Category: News

Nathan Holman

Holman on a high at Capricorn

Nathan Holman had made the most of his first trip to the Mercure Capricorn Resort, taking out the 2014 Pat O’Driscoll Real Estate Tropical Auto Group Golf Classic. After starting the final round one shot behind, Holman new a good start was what he would require if he was to put pressure on the leader. [...]

July 29, 2014 More
Rosebud Park & Recreation Chairperson Elaine Bertotto and Golf Services Management Director Ian Denny

Golf Services Management secures management contract for Rosebud Park Public Golf Course

Golf Services Management Pty Ltd has secured the management contract for the Rosebud Park Public Golf Course on the Mornington Peninsula with Rosebud Park & Recreation Chairperson Elaine Bertotto and Golf Services Management Director Ian Denny, signing off on the long term lease. Golf Services Management will undertake responsibility for the provision of golf management [...]

July 29, 2014 More
Bernhard Langer (Getty Images)

Langer completes record Senior Open victory

Bernhard Langer completed a remarkable record-breaking wire-to-wire victory in The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, carding a closing four under par round of 67 to win by a staggering 13 shots from Colin Montgomerie at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The German began the final round with an eight shot advantage over Canadian Rick Gibson, [...]

July 29, 2014 More
Perth International

Tickets on sale for Perth International

Tickets to Perth’s hottest golf event, the Perth International, are now on sale, with prices starting from just $22, free entry for kids under 16 years old, and some exiting new ticketing options. The only international golf event in Western Australia, the Perth International is likely to deliver its strongest field yet when golfing champions [...]

July 29, 2014 More
Craig Parry

Parry and O’Malley headed to Natadola

Two of Australia’s most successful and respected golfers Craig Parry and Peter O’Malley are headed to Natadola Bay to contest the Fiji International golf tournament.   Between them, the two golfers have collected more than 30 international titles around the world, adding further firepower to the tournament field in its inaugural year. Since turning Professional [...]

July 29, 2014 More
PGA Legends set to tee off in Queensland

PGA Legends set to tee off in Queensland

  The E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour is set to tee off in Queensland with 14 tournaments set to take place throughout the region in the coming month. Teeing off today at the Coca-Cola Surfers Paradise Legends Pro-Am at Surfers Paradise Golf Club, the Tour, managed by the PGA of Australia, will compete on some of the [...]

July 22, 2014 More
Photo: Rory McIlroy with the spoils of victory (Photo courtesy of The Open Championship)

Rory reigns at Royal Liverpool

RORY McIlroy has etched his name in history, following a dominant wire-to-wire win at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. With rounds of 66, 66, 68 and 71, McIlroy’s 17-under-par, 271 total was two shots better than American Rickie Fowler and the fast-finishing Sergio Garcia, who both finished on -15. Rounding out the top-5 were [...]

July 21, 2014 More
Royal Melbourne

Royal Melbourne Golf Club set to host Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship

Preparations for the sixth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship are well underway. The 72-hole, stroke play competition will be played over the Composite Course at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club from 23-26 October 2014. Established in 2009 by the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC), Masters Tournament and The R&A, the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will see a field [...]

July 19, 2014 More
Cobra Puma Golf to help find Australia’s next top golfer

Cobra Puma Golf to help find Australia’s next top golfer

The PGA Tour of Australasia has announced Cobra Puma Golf as the presenting partner of the 2014 Qualifying School. Each year the PGA Tour of Australasia stages Qualifying School providing an opportunity for the country’s brightest golf talents to earn status on the Tour. Renowned for their youthful approach to golf equipment and sports apparel, [...]

July 19, 2014 More
1954 Open Golf Championship Medal

National Sports Museum celebrates Peter Thomson’s British Open glory

As Adam Scott, Jason Day and several other Australians set out to claim their first Claret Jug at the British Open at Royal Liverpool starting tonight, the National Sports Museum at the MCG recognises the achievements of another Australian golfing great whose success at the British Open saw him become arguably Australia’s greatest ever golfer. [...]

