa Stolberg
    Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Spencer
    Sports administrator of the Year: Jodie Elder
    Sports official of the Year: Raeline Johnson
    Sporting event of the Year: 2013 Isuzu Golf Open
    Sports team of the Year: Ipswich Falcons touch under-14 boys
    Masters sportsperson of the Year: Brian Cook
    Corporate sponsor of the Year: The Coffee Club
    Sporting excellence: Ashleigh Barty, Shane Watson, Ali Brigginshaw, Natalie Dwyer, Jordyn Holzberger, Deborah Acason, Keryn McMaster, Ash Walsh
    Special presentations: Brendan Bowers for his work with the Ipswich Sports House and regional sport, Queensland Times sports editor David Lems for 30 years dedication to regional sport and Rosemary Potter (Milgate) for donating prized sports memorabilia to the city.

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    Puckett Secures Second Women's Senior Title
    Queensland’s Robyn Puckett has won the 2014 Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Championship at Riverside Golf Club, Tasmania.

    Robyn defeated seven time champion Sylvia Donohue from NSW to secure her second Australian Women’s Senior Amateur title. 

    Puckett last won the Championship back in 2010 and since that time has been a semi-finalist on two occasions.

    The match remained close throughout the opening nine holes, with Puckett and Donohoe all square as they teed off the 10th hole.

    However it was then Puckett made her move winning the next 3 holes to take her to 3 up through 12. 

    Donohoe continued to put up a tough fight the however Puckett was too strong, taking the match 3 and 1.

    The Championship is not Puckett’s first National title in Tasmania. She won the Australian Junior Championship at Kingston Beach Golf Club in 1964.

    Puckett was thrilled with her second Women’s Senior title and cannot believe she has done it again.

    “I’m absolutely over-the-top.  When I won in 2010 at Commonwealth it was fantastic but to win this year, I just can’t believe it. As you get older, it gets harder and I didn’t think I could do it again.”

    Next year’s event will be played at Gosnells Golf Club in Western Australia on 26 – 30 October 2015.

    Championship – Robyn Puckett (Qld) bt Sylvia Donohoe (NSW) 3&1
    New Age Veterans Flights – P Jeffery (ACT) bt L Urquhart (Qld) 2up
    Veterans Flight – J Harley (Vic) bt T Hoile (WA) 7&6
    Super Veterans Flight – L Proud (Tas) bt D Lloyd (WA) 3&2
    Super Veterans Plus Flight – S Pappas (Vic) bt M Leary (Tas) 1up
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    Smith finishes T5 at CIMB Classic
    Kuala Lumpur, November 2: Thailand’s Prom Meesawat, Australian rookie Cameron Smith and Filipino Angelo Que enjoyed commendable top-10 finishes at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Sunday to join the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit race.

    With American David Lipsky and India’s Anirban Lahiri, the current top-two, finishing a lowly 75th and 52nd at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the leading trio made up ground with some wonderful finishes in the final round.

    The talented Smith shot a four-under-par 68 for a 12-under-par 276 total to finish in tied fifth place, five shots behind champion Ryan Moore at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.

    The impressive finish, which was his sixth straight top-10 on the Asian Tour, saw him earn US$266,000 and shot him up to fourth position on the Order of Merit with US$427,476, some US$250,000 behind Lipsky.

    A tied eighth finish for CIMB Classic debutant Que and Prom gave them a fighting chance as well to challenge for the prestigious Merit crown as they moved up to fifth and third place respectively on the rankings with US$379,855 and US$447,137.

    With their top-10 results, they also earned exemptions into next week’s PGA TOUR stop in Mississippi, which the 21-year-old Smith has taken with both hands.

    “Beyond expectations for me.  Yeah, I’m pretty happy,” beamed Smith. “I think I’m going to go (to the PGA Tour event next week). It would be a pretty hard offer to turn down.”

    IMAGE CREDIT: Stanley Chou / Getty Images
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    Special Olympics National Games Golf Competition
    On the week beginning Monday 20th October over 1,000 intellectually disabled athletes from every Australian state and territory descended on Melbourne to participate in the 2014 Special Olympic National Games.

    Of these aforementioned athletes, 32 participants competed in the 3 day golf competition held at the picturesque Par 72 Albert Park Golf Course from Tuesday 21st October to Thursday 23rd October.  

    The competition consisted of three levels of Special Olympic competition i.e. Level 5 – 18 Hole Single Stroke, Level 4 – 9 Hole Single Stroke and Level 2 – 9 Hole Alternate Shot competition.  All levels of competition contained both male and female athletes.  

    The Level 5 – 18 Hole Single Stroke event was to be competed over two consecutive days by a total of 7 Males and 1 Female.  The Level 4 – 9 hole Stroke Competition contained 21 athletes across 3 Male Divisions and 1 Female Division.  This Level 4 event was contested over three consecutive days with the best two rounds taken for final results.

    The Alternate Shot competition consisted of2 male athletes who were partnered by two fine young men from St Helena High School, Mitchell Hall and Kane Ramsay, the solo female athlete was partnered by representatives from Golf Victoria in Tyson (Day 1) and Jo Charlton (Day 2.  A big thank you all the partners particularly Tyson who filled in for Jo Charlton on day one due to flight delays encountered by Jo out of China.

    Day One of the competition provided the athletes with a chance to release their nerves and get down to some fine golf, it obviously didn’t take long with a total 29 Pars and 2 birdies being scored.

    Day Two of competition saw the temperatures reach 30+ degrees and this did have some effect on the athletes from posting some solid scores across all divisions.  A total of 10 Pars and 2 birdies were scored on day two.
    Day Three consisted of the final round of the Level 4 – 9 hole Stroke Competition while the Level 5 and Level 2 athletes, who finished their main competition, were partnered by various external representatives for a 9 hole Ambrose competition with the cooler weather providing more comfortable weather conditions.  The scores were solid across the day with a remarkable xxx Pars, 5 Birdies and 1 Eagle being shot.

    The medals winners across the competition levels were as follows:
    Level 5 – 18 Hole Single Stroke – Division 1 – Mixed (Handicaps 0-19) 
    Gold Medal – Steve Robson (NSW) – Gross Score 169
    Silver Medal – Craig Read (NSW) – Gross Score 170 
    Bronze Meday – Kate Wilson (QLD) – Gross Score 187
    Level 5 – 18 Hole Single Stroke – Division 2 (Handicaps 20+)
    Gold Medal – Matt Curley (QLD) – Gross Score 196 
    Silver Medal – Jacob Jones (ACT) _ Gross Score 210
    Bronze Medal – Wayne Wright (TAS) – Gross Score 231
    4th Place – Matthew Bowen (TAS) – Gross Score 238
    5th Place – Brian Clarke (SA) – Gross Scores 248
    Level 4 – 9 Hole Single Stroke – Division 1 Male (Handicap 15 – 21) 
    Gold Medal – Laim Reynolds (NSW)
    Silver Medal – Brendan Borger (QLD)
    Bronze Medal – Chad Johnson (QLD)
    4th Place – John Griffiths (QLD)
    5th Place – Darren Gibson (QLD)
    Level 4 – 9 Hole Single Stroke – Division 2 Male (Handicap 22 -30)
    Gold Medal – Darren Tait (ACT)
    Silver Medal – Jason Russo (NSW)
    Bronze Medal – Axel Gould (QLD)
    4th Place – Saxon Graham (NSW)
    5th Place – Alexander Hayes (NSW)
    6th Place – Michael Eadie (NSW)
    Level 4 – 9 Hole Single Stroke – Division 3 Male (Handicap 30+)
    Gold Medal – Jayden Wright (VIC)
    Silver Medal – Antonio Di Crezcenzo  (ACT)
    Bronze Medal – Dylan Price (ACT)
    4th Place – Matthew Wheeler (NSW)
    5th Place – Sebastian McCormick (VIC)
    6th Place – Joe Maloney (ACT)
    Level 4 – 9 Hole Single Stroke – Division 1 Female (Handicap 22+)
    Gold Medal – Amanda Patterson (QLD)
    Silver Medal – Tahli Hind (NSW)
    Bronze Medal – Morgan Mills (ACT)
    4th Place – Gabrielle Clarke (NSW)
    Level 2 – 9 Hole Alternate Shot Mixed Division 
    Gold Medal – Sherrie Eadie (NSW) – Partner Tyson / Jo Charlton (Golf Vic)
    Silver Medal – Adrian Lamb (NSW) – Partner Mitchell Hall (St Helena)
    Bronze Medal – Rory Mulligan (NSW) – Partner: Kane Ramsay (St Helena)

    Special Olympics would like to than the Albert Park Golf Course personnel of Sam Adams (Corporate Manager), his staff and David Diaz (Professional) for not only presenting the course in such fine condition, but who went out of their way to accommodate the needs of our athletes and support personnel.  The course itself provided sufficient challenges for our athletes and the feedback from them was overwhelming on its playability.  We would highly recommend this course for future competitions.

    Special Olympics would also like to thank Golf Australia, Golf Victoria and Bonnie Doon Golf Club for their sponsorship and support of the event.  

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    Celebrity Golf Day gets Australia’s Olympic campaign into swing
    The PGA of Australia (PGA) joined Golf Queensland and the Queensland Olympic Council (QOC) at Links Hope Island last week for the QOC Celebrity Golf Day.

    Offering a unique corporate golf experience, the day saw supreme golfing excellence among the who’s who of business and sport to fundraise for Australia’s Olympic Team bound for Rio in 2016.

    Thanks to the Australian PGA Championship, competing teams had the opportunity to experience life as a Tour Professional with the 18th tee transformed to emulate the first hole of the 2014 Australian PGA Championship, which will be contested on the Gold Coast in December.

    “We are so excited to see golf introduced as an Olympic sport for Rio in 2016 and as an avid golfer myself, I can't wait to see the first medal awarded,” said five time Olympian and President of the QOC, Natalie Cook.
    “Our golfers who are selected for the inaugural team will hold a very special place in our history and we look forward to welcoming them to the Olympic family.”

    Against the backdrop of official PGA Championship tee signage what proved even more popular was the opportunity to be photographed holding one of the oldest trophies in Australian golf, the Kirkwood Cup.

    Adorned with names like Norman Von Nida, Kel Nagle, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman and Adam Scott, it was a rare opportunity to touch a piece of sporting history.

