O’DEA WA STROKEPLAY
A TRUE CLASSIC
ISSUE 6:MARCH 2014
FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE’S DESK The time is now... The past year has been very successful for Western Australian golf on a number of levels. In the all important area of club membership, it is pleasing to note that the number of rounds being played across the state has shown consistent growth over the past 12 months. These figures are based on Golflink rounds and reflect that club members are playing more often, which in turn reflects many of the positive stories we are hearing of clubs being more pro-active in their membership offerings and importantly the services they are providing to members. However, statistics also reveal that the number of playing members at clubs decreased by 1% in WA in 2013 which shows that there are still challenges to meet in order to attract new members.
The continued success of Australian elite golfers combined with continued attention to grass roots by clubs, GolfWA and Golf Australia are key planks to the game’s growth as such success gives the sport greater exposure. Without a doubt the profile of the game benefited from Adam Scott’s 2013 Masters victory and more recently his success over the Australian summer, especially the win with Jason Day in the ISPS Handa World Cup. Jason Day of course won that individual event and has backed up his form with a magnificent win in the Accenture Matchplay Championship. Karrie Webb’s performance at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open reinforced just how long a player can remain at the top of their game. The free to air coverage of that event plus the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters by the ABC, demonstrates that women’s professional tournament golf is on the rise in Australia. Importantly these performances are returning golf not only to the back pages of newspapers but in the case of Adam Scott’s Masters victory, the front pages, as well as electronic media. Additionally, the outstanding performance of Royal Fremantle’s Minjee Lee in recent months has attracted a lot of world worthy attention. GolfWA continues to push and promote the sport with local WA media and to date there’s been a significant uplift in the newspaper and television stories and social media impressions. Our Media and Communications Officer Tom Fee is doing an excellent job in providing local media with press releases and facilitating access to elite WA golfers such as Minjee Lee, Curtis Luck and Brett Rumford. Whilst it is one of the key objectives
of GolfWA to promote the sport, clubs can also contribute by promoting the sport and their club too; a press release that combines competition results with a back story can often get good traction with your local newspaper or radio station. A club Facebook page that is regularly posted with club news and a lively Twitter feed is an excellent way to engage with a younger social demographic, in fact get your younger members to run them! Facebook advertising that links back to your club’s website with local postcode targeting can be a relatively cheap way to generate interest and promote membership trials and clinics. Don’t be afraid to create flyers for your golf events. For example, a recent local mailbox drop by volunteers for a “come and try us” 9 holes + BBQ at the Mosman Park Golf Club attracted over 100 attendees and resulted in 20 new social members. GolfWA is also very happy to assist clubs with promoting their promotions too, we can feature clubs in our e-News and e-Zines with links to their websites and share special events via Facebook and Twitter. Our new Events & Fixtures page on the new GolfWA website is an excellent way to get exposure for your upcoming open and charity events too, just email us with the details. GolfWA will continue to work with the golfing community to acquire, develop, retain and even win back golfers in 2014. Through online, print, radio and television and social media we have an opportunity at the moment, with excellent local talent shining, to raise the profile of the sport. To that end we encourage every club and facility to do likewise and we could see a real lift in the game’s exposure, participation and importantly club membership, in the next few years.
At grass roots level, GolfWA and the WA Golf Foundation are continuing to increase the number of development programmes around the state and in the coming months some new Golf Australia initiatives will be launched which will hopefully further improve grass roots programmes, particularly for women. And as you will notice, this e-Zine issue is very much focused on women’s golf. As for right now, the 2014 WA State Amateur Championships are in action and we encourage everyone to head to Royal Perth, at least on the weekend to catch some high quality golf and enjoy the tension of match play in the finals. The 10th staging of the Bowra & O’Dea Classic at Lake Karrinyup starts on the 24th of March and will see Australia’s leading female amateurs in action, including our Queen Sirikit representatives Hannah Green and Minjee Lee, who may well be playing for the last time in Perth as an amateur before she heads overseas for both world ranking amateur events and professional starts later in the year.
