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Summer 2007 Issue 7

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From The Editor

Sports Psychology

Cover Story

38 Mental Notes Tactics for Playing Partners

6 Sarah Kemp The Stage is Set 12 Letters to the Editor

Instructions,Tips & Training

Ladies European Tour

40 How to play and score Stableford

Calendar of events

14 Life on Tour in Europe – One Big Experience

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Seniors Tournament

44 Being an elite athlete can sometimes mean glitz and glamour 45 Amy Yang

18 Senior Legends To Play Down Under

Instructions,Tips & Training 20 Pitching Over Trouble

Tips, Hints & Training 26 The pressure of it

Rules Etiquette & News 28 Ask Jenny

Sports

Special Feature

Special Feature 64 World’s Best Putter inspires the masses to hit the putting greens

State Women’s Golf Association News 66 72 76 78 80 82

New South Wales Queensland Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Victoria

Tournament News 67 The 2007 Fisher & Paykel Women’s Classic – State Championships Tee Off

Golf Resort Feature

Tips, Hints & Training

48 Noosa Springs

Tournament News

Special Feature 30 Jimmy Barnes In the Swing and Loving It

Golf Resort Feature

34 Girlfriend getaways

Spa

46 A Golfer’s Journey

50 World’s finest female golfers to tee off in Australia for Lexus Cup

Girlfriend getaways

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54 Joondalup Resort

Tournament News 56 Women Golfers putt at their Parisian dream 60 ANZ

74 What Women Want

Club Feature 84 Bonville International Golf Resort – Australia’s most beautiful 86 Ladies Orion Classic Brookwater Golf Club 88 60,000th golfer graces the greens at Pacific Dunes 89 Ladies Golf Days prove a hit at Sanctuary Cove

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European Tour

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Christmas Gifts

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Golf Resort Feature

90 Kooindah Waters Golf Resort welcomes guests for Summer

105 Babes in Buggies Ladies’ Charity Golf Event 105 Bonville hits half a million

Spa Feature

Golfers Gallery

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Golf’n in Malaysia Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Sea Temple Destination Golf Spa Acqua Viva

Instructions,Tips & Training

97 Improve your short game

Player Profile

98 A Rollercoaster couple of years for Nadina Light 100 Leah Hart looking to move to another level

Club News

102 Blackheath ladies’ double day Women’s Golf Club Championships 103 Pacific Dunes Fashion Peter Donnelly Automotive Ladies Classic Pro-Am 104 Troon Golf holds its third Troon Invitational Event 104 Twin Creeks supports Breat Cancer Foundation

106 Val Davidson

Stop Press

107 Lunch with Legends National Institute of Training – New careers, New Skills

Junior Golf

108 Colin Montgomerie leads applause for winners of Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge

Health & Fitness

Fashion

118 Club Hart Australia Tee 2 Sea 119 Birdee Golf Apparel 120 Fabulous Finds, Diva Pants Golf Cubs Downunder Victoria Park Golf Complex 121 B-Rapt Apparel – The Whopper Five Under – Cheeky, Girly and lots of fun Bella Golf Designs 122 Golfing Women Fine Lines 123

Christmas Gifts

Wine Column

109 Golf related elbow pain/injuries

125 Wine – Delivering Beyond Expectation

Profile

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110 Susan Richards – a love of her job

Subscriber Prize Winner

19th Hole

Special Feature 128 The Gender Golf

112 Mia Sherman

Beauty And Skin Care

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hristmas is approaching rapidly, the kids will be around full time (for some) and the weather is warming up beautifully and life will be moving along the fairways wonderfully. So let me welcome you to our last issue of 2007. The 2007 PGA Golf Show was voted a big success by industry and public alike. It was wonderful to catch up with some of our readers in person, thank you. The trade days attracted 72 exhibitors and the public show 78. More than 1200 trade show delegates attended, and more than 4000 members of the public paid to join in. This number is not a true reflection with children under 12 not being charged, and judging by the crowds in PGA Kid’s Zone Saturday and Sunday, this number was significant showing a healthy junior presence. Significantly, Buying Group members attending were 40% up on the 2005 numbers. The cover story gives me goose bumps as Jenny Sevil takes us into the realm of past and future champions of Australian Golf. Specifically Sarah Kemp, one of the many young women making a very strong mark on Australian Golf. Where she comes from, where she is heading and how much she wants to be there. Certainly an interesting insight into how healthy our game is at the moment, growth is happening, these young women are proof.

Our player profile includes Nadina Light and Leah Hart. Take a peek at these talented young women and what they are up to. Fancy yourself a good putter? Well we have just the thing for you.The next big “reality TV” show to hit your small screen,“Worlds Best Putter” is lining up the whole country to take a shot at winning the title. Anyone can enter, Club Members and Social Golfers, men and women, juniors, we can all take a putt at the prizes. You got to be in it to win it so why not give it a chance?

Check out our run down on Golf Fashions and the opening of Golfing Women in Sydney’s inner west, Australia’s largest women’s only one stop golf shop. This month our social column looks at some of the new wines available and the 19th hole where the socialites come to relax and gossip. And finally Richard Marles takes a look at Golf and Gender and the way men and women mix on the golf course. How much more we can get out of the game by enjoying it together, not just with partners, but with our kids too. I hope we are finally realizing just how much of a family game Golf is and how it can bring us closer, not drive us apart. I will have the continuation on my Golf progress in the March issue as I have had to stop playing for a few months due to a bad case of tendonitis. Read Dr Michael Oei’s tips on how to heal this painful and slow healing injury.

Let Anne Wilson teach you the difference between a Chip and Pitch, and how to make the most of them. How to practice them, and how to take shots off around the greens.

The ANZ Ladies Masters will be staged for the 18th consecutive year when the event gets underway at the Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast on February 7th 2008. So if you are attending this fantastic event please stop by and say hello at our stand near the entrance.

Take a look at our Girls Getaway special. Take your friends off on a jaunt to play the courses you love most in Australia. Shopping, golfing, spas, touristy things to do when you’ve finished playing around, we have the low down. Does Stableford scare you? Then we can take the mystery out of it for you with our article on how the game works, scoring, tactics, etiquette, a great insight.

www.womensgolfaustralia.com Contributing Writers Andrea Furst Bruce Young Warren Sevil Anthony Powter Dr Michael Oei Ann Wilson Joan MacLeod Jenny Sevil Photography Anthony Powter Greg Minns Produced by

Women have infiltrated to all levels of our game. Take a look at Susan Richards love of green keeping, a wonderful insight into the way golf courses are manicured and how you can become a greens keeper.

We have an insight into what it’s like to tour the European circuit. The nuts and bolts of utilizing the stress involved with surviving, then winning. You might just change your mind about turning pro! Either way.

Jimmy Barnes has cleaned up his life, and the drug he takes these days is the one we all love, Golf, read about his obsession and how much Golf is such a huge part of his life as he shares his story with Anthony Powter.

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We have news and views from all over the country with results from Tournaments and upcoming schedules including Blackheath ladies double day, Pacific Dunes Fashion, Peter Donnelly Automotive Ladies Classic, Women’s Golf Club Championships, Troon Invitational and more.

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have been fortunate in my career to have competed against some of the greatest talents in women’s professional golf. I played with a young Karrie Webb at the peak of my career when she was one of the country’s leading amateurs. At the time I was the No. 1 ranked female professional in the country and played was paired with Karrie at the Daikyo Ladies Challenge in Cairns. I remember being so impressed during the round but there was one stand out moment, when Karrie hit a shot to the final hole of that tournament, which left me in awe. On that par 5 she played her second shot from around 200 yards with a 2 iron from a downhill sidehill lie, across a water hazard onto the centre of the green. I turned to my caddie and said “I have goose bumps, this girl is going to be something.!” At the Australian Open in 1994, I was paired in the final group, on the last day with a young Swedish rookie. I watched intently, as many people had been saying how this girl was something special and would soon be winning tournaments worldwide. Maybe I watched too closely as Annika went on that day to collect what would be the first of many professional tournaments. Again I was impressed with the confidence and focus of another player, Annika Sorenstam. I have played many times with good friend Laura Davies whose carefree but ambitious personality together with raw athletic talent, has always impressed me. Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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It was such a great experience to see how and why other players succeeded and to recognise that these players have something special. Even though I am not competing much these days, I still have a great interest in the players coming through and look for that something special in each of them. We have a new breed of players on the horizon, some serious talent who have their sights set on achieving greatness amongst the ranks of women’s professional golf. About 2 years ago my husband, Warren, who heads up the ALPG, relayed a comment to me about a young player who had asked him if he was deciding the groupings for the upcoming ANZ Ladies Masters. She wanted to play with the likes of Laura Davies and Karrie Webb. I was taken back by the confidence of a young fresh professional with minimal experience, who would make such a request. It certainly did impress me. That player was Sarah Kemp. After observing her achievements since then and getting to know her on a personal level I believe Sarah is truly a striking young, talented and confident player who has no fear and knows where she wants to go! These are similar attributes I have witnessed in the likes of Karrie, Annika and Laura. 7


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As part of the next generation of Australians who are trying to follow footsteps of former world No. 1, Karrie Webb (a 7 time major winner), 21 year old Kemp has already drawn comparisons with Webb. This does not faze the second year Tour player, who takes it as a compliment to being compared to the best women golfer Australia has ever produced! Kemp is putting no added pressure on herself from such comparisons or expectations and instead will quietly and confidently remain focused on her own agenda. Sarah, stepped up to the mark earlier this year at the MFS Women’s Australian Open at Royal Sydney with a blistering opening round, 66, that lead the field which included the likes of Webb, former world no one Laura Davies, European star Gladys Nocera and Evian Masters winner Natalie Gulbis. To be confident at such a young age suggests that Kemp is bound for big things in the future. She relishes being in the spotlight and at the Australian Open press conference as the opening round leader, Kemp was obviously thriving on the position she was in. She was in the hunt, under pressure and loving it. Not shying away from the limelight Kemp said: ” I love being in contention and when there’s heaps of people watching I kind of like to show off.” Going into each tournament she aims to be in the last group on Sunday. With that type of attitude there is no doubt we will see in the coming years, that it is most likely where Sarah Kemp will be. It is refreshing to see such determination and ambition from our young Aussie players. A flip side to what is more common, many young players struggling to make the cut and a minimal cheques with which to cover expenses. Sarah has set her goals beyond that and already it is paying off. Sarah Kemp turned professional in 2005 where she started her professional campaign on the local Australian pro-am series. Off to a sizzling start Sarah proved immediately that she was a true talent and competitor. She won the Titanium Pro am at Club Pelican, the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic and the Coraki Proam. Not to forget finishing second at the Aristocrat Mollymook Women’s Classic and the Catalina pro-ams. Just two weeks prior to the victories, Sarah had set off on a challenge to gain her card to play on the Ladies European tour. She not only secured her card but won the Qualifying school in the process. 8

In 2006, Sarah embarked on the biggest learning adventure in her young life, playing golf for a living full time. Early on there were missed cuts, schedule mishaps and getting lost in foreign countries. However, with determination and a light-hearted attitude for life and adventure Sarah took it all in her stride. She eventually found form on the golf course finishing 2nd at the Catalonia Ladies Masters, 3rd at the Ladies Open of Portugal and a 10th place at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Combined with some other mid field results, Sarah had secured her card for the following season with a final ranking of 28 and a cool $110,0000. She filed away a wealth of experience about life on tour whilst competing in the sport she loves.Yes, Sarah Kemp had arrived! At the end of 2006, Sarah continued her good form once again on the local pro-am series, recording 7 top ten finishes from 9 starts. She was the winner of the St Georges Basin Pro- Am and went close to securing her first big win locally at the LG Bing Lee NSW Open, where she was beaten in a play off by fellow Australian Joanne Mills. With success at home and the experience of having already played on the European tour in 2006, Sarah set her sights on winning her first tournament during 2007. Heading back to Europe Sarah put herself in contention right from the start finishing 8th three consecutive weeks and came close to winning at both the BMW Ladies Italian Open and the Northern Ireland Ladies Open where she eventually finished 3rd. With an even better ranking of 18th and prize money of over $150,000 even though Sarah remains winless this season, one suspects it is only a matter of time before this likeable and talented young player will frequent the winning podium. One always up for a challenge and ready to further her career, Kemp has decided to head to the lucrative and very competitive US tour. Sarah was successful at sectional qualifying over the past few months and will attend the Final stage of Qualifying for the 2008 LPGA Tour in early December. Like Webb, who started her campaign on the European tour I believe Sarah is ready for the Womens GOLF Summer 2007


challenge of competing with the world’s best players, and what better place than the US, to snag that first professional win. I spoke with Sarah about her up coming qualifying in the US, her long term goals and life off the golf course: Congratulations on another good season and making it to the final of the US qualifying. How are you feeling about qualifying school? Thank you. I am excited and can’t wait. It will be so different to Europe and I can’t wait to go and play with the best players. I am nervous, but it is a good nervousness because it’s where I want to be. You have had two solid seasons in Europe. When did you decide that it was time to go try the US LPGA? I had a lot of advice from people when I first turned pro. I was advised to play for one or two seasons in Europe before trying the LPGA. I am lucky I have played well in Europe and I feel I am ready to go to the States now. How do you feel about golf, is it just a job or do you really love it? I do love it. I don’t eat and sleep it, I have other interests, but I get up each day and look forward to going to practice or to play a tournament. I go to bed at night dreaming of holing that putt to win the Australian Open.Yes I love it. I feel so lucky to be going to golf and not an office. Who or what inspires you? Sporting moments. I love watching Roger Federer. I love seeing his reaction when he wins or what he says. Any type of sporting

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achievement inspires me, someone achieving makes me want to go out and practice. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing golf? Shopping, especially shoe shopping. All the girly things. Actually I am doing quite a lot of photo shoots and media lately and I am loving it. If you weren’t a professional golfer what do you think you would be doing? Maybe something to do with performing arts or acting. Maybe a Movie Star. Why do you think you are so likeable and down to earth, yet very competitive? I think that is a result of my parents influence. They are such positive people and they have always praised and encouraged me.

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They always taught me to never give up. If things didn’t go well on the golf course Mum would always put her arm around me and tell me there was always next time. Do you aspire to be the best player in the country or the world or do you just enjoy the challenges of competing in professional tournaments? I would like to be the best player ever, I would like to break records, I want more than to be the best in Australia I would like to be the best in the world. What do you think you will be doing in 10 years from now? I hope to be still winning golf tournaments, but if not I would still like to be involved in the media in some way. Or kids maybe? Was turning professional a difficult decision for you to make? I had a great year in 2003 as an amateur and won almost everything. The following year it was like I needed more of a challenge so turning pro was what I was thinking about. I had just enough support to get me to Europe and through the qualifying. Then when I played in Europe I was so lucky, things just started to fall into place after that. After your successes so far are you lucky enough to have found sponsorship? I am so lucky. I have a sponsorship with “Citizen Ecco Drive” It is a beautiful watch, which I love wearing and they have been very good to me. Also I am the Ambassador for the Subaru “Impreza”. I am getting an Impreza to drive around in and it’s great. What has been your most memorable experience since turning professional?

Shooting 66 to lead the 2007 Australian Open. When I came off the 18th green and the Tour media coordinator grabbed my hand and took me to the media centre.They just wanted to talk to me and hear all about my round. It was exciting and it was special to be making headlines. Who do you regard as your “mates” on tour, and do you think it is important to have friends out there. This year I travelled with Leah Hart and Bree Turnbull.They are good friends and it is nice to have Aussies around you and someone to chat with, jump on a plane with or even get lost with. Who would you most like to play around of golf with? Tiger Woods, because he is the best. I just want to watch him, learn from him. I would probably faint on the first tee though. What was a highlight of this year? Definitely playing the British Open at St Andrews. I stood on the first tee and I couldn’t breath. It was so exciting! Speaking with Sarah, was just a delight. She is humble, grateful, yet very focused on where she wants to go. Her excitement about the challenges of professional golf is actually inspiring. Her appreciation of where she is and the opportunities in front of her is admirable? Her desire to achieve and to push herself to the limit, quite happily taking in all the corporate and media commitments along the way, indicates that this young girl from Tuncurry has what it takes to become one of Australia’s finest ambassador’s of the game. Exciting times lie ahead, not only for Sarah, but for golf fans to follow the progress, as she makes her mark in the world of women’s professional golf.

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LETTERS T O TH E ED I TO R

Golf balls are the best Hi there Very happy to receive the golf balls plus tees and look forward to receiving Special Edition in August.The golf balls are the best - have already used them and they are so much easier to see on the course! Thank you very much. Julie Coppleman EDITOR’S REPLY: These vision balls are the best

50th Tournament celebrations Hi Cathi, Thank you for publishing my article – it looks great, and I’m sure will help us with our 50th Tournament celebrations. We were wondering if we could receive two or three more copies for the club. You can forward either to my P.O. Box 19 Mulgrave. 3149 or to Riversdale Golf Club. It is a great edition, and how about Dawn Fraser – she is amazing! Thanks again Cathi. P.S quite a few of our members are subscribers. Regards Bev Shatten

Inspired Hi Cathi, I have just read Issue 6 of Womens GOLF, and you should be congratulated, again, for putting out such a brilliant magazine. I could not put it down, and I will be going back over some very interesting and informative articles you have included. You have inspired me to get back out onto the golf course, have more lessons, and actually enjoy the game rather than stress out about it. Jenny Sevil’s articles are so practical and I, too, have been listening to the CD’s and watching the DVD on The Secret, and will now use this principle in my golf game. Ann Wilson’s tips are invaluable, and I will no doubt practice these next time I am on the golf course. Congratulations Cathi, this magazine is a fantastic! Best wishes, Hilary Dobbie 12

Sandra King Memorial Charity Day Hi Cathi Many thanks for publishing the article on our Sandra King Memorial Charity Day. As a follow up, I thought you would like to know the results of the event. The day was a tremendous success, we enjoyed perfect weather, capacity field, delicious lunch and very competitive putting & shoot out competitions not to mention a very special camaraderie between the ladies, who were there with a common goal in mind, to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. Our raffles & auction went well and I am pleased to let you know we raised $25,112 on the day ($5000 more than last year) this now brings our total monies raised since the inception of the event to $115,000. Needless to say we are very happy with the outcome & very proud of what we have achieved for such a small golf club. Many thanks for your support and keep up the good work with your wonderful magazine. Kind Regards, Desleigh Butler Ladies Captain Boomerang Farm Golf Course

Seabrook Women’s Champion Hi Cathryn I have been an avid reader of Women’s Golf since it started and am very pleased there is again a magazine for Women. I would just like to make a correction to a statement made under the Tasmanian section – Abbey Gibbins. Abbey was the Junior Champion and Business Women’s Champion for 2006 at Seabrook, but I was the 2005 and 2006 Seabrook Women’s Champion. I just feel it should be corrected, as I went to the Champion of Champions event at the Gold Coast last year and feel they may think I misrepresented the Club at the event. Thank you in anticipation. Please continue the excellent magazine. Yours sincerely Mrs Heather Anderson Ladies Captain Seabrook Golf Club EDITOR’S REPLY: Thanks Heather

Breast Cancer Support Dear Cathryn, I received the boxes of golf magazines and what a wonderful surprise to be able to give one to each of our golfing ladies on our Tomaree Breast Cancer Support Group golf day in November. Thank you very much for your very generous donation. I hope your magazine will benefit from this exposure and hopefully more subscriptions to your magazine will come from this. Sincere thanks, Julia Mayo Tomaree Breast Cancer Support Group

Golf changed my life Dear Cathryn, I am just sending you a quick reply to let you know that I have received my prize and am very excited about the prospect of going to the Royal Pines Resort. Thank you very much for the tokens that I received to. I have only been playing golf for five years and I love it, it has changed my life and I love playing on different courses so I can meet more people. I am a very dedicated golf follower especially on pay TV, I never miss a tournament whatever the time of day it is on. Well thanks again for my prize. Regards, Diane Wolfe EDITOR’S REPLY: See Diane’s story on page 93

