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Green Claims First Career Win at Sara Bay Classic

Green Claims First Career Win at Sara Bay Classic

Perth’s Hannah Green finished at 2-under par, 214 after a final round 1-over 73 to earn her first career Symetra Tour victory at the Sara Bay Classic. Green, 20, was the only player to finish under par for the tournament on the Donald Ross design at Sara Bay Country Club. The 2017 Symetra Tour rookie […]

Lee to inspire Australian MyGolfers

Lee to inspire Australian MyGolfers

Australia’s top-ranked female golfer, Minjee Lee, has joined Jason Day as a joint ambassador of MyGolf, the national junior participation program designed to boost the growth of junior golf around the nation. Lee, 20, herself a recent graduate of the Golf Australia high performance pathway, is thrilled to be involved with MyGolf. “It is a […]

A major success for the ALPG season

A major success for the ALPG season

In last month’s issue we reviewed the 2017 ALPG season so far, finishing up with Melissa Reid’s dramatic 3rd hole playoff victory over Solheim Cup teammate Sandra Gal at the Oates Vic Open. From the beauty of the Bellarine Peninsula, the tour headed west to South Australia for the jewel in the crown of the […]

Ha Na Jang roars home to win ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Ha Na Jang boldly predicted she’d finish at 10-under on Saturday evening; little did she realise it would be enough to lift the Patricia Bridges Bowl in the most dramatic circumstances. In a rollercoaster final round during which no fewer than five players held or shared the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open lead, Jang unleashed […]

Wie on her way to Adelaide

Wie on her way to Adelaide

Crowd favourite Michelle Wie is coming to Adelaide. The 27-year-old American will tee it up in the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 16-19 February, marking her first visit to play the event since 2013 at Royal Canberra. After an injury-plagued 2016 season, Wie is excited that Royal Adelaide will be a key stepping stone back […]

World No.8 Brooke Henderson excited for Adelaide return

World No.8 Brooke Henderson excited for Adelaide return

Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson is coming back to Adelaide. The world No.8 had a breakout 2016 on the LPGA Tour, including winning her first major championship. Henderson, 19, recorded an incredible 15 top-10 finishes in her first full year on the world stage, including a charging T9 finish at The Grange in the ISPS Handa […]

World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn locks in Royal Adelaide

World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn locks in Royal Adelaide

The hottest player in world golf has signed to play the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Thai superstar Ariya Jutanugarn soared all the way to No.2 in the Rolex Rankings last year on the back of a proflic and record-setting 2016 season. And she’ll now pick up the race for the world No.1 tag […]

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

My next run of events started with two weeks in Sydney. I had the NSW Open and Australian Open so I decided to drive down from the Gold Coast. The NSW Open was at Stonecutters Ridge—only 5 minutes from my sister’s house! It’s always great to get down to catch up with Joanne, Mark and […]

17 year-old Celina Yuan secures playing rights for Ladies European Tour

17 year-old Celina Yuan secures playing rights for Ladies European Tour

17-year-old NSW amateur golfer Celina Yuan from Chipping Norton in South-West Sydney has secured playing rights on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for 2017. The 2016 Queensland Women’s Amateur Champion and the 2014 Australian Girl’s Amateur Champion, carded a one-under par 71 in the fifth and final round, finishing in a tie for third place […]

The R&A and Ladies Golf Union complete merger

The R&A and Ladies Golf Union complete merger

The merger of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A has been finalised and will come into effect from 1 January 2017. The heads of agreement between the two organisations was signed in June leading to the integration of the LGU’s business operations and its members of staff into The R&A group of companies. […]

Big names sign up for RACV Gold Coast Challenge

Big names sign up for RACV Gold Coast Challenge

RACV Royal Pines will continue its long association with women’s professional golf when it hosts a new professional tournament in February 2017. Two months after the successful staging of the Australian PGA Championship over the RACV Royal Pines revamped championship layout, Royal Pines will again host a professional event when the inaugural RACV Gold Coast […]

Karrie Webb returns to ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Karrie Webb returns to ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

  Karrie Webb is coming back to where it all began. The seven-time major champion and Wold Golf Hall of Fame member has confirmed she will return for her 21st tilt at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Remarkably, highlighting the commitment she has shown to the game across her homeland, Webb has not missed […]

Olsen battles the course, personal demons, in Senior Amateur victory

Olsen battles the course, personal demons, in Senior Amateur victory

IT’S not easy writing the full story about Kym Olsen winning a golf tournament because he’s not your average amateur golfer. For a start, not many amateur golfers have a former professional career that includes playing a major on the U.S. Champions Tour. And, thankfully, not many amateur golfers have won a highly regarded national […]

