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Vic Open cancelled for 2021

Vic Open cancelled for 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting border closures along with international travel restrictions have forced the cancellation of the Vic Open scheduled for February, 2021. This follows last week’s regretful cancellation of the summer’s other premier golf events — the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and the Women’s Australian Open. The three organisations involved — Golf […]

Australia’s major golf events cancelled

Australia’s major golf events cancelled

This summer’s premier Australian golf events – the Australian PGA Championship, Australian Open and Women’s Australian Open – have been cancelled. PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman, ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn and Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland confirmed all three events, which were to have been played in February, won’t proceed because of […]

Golf Fore A Cause Partners with Lifeline Australia

Golf Fore A Cause Partners with Lifeline Australia

Australian golf retailer Drummond Golf’s “Golf Fore a Cause” initiative has announced a partnership with Lifeline Australia, Australia’s largest suicide prevention service. Over the next three years, Golf Fore a Cause has pledged to donate $250,000 to Lifeline. The donation will provide much-needed support so Lifeline can continue to be there for the most vulnerable […]

Golf NSW appoints Regional Managers to boost participation programs

Golf NSW appoints Regional Managers to boost participation programs

Golf NSW, in conjunction with Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG), has appointed eight Regional Managers to deliver participation programs and club support services throughout NSW and the Australian Capital Territory. Stuart Fraser, CEO of Golf NSW, said the appointments are a first for the two closely-aligned organisations, and a significant commitment to not only golf […]

Note to Victorian clubs and readers of Inside Golf

Note to Victorian clubs and readers of Inside Golf

With the opening/lockdown (and delivery) restrictions currently imposed on Victorian facilities and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, Inside Golf has been unable to deliver our September and October issues to our subscriber courses and clubs throughout Victoria. Rest assured that all printed copies and bundles for both months are currently being held in our printing […]

Report: Golf rounds booming in Australia

Report: Golf rounds booming in Australia

Golf is experiencing a pandemic-inspired boom, a new report has confirmed. In its Australian Golf Rounds – Trends and Impacts of Covid-19 report, Golf Australia confirms that despite parts of Victorian golf being shuttered for extended periods of 2020, year-to-date rounds played nationally are down only 1 per cent by the end of August. If […]

Australian PGA Championship postponed until February 2021

Australian PGA Championship postponed until February 2021

Following discussions with the Queensland government and key stakeholders, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will postpone the Australian PGA Championship to 18-21 February 2021. With a raft of strict control measures in place across most Australian states, the difficult decision to reschedule the tournament was made in hope restrictions will ease by early next year. […]

Drewitt claims first title at Lincoln Land Championship

Drewitt claims first title at Lincoln Land Championship

Australian Brett Drewitt celebrated Father’s Day with his first victory in his 116th career start on Sunday at the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS. “I was talking to my parents last night and I was kind of thinking about how cool it would be to win on Father’s Day,” said Drewitt, a father to […]

PGA TOUR announces full schedule for 2020-21, 50-event “Super” season

PGA TOUR announces full schedule for 2020-21, 50-event “Super” season

“Super season” features 50 tournaments, the most in a season since 1975 The PGA TOUR has announced the complete schedule for the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season, featuring 50 official FedExCup tournaments – including 14 tournaments that were postponed or canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – culminating with the crowning of the FedExCup […]

Adam Scott two shots back of DJ, Matsuyama at BMW Championship

Adam Scott two shots back of DJ, Matsuyama at BMW Championship

(Story by Chris Cox, PGA Tour) While attention was sometimes elsewhere Saturday at the BMW Championship, Hideki Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson managed to grab the headlines at the end, as their steady play continued with matching 69s, good enough for a share of the third-round lead at 1-under overall. “(Matsuyama) is hitting it fine. Obviously […]