Celebrity Chef Hi Cathryn I have been meaning to contact you for so long to say thanks for the great article in the magazine. I have had plenty of press in food publications over the years but I never imagined I would make it to a golf mag! Things are all going well at the restaurant and we are heading into our busy period now. Look forward to seeing yourself and Phil here next time you are in town. Once again thanks Michael Moore EDITOR’S REPLY: Summit Restaurant Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Beginner Golfer Dear Cathryn I am replying to your story on beginner’s golf which was advertised in the spring edition. I have recently started receiving lessons from the ladies golf professional at my husband’s golf club and am thoroughly enjoying them. I am 25 years of age with 2 children and a husband who plays golf. After giving up netball after the birth of my second child I have wanted to learn a new sport which did not have any commitments and which could be played when it suited me. At the start of this month I approached Penny Graeber the ladies golf professional at my husband’s golf club (Thurgoona Golf Club) to teach me how to play golf. On my first lesson I was very nervous having never played a game of golf in my life, the only interaction with the game of golf was pushing my husband’s buggy around while he played a game of golf. When I arrived at the golf club Penny took me down to the driving range to hit some balls. She instructed me on my grip, posture and how to swing the club. My first swing was very embarrassing as the ball actually stayed on the tee with me losing my balance and me just about falling on my bottom. Since then I have had a couple more lessons and I am actually getting more confident and swinging a lot better since my first lesson. Last Friday I played my first game of golf with my husband. I believe I played a good game, I had a few hiccups but I didn’t lose any balls and I didn’t embarrass myself. I had so much fun just walking around the golf course with my husband and being able to play the game with him was so enjoyable. Now I am looking forward to buying my own

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golf clubs instead of having to borrow others and also being able to have some more lessons and play some more games. I am so glad that I have now found another sport to enjoy and also being able to play a sport which both my husband and I can enjoy. My 7 year old son is now receiving lessons off Penny and he is enjoying it as much as I am. Your magazine is the first golf magazine I have ever brought and I love it. I read it from cover to cover. I loved the stories and tips for beginners and also being able to read the same experiences that others are experiencing as me. I look forward to reading more of this magazine. Yours sincerely Linda Oates

Happy in Tassie Dear Cathryn We are so pleased you are able to use the article. We received a complimentary copy of your first magazine and several members have been enjoying each issue since. Congratulations on a fine magazine. Regards Bev Holman Ladies Secretary Devonport Golf Club

EDITOR’S REPLY: Keep up the good work Linda

Enjoys Ann’s Tips To Cathryn, Please find enclosed a subscription form for my sister in law. This is a gift subscription to her as I’ve told her how great this magazine is. I enjoy very much all your articles especially the tips guide by Ann Wilson. I find I’m waiting anxiously for the next issue. I’m a fairly new golfer (about 3 years) and I have managed to get my handicap down to 30. (I’m 62 years old) Many thanks Patricia Wootton Hallidays Point NSW EDITOR’S REPLY: Thanks Patricia, there is hope for me yet

Delighted winner Dear Cathryn, Thank you for my new golf bag, it was lovely. It was a delight to open the zips and find golf goodies in every pocket. I will think of you everytime I’m on the golf course. Thank you Womens GOLF magazine. I’ll look forward to the next issue. I’m enclosing a photo of myself with my new bag, on the first tee of the Oakleigh Golf Course. Regards from, June Carroll

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Life on Tour

in Europe...

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ou get the full gambit of life experiences. Language barriers, seasonal weather, golf, travel, sleep and then you repeat in that order again. Playing professional golf in Europe is not for the faint hearted, as many of our leading players admit. It can be demanding, expensive and at times quite lonely.

you’re playing bad it can get you down being so far away from home,” comment Sarah Kemp who’s ranked in the top 25 of the 2007 European Money list, following the Madrid Ladies Masters.

Most love it, but even the brazen and hardened professional are open that when you’re playing bad, it can be an incredibly lonely existence, where the four walls of a hotel room in some exquisite European location, is enough to drive you crazy.

“The best way is to learn from experience and I took what I learned from last year into account, particularly regarding airlines and which ones not to fly.”

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Katy Jarochowicz, the 2003 Australian Amateur Champion is in her second year in Europe has learnt from previous experiences, which according to her became invaluable lessons of life on tour.

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ence! such as the Ricoh Women’s British Open, with over Euros 1.5 million to the lesser events, like the Indian Ladies Masters with Euros 200,000. It’s a relatively small drop, compared to prize money on offer with the American LPGA Tour, where US$1million a tournament is standard. Unlike the men’s US Nationwide Tour, where players drive between events, the logistics in Europe as to tournament locations with the Ladies European Tour and the Telia Tour, mean flying becomes an evil necessity. “Experience is a huge factor, seeing how it all works, what Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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does and what doesn’t, that’s all part of life on tour. The more you do it, the better you get. The Internet is a lifesaver – I don’t know how they did it 30 years ago when Dad played,” remarked Kristie Newton. Approximately thirty-five Australian lady professionals play in Europe, with roughly fifteen with full status on the main European Ladies Tour. Numbers vary, according to tournament commitments elsewhere, as well as to status on other world tours. The European Ladies Tour is structured in a way that events are kept close together, enabling players to travel the minimum distance possible, however, it’s still mentally draining and expensive. 15


LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR “Playing in Europe most of the events are packed tightly together but it’s still an expensive exercise,” remarked Katy Jarochowicz, who plays the Telia Tour, the only feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour. “Monday, which is preferably your day off, is spent travelling to the next country and by the time you reach your destination, you feel like you need the next day off just to recover from Monday.” “You try and get as much rest as possible, but then you also need to get out and see the next course you’re playing, especially if is one you’re not familiar with. Most players won’t go more than six weeks straight, before having a break.” If there appears one essential element to survival on tour for the Aussies, it’s the capacity to formulate a schedule that enables you to feel fresh and confident with their game, as well the ability to “zone out”. “Sure there’s an art in scheduling how you plan your tournaments,” remarked Sarah Kemp, now in her second year on the Ladies European Tour. “Compared to twelve months ago, I now know where to go for each tournament, so I’m more familiar with all of the stops on Tour. I’ve weaved into my schedule a regular practice routine. I also spend a lot of time on my computer talking to friends, both in Europe and back home, which gets my mind off the job.” Australians have accounted for five victories to date on the 2007 European Tour, with Karrie Webb and Nikki Garrett, securing two victories a piece. Nikki Garrett’s maiden Ladies European Tour our victory was the release valve all rookies strive to obtain. The victory provided not only confidence early in her career, but the foundation to compete each week. “Yeah, it was in a way a relief,” remarked Garrett on her return to Australia earlier in the month. “I knew eventually I would get a win, but I didn’t expect to win that early in may career. I’d come off a disappointing Australian summer, in fact missing the cut at the Australia Open last year at Royal Sydney was a real learning experience for me and it made be realise what it’s like to be left out.”

“I feel more at home this season, I know what’s going on and I know all the faces. Off the course it’s definitely easier as well.What I think is now harder this year is the expectations you have, as you tend to expect more of yourself after you’ve experience the grind of the tour in the first year. It’s only natural I guess to feel that way. I definitely feel settled. I’m loving it here.” Wendy Berger is another whose based herself in Europe for some time, mainly in Sweden. Berger, like a number of Australians embarking on a professional career plays the Telia Tour or the “feeder tour” to the European Ladies Tour. “I’ve been living in Stockholm and using it as a base,” remarked Berger.

“Then winning the second time, whilst there was a bit of luck involved, it was still important and gave me the confidence to keep focusing on my game and towards improving.”

“It’s tough on the Telia Tour and we all tend to share expenses to keep costs down. The prize money is not that great unless you finish top three, but you get the experience of playing professional golf and in that respect the Telia Tour is great.”

Many consider Garrett has the game that will eventually see her on the US LPGA Tour, the tour most professionals aspire to. Garrett currently is contented to play her trade in Europe and learn from the varying experiences associated with that tour. America sure is on the radar and is seen as a longer term proposition.

“It’s certainly harder for us coming from so far away and playing in Europe. I’ve been lucky enough to met some wonderful people in Sweden, who have let me stay with them during my off weeks, which has been an enormous advantage for me. It’s tough and a lot harder than what people think.”

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This season Berger finished 21st on the Telia Tour ranking. The top two ranked players on the Telia Tour get full status on the European Ladies Tour. Berger is set to return to the Telia Tour, along with Katy Jarochowicz and Kristie Newton, after all three were unable to progress through the qualifying school for the Ladies European Tour in 2008. “I feel as though the experience I gained this year was invaluable in helping me understand what parts of my game let me down under pressure,” remarked Newton. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Sarah Kemp Leah Hart “Playing in Europe most of the events are packed tightly together but it’s still an expensive exercise,” remarked Katy Jarochowicz, who plays the Telia Tour, the only feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour. “Monday, which is preferably your day off, is spent travelling to the next country and by the time you reach your destination, you

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feel like you need the next day off just to recover from Monday.” “You try and get as much rest as possible, but then you also need to get out and see the next course you’re playing, especially if is one you’re not familiar with. Most players won’t go more than six weeks straight, before having a break.”

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SENIORS TOURNAMENT

Senior Legends To Play Down Under.

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he Legends Tour, the official senior’s tour of the LPGA, is bringing a Championship to Sydney Australia. The Legends Tour Open Championship will be played at the Concord Golf Club from 2-4 November and will be lead by a talent riddled field including LPGA Hall of Famers Pat Bradley, Amy Alcott and Joanne Carner, together with “young “oldies”” Nancy Scranton, Christa Johnson and Rosie Jones, already winners on the legends tour in 2007. Australia’s own Legend of women’s golf, Jan Stephenson will head the home ground representation of the over 45’s. The Concord Golf Course, one of Sydney’s finest and most challenging golf courses, has hosted numerous professional golf tournaments including the 2004 Women’s Australian Open Championship, and should prove a wonderful stage on which to showcase many of the legends of the game who have collectively won over 100 tournaments during their careers on the US LPGA. The Legends Tour Open Championship will boast prize money of $400,000, with $50,000 going to the winner, whom some suggest could be home town girl Jan Stephenson. Golf’s original glamour girl, who won 28 professional tournaments including 3 majors and the 1977 Women’s Australian Open is excited to be coming home and playing in Sydney. Jan is originally from Sydney and at the launch of the event in Sydney last month said: “ I love Concord, I used to practise there a lot when I was living in Balmain and it really suits my game.”

In what will be a world first, the tournament will showcase both women’s and men’s senior champions playing for separate titles at the same venue at the same time. Along with an expected 25 senior women professionals, a contingent of approximately 15 senior men will play for the Handa Australian Senior Open Championship and a share of an additional $300,000 prize money. The sponsor of the event, Dr. Haruhisa Handa, has thrown his support behind senior golf because he believes it is important to Australian and world golf to have the opportunity to showcase the considerable talents of senior golfers from both Australia and international Tours. He wants to allow the golfing public an opportunity to enjoy the talents of past Champions, who have retained the talented and competitive nature which brought them fame on the regular Tours. Did you know Jan Stephenson was in fact not our first professional golfer in Australia?

Betty Dalgleish Betty Dalgleish was the Australia’s first female professional golfer. Born in Tasmania Betty had an outstanding amateur career during which she won the 1968 Australian Women’s Championship. She played in the very first Espirito Santo world teams championship in Paris in 1964 and also represented Australia in Canada in 1967, New Zealand in 1968 and South Africa in 1969. Betty turned professional in September of 1971 and won her first golf tournament as a professional at the Nowra Golf Club in 1973. She became the first president of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association which was formed in 1972, and was awarded life membership to the ALPG in 1983. Betty was inducted into the Tasmanian Hall of Fame in 1994. Betty Dalgleish – the pioneer of our professional golfing history and legend of Australian women’s golf!

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INSTRUCTIONS, TIPS & TRAINING Ann Wilson Golf Professional Ann has been named in the Best Top 50 Instructors List. President of Australian Ladies Professional Golf

Pitching over trouble by Ann Wilson

In the last Women’s GOLF magazine, I went through the basics for the Chip and Run shot. I hope you were able to put these tips into practice to improve your Chipping. There are times when you need to get the ball more elevated with less run, and the Chip Shot just won’t do it for you. That’s when you need to know how to play a Pitch or Lob Shot.

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Pitch Vs Chip The Pitch or Lob shot is necessary when there is trouble between you and the hole, like a bunker or long grass. It’s a higher risk shot than a chip shot, due to the length of swing required for the short distance of shot. So don’t play a pitch shot if you don’t have to, play a chip and run. I’m sure you have all come across this challenge many times on the golf course.

Getting the ball over the bunker and stop it quickly so it doesn’t run off the other side of the green into more trouble. The shot requires more height and less run, and that’s where the Pitch Shot is needed. (And for those more advanced players the Lob Shot) The Pitch shot is like a Mini Swing, and when played correctly the ball will fly up higher spinning backwards and on landing, will pull up quicker on the green.

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INSTRUCTIONS, TIPS & TRAINING Let’s talk about club selection

Set Up Position

In a standard set of clubs you are likely to have a Pitching and a Sand Wedge to use to play a more lofted shot. For those new players, yes you can use a Sand Wedge of grass, but remember, you need a good lie to use the Sand Wedge off Grass.

• Grip slightly down the handle (Example 1)

(The grass is lush with more give in the ground, and more spongy) On a Bad Lie, bare and hard ground forget the Sand wedge. I would suggest that you master the Pitching wedge first and practice on the range with your Sand Wedge.

• Weight slightly forward on the Left Side

Golf manufacturers today offer a far greater range of equipment to make these shots around the green much easier. It is very likely that most experienced players will have at least 3 Wedges with different lofts in their golf bag. Professionals are likely to have 4 Wedges. The typical Pitching Wedge is 46-48 degree loft and the Sand Wedge is about 56 Degree. The Gap Wedges are about 50–56 Degrees, and the Lob Wedge is 58–60+. Your options for choosing the right club to Pitch or Lob a shot for better distance control, is easier due to the variety of lofted clubs available today. Despite the array of clubs, you still have to be able to swing the club well to produce a good shot. In general remember, the better the lie the more loft of club can be used. The poorer the lie the less loft of club should be used.

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• Stand closer to the ball, knees flexed with comfortable stance (Example 2)

• Ball centred with hands slightly to the left of the ball. • Aim slightly open to the target (Example 2) • Spine angle is slightly leant forward from the hips, with arms hanging relaxed. (Example 2)

Length of Swing for a Pitch Shot Mirror image the back and through swing (Examples 4 &7) Eg. Waist high to waist high. Shoulder high to shoulder high. Where the hands reach on the back swing, they should reach similar height in the forward swing. Swing the arms back and the shoulder will respond in a pendulum like stroke. The wrists will fold as the swing gets longer. The right elbow will point down and be relaxed by the side on the back swing.

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Swing Plane Check the butt end of the grip is pointing to the ball. (Example 3)

Weight Transfer Minimal weight transfer during the back swing, keep more stable from the hips down. On the through swing the weight should be more on the left side, with hips and body slightly turned to the target. (Example 6 & 7)

Pace of the Swing Maintain the same rhythm in the back and forward swing. The overall timing of the swing is very important when playing a pitch shot, so keep the rhythm even back and through.

Key pitching thought Solid Ball /Turf Contact. The bottom of the club must touch the grass, to enable the loft of the club face to elevate the ball. Get use to taking a practice swing before you play your shot.You should feel and hear the club scrapping the grass. (Example 5)

Pitching Practice Drill Most practice facility’s these day’s have a number of distances markers on the practice range to assist players with understanding how far they can hit their shots.You will usually see 50, 100, and 150 Metre markers.

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For the short shots, under 50 meters, you have to use your imagination to assess your distance control of 20, 30 and 40 Metres. A drill to assist your pitching accuracy, is called the ‘Leap Frog Drill’. It’s also an excellent way to warm up on the range. Most professionals will warm up this way.

Leap Frog Drill Use either sand or pitching wedge. Take a short swing and pitch the ball about 10 mtrs. Your next shot has to land over the 1st ball. Then the next shot has to land over that one. Etc, etc.This drill will help you understand what length of arm swing is required to play a certain distance. It also makes you watch where the ball finishes so you know where the target is, which is great for your distance control and confidence.

Pitching Smarts Make sure the lie is good enough to play a lofted club. If the ball is in a bad lie and a bunker is between you and the pin, then play to a safe area sideways. Take your medicine and you might even get up and down for playing smart. Take time to walk up and check a landing area for you pitch shot. (Example 8) Stand closer to the ball than in a full swing set up position.

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What not to do Biggest mistakes in the Pitching Action • Picking the club up too steeply on the back swing (Example 1) • Uneven length of swing either side of the ball.

• Swing the club around the body. (Example 3)

• Uneven timing. (eg Slow back too quick through is not good)

• Flicking the wrists, instead of using more arm swing. (Example 4)

• Poor Posture and set up position. (Example 2)

• Leaning on the back foot after the ball is hit. (Example 4)

Summary When it comes to the closer more accurate shots in golf, give them some practice time. Golf is about scoring and short game shots are scoring shots. Next time you go to the range, warm up with you Sand and Pitching Irons, work your way down through your mid irons then onto your longer irons and Woods. That’s how the Pro’s warm up and practise. If you are lucky enough to have a short game practice area, spend equal time on your short game as your long game, and you’ll find your game will improve dramatically. 24

A new player came to a Pitching & Bunker Clinic with me, at Lakelands Golf Club, and she wondered why she had to bring a Sandwich with her Pitching Wedge to class. New players can make you laugh with their innocence. If you would like some assistance with your pitch shots, or any part of your golf game please give me a call on 0413 860213 to reserve a lesson time with me. Stay tuned for some more golf tips next issue. Have an enjoyable Festive Season. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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TIPS, HINTS & TRAINING Jenny Sevil Golf Professional

Jenny Sevil is one of Australia’s most successful lady professional golfers. A winner on both the Australian and Japanese golf circuits in the ‘90s, Jenny became a well-known personality in the sporting public.As well as competing on the Australian and Japanese golf tours, Jenny is now busy with corporate golf, motivational speaking and the media. Most recently, and her most passionate venture, is to help the up-and-coming players of Australia reach their potential.

The Pre of it All!

To achieve success at any level, it is critical that we focus on routine, take one shot at a time and eliminate all thoughts of the result and what the outcome will mean.

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nfortunately those players who put themselves in a winning position, yet can’t finish it off or complete that great final round to get the job done, are labelled, and the most common label is ‘a choker’. It is a term I prefer not to use but is probably the term most people relate to when some one can’t quite get the job done under pressure. What is it that happens to that player we have witnessed, so often in a major championship and in particular for those who have never won before, who falters coming down the home stretch? It is agonising to watch a player who is obviously gifted enough to put themselves in the position to win, only to “choke” “lose control” by playing one bad shot after another in the final holes of a tournament. What happens to their “mental game” and why can’t they apply their talent in those closing holes? If you actually spoke to someone who has lost all form in the final holes of a tournament they so desperately want to win - and looked like winning - they may suggest that they are not sure what really went wrong and feel that it was all a blur. They would insist it happened so fast they had no control. So why, when the pressure becomes too much, are the physical processes all forgotten? Instead of being able to continue to play like they did to get into the position to win, they get ahead of themselves, and as a result the mind and their thoughts take over and this is what causes them to self destruct. In particular the damaging thoughts are about what the result will mean, what other people will think of them and generally the golfer is not able to stay in the moment or reproduce the swings that got him in to contention in the first place. This can happened to any golfer, at every level. Professionals start to think of the endorsements they might receive, or the exempt status for next year if they win, young players might think how proud their parents will be and the local club member starts to think about how they can brag to their mates at the bar at the end of the round. These thoughts do nothing but compound the pressure on them and inevitably detracts them from focusing on getting the job done. Womens GOLF Spring 2007


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In professional golf I believe no tournament is tougher than a qualifying school or tournament. Ultimately, a q-school determines a players future and whether they have a job the following year. This is “extreme” pressure. There are many talented players who are gifted enough to compete with the best, but when they attend qualifying school they can’t put it together, or as some may say “choke”. This is a result of the pressure they put on the outcome of their results and not being able to “just play golf”. The same can be said for the club golfer who for years has wanted to win the club championship or the new golfer who wants to win their first competition. The pressure that is put on these golfers is put their by themselves and their desire to win, unfortunately many falter, at the crucial time and often repeat the same mistakes, mentally, time and time again. Lets look at some ways to prepare yourself not to falter when you get yourself into contention. The following are some suggestions on ways to overcome pressure and anxiety: 1. Stick to a routine: On every shot a player needs to have the same routine. Maybe a practice swing, lining up from behind the ball walking into the shot visualising where you want the shot to go, a waggle, a forward press etc. The same applies to putting where a routine is critical. 2. Focus on one shot at a time: try to break down the whole round to be just one shot at a time. Do not to think of your total score. 3. Apply the same swing thought to every shot. This will create more consistency and eliminate negative thoughts which can destruct the actual swing.

no I am feeling nervous” which will cause you to become stressed and uptight, you will have a weapon to combat those fears by understanding it is ok to have those anxious feelings.

