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Kalem Richardson

Richardson claims PNG Open

Kalem Richardson has won the largest tournament of his young professional career, overcoming a one-shot deficit in the final round to claim the 2014 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open. Closing with an even-par round of 72 to finish at four-under, Richardson finished one shot ahead of Sam Brazel and Jared Pender. Pender came [...]

May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Tony Sernack presenting at the GMA National Roadshow at Lake Karrinyup

GMA launches The Green Book at national roadshows

One of the most common items of feedback received from golf clubs relates to clubs being able to positively plan their futures. With this in mind, GMA has undertaken a great deal of work with corporate specialist Tony Sernack to create and publish “The Green Book – The Essential Guide to Strategic Planning for Golf [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Plenty View Driving Range

Newly- reopened range has Plenty to celebrate

After being closed for four years as a result of an expensive court battle, Plenty View Golf Park in Melbourne’s north east is looking forward to welcoming patrons back to a new and improved facility, following  its re-opening late last year. In late 2009, the driving range – located in the suburb of Plenty – [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Schweppes helps juniors to ‘Tee it up’

Schweppes helps juniors to ‘Tee it up’

The past 12 months have been something that couldn’t be scripted with the resurrection of Golf here in Australia. The obvious catalyst for this was the 2013 breakthrough win at Augusta National, with Adam Scott creating history as the first ever Australian winner of the US Masters event. Adam’s commitment to play all Australian events [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Clubs not ‘liking’ Facebook as much anymore

There is a common misconception about Facebook among people I talk to in golf clubs. Many think when they publish a post on their business Facebook page that everyone who has liked their page will see it. This is, in fact, far from the truth! A few years ago the percentage of your Facebook fans [...]

May 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
National Golf Participation Report released

National Golf Participation Report released

The ongoing health of Australian golf clubs is the focus of a new report released by Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia. The 2013 National Golf Participation Report, which replaces the previous Annual Golf Census, has identified clear trends in the areas of club membership, golf participation and club financial viability. Among the report’s key [...]

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Golf Australia, PGA sign joint venture for junior golf

Golf Australia and the PGA of Australia have signed an historic joint venture agreement that will boost the landscape of junior golf development in Australia. Under the agreement, the PGA and Golf Australia will govern a single junior development program, MyGolf – as the one nationally recognised junior golf program that will act as the [...]

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Cairns Golf Club

Cairns Golf Club trials one-tee policy

THE results of a survey asking members if they preferred a one-tee start or a two-tee start at Cairns Golf Club in Tropical North Queensland makes for interesting reading. Club president Nerida Wilson said the one-tee trial was “met with mixed reaction”. “We trialled a one-tee start in 2013 to assess the impacts and benefits [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
RACV Royal Pines is undergoing a major facelift to become a stronger and more exciting tournament layout

Marsh begins his master plan for Royal Pines

When the tournament marshals surrounding the 18th green on the final day of the recent Volvik RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast raised their “Quiet Please” signs for silence as Cheyenne Woods completed her significant victory in the event, it might well be the last time in the immediate future that [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Holden Scramble

New changes bring a new Scramble

With the introduction of a new handicapping system in Australia, the Holden Scramble continues to evolve, further strengthening its position as the number one Pro-Amateur team’s event in Australia. Golf Australia has introduced the Slope System to handicapping, which has modified the way an amateur calculates their handicap on a daily basis. Due to these [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Study confirms rangefinders speed up golf

Study confirms rangefinders speed up golf

A recent study has found that laser rangefinders can shave up to 30 minutes off a round of golf for mid- to high-index players. The study, conducted by California-based National University Golf Academy and Bushnell Golf, measured the speed of play of students with handicaps ranging from six to 18. Tested over two days at [...]

April 22, 2014 More
A new restaurant and conference centre are just the beginning of a massive renovation project at Warragul Country Club

Renovations boost Warragul’s members, revenues

Warragul Country Club says it’s close to peak membership as its $10 million renovation nears completion. The west Gippsland club currently has more than 750 golf members and club general manager Michael Smairl says weekend fields are approaching capacity. “Our golf membership’s almost reaching its peak as far as member numbers on a Saturday so [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
The von bronze photo

The Von Bronze unveiled

IT says much about the late, great Norman von Nida when legends of the game willingly contribute to ensure the legendary Australian is immortalised. Von Nida was honoured at Nudgee Golf Club in Brisbane recently when the Von Bronze was unveiled as a permanent reminder of his contribution to the game. Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, [...]

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Adam Scott

Can we go back-to-back at Augusta?

Defending champion Adam Scott headlines Australia’s brigade of starters for the 2014 Masters – joined by Jason Day, John Senden, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and 19-year-old West Australian Oliver Goss, who qualifies off the back of his runner-up finish at last year’s US Amateur Championship. Scott’s win last year and the top-four finishes [...]