Good golfing in 2014,
GARY THOMAS CHIEF EXECUTIVE GOLF WA 03
HANNAH GREEN DEFENDING CHAMPION AUSTRALIAN NO. 3
2014 BOWRA AND O’DEA WA STROKEPLAY A TRUE CLASSIC
The 2014 Bowra & O’Dea WA Strokeplay Championships is set to be the biggest in its history.
Played at Lake Karrinyup from the 24th to 26th of March, Australia’s best female amateur golfers will battle over 54 holes for the national ranking strokeplay title.
SU-HYUN OH WORLD NO. 5 AUSTRALIAN NO. 2
The Bowra O’Dea has an illustrious history, boasting one of Australia’s greatest golfers, Karrie Webb, as a previous champion. Webb is currently first on the ALPG order of merit, with another previous champion, WA’s Jessica Speechley, sitting fourth. This year will feature the heavily hyped
pair of Minjee Lee of Royal Frematle and Victoria’s Su-Hyn Oh. Lee, the world’s number 1 amateur, and Oh, the world’s number 5 amateur, have made headlines from their outstanding performances as amateurs in various professional tournaments over the past two years. Both Lee and Oh have finished runner-up at the Australian Ladies Masters, while Lee went one step further to win the Victorian Open in February. Despite the multitude of achievements next to their names, neither Lee or Oh have won the Bowra & O’Dea, something that defending champion Hannah Green of Mount Lawley, Australia’s third ranked golfer, will be hoping will continue.
Green has also been outstanding in the past year, adding the Srixon Junior and WA Junior Amateur Championship titles to her win at the Bowra & O’Dea, while mixing it with the professionals at the Victorian Open where she made the cut. Green was rewarded for her efforts last week, where she was announced to join Lee and Oh in the Australian Team picked to defend its Queen Sirikit title. Taking place just three weeks after the Bowra & O’Dea, it will be the perfect opportunity for Lee, Green and Oh to test each other before becoming Australian teammates in Malaysia. With Lee stating publically that she intends to play at the LPGA Qualifying School and become professional later this year, the Bowra & O’Dea is likely to be the final chance to see Lee play in Perth. It won’t take much of a stretch of an imagination to see Lee and Oh battling it out in the final rounds of LPGA and Major Tournaments in the near future, and the Bowra & O’Dea provides a tremendous opportunity for the Perth public to see what had been a great rivalry on the amateur stage before it’s launched on the world stage in the imminent future. We can’t wait...
MINJEE LEE WORLD NO. 1 AUSTRALIAN NO. 1
MINJEE’S INCREDIBLE MONTH
As Karrie Webb came from nowhere to win her 5th Australia Open title at Victoria Golf Club last month, the story of the tournament went to up and coming amateur Minjee Lee. Since graduating from Corpus Christi in 2013, Lee is embarking on a gap year before taking on a career as a professional golfer. But with a rigorous training and competiion schedule ahead of her, it’s certainly not your average gap year, however Minjee Lee isn’t your average Perth teenager either. When Lee appeared before the media after a 5-under second round, once reporter questioned if Lee was going to do anything fun on her gap year like most of her peers. “Isn’t this fun?” was Lee’s retort. It’s a quote that has perfectly embodied Lee at this point of her career. Calm, collected and enjoying herself. It seems Lee’s attitude to golf hasn’t changed from the club competition days at Royal Fremantle, to being the joint clubhouse leader before the final round of her national championship.
“Minjee Lee has more talent in her little finger than I did at her age.” 7 time Major Winner, Karrie Webb.