Others skills to relax your mind and body: •

Try breathing, big deep breaths. We often forget to breathe and actually even hold our breath when we are tense. SO BREATHE.

Try to smile and talk nicely to yourself. Don’t verbally abuse yourself if you don’t quite hit a shot the way you wanted to, this will only create more tension.

Be aware of your body language. Walk confidently, don’t slump or dawdle because you hit a bad shot or have one bad hole.

Tell yourself you love being under pressure, you want to be in that position, whether it is to win that major championship, shoot your best round or break your handicap!

So, next time you are about to embark on your dream achievement on the golf course, accept the pressure and know that you will not be one of those unfortunate “chokers”! Practise the tools suggested here and you will be able to finish off that good round or championship. Remember these key fundamentals: “stick to the process” (playing one shot at a time and sticking to your routine), focus on the present (one shot at a time) and most importantly “choose” to play well. You are the one in control so take control!

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4. Separate each shot from the result or score. It’s just a drive, it’s just a five iron, just a chip shot or just a putt at a target. Finish each hole and start the process again, just a drive etc. Don’t think ‘what if I hit this drive into the water hazard” or “if I miss this putt it will be a bogie and I really need a par.”

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5. Commit to each shot. Don’t hit a shot until you are completely comfortable with what you intend to do. If you are thinking of hitting it out of bounds, back off the shot and start again, if you are thinking it might really be a 7 iron instead of the 8 you have in your hand, stop, go and change the club. 6. Do not react to a bad shot. Just accept it and go and hit the next one. If you get worked up after a bad shot, especially under pressure it will more than likely result in more bad shots to follow.

LEARN to EXPECT to be nervous or feel anxiety. You can’t stop these feelings, but you can learn how to deal with them.. A good mental affirmation is to say to yourself: “I play my best when I am nervous” or say “this is good I play great when I am feeling sick in the stomach.” It will make you recognise and accept when you are feeling anxious, and instead of thinking, “oh Womens GOLF Spring 2007

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RULES ETIQUETTE & NEWS Jenny Sevil Golf Journalist and Professional Golfer

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Dear readers, you can either email or write to Jenny Sevil, Womens GOLF writer and professional golfer, with a question that Jenny will research or give her opinion on. If you have a question on a rule, etiquette or any general question pertaining to golf or the golfing world, contact Jenny! Dear Jenny, I have recently returned from playing golf in the UK where the 45 Ladies handicap is a thing of the past. Since abolishing the 45 handicap my golfing friends in the UK report a marked up-beatinterest once again in their clubs and memberships INCREASING. I played for many years at Liverpool and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of dropping my handicap, but that was when the sealing was 36. Due to age etc., (my excuse) I now play off low 20’s. Before going on my travels to UK, I participated in playing match play at my Western Australian club, and due to this terrible 45 handicap sealing I was giving 23 shots to ladies who are definitely “sitting “ on their handicaps. I know the Observation Rule should be used, but when you are playing on a beautiful 18 hole course in the REAL country of WA with a very low ladies membership, ie 20 ladies playing if we are lucky and have tourists join in, its very hard to bring in any rule such as the observation rule, and this is when the 36 handicap should be used. I know for a fact that we would have more ladies play if they felt they stood a chance of winning, but trying to beat a 45 handicap is nearly impossible for the average golfer.

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My question is “When will Australia rid itself of the 45 Ladies Handicap?” I love your columns and I have been buying the Womens GOLF Magazine since its first publication. I also love living in Western Australia but just feel so sad that we have “lost the plot” re handicapping. Yours sincerely, Elizabeth Leeming. Reply: Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words re the magazine and my articles. Whilst I understand your point, I believe the current system was put in place to encourage women to play golf and be competitive at a beginner level. Unfortunately, in all clubs and in all grades, some members will protect their handicap to try to win more events. I believe that the majority of golfers actually strive to reduce their handicap, like your self. I don’t believe the ladies handicap of 45 is the only issue with the handicapping system. Please note the following: “A national course rating and handicapping forum was recently conducted to analyse each component of the national course rating and handicapping systems for both men and women. The major outcome from this forum was to suspend the Calculated Course Rating (CCR) process for women’s golf, for one year. Whilst this change will have no direct impact on the women’s handicapping system, the forum agreed that “During this one-year period, research and analysis of women’s handicapping data will be carried out on an unprecedented scale with a view to arriving at a formula which best fits the distribution of handicaps and scores peculiar to women’s golf in Australia.” So, Elizabeth, my guess is that following close analysis of the system over the next twelve months, a well researched decision will be made. I suggest you contact your state association ( Women’s Golf WA) for updates. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Dear Jenny, I am a beginner golfer and would like you to clarify the correct way to make your ball on the green. I have noticed a number of people use their putter head but thought your had to use a flat marker. Could you please tell me the correct rule here please. Jan, Gold Coast. Reply: Jan, Rule 20- 1 “ the position of as ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ball marker, a small coin or other similar object immediately behind the ball”. Is the player penalised if he uses an object which is not similar to a ball marker or small coin? NO. The provision in the note to Rule 20-1 is a recommendation of best practise, but there is no penalty for failing to act in accordance with the note. Examples of making the ball not recommended, but are permissible are as follows: placing the toe of the club at the side of, or behind, the ball. Dear Jenny, Who is the current women’s Australian Amateur champion? Karen. Sydney. Reply: The current Amateur champion is Sunny Park. Sunny is 21 years old and originally from South Korea, but now an Australian resident living in Sydney. She defeated Emma Bennett in the final of the Australian Amateur Championship at the NSW Golf course earlier this year, where for the first time, the Men’s and Women’s Amateur were played at the same venue, on the same dates.

“Eye on the Ball, Mind on the Game.”Written by Dr. Arthur Jackson. This is a “self help” book. A guide to stress free golf and mental training to help performance on the golf course. “Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect.” This is written by Dr. Bob Rotella, one of America’s top performance consultants. It delivers a practical approach to golf psychology. Dear Jenny, Congratulations on your achievement with the Top Shots – Women of professional golf calendar. The girls looked great and it was fantastic that you could promote women’s professional golf and at the same time raise money for The McGrath Foundation and the ALPG. Will there be another Calendar for 2008 or in the future? Margaret D. Daisy Hill. Reply: Thank you Margaret. Yes, we were very pleased with the success of our golf calendar and of the amounts raised for Charity and the Australian Ladies professional golf Association. Unfortunately we were not able to get the girls together in time to do the calendar again for 2008. I would like to approach players to consider being a part of a 2009 calendar but it is a huge task and it will not be confirmed for some months yet. Dear Jenny, Can you tell me where Jan Stephenson was born and was she the first Australian professional female golfer? Barbara. Newcastle.

Dear Jenny, Could you please tell us which players are making the big step from the amateur ranks to becoming a professional this year? Diane J. Brisbane. Reply: Helen Oh (2006 Australian Amateur Champion, Sydney), Rochelle Miles (WA), Sunny Park (current Australian Amateur champion, Sydney), Sarah Oh (no relation to Helen, Sydney), Kate Combes (Melbourne) and Frances Bondad (Sydney). Dear Jenny, Where will the 2008 MFS Women’s Australian Open be played and what are the dates? I live in Melbourne and have heard it is returning to our city. Is this true? Winnie. Sandringham,Victoria. Reply: Yes, good news for Victorian golf fans.The 2008 MFS Women’s Australian Open will be played at Kingston Heath Golf Course from 31 January – 3 February.

Reply: Jan was born in Sydney in 1951. She turned pro in 1974 and was rookie of the year on the US tour that year. However, she was not Australia’s first female professional. Betty Dalgleish, from Tasmania was the first female golfer to turn pro in Australia in September 1971. Betty was born in 1931 and won the Australian Championship in 1968. PLEASE SEND IN YOUR QUESTIONS TO JENNY BY EMAIL: affirmations.work@hotmail.com

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David. Gold Coast. Reply: “Ben Hogans Five Lessons.” This book presents great swing information from the best ball striker of all time, Ben Hogan.

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Barnes Swing & Loving With a new album Out in the Blue, a sold out A Day on the Greens tour, a permanent television hosting role on Fox Channel’s The Know and a commitment to kids charity work, you would think there’s no time left for Jimmy Barnes to hit the fairways.

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The fact is Jimmy Barnes, or ‘Barnesy’ as his is customarily referred to by his loyal following of music fans, loves golf and cannot get enough of it. “I was in New York in the 70’s with my manager Steve Hill. I went past a sports store there and bought a set of ‘Pings’ and had a game. I’ve been hooked ever since and you would think I would be good at it by now,” remarked the artist who’s touched virtually every rock and roll lover in this country with national anthems like ‘Khe Sahan’, ‘Flame Trees’ and as a solo artist with songs like ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘I Die to be with You Tonite’. This summer if you are out enjoying the Australasian Tour, you’re sure to spot Jimmy Barnes in the galleries getting into the golf. He’s been a regular on the Tour now for some years, soaking up the atmosphere and following the Aussies, both in Australia and America. Jimmy Barnes is without question one of Australia’s greatest rock and roll performers. Putting aside his music talents for a moment, through his love of golf, he has befriended the likes of some of Australia’s best professionals, including Peter Lonard and Paul Gow, whom he met through involvement in charity trade days. Barnes has even experienced being inside the ropes, when he caddied for Peter Lonard during a practice round at The Masters in 2003. “It was great, I got to wear the white overalls!” remarked Jimmy simply, when we caught up earlier this month at his home course, The Lakes Golf Club, in eastern Sydney. Jimmy Barnes loves his golf and, as you would expect from a live performer renowned for giving it 110% and extracting every bit of raw emotion possible with his music and sharp lyrics, his reasons are to the point. The game to him is equally attractive and, to an extent, more addictive to him than his music. “It’s the challenge in golf that I love most, but you have to know your limitations out there on the course!” For a rocker who’s traditionally had no limitations whilst performing on stage and given us all some of our most memorable live concert experiences, “know your limitations” are strange words for Barnes to use. Jimmy Barnes’ music has and continues to touch generations. Every time you hear one of his timeless classics, visions return of your own youth and nights of fogginess, as you left his concert totally hyped, usually after having too much to drink, but at the same time fully rejuvenated.You get the full musical spectrum in a Barnes concert, from heavy rock to soft ballads, and the fans simply love it and continue to come back for more, year after year. It’s money well spent and represents the complete form of entertainment. That’s what still counts for Barnes after all those years in the business, namely to give it his best, as reflected in his continued Womens GOLF Summer 2007

popularity with his latest sold out tour. “When the fans are happy, I’m happy,” he remarks. With Jimmy Barnes you get the real stuff and everyone loves it, booze, sweat and great grooves, all combined for a memorable evening of entertainment. I recall an alcoholic induced evening back in the mid 80’s at Newcastle Workers’ Club where Barnes, then a solo artist, had just released his first album ‘Bodyswerve’. He played live to a packed house and was, to say the least, simply brilliant. The working class, hard living blue-collar partisan demographic, that is synonymous with the Newcastle area, loved every second, as did Jimmy. Barnesy was on stage, sweat pouring, obviously totally exhausted but was still belting out whatever he could remember after he’d finished his main set. The performance continued until management turned the lights off at 2.45am. It was the only way the evening could finish and what an evening. The venue was simply a mess, as I was with a shocking morning after, due to the excesses of the night before.The pain, however, was well worth it and the memories of that live performance linger with me to this day whenever I hear Barnes’ work. It’s this passion that Jimmy Barnes is renowned for. Marvin Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, during a recent interview was asked, “What makes up the perfect musician?” Aday responded with his version of the three essential criteria.For lyrics he cited Prince, for vocals it was Elvis Presley and for passion, well it was Jimmy Barnes. Some accolade from a fellow musician and golf lover, who’s also been there and done that, in one of the hardest and toughest businesses in the world. In the 70’s as front singer for Cold Chisel, a reputation was quickly forged as a hard-hitting rock and soul band dedicated to the pub scene. Jimmy Barnes had discarded the life of an ironworker with the South Australian railways to follow his passion, music and performing. The band’s records were instant classics, with an endless list of classics like ‘Rising Sun’ and ‘Cheap Wine’, many of which have woven their way into the fabric of Australian society. Think of Australian rock music and you instantly think of Jimmy Barnes, and there is not a weekend goes by in an Australian pub without a Barnes song being played. 31


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The fact is Jimmy Barnes, or ‘Barnesy’ as his is customarily referred to by his loyal following of music fans, loves golf and cannot get enough of it. “I was in New York in the 70’s with my manager Steve Hill. I went past a sports store there and bought a set of ‘Pings’ and had a game. I’ve been hooked ever since and you would think I would be good at it by now,” remarked the artist who’s touched virtually every rock and roll lover in this country with national anthems like ‘Khe Sahan’, ‘Flame Trees’ and as a solo artist with songs like ‘Working Class Man’ and ‘I Die to be with You Tonite’. This summer if you are out enjoying the Australasian Tour, you’re sure to spot Jimmy Barnes in the galleries getting into the golf. He’s been a regular on the Tour now for some years, soaking up the atmosphere and following the Aussies, both in Australia and America. Jimmy Barnes is without question one of Australia’s greatest rock and roll performers. Putting aside his music talents for a moment, through his love of golf, he has befriended the likes of some of Australia’s best professionals, including Peter Lonard and Paul Gow, whom he met through involvement in charity trade days. Barnes has even experienced being inside the ropes, when he caddied for Peter Lonard during a practice round at The Masters in 2003. “It was great, I got to wear the white overalls!” remarked Jimmy simply, when we caught up earlier this month at his home course, The Lakes Golf Club, in eastern Sydney. Jimmy Barnes loves his golf and, as you would expect from a live performer renowned for giving it 110% and extracting every bit of raw emotion possible with his music and sharp lyrics, his reasons are to the point.The game to him is equally attractive and, to an extent, more addictive to him than his music. “It’s the challenge in golf that I love most, but you have to know your limitations out there on the course!” For a rocker who’s traditionally had no limitations whilst performing on stage and given us all some of our most memorable live concert experiences, “know your limitations” are strange 32

words for Barnes to use. Jimmy Barnes’ music has and continues to touch generations. Every time you hear one of his timeless classics, visions return of your own youth and nights of fogginess, as you left his concert totally hyped, usually after having too much to drink, but at the same time fully rejuvenated. You get the full musical spectrum in a Barnes concert, from heavy rock to soft ballads, and the fans simply love it and continue to come back for more, year after year. It’s money well spent and represents the complete form of entertainment. That’s what still counts for Barnes after all those years in the business, namely to give it his best, as reflected in his continued popularity with his latest sold out tour. “When the fans are happy, I’m happy,” he remarks. With Jimmy Barnes you get the real stuff and everyone loves it, booze, sweat and great grooves, all combined for a memorable evening of entertainment. I recall an alcoholic induced evening back in the mid 80’s at Newcastle Workers’ Club where Barnes, then a solo artist, had just released his first album ‘Bodyswerve’. He played live to a packed house and was, to say the least, simply brilliant. The working class, hard living blue-collar partisan demographic, that is synonymous with the Newcastle area, loved every second, as did Jimmy. Barnesy was on stage, sweat pouring, obviously totally exhausted but was still belting out whatever he could remember after he’d finished his main set. The performance continued until management turned the lights off at 2.45am. It was the only way the evening could finish and what an evening. The venue was simply a mess, as I was with a shocking morning after, due to the excesses of the night before. The pain, however, was well worth it and the memories of that live performance linger with me to this day whenever I hear Barnes’ work. It’s this passion that Jimmy Barnes is renowned for. Marvin Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, during a recent interview Womens GOLF Summer 2007


quickly forged as a hard-hitting rock and soul band dedicated to the pub scene. Jimmy Barnes had discarded the life of an ironworker with the South Australian railways to follow his passion, music and performing. The band’s records were instant classics, with an endless list of classics like ‘Rising Sun’ and ‘Cheap Wine’, many of which have woven their way into the fabric of Australian society. Think of Australian rock music and you instantly think of Jimmy Barnes, and there is not a weekend goes by in an Australian pub without a Barnes song being played. Within months of Cold Chisel finishing in the 80’s, Jimmy Barnes was on the road and producing solo albums ranging from rock to blues, as well as duets and collaborations with a number of artists. He’s been singing, writing and performing since his first appearance in 1972, when as a 16 year-old, he played one of his first gigs as lead singer on the back of a truck at Gawler Raceway in Adelaide. was asked,“What makes up the perfect musician?” Aday responded with his version of the three essential criteria. For lyrics he cited Prince, for vocals it was Elvis Presley and for passion, well it was Jimmy Barnes. Some accolade from a fellow musician and golf lover, who’s also been there and done that, in one of the hardest and toughest businesses in the world. In the 70’s as front singer for Cold Chisel, a reputation was

Jimmy Barnes has been there and back. Considered one of Australia’s most successful rock and roll singers, he has a unique trait of been able to adapt, and it’s nowhere more reflected than in his music. As for his ability to adapt to golf’s challenges, that’s different, but he’s open to accepting it’s a game he’ll always love, irrespective of his playing level and ability to master it. It’s certainly been a full life and continues to be one. A life of past struggles, achievements and bounce backs, but Barnes is a survivor and is fully appreciative what he now has in his life, particularly with his family and his health. Somehow golf made

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GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS

Girlfriend getaways

by Pheonix Arrien

“Girls just wanna have fun” and luckily there are plenty of places that combine both golf and other great things for women to have fun together. A few places however, appear to be designed for us girls to escape together and play, indulge, shop and dine. So leave the blokes and kids behind, grab the girlfriends and go. Mornington Peninsula,Victoria In a grand sweep south of Melbourne, the green rolling hills, cliff-top mansions and seaside towns, of the Mornington Peninsula arcs around the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, until poking into the wild waters of Bass Strait. Only the 50 wineries outnumber the Peninsula’s 18 golf courses sprinkling every corner of this region. Close enough for winery touring, several boutique wineries cater for long ladies lunches (mandatory for gals weekend) welcoming groups into convivial surroundings to eat and gaze at pleasing views of vines and hills, roses and rustic buildings.

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Among the best winery restaurants is Salix Restaurant, where inspired combinations pairs a Pinot Noir with a to-die-for mustard-crumbed duck or a sensual Tulum Liquer Muscat wraps its sweetness around an exquisite Belgium chocolate and sticky date pudding. Shopping has a strong presence beginning with the gleaming, upmarket stores of Sorrento and ending with the local markets. The doyenne of Victoria’s craft markets is located at Red Hill beginning in 1975 and still attracting large crowds who browse as much for the colorful people and cheerful vibe as the wares. Did I mention the spas, beaches, cafes, galleries, horseriding and gardens? No! Then check out more at www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org Womens GOLF Summer 2007


visitors on its water hazards so watch those ‘birdies’. www.devilbendgolf.com.au Eagle Ridge Golf Course offer varied play, alternating between trees and the open with plenty of water hazards and bunkers. www.eagleridge.com.au

Noosa, Queensland Noosa is a dream girl’s playground: white beaches, street buzz, great dining, excellent spas and lush natural wonderlands. Girls, indulge! Two excellent ways are: visiting the luxury of Noosa Springs Spa with it’s flotation pool, HydroMassage and a range of exotic treatments; or bring in ‘Indulge For Girls’, a mobile spa whose therapists pamper the group in your hotel while you sip bubbly and share the experience.