    Joining the sport and business elite was PGA Championship winner Randall Vines who after 42 years was reunited with the trophy he won in 1972 and 1973.

    Golf will make its long awaited return to the Olympic program in Rio with the Australian Olympic Golf Team operating under the watchful eye of Team Leader and PGA Life Member, Ian Baker-Finch.

    “The Olympics add another platform to showcase golf on the world stage and its inclusion provides significant opportunity,” said Brian Thorburn, Chief Executive Officer of the PGA.

    “With it will come new prospects for growth at both grass roots and elite level.”

    The Celebrity Golf Day is run by QOC to support and fundraise for future and rising Olympic stars.

    All funds raised by QOC directly supports the preparation, participation and recognition of the Australian Olympic Team.

    The QOC acts as the state office of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and provides Queensland athletes with the best opportunity to reach their highest potential and achieve the ultimate goal of representing Australia at the Olympic Games.

    The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from December 11-14, 2014. Tickets are currently on sale through Ticketek
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    Smith in dreamtime mode

    When a budding sports person breaks through to reach what is generally conceded the big stage, terminology such as ‘like a dream come true’ and ‘surreal’ is commonplace.

    And as much as 21-year-old Queensland golfer Cameron Smith would like to be inventive and not use these well-worn clichés, he is about to live out a dream when he lines up against his childhood heroes during the upcoming Australian golf summer.

    Following a spectacular six months on the Asian Tour Smith has automatically qualified for the three big events on the Australia calendar – the Masters, Open and PGA – and will be competing against the likes of Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby and John Senden, players he idolised as a kid.

    “Yes it is a dream come true, and it will be surreal being in the same field as those guys and totally unbelievable if I get to play a round of golf with them,” said the youngster who has won $US160,000 in six tournaments since April.

    But while he might be pinching himself to make sure he isn’t dreaming, the Wantima Country Club junior won’t be overawed by the presence of golf royalty.

    “No, I don’t get starstruck,” he said after playing in the same field as Ernie Eels during the recent Hong Kong Open, where he finished equal ninth.

    “I just think it’s cool to see those guys when they are around and it’s good for golf in Australia when they come home. But I’m lucky I suppose that I don’t get nervous or overawed by the big names.”

    He does, however, concede that a few nerves did jangle when he met his namesake, Kangaroos and Queensland rugby league captain Cameron Smith. But that was when he was in grade 7.

    “The Queensland team held an autograph signing in the Queen Street Mall and I went in to get my jersey signed,” he recalled.

    “I told him my name was Cameron Smith and I think he was impressed. He told the players around him and they had a laugh.”

    And it might just be Cameron Smith the footballing superstar who seeks out Cameron Smith the golfer during the Australian Masters at Melbourne’s Metropolitan Golf Club from November 20-23. While one is a professional golfer mad-keen on rugby league, the other is a professional rugby league player mad-keen on golf.

    But the young golfer - who currently rates his game at 8/10 after a settling-in period in the pro ranks - has a huge appointment this week. By virtue of his high ranking he has won a start in the PGA-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, which tees off on Thursday.

    A stellar field competing for the $US7million purse includes Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner, Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed and fellow Australians Senden, Allenby and Mark Leishman.

    And although he says his driver is not his best friend at the moment, he takes supreme form into the tournament having been placed in the top 10 in eight of his past nine tournaments, with 12th his worst placing.

    “The driver is not horrendous, but if I can hit more fairways it should lead to good scores because the rest of my game at the moment is really good,” he said.

    Smith has been home in Brisbane for the past week and spent precious time practising under the eagle eye of his Twin Waters-based coach Grant Field, who will be on his bag in Kuala Lumpur.

    Story by Tony Durkin.

    Cameron Smith has finished in a share of 5th in the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend. 

    The impressive finish, which was his sixth straight top-10 on the Asian Tour, saw him earn US$266,000 and shot him up to fourth position on the Order of Merit. 

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    2014 Queensland Men's and Women's Amateur Championship

    Queensland Women’s Amateur Championship
    State rivalries were revisited in the final of the Queensland Women’s Amateur final on Saturday morning, when Queenslander Samantha Foley took on Shelly Shin from New South Wales.

    Both players were rock solid early and nothing could split Foley and Shin through nine holes, with all but one hole halved in pars, however the back nine would be a different story. 

    Shin and Foley traded blows from the 10th to 16th holes to leave Shin 1-up. A birdie four on the 18th had Shin heading to lunch with a 2-up margin.

    Foley needed a good start to the afternoon but it wasn’t to be, with Shin extending her lead to 3-up after 20 holes and then 4-up through 28.

    Foley’s back to back birdies on the 29th and 30th holes reduced the margin to two but a birdie from Shin on the 32nd hole restored her three hole advantage and it was too much for Foley to counter, despite a win on the 33rd hole.  

    With a stunning birdie on the 35th hole, Shelly Shin emerged with a 3/1 victory to claim her first Queensland Women’s Amateur Championship.

    As the 78th ranked Amateur in the world, Shin started favourite but Foley’s fight and solid display of matchplay over the last week is to be applauded. 

    Women's Semi-Finals:
    Samantha Foley 4/3 defeated Robyn Choi 
    Shelly Shin 2/1 defeated Ali Orchard 

    Women's Quarter Finals:
    Robyn Choi 2up defeated Hannah Green
    Samantha Foley 2/1 defeated Jaimee Dougan 2/1
    Shelly Shin 2/1 defeated Kirsty Hodgkins
    Ali Orchard 4/2 defeated Anna Stanton

    Queensland Men's Amateur Championship:
    The Men’s Amateur Final was an all New South Wales affair after the last Queenslander in the draw, Medal Champion Simon Viitakangas, was defeated on the 19th by Keperra Bowl Champion Troy Moses. 

    Joining Moses in the final was Medal Runner-Up Travis Smyth, with both looking to claim their maiden Queensland Amateur title.

    Moses was on fire early, racing to a three hole lead by the fourth. It would prove to be a false indication of how the match would play out, with Smyth fighting back to level the game and lead by the 12th.
    An eagle two from 140m on the 13th from Moses swung the momentum back in his favour and when he birdied the 14th, Moses was back in charge. After Smyth birdied the demanding 17th and had locked up a par on the 18th, it seemed like the men would be all square at the break.
    Moses was having none of that and chipped in for his par to halve the hole and head to lunch with a one hole lead.

    Following the natural flow of the match, Smyth made a charge and took a two hole lead by the time the players reached the 22nd, only for Moses to reclaim an advantage by the 30th. 

    A concession on the 31st and a Smyth birdie on the 32nd had Smyth standing on the picturesque 15th (33rd) tee again holding a one hole lead. 

    After trading wins on the 33rd and 34th holes, Smyth was closing in on the Championship. With the penultimate hole halved, Moses need to win the 36th to send the match to extra holes. 

    Smyth held his nerve to make par and win the 2014 Queensland Men’s Amateur Championship.

    Men's Semi-Finals:
    Travis Smyth 1up defeated Cameron Davis 
    Troy Moses on the 19th defeated Simon Viitakangas

    Men's Quarter Finals:
    Cameron Davis on the 19th defeated Jack Sullivan
    Travis Smyth 2up defeated Dylan Perry
    Troy Moses 1up defeated Andrew Schonewille
    Simon Viitakangas  on the 19th defeated Liam Anderson

    Arundel Hills Country Club was presented in magnificent condition with players enjoying the challenging layout. Thank you to all the staff and members for their hospitality.

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    Tara's winning ways
    At just 13 years old, Townsville junior golfer Tara Jenkins took on the Ladies Willows Open in September – and won.  

    The youngest in the field of 60 ladies, Tara was able to hold her composure to the end, returning an excellent round of 85 to win the A grade champion title and her first ever ladies open title.

    Adding to her growing list of golfing achievements, Tara recently competed in the North Queensland Men’s and Ladies Championship, held at Rowes Bay and Townsville Golf Clubs 4-6 October. 

    She was the A Grade Nett winner in round two and overall A Grade Nett winner for the three days. Again, Tara was the youngest competitor in the tournament.

    Her handicap is now 12.8, with coach Kelvin Haller suggesting that with more hard work, Tara may be at a single figure handicap before the end of the year.

    Tara attended Golf Queensland’s Regional Junior Clinic at Mareeba Golf Club earlier this year and then went on to become a leader at the Charters Towers Mygolf Camp in July. 

    Each year, Golf Queensland selects two promising junior golfers to support financially in attending the Adam Scott Junior Classic held at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club. This year Tara was selected as the female golfer and will be travelling to the Gold Coast to compete in the tournament in December.

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    Choi wins Queensland Women's Stroke Play Championship
    Doey Choi (Concord Golf Club) has won the 2014 Queensland Women’s Stroke Play Championship to record a 292 total and a one shot victory.

    Choi opened the Championship with a four over par round of 76, followed by a second round 71.
    She was able to cope with the blustery weather after players were hampered by gusty winds in difficult conditions during the final 36 holes. Choi went on to return a third round 68 (-4) assisted by an eagle on the reachable 235 meter par 4 6th hole.

    “After the final round I thought I had blown any chance I had at winning the tournament,” Choi said.

    Her closing round of five over par (77) was enough to win the Championship by a single shot to local player Ali Orchard (Sanctuary Cove)
    Orchard finished the tournament on 293 five over for the 72 hole event.  After an opening even par (72) and a second round of three under par (69),Orchard was in a commanding position heading into the final day.  

    However, with a disappointing 11 over par (83) third round, Orchard was able to regain her composure for the afternoon, posting a sub-par round of three under 69.
    Shelly Shin (Concord) finished in third on a count back after she fired rounds of 74,70,73 and 76.

    The Champion of Champions title was decided over the first 36 holes. With rounds of 72 and 69, Ali Orchard (pictured below) from Sanctuary Cove Golf Club emerged a four-shot victor over Rebecca Kay (Coolangatta Tweed).

    The Champion of Champion’s event is open to all players who have won a Club Championship in the previous year.

    The top 16 players from the Stroke Play will now progress through to compete in the Queensland Amateur Championship (Matchplay) to be held at Arundel Hills Country Club 23-25 October.