Minjee driving for major glory on the LPGA Tour in 2020

Minjee driving for major glory on the LPGA Tour in 2020

Australia’s number 1 female golfer Minjee Lee has just finished 3rd and 4th in back-to-back tournaments on the LPGA Tour, following the tour’s enforced break for Covid-19.  For her efforts, Minjee picked up a total of $US153,083 in these two events, taking her career earnings to over $US6.3 million, not bad for a 24-year-old in […]

BMW Championship Preview: Stakes are high for Tiger and the Aussies

BMW Championship Preview: Stakes are high for Tiger and the Aussies

Story by Chris Cox/PGA Tour CHICAGO – The stakes are simple this week for Tiger Woods. Finish fourth or better at the BMW Championship and Woods will once more qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship and a shot at a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory. Anything less than that, and the 44-year-old will be watching […]

Former cricket chief James Sutherland named new CEO of Golf Australia

Former cricket chief James Sutherland named new CEO of Golf Australia

Golf Australia has appointed James Sutherland its new chief executive. Sutherland, 55, will begin his role from 1 October after an exhaustive recruitment process had yielded several quality candidates for the position. Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold said it was “exciting” for golf to have attracted a candidate with vast experience in sport, with Sutherland […]

PGA TOUR 2K21 Videogame launches

PGA TOUR 2K21 Videogame launches

For seasoned golf pros and rookies alike, your tee time has finally arrived: PGA TOUR® 2K21 is available now for the PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X and Windows PC via Steam*, Nintendo Switch™ system** and Stadia. Developed by HB Studios, the team behind The Golf Club 2019 […]

COVID-19: Has it actually been GOOD for golf?

COVID-19: Has it actually been GOOD for golf?

While businesses and lives across the world have been tragically affected by the COVID-19 crisis, there has been, surprisingly, a bit of a bright side…at least in Australia. The numerous lockdowns and restrictions imposed by governments—which have generally banned most sporting activities—have named golf as one of the few sports/activities that can legally be played. […]

2020 Australian Open to be rescheduled to 2021

2020 Australian Open to be rescheduled to 2021

The Australian Open will not be played in 2020. Golf Australia operations manager Simon Brookhouse remains very hopeful that the national championship, the fifth oldest in professional golf, will still be played this summer. “These are very challenging times for all Australians and the uncertainty the global pandemic has caused makes it very difficult to […]

Report: Golf memberships rise for first time in 21 years

Report: Golf memberships rise for first time in 21 years

For the first time in 21 years, Australian golf club membership has risen in the past year. The 2019 Golf Australia Participation Report has revealed a 0.05 per cent increase, the first of its kind since 1998. Golf Australia chairman Andrew Newbold acknowledged the “fantastic result”, just one of several promising numbers in the report, […]

RACV announces closure of RACV Golf Membership

RACV announces closure of RACV Golf Membership

Members of the RACV Golf Club membership program were left scrambling this week, following notification that the RACV is shutting down the program. The club, which began operating in 2011—offering official Golf Australia handicaps, golf events and discounted golf rates at RACV golf courses—announced the August 24 discontinuation of the program via an email to […]

Tiger v Jack v Seve v Rory? Stats and fans to decide ‘The Open for the Ages’

Tiger v Jack v Seve v Rory? Stats and fans to decide ‘The Open for the Ages’

Who would win if Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and other Open Champions IN THEIR PRIME, battled it out at once for The Open Championship, on the most spectacular golf course on the planet? The R&A is inviting golf fans around the world to take part in a very special celebration of golf’s original […]

Gamers alert: R&A Launches Inaugural E-Open Tournament

Gamers alert: R&A Launches Inaugural E-Open Tournament

Gamers around the world will be able to test themselves against the unrelenting challenge of links golf as the inaugural e-Open presented by Mastercard launches today. The virtual stroke play tournament will take place over the iconic links of Royal St George’s from 13 July to 8 September, with qualifying events and knock-out rounds running throughout […]

Olympic and Paralympic sports receive funding boost

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) has announced a boost in high performance funding for Olympic and Paralympic national sporting organisations (NSOs), with increased allocations to Rugby 7s, Football, Paralympics and Surfing. This critical funding also provides 34 NSOs with much-needed certainty as they re-set for the Tokyo Games in 2021 and follows the Federal […]

