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Hannah Green wins in USA, clinches LPGA spot

Hannah Green wins in USA, clinches LPGA spot

Two weeks ago, Perth’s Hannah Green wrote the letters “LPGA” with a smiley face on her golf glove as a constant reminder of the ultimate goal. It became a reality on Sunday at the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout as she broke the Mystic Creek course record with a bogey-free 8-under, 64 to win at […]

First female club captain at Kew Golf Club

First female club captain at Kew Golf Club

IT didn’t take Andrea Catherine Moore long to play down her appointment as Kew Golf Club’s first female club captain. “It’s no big deal,” she said. “I understand it’s significant being the first woman captain of the club, but I hope in a couple of years a woman captain won’t even be commented on. “To […]

Australian Paraplegic attempts to break his own World Record in the Paralong Drive Cup

Australian Paraplegic attempts to break his own World Record in the Paralong Drive Cup

Dave Sawtell, Spina Bifida sufferer and paraplegic, is striving to break his own world record for the longest seated golf drive in America next month.   Dave set the world record for the Paralong Drive Cup in 2014 and is heading back this year to better his record. Already highly regarded for his golfing achievements, Dave […]

Lonard rock-solid in Wales, earns US Champions Tour start

Lonard rock-solid in Wales, earns US Champions Tour start

Peter Lonard’s last PGA Tour start came in 2013, at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi. He tied for 17th, four years and a week ago. Since then, Lonard, winner of the PGA Tour’s MCI Heritage in 2005 and nine PGA Tour of Australasia titles, has mainly toiled on the Web.com Tour in the U.S., […]

Kirk wins inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (Video)

Kirk wins inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic (Video)

With a final-round 2-under-par 70, Australian Katherine Kirk put the finishing touches on her third LPGA Tour victory at the inaugural Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kirk, who went 152 LPGA Tour starts between her last victory at the 2010 Navistar LPGA Classic and this week, birdied the 72nd hole to finish at 22-under par, the […]

Tour Talk: Making hay in the Mining Towns

Tour Talk: Making hay in the Mining Towns

I only had a few days at home to sharpen the game with Benny before heading out to the Queensland Sunshine Tour’s Mining Towns events. Last year was my first trip to the mining towns but most of these Pro-Ams have been going for many years. The mining towns have a series, which comprises 10 […]

Katherine Kirk on the comeback trail

Katherine Kirk on the comeback trail

After almost three years in the golfing wilderness making swing changes and battling to make cuts, ALPG star and multiple LPGA tournament winner Katherine Kirk is back. Having recently recorded her best finish on the LPGA Tour since 2014—an 11th place finish at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii—the Queenslander spoke to us from her home in Wichita, […]

Junior News for June

Junior News for June

Speechley, Wikana shine in NSW YET another in the long line of champion young golfers to come out of New South Wales surfaced in last month’s Jack Newton Junior Golf NSW All Schools Junior Championship played at the Forster-Tuncurry Golf Club on the North Coast of the state. At just 12-years of age Castle Hill […]

Tour Talk: From Canberra to Korea

Tour Talk: From Canberra to Korea

My next run of events saw me down in Canberra for three Pro-Ams. I must admit, I love Canberra. I think it’s easy to get around and the golf courses are generally great. Added to this I had a chance to stay with an old mate of mine, Pat Maher. I’ve known Pat for about […]

It started with golf, fishing and horses

It started with golf, fishing and horses

QUEENSLAND Club Professional of the Year Matthew King reckons he was destined for a career in the golf industry. When he was still in short pants, Matthew honed his skills out the back of the pro shop and on the course at Wynnum Golf Club where his father Paul King was the club professional for […]

Ivo the great

Ivo the great

IT’S hard to believe this year marks the 50th anniversary since the passing of one of Australia’s greatest golfers – an amateur at that. Ivo Whitton, who was born in 1893 and died in 1967 aged 73, was a legend in Australian golfing circles. In the modern game, it’s hard to imagine his golfing feats […]

ANA Inspiration clouded by controversial Thompson penalty

ANA Inspiration clouded by controversial Thompson penalty

My phone has been ringing a little more than it usually does at this time of the year, with a lot of people seemingly keen to get an opinion on what had transpired on the back nine during the final round of the ANA inspiration, the first LPGA major of the 2017 season. For those […]

Green Claims First Career Win at Sara Bay Classic

Green Claims First Career Win at Sara Bay Classic

Perth’s Hannah Green finished at 2-under par, 214 after a final round 1-over 73 to earn her first career Symetra Tour victory at the Sara Bay Classic. Green, 20, was the only player to finish under par for the tournament on the Donald Ross design at Sara Bay Country Club. The 2017 Symetra Tour rookie […]