“I’m just going to play how I play and if I can get close, then good. But, yes, just carry on as I’m going.’’ Said Lee. It wasn’t to be at the Australian Open. A likely combination of harsh weather conditions and nerves got the better of her on the back nine after making the turn tied for the lead with her idol in Karrie Webb. For a brief moment at the most crucial time, Lee became human. Shooting 5-over on the back nine to come in with a 78. “That’s just embarrassing” Lee apparently quipped with a smile in the scorers hut as she surveyed her scorecard. But she wasn’t alone. World Number 2 Suzanne Pettersen, who started the day a shot behind Lee, carded a final round 80. A better final day and a top 2 finish for Pettersen would have seen her rise to Number 1 in the world, but even the best have their bad days. As for Lee, it would be her only bad day in a month of golf. Lee’s T11 at the Australian Open was her worst finish out of the professional four events she entered, finishing 5th at the NSW Open and runner-up behind Cheyenne Woods at the RACV Volvik Ladies Masters. Lee’s best was saved for last. For the third straight week, Minjee found herself in the final group of a professional tournament, taking a three shot lead into the final round of 16
covering everything.” Smith isn’t the only member of Minjee’s high performance team, working with a physio, a personal trainer and a performance coach. “Her understanding of where her body is at is really good. I can’t fault her in that regard.” Said Smith. “If she has an issue with the physio the next time we see her it’s perfect, it’s almost faultless. It makes my job really easy, because if the body can facilitate the right movement all I have to do is put her in position and she just does it right away.” Considering she has forgone almost $100,000 in winnings this summer thanks to her amateur status, both Lee and Smith are unable to avoid the inevitable question from the media about turning professional. While Lee takes this frequently asked question in her stride and talks of plans to play LPGA Q-School later this year, Smith provides a more in-depth insight into the decision to remain an amateur.
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“At this stage she doesn’t have anywhere to play except on invites. So until she gets a secure schedule there’s really no point in going professional.” Said Smith the Victorian Open. Two bogeys in her first three holes could have set the tone for another disappointing final round, but Lee steadied the ship taking seven birdies and no bogeys in the final fourteen holes to run away with a six shot victory in her maiden professional tournament. To Lee, it seems to be more of the same from the sport she loves to play. But the only difference between her breakthrough win as a professional at the Victorian Open at 17, and her breakthrough Amateur win at the WA Amateur at the age of 14, is that people are starting to take notice. “There’s a lot more media and radio now, other than that nothing’s difference golf wise. But everyone seems to
know who I am, but that’s good, I don’t mind saying hello [at Royal Fremantle] and talking about my experiences.” Melville Glades head professional Ritchie Smith has sung his praises of his young protégé. Smith, who also works with Oliver Goss and Jarryd Felton, said the best thing about Lee is her work ethic and dedication to the game, suggesting that Lee’s carefree attitude on course doesn’t suggest anything but complete determination to be the best. “The best thing about working with Minjee is that you say it and she does it. Her success can be put down to her hard work and her application to everything she does, whether it be on the range, or at the gym, or diet, she’s
“We have no doubt that at the moment she can match it with most of the girls, but turning pro in the next 6 to 8 months isn’t that much of an option unless we can get the starts. Now that the LPGA tournaments are only taking two sponsors invites and it’s likely Cheyenne Woods will take one of those each week now that she’s won it makes it a little bit of a challenge.” That chance to win might just come this week, as Minjee Lee finds herself paired along World Number 1 golfer Inbee Park of Korea. As the world number 1 ranked Amateur herself, Lee is already enjoying life at the top, but she’s never one to rest on her goals. “I think every aspiring golfer wants to be number one” Said Lee before pausing. “As a professional.”