Australian Golf Centre to unite golf’s peak bodies

Australian Golf Centre to unite golf’s peak bodies

Australian golf will find a new home in the heart of Melbourne’s Sandbelt with a new state-of-the-art facility to be built. The Australian Golf Centre will be the new headquarters for Golf Australia, PGA of Australia, Golf Victoria and Sandringham Golf Links Management. The $18.8 million project, majority funded by the Victorian Government’s $15.3 million […]

PGA TOUR back on the tee this week. Covid Testing protocols in place.

PGA TOUR back on the tee this week. Covid Testing protocols in place.

The PGA TOUR’s 91-day hiatus since The PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP was canceled—the longest unscheduled break from competition since World War II—will finally end this Thursday (Friday morning, Australia time) when play resumes at the Charles Schwab Challenge. As one of the first sports to get underway since the Covid-19 pandemic, golf is prepared take center stage […]

Tee for Tea: Sanctuary Cove members Tee off for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Council

Tee for Tea: Sanctuary Cove members Tee off for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in support of Cancer Council

PGA Golf Professional Michael Jones and Sanctuary Cove Member Isabelle Taylor hosted the first of three Ladies’ coaching clinics in support of Cancer Council Queensland’s Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (ABMT) on The Pines driving range on Tuesday 2 June. The two-hour Ladies’ coaching clinic gave Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club Members and guests a […]

Inside Golf announces August issue re-launch – helping clubs get a much-needed boost!

Inside Golf announces August issue re-launch – helping clubs get a much-needed boost!

After a quiet three-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australia’s Most-Read Golf Publication, Inside Golf, has announced it will return with the August 2020 issue. With golf clubs, golf facilities and golf businesses around Australia enduring financial stress and hardship since the sport was restricted in March, Inside Golf management decided to suspend publishing […]

Woods fends off Mickelson in charity match to raise US$20M for Covid-19 relief

Woods fends off Mickelson in charity match to raise US$20M for Covid-19 relief

Tiger Woods has gotten the better of Phil Mickelson once more. Playing on his home golf course, the 82-time PGA TOUR winner built an insurmountable advantage over the first six holes before fending off a late rally to beat his longtime rival Mickelson, 1-up, in Capital One’s The Match: Champions for Charity. A total of […]

R&A Launches £7 million Covid-19 Funding Package

R&A Launches  £7 million Covid-19 Funding Package

The R&A today launched a £7 million funding package, The R&A Covid-19 Support Fund, to help golf deal with the impact of the pandemic. The fund will be largely aimed at national associations and other affiliated bodies in Great Britain and Ireland. With the global pandemic leading to widespread temporary course closures and drastic reductions in […]

Golf returns to Victoria

Golf returns to Victoria

Victorian golfers can head back to the course from Wednesday. Premier Daniel Andrews this morning announced the state will take the first steps to come out of its stage three Covid-19 lockdown from midnight tomorrow. A range of outdoor sports and activities will now be permitted, including golf. It’s understood that golfers will be permitted […]

Australian PGA Tour set for new ‘wrap-around’ season of golf

Australian PGA Tour set for new ‘wrap-around’ season of golf

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will endeavour to recapture golf’s golden years in this country with a reimagined tournament schedule that will see the tour in full swing from October and culminate with the crowning of the Order of Merit winner in March. The restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic has brought about […]

Adam Scott showcases Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club with live Instagram feed of “Nine Holes with a Mate”

Adam Scott showcases Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club with live Instagram feed of “Nine Holes with a Mate”

Former world-champion golfer Adam Scott may have titled his round of golf at the Sunshine Coast’s Maleny Golf Club as “Nine Holes with a Mate”, but he invited the rest of the world to join him via a ‘live’ Instagram feed. Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is renowned for championship golf courses such as Coolum, Twin Waters […]

Olympic Golf qualifying system extended for Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