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Matt Jones (Photo: PGA Tour of Australasia/Getty)

Jones wins on PGA TOUR, books Augusta ticket

Sydney’s Matt Jones has booked himself the final spot in the field at this week’s US Masters with a stunning come from behind victory at the Shell Houston Open. Chipping in for birdie on the first playoff hole, the Australian defeated overnight leader Matt Kuchar who had a six shot lead over Jones heading into [...]

April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Adam Scott

Dates announced for 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia season

Following on from an exciting start to the 2014 PGA Tour of Australasia season, the PGA has announced the key dates for Australia’s biggest tournaments towards the end of the year. Sports fans will be treated to plenty of golfing action this summer when the PGA Tour of Australasia travels to four Australian states and [...]

April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Toowoomba Golf Club

Don’t believe the rumours, Toowoomba Golf Club is A-ok

Contrary to rumours of ‘temporary greens’ being put in play at the facility, Toowoomba Golf Club-Middle Ridge is enjoying high-quality playing surfaces that are set to exceed those of the club’s past. While a crippling drought and extreme heat had affected the playability of the course over the past six months—leaving it in less than [...]

April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Steven Bowditch (Photo courtesy PGA of Australia/Darren Carroll)

Bowditch on top in Texas

Australian Steven Bowditch has claimed his first PGA TOUR win at the Valero Texas Open and earned a place in The Masters. Coming into the final round with a three-shot lead Bowditch, like others in the field, found the Greg Norman designed TPC San Antonio layout challenging on the Sunday. With a front-nine that included [...]

March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Another win for Webb!

Another win for Webb!

Queenslander Karrie Webb has secured her second LPGA title for the year after firing a final round of nine-under-par 63 at the Wildfire Go Club in Phoenix. The 39-year-old conjured one of her greatest rounds to reel in the leaders and win the JTBC LPGA Founders Cup, her 41st win on the LPGA Tour and [...]

March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Reader Survey

Reader Survey

Our continuing goal at Inside Golf is to create Australia’s best golf publication. And while we’re extremely proud of what we publish every month, we know that there’s always room for improvement – and it all depends on what you, our massive community of readers, want to read about. So here’s your chance to tell [...]

March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments More
John Senden

As good as it gets, says Senden Sr

JOHN Senden gave his father Gerry “the best birthday present ever” when he won the Valspar Championship in Florida. “My birthday was on the 11th of March and I told John he could win the tournament for my birthday,” Gerry Senden, 74, told Inside Golf. “Then I spoke to him straight after he won and [...]

March 18, 2014 | 1 Comment More
Golf in the City an ace for Sydney

Golf in the City an ace for Sydney

A brand-new indoor golf centre has opened in the heart of Sydney’s CBD aiming to attract business men and women who want to work on their golf swing between meetings and business calls. Golf in the City opened late last year with great success, attracting golfers who don’t normally have the time to get out [...]

March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Celebrities, sports stars set to make the cut

Celebrities, sports stars set to make the cut

The PGA of Australia says it could allow sports stars and celebrities to compete against professionals in more of its future events. AFL superstar and talented golfer Brendon Goddard was a major addition to last month’s Victorian PGA Championship at The Heritage Golf and Country Club – albeit as part of the pro-am format for [...]

March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments More

Kooralbyn Resort set to rise again

KOORALBYN Valley Golf Club will receive a major facelift after JHC Subsidiary, headed by Peter Huang, bought the hotel resort from the receiver for an undisclosed sum. Huang told Inside Golf more than $10 million would be spent upgrading the golf course and facilities. “We are aiming to open on 27th June,” he said. “It’s [...]

March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Shepparton Golf Club Engulfed by Fire

$2.5m fire bill for Shepparton Golf Club

Shepparton Golf Club says the damage bill from a fire that roared through its clubhouse roof on a Saturday afternoon in late January could reach two and a half million dollars. “I’d put a conservative estimate at two million to probably two and a half,” the club’s General Manager Stephen Seagrave says. “The insurers came [...]

March 6, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Anthony Summers

Hot Summers wins Qld PGA

MOST players would have given up a long time ago, but not Anthony Summers. The New South Welshman ended a 23-year drought for his first title of his career. Summers turned professional in 1991 and last month registered his maiden victory at the Coca-Cola Queensland Championship at City Golf Club, Toowoomba. The 44-year-old carded rounds [...]

March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Dimitrios Papadatos (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty)

Papadatos on top at New Zealand Open

New South Welsham Dimi Papadatos has claimed an emphatic victory at the New Zealand Open Championship played at The Hills and Millbrook Resort in Queenstown. Starting the day with a one shot lead the 22-year-old looked solid throughout the round firing a 6-under 66 to finish with a tournament total of 18-under 270. Having turned [...]