    Top 16: Doey Choi, Alexandra Orchard, Shelly Shin, Eunice Kim, Jaimee Dougan, Kirsty Hodgkins, Karis Davidson, Rebecca Kay, Robyn Choi, Anna Stanton, Bianca Ling, Grace Lennon, Samantha Foley, Amy Walsh, Sarah Yamaki, Hannah Green.

    Arundel Hills is to be congratulated for the magnificent condition of the course and the hospitality shown to all the players and caddies.
    The top 16 players from the stroke play will enjoy a well earned day’s rest before returning to Arundel Hills to compete in the Queensland Women’s Amateur from Thursday to Saturday. 
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    Viitakangas storms home to take Qld Men's Stroke Play
    Simon Viitakangas has won the 2014 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Championship at Southport Golf Club on the Gold Coast.

    A third round course record of seven under par (64) allowed Viitakangas (Palmer Gold Coast) to leapfrog the leading contingent of New South Welshman and head into the final round with a 3 shot lead. A closing even par 71 was enough to claim his first Queensland Stroke Play Championship. Travis Smyth (St Michael’s) shared the best 4th round score of 66 to rocket up the leaderboard and claim second, 2 shots behind Viitakangas.

    Joint overnight leaders Daniel Gale (Castle Hill) and Dylan Perry (Long Reef) found it tough on the last day, dropping out of the top 3. Both will be looking to bounce back in the Queensland Amateur Championship at Arundel, starting Thursday. 

    Jack Sullivan (Palmer Colonial) has won the Champion of Champions.  Continuing his affinity with the Southport layout, Sullivan fired rounds of 71, 72 and 75 in the tie breaking third round to claim the title over Damien Jordan (Coolangatta).  The Champion of Champion’s event is open to all players who have won a Club or District Championship in the previous year.

    Although the players experienced blustery conditions, the Southport layout proved to be a fantastic Championship facility. The course was presented in outstanding condition with full credit going to the superintendant Stuart Moore and his staff.

    The top 32 players from the Stroke Play will now progress through to compete in the Queensland Amateur Championship (Matchplay) to be held at Arundel Hills Country Club.

    Top 32 – Simon Viitakangas, Travis Smyth, Cameron Davis, Troy Moses, Daniel Gale, Jack Sullivan, Anthony Quayle, Robbie Hogan, Matthew Lisk, Dylan Perry, Douglas Klein, Alexander McCoy, Andrew Schonewille, Shae Wools-Cobb, Heath Riches, Jack Williams, Lucas Higgins, Kodie Koski, Charles Pilon, Tim Hyland, Mitchell Smith, Steven Vail, Myoung Kim, Josh Hayes, Liam Anderson, Hayden Webb, Charlie Dann, Ben Ratcliffe, Yuichi Teruya, Jordan Cooper, James Grierson, Zach Jansen.

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    Moses wins 2014 Keperra Bowl Chamionship
    Troy Moses (Bonnie Doon Golf Club) has won the 2014 Keperra Bowl at the Keperra Country Golf Club. 

    It was Moses' consistency all week which secured this year’s Championship and his first major win on the National Amateur golfing calendar.

    Moses opened with a round of three-under par (69).  He followed this up with a six-under par (66) in the second round. A fantastic third round of nine-under par (63) saw him equal the course record and establish an eight shot lead heading into the fourth round. Moses returned a final round score of three under-par (69) for a four round total of 267 (-21) for the Championship.

    Last year’s champion Taylor Macdonald (Redcliffe) finished runner up on 274 (-14). Macdonald carded a first round four-under par (68) followed by a pair of three-under par 69’s in the second and third round.  He returned a final round score of 68 to finish seven shots back.

    Cory Crawford (Sanctuary Cove) finished in third place after strong scoring all week, he returned rounds of 69,71,69 and 66 in today’s final round to finish 13-under par on 275.

    Both Crawford and Macdonald will travel down to Melbourne next week to compete in the Asian-Pacific Amateur Championship held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

    Kooyonga member Heath Riches score was considerably improved today after he managed to have a fantastic Albatross on the Par-5 433 meter 11th hole.

    In it's 10th year at Keperra Country Golf Club, players experienced perfect conditions with the layout proving again to be a fantastic Championship facility.  The course was presented in outstanding condition with full credit going to the superintendent and staff. 

    The majority of the field will now travel down to the Gold Coast to compete in the 2014 Queensland Men’s Stroke Play Championship at the Southport Golf Club to be held Sunday 19 - Tuesday 21 October.

    For complete scores from the 2014 Keperra Bowl, please CLICK HERE

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    Aussie junior cards amazing 59
    Former Australian squad member and Golf Queensland product Viraat Badhwar is making a splash in his time at Stanford University in the United States.

    Badhwar shot a 59 at Stanford, a course record, the same weekend that he met the university’s most famous former student, Tiger Woods. Stanford’s course is a par-70.

    The 19-year-old sophomore was playing with teammates, and began his day with an eagle at the par-five first. He carded 29 for the front, 30 for the back, closing with two pars. He made nine birdies and the eagle for the day, according to a report in Golf Week.

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    Richards, Wharton and Langridge win the 2014 Gertrude McLeod Winners Event
    Margaret Richards (City), Kerry Wharton (Warwick) and Elly Langridge (Pine Rivers) have won their respective divisions at the 2014 Gertrude McLeod Winners Event at Wynnum Golf Club

    In Division 1 (handicaps 0-22) Margaret Richards fired a brilliant nett round of 72 to beat runner up and local player Bridgette Reedy (Wynnum) by two shots after she returned a nett 74. 

    The Division 2 category (handicaps 23-32) was won by Kerry Wharton after she fired four pars and one birdie to return the day’s best nett round 70.  Ann Hardie (Ashgrove) finished runner up after returning a consistent nett round of 74.

    Pine Rivers member Elly Langridge won Division 3 (handicap 33-45) by five shots after she fired a nett 72 on the Wynnum layout.  Sandra Kiely (Tewantin Noosa) was runner up in Division 3 after a score of nett 77.

    The Wynnum Golf Club Team members of Bridgette Reedy, Jan Hamilton and Ruth Body combined well to win the aggregate nett teams event.
    The Gertrude 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.

    For all Gertrude McLeod Scores click here.

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    Gale, Taylor and Pilon champions at Gary Player Classic

    Daniel Gale, Joshua Taylor and Charles Pilon have won their respective age divisions of the Gary Player Classic at Pacific Golf Club, held from 23-26 September. 

    The 15 Years and Under Division was dominated by Charles Pilon (Hills) over the final three rounds. After a shaky opening round of 81, rounds of 73,70 and 75 were enough for a comfortable seven shot victory over Josh Armstrong (Gold Creek).  The 72 hole Nett winner was Johan Arama Pierre (Logan).

    The closest division was 16-17 Years, with only one shot separating champion Joshua Taylor (Yarra Yarra) and eventual runner-up Douglas Klein (Redcliffe). Taylor held a one shot lead heading into Friday’s final round but Klein was unable to bridge the gap, with both players making par on the final four holes.  The 72 hole Nett winner was Kevin Seo (Sanctuary Cove).

    Also starting the final round with a one shot lead, Daniel Gale (Castle Hill) was able to extend away from the field, with his closest competitors Tim Hyland (Bonville) and Shae Wools-Cobb (Horton Park) returning scores of 78 and 76 respectively. The 72 hole Nett winner was Yuichi Teruya (Sanctuary Cove). 

    Each divisional winner and runner-up took home a high-class Adina time piece, proudly donated by long term sponsors Bob Menzies. 

    Achieving the rarest of feats during the tournament were Keegan Short (Indooroopilly) and Futa Yamagishi (Hills) who aced the 13th and 17th holes respectively. 

    Gary Player is also to be thanked for his 43rd year of continued support, with 40 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 and this year’s winner was 10 year old Oxley member Kaito Chiu. In the previous 12 months, Kaito has lowered his handicap from 14 to 4 and cut 28 shots off his 3 round 2013 total to make the 54 hole cut. 

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    Kim claims 2014 Katherine Kirk Classic
    Eunice Kim (Lakelands) has won the 2014 Katherine Kirk Classic at the Sunshine Coast's Horton Park Golf Club today.

    Kim was just too strong after closing out the field will a final round score of 71 (-2) to join her first round score of 71 (-2) and a second round score 75 (+2) to finish 217 for the championship. Kim finished four shots clear of her nearest rival Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove). 

    Davidson was unable to catch Kim after finishing the championship with 73 even par.  Davidson returned birdies on the 9th, 11th and 12th Holes in the final round, but undid her early good work to carding boggies on the 13th and 15th hole. Davidson finished with rounds of 74 74 and 73 two over for the tournament. 

    Coolangatta Tweed member Rebecca Kay was victorious in the 15 years & under division.  Kay opened her tournament with a 75(+2) followed by even par 73 in the second round, she closed her campaign with a 75 to finish 223.
    Min Kweon (Sanctuary Cove) was the runner up in the 15 years & under division returning rounds of 78,74 & 74- 226.

    In the under 21 years category Anna Stanton (Woodford) managed to edge out Beaudesert member Jaimee Dougan after returning rounds of 73,70,75 for 218.  
    Dougan finished the tournament with scores of 79,78 & 71 for 228. 

    Now in its sixth year The Katherine Kirk Classic will continue to be a prominent feature on the Golf Queensland calendar.   The 2015 event will travel to the new Maroochy River Golf Club, thank you to Katherine’s continued support.

    A special thank you must also go to the course superintendent Pat Pauli and his team for presenting the Horton Park layout in such magnificent condition over the past three days.

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    It's a wrap: Isuzu Qld Open

    Even on the Monday it felt like a tournament was happening...writes Bernie Pramberg in the Spring edition of Q Golf Online.

    There was a buzz about Brookwater. Golf carts whizzing about, signage being erected, flags fluttering, ground staff in khaki all over the course and a sprinkling of players drifting in to register and perhaps play nine holes.

    Eventual winner Andrew Dodt was launching drives more than 550m down the runway at Amberley RAAF Base in a promotional and media stunt for the Open. Back on site at Brookwater, staff from the Australasian PGA Tour had arrived and the logistics of running a tournament were rolled out.