Olympic Golf qualifying system extended for Tokyo2020 Olympic Games

The International Golf Federation and International Olympic Committee have announced an adjustment to the qualifying system for the Tokyo2020 Olympic Games to accommodate the new dates of competition in 2021. In light of the one-year delay, athletes now will accumulate Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR) points through a period ending on 21 June 2021 for the […]

Limited-edition Mizuno MP20 Copper irons to arrive in Australia

Limited-edition Mizuno MP20 Copper irons to arrive in Australia

Mizuno Golf has long been renown for their sleek, high-performing, irons, woods and (more recently) putters. Favoured by many tour professionals and amateurs alike, Mizuno’s name is synonymous with success, performance and exceptional feel. In January at The PGA Merchandise Show, Mizuno caught the eyes of the industry once again, as they previewed a limited-edition […]

Blue tree brings mental health to the FORE!

Blue tree brings mental health to the FORE!

An old, dead tree on the 1st hole at Pinjarra Golf Club in Western Australia has a new, blue lease on life, shining a light on mental health awareness.   A member approached the club asking if it would participate in the Blue Tree Project for Beyond Blue.   When the suggestion was discussed with […]

April 17: Golf Australia encourages golf to be played (according to state guidelines)

April 17: Golf Australia encourages golf to be played (according to state guidelines)

Golf Australia has released the following update regarding golf and Covid-19: —– Golf Australia’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic will always be the wellbeing of the broader community. Combined with our enduring responsibility for our clubs, their staff and all Australian golfers, we remain comfortable that our position recommending that clubs close has been appropriate […]

PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 Season

PGA TOUR announces schedule adjustments for remainder of 2019-20 Season

With additional time needed to ensure PGA TOUR tournaments are staged in the most safe and responsible manner possible given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the PGA TOUR is announcing further schedule modifications for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, as well as plans for the opening portion of the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Regular Season, the […]

2020 adjusted Tour schedule announced for US Open, Masters, The Open, Ryder Cup, PGA and LPGA events

2020 adjusted Tour schedule announced for US Open, Masters, The Open, Ryder Cup, PGA and LPGA events

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the leading organisati0ns in the golf industry–notably, Augusta National Golf Club, European Tour, LPGA, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA–have issued the following joint statement regarding the upcoming schedule for the major PGA tours: “This is a difficult and challenging time for everyone coping with the […]

Statement from the R&A regarding the Open Championship, Curtis Cup and Amateur Championships

Statement from the R&A regarding the Open Championship, Curtis Cup and Amateur Championships

The R&A has released the following statement regarding upcoming championships in light of the Covid-19 crisis —————– Following advice provided by the UK Government, health authorities and our own medical consultants in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have postponed the amateur championships and international match due to be played in June. We can confirm […]

April 3: Golf Australia releases COVID-19 position statement

April 3: Golf Australia releases COVID-19 position statement

In response to growing debate online regarding the confusion and disparity between the Federal and State positions on the opening/closure of golf courses during the Covid-19 crisis–as well as the advice of Golf Australia regarding these matters–Golf Australia has released the following statement reiterating their position on the Covid-19 situation: —————— Many golf clubs around […]

Fox Sports and Drummond Golf celebrate The Masters on Foxtel and Foxtel Now

Fox Sports and Drummond Golf celebrate The Masters on Foxtel and Foxtel Now

Golf fans can settle in and enjoy a week-long celebration of The Masters, when FOX SPORTS presents a special pop-up channel commencing Monday, April 6 on Foxtel and Foxtel NOW. Coinciding with when the now postponed 2020 Masters tournament had been scheduled to be played, FOX SPORTS 503 will pay homage all week to the […]

March 30: Golf Australia recommends all golf clubs close until further notice

March 30: Golf Australia recommends all golf clubs close until further notice

Golf Australia has released the following statement on March 30: ——————————– As you are aware, COVID-19 or the Coronavirus as it is more commonly known has created global health concerns regarding the disease and its infection rates. Golf Australia is continuing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on this important […]

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