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments More
TaylorMade Performance Lab, Brisbane

TaylorMade unveils second Performance Lab

TaylorMade adidas Golf recently announced the opening of their second Performance Lab at the new Golf Central Brisbane Airport complex within the Brisbane Airport Skygate and DFO shopping precinct. The new purpose-built fitting centre is only the second of its kind in Australia and will provide golfers of all ages and abilities access to state-of-the-art [...]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Alloy Silverstein to sponsor five Aussie tour players

Alloy Silverstein to sponsor five Aussie tour players

US-BASED accounting and advisory firm Alloy Silverstein has announced it has signed a branding agreement with five Australian golf professionals. PGA Tour professional Bronson La’Cassie, who finished the 2013 Web.Com Tour season T36th to earn his 2014 PGA Tour Card, is continuing his branding agreement with Alloy Silverstein for the second consecutive year. A Brisbane native [...]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Griffin, Lee victorious at Oates Vic Open

Griffin, Lee victorious at Oates Vic Open

History was made at the 2014 Oates Victorian Open  after Matthew Griffin successfully endured a three-hole playoff to secure his first professional PGA Tour of Australasia title on home soil. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride when playing off in his home country, his continental drought came to an end in emphatic form with spectators [...]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Jason Day with the Walter Hagen Cup (Photo: Getty)

Day on top of the World with win at WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Australian Jason Day outlasted the determined and talented Victor Dubuisson of France  in a thrilling 23-hole final in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Dubuisson edged out South African Ernie Els one up in the morning semi-final before taking on Day, who beat Rickie Fowler 3&2 in the other last-four clash. Day was three-up after 12 [...]

February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Zach Murray from Commonwealth and Metropolitan’s Su-Hyun Oh

Murray, Oh crowned Vic Amateur Champions

Zach Murray from Commonwealth and Metropolitan’s Su-Hyun Oh have been crowned 2013 Victorian Amateur Champions with victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club. Murray, at 16 years old becomes the second-youngest champion in men’s history whilst Oh has become the first back-to-back women’s winner since Natalie Parkinson in 1997/98. The Women’s final was a repeat of [...]

January 24, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Viraat Badhwar will aim to defend the Australian Master of the Amateurs Green Jacket he won last year.

World’s top amateurs to contest Australian Master of the Amateurs

54 of the world’s top amateurs head down under this month to contend Australia’s highest-rated amateur tournament, The Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship Played at the famous Royal Melbourne Golf Club, the event offers spectators a unique opportunity to witness 54 of the very best amateurs from around the world go head to head [...]

January 3, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Will 2014 be The Year of the Roo?

Will 2014 be The Year of the Roo?

While 2013 marked a banner year for our Aussie professionals on the various tours, 2014 presents an opportunity for even more success. Inside Golf’s Richard Fellner and David Newbery highlight some of the notable players to keep an eye on this year.

January 1, 2014 | 0 Comments More
Matthew Griffin

Griffin captures OneAsia OOM, sets sights high for 2014

Two-time OneAsia winner Matthew Griffin has set his sights on new horizons after clinching the tour’s 2013 Order of Merit Title at the season-ending Emirates Australian Open. The 30-year-old from Melbourne has led the money list since winning the weather-shortened SK Telecom Open on Korea’s Jeju Island in May and has been such a consistent [...]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Peninsula Country Golf Club

Third club on horizon for Peninsula Kingswood?

DESPITE rumour and speculation to the contrary, newly-created Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club in Melbourne’s east says it has no immediate plans to involve neighbouring Long Island Country Club as part of a further merger, but indicates that adding a third course may be in the cards in the next ten years. Kingswood’s General Manager Heath [...]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Open Qualifiers Rhein Gibson, John Senden and Bryden Macpherson

Senden, Gibson and Macpherson qualify for The Open

John Senden, Rhein Gibson and Bryden Macpherson qualified for next year’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) through the first event in the new Open Qualifying Series in Australia . The three Australians secured the three places on offer at the Emirates Australian Open at Royal Sydney to join winner Rory McIlroy and runner-up Adam [...]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Rory reigns at Royal Sydney (Photo: Bruce Young)

Rory reigns at Royal Sydney

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy snatched the Emirates Australian Open title from the hands of Adam Scott to claim his first victory of the year at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Trailing Scott for the majority of Sunday, the World Number 6 drained a 12-foot birdie on the 18th green to collect his first title since November [...]

December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More
Aron Price

Price is right – Aaron wins NSW Open

Aron Price has won the 2013 Gloria Jean’s Coffees NSW Open Championship played at Castle Hill Country Club. Starting the fourth round tied for the lead with PGA TOUR player Steven Bowditch, Price opened with a birdie before steady play saw him claim the title by four shots with a tournament total of 19-under 269. [...]

November 25, 2013 | 0 Comments More
World Cup Champions Adam Scott and Jason Day

Australia rules the World; Scott and Day reign

Home hero Jason Day secured an emotional victory in the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf with an imperious display in Melbourne. A week after losing eight members of his family in Typhoon Haiyan, the 25 year old delighted the large crowds at Royal Melbourne Golf Club by seeing off Denmark’s Thomas Björn by two [...]

November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments More
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