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    Jordan wins Qld Men's Mid Amateur
    Damien Jordan has won the 2014 Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship for a second consecutive year at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

    Jordan commenced the tournament with a three-under par round 69 on the first day, to place himself four shots ahead of his nearest rival. Jordan was the only player to shoot under par on the first day in wet blustery conditions. A one-over par round of 73 on the second day was enough to secure his spot in the final group of four players still holding a four shot lead to nearest rival Dean Dunleavy (Redcliffe).

    Commencing the final round and opening with a bogy on the Par 4 1st Hole, Jordan quickly gained his composure as this was to be the only blemish on his card. He birdied the fourth, sixth and eighth holes on the front nine to place him in a commanding position heading into the back nine holes.  Jordan fired a further three birdies in the closing six holes including the 430 meter Par -4 18th.

    He returned a brilliant final round of five-under par 67 to finish on 209 (-7) for the Championship.

    Dean Dunleavy was thirteen shots back in second place on 222 (+6) after a closing round of four over par-76. This followed his opening round of 76(+4) and a consistent second round of 70 (-2).

    Jaime Pitt (Gainsborough Greens) 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. Scott Bretherton from Brisbane shot consistent nett rounds of 70, 70 and a final day nett 70 to take home a year's supply (12 x 12 dozen boxes) of the Srixon Z Star Ball (pictures right). Bretherton was one of 122 players that chose to play the Srixon ball at this year's championship, as did the Championship winner Damien Jordan.

    In the Upper Mid-Amateur Division (44-54 years) Brett Baker (Royal Pines) finished on 228 (+12) to edge Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club member Scott Mayo on a count back after he finished runner up on 228.

    In the Srixon Teams event section, it was a close battle between Toowoomba Golf Club and Windaroo Lakes. The eventual winners were the team from Toowoomba which comprised of Jason McWilliam, Andrew Munson and Justin Shine. The winning score left them with a six shot win over the team from Windaroo Lakes Golf Club, of Malcolm Huth, Kevin Quinn and Steve Turner.

    The Srixon NTP Challenge was held on the Monday afternoon. Each player had one attempt at a 70m pitch shot from the clubhouse to the Golf Queensland Pin. After numerous close shots from competitors, the eventual winner was Stephen Gibson of Wynnum Golf Club, Wayne's great pitch resulted in him winning a Srixon Prize Pack.

    The Queensland Men's Mid-Amateur Championship will again be hosted at RACV Royal Pines Resort in 2015 with another capacity field expected.

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    Kade claims top amateur title
    By Bernie Pramberg

    State team member Kade McBride bounced back strongly with a final round 69 to claim leading amateur honours at the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    McBride, 19, claimed a top-10 finish with rounds of 66-72-79-69 to be three-under par on the testing Brookwater course. Considering he was close to withdrawing from the tournament with a hip injury, McBride’s performance was especially commendable.

    “I was very disappointed with my round on Saturday. My ball-striking wasn’t there and I made some bad decisions around the greens,’’ he said.
    “Today I went out to play the way I’d done on the opening two days and made some really good putts under pressure.

    “I’m really happy....if my third round had been better who knows what might have happened. It was all a learning experience.’’

    McBride, a member at Lakelands on the Gold Coast, said he would have an easy two weeks and then prepare for upcoming amateur events in Queensland.

    McBride had a three shot margin over fellow state team member Taylor MacDonald who also closed with a 69. 

    Next best amateur was Sunshine Coast pre-qualifier Shae Wools-Cobb who carded a 74 to finished tied 24 at three-over.

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    Andrew Dodt stages rousing finish to take Isuzu Queensland Open
    By Bernie Pramberg
    Andrew Dodt stormed home to finish with successive birdies for a rousing two stroke victory in the $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Cheered on by a big group of supporters from his home town of Gatton, Dodt fired a closing 67 to overcome a six-shot deficit on an exciting final day.

    The 28-year-old professional took the outright lead on the 17th hole with a birdie after previous joint-leaders Tom Bond and Matthew Griffin both made bogey on the 16th hole. He sealed the deal with a 5m birdie putt on the final hole as overnight leader Bond three-putted from the fringe of the green to finish two strokes adrift.

    “It’s one of the proudest days of my career,’’ said Dodt. “ To win your state Open is pretty cool...I haven’t won a tournament for four years.
    “Earlier in the week I saw all the famous names on the trophy and thought it would be good to add mine to the list.’’

    Although he started the final round six shots off the pace, Dodt said he was quietly confident.

    “I stuck to a game plan all week with patience the key,’’ he said. “I thought if I could get to within two or three of the lead after the first nine holes I could apply some pressure.

    “I hung in when I needed to and holed some putts when I needed to and I’m proud of the way I did that.’’

    For the past six years Dodt has lived in Newcastle, the hometown of his wife Ashleigh, but he stayed with his family in Gatton during the Open.

    “It’s only 45 minutes from Brookwater and it was nice to get back home and catch up with family and friends,’’ he said. “Although I live in Newcastle these days I’ll always be a Queenslander...”

    Dodt, who played a lot of amateur golf at Brookwater as a member of the Queensland Academy of Sport squad, managed the challenging layout beautifully this week.

    He still trailed Bond and Matthew Griffin by four shots at the halfway point of the final round but birdies on the 13th and 15th put him in contention.

    Dodt gave himself an eagle opportunity on the par-5, 17th hole (483m) when he rifled a 3-wood off the tee then hit a 5-iron from 196m to within 5m of the pin. He narrowly missed the putt for eagle but bagged birdie to ignite a white-hot finish.

    Dodt plans to contest the European PGA Tour qualifying school in November before returning to tackle the Australasian Tour summer events. 
    South Australian Bond was disappointed with his closing 75 but he fought hard and did not relinquish the lead until the 16th hole. His playing partner Griffin shared the lead at that point but a double-bogey on the 17th hole ended his hopes.

    Griffin carded a closing 74 to share third place at three-under with Cameron Smith (70), Michael Long (70), Jake Higginbottom (71) and Anthony Brown (74). 
    A stroke back at two-under were leading amateur Kade McBride who closed with a 69 and Brett Drewitt (71).

    Queensland amateur Viraat Badhwar set the course alight early when he played his opening nine holes in 30. But he could not sustain the momentum and finished on 69.

    He returns to the United States tomorrow to resume his studies at Stanford University and take up his second season in the NCAA Division 1 golf team.

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    Dodt wins Queensland Open
    Queensland’s Andrew Dodt has won the 2014 Isuzu QLD Open played at Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Starting the final round six shots off the lead, Dodt fired an impressive 67 today for a tournament total of 7-under 281.

    He claimed the title by two shots from South Australian Tom Bond.

    Having practiced at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club as an amateur, Dodt was confident from the start of the week that he could take out the title.

    “I knew I was playing well and I know the course well. I had a good game plan and I stuck to that all week,” said Dodt.

    “Patience was the key. I stayed patient all week, hung in there when I needed to, holed the putts when I needed to and came out on top.”

    Dodt played under the radar for most of the final round until four birdies in his closing six holes pushed him into the lead, a birdie on 18 sealing the title for him.

    “I knew if I made some birdies early to put some pressure on, then get to the back nine within two or three of the lead that I would be a chance,” added Dodt.

    “I was fortunate to do that and I am proud of myself for the way I handled it.”

    This is Dodt’s first victory since winning the 2010 Avantha Masters on the European Tour and Asian Tour.

    “This is my second win as a Professional so I am pretty pumped right now. To win your State Open means a lot,” added Dodt.

    “I have worked hard in the last few months and it has paid off.”

    Overnight leader and eventual runner-up Bond needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff with Dodt but a bogey put an end to his campaign.

    Finishing the day on 3-over the card for a tournament total of 5-under 283, Bond was disappointed not to have closed out the tournament.

    “At the moment I am feeling pure disappointment. I hit it well enough today to win comfortably but my putting let me down.”

    “But that is why it’s such a tough game because you have to have everything working.”

    “It was good being in the last group in a tournament like this and hopefully next time I am in that position I will do better.”

    Finishing tied third on 3-under 285 were Matthew Griffin (VIC), Cameron Smith (QLD), Anthony Brown (VIC), Jake Higginbottom (NSW) and Michael Long (NZ).

    Queensland’s Kade McBride claimed leading amateur honours finishing tied 8th with New South Wales Professional Brett Drewitt on 2-under 286.

    For all the final scores from the Isuzu QLD Open please click here.
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    Battle looms for amateur honours at Isuzu Queensland Open
    By Bernie Pramberg

    Pace-setting Gold Coaster Kade McBride is under pressure for amateur honours going into Sunday’s final round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    McBride, 19, shared the lead and grabbed headlines after 36 holes but struggled with a third round 79.

    Sunshine Coast pre-qualifier Shae Wools-Cobb joined McBride at one-over par for 54 holes after a consistent third round 74. Originally from Kingaroy, Wools-Cobb, 18, moved to the Sunshine Coast with his family in 2008 in order to concentrate on his golf.

    Also at one-over is Victorian Cameron Davis, 19, who carded a 71 on Saturday. Also shooting 71 was Redcliffe’s Taylor MacDonald who starts the final round two shots adrift of his amateur rivals.

    The low round on Saturday came from seasoned professional Leigh McKechnie who scrapped into weekend play on the cut mark of six-over. But McKechnie, who has played limited tournament golf this year after the birth of his second child, fired a 66 to finish the day in equal 14th place.

    “I’m a bit underdone and this is only the fourth 72-hole event I’ve played this year,’’ he said. “We had an addition to the family so that has kept me at home more.’’

    McKechnie, a touring pro since 1998,  is looking for a number of good finishes in coming months to retain his Australasian Tour card.

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    Tom Bond chases biggest win of his career at the Isuzu Queensland Open

    By Bernie Pramberg

    Big-hitting Tom Bond will tackle unchartered territory when he takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater on Sunday.

    South Australian Bond, a 27-year-old whose biggest win has been the $35,000 Karratha pro-am contested on sand greens in West Australia, will have a posse of experienced players in pursuit.

    “I’ve never been in this position and it will be a learning experience,’’ he said. “A win would do great things for me and I’m looking forward to it.’’

    Bond recovered from a double-bogey on the 13th hole to shoot a third-round 68 to be at eight-under par after 54 holes. He leads Victorian Matt Griffin (68) by three strokes with a further shot to Anthony Brown who carded a 74.

