WHEN Cherie Alison (nee Byrnes) is asked what possessed her to quit her club professional’s job on beautiful Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays, she provides an easy answer. “It was a good lifestyle, but living on an island has a certain lifespan,” says Cherie, who is the golf operations manager and club professional at Port […]
PROFESSIONAL golfer Wayne Perske is the happiest he’s been for a long time and that could spell trouble for his counterparts as he goes about resurrecting his career. The former Japan Golf Tour winner is back in the game as a full-time player after more than two years on the sidelines and is on a […]
Who is Australia’s greatest ever golfer – male or female? Those who measure greatness by the number of major wins will say Karrie “Spider” Webb (7 wins) is Australia’s greatest golfer followed by the legendary Peter “Thommo” Thomson (5) and Greg “The Shark” Norman. There are many firmly in the Webb camp. They believe the honour should be judged on major victories alone.
However, there are strong arguments in favour of the Thomson and iconic and charismatic Norman.
AUSTRALIANS Adam Scott and Jason Day are top of the pops following the completion of this year’s fourth major.
After 16 major rounds, the Queenslanders finished on a total of 1134 – two-over par – for the joint honour of lowest score in the majors.
DON’T be surprised if a player from outside the top-30 or top-40 in the world rankings wins US PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in New York from August 8-11. Predicting the winner of golf’s fourth major has always been a challenge – more so, perhaps, than the other majors.
IT wasn’t hard to figure out what Vikki Wrigley (nee Tutt) was going to do with her life.
Vikki is hewn from golfing stock, her father Peter Tutt was the golf professional at Newcastle’s Waratah Golf Club, her brother Trevor was a trainee professional so it was inevitable she would pursue a golf career.
QUEENSLAND volunteer of the year Terry Ward says the golf industry would benefit from a volunteers program that compensates younger golf club members who volunteer their time.
COLOURFUL is just one of the words used to describe the working life of Strathfield Golf Club general manager Neil Hardy. Other words that come to mind include exciting, intoxicating, fun, stressful, hectic and testing. It started when he left school to work the floor of the stock exchange during the exciting Poseidon nickel boom […]
THE decision to drop out of university and pursue a career in golf has paid dividends for Matt Cleverdon after he was named Victorian Teaching Professional of the Year.
PROFESSIONAL golfers say golf can be a lonely sport, but many rookie professionals are left feeling forlorn when playing in a foreign country. Young Perth-born professional Jessica Speechley, a rookie on the Japan LPGA Tour, is one of those players.
UNASSUMING and modest, Kel Nagle easily masks his significant golfing deeds. “It’s been a nice journey,” is how this quiet, humble man sums up his stellar career, which includes winning the centenary Open Championship at St Andrews. Still, Kel has an astonishing recall for tournaments he played in more than 50 years ago. He can […]
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 […]
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.
THWACK, thwack, thwack! That’s the sound of golf balls once again being launched into orbit over Karana Downs golf course near Ipswich in southeast Queensland.
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 […]
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 […]
One of the worst flood disasters to hit Queensland seriously affected a number of golf clubs, but it wasn’t all doom and gloom, writes DAVID NEWBERY
New Zealand’s Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers golf courses are hugely popular with golfers the world over, but there are a number of other must-play gems in the land of the Long White Cloud, writes DAVID NEWBERY
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.
With 196 years of history, and friendly locals, Toowoomba is a destination golf fanatics and non-golfers alike should explore, writes DAVID NEWBERY
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.
KNOWN as the “monsters links”, Royal Lytham and St Annes, host of the 141st Open Championship from July 19-22, has provided plenty of drama down the years.
I have never bought anything online. Call me a Luddite if you must, but I do like to see, feel and even try on products of interest. Still, my resistance to shopping online has not rubbed off on my offspring. At least once a month there is a knock at the door and I sign […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The Gold Coast is the place to go if you want to get away from it all – play some golf at some of the best courses the country has to offer and maybe engage in some of the other niceties life has to offer.
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 […]
THE first thing you notice about rookie professional Alison Whitaker is not nervous tension but her good natured humour
PETER Senior’s trophy cabinet is starting to get a little crowded after he picked up another trophy when he was presented with the Queensland PGA Championship cup.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]