Golf Courses: Moonah Links offers plenty of challenges and playing is a pleasure over the wide, tree-lined fairways pockmarked with bunkers. Featuring lovely views and frequented by pleasant locals and visitors this is among Victoria’s top regional courses. http://moonahlinks.com.au Sorrento Golf Course is a beautifully manicured course with generous fairways and lots of trees. www.sorrentogolf.com.au Portsea Golf Course offers hills and fast greens, combining natty play and brisk workouts. www.portseagolf.com.au

Walks through Noosa National Park or board a cruise with ‘Beyond Noosa’ to explore the lovely Noosa River with its junglelike tributaries and wetlands.The excellent range of accommodation includes Noosa Springs or the luxurious Sheraton Hotel with its poolside sun lounges. Restaurants love women’s groups and a memorable dinner at Rococo’s Restaurant or a post-swim lunch at the beachside Berardo’s brings home how well Noosa adores gal’s groups. For further information visit: www.sunshinecoast.org

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Rosebud Country Club has bent greens, couch fairways, creeks, bunkers and water hazards, spread over two courses. www.rosebudcountryclub.com.au St Andrews Beach Golf surrounds are still being developed, however good play is offered on two 18-hole championship courses. www.standrewsbeach.com/ The Dunes Golf Links is a true links course of valleys, hollows, hillocks and swales with elevated greens and tees. www.dunes.com.au Cape Schanck Golf Course sits on top of a wild coastal headland, so be prepared for glorious views from a very popular course. www.thecaperesort.com.au Devilbend Golf Course attracts a lot of feathered Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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GIRLFRIEND GETAWAYS Golf Courses:

Golf on the Sapphire Coast

Noosa Springs Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course surrounded by rainforest and woodlands. Visit www.noosasprings.com.au

The pretty coastal town of Merimbula is situated between the mountains and the sea in the heart of the lush Bega Valley. It is a comfortable hour’s flight from Sydney or Melbourne, or 6 hour drive from Sydney, 7 hours from Melbourne, or 3 hours from Canberra.

Noosa Par 3 Golf Course has 27 holes that are all Par 3 (obviously) with plenty of hazards along tree-lined fairways. For further information call 07 5449 1666

Broome, Western Australia Broome is definitely worth the effort of gathering the group across Australia. Arrive, sit down with the girls and by the time you get up, a week has vanished and you’re all in slow mo’. Welcome to ‘Broome Time’. Perched on the western edge of the enormous Kimberley wilderness, Broome has a smorgasboard of natural, historical and recreational attractions. The historic streets of Chinatown are great for browsing the exquisite pearl shops or catching a movie at the unique Broome Outdoor Picture Theatre. Then spread your towels on Cable Beach - rated as one of the best beaches in the world. Its long expanse of shiny, white sand meets glassy, cobalt blue ocean, in turn melting into eggshell blue sky - a stunning backdrop for sunbaking and swimming. The soft glowing colours of sunset, the warm sea breeze, the peaceful, drowsy sound of water lapping sand, while long lines of camel trains plod by, sweeps you away into Broome time. Time to catch up and share each other’s lives. For further information visit: www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au Broome Golf Course has a relaxed vibe, no mobile phones ringing and no hurrying along. 08 9192 209 Boabs gets its name from the Boab trees that sprinkle the course - creating an interesting and often challenging game. 08 9191 1126

Coonawarra, South Australia South Australia’s warm, dry air and big skies creates Australia’s best red wines, as well as relaxed holidays - a perfect combination for girls on the loose. The boutique wineries are all individual in their atmosphere, wines and owners, making it a different experience fronting up at each cellar door on a winery crawl. Superb dining is found at ‘Upstairs At Hollicks’, above the Hollick’s Winery tasting room, as well as the obligatory views out across green vines and dusky hills. Near Penola is Naracoorte, whose caves boast South Australia’s only World Heritage Site and contain impressive fossils of mega fauna. Farmers markets, country pubs and peaceful pockets of ‘slow’ where no-one seems to be in a hurry, equals a happy holiday of food, history, wines and, of course, golf. For further information visit: www.penola.org

Golf Courses: Penola Golf Course is a lightly bunkered 18-hole course looked over by a pleasant clubhouse, meaning you are never far from a glass of Coonawarra ‘vino. 08 8737 2484. Naracoorte Golf Course has 18 holes with plenty of trees and bunkers over undulating fairways greened with couch grass. 08 8762 2121 36

Listed below are five of the closest golf courses to Merimbula, all of which are with easy access to accommodation, restaurants, clubs and other activities. The area is well known for its seaside beauty, national parks and wildlife.

Tura Beach : The variety of Tura Beach is amazing with the front 9 stepping down to the beach and some links-style holes offering breathtaking views of the blue Tasman Sea. The back 9 takes to the forest with abundant bird life and the lush scents of the eucalypts. The layout was designed by Michael Wolveridge and five-times British (Open winner Peter Thomson. It opened in 1984. With significant water hazards (check out the 181 metre, 5th, for instance) plenty of strategically placed sand traps and fast, breaking greens this can be a memorable round and, at times, a humbling experience. The layout is 6,018 metres and par 72. This is not a flat layout, so if in doubt take a cart! Promoting itself as “The Club with the Million Dollar Views” Tura Beach Country Club welcomes visitors. The beautiful clubhouse has a break-taking panorama over the course to the ocean and is a great location for a meal or a refreshing drink. Tura Beach Country Club is situated only 5 minutes drive from Merimbula.

Pambula-Merimbula : Situated between two of the Sapphire Coast’s hugely popular tourist towns and only 3 minutes drive from Merimbula, PambulaMerimbula Golf Club is a high standard, 27 hole layout. As each 9 has its individual character you can play a variety of courses and conditions, lengths and challenges, all at the one location. The greens are large and subtle, presenting a real test of judgement for line and speed. Fairways are lush and well maintained. This is a high quality experience which will bring you back for more. The first 9 is shorter than 10-18 and 19-27 but includes some terrific holes, while the last 9 is the longest and probably the most difficult. For instance, check out the 182 metre 27th, uphill and over water. Depending on which combination is played the course varies from 5.7880 metres and par 71 to 6,214 metres and par 73. Pambula-Merimbula Golf Club has an impressive clubhouse with all modern facilities. You are encouraged to sip a drink overlooking the expansive windows and watch the kangaroos feed quietly in the evening’s dusk. Dinner and live music is also available to enhance your Merimbula experience.

Eden Gardens Country Club : Just north of the centre of this beautiful coastal town, and only 20 minutes drive from Merimbula, is a simply terrific golf course. It was described recently by one golf scribe as the Augusta National of the far South Coast. This John Spencer designed, par 71, 5,706 metre layout, winds back into majestic native forest. It boasts wide, well-grassed and Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Bega RSL Golf Club : Think of a good country course – lush, green, towering gum trees, a friendly welcome, plenty of character and no crowds. That’s Bega Golf Club, situated approximately 35 minutes drive from Merimbula. The 5,819 metre course has a par of 72. There is a wide variety of holes from the rollercoaster 463 metre par 5, 1st, to some excellent doglegs and challenging par 3s. The greens are very good and there are not too many bunkers. The fairways are well grassed. But it’s the huge trees, abundant bird life and lush smells of the fertile Bega Valley that form the backdrop to this most pleasant golfing experience.

Tathra Beach Country Club :

sometimes undulating fairways, fast challenging greens (the ball will break – don’t let your nerve), reasonably friendly sand traps and a number of water hazards. While it’s not the longest course in the area, there are plenty of doglegs which require precision hitting and careful course management. The overriding natural impression, however, is created by the many huge and magnificent trees and the prolific birdlife and other wildlife. This is well supported by the club’s picturesque gardens, native wattles and waratahs.

Located just behind the main beach of this pretty seaside village is a little gem of a course. Tathra Beach is a drive of approximately 20 minutes from Merimbula. Fairways are well grassed and undulating and the greens are good.The course follows the winding contours of the Bega River’s Estuary – Mogareeka Inlet – so expect lovely water views. There is also abundant wildlife. The 9 hole layout has different tee placements to enable a satisfying 18 hole round of 5,632 metres, par 72. The course is easy walking and gives the proximity to the sea stands up to wet weather extremely well.

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SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY Andrea Furst

BSc. Grad.Dip.Soc. Sc. (Psych.) MPsych. (Sport & Exercise) PhD (Psych.) Candidate

Andrea completed a Master of Sport & Exercise Psychology in 2001 at The University of Qld and has been in private practice since 2001. Andrea runs her own psychology consultancy, Mental Notes Consulting, and is dedicated to providing “solutions for optimistic thinking”, specifically focusing on the psychological needs of sportspeople. She consults to athletes of various ages, ability levels and sports. Mental Notes Consulting services South East Qld’s athletes and organisations. Andrea is currently the sport psychologist for the Qld Academy of Sport (QAS) tennis, canoeing and golf programs. Outside of the QAS Andrea consults to national and State sporting organisations, schools and colleges, and private academies. The work involved with each of the various population groups includes individual consults, workshops, presentations, as well as high-performance planning. In addition to private practice Andrea is completing a PhD at Griffith University on optimism training and golf performance. She also continues to lecture and tutor sport and exercise psychology at Griffith University. The similarities between the characteristics of elite athletic performance and corporate performance have led Andrea to adapt her professional skills to the corporate sector.

Mental Notes... Tactics for Playing Partners Playing partners and competitors will always want to make comments or ask questions about your game. It is a tough mission to expect that no-one will mention each other’s golf game while playing golf, particularly when the game allows so much time to talk and to observe each other’s performance.

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t is probably fair to say that most of the comments will be positive and the questions will be inquisitive when you are putting together a nice round for yourself. The general theme of both the comments and questions is one of interest in your present ‘purple patch’ for that round! Some of the typical comments might include: “You are striking the ball really nicely today” “Does that make it X for you so far today... This could be a best round for you today” “You must have been practising your putting, it is on fire today” “You lessons are definitely paying off. You must be pleased with your progress” Some of the typical questions might include: “How is your game today?” “How are you hitting it?” “Have you got a new driver?” “How are your lessons going with Pete?” Or more specifically: “How is your putting today?” “How are you finding these greens?” “How is your driving going?” “How are you managing to get out of these bunkers?” “Can you tell me how you are hitting it so straight off the tee?” Do these sound familiar?

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If so, then hopefully we can say that the ladies you are playing with are impressed with you and your game. Nice work! Remember these comments from the first article of the mental notes series: In many other cultures this would not be a problem, but for many strange reasons it is in Australia! We don’t compliment people enough when they do something well and therefore it is often uncomfortable when we get complemented. Playing the game requires you to look at all aspects of your performance and fielding the comments and questions of your playing partners is part of the tactical aspects of your golf game. Strategy is required to deal with these situations to ensure that you continue to play your game. In very simple terms, when you are playing well and perhaps even ‘on a roll’, you are focusing on what you need to do to get the job done. Your pre-shot and post-shot routines are being executed nicely and whether you are hitting the ball well or not, you are scoring and playing the game. Furthermore, it would be expected that you are complementing yourself along the way and enjoying the round when you are playing well. You should already know that you are playing well because you are the one giving yourself recognition and positive encouragement. The goal of consistent golf is to know what you are doing when you are doing things well, for the simple reason of knowing what you want to keep doing in that round and subsequent rounds. Comments from others are external distractions – something in the environment comes along and wants to enter your inner environment. These comments want to become internal distractions and if you let them, they will! Unless you want to simply ignore your playing partners, which defeats the purpose of the social aspect of golf, you need to learn how to manage the external distractions and minimise their air time in your head! Womens GOLF Summer 2007


When people make comments about your game it is easy to switch out of being a present focused player to a past and future focused spectator. The term I use with the professional players is ‘becoming a spectator of your own game’. This is when you start assessing yourself, “ah yes, I am playing well, aren’t I?”, “if I keep this up I might finish with a X”, “the way I am playing my handicap will drop in no time”, and you lose your spot of being task-focused and simply getting on with what works for you. There is a tendency to plan ahead and alter your focus for the remainder of the round so that you can keep the good golf happening. Did you do that to get that good golf happening in the first place? The answer is most likely going to be “no”. Given that you will know your set processes to focus on having worked long and hard on your pre- and post-shot routines (detailed in the previous two issues of WG), you can direct yourself back to them with your answers you give your playing partners. If we give most people the benefit of the doubt and think that they are genuinely interested then here are some ways to respond to these situations: “Yes, thanks I am trying to really focus on picking a target” “Thanks, the lessons are really helping me to get my set up correct and consistent”

“I am trying to keep myself physically relaxed out here” “The greens are slow so I am doing X, Y and Z to play them as well as I can” “Thank you” – very simple, but doesn’t allow you to indulge in becoming a ‘spectator of your own game’ Essentially, the plan is to avoid the temptation to start becoming too aware of the result. If you can bring your responses back to simple things that you are focusing on each shot then you are sticking with the goal of putting energy and time into the factors that you are in control of throughout the round. It is worth noting that generally people are commenting on result and maybe even specific shots or swing mechanics. It is uncommon that they are going to recognise how much you are fighting to remain competitive or how lovely your steady process orientated thinking is! Taking your mind away from the small processes that create your golf game on any given day is what we are trying to reduce so that you are constantly aware of the thoughts that help your game, and gently acknowledging but giving little air time to the distractions, be they playing partners or any of the multitude of things that can occur on the golf course during the round.

“Yeah, I am playing well but let’s just take it one shot at a time and see what comes of it”

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INSTRUCTIONS, TIPS & TRAINING Ann Wilson Golf Professional Ann has been named in the Best Top 50 Instructors List. President of Australian Ladies Professional Golf

How to

play and score

Stableford II

have often been asked by newer players what is Stableford and how do you play and score in a stableford event. I remember when I first played a stableford competition; it took me a while to understand how to score. It is a point system, and the highest total point score wins. The good thing about this game is it is fun and easy to play, but not so easy to mark your score card, for those playing stableford for the first time. It forgives bad scoring holes, and rewards good scoring holes. You are not required to complete the hole if you can’t score a point; unlike in a stroke round you must play until the ball is in the hole, counting every shot. Traditional stableford competitions are very popular in most golf clubs, and are a very enjoyable game to play.

An Introduction to Stableford Stableford scoring systems are stroke play formats in which 40

the highest total points wins, not the lowest. In most stableford competitions, 36 points total over 18 holes is playing to your handicap, regardless of what handicap you have.

Etiquette Please be careful not to hold up the pace of play Mark your score card before you tee off on the next hole Remember, pick up if you can’t score a point If you are unsure of how many points to score, just put your stroke score down and get someone to help you when you have finished your round. As long as your gross score is correct, you can not be penalized for putting down the wrong stableford points score. The last thing to check before you hand your card in, is make sure your marker and you have signed your cards. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


3 shots (index 1 to 9) per hole 2 shots (index 10 to 18) Example 45 handicap

2 shots each hole Example 36 handicap PAR 3

PAR 4

PAR 5

1

6 pts

7 pts

8 pts

2

5 pts

6 pts

7 pts

3

4 pts

5 pts

6 pts

4

3 pts

4 pts

5 pts

5

2 pts

3 pts

4 pts

6

1 pt

2 pts

3 pts

7

pickup

1 pt

2 pts

pickup

1 pt

Stroke / Score

8 9

pickup

How to score a stableford event. For many new players Stableford is the hardest scoring game in golf to calculate. I have put together the above table to help you calculate your score. Easy steps to assist 45 Handicap players in scoring stableford Circle holes 1 to 9 on the stroke index. This is where you get 3 shots. Index 10 to 18 you get 2 shots. Add your handicap shots to the Par of the hole this is your nett par, or ďŹ xed score which will give you 2 points. It is unlikely to score 6, 7, 8 or 9 points in Stableford on any given hole.

PAR 3

PAR 4

PAR 5

1

7 pts

8 pts

9 pts

2

6 pts

7 pts

8 pts

3

5 pts

6 pts

7 pts

4

4 pts

5 pts

6 pts

5

3 pts

4 pts

5 pts

6

2 pts

3 pts

4 pts

7

1 pt

2 pts

3 pts

8

pickup

1 pt

2 pts

pickup

1 pt

Stroke / Score

9 10

pickup

Once you get the hang of it, it will be easy for you to work out. Mind you it could take quite a few goes for it to sink in, so be patient.

Over to you... Here are examples of 2 handicap players Foster off 45 and Lee of 40, with their scores calculated on the front nine. Complete their back nine stableford score (Holes 10 to 18) and go to page 106 for the answers. Remember to check the handicap for the shots per hole received by each player.

FILL IN STABLEFORD SCORES HERE

AND HERE

INDEX/WOMEN IS MARKED HERE

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

CLUB CAR SERIES SCHEDULE 1 – 2 December Aristocrat Mollymook Women’s Classic Mollymook Hilltop GC 4 – 5 December Peugeot Kangaroo Valley ALPG Classic Kangaroo Valley Resort 4 – 5 December Peugeot Kangaroo Valley ALPG Classic Kangaroo Valley Resort 6 – 7 December Peter Donnelly Ladies Classic Moss Vale Golf Club

Dana Lacey Mar 21st March Good Friday 22nd March Easter Saturday 23rd March Easter Sunday 24th March Easter Monday

13th – 15th January Australian Girls’ Interstate Teams Matches QLD 19 – 20 January Xstrata Coal Branxton Golf Club Pro-Am Branxton Golf Club 25 – 27 January LG Bing Lee Women’s NSW Open Oatlands Golf Club

FEB 08

31st January – 3rd February MFS Women’s Australian Open Kingston Heath Golf Club VIC 42

3rd – 5th March Queen Sirikit Cup Victoria Golf & Country Club, Kandy Sri Lanka

9th – 11th January Australian Girls’ Amateur QLD

FEB

10 December Angostura Lemon Lime & Bitters Castle Hill Country Club Pro-Am Castle Hill CC

JAN 08

APR 08

APR

6 – 7 December Peter Donnelly Ladies Classic Moss Vale Golf Club

17 – 19 December Jack Newton Celebrity Classic* Cypress Lakes Resort

Tamara Beckett Apr

3rd – 10th December Hope Island Resort Golf Club Ladies Rosebowl 2007 Hope Island Road, Hope Island, QLD

MAR 08

JAN

1st – 2nd December Aristocrat Mollymook Women’s Classic Mollymook Hilltop GC

12 December St Michaels Golf Club ALPG Classic St Michaels Golf Club

Sarah – Jane Kenyon Jan

ALPG SCHEDULE

7 – 10 February ANZ Ladies Masters Royal Pines Resort QLD 22nd February Australian Women’s Foursomes Riversdale Golf Club VIC

12 December St Michaels Golf Club ALPG Classic St Michaels Golf Club

FebSarah Kemp

Carlie Butler Dec

25th December Christmas Day 26th December Boxing Day 26th December Proclamation Day (SA)

10 December Angostura Lemon Lime & Bitters Castle Hill Country Club Pro-Am Castle Hill CC

MAR

DEC

DEC 07

13th – 16th April Glenelg Golf Club SA 18th – 21st April Australian Women’s Amateur Royal Adelaide Golf Club SA 10th April Easter Tuesday Womens GOLF Summer 2007


MAY

Cherie Byrnes May

MAY 08

1st – 2nd May Trans Tasman Cup Royal Wellington Golf Club New Zealand

SEP

Melanie Smith Sep

SEP 08

1st – 5th September Australian Women’s Interstate Teams Matches Pymble Golf Club NSW

Marousa Polias Oct

OCT

OCT 08

8th – 11th October World Amateur Teams Championship Espirito Santo Trophy The Grange Golf Club SA 16th – 19th October World Amateur Teams Championship Eisenhower Trophy Royal Adelaide & The Grange Golf Club SA 27th – 29th October MFS Australian Women’s Senior Amateur Mid-Amateur Ulverstone Golf Club TAS Womens GOLF Summer 2007

Rolex Women’s Golf Rankings as at 5 November 2007 Rank

Change

Player

Country

Avg. Pts

1

-

Lorena Ochoa

Mexico

18.53

2

+1

Annika Sorenstam

Sweden

9.46

3

-1

Karrie Webb

Australia

9.41

4

-

Suzann Pettersen

Norway

9.07

5

-

Cristie Kerr

USA

7.53

6

-

Paula Creamer

USA

6.77

7

-

Juli Inkster

USA

6.18

8

-

Se-Ri Pak

Korea

6.14

9

-

Ji-Yai Shin

Korea

5.98

10

+1

Mi Hyun Kim

Korea

5.79

11

-1

Morgan Pressel

USA

5.71

12

-

Jeong Jang

Korea

5.59

13

-

Jee Young Lee

Korea

5.22

14

+1

Stacy Prammanasudh USA

5.11

15

+6

Momoko Ueda

Japan

5.09

16

-2

Brittany Lincicome

USA

5.06

17

-1

Ai Miyazato

Japan

4.84

18

-

Seon-Hwa Lee

Korea

4.77

19

-2

Shiho Ohyama

Japan

4.76

20

-1

Sakura Yokomine

Japan

4.66

Australasians (Top 300) 54

-1

Rachel Hetherington Australia

2.14

59

-2

Lindsey Wright

Australia

2.03

67

-1

Nikki Campbell

Australia

1.91

112

-1

Nikki Garrett

Australia

1.15

119

-2

Tamie Durdin

Australia

1.07

120

-

Joanne Mills

Australia

1.07

122

-

Wendy Doolan

Australia

1.06

150

-2

Katherine Hull

Australia

0.87

177

-1

Sarah Kemp

Australia

0.71

189

-3

Amy Yang

Korea

0.67

218

-3

Michelle Ellis

Australia

0.57

264

-

Lynn Brooky

New Zealand

0.41

272

-

Nadina Light

Australia

0.39

282

+1

Rebecca Stevenson

Australia

0.37

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SPORTS

Being an elite athlete can sometimes mean glitz & glamour. Nett Knox Sports Chaplain Christian Counsellors Association of Australia

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lka Graham, Giaan Rooney, Tamsyn Lewis, Michael Klim and Tatiana Grigorieva have all been seen on Channel 7’s “Dancing with the Stars”. Sponsors target promising young athletes to ride their success. Some of our best athletes have also succeeded in the world of modelling, allowing them to subsidise their income. Their athletic prowess and physical beauty makes the two careers a natural fit. But it’s not for everyone. Female athletes who need to be bulkier for elite sports like Weightlifting, Rugby,Tennis and Athletics disciplines like the Hammer Throw or Discus often don’t have the same opportunities as swimmers, gymnasts, high jumpers or pole vaulters.