Orange Crush day gets kids into the game

Orange Crush day gets kids into the game

It was a sea of orange during this month’s Australian PGA Championship as the Cobra Puma Orange Crush Kids Day descended on RACV Royal Pines Resort. Over 350 children dressed in their Rickie Fowler-inspired orange hats to rub shoulders with their favourite Nickelodeon characters, grab autographs from Australia’s top players, have a hit and a […]

Tickets on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Tickets on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Tickets have gone on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, as Australia’s first female golf Olympians join the world’s best player Lydia Ko and defending champion Haru Nomura among those confirmed to play in the 2017 championship in Adelaide. Having thrilled Australia wearing the green and gold at Rio where they were in […]

TOUR TALK: Fiji breezes and Tokyo traffic

TOUR TALK: Fiji breezes and Tokyo traffic

It’s always awesome to head back to Fiji. Not only because I won there, but also because I’ve made a lot of friends over the nearly 10 years of playing there. I arrived on Monday afternoon for the Fiji International and headed to Geckos resort, about 25 minutes from Natadola Bay Golf Club. I played […]

A little help for junior friends

A little help for junior friends

FOR the second successive year, a strong contingent of juniors from Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane jumped on the club’s bus to make the 90-minute journey to play in the Toogoolawah Golf Club Junior Classic. “Twelve Pacific juniors travelled as a team and once again enjoyed the experience of playing on a country course,” said […]

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

LONG John Daly is arguably the most colourful golfer playing the game today, but when it comes to eccentricity he’s a rank amateur compared to the late Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman. Norman was an eccentric Canadian golfer, who, like Daly, wore mismatched outfits and played fast – sometimes never stopping to line up putts. Australian golf […]

Pinehurst the Pinnacle for Aussie kids

Pinehurst the Pinnacle for Aussie kids

Eight year-old Hamish Farquharsen with his father as a caddie, being treated like a true professional after placing 2nd in the Parent Child Event. The stories of many champions and the traditions of championship golf have been played out at America’s “home of golf”, Pinehurst, since 1898. On August 4th, it was the turn of […]

Grinding out a hard-fought win

Grinding out a hard-fought win

I mentioned at the end of my last article that the forced break that I had may have been good for my golf. Well I made my comeback at the Maryborough Pro Am and I can tell you, it didn’t feel like the break helped me. It’s amazing, I have played this game for 30 […]

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

WHEN builder Allan Wilson decided last year to move his family from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast to help make his daughter Sarah’s golfing dreams come true, he must have known it was a gamble. But it’s one that’s already paid off – and who knows what the ultimate dividend will be? Last month Sarah […]

Hannah Green turns professional

Hannah Green turns professional

One of Australia’s most promising golfers, Hannah Green, has taken the professional plunge. Green, 19, recently announced she would leave the amateur ranks after a stellar career that culminated in representing Australia at last month’s World Amateur Championship. The six-time West Australian state team representative will tee up as a pro for the first time at […]

Chip in for Golf Month

Chip in for Golf Month

This month, golf clubs and facilities around Australia will be conducting a wide variety of activities and offers to inspire people to play golf. An initiative backed by the golf industry and promoted by a national marketing campaign, Golf Month 2016 enables clubs and facilities around the country to encourage new, returning and existing players […]

Ciupek and Hetherington crowned Victorian Boys and Girls Champions

Ciupek and Hetherington crowned Victorian Boys and Girls Champions

Konrad Ciupek (Victoria Golf Club) and Alizza Hetherington (Royal Melbourne Golf Club) have won the 2016 Victorian Boys and Girls Championships, played at Yarra Yarra Golf Club. Heading into the last 18 holes, the contest was open with a number of players in contention to take out the titles. Ciupek, 17, entered the final round […]

Women drive to bridge golf’s gaps

Women drive to bridge golf’s gaps

WHERE are all the women golfers and administrators? That question is being addressed by clubs, controlling bodies and the golf industry at every level – in every country. Recently, a group of 30 women involved in golf club governance participated in a day-long forum hosted by Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club on the NSW Central […]

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

  THE Safoz Schools Golf Challenge, an inter-schools old boys’ golf event, will be played at Parkwood International Golf Club on the Gold Coast on August 20. More than 20 schools from Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and South Africa will compete for the Frames Trophy, which has a long and rich tradition […]

Madsen wins, Keating runner-up in Czech Republic

Madsen wins, Keating  runner-up in Czech Republic

Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen gave a dominant display in the Czech Republic as she strode to her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters. The 21-year-old second year professional from Smoerum fired six birdies in a closing 65 – the best round of the day at Golf Park Pilsen – to […]