July 17, 2014 More
Matt Griffin with the Korean PGA Championship Trophy (Photo: Korean Tour)

Griffin reigns in Korea; looks ahead to Fiji

Australia’s Matt Griffin is continuing his love affair with Korea, claiming his third win in the country at this month’s Korean PGA Championship. The talented Victorian overcame a strong field at Sky72 Golf Club, near Incheon, via bogey-free rounds on the opening 36 holes, followed by back-to-back 66s at the weekend for a 20-under total [...]

July 17, 2014 More
Open Championship Tee times and pairings (Australian Times)

Open Championship Tee times and pairings (Australian Times)

The Open Championship will be hosted between Thursday 17th July and Sunday 20th July at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England. Here are the pairings and tee times, converted to the Australian Eastern Time Zone.

July 16, 2014 More
Peter O’Malley, Stephen Pitt and Brian Thorburn at Parliament House

Australian Golf Industry unites to build a new home of golf

The PGA of Australia, Golf Australia and Golf Victoria have joined forces on a new project which could lead to the most significant contribution to industry collaboration in decades. Over the last 12 months the three administrative bodies, led by their respective Chief Executive Officers Brian Thorburn, Stephen Pitt and Simon Brookhouse, have been actively [...]

July 9, 2014 More
Nikki Campbell

Nikki Campbell runner-up in European Masters

Australian Nikki Campbell finished runner up to South Korean I.K Kim at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters in England overnight. The Rolex World No. 24, Kim, cruise to a five shot victory at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club finishing at 18-under-par. Four birdies on the front nine in a round of 68 saw the 26-year-old [...]

July 7, 2014 More
Top trainees to battle in Ballarat

Top trainees to battle in Ballarat

Ballarat can expect an all-encompassing assault on the golfing senses when it hosts what the PGA of Australia is touting as the unofficial trainee world championship in October. More than 100 of the nation’s and the world’s best trainee professionals will tee it up in the $55,000 PGA National Futures Championship at the Peter Thomson-designed [...]

July 4, 2014 More
Mental skills for junior golfers (and their parents)

Mental skills for junior golfers (and their parents)

Even though this article is designed to help the needs of junior golfers I am fully aware that most of the readers will be the parents! Over the last thirteen years I have worked with juniors and their parents one on one to help them learn mental skills for golf in a fun structured way. [...]

July 2, 2014 More
Tiger’s former coach praises Australian PGA

Tiger’s former coach praises Australian PGA

Tiger Woods’ former coach American Hank Haney is under no illusion as to why Australian golf is booming. In short, the quality of Australian coaches is second to none. So far this season the world has watched on as Jason Day, John Senden and Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and World Number 1 Adam Scott have [...]

July 1, 2014 More
Clubs lining up to host pairs competition

Clubs lining up to host pairs competition

Australian Golf Clubs have been lining up to host a regional qualifying event of The Auto Club Golf Championship (ACGC) since the PGA announced they were officially endorsing the event. The ACGC began in 2012 with 45 events and in a short two years has expanded significantly with an expected 85 events being held in [...]

July 1, 2014 More
Left to right: Club director Vern Smerdon, general manager Aaron Muirhead, assistant general manager, Rick Anderson and club finance director Greg Dunne with the Qld golf club of the year award.

And the winner is: Nudgee

It takes a collective effort to be an award-winning golf club. And that, according to Nudgee Golf Club general manager Aaron Muirhead, is exactly why the popular club close to the Brisbane Airport was awarded the coveted title of Queensland Golf Club of the Year recently. It’s the second time in eight years Nudgee has [...]

July 1, 2014 More
An artist's rendering of the Club Mandalay clubhouse.

Mandalay celebrates as clubhouse breaks ground

Following the recent completion of Club Mandalay’s 18-hole golf course, celebrations continued this week as Mandalay broke ground on its crowning feature, the $8 million “Club Mandalay” golf clubhouse and recreational facility. The clubhouse facility will complement the already playable Peter Thomson designed, 18-hole golf course, located in Beveridge, north of Melbourne. Residents, members and [...]

