OneGolf builds momentum

OneGolf builds momentum

Momentum is building around OneGolf as the administration of golf in Australia moves towards a more streamlined, cost-effective model. Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt confirmed that five of seven states (including the NT) had now made in-principle commitments to a model that stands to benefit Australian golf by in excess of $3million annually. OneGolf […]

Australian Masters on hold for 2016

Australian Masters on hold for 2016

Australia’s ‘Big 3’ Summer of Golf tournaments will be reduced to just two this year, with news that the Australian Masters will not be held in 2016. In a media statement released today by David Rollo, Vice President-Director of Golf, IMG Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Masters was slated to be “reimagined”, with more details to […]

Jones clinches Aussie Open victory

Jones clinches Aussie Open victory

After a tough final round, Matt Jones has held on to secure his first victory on home soil at the Emirates Australian Open. Playing The Australian, his home course, Jones fired rounds of 67, 68, 68 and 73 for a tournament total of 8-under 276. It was a challenging day for Jones who described his […]

An amazing Aussie Summer of Golf

An amazing Aussie  Summer of Golf

Well, what a summer of golf this has been. Everyone will look back and see different highlights. Maybe it was the outstanding success of both the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and the men’s Emirates Australian Open and their world-class champions? What Jordan Spieth did on the last day at The Australian in November will […]

Teaching the teachers to teach golf

Teaching the teachers to teach golf

The PGA of Australia, Golf Australia, Golf Victoria and School Sport Victoria, have provided approximately 100 Victorian teachers the opportunity to undertake professional development in golf. Held at Oakleigh South Primary School on Friday, November 21, the Golf Teacher Professional Development (PD) morning was designed for teachers who are both golfers and non-golfers, offering practical […]

Australian Golf Industry unites to build a new home of golf

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 […]

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 […]

Golf Australia, PGA sign joint venture for junior golf

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 […]

Amateur Cameron Smith turns Professional

Amateur Cameron Smith turns Professional

Current Australian Amateur champion Cameron Smith has confirmed he has moved into the professional ranks. The 19 year-old Queenslander enjoyed a superb amateur career winning a host of amateur events including the Australian Amateur Championship, Australian Junior Championship, Australian Stroke Play Championship in addition to a number of state titles. “I’m ready for the challenge […]

Golf Australia increases Handicap Anchor to 5 Strokes

GOLF AUSTRALIA has announced that the handicap anchor will rise from four strokes to five strokes this month. In a letter to clubs last month, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins outlined the reason for the change, noting the ‘seasonality’ of handicaps . “Under our current handicap system, handicaps in Australia are notably seasonal. On average, […]

Senior shines in Sydney

Senior shines in Sydney

53-year-old Peter Senior proved once again that age is no barrier to success, capturing the Emirates Australian Open amidst fading light and extreme conditions. With an even-par 72 in the windy and wild final round at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney, Senior became the oldest golfer to lift the Stonehaven Cup, surpassing the legendary Peter Thomson who won at the age of 43 in 1972.

Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

Golf Australia outlines components of new handicapping system

GOLF AUSTRALIA has released a list of the major components comprising the national golf handicapping system. In a letter to Club captains on June 1, Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins summarised the work done to date on the new GA Handicap System, and outlined the components of what is yet to be implemented. No firm […]

Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

Major components of the Golf Australia Handicap System

The new Handicapping system for Australian golfers has a variety of changes and aspects from previous systems. Here is the breakdown of the major components. (Note: as per the recent letter from Golf Australia, not all of the components have been implemented. These have been labelled with TBI. Full implementation is expected in the latter part of […]

Australia wins Four Nations Cup

Australia has won the inaugural Four Nations Cup by 11 shots in fine and warm conditions at The Hills Golf Club near Arrowtown on New Zealand’s south island. The Australians held a 14 shot lead heading into the final round courtesy of superb third rounds from Brett Drewitt (65) and Todd Sinnott (66). At one […]

New Golf Handicapping system formula announced

New Golf Handicapping system formula announced

In response to the growing debate (and controversy) surrounding Australia’s new golf handicapping system, Golf Australia has announced a new formula which will be used to calculate golfers’ handicaps. In a letter to Australian golf clubs, new Golf Australia Chairman John Hopkins detailed the upcoming changes, stating in part that: “The Board believes that the proposed […]