    Bond, in only his second year of professional golf, came within 5cm of earning a $10,000 bonus on the 195m, par-three, 7th hole, when a perfectly struck 5-iron almost achieved an ace.

    He was atop the leader board at seven-under after nine holes but stumbled with a double-bogey on the par-five 13th. But he showed admirable composure to recover and finish the round strongly.

    Griffin, who this year has won the Victorian Open and Korean PGA Championship, looms as the logical danger but seven players are within striking distance, within six strokes of the lead.

    “When I go in anywhere near the lead I’m confident I can go in and play my best golf to give myself a chance,’’ said Griffin. “The biggest thing you gain from having a few wins if knowing you can do the job.

    “I’m sure it is going to be a tough fight on the final day...”

    Griffin charged into contention when he rifled a 3-wood to within 5m of the pin on the par-five 17th and holed the putt for eagle.

    On a golf course as penal as Brookwater a six-shot turnaround would not be extraordinary and at least eight players have genuine winning chances.

    On a sparking day at the magnificent Greg Norman-designed course, good-sized galleries followed players as they battled to make an impact during the third round.

    Queensland favourite Cameron Smith threatened to be a big mover early when he got to four-under, but a double-bogey on the 17th defined his struggling homeward nine. Smith starts the final round seven shots off the pace after a third round 73. Amateur Kade McBride, who played so well during the opening two rounds, slumped with a 79.

    Experienced Victorian David Bransdon (72) is outright fourth, five strokes adrift of Bond, while Kim Felton (72), Jake Higginbottom (75), Andrew Dodt (72) and Max McCardle (73) are a shot back on two-under.

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    Bond shoots into the lead at Isuzu Qld Open
    South Australian Tom Bond will take a three shot lead into the final round of the Isuzu QLD Open being played at the Brookwater Golf & Country Club.

    Experiencing a mixed day on the course, Bond fired a 4-under 68 to top the leaderboard after three rounds with a total of 8-under the card.

    After nine holes Bond’s round was blemish free with three birdies on the card but it was on the back nine that things became more interesting.

    Posting a double bogey on the par-5 13th, Bond rallied to make three birdies in his closing holes.  

    “I like that this course doesn’t let up. You have to hit every shot exactly how you want. You hit one off shot and you’re staring at a double bogey like I was on 13,” said Bond who lead the Isuzu QLD Open after the first round in 2013.

    “On 13 I had a little bit of bad luck on top of a bad swing. I had a fly buzzing around my ball but I did the wrong thing in just hitting my shot.”

    “I carved it and left myself in a pretty bad spot and ended up walking off with double.”

    “But that made me determined to put in a bit more effort and make sure it didn’t happen again.”

    While tomorrow Bond will lead a PGA Tour of Australasia tournament into the final round for the first time today he missed an opportunity on the par-3 7th.

    Bond’s tee shot pulled up two inches short of the cup; had it rolled in he would have earned $50,000 thanks to Windsor Income Protection Insurance for the hole-in-one.

    Victorian Matt Griffin went quietly about his business today to shoot 4-under 68 to be outright second on 5-under the card.

    With two victories on the board already this year, Griffin feels confident his game is in shape to take out a win tomorrow.    

    “It is one of those course where it is hard to make a number of birdies so 68 gives you a good jump up the board,” said Griffin who started the day tied 12th.

    “The biggest thing from having a few wins is knowing you can do it. Going in near the lead tomorrow I am confident that if I play my best golf then I will have a chance.”

    “There are a lot of good players here so I am sure it will be a tough fight tomorrow.”

    Overnight leader Anthony Brown finished at 2-over the card today to be outright third and four shots off the lead.

    A further shot back again is David Bransdon (VIC) while rounding out the top-5 on 2-under the card are Andrew Dodt (QLD), Max McCardle (SA), Kim Felton (WA) and Jake Higginbottom (NSW).

    The final round of the Isuzu QLD Open will tee off at 8.45am with the leaders on course at 10.45am.

    For all round 3 scores please click here.

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    Volunteers make the Isuzu Queensland Open tick
    By Bernie Pramberg

    Gary Ellis just might be the most over-qualified car park attendant in history.

    Ellis’ cheery manner greeted players, caddies, officials and the public as they turned up for Saturday’s third round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    This was Ellis’ first experience working as a volunteer at a golf tournament and on Saturday he was rostered on the car park. On Friday he had recorded scores on the 18th hole and radioed them to the tournament office.

    “Let’s be honest, nobody really wants to be a car park attendant,’’ laughed Ellis.

    About 35 volunteers are working at the Queensland Open. They are invaluable...they make the tournament tick.

    Ellis, who holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, recently returned to Queensland after two years in charge of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival where he managed 220 staff and oversaw a budget of $15million.

    “My budget in Abu Dhabi was more than the combined budget I had for 12 years running the Brisbane International Film Festival,’’ he said.

    “Festivals and events have always been my business and it is all about putting on a show...whether it be an international film festival or a golf tournament,’’ he said.

    “These events are all about putting on a show, enjoyment and having fun. There are so many events that will only survive if volunteers are involved.’’

    Ellis said his volunteering stint at Brookwater was “A quirk of fate’’.

    “My partner and I attended a Springfield business leaders meeting at Brookwater not long ago and I met Lindsay Ellis (CEO Golf Queensland). He was talking about the Queensland Open and I thought ‘why not volunteer’.

    “Everyone has been very helpful and we’ve been well briefed on our duties,’’ he said.

    “I couldn’t be a caddie because I don’t know enough about golf. But I’ve enjoyed the experience, met some nice people and I’d definitely do it again,’’ he said.

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    Amateur ties Professional for the lead in Queensland
    Queensland amateur Kade McBride and Victorian Professional Anthony Brown are tied for the lead after two rounds of the Isuzu QLD Open being played at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club.

    Starting the day with a one shot lead, Brown struggled to negotiate the challenging lay out despite the improved weather conditions.

    Shooting a 1-over 73 today to be 6-under after two rounds, Brown watched on as the afternoon field failed to overtake him.

    "It is hard to back up after a really good round,'' said Brown.

    "You have to start all over again. In reality you don't go out and expect to repeat a similar score."

    "You have to remain patient and not start pushing for birdies. I didn't get ahead of myself and was pleased with that.''

    Starting on the 10th hole, amateur Kade McBride spent most of his round at 1-over the card but staying patient he found a late birdie, on the par-5 8th to shoot an even par 72.

    "I stayed really level headed out there. My ball striking wasn't as good as yesterday but overall I am really happy," said McBride.

    "I felt like I was still playing well with my wedges so I was trying to attack but I wasn't holing putts. Judging the pace on the greens was my killer today."

    But even par is enough to see him tied for the lead with Brown heading into the weekend where he is aiming to claim the title.

    "I am out here playing golf with some of the best players in Australia, its fun and a good experience; I am watching and learning from them," added McBride.

    "I want to win just as bad as anyone out here and if I can then I will be pretty happy about that."

    If McBride does manage the feat he will be the first amateur to claim the Queensland Open title since Stuart Appleby in 1991.

    New South Welshman Jake Higginbottom is in excellent form coming off a runner-up finish at the Fiji International. He fired a 5-under 67 to be outright third.

    Rounding out the top-5 on 4-under the card is South Australian Tom Bond and New Zealand's Peter Lee.

    The round of the day belonged to South Australian Max McCardle, who needing a birdie on the last to set a new course record, posted his first bogey of the day to finish at 6-under the card and tied sixth.

    Michael Wright produced the other highlight of the round acing the 170 metre par-3 16th hole using his 6-iron. For his efforts Wright picks up $10,000 thanks to SBP Australia.

    The second round cut was made at 6-over the card with 56 Professionals and nine amateurs making it to the weekend rounds.  

    The third round tees off at 9am with the leaders on course at 11am.

    For all round 2 scores please click here.

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    Higginbottom makes charge at Isuzu Queensland Open

    In-form Jake Higginbottom fired a second round 67 to charge into contention at the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Higginbottom, coming off his second placing at the Fiji International two weeks ago, is one stroke behind joint leaders Anthony Brown (65-73) and amateur Kade McBride (66-72) at the halfway point of the tournament.

    The 20-year-old was one of the few players to capitalise on much easier conditions than prevailed during Thursday’s opening round.

    “The course played a lot easier today,’’ he said. “The fairways were a little firmer but the greens were still soft and receptive. It was perfect out there.

    “But there are a lot of bogeys on this golf course and you have to be careful.’’

    Brown, the overnight leader after his opening 65, shot 73 while 19-year-old amateur McBride showed maturity beyond his years to card an even-par 72.

    “I went out to play a similar game to Thursday and stayed patient and calm,’’ he said. “I definitely was more conservative today and my ball-striking was a bit scratchy. But it’s nice to be joint-leader after 36 holes.’’

    McBride was one of nine amateurs to make the cut.

    Lurking two strokes off the lead are South Australian Tom Bond (67-73) and Kiwi Peter Lee (69-71).

    Low round of the day was shot by South Australian Max McCardle with a 66 to be tied at three–under with Kim Felton (70-71) and David Bransdon (67-74).

    McCardle, 29, is an interesting character. A late starter in pro golf he is a qualified motor mechanic who has a top-10 finish in the Australian Open on his resume.

    “I did all that other stuff then decided to give golf a go fulltime,’’ he said.

    McCardle, who started on the 10th tee, birdied five of his opening seven holes and had 31 for his first nine holes. He came to the final hole needing a birdie for a new course record but made bogey.

    “I got off to a really good start but you have to be really patient at this place,’’ he said.

    Defending champion Nick Cullen (71-72) is five shots off the pace.

    Story by Bernie Pramberg
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    Michael Wright's ace for a $10,000 bonus

    Popular Queensland professional Michael Wright scored a $10,000 bonus with a hole-in-one on the 170m, 16th hole, at Brookwater during the second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    “It hit about two inches behind the cup and spun back in. I saw it the whole way,’’ said Wright. “Then I turned around and glimpsed a sign that said 10 grand prize for a hole-in-one.’’

    Wright, 40, opened with a 77 on Thursday but shot 73 yesterday to scrape into the weekend on the cut mark of six-over.

    A professional since 1999, the 40-year-old Wright is a regular on the Queensland Sunshine Tour and played the British Open in 2006 and 2009.