July 1, 2014 More
Lynwood Country Club

Lynwood CC, Castle Hill RSL Club Group explore amalgamation

SYDNEY’S Lynwood Country Club and Castle Hill RSL Club Group have announced the commencement of formal partnership discussions to pursue opportunities for amalgamation. Like many clubs across Australia, Lynwood has been challenged by the ongoing financial viability of the club, with increasing cost pressures, cashflow challenges and difficult trading conditions.  And they are not alone: [...]

July 1, 2014 More
2014 ISPS HANDA World Blind Championship Winner Malcolm Elliott and caddy Neil Walker from Western Australia

Elliott wins International Blind Golf World Championships

The 2014 ISPS HANDA International Blind Golf World Championships were held at the Nelson Bay Golf Club in New South Wales on 15 & 16 May 2014.  This event was preceded by the 2014 ISPS HANDA Australian Blind Golf Open Championships. Both events were net events with trophies being awarded to the gross and net [...]

June 27, 2014 More
The Chinese and Australian teams share in the spoils

Aussies draw closer to China

Nothing could separate Team Australia and Team China following 36 holes in the International Champions Tour, played at the prestigious Agile Mickleson International Golf Club on the outskirts of Shanghai, China. Travelling to China, representing Australia were the 2013 Holden Scramble Championship Final Champions who were joined by a further seven PGA Professionals from across [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Jupiters Gold Coast

GMA announces 2015 conference venue

The Board of Golf Management Australia (GMA) has confirmed the next GMA National Conference will be held on the Gold Coast from Monday 31st August to Thursday 3rd September 2015, at Jupiters Gold Coast. GMA President Damon Lonnie said “The 2015 Conference follows on from a very successful educational programme delivered at the 2013 Conference [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Golf Park Hobart

Burgled balls beset Tassie range

A driving range near Hobart has fallen victim to a major theft of its golf balls for the second time this year. Close to 6,000 golf balls were stolen from Golf Park Hobart on Cranston Parade in Cambridge on Friday May 31 and taken away in bright-coloured plastic tubs. Police suspect at least two people [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Portsea Golf Club

Tee it up at the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic

Now in its fifth year, the Mornington Peninsula Golf classic is one of the most popular annual golf events in the Melbourne area, representing world-class golf with all the excitement and fun that only the Mornington Peninsula can offer. The event has become one of the “Must Play” tournaments on the Victorian golf calendar, and [...]

June 27, 2014 More
Sergio Garcia and Hack Golf show how a 15-inch cup may represent the future of golf.

Hack golf a ‘hole’ new revolution

HAVING a hole larger than a dinner plate could be the answer to golf’s growth problems, according to TaylorMade CEO Mark King. King said golf was been in a state of decline because “the game lacks innovation”. So convinced is King the 15-inch (38.1cm) cup is a way to attract new players that TaylorMade has [...]

June 25, 2014 More
Peterborough Golf Club

Inland golf for Shipwreck Coast?

Peterborough Golf Club in coastal western Victoria could be extended from nine holes to 18 if local councils completing a draft master plan for the Shipwreck Coast choose to move on discussions around building another nine holes inland. The Corangamite Shire and Moyne Shire Councils are preparing a master plan in conjunction with Parks Victoria, [...]

June 25, 2014 More
Victorian Golf Industry celebrates significant achievements

Victorian Golf Industry celebrates significant achievements

The Victorian Golf Industry came together on Saturday 21st June to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions of individuals and clubs to the sport in 2013. Representatives from the PGA of Australia, Golf Victoria and Golf Management Victoria gathered at the Southern Golf Club to witness Kel Llewellyn being inducted into the Victorian Golf Industry [...]

June 25, 2014 More
Caption: (Left to right) Simon Rankin, Captain Royal Portrush; Peter Unsworth, Chairman of The R&A Championship Committee; Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA; First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter D Robinson MLA; Peter Dawson, Chief Executive The R&A; Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister, Arlene Foster. (Photo: R&A)

Royal Portrush to host The Open Championship

The Open Championship is set to return to Northern Ireland for the first time in over 60 years and only the second time in its more than 150-year history. Royal Portrush has been invited to stage The Open by The R&A and the County Antrim club’s members will now be asked to ratify the proposal [...]