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MATES SET TO BATTLE AT WA AMATEUR If winning is infectious, then Curtis Luck and Jarryd Felton should spend more time together. The two WA teenagers took the East coast amateur circuit by storm in 2014, travelling together for a period of five weeks that took them from South Australia, to NSW, Tasmania and Victoria, winning four titles between them, as well as two second place finishes. Luck of Cottesloe Golf Club has catapulted to the Number 1 ranked Junior Australian Golfer and will captain the WA Junior State Side in Aprils interstate series. Luck, ranked 800 in the world at the start of the year now finds himself just outside the top 100. Felton, is now ranked as the second highest Australian golfer and is 30th in the world, after being ranked as high as 500 just six months prior. It takes just one thing to rise so quickly in such a short amount of time, and that’s winning events. Felton’s biggest wins came from national title wins at the NSW Amateur and Tasmanian Open to go with his victories at the Mandurah Amateur and Queensland Strokeplay late last year. Luck has earned himself two big victories this year, including the NSW Strokeplay and Victorian Junior Masters, however the biggest performance was reserved for the Australian Amateur, where he finished as a finalist in a field stacked with the world’s best amateur golfers. Having shared meals, car trips and hotel rooms for
the past couple months, Luck and Felton are now back home and looking to add their State title to their impressive list of scalps this year. The pair will head into the next week’s WA State Amateur Championships as joint favourites, with Luck (2nd) sitting just above Felton (3rd) in the National Rankings. Talking to Golf WA from this week’s Riversdale Cup in Victoria, Luck said he was looking forward to playing back at home. “It will be my first home event of the year, so I’m looking very forward to coming home and playing in it. Having the family watching is always nice as well as not having to rely on other people giving you a lift to the golf course. Being able to drive yourself makes it a lot easier!” Luck, who hails from Cottesloe Golf Club, has been getting a lot more practice in at Royal Perth in the lead up to the Amateur after deciding to join the club late last year. “I’ve been practising there a fair bit purely for preparation for the State Amateur so hopefully I know the course well enough.” “It does make you feel confident knowing what clubs to hit off the tee exactly and what your game strategy is around there and how the course will behave. Probably more than anything it just helps with confidence and being able to trust what you’re going to do out there where when you go to a course you kind of have to see and plan out how
you’re going to play it, but here I’ll already know what I’m going to do, so confidence will be pretty high playing at Royal Perth.” With the confidence of hitting around on one his home tracks and a string of great finishes behind him, Luck says he isn’t fazed by having the favourite tag and wont approach the week-long event any differently. “My form of late has given me confidence in these events, but it’s just a new week isn’t it? It doesn’t matter what you’ve done beforehand as long as you do what you need to do to get to the final or win, it’s all you can really ask for, you can’t do much more than you can do.” The WA Amateur Championship is WA’s oldest golf competition, with the Women’s event dating back to 1910 and the Men’s to 1911. Last year’s winners, Brady Watt and Minjee Lee both went on to become the Number 1 ranked amateurs in the world within a year, while Brady Watt turned professional and has earned starts on the European and PGA tour, Minjee Lee has already won her first professional event as an amateur at the Victorian Open. The field of over 150 will feature WA’s best amateur golfers as well as many interstate and international players from Singapore, England and Poland. While Felton and Luck will head in as joint favourites in the Men’s, they will be up against the venerable Michael Dennis on his home course. Alongside them Australian Number 3 Hannah Green of Mount Lawley is heavily favoured in the women’s event, two time WA Amateur quarter finalist Grace Daniel of Victoria and Mandurah’s Hayley Bettencourt, Australian Number 5 her main opposition. Youngsters Hira Naveed, recent winner of the Nedlands Junior Masters and Claudia Pisano, both from Mount Lawley will definitely be a contender for match play spots too. The Royal Perth course will undoubtedly be in superb condition for the event. Its central location and ease of walking will make it good for spectators. There will be some great golf played during the week, GolfWA encourages everyone to come along and watch WA’s best in action, well actually…bring a friend!
ROYAL PERTH GOLF CLUB
Never Standing Still...