    Although conditions at Brookwater were more favourable than in Thursday’s opening round, early scoring was steady rather than spectacular.

    First round leader Anthony Brown shot a 73 to following his opening 65 and remained joint leader at the end of the day with amateur Kade McBride (66-72) at six-under.

    “It is hard to back up after a really good round,’’ said Brown. “You just have to start all over reality you don’t go out and expect to repeat a similar score.

    “You have to remain patient and not start pushing for birdies. I didn’t get ahead of myself and was pleased with that.’’

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    Brown fires course record to lead in Queensland
    Victorian Anthony Brown has fired a course record equalling round at Brookwater Golf and Country Club to lead the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    Brown fired a 7-under 65 for a one shot lead from Queensland amateur Kade McBride after the first round.

    Starting on the 1st hole in the afternoon field, Brown’s round started to heat up with four consecutive birdies on holes five through eight.

    “I didn't have high expectations. If you make three birdies around here it's good but I made a couple early and that set the tone for the day,” said Brown.

    “I did everything right off the tee, gave myself some good chances on the greens and holed some nice putts.”
    An eagle on the par-5 13th was the highlight of the round for the Victorian who looked set to break the course record, set by Nick Cullen last year, before finishing his round with a bogey.
    "I birdied 12, chipped in for eagle on 13 to go to 7-under and then birdied 17 to go to eight. Unfortunately, a slight hiccup on the 18th but still a very good day,” added Brown who struggled on the course in 2013.

    "I've never broken 70 at Brookwater in the past.  It is a tough course even with no wind, it’s so penal.”

    Playing in the morning field McBride set the early pace and was impressed with his score in the tough conditions.

    “I’ve only played here about five times but have a good understanding of the course,’’ said McBride.
    “I feel I played well considering the wind. I drove the ball well and putted pretty good.’’

    On greens made receptive by overnight rain, McBride holed a number of long putts to kick start his round.

    “I holed a long one on the second and 30-footers on the fifth and sixth holes. Then I holed a long one from off the green on the 15th.’’

    At 5-under the card and tied third is Victorian David Bransdon and South Australian Tom Bond who led after the first round last year.

    Rounding out the top-5 on 3-under 69 is Victorian Scott Laycock, New South Welshman Adam Stephens and New Zealand Pieter Zwart.

    Defending champion Nick Cullen opened his title defence with a 1-under 71 to be tied 10th heading into Friday.

    The second round of the Isuzu Queensland Open tees off at 6.30am tomorrow with Anthony Brown on course at 7.10am.

    For all round 1 scores please click here.

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    Brown ties course record
    Victorian Anthony Brown needed a course record-equalling 65 to lead the opening round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Brown, who has endured a lean streak since finishing runner-up at the 2012 Australian PGA at Coolum, lipped-out for par on the 18th hole which would have meant a course record 64.

    The 31-year-old completed his round in fading light to overhaul Queensland amateur Kade McBride who led since completion of the morning rounds with a 66.

    “I really had no expectation today,’’ said Brown. “It’s a tough course even without the is so penal.

    “But I did almost everything right. I drove the ball well, gave myself chances on the greens and holed some nice putts.

    “If you can make three birdies around here it’s good. But I made a couple early today and that set the tone for the round.

    “I birdied 12, chipped-in for eagle on the 13th to go seven-under and then made birdie on the 17th to go to eight-under. Unfortunately, I had a slight hiccup on the last.’’

    Brown’s approach to the 18th caught the greenside bunker and his third shot finished 10-feet from the pin. His putt lipped-out to cost him the outright course record.

    Brown shot a 64 at Coolum during the 2012 Australian PGA when he was second to Daniel Popovic.

    “It was great to have that result two years ago but sometimes it can go the other way and that is what happened to me,’’ he said. “When you don’t perform your confidence drops and that can snowball...”

    On a good day for the Victorians, experienced campaigners David Bransdon (67) and Scott Laycock (69) played well while South Australian Tom Bond also fired a 67.

    “It’s all about not shooting yourself in the foot on this golf course. You just can’t go out and attack,’’ said Bransdon.

    “I didn’t hit driver on the par-five holes which were into the wind and you had to go conservatively.’’

    Bransdon’s solitary bogey came on the first hole when he hit the front of the green but fell back into a bunker.

    “Overall it was a nice solid round of golf from tee to green,’’ he said.

    Laycock bogeyed the 18th hole after a consistent round which he believed could have been significantly lower.

    “I had about half a dozen chances I didn’t convert,’’ he said. “But I played nicely. The conditions probably suited me a bit with the wind and I could throw my approach shots up at the pins because the greens were damp.”

    Defending champion Nick Cullen was satisfied with his opening 71 but playing partner and last year’s runner-up Peter O’Malley struggled with a 77.

    “I felt like I played really well,’’ said Cullen. “I enjoy the course and play it pretty conservatively.’’

    Story by Bernie Pramberg

    For a full round one wrap up CLICK HERE
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    Amateur Kade McBride tames Brookwater

    Gold Coast amateur Kade McBride defied tricky conditions to shoot an opening 66 in the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    The 19-year-old displayed great maturity to weather blustery winds and card eight birdies and two bogeys in his six-under round which was a stroke outside the course record.

    McBride, who grew up idolising Adam Scott and Jason Day, was in doubt for the Queensland Open until last weekend because of a hip injury. But he shrugged off the setback with a strong all-round display.

    “I’ve only played here about five times but have a good understanding of the course,’’ he said. “I feel I played well considering the wind.

    “I drove the ball well and putted pretty good.’’

    On greens made receptive by overnight rain, McBride holed a number of long putts to kick start his round.

    “I holed a long one on the second and 30-footers on the fifth and sixth holes,’’ he said. “Then I holed a long one from off the green on the 15th.’’

    A member of the Queensland men’s team for the first time this year, McBride recently returned from two months in America where he won the Oglethorpe Invitational in Savannah, Georgia, and qualified for the US Amateur.

    “I was injured about a week before the US Amateur so didn’t get the result I wanted there. But it was also nice to have a win during the time away.’’

    A member at Lakelands, McBride was introduced to the game by his father, Phillip.

    “Dad is a good golfer and it took me ages to beat him,’’ he laughed.

    McBride completed Year 12 at St Andrew’s Lutheran College on the Gold Coast in 2012.

    He led the morning field at Brookwater by one shot from experienced Victorian professional David Bransdon (67) with a further two strokes to former Australian Open runner-up Scott Laycock (69).

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    Cullen set to defend title
    Defending champion Nick Cullen was off to an early start in the opening round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater this morning (Thursday).

    Left-hander Cullen, who won by a whopping five strokes last year, was scheduled to tee-off at 6.50am with last year’s runner-up Peter O’Malley and Stephen Jeffress who won the Fiji International 10 days ago.

    Cullen has been accorded the informal honour of defending champions worldwide...a giant advertising billboard bearing his image on the appropriately named Augusta Parkway, the main thoroughfare leading to Brookwater.

    “That brings back a lot of good memories,’’ he said.

    After a mixed year on course, punctuated by a bout of appendicitis, Cullen believes his game is at a good standard to defend the T B Hunter Cup this week.

    He played well at the Fiji International, carding rounds of 70, 72 and 73 before an 80 on the Sunday in atrocious conditions.

    “Technically, my swing feels good. Probably better than at this time last year,’’ he said.

    “Hopefully, it will be a fun week.’’

    Cullen’s winning aggregate last year of nine-under-par included a course record 65, described this week by fellow player Michel Sim as “scary low” at Brookwater. He expects a similar score of “about 10-under” will be required this week.

    “Brookwater can be brutal. You have to keep it in play, be smart, stick to your game plan, make some putts and hopefully, be in contention on Sunday,’’ he said.

    The 30-year-old South Australian is a good all-round player capable of working the ball both ways and he has a good short game.

    Cullen broke through for his maiden win at the 2012 Indonesian Open. He carried his good form from the 2013 Queensland Open victory into last summer when he shot an opening round 65 at the Australian Masters and ultimately finished fourth behind Adam Scott.

    But a bout of appendicitis during the Australian Open put him on the sidelines for an extended period.

    “That meant I missed the Japan PGA qualifying school but I went to America mid-year to play some qualifiers,’’ he said.

    Picture: Nick Cullen (centre) pictured with Peter O'Malley (left) and Steven Jeffress (right) get ready to tee off in Round 1 

    Story: Bernie Pramberg

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    Rhein's on target for Brookwater
    Rhein Gibson, the golfer recognised as shooting the lowest round in history, is on target for a strong showing at the Isuzu Queensland Open starting Thursday at Brookwater.

    Gibson, 29, who last week won a $70,000 pro-am on the Gold Coast, is coming off a successful year in which he finished fourth to Rory McIlroy at the Australian Open and made the cut at the British Open.

    He partnered Tiger Woods during the third round of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

    “I feel like my game is okay coming into the Queensland Open,’’ he said. “It was good to win on the Gold Coast and I played alright in Fiji the previous week.

    “I shared the opening round lead in Fiji and felt I didn’t play that badly for the rest of the event, but the course was brutal. Overall it has been a fair year but I wish I’d played a bit more consistently.”

    Gibson will partner young Queenslander Cameron Smith and experienced Victoria David Bransdon in the opening two rounds.

    Originally from Lismore, Gibson has been based in Oklahoma City in the United States for a number of years.

    “I graduated from college there and my wife is from Oklahoma,’’ he said.

    Gibson gained notoriety in 2012 when he shot 16-under 55 at the River Oaks Golf Club in Oklahoma, a feat since recognised by Guinness World Records as the lowest round in history. Starting on the back nine of the 6698-yard, par-71 course, Gibson opened with a routine par before notching two eagles and a birdie on the next three holes.

    He continued his birdie blitz with five straight to close a stunning opening nine in 26 shots...10-under par. Forced to wait 15 minutes on the next tee, he carded successive pars but then birdied six of the last seven for an incredible 55.

    “I don’t want that round to define my career,’’ he said. “But it is nice to have it in my back pocket.

    “As far as helping me, it really hasn’t except for a little bit of notoriety.

    “I’m just trying to make a living playing golf and, hopefully, people can see I can play the game.’’

    Gibson played a practice nine holes at Brookwater on Monday followed by the pro-am.