June 17, 2014 More
Martin Kaymer poses with the U.S. Open trophy (pHOTO: USGA/John Mummert)

Kaymer captures 2014 U.S. Open

Germany’s Martin Kaymer has captured his second career Major Championship, taking the top spot at the 2014 U.S. Open by a massive eight shots in a dominant wire-to-wire victory. Kaymer’s blistering opening rounds of 65-65 set a new 36-hole record for a U.S. Open, and proved to be too much for the field to overcome. [...]

June 16, 2014 More
Jason Dufner

Perth International to deliver strongest ever field

Reigning US PGA Champion and world number 16, Jason Dufner, has confirmed his return to Western Australia for the 2014 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 23 to 26 October. Dufner won his first Major Championship last August at Oak Hill in Rochester, NY and will return to Perth after finishing second in [...]

June 12, 2014 More
U.S. Open Trophy

Aussies converge at US Open

The second Major of the year gets underway this week with the 114th staging of the U.S. Open Championship. Being played at Pinehurst No.2 Australia will be represented by 10 Professionals and one amateur. Aussies in the field include: Adam Scott (QLD) will play the U.S. Open for the 13th time. In his previous 12 [...]

June 11, 2014 More
Ryan Fox

Fox defends in Tahiti

Ryan Fox has successfully defended his Tahiti Open title with a dramatic one-shot victory over fellow New Zealander Kieran Muir. Fox fired a final round three-under-par 69 to finish the championship at 20-under-par (268). The big hitting Kiwi began the day with a three-shot lead but was quickly back with the chasing group mid-way through the front [...]

June 10, 2014 More
Rory McIlroy (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

McIlroy back on the podium, wins BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy secured his first European Tour victory for 18 months in scintillating style as a closing round of 66 carried him to the BMW PGA Championship title. McIlroy ignited his final day charge at a sunkissed Wentworth Club with an eagle at the fourth hole, and after reaching the turn in 34 he reeled [...]

May 26, 2014 More
Adam Scott

Scott wins Crowne Plaza, completes Texas Grand Slam

Australia’s Adam Scott has cemented his position as the World No. 1 player, winning the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Overcoming fellow Major Champion Jason Dufner in a thrilling three-hole playoff, Scott claimed the Texas title in extra time after finishing tied with the American at 9-under par. Scott [...]

May 26, 2014 More
The victorious Australian team celebrates at the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa; (photo: Tyrone Winfield)

Australia claims first World Cup of Disabled Golf

Geoff Nicholas and Shane Luke of Australia chased down South Africa’s Reinard Schuhknecht and Daniel Slabbert over the last four holes at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa to clinch the inaugural World Cup of Disabled Golf. The South Africans took a one stroke lead into the final round and stretched the gap to two shots [...]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The first hole at Ocean Dunes Golf Links

Timing setbacks to delay King Island course opening

Ocean Dunes Golf Links on Tasmania’s King Island has suffered a timing setback and isn’t expected to open until mid-2015. Director Graeme Grant, who is also spearheading the course’s design and grassing, has revealed slow progress over summer and autumn has forced him to abandon earlier hopes of opening the course by February 2015. “That’s [...]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The new Gardiners Run in Lilydale, Vic

Changing landscapes: courses on the move

It’s no longer a major surprise to hear that golf courses in Australia are selling, moving or merging in what is an unsettling time for our golf industry. Melbourne clubs like Chirnside Park and Eastern, which have relocated their courses further away from the CBD, may be set up for brighter financial days but their [...]

May 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Participants at the inaugural ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp

The ‘Next Generation’ of women golfers

As Golf Australia and the PGA announce the roll out their new MyGolf initiative, the ALPG has been busy with our own project in identifying and nurturing our stars of the future. The ALPG ActewAGL Next Generation Club was launched last year and in January 2014 the inaugural ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp was held [...]

May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments More
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