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There are also the pressures of travelling a lot for your career and being away from family and friends. Loneliness can be difficult. Being in a group, whether that be a sports team or as a group of individual sports people, can also have its difficulties. Who we are as individuals will determine the various issues we have to cope with when we’re away from home for long periods. For young people travelling can raise difficulties they haven’t faced yet and many haven’t developed ways to cope with them. Often they just need someone to chat to and let them know that it’s OK to miss mum and dad and their pets. Sometimes they feel silly being homesick after just one night. It‘s good for them to know that’s not unusual. For a lot of young athletes they’re making their first State Team.They’re nervous. Everything is new and scary. Parents are nervous. It’s good for them to hear that I will keep a special eye on their child and I do. For others who are on their first trip everything is new and exciting. They want to push every boundary placed in front of them. Being a full time Chaplain now, I have more time with my own family and more time to spend with sports women. The regime of a sports person is quite strict and full, so trying to fit in with their schedule around my own family and my job as a teacher was very difficult. I am married and have 3 children. They are all very supportive of my work, but they still have to come first. Having been full time Chaplain for two years now I find I have much more time available for sitting down and being with athletes at their training and just chatting. I was able to spend a bit of time with the Matildas before they travelled over to China for the World Cup in September. I didn’t do anything earth shattering, just picking up balls for them when I could, but it’s all part of relationship building. Christian athletes away on Sundays may really want to go to a church service, but not on their own. Sometimes I can go with them. Sometimes a bunch of them want to go so we do it together. Other times we get together and just encourage each other. There have been times when athletes need to talk through issues like home life, friends, school, university, work, boy friends, girl friends, coaches, faith, fitting in school and training, combining work and training and many more. For them, having a neutral person who is emotionally removed from the issue is vitally important. Knowing they can trust me to keep everything completely confidential is imperative. They often don’t need advice, just a non-judgmental listening ear. The relationship we’ve developed over the 10 years I’ve been Chaplain is crucial in building trust with athletes. Some of them I’ve known since they first burst onto the scene as teenagers. I know them through attending Development Camps, being a Team Manager, hanging out at the track and being a coach. Now I also coach a women’s soccer team and I have joined the local Golf Club at Bayview. The girls are great there, and it’s another way I get to be with women who have a like-minded view of sport. Sport should be fun. I want to be effective in helping women involved in sport cope with the pressure they place on themselves and Womens GOLF Summer 2007


that which others place on them. The best way to do this is by building a relationship with them. If they know I want to just be there for them they’re far more likely to trust me. They realize I have no agenda. I’m there to support them, no matter what they tell me about themselves or what they have done. I’m there if they lose. I’m there if they win. I’m there if they use drugs. I’m there when everyone else gives up on them, and when they give up on themselves. To have someone who doesn’t want anything in return is a real surprise to a lot of athletes. Many others in their lives do want something from them. Their coach wants results. Their sponsor wants results. Their friends feel much better if they win. For some, going home from a Commonwealth or Olympic Games means personal disappointment as well as the possibility of losing a coach, sponsor, friends or letting down their family. That’s tough. There were over 10,000 athletes competing in the Athens Olympics in 2004. 929 won medals. That means 9,500 athletes went home disappointed. Some of those who went home without

a medal had trained for 4, 6 or 8 years. There were 2 suicides – one an American who didn’t make the Olympic team in his third attempt and the second a Greek judo athlete who leapt to her death after an argument with her boyfriend. He later attempted to take his own life by jumping off the same balcony in the Athletes’ Village. The pressure to win at all costs has led many athletes down the path of cheating by taking performance enhancing drugs. Marion Jones is a perfect recent example. I read with sadness how she felt that she had let herself, her family, her country and her supporters down. What she did was utterly wrong. I just hope she has people by her side that will accept and love her in spite of her failure. Many young athletes will push the boundaries when they’re on their teams. Some will push the ‘no alcohol’ rule. Some push the ‘bed time curfew’. Some will push the ‘acceptable behaviour ‘rules. As a chaplain, I am called to love athletes, whether they win, lose or do drugs.

Amy Yang 18 year old Gold Coast based Korean, Amy Yang, gave the 1000 or so spectators who flocked to the Daikin Night Golf Shootout at Emerald Lakes Golf Club on the Gold Coast plenty to get excited about when she finished runner up in the event. The tournament pitted nine players from field for the Greater Building Society Queensland PGA Championship and Yang against each other over nine holes with one player per hole eliminated before two players remained to contest the final hole of the evening. Nine of Emerald Lakes’ 18 holes are fully floodlit and the event, which was staged for the fifth consecutive year, utilised four of those holes in rotation to make up the nine hole shootout. New innovations this year included the introduction of a specially designed pontoon as the teeing area for the opening hole of the evening and the wiring for sound of all competitors. Most felt the new look shootout worked well and the utilisation of four holes within close proximity of the clubhouse provided spectators with an easy walk in the very pleasant conditions that prevailed throughout the three hours duration of the event. The ANZ Ladies Masters Champion in 2006 turned professional one year ago but is about to complete her HSC at Robina State High School. She has mixed her schooling with several Ladies European Tour events in 2007, in one of which she finished 4th at the Wales Open. Yang also pre qualified at the US Women’s Open and made the cut in that prestigious event, further emphasising her immense talent. At Emerald Lakes she outlasted several leading male players and that she played from the same tees as the men in doing so, is a further example of Yang’s amazing game and her ability to focus on the job at hand. The previous best in this event by a female golfer had been in the inaugural staging of the event in 2003 when Women’s Golf Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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columnist, Jenny Sevil, lasted five holes before being eliminated. Yang, however, would go the full distance before Lucas Parsons was forced to birdie the final hole of the evening to edge her out. Yang earned $2,200 for the night’s work and spoke afterwards of her desire to donate that money the Robina State High School golf fund. Yang will head to the final stage of USLPGA Tour qualifying in late November and the Daikin Night Golf Shootout offered an opportunity for her to gain a boost of confidence and the chance for more competitive golf before she heads off for what many believe will be a lucrative professional career in the US. 45


SPECIAL FEATURE James Douris Golf Instructor

James Douris has since returned from his second season of playing and teaching golf in the United States. James competed in 9 tournaments in the United States last year and had his first professional win at the 2006 United States Golf Teacher’s Cup held in November in Las Vegas. James finished the tournament at 3under par and beat a field of 180 teaching professionals, taking out the tournament in a four-hole play-off against Trinidad and Tobago’s Christopher Richards. After finishing twice All-American and completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2005, James spent a majority of his time in America teaching golf and was the assistant golf coach at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is also one of Australia’s first Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness professionals and specializes in conducting golf fitness evaluations.

A Golfer’s

Journey

The improvement process in golf is truly one of the most fascinating journeys in life.

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ot dissimilar to the journey of life, it encounters so many ups and downs, and at times can make us feel like we are making amazing progress only to see it all fall apart in a heap on the ground. It is often a viscous cycle of giant leaps of improvement mixed together with events that seem to set us back to levels that seem lower than where we were before resulting in feelings of despair and failure. The golfer’s journey can seem frustrating and at times unfair, however it needn’t be. How often do you hear a golfer say “I practised all day and my game is not getting any better” and “The more I practice the worse I get” OR “I feel like I am getting better but my scores aren’t improving”. The improvement process should be an enlightening experience where your skills and enjoyment levels are constantly improving. I don’t know of anybody who ever quit golf while they were experiencing improvement, but I do know of golfer’s who quit the game due to the fact that no matter how much work they put into their game they failed to see any improvement. These golfers all make one big mistake- They expect to achieve their goals without recording and tracking your progress towards achieving these goals.The golfer’s journey will be like a documentary of your golfing life. It will become the story of you and your experiences in the game of a lifetime. It will expose every triumph and every set-back, it will expose every strength and every weakness. The golfer’s journey will give you the tools that will enable you to start working towards your vision of what you want to achieve in this great game. The key to improving your golf game is to set goals and then track your progress as you go along. So once you have set out your vision of what you want to accomplish in the game, the next step is to find out where it stands now.You must have starting point to begin the improvement process so that progress can be measured throughout the golfer’s journey. Golf is made up of many different areas, so by analysing just one or two areas in your game, there are many parts of your game that are being left unaccounted for. For example: You might be spending most of your time practising increasing your power off the tee, however your putting may be the weakest part of your game. You NEED to concentrate mostly on improving your biggest weaknesses first before anything. Most golfers have no idea what their biggest weakness is and are often focusing on improving the wrong things. Let’s face it! You may want to hit longer drives and hit more greens but at the end of the day the only thing that matters in golf is score. No player has been awarded a green jacket at the Masters for just having a pretty golf swing or being able to smash the ball

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300 yards. Only one player ever receives the winner’s cheque and that person is the one who shoots the lowest score. You MUST find out what is causing you to shoot the scores you shoot so that you can spend the majority of your time improving the weakest areas in your game so you can improve as efficiently as possible. So how do we identify our strengths and weaknesses???? The following document is a personalized record of your own golf game. It will be as unique to you as a fingerprint as it will contain everything you do that may affect your golf performance. By recording what you do and by tracking your progress, patterns will inevitably surface and enable you to initiate action that will begin the improvement process. It is not just important to record the results of your performance, but also what actions you took that resulted in that performance so the effectiveness of our improvement strategies can also be measured. If you are experiencing improvement it is important for you to know what you did to achieve that particular result so that you can continue to improve to the next level. On the other hand if you are not improving sufficiently it is important for you to identify what your behavioural patterns are so that your actions can be modified to become more effective and efficient. This personalized documentation will not only guide you through the improvement process but will make it a lot easier for your golf coach/instructor to know what to concentrate on when giving you lessons. I and many of my fellow golf instructors agree that the majority of the golf lessons we give could be a lot more effective if we knew the person’s game better. Golf professionals don’t know what goes on during each and every one of their student’s golf rounds so how can they possibly know what part of your game to work on. If every golfer had a record of what went on during their rounds as well as the actions that the golfer has taken in order to improve then the coach could quickly identify the player’s strengths and weaknesses and thus instruct the student more precisely and efficiently. Nowadays time is a scarce resource and the more efficient you are in your improvement process the quicker you will see sustained improvement in your game. It is a very gratifying feeling to know that you are working on the right things and not out on the practice fairway getting tired, and frustrated as to why you are not improving. I am confident that this document will become both the golfer and the coach’s best friend. All you need to get started now is a pencil. The pencil is the key that will unlock your true golfing potential.

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At the Noosa Springs Golf Academy, golfers can be assigned a golf fitness handicap from the Titleist Performance Institute in Ocean City, California by undergoing golf fitness and swing evaluations and then being assigned a golf-specific stretching program targeting problem areas in the body that may be contributing towards your swing faults. James assists Bill Davidson, the Noosa Springs Head professional and Australian and USPGA professional. Bill was the director of golf at the NIKE GOLF INSTITUTE in San Diego, California. James and Bill have designed a Golf school with the women’s perspective in mind.Whether you are an accomplished club player, a recreational player or an entry level student, The LADIES ONLY golf school at Noosa Springs is the perfect school for you. The classes focus on teaching women about the game of golf under a relaxed, fun, no pressure atmosphere where you will feel at ease in improving your game. The school began in April with just two students and quickly grew to a full capacity of eight. Due to high demand a second school will begin within a matter of weeks. The majority of the players are beginners and the class gets together on Wednesday mornings from 9am to 11am every week. For just $125 a month, participants receive coaching and guidance in all aspects of the game that will set them up for a lifetime in the game. Many women are discouraged from the game due to intimidation on the golf course. Intimidation arises due to fear of embarrassment or failure. Fear is an illusion that the mind creates. We believe that when fear of failure is removed the golfer can begin to enjoy the experiences that this great game has to offer. Golf is a game for a lifetime and we hope that our students leave our schools with the goal of continuing on in the game for the rest of their lives. Our golf schools give insight into the Rules and Etiquette of golf that will enable women to better understand the objectives and expectations of club golfers. Our students express a thirst for knowledge for the rules and etiquette of the game and we touch on them weekly. By ingraining proper fundamentals into our players and arming them with an extensive knowledge for the games rules and traditions we hope to remove the intimidation factor that prevent so many of today’s women golfer’s to continue in this royal and ancient game. Womens GOLF Summer 2007

The curriculum includes: Short game: Putting, set-up, alignment, speed control, pre-shot routine. Chipping (bump and run chip) Pitching (soft landing pitch) Bunker Play Long game: Grip, Address-posture, setup, ball position, Steady head One-piece takeaway L-shape backswing L-shape follow through Acceleration Golf: Rules Objectives Goal setting Tracking progress Scoring Etiquette History

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hree kilometres from the sun drenched beaches of Noosa with their powder white sand and pristine waters; Noosa Springs is surrounded by the natural beauty of Noosa National park, Lake Weyba and the beautifully manicured championship golf course. Noosa Springs was recently awarded the prestigious UDIA National President’s Award as the best development in Australia. All apartments include king size beds, a fully equipped kitchen with modern appliances, LCD flat screen with cable television and a DVD/CD player. Reverse cycle air-conditioning as well as modern ensuite bathrooms and a fully equipped separate laundry. The centrepiece of Noosa Springs is the spectacular Clubhouse, with expansive views over the golf course, Lake Weyba and hinterland ranges. A round of golf at Noosa’s championship course takes you on a scenic journey designed by leading golf course architect, Graham Papworth. This superb 6,189 metre, par 72 course is rated as one of the best in Australia – offering an enjoyable and challenging game for golfers of all levels. Noosa Springs’ extensive golf facilities include electric carts, all weather access through full length concrete paths, professional golf coaching, video swing analysis, driving range, chipping green, practice bunker, putting green and oncourse refreshment cart. The Clubhouse has well-appointed locker rooms with showers. There is ample parking for cars and coaches, a golf club drop-off area on arrival, Golf club hire and golf shoe hire. The golf boutique has an excellent selection of quality golf gear, with all the latest fashions and top brands including gifts and accessories. Our golf teaching professional, Bill Davidson runs regular women’s coaching clinics, so call the pro shop for further details. Noosa Springs’ Clubhouse and leisure facilities have now been complemented by the brand new Noosa Springs Resort nestled alongside the first fairway.

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The multi-award winning restaurant, Relish, offers elegant yet relaxed dining with fresh, local cuisine and boutique wines. There is a fully equipped boutique style fitness centre that offers a full cardio theatre with treadmills, cross trainers and bicycles with fully trained staff ready to organise a variety of fitness options to suite your needs. Noosa Springs has also opened a luxurious spa, along the lines of the great European traditions of spa design, a comprehensive range of treatments are available. Private suites offer a wide range of therapeutic massages, invigorating body scrubs, herbal wraps, vichy showers, infra red saunas and other exotic treatments. The fully trained team of professional therapists can provide a range of tailored treatments for the individual and even organise special packages for groups. Noosa Springs Spa uses Babor skin care products exclusively. Established over 50 years ago in Aachen, Germany it’s considered one of the most luxurious, results based products in the world and assures the highest degree of skin compatibility. Inspired by the classical temples of health, the HydroMassage and Flotation Pool at the Noosa Springs Spa are a truly unique health giving experience. Noosa Springs has it all, play championship golf, relax in the Luxurious spa, play tennis or learn to surf. All situated just 3 kilometres from Hastings Street where you can visit and do some serious retail therapy. Phone 07 5440 3333 or log on to www.noosasprings.com.au Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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TOURNAMENT NEWS

World’s finest female golfers to tee off in Australia for Lexus Cup

Annika Sorenstam and Se Ri Pak take charge of Team International and Team Asia as the 2007 Tournament drives to Perth

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exus Cup 2007 organisers chose Perth, Western Australia for this prestigious women’s golf tournament. The Vines Resort and Country Club has been chosen as the site in Perth that will host thousands of spectators as they witness three days of exciting match play golf – foursomes, fourballs and singles.

trophy last year, Pak is a real force on the LPGA Tour and recently qualified for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame following the completion of her first round at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in early June. Only halfway through the LPGA Tour season, Pak already boasts four top-ten finishes and looks set to have another promising year on the Tour.

From December 7th – 9th, Team International will once again face Team Asia as 24 of the world’s top women golfers battle it out for the third year, to see who will take the coveted title.

The 2006 Heather Farr Player Award recipient broke onto the scene in 1998 when she joined the LPGA Tour and won four events including two majors. She was then named Rolex Rookie of the Year and went on to win four tournaments in 1999 and five in both 2001 and 2002.