    “The greens are quite small and it will take good accuracy this week to score well,’’ he said.

    Gibson will contest the US PGA Web.Com Tour qualifying school later in the year.
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    Michael Sim back on track at the Isuzu Queensland Open
    By Bernie Pramberg

    Former world top-50 player Michael Sim will use his driver only “three or four times’’ during Thursday’s opening round of the Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater.

    Sim carded an even-par 72 in today’s pro-am and said position off the tee and mid-iron approach shots held the key to successfully negotiating the testing Brookwater layout.

    “The approach shots are quite demanding,’’ he said. “You have to hit a lot of 5, 6 and 7-irons and if you miss the green there are places where you have no shot at the pin at all.’’

    Sim, 29, has played only eight tournaments this year as he worked on his game with Perth coach David Milne and focused on “getting his mind together’’. He produced his best 2014 result two weeks ago when tied for sixth place at the US$1m Fiji International.

    “I played well in Fiji and felt comfortable on a very tough course. I feel my swing has come a long way this year compared to where it was...

    “I’m starting to get results and enjoy my time on the golf course. I struggled for a couple of years but I’m starting to enjoy my golf again.’’

    At 29, Sim has experienced the roller-coaster of professional golf after a stellar amateur career where he was ranked No 1 in the world. He is a four-time winner on the Nationwide Tour and played three years on the US PGA Tour, achieving a world ranking as high as 34 in 2010.

    But intermittent injuries, form slumps and the burden of expectation stalled his career.

    “I was over there (United States) when I was 20,’’ he reflected. “I achieved a lot at a young age.’’

    Sim has quashed plans to tackle the US PGA qualifying school later this year and will concentrate on campaigning on the Australasian and OneAsia Tours.

    “I just want to enjoy the game again,’’ he said.

    After his first-hand look at the Greg Norman-designed Brookwater course yesterday, Sim described 2013 champion Nick Cullen’s course record 65 as “really scary low’’.

    South Australian left-hander Cullen will defend the title he won by five strokes from peter O’Malley last year.

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    Recharged and ready for Open

    Viraat Badhwar would like nothing better than to take a Queensland Open title back to the prestigious Stanford University.

    Badhwar, a product of Queensland junior golf, is following the footsteps of the game’s luminaries Tiger Woods and Tom Watson as a member of Stanford’s NCAA Division 1 golf team. 

    Indian-born Badhwar will celebrate his 19th birthday on Thursday, the opening round of the $110,000 Isuzu Queensland Open at Brookwater. He will return to the United States next Monday to start his second year at Stanford.

    “I have been home in Brisbane for the past two months and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to play the Open before resuming university,’’ he said. “I’ve re-charged my batteries and also worked on my game with (coach) Gary Calder.

    “He has been my coach since I came to Australia in Year 7 and I talk to him just about every week from America.’’

    An outstanding junior who represented Queensland and Australia, Badhwar graduated from Kelvin Grove College school of excellence in 2012. He played his club golf at Indooroopilly. 

    Badhwar won a scholarship to Stanford where he is studying Management Science and Engineering and performed well for the golf team in his freshman year.

    “I think I did a pretty good job considering I had to adjust to things like the culture, new teammates and different golf courses.

    “We finished overall second in the country overall and one of our senior players, Patrick Rodgers, was No 1 in America.’’

    Badhwar had a stroke average of 72.61 in NCAA competition with a low round of 67 and three top-25 finishes.

    He was a member of the Queensland junior squad from 2011-2013 and the men’s team in 2013.

    Story by Bernie Pramberg
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    Victorian rookie Ben Ford shot a seven-under-par 65 at Keperra Golf Club to lead pre-qualifiers for the Isuzu Queensland Open which starts on Thursday at Brookwater.

    Ford, who finished his PGA traineeship at the end of last year, carded six birdies and an eagle (on the 10th) in his hot round.

    He had a two-stroke margin over Goulburn professional Luke Humphries with amateurs Blake Proverbs (pictured) and Terry Ng sharing third spot with 69s. The fifth and final spot at Virginia went to amateur Chae Woolscobb after a playoff.   

    Ford has previously made the cut in only one PGA Australasian Tour event, finishing 42nd at the Queensland PGA earlier this year. But he had a strong playing record in his final year as a trainee, leading the national averages for third year players. He also won the NSW and ACT Trainee Championships in 2013.

    Proverbs, 16, is a Year 11 student at Moreton Bay Boy’s College and a member of the Queensland and Australian junior squads. 

    At the other pre-qualifying venue at Virginia, professionals Brenton Fowler, Quentin Lourens and Rory Bourke shot 67s with Nicholas Russell and amateur Andy Chu taking the final spots after rounds of 70.

    A total of 198 players contested the 10 final spots in the Open field.

    A withdrawal from the pre-qualifying rounds was 12-year-old Louis Dobbelaar who was forced out with a shoulder injury. 


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    Scott Draper lines up for Queensland Open
    By Bernie Pramberg

    Former tennis ace Scott Draper will take time off from developing Australia’s emerging racquet-wielding talent to contest this week’s Isuzu Queensland Open Golf Championship at Brookwater.

    Draper, 40, a rare sportsman who played tennis and golf professionally, was reinstated to amateur golf in 2011 after six years in the pro ranks.

    Along the way he won the 2007 NSW PGA Championship and campaigned for almost three years in the United States, pre-qualifying for a number of Nationwide Tour events.

    Draper is employed as Tennis Australia’s manager of development and supervises academies around the country. After being based in Melbourne for three years he returned to Brisbane in April and resumed playing golf at Keperra where he is also a member of the club’s pennants team.

    “I usually play the Saturday competition with my brother (Mark) who is a scratch marker and my Dad and then pennants with the club on Sundays,’’ said Draper. 

    “I love the game and every morning I’m up watching the PGA Tour events on television.

    “I’m a Queenslander and it’s good to be back home with my wife and young family.’’

    Draper is playing on a sponsor’s invitation at Brookwater this week and is looking forward to the challenge.

    “I’ve never played Brookwater under tournament conditions and expect even-par would be a pretty good score. I’ve got the experience for an event like the Queensland Open, but haven’t really got the hard yards under my belt.

    “I know I’ll enjoy the week and will be doing my best.’’

    A recurring back problem curtailed Draper’s sojourn into pro golf but he harbours thoughts of tackling the Seniors Tour in the future.

    “I gave pro golf my best shot but the back injury got me in the end and I called it quits in 2009,’’ he said. “I never had back issues in tennis...not until I played a lot of golf.

    “I played alongside people like Jason Day, Marc Leishman, Cameron Percy and others who went on to play at the highest level. They were unbelievable talents but at the time I felt I was there or thereabouts.’’

    Draper had his debut as a professional golfer at the 2005 Victorian PGA Championship, the same week he won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open partnering Samantha Stosur.

    He was ranked as high as No 42 in the world during his tennis career, making the final 16 at the French Open in 1995 and ’96 and the US Open in 1997.

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    Love of the game - Bradley Hughes


    Bradley Hughes brings lessons learnt from 25 years as a touring professional to Brookwater next week when he tees-up in the Isuzu Queensland Open.

    A rising star of Australian golf in the 1990s, Hughes has contested all four major championships, represented the International team in the 1994 Presidents’ Cup, twice finished runner-up in US PGA Tour events and won two Australian Masters. A journeyman in the truest sense, Hughes was also beset by personal problems at the peak of his career and endured an acrimonious divorce in 1994.

    But he steered his career back on track and grafted away in America bouncing between the PGA Tour and secondary Nationwide Tour until the mid-2000s. He went through another divorce, worked as a club pro in South Carolina and didn’t play golf at all for three years from 2009.

    Along the way there were plenty of lessons...

    A straight-shooter in life and off the tee, Hughes, 47, has a growing reputation as a coach and spends time in Melbourne and South Carolina each year working with all manner of golfers. His clients this year have included seasoned top-liner Robert Allenby and tennis great Pete Sampras.

    When Hughes opened an email from Sampras last summer he thought he was the butt of a joke.

    “I thought it was someone pulling my leg but Pete Sampras is a golf junkie who saw my website and was interested in my coaching ideas,’’ recalled Hughes. “  

     “We got together when he was in Melbourne during the Australian Open tennis and hit it off pretty well. One day we spent six hours at the range with me coaching and Pete hitting balls.

    “Later in the year I spent time in California working with him. Who would have ever thought I’d been coaching Pete Sampras?’’

    Hughes’ philosophy is pretty much old-school and he not a fan of the “hi-tech stuff which has flooded the golf business in the last 15 years”.

    Until his playing career stumbled, Hughes had given scant thought to the mechanics of the golf swing or the prospect of coaching. Most tournament players are the same.

    “A lot of the best players don’t necessarily need to know exactly what they’re doing,’’ he said. “The game came easily to me when I was young, but I didn’t really know what I was doing.

    “As a young player I worked my backside off practising, but as an instructor I’ve worked harder than ever to gain a good understanding of the swing. I don’t think you have to be a great player to be a great coach, but it is handy to have played at a pretty good standard and to have a keen eye.’’

    Hughes delved into successful players with unconventional swings.

    “Players like Lee Trevino, who you could pick four fairways away, Jim Furyk, Chi Chi Rodriguez and even Peter Senior,’’ he said. “All great players with non-copybook swings...”
    Although instruction is now Hughes’ main focus, he has rekindled enthusiasm for playing the game.

    “I wasn’t enjoying playing in the US with a lot of travel and other things,’’ he said. “That’s one of the reasons I stopped for three years.

    “But I enjoy playing Australian-style courses. These days I can’t match the young guys in the air, but I can play along the ground better than most of ‘em.’’

    Growing up on Melbourne’s famed sand belt courses made Hughes a master of the bump and run innovative short game. Last year he had top-10 finishes in the Victorian and New South Wales Opens and is looking forward to this week’s challenge at the Greg Norman-designed Brookwater.

    “I turn 50 in less than three years and would be mad not to have a crack at the Seniors’ Tours. That makes it important for me to play some tournaments now.’’

    The rigours of professional golf can be brutal and Hughes has been through the wringer. Few would be better qualified to offer subtle advice to emerging players chasing their dreams.

