Adam Scott: creature of habit

Adam Scott: creature of habit

OLD habits are hard to break – especially when you’re Adam Scott. The 32-year-old with movie star good looks is rightly Australia’s pin-up boy after winning the US Masters, but when he attended Kooralbyn International School in the late 1990s he wasn’t shown any special favours, according to former classmate Henry Epstein. Scott, like most […]

116-year-old Ipswich closes

116-year-old Ipswich closes

HOW does a golf club that boasted an annual turnover of $20 million less than a decade ago go into administration and finally close? Many are asking that question after Ipswich Golf Club, 40 kilometres west of Brisbane, closed after 116 years.

NSW pair wins Auto Club Championship

NSW pair wins Auto Club Championship

GARRY Roberts and Shane Hogan only had one thing on their minds after winning the 36-hole Auto Club Golf Championship final at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast – passports. That’s because the major winners’ prize was a trip for four to Malaysia to play in the World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Challenge next […]

Qld Golf Industry Awards: Burmester a popular winner

Qld Golf Industry Awards: Burmester a popular winner

MT WARREN Park Golf Club head professional Gary Burmester is making a habit of making the news. Last month, Burmester received the Queensland Club Professional of the Year Award at the Queensland Golf Industry Awards at Jupiters Gold Coast. Recognised by a panel of his peers, Burmester has been actively involved in the Queensland golf […]

The life of Brian (Jones)

The life of Brian (Jones)

FORMER champion touring professional Brian Jones is slowing down … and for good reason. The 61-year-old, an 11-time winner on the Japan Tour, says he fears he will become a “nutcase” if he continues playing tour events.

PGA Championship preview: Aussies urged to dig deep

PGA Championship preview: Aussies urged to dig deep

GREG Norman started it when he said Australia’s strike-rate in the majors was “unacceptable” and now Geoff Ogilvy is singing from the same hymn sheet. Ogilvy, the last Australian to win a major at the 2006 US Open, believes it’s time for Australia’s world-class players to step up in the majors. With the year’s final major upon us, let’s take a look at Australia’s record in the US PGA Championship.

Peter O’Malley quits European Tour

Peter O’Malley quits European Tour

AUSTRALIAN veteran and European Tour stalwart Peter O’Malley has quit the European Tour. Bathurst-born O’Malley began 2011 with good intentions, but his season never really caught fire so, after more than two decades, he has pulled the pin although he hasn’t exactly hung up the clubs. “I have just finished playing in Europe and next […]

Ricky Ponting a true ‘golferholic’

Ricky Ponting a true ‘golferholic’

IF former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting could, he’d play golf seven-days-a-week. That’s how much he loves the game. Punter, as he is known in cricket circles, grew up in a sporting family. His father Graeme was a good golfer, cricketer and played Australian Rules Football and his mother Lorraine was a state vigoro champion. […]

John Senden – life begins at 40

John Senden – life begins at 40

Young guns Rory McIlroy and Jason Day might be the hottest golfers on the planet right now, but that won’t stop John Senden believing he can win this year’s US PGA Championship. The former Australian Open champion will tee it up in golf’s final major at the Atlanta Athletic Club secure in the knowledge he has done everything he can to give himself the best possible chance.

Lee-Anne Pace gives hope to South African golf

Lee-Anne Pace gives hope to South African golf

THE ANZ RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort had it all – a new world number one in Yani Tseng, a couple of former number ones, colourful characters, golfers from almost every golf playing nation on the planet and plenty of eagles and birdies. It even had Europe’s number one – little-known South African […]

Rachel set to tackle Europe

Rachel set to tackle Europe

AUSTRALIAN professional Rachel L Bailey has put the demons of a debilitating health problem behind her as she prepares for an assault on the Ladies European Tour (LET). For the past three years Bailey, who turned pro in 2003 and played the US Futures Tour, has worked hard on and off the golf course to […]

Clubs face big clean-up bills

Clubs face big clean-up bills

BRISBANE’S McLeod Country Golf Club may have been under water following the devastating January floods, but it didn’t stop two people “playing” nine holes. The club’s general manager Michael Richards said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he arrived for work on January 12. “All 18 holes were under water – it was a lake […]

Big wet won’t stop Ottaways

Big wet won’t stop Ottaways

BRUCE and Sandy Ottaway had it all worked out – work hard for a few more years and then sail off into the sunset. But Mother Nature scuttled their plans when the disastrous Brisbane flood ripped through their golf supplies business at Rocklea.

A mix of NSW golfing magic

A mix of NSW golfing magic

Whether you choose the Hunter Valley, Newcastle or Port Stephens you will have hit on a region rich in golfing treasures.Each region can boast numerous top-quality golf courses and venues and over the next few pages we feature a selection of the finest in these areas. From the championship layouts of Pacific Dunes, Hunter Valley […]

Q&A with Peter Senior

Q&A with Peter Senior

US President George W. Bush once called former Prime Minister John Howard “a man of steel”, but Australian golf’s man of steel has to be Peter Senior. Senior showed his mettle when he rallied to win his third Australian PGA Championship at age 51 – the oldest winner of the event. And he captured the […]

Queensland Floods: Water, water everywhere

Queensland Floods: Water, water everywhere

CENTRAL Queensland golf clubs spared by the devastating floods have rallied to support neighbouring clubs hardest hit by the crisis. And reports suggest some clubs have been hit hard. Yeppoon Golf Club, which survived the big wet, has offered transferable memberships to affiliated golf club members of the worst-affected courses. Members of some golf clubs […]

Olympic golf returns

Olympic golf returns

WORLD golf bosses have been putting their heads together over the past few years contemplating their triumphal return to the Olympics. Their efforts were not without success and the ultimate reward. After a 112-year absence the great game will once again grace the international Olympic stage in Brazil in 2016. Millions of dollars worth of […]

Norman: World Tour still a possibility

Norman: World Tour still a possibility

GREG Norman has no regrets about the turmoil his proposed World Tour caused in the mid-1990s and still believes his suggested model could work. At the time, Norman suggested an eight-tournament, $25m series to be played in the US, Canada, Scotland, Japan and Spain. The winner of each event would have received $600,000 while the […]