Looking to reclaim the title after missing out to Team Asia in 2006, Annika Sorenstam will return once more as captain of Team International and she relishes the new challenges that The Vines will bring. “I think it is great that the Lexus Cup is moving to a new location this year. We are continuously looking to promote golf all over the world and Perth will provide a great venue for this year’s event and it will also be good for us to visit somewhere new and play a different course,” Sorenstam said. “It will be my job as captain in Perth to get the girls to work as a team and to do what we can to play well and regain the cup.” Team Asia can look forward to a new captain this year as Korea’s golf icon Se Ri Pak takes the stage as the team leader. Not new to the Lexus Cup where she helped the team hoist the 50

“It is a great honour to be invited to captain Team Asia at this year’s Lexus Cup,” commented Se Ri Pak. “I thoroughly enjoyed competing last year and I look forward to playing with my team mates at this prestigious event. Hopefully, I’ll help to lead, do the team proud and hoist the trophy by the end of the week!” The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) will once again be sanctioning the tournament which means team spots will be hotly contested as the female golfers aim to edge up the rankings throughout the season. The captains and sponsors will once againbe given special picks to add to the teams’ line-ups and the full team lists will be announced towards the end of the season. Continues on page 52 Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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Lexus continues their backing of this sporting event and are also excited about the change of course and country this year. Vince Socco, Vice President, Marketing Planning Division, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific said,“After two successful years in Singapore, Perth will be a refreshing new stage for the world’s top lady golf professionals to pit their talents against each other in this unique team event. Western Australia has some of the most challenging golf courses in the world and we are very excited to bring the Lexus Cup to one of the best – the world-class Vines Resort & Country Club.” Organisers envisage the Lexus Cup becoming a truly global event to rival other similar team tournaments around the world. The decision to move the event to Western Australia follows this objective and ensures that fans from other parts of the world get to experience this high quality team event. This year will also see the event reach out to the amateur female golfers in Western Australia as Lexus Cup 2007 launches a new initiative known as “The Pursuit of Glory”. Involving 224 golf clubs across the state, players will compete to earn their place in the final tournament which will be held at The Vines Resort and Country Club on December 6 before the Lexus Cup begins. “It is great to see an LPGA event being staged in Australia and with the stakes being even at one-all, it will be exciting to see who moves ahead in the victory table for the Lexus Cup,” added Chris Higgs, Senior Vice President, COO of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. “It is the aim to grow this event in stature and encourage women to take up the sport. Holding it at The Vines Resort & Country Club will bring this prestigious event to a host of new fans as they experience professional women’s golf right on their doorstep.”

“With the growing popularity of women playing golf, it is great to see a prestigious tournament like the Lexus Cup coming to Perth this year,” said Sheila McHale, Minister of Tourism for Western Australia. “This is a fantastic achievement for Perth and Western Australia. It isn’t everyday that we get the world’s best female golfers in our own backyard and we are sure that local golf fans will be excited to catch them in action.” Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President of IMG adds, “The Lexus Cup features the top international and Asian players and we are extremely excited to have Annika Sorenstam returning as captain and Se Ri Pak taking on that huge responsibility as captain of Team Asia.We are sure that Australia, as this year’s host country, will provide a great location for Lexus Cup 2007 and hope that all the fans come out to support their favourite player.” Sponsors for this year’s Lexus Cup include EventsCorp, Western Australia, The Vines Resort & Country Club, Rolex and Singapore Airlines.

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picturesque lakes, to present surprises and challenges at almost every turn. One minute your playing an approach shot beneath a 30-metre limestone cliff, the next your adapting to the fresh ocean breeze on an undulating links style fairway. Enjoy your golf in a magnificent setting, with the natural beauty of the bush and the irresistible charm of kangaroos, birds and colourful scene of wild flora. Voted “Australia’s No.1 Resort Golf Course” six consecutive years running, Joondalup Resort offers public access as well as a range of membership options, a driving range, putting greens, Pro Shop, Café, Club House, the onsite services of David Milne Golf Academy, as well as the facilities to cater for corporate golf days of up to 216 people. Joondalup Resort provides a number of outstanding leisure services to complete your golfing experience. With 70 luxuriously appointed accommodation rooms and suites offering spectacular views, six function rooms, an outdoor lagoon style pool and heated spa, tennis courts, mini gymnasium, onsite massage and beauty treatments at Sorbet Salon, a café, restaurant and bar.

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Women golf

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ith the incredible grand prize of a trip to Paris, it has also become a major talking point for golfers!

An all time high of 502 events were registered at clubs around the country for the 2007 tournament, compared with 388 in 2006. All club events have now been played nationally, and the tournament is about to enter its exciting next phase, as women golfers across the country prepare themselves for the state finals. Rob Dommerson, Managing Director of Peugeot Automobiles Australia said: “We’re delighted with the number of registrations received this year. In 2006, the Classic became the biggest team amateur tournament for women in Australia for the first time. To be able to build on that success even further is testament to the high regard in which this competition is held.” The success of the Classic is a particularly treasured achievement when taking into consideration Golf Australia’s vision and commitment to grow female participation in the sport. The partnership between Golf Australia and Peugeot is one example of many such partnerships forming across the country between

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stakeholders who share the aim of forming stronger and ongoing commitments to women’s golf. The Classic not only serves to engage women golfers, but also acts as a showcase of women’s grassroots golf. It brings out the values of club culture such as support, pride and unity. The big point of difference with this tournament is that it is the only amateur team club event which offers female golfers the opportunity to represent ones’ club, state and country. Doubtless one of the big reasons this tournament has become so popular is the quality of the prizes. Prizes include the opportunity to represent Australia at the Peugeot International Pro AM in Paris.This once in a lifetime grand prize is supported by many prizes at local, state and national level. After winning the West Australian state final, the three participants from The Royal Perth Golf Club like their counterparts in other states - Rumiko Takahashi, Yoshiko Katsumi and Julie Khiew – flew to the 2007 MFS Women’s Australian Open courtesy of Peugeot, to compete for the national title. Overwhelmed to be Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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success saw them appear on ‘Susie On Win’ television : “Sitting in the green room and getting hair and make- up done was exciting, she said. “ I never thought as an amateur golfer, that I would find myself on television.” Jenny and her team are getting ready to compete in the State finals once again this December. Organisers are hoping to build on this year’s success with next year’s Classic, for which registrations will be accepted from January through to September 2008. Information and registration kits will be mailed our early in the New Year.

Fact file: Every club in Australia has the opportunity to hold their own Peugeot Women’s Classic tournament between now and 30th September, 2008. Please contact your club to ensure it is placed on the tournament calendar.

There are 3 levels to the Peugeot Women’s Classic: 1. Club level (March - September) 2. State finals (November - December) 3. National final (January 2008)

The Peugeot Women’s Classic is a 3 Ball Better Ball Team Stableford event. The tournament is open to all female golfers with a registered handicap. Entry fee is $5 per competitor, which covers the administration costs.

HOW TO ENTER For registration forms, tournament information, club schedules, or further information please visit: www.peugeotwomensclassic.com.au or email: pwcgolf@peugeot.com.au if you have any questions regarding the tournament.

Main Pic: Cumberland Golf Club, where the NSW State Final will take place. Photo: www.badgerphotography.com.au Top Inset: Finley Golf Club NSW (L-R) Sue Lawson, Deborah Pyke, Margot Robertson – a winning team from Finley Golf Club Bottom insert:The Pinjarra Golf Club

flown to Sydney for the national tournament, and then winning the event, the trio were delighted to secure an all expenses paid trip to Paris! Commenting on their experiences in Paris, team member Yoshiko Katsumi said: “The competition was fought in unfriendly weather conditions which made the courses very tough.There was famous Parisian hospitality everywhere, with lots of champagne and cheese. The golf clubs and the awards functions were simply amazing and superb.”

STATE FINALS ARE DUE TO BE HELD AT THE FOLLOWING CLUBS NSW

Cumberland Country Club, Thursday 6th Dec 2007

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Long Island Country Club, Monday 3rd Dec 2007

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Bribie Island Golf Club, Monday 3rd Dec 2007

The action was hot on the greens, where they finished seventh in a field of 14. “Although we failed to receive a prize this time we are quite satisfied with what we have achieved,” said Ms Katsumi.

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Kooyonga Golf Club, Friday 7th Dec 2007

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Hartfield Golf Club, Monday 10th Dec 2007

Jenny Delaney of Singleton Golf Club, NSW, made the state finals in 2006 with her two teammates. In July this year their

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TOURNAMENT NEWS Bruce Young Award-winning Golf Journalist and Commentator

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he ANZ Ladies Masters will be staged for the 19th consecutive year when the event gets underway at the Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast on February 7th 2008.

The permanent home of the ANZ Ladies Masters, Royal Pines Resort provides the perfect tournament venue and will do so once again. Centrally located in the rapidly expanding region of Carrara, the 27 hole facility offers superb Crowne Plaza accommodation, excellent practice facilities and easy viewing for the massive crowds that have regularly turned up to watch many of the game’s greats. In 2008 Karrie Webb will return to defend the title she won

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twelve months earlier when winning the event for the sixth time. She recovered from a slow start in 2007, when a first round of 71 had her seven behind the opening day leader, Korea’s Ahn Su Ju, who led by two at the close of the opening day. Webb improved on day two with a round of 68 and was at five under but still trailed Ahn by seven. It was on day three however that Webb made her move with a brilliant round of 62 and shared the lead at the end of that day with Lismore’s Michelle Ellis. “I could have putted with my eyes closed and they still would have gone in,” said Webb referring to a day out on the greens. By the time Webb reached the 10th tee on the final day, the writing was on the wall. She had produced a remarkable 11 shot turnaround in 27 holes and led by four. Even a one shot penalty Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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but others may have a say at the par four 10th for lifting and cleaning her ball when the margin of the green was difficult to define, could not stop Webb from continuing her amazing record at Royal Pines. She waltzed to a two shot win which, to a large extent and with the greatest respect to them, flattered her rivals.

In more recent years those ‘moments’ have included the four hole playoff victory to Annika Sorenstam over Webb in 2002, the tense finish in 2003 when Laura Davies edged out Webb and Rebecca Stevenson and the brilliant Amy Yang’s win as a 16 year old unknown invitee in 2006.

Webb’s involvement in the tournament has perhaps been the key factor in the tournament’s success over such a long period. Her capacity to win the event from anywhere in the field has captivated the Gold Coast crowds and a substantial television audience but there have been many other great moments that have stamped this event as arguably the most popular of either gender in Australian tournament golf.

In 2008 Webb will be joined by, amongst others, a somewhat resurgent Laura Davies and the brilliant Japanese star, Sakura Yokomine. Webb’s season in 2007, after the brilliant start at home where she won both the MFS Women’s Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters, did not live up to the expectations she created with her encouraging performances in Australia. After a promising start in Hawaii where she finished 3rd just a few days after her success at Royal Pines, the remainder of the year on the

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TOURNAMENT NEWS USLPGA Tour was a struggle by her standards. A runner up finish to Suzann Pettersen at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship was the highlight, as this is written, but Webb has shown in the past that the ANZ Ladies Masters has the capacity to rekindle her form and the 2008 version might again do the same.

2006 ANZ Masters winner Amy Yang

44 year old Davies, a three time winner of the ANZ Ladies Masters, has had one of her better USLPGA Tour seasons in recent years in 2007 and also won an event in Austria on the Ladies European Tour. Davies defeated Brittany Lincicome at the Solheim Cup adding further lustre to a season that has seen her moving back in the right direction in terms of her standing in world golf. 22 year old Yokomine is one of the brightest stars in Japanese ladies golf. She has won three times in 2007 and eight times overall on the Japan Ladies Professional Golf Tour and as this is written appears likely to finish runner up on their money list in 2007 with well over $A1 million. Like Ai Miyazato before her, who finished runner up to Webb in 2005, Yokomine is the darling of ladies golf in her homeland Japan and her performance will attract significant media attention in her homeland. While these are the tournament headliners confirmed to play at present, tournament organiser, Bob Tuohy, is working on one or two other high profile players although negotiations with them, as this article was written, were ongoing. If such players can be secured then it will clearly be of benefit but the growing number of young Australians who will tee it up at Royal Pines and the appearance of many high quality Europeans is sure to add further to the intrigue and quality of the event. Australians, Rachel Hetherington, LindseyWright and Katherine Hull have all had reasonable seasons on the LPGA Tour in 2007 and they will be joined by several other Australians who will hopefully have gained access to the LPGA Tour by then. Seven Australians will take their chances at the Final Stage of LPGA qualifying in early December, namely Rachel Bailey, Michelle Ellis, Nikki Garrett, Leah Hart, Sarah Kemp, Sarah-Jane Kenyon, and Sarah Oh, all of whom will be keen to add to the Australian numbers on the LPGA Tour, but either way they will likely be at Royal Pines.

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Japan based Australians Nikki Campbell and Tamie Durdin have proven in previous years they are more than capable of contending in this event and both have had solid seasons in 2007 on the Japan LPGA Tour. Another at the USLPGA Tour School and who has already made a significant mark on this event, is Gold Coast based Korean, Amy Yang, who won over many Australian golfing fans with her brilliant victory in this event as a 16 year old in 2006. Yang has just completed her HSC at Robina State High School on the Gold Coast and will play professionally full time in 2008. Given that the event is co sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour, many of the best Europe has to offer will be here again in 2008. They have traditionally added a lot of colour and quality to the field and there is every reason to believe the same will be the case this time.

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The tremendous tradition that is the ANZ Ladies Masters is sure to continue in 2008 and while many will he hoping for yet another Webb victory, her task will not be made any easier by the growing number of exciting emerging talents on display, many of whom could well go on to become amongst of the best players in the game. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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World’s Best Putter inspires the masses to hit the putting greens! Ever wondered what it would be like to putt for a million dollars? PGA professionals throughout Australia will host a series of competitions for both members and non members to find each golf club’s best putter. Golf clubs have the option to run two types of events, giving their members and visitors the maximum opportunity to participate. The first event is The Club Champion Event for members, which requires entrants to record the number of putts in normal competition rounds. If you sign up and pay at the start of January then every competition round you play for the whole month is part of the qualifying event. The same system takes place in February. The best scores progress to the Club Champion Finals.

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ustralia will be the launching pad for an exciting new worldwide golf competition that will see the art of putting become the focus of a fresh approach to golf as televised entertainment.

The second entry avenue is the Club Putting Green Champion (members and non members) which involves participants competing in a unique event conducted on the club’s putting green. Once again, members and non members can compete as often as they like at any participating WBP golf club.

A “made for television” event, the competition aims to identify the world’s best putter with the final to be played at night under lights on a specially built green and broadcast to viewers around Australia, on the Seven Network and Fox Sports.

Entry fee for the Club Champion Event is $10 per month for members and $10 per round for non members. The Club Putting Green Champion is $10 per event for members and non members.

There is no limitation on age or skill ability, with anyone and everyone encouraged to compete. WBP is open to amateurs or professionals and there are no age or gender restrictions.A special event will be held in conjunction with the open events specifically to find professional finalists.

“I am glad to be able to offer all Australians the chance to share in a golf event in which all golfers and non golfers can participate with no entry barriers,” said Dundon. “We see putting as the entry level for new juniors and new golfers. It’s the pointy end of the game for experienced players and pros and we intend to highlight how entertaining and important it can be.”

World’s Best Putter recently announced that they have entered into a licensing and service agreement for the PGA Australia to administer national putting competitions, open to all golfers, leading to the discovery of Australia’s Best Putter. Golfers across the country will compete for the title of Australia’s Best Putter with prize money of A$100,000 and a place in the World’s Best Putter Global Final where they will have the opportunity to win up to US $1 million. Steve Dundon, founder of World’s Best Putter (WBP) is looking forward to introducing this unique golfing competition to the Australian market. “WBP is a truly global golf competition and unique sports event,” said Dundon. “We are very excited to be working closely with the PGA in our quest to find Australia’s Best Putter.” “The PGA is excited about this new innovative competition aimed at creating some fun and friendly rivalry amongst golfers,” PGA of Australia Chief Executive Officer Max Garske said “Putting is something everyone can participate in, no matter what their age or skill level, so it has great potential to attract golfers and nongolfers alike”. 64

Non members can also enter via this avenue by recording their number of putts played over 18 holes at any participating WBP golf club. Non members can compete as often as they like. The best scores progress to the Club Putting Green Champion Finals.

Club events will be conducted from 1 January 2008 through to the 29 February 2008.The public can register to participate online from December 10. Winners of both the Club Champion and Club Putting Green events will then progress to the State Finals, scheduled to take place on the weekend of March 15-16, 2008 at Riverside Oaks (NSW), Indooroopilly Golf Club (Qld), The Sandhurst Club (Vic), Adelaide Shores (SA), Wembley Golf Complex (WA) and the Country Club of Tasmania (Tas). From the State Finals putters’ will qualify to represent their state in the Australian Final, scheduled for early April. The venue for the Australian Final has not yet been announced. People will be able to sign up and pay their entry fee either through the website or at the pro shop, making it simple for players to take part. Come on girls get a group together and join. To register or for further information contact your PGA Club Professional or log on to www.worldsbestputter.com Womens GOLF Summer 2007


STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS

New South Lee NSW Wales LG/Bing Women’s Open

25 – 27 January, 2008 2006 NSW Open champion, Joanne Mills

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he strategy of placing the LG/Bing Lee NSW Open in January, just prior to the Australian Open and the ANZ Ladies Masters, has proved a successful drawcard for some of the game’s elite with Laura Davies, Joanne Mills, Nikki Garrett and Sarah Kemp already committed. After a successful launch last December, the event has been moved to January 2008 as part of the “Summer down Under” series. The increased purse from $100,000 to $125,000 should also improve the attractiveness of the championship for players.

Rising Star Sarah Kemp (above) is also returning to compete

With international players of the calibre of Davis extending their Australian tours to include the event at Oatlands, the galleries are in for some excellent golf viewing. Joanne Mills will return to defend her title, following a busy year on the LET. Joanne has had a successful time this year in Europe, winning the S4/C Wales Ladies Championship and holding 9th position on the New Star Money List at the time of writing. Dual Ladies European Tour winner Nikki Garrett will contest the event in the leadup to the 2008 MFS Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne. The 23 year-old from Australia’s Central Coast was the 2006 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year, claiming consecutive titles earlier this year at the Tenerife Ladies Open and Spanish Ladies Open to rocket into the women’s world Top 100. Illness interrupted her 2007 campaign, but Nikki is now fit, fresh and ready to continue her climb up the rankings. Nikki is keen to add a win on home soil to her success stories. Rising Star Sarah Kemp is also returning to compete. The runner up in 2006, Sarah has also been playing on the LET and is currently placed 25th on that tour. Former NSW amateur players Helen Oh and Sarah Oh, along with Frances Bondad have recently turned pro and are expected to compete again, after Helen and Sarah featured in a three way tie for the Amateur trophy at the event in 2006. Frances and Sarah have qualified for the LET for 66

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2008 so this will be one of their final events on familiar courses before they embark on the rigours of their first European Tour. The new breed of young amateurs will continue to give the professionals some challenges with Jessica Noh and Jenny Lee constantly improving their games and having demonstrated excellent results during tournaments during 2007. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


TOURNAMENT NEWS

The 2007

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State Championships Tee Off

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or the second consecutive year Fisher & Paykel are supporting the MFS Women’s Australian Open offering Australian women golfers the opportunity to be involved in what has become the biggest women’s only golf tournament in Australia endorsed by Golf Australia – The Fisher & Paykel Classic. And it appears that a little competition is a good thing as more than 27,000 players from 615 clubs across Australian registered to compete in this year’s Fisher & Paykel Women’s Golf Classic - that’s a 14% increase in the number of players over last year. “For the past 6 weeks clubs from round Australia have been playing their qualifying rounds for a place to in the State Finals,” said Peter Russell, National Marketing Manager, Fisher & Paykel. “The State Finals tee off in Western Australia on Monday, November 19 at Royal Fremantle Golf Club and winners from each State event qualify to play at the National Finals in Melbourne next January.” Winner of the 2006 Fisher & Paykel Classic, Julie Tass from Ulverstone Golf Club, Tasmania said, “My congratulations go to Bev Hearps who is this year’s club winner and will be playing her state final round at Tasmania Golf Club on November 29. “Tasmania’s third hole is famous for its comparison to the notorious 18th hole at Califonia’s Pebble Beach so all the players will have their work cut out for them,” said Ms Tass. The State Finals commence in West Australia on Monday November 19 to be played at The Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

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TOURNAMENT NEWS

Spend time on the golf course, not in the laundry! Wouldn’t you rather be on the golf course driving your first tee shot down the fairway rather than spending hours in the laundry? Every club that has entered the 2007 Fisher & Paykel Classic has the chance to win one of 100 Fisher & Paykel Autosensing Dryers worth $620. “The AutoSensing Dryer is perfect for club laundries: its intelligent auto-sensing technology prevents excessive energy usage and over-drying as it automatically turns off when it detects that the clothes are sufficiently dry.” said Mr Peter Russell, National Marketing Manager, Fisher & Paykel. “This means a clear reduction in electricity usage plus the confidence that players can leave the dryer running without the safety concerns of the past.”