Lee to inspire Australian MyGolfers

Lee to inspire Australian MyGolfers

Australia’s top-ranked female golfer, Minjee Lee, has joined Jason Day as a joint ambassador of MyGolf, the national junior participation program designed to boost the growth of junior golf around the nation. Lee, 20, herself a recent graduate of the Golf Australia high performance pathway, is thrilled to be involved with MyGolf. “It is a […]

A major success for the ALPG season

A major success for the ALPG season

In last month’s issue we reviewed the 2017 ALPG season so far, finishing up with Melissa Reid’s dramatic 3rd hole playoff victory over Solheim Cup teammate Sandra Gal at the Oates Vic Open. From the beauty of the Bellarine Peninsula, the tour headed west to South Australia for the jewel in the crown of the […]

Ha Na Jang roars home to win ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Ha Na Jang boldly predicted she’d finish at 10-under on Saturday evening; little did she realise it would be enough to lift the Patricia Bridges Bowl in the most dramatic circumstances. In a rollercoaster final round during which no fewer than five players held or shared the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open lead, Jang unleashed […]

Wie on her way to Adelaide

Wie on her way to Adelaide

Crowd favourite Michelle Wie is coming to Adelaide. The 27-year-old American will tee it up in the  ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, 16-19 February, marking her first visit to play the event since 2013 at Royal Canberra. After an injury-plagued 2016 season, Wie is excited that Royal Adelaide will be a key stepping stone back […]

World No.8 Brooke Henderson excited for Adelaide return

World No.8 Brooke Henderson excited for Adelaide return

Canadian sensation Brooke Henderson is coming back to Adelaide. The world No.8 had a breakout 2016 on the LPGA Tour, including winning her first major championship. Henderson, 19, recorded an incredible 15 top-10 finishes in her first full year on the world stage, including a charging T9 finish at The Grange in the ISPS Handa […]

World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn locks in Royal Adelaide

World No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn locks in Royal Adelaide

The hottest player in world golf has signed to play the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Thai superstar Ariya Jutanugarn soared all the way to No.2 in the Rolex Rankings last year on the back of a proflic and record-setting 2016 season. And she’ll now pick up the race for the world No.1 tag […]

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

Tour Talk: Open season in NSW

My next run of events started with two weeks in Sydney. I had the NSW Open and Australian Open so I decided to drive down from the Gold Coast. The NSW Open was at Stonecutters Ridge—only 5 minutes from my sister’s house! It’s always great to get down to catch up with Joanne, Mark and […]

17 year-old Celina Yuan secures playing rights for Ladies European Tour

17 year-old Celina Yuan secures playing rights for Ladies European Tour

17-year-old NSW amateur golfer Celina Yuan from Chipping Norton in South-West Sydney has secured playing rights on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for 2017. The 2016 Queensland Women’s Amateur Champion and the 2014 Australian Girl’s Amateur Champion, carded a one-under par 71 in the fifth and final round, finishing in a tie for third place […]

The R&A and Ladies Golf Union complete merger

The R&A and Ladies Golf Union complete merger

The merger of the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU) and The R&A has been finalised and will come into effect from 1 January 2017. The heads of agreement between the two organisations was signed in June leading to the integration of the LGU’s business operations and its members of staff into The R&A group of companies. […]

Big names sign up for RACV Gold Coast Challenge

Big names sign up for RACV Gold Coast Challenge

RACV Royal Pines will continue its long association with women’s professional golf when it hosts a new professional tournament in February 2017. Two months after the successful staging of the Australian PGA Championship over the RACV Royal Pines revamped championship layout, Royal Pines will again host a professional event when the inaugural RACV Gold Coast […]

Karrie Webb returns to ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Karrie Webb returns to ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

  Karrie Webb is coming back to where it all began. The seven-time major champion and Wold Golf Hall of Fame member has confirmed she will return for her 21st tilt at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. Remarkably, highlighting the commitment she has shown to the game across her homeland, Webb has not missed […]

Olsen battles the course, personal demons, in Senior Amateur victory

Olsen battles the course, personal demons, in Senior Amateur victory

IT’S not easy writing the full story about Kym Olsen winning a golf tournament because he’s not your average amateur golfer. For a start, not many amateur golfers have a former professional career that includes playing a major on the U.S. Champions Tour. And, thankfully, not many amateur golfers have won a highly regarded national […]

Orange Crush day gets kids into the game

Orange Crush day gets kids into the game

It was a sea of orange during this month’s Australian PGA Championship as the Cobra Puma Orange Crush Kids Day descended on RACV Royal Pines Resort. Over 350 children dressed in their Rickie Fowler-inspired orange hats to rub shoulders with their favourite Nickelodeon characters, grab autographs from Australia’s top players, have a hit and a […]

Tickets on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Tickets on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open