Royal Perth Golf Club is a regular contributor to golf in WA, hosting a number of prestigious events in recent years including the WA Open in 2012 and the ISPS Australian Seniors Championships in 2009, 2010 & 2012. This year is no different with the club opening its doors to the very best amateurs in WA and beyond for the 2014 GolfWA State Amateur Championships, which once again has both Men and Women competing at the same time at the same course. Royal Perth has never been a club to take its eye off the ball and has introduced a number of strategic initiatives that are aimed at protecting the club’s status not only as a championship course but also as a thriving club. The management undertook a detailed review of the club’s membership demographics with significant forecasting of those demographics and financial implications in 2010. At the 2012 AGM constitutional changes surrounding membership were tabled and approved. These were done with a view to facilitating better membership recruitment, and also alignment with GolfWA and Golf Australia practices including lowering of the Junior membership age from 21 to 18. A major focus on recruiting new members under the age of 30 (men and women) included removal of the nomination fee applicable to the 18-30 years age group. The nomination fee was judged to be a considerable barrier to entry for a key demographic that was likely to be under represented in the future with negative consequences for the viability
of the club. A new “Youth” membership category that was not subject to a nomination fee was rapidly filled to the point of full subscription within a very short time. Not content to stop there, Royal Perth has introduced some innovative trial memberships for women aimed at beginners, experienced golfers and even social members. Additionally no nomination fee and bring a friend discounts have been popular. The take up rate of full membership following playing trial memberships has been over 50%, quite a success! To make even more out of its outstanding clubhouse facilities, Royal Perth has Chef’s on duty all day, which has provided greater service to the members of the club and also made a considerable increase to the club’s bottom line via the ability to hold additional member functions. As any visitor will attest to, the recently upgraded verandah is a great addition to the clubhouse. It has proven immensely successful both as a casual area for competition day presentations, but also extended casual dining with breakfast and lunch available 7 days a week. The introduction of Monday evening dining at very affordable prices has led to members not only getting more value but has also added to the all round vibe of the club with 30-50 members and their guests dining each week. A busy club is normally a successful club and that’s certainly the case at Royal Perth. It’s testimony to the club’s management that on top of
the initiatives above, Royal Perth has also undergone important course alterations over the past couple of years. Under the guidance of Course Advisor, Mr Terry Gale, the club completed its structural changes to 3 of the holes on course in February 2012, including a taming of the infamous par three 2nd hole. The changes have been highly successful in achieving safety, playability and environmental objectives.. A completely new, state of the art reticulation system was installed during the winter of 2013 with outstanding results in water usage reduction and the installation of the Club’s first on site turf nursery. Its hats off to Course Superintendent Michael Dennis and his ground staff as the number of competitive rounds at Royal Perth are growing, proof that the members are enjoying their beautifully conditioned course more and more. Royal Perth continues to make a contribution to the local community, it raises significant funds (over $70,000 in 2013) via its Men’s and Women’s annual charity golf days, supports the Como Secondary College golf programs, many other charities via golf days and events and has hosted the first MYGolf Tour junior event of each year for the past three years. Good guidance, with an eye to the future and astute investments in the club itself, sees the Royal Perth Golf Club continue to grow financially stronger as a prestigious and leading golf club in both Western Australia and Australia, long may it continue.
PANOS GEARING UP FOR BIG COLLEGE SEASON
While her American college counterparts were left to endure a brutal winter away from the golf course, Oklahoma State University and Australian National Squad member Jayde Panos was fortunate to have the Australian Summer to come back to to get some relaxation and to keep her swing in check before another college season. Jayde took time to chat to Golf WA at Lake Karrinyup after one of her practise sessions prior to the Australia Amateur, where she was a quarter finalist and eliminated by eventual champion Minjee Lee. Golf WA: How are you enjoying being back home in Australia? “It’s so nice to be back home, when I left Oklahoma it was -20 degrees. It was so cold, I think there were a couple of inches of snow on the ground too. I love the summer, I would have it all year round if I could.” You spend a bit of time with Richie Smith at Melville Glades, what were you working on? “I was working on my technique, how I move up I guess. It’s hard to explain, but I’m working on my takeaway a bit and how I position at the top and making sure that I’m turning on to my right side and being activated in my right glutes.” “I get instant feedback, so we get the data and we start working on it instantly.” How is university? What’s your average day like? I wake up at 5:30am and I go workout and workout until about 7, and then I have class from 7:30 to 11:30. Seems like an early time to have class. Is this to cater for your schedule since you’re in the Sports Team? You get priority enrolment for athletes, so the
athletes get first choice of what classes they want because of their tight schedule and practise. You can choose your schedule, and since I’m already up at 5:30 in the morning I thought I might as well go to class.