Renowned for being a challenging course when hit by the prevailing wind “ the Fremantle Doctor” the course record of 64 will be a tough one to beat. “Hopefully I’ll be teeing off early in the morning, long before the Doctor arrives,” says Jenny Donegan, from Toodyay Golf Club in regional Western Australian. “They tell me that only the best swings survive when the wind hits, and I want to give this my best shot and hopefully get the chance to play at the finals next January.” “My qualifying round was played at Beverley Golf Cub and I had the sort of round every golfer prays for, shooting 10 under my handicap. I am thrilled to qualify for the State Finals.” “Every golfer who enters the Fisher & Paykel Classic is a winner,” said Mr Russell. “All competitors receive a cash rebate voucher for Fisher & Paykel products plus each participating club has the opportunity to win one of 100 Fisher & Paykel electronic auto sensing dryers valued at $620. “The winner and runner up of each State Final event are invited to play at the National Finals and attend the 2008 MFS Women’s Australian Open.”

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“So whether you’re drying off your golf clothes after a wet round of golf or laundering your glad rags for the 19th hole, the AutoSensing Dryer wll give you the best results every time.”

WA - Monday 19th November - Royal Fremantle Golf Club

The 2007 Fisher & Paykel Classic is in full swing with the State Finals teeing off in West Australia at the Royal Freemantle Golf Club on November 19.

NSW/ACT - Wednesday 28th November - Elanora Country Club

Other great features of the ED56 AutoSensing Dryer include: • 4.5kg dry load capacity • Reverse tumbling to prevent tangles

QLD - Monday 26th November - Royal Queensland Golf Club

TAS - Thursday 29th November - Tasmania Golf Club SA/NT - Tuesday 4th December - Royal Adelaide Golf Club VIC - Wednesday 5th December - Woodlands Golf Club

• Wrinkle guard to minimise ironing

Names of all players qualifying for the State Finals are available via Fisher & Paykel’s website on www.fp.com.au.

• Automatic cool down cycle

National Finals

• Time delay function

Held in Melbourne

• Stainless Steel drum

28th Jan Welcome Cocktail Party

• Wall or plinth mountable

29th Round 1 Classic Final - Commonwealth Golf Club

For further information, please contact Fisher & Paykel Media Contact:Sandra Renowden,Maxicom Communications on (02) 9965 9300 or sandra@maxicom.net.au

29th Pro Am (Corporate) 30th Round 2 Classic Final - Victoria Golf Club 30th Corporate Cup Final - Victoria Golf Club 31st - First Day MFS Open - Kingston Heath Golf Club (Both Corporate and Classics attending) 31st Jan-3 Feb MFS Open

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Golf Australia formed in 2006 and is the national sporting organisation for golf in Australia and the governing body for amateur golf. Our goal is to raise the level of interest and participation in the game from grassroots golfers through to the elite levels, spectators, volunteers and associated industry bodies. Key responsibilities incorporate managing national tournaments and championships including the Australian Opens as well as rules and handicapping. Working in a commercial and inclusive manner with government, business and community, Golf Australia ensures the value of golf is understood and supported in all policy and business decisions. Golf is a game for life where participation contributes to a healthy Australian community. For more information on Golf Australia visit www.golfaustralia.org.au

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olf Australia has launched its 2008 National Schedule, confirming their ongoing commitment to develop and promote the game at an elite level.The focus continues on uniting male and female golfers at major National Championships. For the second successive year the 2008 Australian Amateur Championships will be a joint male and female venture, held at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in South Australia on 18 – 21 April. This Golf Australia initiative will see the men’s and women’s stroke play events held concurrently at Royal Adelaide and Glenelg Golf Clubs respectively, in the lead up to the Amateur Championships; a step that has been taken to better promote and showcase our nation’s and some of the world’s elite golfers at the same time, in the same city.

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In another first, the Men’s and Women’s Interstate Series will be held together in Sydney from 1 – 5 September, making this the seventh national event to merge. In announcing the schedule, Trevor Herden, Golf Australia Director of Championships said, “Golf Australia received positive feedback after amalgamating the men’s and women’s Amateur Championships. This is one of the key reasons why we are moving in the same direction with the Interstate Series events and building a more contemporary schedule.” Importantly, the 2008 schedule includes a number of exciting international events providing Australia’s elite amateurs a global stage on which to shine. March sees the return of the Queen Sirikit Cup in Sri Lanka, followed by our Australian men and women heading over to New Zealand to defend the Trans Tasman Cup. Another highlight for the year includes the 2008 World Amateur Team Championship. Held for the first time in Australia since 1968 this biennial event will feature the best of the best amateurs. Over 100 teams will descend on Royal Adelaide and The Grange golf courses in October, putting their skills to the test in the ultimate worldwide teams’ event. The 2008 National Schedule has been developed by the Golf Australia Championships department in conjunction with the Championships Committee.

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QUEENSLAND STATE GOLF

Queensland II t has been a very busy and important year for Women’s Golf Queensland with the successful unification with Queensland Golf Union to form Golf Queensland Limited, which commenced operation in July this year. The unification was meticulously planned and leaves us in a strong position to help strengthen golf in Queensland.

Through the planning stages of the new organisation a common theme has been identified which is a goal of getting more people, particularly women and girls, playing more golf. We will be attempting to make women’s golf more accessible. Golf Queensland has employed a new Development Officer Adrian Hewat the organisation is excited about the prospects of channeling his knowledge and skills towards achieving our goals. Hannah Jun, who has been employed as the Administration Coordinator for Golf Queensland, will also play a role in implementing development programs aimed squarely at helping more women get into golf.

ladies with busy lifestyles. The shorter 10 hole format offers a more practical time frame than the traditional 18 holes and places more emphasis on enjoyment in a relaxed and social environment. We applaud the Ashgrove Golf Club and other clubs who are running initiatives to help attain new people into the game and we will be looking at ways we can provide assistance in this area.

Queensland State Championships Golf Queensland would like to congratulate Cecilia Nha, who is our new Queensland State Champion. The Championship this year was played at The Brisbane Golf Club from 23rd to 27th July 2007. Cecilia who was 2 up after 18 holes, eventually defeated Haeji Kang (leading qualifier) 3/2 in the 36 hole matchplay final. Golf Queensland would also like to congratulate all the other winners and everyone who competed in the event.

One such initiative is the 10 Hole Ladies Golf Program, which is being run by the Ashgrove Golf Club (every Friday at 9:30am) and is aimed at creating a weekly, social golfing opportunity for

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Queensland Junior Girls Championship Haeji Kang (Surfers Paradise) was once again the winner of the Queensland Junior Girls Championship. Haeji retained her title this year with an excellent display of skillful golf in the final matchplay against Ellie Na (Lakelands), which was held at Ipswich Golf Club from 1st to 5th October 2007. Haeji Kang Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Club Golfers Weekend – Northern Queensland The inaugural North Queensland Club Golfers Weekend, was held at Laguna Quays Resort on 18th and 19th August. The Club Golfer’s Weekend is a social weekend aimed at both male and female club golfers. This event has been run very successfully on the Gold Coast for four years and which was the impetus for us to hold an event in North Queensland.

Champion of Champions With the recent unification, the newly appointed Golf Queensland Match Committee are excited to announce the first joint (Men and Women’s) tournament, the 2008 Tetley Ice Tea Queensland Champion of Champions. This tournament is open to players who were club champions in 2007. The event will be held on Sunday 24th February 2008 at a venue to be decided.

The Meg Nunn Tournament For the first time in its 25 year history The Meg Nunn Salver which is the Queensland Inter District Match Play Tournament was won by the Downs and South Western District.

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Accompanied by her husband Peter, also a golf professional and their two young children Cody and Tara, she has found time to create a smooth pathway into golf for many new lady golfers. Her weekly schedule includes ladies clinics, coffee rules and etiquette information nights, individual lessons, ladies demo days for equipment, organized weekly 9, 12 and 18 hole competitions and escorted long weekend golf trips. Lee and Peter are now expanding their profile on the Gold Coast by opening a retail shop at Carrara Gardens golf course to cater especially for ladies and new retiree golfers.

The shop “Lee and Petes Factory Golf Outlet” as the name suggests is a direct factory outlet for golf equipment ensuring not only big savings with pricing but also an emphasis on professional advice and service. All equipment will be offered fitted at no extra charge which includes shaft flex and length, lie and loft, flex point, swing weight, head design, shaft weight and grip size and texture. The factory outlet also boasts a state of the art computerised launch monitor and a frequency analyzer which gives the buyer exact knowledge on what equipment they are buying and to make sure all specifications are fitted to the individual. Their specialist ladies range of both equipment and apparel is not only designed for performance and fit, it also accessorises to a great look. The vanity fairway clothing range is designed for the tropical lifestyle of the Gold Coast with a mix and match emphasis from shoes to ball markers, gloves and headwear. So to improve your golf and look good on the course visit Lee and Pete sometime.

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STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS

Western Australia Kristie Smith & Whitney Hillier Shine for WA

Kristie Smith Whitney Hillier, 2007 St Andrews Junior Ladies Open Strokeplay winner

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ristie Smith (Royal Perth Golf Club) and Whitney Hillier (Joondalup Country Club) have both been recognised for outstanding results in 2007 to be selected in the Golf Australia 2008 National Squad. For Kristie, it is another year of refining her game under the best coaches and mentors in the nation, whilst for Whitney at just 16 years of age, it is a new opportunity to hone her skills and take the next step toward forging a career in golf. Director of Elite Development at Golf Australia, Peter Knight said, “The 7 female players selected in the 2008 National Squad demonstrate great desire and potential. They will receive a tremendous opportunity over the next 12 months to enhance every aspect of their game, which will ultimately provide them with the relevant tools they need to realise their potential on the professional stage.”

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SPORTE LEISURE

In addition to benefiting from specialist coaching and mentoring, the Golf Australia National Squad will receive assistance travelling to various events to represent their country. Australia has experienced tremendous success on the international stage throughout the past 12 months and with the right processes in place, it is expected that these players can continue to produce positive results. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Stacey Shanahan Takes Double

Stacey Shanahan (Cottesloe Golf Club) has claimed back to back State Junior Championships in 2006 & 2007 which, on top of her State Senior Championship victory in 2006 polishes off a solid two (2) years of golf. Stacey, who is in her 1st year of studying for a Commerce degree at the University of Western Australia, is working on the balance of study and golf so that she can do well in both and this would appear to be paying dividends. Stacey has an impressive history to date and has come through the ranks of the Graham Marsh Junior Golf Foundation wining a number of their events. This year, with partner Rochelle Miles (also Cottesloe Golf Club), they paired up to win the Australian Foursomes Championships. As a bit of diversity, Stacey also represented Australia at the World University Games in Thailand which was certainly an eye opening experience and one which will assist her develop her skills, not only as a golfer, but also as a visitor to another country.

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State Junior Winner Stacey Shanahan with WGWA President Dianne Tomlin

and her main role is to encourage women to take up golf by participating in our clinics, gala days and eventually to join clubs.

Mauritius Golf Tournament WGWA and Fiesta Holidays are coordinating the inaugural WGWA Mauritius Golf Tournament that is open to Ladies and Men of all handicaps. It is being held 1 – 7 March 2008 and includes 3 days of golf tournament at 2 different courses 3 days of sight seeing plus more golf or relaxation as desired. The response to the event has been overwhelming with the 60 allocated reservations being snapped up before the closing date at the end of October. Judging on the interest shown, this promises to be a highlight on the Women’s Golf WA calendar on an annual basis.

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and the Office for Women has provided Women’s Golf WA with a Sport Leadership grant of $3300 to conduct a leadership forum for club presidents and office bearers in 2008. The program will include forums on communication skills required for committees including dealing with conflict. This is the 3rd grant from the ASC with previous grants being used towards conducting Governance Programs for the Board and for sending staff and volunteers to computer courses such as adobe acrobat and excel.

Helen Beatty Joins Women’s Golf WA WGWA welcomes Helen Beatty as Development Coordinator. This position is supported by funding from Healthway and Helen will be encouraging all of our new and existing golfers to be “Smoke Free” and to live active and healthy lives. Helen has been the WA State Champion in 1998 and 2001, National Champion in 2001 and represented Australia on 7 occasions. Since becoming a Professional, Helen has been a member of the Ladies European Tour and Member of the Australian Ladies Professional Golf. With this experience, Helen is a welcome member of our team. Helen will work with WGWA part time Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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ne of the major challenges for junior golf development is that team sports including netball, hockey and soccer are exceedingly popular and participation is increasing.

Women’s Golf South Australia (WGSA) approached this challenge with a concept “Team up with WGSA”, which was introduced during school term 4 in 2006. Schools in higher populated regions were targeted – North and South of Adelaide and invited to take part in an eight week programme to be held at the nearest golf course. Fifteen girls from each school were selected based on their interest level and not necessarily an aptitude for the game. They were asked to place themselves in teams of three, give themselves a “team name” and work out what colour or logo best represented themselves. During the eight week programme the girls were taught by professionals, the basic skills of the game including the long game, chipping, putting and basic rules. Regular quizzes and information on nutrition and sun smart awareness were handed out for the girls to take home. Certificates of completion were also presented as the girls completed and passed each stage of learning. Following each session the girls participated in mini team competitions. Working in teams had the benefit of a team environment as opposed to competing individually.

The culmination of the eight week programme was a minicarnival, which was held at The Vines of Reynella Golf Club. The girls played a four hole Ambrose competition which was keenly contested by all participants and the winning team was presented with a perpetual trophy to be held for the following 12 months. Each participant was awarded with a certificate of completion, a sun-smart water bottle and a CD containing the individuals swings, plus information on club membership and the WGSA Girl’s Golf Club. The programme was especially designed to be interactive with an emphasis on fun. Girls learnt more than the physical aspects of the game, they were taught the “bigger picture”. They had to use academic skills such as mathematics and good grammar for the homework they were given. As a result of the programme, three of the girls joined as members of a golf club and a number of them took part in holiday clinics and playing days run by WGSA during the summer holidays. 2007 has seen WGSA rapidly spread the programme to additional Golf clubs and schools. So far this year we have had 15 schools commence the programme and two of them have started a second term of tuition. Next year we are looking at consolidating these school’s into the programme and increasing it to further locations and golf clubs, particularly regional areas. Six of the girls who had completed the programme were chosen to take part in a unique event which was held in May of this year. The event was a South Australia versus Victoria postal challenge, held at Par 3 courses simultaneously in SA and Victoria. It was an excellent opportunity for the girls from each state who were of similar levels to take part in a mini interstate postal competition. We are pleased that one of the schools which took part in the programme during 2006 and 2007 are looking to include golf into their curriculum. Golf is a “game for life” and even though the girls thoroughly enjoyed their sessions the hard work begins at the completion of the programme. We need support from the golf clubs, and their administration and club members. WGSA encourage clubs to offer attractive “entry level” memberships, because some of the junior memberships fees are still too expensive. We need to think laterally to improve and overcome these challenges. WGSA’s goal is to increase participation and create pathways so that girls can move through to being either good club golfer or compete at an elite level. We hope to find the next “Karrie Webb !” Further information can be obtained by contacting Sarah Barlow – Development Coordinator at Women’s Golf SA Inc on (08) 8234 1166 or on our web site at www.wgsa.com.au.

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Tasmania 2007 Elvie Whitesides 72 Hole Stroke Play Championship

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olf Tasmania received 52 entries for this their first official tournament since amalgamation on the 17 June. This included four of the National Squad members and 16 competitors from interstate to compete in the 2007 Elvie Whitesides 72 Hole Stroke Play Championship held at the Ulverstone Golf Club from 21 – 23 October. .This tournament now forms part of the Karrie Webb Scholarship Series. Golf Australia National Squad members competing included Kristie Smith of Western Australia, Bree Arthur and Cecilia Nha of Queensland and Stacey Keating of Victoria, these along with Clare Choi, Ebony Heard, Lauren Sinclair, Grace Lennon and Stephanie Brennan also of Victoria, Ellie Na of Queensland and locals such as Ashlee Dewhurst, Laurie Chew, Sarah Johnstone and Tammy Hall represented all those competing with handicaps less than 5. Clare Choi of Huntingdale Golf Club opened with rounds of 70, 69, and 71 – 9 under par to lead from Cecilia Nha of Lakelands Golf Club by 10 shots who had rounds of 72, 73, and 75. The fourth round was very interesting when Cecilia closed the gap on Clare with a final round of 69 to Clare’s 78. Leaving Clare the 2007 Elvie Whitesides Champion by 1 stroke. Laurel Wreaths were won by four players during the four rounds these were Clare Choi (70) and Stephanie Brennan (71) in the first round, followed by Bree Arthur (71) in the second and Cecilia Nha with a fine 69 in the fourth. The best round for the tournament was a great 68 in the fourth by Bree Arthur. The best Tasmania score was by Tammy Hall (Launceston Golf Club) on 304 from Sarah Johnstone (Ulverstone Golf Club) 308.

A team’s event was run in conjunction with the championship and was won by St Helens Golf Club (Lois Dakin and Kellie Duggan) with a stableford score of 128 from Devonport Golf Club (Helen Plaister and Bev Storer) on 123.

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A wonderful golfing achievement

by Bev Holman

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oan Ewing had wanted to play golf as a high school student but was not able to achieve this ambition until she reached her fortieth birthday. Her daughter began university studies in 1965 and Joan immediately joined the Devonport Golf Club.

Joan spent every opportunity in her early golfing days practising to improve her handicap and playing rounds with her many friends from Latrobe. During her first year her handicap was cut from 36 to 25 and by the second year she was playing off 17. Joan retired from teaching in 1981 and was able to spend more time on the golf course. She began playing regularly in the coastal Pennant Roster and was in the Devonport team which was the first ever North West team to win a State final in 1988. The team repeated this feat the following year and it was about this time Joan had reduced her handicap to 7. Joan has achieved a great many highs during her golfing career. • She was Devonport Club Captain from 1986-87 and enjoyed the challenge of this position. • She was Devonport Club Champion in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1998.

• Lu was also her partner when she won the North West Champion of Champions event in 1998 and 1999.

Joan has been a consistent golfer since taking up the game and at the age of 82 still plays at the Devonport Golf Club in Division 1. In her 80th year in 2005, she scored a gross 80 playing in the club’s ladies weekly competition and most recently, participating in a charity day for the Walter & Eliza Institute of Medical Research, Joan scored 48 stableford points resulting in a handicap reduction from 16 to 14.

• In 1972, at the age of 72, Joan was the Australian Senior’s 65 years and over Champion.

Joan says that golfing helps to keep her fit and we wish her many more years playing the sport she so enjoys.

• She teamed with Caroline Blake to take out the Devonport Club Foursome Championship in 1991 and with Lu Proud in 1998 and 1999.

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Victoria

Wimmera Buzzing

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he Wimmera, in Victoria’s far west is buzzing with junior golfers as WGV’s grass roots participation program hits full swing. Over 450 primary school aged children in the area have recently tried golf for the first time, thanks to a State Sporting Association Support Grant provided by the Victorian Government. The Department of Victorian Communities provided the grant for WGV to increase school aged children’s physical activity in regional Victorian communities.Through the delivery of grass roots golf activities, WGV has been able to meet the funding objective whilst growing junior golf participation in the Wimmera.WGV has been working directly with Edenhope, Stawell, Minyip and Horsham Golf Clubs to establish club-school programs. Developing these valuable relationships has increased the connectivity between schools and golf clubs and boosted junior development at these courses. WGV entered into a consultation process with the four golf clubs and local schools during the planning phase to ensure a fun and sustainable program for participants and involved community groups.