2017 Women’s Australian Open dates set

2017 Women’s Australian Open dates set

Golf Australia has announced that the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be played at Royal Adelaide Golf Club from February 16-19. Hot on the heels of the raging success of the event’s return to Adelaide in February, world No.1 Lydia Ko and defending champion Haru Nomura have already signed to compete. And further […]

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

A quick-nine with: AFL star Nick Dal Santo

Widely respected for his maturity, passion and exceptional skills on the field, three-time AFL Grand Final player Nick Dal Santo is also quietly known off the field for a different set of skills—namely, driving, pitching and putting. A friendly, honest and outgoing individual, the current North Melbourne Kangaroos midfielder loves his golf. Bitten by the ‘golf […]

Lindy Goggin one of the greats

Lindy Goggin one of the greats

WHEN golf historians blow the dust off the record books and go in search of great Australian golfers they will undoubtedly stop at the letter G and ink in one of the greatest – Lindy Goggin. Born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania, the extraordinarily talented Lindy stretched a stellar amateur career across four decades. She […]

Minjee Lee wins Lotte Championship

Minjee Lee wins Lotte Championship

West Australia’s Minjee Lee shot a career best bogey-free round of 64 to win the 2016 LOTTE Championship Presented by HERSHEY at Ko Olina CC in Hawaii. The win was Lee’s second LPGA career victory, her first win coming at the 2015 Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC. Lee had held the 36-hole lead after shooting […]

Kirk kicks ‘bad habits’

Kirk kicks ‘bad habits’

AUSTRALIAN Katherine Kirk, a two-time US LPGA Tour winner and 2009 Ladies Masters champion, admits life on tour has been a struggle over the past 12 to 18 months. Still, if her form at the RACV Ladies Masters, where she finished as the leading Australian professional in a tie for 17th at one-under par, counts […]

Steffensen sprints into golf

Steffensen sprints into golf

From a Commonwealth Games gold medal to Olympic and World Championship medals, former sprinter John Steffensen’s competitive streak can now be sparked just as easily by a monthly medal. A decade on from his captivating gold-medal winning run in the 400 metres at Melbourne’s Commonwealth Games, the 33-year-old is happily retired from track and field […]

Cammeray Golf Club tees off its Schools Program

Cammeray Golf Club tees off its Schools Program

Cammeray Golf Club has been well rewarded for its efforts to make the club and course more attractive to families and juniors in the local area. Cammeray Public School has jumped on board. 60 of their school kids aged 7 to 12 will take part in a 5 week program run by US Kids Golf […]

Shin reigns supreme at RACV Ladies Masters

Shin reigns supreme at RACV Ladies Masters

Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a superb final round 4 under par 69 to win the 2016 RACV Ladies Masters at RACV Royal Pines Resort, defeating England’s Holly Clyburn by three shots. Shin had held the overnight lead by two shots from Clyburn and Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth, and the talented European pair piled on the early […]

Nomura wins ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Nomura wins ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

She left her only mistake until the last, and by then, Haru Nomura already knew that the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open was hers. She had played one of the great rounds of Australian tournament golf, a seven-under-par 65 that closed out legends of the past, present and future, such as world No.1 Lydia Ko, […]

RACV Ladies Masters preview: Golf fans in for a treat

RACV Ladies Masters preview:  Golf fans in for a treat

FOR 27 years, RACV Ladies Masters tournament chairman Bob Tuohy has made a habit of introducing brilliant new talent to the tournament and this year is no exception. Last year Australian Su Oh wowed the galleries when she took on English sensation Charley Hull and experienced campaigner Katherine Kirk and won. The good news is […]

Ko, Webb, Lee commit to Women’s Australian Open

Ko, Webb, Lee commit to Women’s Australian Open

World No.1 Lydia Ko will defend her ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open championship in Adelaide. The New Zealander, still just 18, became the youngest winner in the tournament’s storied history when she saluted at Royal Melbourne in February. She will be joined on The Grange Golf Club’s West Course by Australia’s top-ranked players, LPGA Tour […]

Sub-teen star’s big future

Sub-teen star’s big future

THE global golf spotlight has been shone on Australia this year, led by Jason Day’s ascension to the world number one ranking, and the news we will stage the 2016 World Cup. Other Aussie golfers—professional and amateurs, men and women, young and old—have shown that, per-capita on potential golf talent we can match it with […]

Tour Talk: Foursomes fun and Fiji Breezes

Tour Talk: Foursomes fun and Fiji Breezes

I arrived back to the sunny Gold Coast after the 30-hour trip from St Andrews, Scotland. As I’ve mentioned before it’s the part of professional golf that a lot of people don’t see. Travelling long hours and jumping time zones is tough. I arrived at my house around midday and then had to give the […]