to compete. So we’re playing against 14 teams with girls with stroke averages of under about 75 at the worst. They’re really good players, and throughout the season the fields change and we’ll play against maybe 12 teams.
I had 7:30 to 10:30 this year on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then I’d go home and have a shower and go practise at 12. Eat lunch out at Carson Creek, which is our golf course, they make lunch out there every day for us so we go eat as a team and then just go and do our practise and have until about 5:30 until it’s time to go home and cook a bit of dinner and go and study. And we just do that every day.
Is there a lot of travel involved?
So how much time do you spend with your teammates, obviously golf is an individual sport, but do you practise as a team? Once a week I only had to do team practise, but a lot of other schools aren’t like that. Oklahoma State really believe that if you want to get better you will, that you as a person will work as hard as how good you want to be. I really like that approach as I don’t think someone should be forced to practise when they’re not motivated, as their practise won’t be of a high quality. So for me when I’m out there I really want to be out there and I’m working on things and ticking boxes, but a lot of other schools have designated practice and I don’t think I would have lasted at a designated practice school as I learn, and everyone else learns a little bit differently to one of my team-mates. So what’s the American College golf circuit like? We go to four events in the fall and seven events in the spring. Our team played really well in the fall, we travelled to an event in Oklahoma and went to Chicago, North Carolina and they pay for all of that. It’s kinda like a case of when we travelled, the first one of the year is called the National Preview, where they invite the 15 best teams in the country
It just depends, we’re around the centre so we get a couple west coast and east coast teams depending on where we are. There’s usually about 12 to 15 teams in each tournament. The NCAA pretty much run everything that we do. It’s the national collegiate athletic association, I think that’s right. They have a system where they rank all of the teams and then at the end of the year we have a national championship where the top 25 teams in the country compete for a massive trophy. It’s a huge deal, but it’s hard to compare to over here, but these girls are just really good. The winning team last year shot 22-under and won, so these girls are shooting 4 or 5 under every time they are playing. We finished 12th or something, I don’t know really how well we played but I don’t think we played that bad, so most teams are either even par or under most of the time. What kind of exercises do you do at college to help your swing? There’s specific exercises that we do. In the gym we do a lot of isolation, like isolating the muscles, and we do a lot of explosive workouts. We do a lot of posture enforced stuff, a lot of things I tried this year, they let me do two days a week on my own and two days a week with the team, so I could do my Golf Australia workouts. So just general stuff like squatting, upper body, lower, abs. Jayde is now back in the United States and University of Oklahoma in her Senior year, with winter finally drawing to a close she will be back into the swing of college tournament golf very soon, we wish her every success for the year, both golf and academically.
2012 Mount Lawley Girls Pennant team x 2! Hannah Green Ranked #1 Girl Australia 2013
Junior Girls Extraordinaire Pretty in Pink!