Tickets have gone on sale for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, as Australia’s first female golf Olympians join the world’s best player Lydia Ko and defending champion Haru Nomura among those confirmed to play in the 2017 championship in Adelaide. Having thrilled Australia wearing the green and gold at Rio where they were in […]

TOUR TALK: Fiji breezes and Tokyo traffic

TOUR TALK: Fiji breezes and Tokyo traffic

It’s always awesome to head back to Fiji. Not only because I won there, but also because I’ve made a lot of friends over the nearly 10 years of playing there. I arrived on Monday afternoon for the Fiji International and headed to Geckos resort, about 25 minutes from Natadola Bay Golf Club. I played […]

A little help for junior friends

A little help for junior friends

FOR the second successive year, a strong contingent of juniors from Pacific Golf Club in Brisbane jumped on the club’s bus to make the 90-minute journey to play in the Toogoolawah Golf Club Junior Classic. “Twelve Pacific juniors travelled as a team and once again enjoyed the experience of playing on a country course,” said […]

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

Eccentric Moe Norman one of the best

LONG John Daly is arguably the most colourful golfer playing the game today, but when it comes to eccentricity he’s a rank amateur compared to the late Murray Irwin “Moe” Norman. Norman was an eccentric Canadian golfer, who, like Daly, wore mismatched outfits and played fast – sometimes never stopping to line up putts. Australian golf […]

Pinehurst the Pinnacle for Aussie kids

Pinehurst the Pinnacle for Aussie kids

Eight year-old Hamish Farquharsen with his father as a caddie, being treated like a true professional after placing 2nd in the Parent Child Event. The stories of many champions and the traditions of championship golf have been played out at America’s “home of golf”, Pinehurst, since 1898. On August 4th, it was the turn of […]

Grinding out a hard-fought win

Grinding out a hard-fought win

I mentioned at the end of my last article that the forced break that I had may have been good for my golf. Well I made my comeback at the Maryborough Pro Am and I can tell you, it didn’t feel like the break helped me. It’s amazing, I have played this game for 30 […]

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

Junior Sarah moving in right direction

WHEN builder Allan Wilson decided last year to move his family from Cairns to the Sunshine Coast to help make his daughter Sarah’s golfing dreams come true, he must have known it was a gamble. But it’s one that’s already paid off – and who knows what the ultimate dividend will be? Last month Sarah […]

Hannah Green turns professional

Hannah Green turns professional

One of Australia’s most promising golfers, Hannah Green, has taken the professional plunge. Green, 19, recently announced she would leave the amateur ranks after a stellar career that culminated in representing Australia at last month’s World Amateur Championship. The six-time West Australian state team representative will tee up as a pro for the first time at […]

Chip in for Golf Month

Chip in for Golf Month

This month, golf clubs and facilities around Australia will be conducting a wide variety of activities and offers to inspire people to play golf. An initiative backed by the golf industry and promoted by a national marketing campaign, Golf Month 2016 enables clubs and facilities around the country to encourage new, returning and existing players […]

Ciupek and Hetherington crowned Victorian Boys and Girls Champions

Ciupek and Hetherington crowned Victorian Boys and Girls Champions

Konrad Ciupek (Victoria Golf Club) and Alizza Hetherington (Royal Melbourne Golf Club) have won the 2016 Victorian Boys and Girls Championships, played at Yarra Yarra Golf Club. Heading into the last 18 holes, the contest was open with a number of players in contention to take out the titles. Ciupek, 17, entered the final round […]

Women drive to bridge golf’s gaps

Women drive to bridge golf’s gaps

WHERE are all the women golfers and administrators? That question is being addressed by clubs, controlling bodies and the golf industry at every level – in every country. Recently, a group of 30 women involved in golf club governance participated in a day-long forum hosted by Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club on the NSW Central […]

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

Safoz Schools Golf Challenge

  THE Safoz Schools Golf Challenge, an inter-schools old boys’ golf event, will be played at Parkwood International Golf Club on the Gold Coast on August 20. More than 20 schools from Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and South Africa will compete for the Frames Trophy, which has a long and rich tradition […]

Madsen wins, Keating runner-up in Czech Republic

Madsen wins, Keating  runner-up in Czech Republic

Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen gave a dominant display in the Czech Republic as she strode to her maiden Ladies European Tour title at the weather-interrupted Tipsport Golf Masters. The 21-year-old second year professional from Smoerum fired six birdies in a closing 65 – the best round of the day at Golf Park Pilsen – to […]

2017 Women’s Australian Open dates set

2017 Women’s Australian Open dates set

Golf Australia has announced that the 2017 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open will be played at Royal Adelaide Golf Club from February 16-19. Hot on the heels of the raging success of the event’s return to Adelaide in February, world No.1 Lydia Ko and defending champion Haru Nomura have already signed to compete. And further […]