    “You can give advice, but deep down it is up to the person themselves,’’ he said. “If someone came to me with a lot of questions I’d be happy to answer. There’s a lot of areas you need to try and balance.’’

    Hughes will have his first look at the testing Brookwater course on Tuesday.

    “I’m told the fairways are quite narrow and it’s long. That should be up my alley because I hit it pretty straight off the tee.

    “I’m looking forward to the week. I like a course where par means something.’’

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    Get scouted for US College Golf
    Ipswich is being treated to some top level sport this month with festivities for the Isuzu Queensland Open kicking off with a visit by Australia's cricketing great Ricky Ponting tomorrow.

    The former Australian Cricket Captain and Director of NSR Australia will be at Brookwater Golf and Country Club as the guest scout for the NSR Australia USA College Recruitment event. 
    Hosted by Golf Queensland, the event will identify potential USA College Golf prospects that have the ability to play full time golf in the USA. 

    Luke Bates, Manager of Golf Operations at Golf Queensland said they were pleased to be working with NSR to assist young golfers with their future study and golf careers.

    "It's a bonus to have Ricky Ponting involved in the day. He is a not only a former cricketer but an avid golfer who has lately become more recognised for his golfing ability," Mr Bates said.

    NSR Business Manager Keri Clarke said they work directly with all US Colleges and Universities in every division in every state to find places for students.

    "These lucky athletes will have the chance to play their trade in the extremely professional American College Golf system whilst potentially on a golf scholarship," Ms Clarke said.

    "NSR enters its eighth year as an officially endorsed program across Australia, which we are now proud to bring this opportunity to young golfers here in Queensland. 

    "The NSR Program is about preparing and promoting you to College Golf programs in the US. NSR is making a number of places available for first year university and year 9, 10, 11 and 12 student-athletes."

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    Brookwater 12-year-old to play Isuzu Qld Open
    Brookwater schoolboy Louis Dobbelaar will re-write the record books if he pre-qualifies to contest the Isuzu Queensland Open on his home course next week.

    Dobbelaar, who recently returned from a successful month playing in the United States, will be aged 12 years 11 months and 25 days when he tees-up in Monday’s pre-qualifying round at Virginia Golf Club. He will celebrate his 13th birthday on August 31 which coincides with the final round of the Open.

    If successful, Dobbelaar will be the youngest player to contest the Queensland Open which was first played in 1925. In pre-qualifying at Virginia and Keperra, 220 players will battle for 10 remaining spots in the field.
    The youngster, who plays off a two-handicap at Brookwater, is desperate to pre-qualify but is battling to overcome a shoulder injury.

    “We’ve only been back from America a short time and Louis fell awkwardly at a friend’s birthday party last weekend,’’ said his mother, Allison. “He’s been able to practise his chipping and putting but not much else. But he is really desperate to try and pre-qualify.’’

    A member of Golf Queensland’s junior squad, Dobbelaar was in top form through July in the US where he finished runner-up at the San Diego Junior Masters and the US Kids Golf World Championship at Pinehurst. He also tied 14th in the Callaway World Junior in San Diego.

    He was beaten by a stroke in his age group at the San Diego Junior after shooting 72-69 and lost at Pinehurst by two shots after carding rounds of 69-72-74 on the No 8 Pinehurst layout.

    Queensland has produced a number of outstanding young golfers who have competed in open age events in recent years.

    A standout was Eagle Chang, who defeated Jason Day in the final of the 2005 Australian Junior Championship when he was aged 14. Chang, who was exactly two years younger than Day, went on to contest that year’s Australian Open as a 15-year-old.

    This year’s Isuzu Queensland Open has attracted a top-class field which includes last week’s Fiji Invitational winner Steven Jeffress and runner-up Jake Higginbottom, Michael Sim, Peter O’Malley, Scott Laycock, Bradley Hughes, David McKenzie and defending champion Nick Cullen who shot 9-under to win by five strokes last year.

    Sim, a former top amateur who won four times on the US Web.Com Tour and played the US Tour in 2010/11, is coming off a disappointing year. But he played well in difficult conditions in Fiji last week to finish in a tie for sixth.

    Queensland’s leading amateurs will be well represented with Jake McLeod, Cory Crawford, Kade McBride, Anthony Quayle, Simon Viitakanga, Jack Sullivan, Taylor MacDonald and Aaron Wilkin in the field.

    Story by Bernie Pramberg 
    Photos by Tenna Merchent
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    2014 Queensland Men's Country Week Championship wraps up

    Monday & Tuesday - Stroke
    Adam Gemmell (Laidley) has won the stroke event of Queensland Men’s Country at Indooroopilly and Redcliffe Golf Club’s

    He fired a one-under-par round 71 at Indooroopilly to hold a three shot lead after the first round.  

    Gemmell was unable to continue his good scoring from the first round after returning a second round three over par 75 in blustery conditions at Redcliffe, however this was enough to claim this year’s stroke event.

    Gin Gin member Scott Warren finished runner up three shots back after returning rounds of 77,72-149

    The Blackwater Team of  Bruce Winn, Lachlan Ferguson, Sean McCarthy & Kurt Kingston won the teams event after having a Nett Aggregate score of 441.

    Thursday – Foursomes
    Nudgee Golf Club hosted the Foursomes section with 110 players vying for their Divisional Titles. 

    Adam Gemmell extended his success in Country Week to claim the Foursomes Championship with fellow Laidley member and good friend, Chris Fraser, by 5 shots from City members Anthony Timms and Jason McWilliam.

    Norm Mitchell and Stephen Wright (City) won the Nett section for the second consecutive year with with a great score of 69.5, to narrowly defeat Rockhampton visitors William Gunzler and Robert Lindley by half a shot.

    John Smith (Craignish) and Michael Treahy (Blackwater) played fine golf, signing for 89 and a 1 shot victory over Nev Pederson and Dan Darlington (Goombungee).

    Nett winners by 2 shots were Barry Thoms (Ipswich) and Chris Bath (Rosewood) with a 68. Moranbah members John Roberts and Kevin Nunn secured second place. 

    Friday – Fourball
    Under cloudy skies, players headed to Virginia Golf Club for the concluding day of the 2014 Queensland Country Week for the Fourball Championship.

    Gayndah pairing Peter Ulcoq and Bevan Young snuck home with a one point victory (46 points) from Country Week regulars Adam Rayner (Bundaberg) and Graeme Kerby (Biggenden).  In third place on count-back were another Gayndah pair - Brent Chambers and Jeremy Zahl.

    A huge thank you is extended to all four hosts (Indooroopilly, Redcliffe, Nudgee and Virginia) for the fantastic manner in which their courses were presented and the hospitality extended to the Country participants. Players are already talking about renewing acquaintances in 2015!

    A special mention to Gordon Dowling from Biggenden who celebrated his 50th year at the Queensland Men’s Country Week. "Finally I have won something after 50 years," he said after winning the C Grade Stroke event by three shots. It his passion for Country Week which sees the largest contingent of players from Biggenden converge on Brisbane every year (pictured above). 

    This week would not be the same without sponsors. City Golf Club Motel Toowoomba are to be congratulated on their continued support of country golf. They do a wonderful job promoting country golf, as well as supporting the annual Queensland Sand Green Championships.

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    Isuzu Queensland Open entries closed
    Entries for the 2014 Isuzu Queensland Open have now closed.

    The Isuzu Queensland Open has received an enormous amount of attention from both Professional and Amateur entries in 2014 with the final number surpassing the 2013 figures.

    In summary:
    The list of entries has been finalised, with 328 golfers entering the event. The list of entries comprises of 177 Professionals and 151 Amateurs.

    Of the 177 Professionals, 17 are from overseas, 95 are from interstate and 65 are from around Queensland.

    Of the 151 Amateurs, 29 are from interstate and 122 are from around Queensland.

    To determine the final field of 120 players, over the next couple of weeks the exempt and non-exempt categories will be finalised with the latter being required to compete in the Pre-Qualifying rounds being held on Monday 25th August at Virginia Golf Club and Keperra Country Golf Club. A minimum of 10 positions will be available for these players.

    To view the field lists please use the links below: 
    Exempt Amateurs
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    Nudgee wins Senior Club Teams Challenge
    The Nudgee Golf Club have won the 2014 Senior Club Teams Challenge, defeating Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club seven to five on Aggregate in the teams Match Play format.

    Coolangatta Tweed got off to a great start defeating Nudgee in the first final last week at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club, 3.5 to 2.5.

    It was all down to the second final held at Nudgee Golf Club.  After some promising match scores after the first nine holes Coolangatta Tweed was out to prove that they were going to capitalise on last week’s home win.  

    But it wasn’t to be with the final scores resulting in 4.5 to 1.5 in Nudgee’s favour, handing the 2014 Senior Club Teams Challenge to Nudgee Golf Club winning 7 to 5 on aggregate. 

    Congratulations must go to the 2014 Senior Club Teams Champions - Steve Rowley, Steve Toyne, Mario La-Chiusa, John Costello, Grahame MacDonald (c), Peter Raverty, Phil Green, David Fox, Paul Sutton and Neil Watts. 

    This is the first time Nudgee Golf Club have won in the events ninth year.

    Congratulations must also go to both team captains Grahame McDonald (Nudgee) and David Morrison (Coolangatta Tweed) as well as all the other clubs who participated in this year's Senior Club Teams Challenge Series.

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    Sams conquers Carbrook conditions to claim Senior Mens Championship

    2007 Champion Brian Sams(Port Macquarie) has added the 2014 Senior title to his collection, outlasting a host of contenders in a testing final round at Carbook. After opening rounds of 69 and 71, a final round 80 was still enough to hold off Indooroopilly's Sam Christie by 1 shot. Christie returned the final day's best round of 3 over in conditions where wind gusts reached over 70km/hr. 

    Heading in to the back nine, it was Michael Barltrop from Royal Auckland who felt at home in the wind and had fought through and claimed the lead. Unfortunately his charge faulted late with 3 closing bogeys. 

    Barltrop's brother Rodney, combined with Royal Wellington counterparts Jan and Tone Borren and Neale Pitches,  to claim the Teams Championship by 2 shots from Coolangatta-Tweed.

    Preventing an international and interstate sweep of the major prizes was Greg Dyer (Wynnum) who claimed the overall Nett from Anthony Irvine (Southport) on countback 214. 

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