The Mount Lawley Golf Club has a long tradition of having very good Junior girl golfers. In the 1980’s and 1990’s the club produced a number of state representatives including Shonna Gobby (now Chair of GolfWA’s High Performance), Karen Gregory, Helen Beatty and Claire Elvidge, who were followed in the early 2000’s by Ruth Chang and Emma Stewart. When the Junior girls pennants competition was first run around 2002, Mt Lawley was able to provide two girls teams, something no other club could do at the time and the situation has remained today with the club boasting a very strong junior girls program which has seen a number of girls become very good Junior golfers. The Mount Lawley Junior program has been acclaimed by none other than ex-LPGA tour pro Shani
Waugh (now ALPG President) who commended the club’s efforts in a 2012 Golf Digest Australia article. With numerous state representatives and the number one Junior girl in Australia for 2013, Hannah Green, they must be doing something right. Sue Thomson, Junior Girls Coordinator at Mount Lawley, has kindly given us insights to the keys to that success over the years. Mt Lawley hosts a GolfWA Girls’ Golf Club which provides Junior girls with the opportunity to attend clinics and have tuition without the boys. This is something which is often attractive to the younger girls as they are beginning their golf. The Pretty in Pink girls’ tournaments which have become a feature of the GolfWA Junior calendar, had their origin at Mt Lawley and each year girls from beginner levels to State players enjoy donning their pink outfits and having a great girls only day at the
golf course. A predominantly, but not exclusively, single sex approach has worked very well. With a relatively large number of active Junior girls, Mount Lawley is able to continue to attract new Junior girls from both beginner, intermediate and advanced ranks as they know they won’t be isolated in gender or age terms at the club. A critical mass has been achieved and more importantly maintained over the years through continual attention to grass roots recruitment and support of existing girls. Currently Mt Lawley has 15 Junior girls with handicaps ranging from +4 to 44 and aged between 6 and 17 years. This provides not only age peers but also a range of abilities that stretch from beginner all the way through to state and even national representation. Consequently the girls at all ages and abilities are able to see a path ahead of them that’s demonstrably achievable thanks to
Mount Lawley dominated the 2013 State Girl’l’s2013 State Girls team with four out of the six representatives, from left Claudia Pisano, Hira Naveed, Sue Thomson (Team Manager), Nicha Thanissorn and Hannah Green
excellent role models. The sheer number and range of abilities of girls at the club has proven to be a great selling point for the Mount Lawley program. The girls often play in Junior Girls only groups where they able to enjoy golf with their peers. This is an important aspect of the playing opportunities for Juniors at Mount Lawley. The girls have all become good friends and, to balance the single sex dimension, are able to enjoy golf on their own terms with a number of Junior boys around the ages of 12 to 15 as well. Junior golf (both practice and competition) at Mt Lawley is fun with a Junior Order of Merit and Eclectic run over the year to reward both participation and excellence. As long as Juniors maintain pace of play, respect the course, respect their playing partners and play
according to the rules of golf, they are simply golfers as any other playing member of the club. This view of its Juniors at Mount Lawley affords the girls great playing opportunities and club facilities that permits them to play and practise as much as they like, safely. Thirteen girls play regularly in club Sunday morning competitions where the Juniors compete directly with adults in a medley competition. The girls are also able to play in all Associate and Honour Board events. Claudia Pisano is the current Ladies Champion having won in 2012 and 2013. Recognising that school limits their playing opportunities the girls can play competitive golf over the summer school holidays with the Associates during the week and also by taking up
left over spots in the Business Associates Saturday morning field. All of this permits the girls to develop their skills and game at whatever pace they choose and to whatever level they choose. Whilst opportunities are provided for the girls to reach elite levels in golf as a sport, enjoying golf as a game and having fun still comes first. A lot of time is invested by Junior Girls Coordinator Sue Thomson on communication, both directly with the girls about club and other events, but also to the wider membership at Ladies Presentations and through the club website. By keeping the girls informed as a group, it continues to make them feel part of a group too. It just so happens that the 2013 State Junior Girls’
Mount Lawley contributed three women , Hannah Green (2nd left), Nicha Thanissorn, Claudia Pisano (3rd and 2nd from right) and Shonna Gobby (Team Manager) to the 2013 State Women’s team.
Golf Team included four Mt Lawley girls out of six players as does the recently announced 2014 team. The 2013 Women’s Team included three Mt Lawley girls in the six players selected. The girls work hard on their game and have made well deserved improvements in their game over the past year. Hannah Green’s inclusion in Golf Australia’s National Squad last year was reward for the effort she has put into her game and her success has been a catalyst to the dedication that the other girls have brought to their games. Hannah’s hard work was rewarded this week with her inclusion in The Australian team to compete in the Queen Sirikit Cup in Malaysia next month alongside MInjee Lee and Su Huyn Oh. Hannah plays off a plus handicap, while Claudia Pisano, Hira Naveed, Nicha Thanissorn, Alice Chang,
Alysha Ahnantakrishnan, Christine Rebolledo and Kirsten Rudgeley (also a member at Wanneroo) all play off single figures. The club and it’s sponsors support their elite Juniors with financial as well as organisational assistance and a new “Accelerator Squad” was announced in 2013 to offer further help to those on the cusp of State squad selection. Strong club support has been a feature of the Mt Lawley Junior Program for many years. Juniors are fortunate to have wonderful sponsorship from club members Derek Flatman (in association with John Hughes), and Lance Bracken from Travel Associates Australia, along with additional funding through a Gala Day courtesy of another club member Frank Dann of Wood Bros Mazda. All of this affords extra
tuition and facilities that are provided alongside incentives for the Juniors to continue improvement. The Mount Lawley Club’s Board is also very supportive of Junior golf and, in particular the Junior girls, emphasising a “fully inclusive” approach to their playing opportunities and rights at the club. The Mount Lawley program for girls continues to be the best in Western Australia on representation alone but it isn’t resting on its laurels and it’s pleasing that other clubs are hot on their heels!
Royal Perth Girls Golf Club Swinging with Style!
Royal Perth re-booted their Junior Girls program recently under the careful guidance of past Captain Kerry Hardwick. Over the past 4 years Kerry has dramatically increased the numbers of young girls at the club with a clear emphasis on fun and even hitting the occasional water bomb!
Ladies European and LPGA Tour Pro Kristie Smith visits regularly...
Hey it’s waterbombs time!
Kerry receives great support from fellow lady members including Vice-Captain Lyn Cook, who act as part of a Mentor Group (all WWC accredited) assisting at clinics and mentoring the girls on and off the course. Indeed the Ladies Handicapper was taking two girls out for handicap assessment rounds on the afternoon that GolfWA visited, a real measure of success. Royal Perth’s head professional Brad Logan has made a real and personal effort on the girls program with subsidised coaching and many hours committed to the cause that sees regular attendance at the weekly Tuesday afternoon clinic. As an accredited Community Coach, Kerry assesses the girls twice a year using the Golf Australia MYGolf Skills Challenge, and is very proud of the demonstrable progress that the girls are making. As golf skills develop and to become eligible to play golf on the course, Girl’s Club members are invited to apply to become Restricted Junior members of RPGC. Restricted Junior members are introduced to special short course game teeing from ‘Tiger Tees” to learn golf etiquette, rules and scoring. Course privileges for Restricted Junior members are Monday through Saturday after 3:30pm and Sunday and Public holidays a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. unless the course is closed for a major event. It’s testimony to Kerry, Brad Logan and their helpers’ hard work on and off the course that there are now 17 girls registered and active in the Royal Perth Girls Club program. Without doubt the future is bright, and very pink! We wish the program every success and a long future in the game for the Royal Perth girls too.
Kerry Hardwick and her girls are ready for action!
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This issue has a focus on women's golf in WA, previewing the national ranking Bowra & O'Dea 72 Hole Classic, highlighting two great Junior g...
Published on Mar 14, 2014
This issue has a focus on women's golf in WA, previewing the national ranking Bowra & O'Dea 72 Hole Classic, highlighting two great Junior g...