The program consisted of three structured stages, beginning with school based introductory activities that included Go Go and modified golf games. Go Go Golf is designed to introduce young girls and boys to the sport in a safe, encouraging and fun environment. Professional’s Mark McIntyre and Nicola Moult were involved in the second phase of the program at Stawell, delivering a come and try golf day, which included putting, chipping and full swing instruction to give the children an opportunity to experience all aspects of the sport. All clubs involved in this project have established or linked in to existing junior golf programs which will sustain golf activities in these communities. In addition to delivering grass roots activities, this grant has enabled WGV to provide participating clubs and schools with the necessary golf equipment required to self deliver activities and ensure program sustainability post WGV’s involvement. To date, the clubs involved in this program have offered on-going activities at their courses for juniors participating in the school based programs. As a result of this funded program, Stawell Golf Club has established a weekly junior golf program to satisfy the overwhelming interest in golf expressed by children in the region. Women’s Golf Victoria strives to make golf the sport of choice for females of all ages, and funded programs such as this one, which partners golf clubs with local schools provides the foundation for growth of the game in Victoria.

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Bonville

International

Golf Resort

Australia’s most beautiful!

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oted “Australia’s Favourite Golfing Resort” in 2005 & 2006 by the Golf Australia Readers Choice Awards, this Par 72 championship course rises and dips through elegant strands of rainforest, each fairway isolated and private from the next. Its great appeal lies in the fact it will stimulate and challenge golfers of every standard. The friendly,relaxed atmosphere of Bonville makes it particularly attractive for those guests who enjoy group activities and the company of friends. Stay in one of the resort suites overlooking the first fairway and take advantage of the superb leisure facilities, both indoor in the federation style clubhouse which houses the award winning Flooded Gums Restaurant where you can have a relaxing meal while taking in the magnificent panorama of the 18th fairway, and outdoor at the Country Club with three flood lit all weather tennis courts, billabong style swimming pool and rainforest walks. Bonville International is a place where the visitor returns over and over again. It is within 10 minutes drive of the Coffs Harbour airport, and half way between Brisbane and Sydney. It has a magnificent sub-tropical climate and close access to stimulating activities ranging from deep sea fishing, diving, marlin fishing, white water rafting, horse riding to more relaxing activities such as shopping at nearby both Sawtell and the magnificent Park Beach Plaza complex in Coffs Harbour, restaurants, and bush walking.

The breathtaking setting at Bonville has seen it described by Peter McWhinney, a respected and much travelled Australian Professional Golfer, as “the most beautiful golf course in Australia, if not the world”. But the beauty of Bonville is not confined to Nature’s own exquisite handiwork. 84

Bonville International Golf Resort are again hosting the popular Qantaslink Ladies Amateur Golf Classic from Friday the 15th until Sunday the 17th of February 2008. The event, now in its 12th year attracts over 190 players each year and has been hosted by Kerri - Anne Kennerley since 2001. This event is a great chance to play ‘Australia’s Most Beautiful Golf Course’ (As voted by The Golf Course Guide 4 years in a row) and is open to all amateur Lady golfers with an official AGU handicap (Maximum 36). Entry into the event includes a 9 hole ‘Warm Up’ round on Friday the 15th followed by a Welcome Cocktail Party on the Terrace Lawn overlooking the picturesque 18th green & fairway that night, Saturdays Tournament Dinner which includes gifts from Womens GOLF Summer 2007


sponsors, 2 x 18 hole competition rounds of golf on Saturday & Sunday (including twin share electric cart plus the Presentation upon competition of the event all for only $285 (per person). The event is a great opportunity to play this fantastic course and to meet new people in a social setting and the chance to share in over $5,000 in prizes.

You're invited to play in the 12th Annual QantasLink Ladies Golf Classic in 2008

For more information and to enter the 2007 Qantaslink Ladies Amateur Golf Classic please contact the event organiser Taryna Mackie on (02) 6653 4002 or by email on info@bonvillegolf.com. au or by visiting www.bonvillegolf.com.au

Where: Bonville International Golf Resort,

Coffs Harbour, NSW

When:

Friday 15th - Sunday 17th Feburary 2008

Open to All ladies with a current AGU Handicap Who?: Maximum 36 Format: 36 Holes- Div 1 & 2 Stroke, Div 3 & 4 Stab Cost:

$285 p.p Includes 3 days Golf with twin share cart, Welcome Cocktail Party, Tournament Dinner & Presentation

How to Tel: 1300 722 444 enter?: E: info@bonvillegolf.com.au

W: www.bonvillegolf.com.au

Take part in the 12th year of one of the best known amateur ladies golf events on the East Coast, at ‘Australia's Favourite Golfing Resort’*

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Ladies Orion Classic

Brookwater

Golf Club

The Ladies Orion Classic at Brookwater Golf Club on Tuesday, November 20 was a day of fashion, food and fun on the fairways.

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osted in conjunction with Orion Springfield Town Centre, and sponsored by Women’s Golf Magazine, the Club experienced great attendance for the Single Stableford competition.

Off course, golfers were treated to a champagne lunch at the Club’s restaurant ‘Armstrong’s at Brookwater’, and fashion parades featuring the latest trends in both golfing and general fashion. All entrants received an Orion Ladies Gift Pack on arrival and the winner on the day went home with an Orion Springfield Town Centre Gift pack valued at $1000. Brookwater Golf Club General Manager Mark Holland said the flagship event was a great success with lady golfers.

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“The Ladies Orion Classic was a new and exciting event on our calendar, and we look forward to hosting it again next year,” Mr Holland said.

“Keen golfers now have the chance to become members at Brookwater, with the recent launch of Non-Residential Memberships for the first time,” he said.

“The event provided lady golfers with the opportunity to test their golfing prowess on Queensland’s leading golf course, as well as meet new friends and check out the latest fashions for this season.”

Mr Holland said the day would not have been possible without the support of their partners in the Orion Ladies Classic.

Mr Holland said the Classic also gave golfers the opportunity to find out about the Club’s current transition to a private club.

“We would like to thank our partners in this event, Orion Springfield Town Centre, for their support and the generous donation of some fantastic gift packs and prizes, and Women’s Golf Magazine.”

“The vision we have for Brookwater is for it to become not only Queensland’s number one course, but one of the finest in Australia,” Mr Holland said.

“Feedback from the players indicated it was a successful day and we look forward to making the Orion Ladies Classic an annual event,” he said. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


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Pacific Dunes Golf Club has reached yet another milestone with their 60,000th golfer playing the course this month. 60,000th golfer Robyn Robinson & Peter Davies

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ince opening in April 2005, Pacific Dunes has proved popular with critics and social golfers alike, and is now regarded as New South Wales’ number one public access golf course.

Pacific Dunes General Manager Peter Davies said reaching the milestone of 60,000 golfers was an outstanding achievement. “Since opening, Pacific Dunes has acquired a loyal following of social and local golfers, members, professionals, celebrities and interstate visitors,” Mr Davies. “All have been impressed with the course layout and its tranquil setting, as well as the Troon Golf five-star service that all players are treated with. “I would like to thank the local and golfing community for

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their support over the past two and a half years and hope that golfers who have not yet experienced Pacific Dunes will visit us in the near future,” he said. Pacific Dunes Golf Club is part of the Pacific Dunes, Port Stephens $180 million golf and residential community, a joint venture between Babcock & Brown, Citta Property Group, local property developer Robert Paul and Patrick Rafter. Pacific Dunes Golf Club is managed by Troon Golf, the recognised leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing around the world. The company currently manages more than 190 golf courses in 29 countries including the USA, Scotland, Japan, Mexico and the Bahamas. For further information contact: Gerard Reilly or Frances Kinman on 07 3221 6711

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Kooindah Waters

Golf Resort welcomes guests for summer

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he Central Coast will boast a stunning new holiday destination from December, when Kooindah Waters Golf Resort opens its doors, offering luxuriously appointed accommodation and full resort facilities just minutes from pristine waterways and beaches, and an easy 40 minute drive from Sydney.

Manager, Clarendon Residential Group, owner of the Resort.

The Resort is positioned centrally on Kooindah Waters Golf Course, an 18 hole championship standard wetlands course, which provides a stunning backdrop of undulating green fairways, lakes and birdlife.

Kooindah Waters Golf Course was created by renowned golf course architect, Ross Watson with input from Craig Parry. Managed by Troon Golf, the golf course has been consistently listed among Australia’s top public golf courses since it opened in May 2006.

Visitors can choose from a range of stylish serviced apartments, suites and town homes, many featuring balconies overlooking the golf course. Facilities include a restaurant and bar with panoramic views, expansive outdoor swimming pool with shaded poolside BBQ area, indoor lap pool with sauna and spa, tennis courts, gymnasium and children’s playgrounds. An Endota Day Spa offers a multitude of treatments designed to create a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. “Kooindah Waters Resort will appeal to couples, families and groups of friends wanting a rejuvenating holiday in a beautiful natural environment, with the opportunity to do as much or as little as they please,” said Mr Darren Ingram, Senior Development

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“With one of NSW’s best new golf courses, an indulgent Day Spa and resort facilities on the doorstep, and beachside towns and the region’s largest Westfield Shoppingtown within a short drive, Kooindah Waters Resort will be popular with non-golfers, as well their golf loving friends and family,” Mr Ingram said.

The sixty four apartments, suites and town homes will be released for purchase by investors in January 2008. Showcasing excellence in contemporary design and quality interior inclusions, the resort accommodation will be sold fully furnished. Investors will receive four weeks use of their investment each year, as well as one family membership to Kooindah Waters Golf Club. Registrations of interest in the resort accommodation are being taken now. Early registration is recommended. Registration prior to the January release will ensure a private pre-release viewing in early January. To register interest contact Kathy Wealleans on 1800 705 355 or visit www.kooindahwaters.com.au. Kooindah Waters Golf Resort is located at Pollock Avenue, Wyong.

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Golf’n in Malaysia We hope you like the look of our new Spa and Golf Tours to Malaysia and Thailand. As part of Golf’n The Worlds ongoing commitment to bringing you the best tours and courses available, John and Fiona are off to Malaysia. With our continued relationship with Tourism Malaysia, they have invited us back to explore more of Malaysia’s exotic and challenging golf courses. Part of this tour also involves inspections of hotels and facilities, tourist attractions, restaurants, Health and Spa Retreats, golf courses and their facilities. If you would like to see more and hear more about our trip, log on to our website and head to the What’s News Page. Golf’n The World is committed to bringing you the best possible tours and unfortunately somebody has to do it. We are taking bookings for our annual Malaysia Golf Challenge for 2008. If you book before the end of February you will receive $100 off the tour price. The earlier you book the better the airfares and availability.

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aving recently undergone a multi-million dollar transformation, Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Golf Resort & Spa’s impressive new look is putting the property back on the map as Australia’s premier destination for business, sport, leisure and lifestyle. Along with the luxury refurbishment of guest rooms, reception, the swimming pool area, seafood buffet restaurant and coffee lounge, the Resort has also introduced an interactive games area and playground, the ultra modern Hydrate Bar, and an exotic new Angsana Spa complete with hair salon. Whilst the visual impact indoors is obvious, more subtle changes out on the golf course have also produced impressive results. With the emphasis back on the traditional golfing game, Royal Pines Resort has re-introduced yardage booklets and a new fleet of 110 state-of-the-art E-Z-GO motorised golf carts. Royal Pines Resort Executive Director of Golf, Gavin Kirkman says the new fleet of carts, the largest golf fleet in Australia, compliments the golfing and service experience at Royal Pines Resort. “Combine this with the consistent presentation of the course and quality surfaces and you have a golf destination for everyone,” says Mr Kirkman. With the quality of service at Royal Pines Resort at an all time high, the Resort was again part of a very successful pairing in October this year hosting Australia’s No. 1 social golfing event, in conjunction with Hope Island Resort. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Callaway Golf the 2007 Callaway Golf Hi-Lite Pro-am is one of the richest pro-am tournaments in the country, and offers a total prize pool in excess of $100,000. Following on from the Callaway Golf Hi-Lite Pro-am the twelfth annual Mitsubishi World Masters was also held in the last week of October. Attracting more than 1,000 golfers and boasting more than $100,000 in prizes, the Mitsubishi Masters is Australia’s biggest and richest amateur golf tournament. The week long celebration of golf and social events was enjoyed by male and female golfers over the age of 35, the 15 tournament divisions enabling golfers to play in groups of a similar age and standard. Under the direction of Suzanne Radliff and Gavin Kirkman Royal Pines Resort’s golf operation is oozing international form, and all level of golfers are enjoying access to the world class facilities. Preparations are currently underway for the Resort’s famous summer of sport, with the new and improved facilities set to be a hit with the thousands who visit the Gold Coast for major events such as the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts and ANZ Ladies Masters. For further information contact the resort on 1800 886 880 or visit www.cproyalpinesresort.com.au

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Too hard to choose between golf or a massage? Pamper or Play at Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Golf Resort & Spa

From $175 per person*

Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Golf Resort & Spa Pamper & Play package includes one night’s accommodation in a premier room, full buffet breakfast plus each guests choice of either 18 holes of golf or a pampering session at the new Angsana Spa.

Phone 1800 886 880 or visit www.cproyalpinesresort.com.au *Conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability and valid until 30 June 2008. Rates are per person, per night, twin share. Crowne Plaza Royal Pines Golf Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland Tel (07) 5597 1111 Fax (07) 5597 2277

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Sea Temple Located in beautiful Port Douglas, a favourite holiday destination for domestic and international travellers, The Sea Temple Golf Club aims to provide the highest levels of service, course conditioning and attention to detail synonymous with the Sea Temple brand. The Sea Temple Golf Club has a range of facilities including a Queenslander style clubhouse overlooking the links architecture of this Thompson, Wolveridge & Perrett designed course. The clubhouse, with its wide, open verandahs, is a perfect location to relax and enjoy the hospitality of the Tropical North. Voted in the Top 25 Best Resort Courses in Australia, Top 100 courses in Australia and #6 in links style design courses and measuring 6125metres from the championship markers the Sea Temple Golf Club offers all players, from the novice to the seasoned professional, a challenge to their golfing ability.

Douglas is Set on almost 10 acres of tropical beachfront at the southern end of Four Mile Beach, Sea Temple Resort and Spa Port Douglas is the newest 5 star luxury resort in Port Douglas for 15 years. A sophisticated, beachfront resort with luxuriously appointed, contemporary studios and fully self contained 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and villas Sea Temple Resort and Spa Port Douglas is ideal for the leisure, conference and business traveller. There are an abundance of first class facilities in and around the resort including stylish restaurant, grand central lagoon, fully equipped gymnasium and indulgent day spa.. Indulge yourself in one of our 8 tranquil treatment rooms including a double vichy room, and specialty rooms for messages, facials, body wraps, manicures and pedicures.

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Destination Golf Spa To celebrate its 20th birthday, Stonelea Country Estate is opening a Destination Spa in January 2008. The purpose-built Therapeutic Spa Centre will complement the already extensive range of resort facilities onsite along with the award-winning restaurant, luxurious accommodation and the private, fully irrigated, 18-hole golf course. The unique property features a range of resort facilities including trout-stocked lakes, tennis courts, lawn games and pools, all set on 1000 acres in some of the most picturesque countryside in the state.The accommodation cottages feature views of the golf course, lakes and rolling hills with spectacular Cathedral Ranges and distant Mount Buller in the background. Stonelea is an easy 2 hour drive North-East of Melbourne via either the Hume Highway or the Yarra Valley. There are a range of packages available for getaways, golf weekends and celebrations as well as a special events calendar featuring food wine and music each long weekend, golf tournament weekends and New Years Eve festivities. For those who enjoy relaxing on the 19th there is a golf lunch menu served on the pool deck as well as private dining rooms and an รก la carte restaurant and an extensive Victorian wine list. For more information you can call 5772 2222 or visit www.stonelea.com.au

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Acqua Viva Wedding

on the Green By Julie Wallis

Nick and I met at the Surfers Meadows Tennis Ranch where I used to play mid week fixtures and Nick was one of the resident coaches. We were friends for many years before we started seeing each other.

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Meeting the owner of Acqua Viva Day Spa, Daryl Raine. I soon found out how passionate he is about all things SPA. Daryl has been in the Spa industry for nearly 8 years and has created a beautiful boutique style spa in Hepburn Springs (3-4 minutes from the Hepburn Springs golf club) Daryl has kept Acqua Viva as a day spa and been very careful not to blur day spa/ beauty salon, as he believes this confuses a lot of people with the different types of treatments that are on offer.

Acqua Viva was the first private day spa in Australia to use Mineral Water for its spa treatments and a visit to Acqua Viva is not complete without having “taken the waters” as this is THE place for mineral water, the benefits of bathing in Mineral Water are too numerous to mention, if nothing else, it makes you feel so relaxed yet somehow invigorated. The European & Jewish communities have been coming to Hepburn Springs for over 100 years to “take the waters” They have known of the many benefits from their family heritage and now you too can “take the waters”. Bring some empty bottles and collect some of the Mineral Water from the springs to take home, enjoy it au naturel or with a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon. You can contact Daryl Raine at Acqua Viva Day Spa on 03 53 48 2111 or email daryl@dayspa.com.au or visit the website www.dayspa.com.au

ick and I have been together 10 years, Nick’s 1st marriage and my 2nd. We were overseas in 2005 to Wimbledon and went to watch Samantha Stosur play. Nick was her tennis coach for 8 eight years and I thought we were only at Wimbledon for the tennis. On Monday 20 June 2005 Nick proposed to me on Centre Court, which was an extremely romantic and magical moment, especially as we both had a passion for tennis and loved the game. Our other passion is golf and we both play on a regular basis at a variety of Courses from the Boomerang Farm to Lakelands. We decided that for our wedding ceremony in 2007 we wanted some symbolic way of expressing the start of our lives as a married couple. Some couples release doves or butterflies however we wanted something unique for our special day. As we were being married at Gainsborough Greens Golf Course, we decided that we would tee off at the same time as a gesture of unity and accord rather than teeing off separately as we would normally do playing golf. Both my children Bianca and Ryan were to be in the wedding party however the Wednesday night before, my son Ryan was the passenger in a car accident. Ryan sustained cuts and abrasions to his head and broke the tibia and fibular in his right leg.

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Although he had to come to the sad realisation that he could no longer walk me down the isle, he made sure he was present for the wedding. My daughter who resides in Melbourne walked me down the isle as my parents could not make it to the wedding. My wonderful old friends and colleges who have become friends from the Sports Medicine Clinic represented my family, as my children were the only other family present. Nick’s family travelled from Wollongong and we had 4 friends travel from the UK including my maid of honour.

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INSTRUCTIONS, TIPS & TRAINING

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Improve your short game

he Australian Short Game Academy offers both 2 and 3 day instructional and accommodation packages, at one of the stunning Sunshine Coast’s premier golf resorts.

Instructed by current and ex-tour professionals, the course will focus exclusively on the short game and in particular distance control, chipping, lob shot variation, bunker play and putting. The course will assist with performance pressure and anxiety

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and teaches how to take your newly learnt skills onto the golf course and perform when it counts. The Academy also offers Corporate Golf Days packages, which include a motivational breakfast discussing “The path to success” and “the mental aspects of golf at an elite level”. The Corporate Golf Day also includes 2 hours of short game instruction, lunch, and 18 holes of golf joined by PGA and LPGA professionals.

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PLAYER PROFILE

A rollercoaster

couple of years for Nadina by Joan MacLeod

2 years ago, Nadina Light (nee Taylor) was on a high. She was fully exempt on the LPGA tour and with the impending wedding to her fiancé Michael Light also a professional golfer, life seemed pretty rosy.

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t the conclusion of the 2006 Australian summer and after her Australia day weekend wedding to Michael on the 25th of January 2006 Nadina headed to the US seeking her first US tour victory.

Nadina had a stellar career as an amateur golfer. She spent two years in residence at the Australian Institute of Sport Golf Program and a further three years as a non-residential scholarship holder. Nadina remains the longest scholarship holder the AIS Program has ever produced. Nadina is also the only scholarship holder to be given a scholarship once she turned professional. Having posted 3 top ten finishes in her US career to date Nadina was full of confidence. The 06 US season saw Nadina compete in 21 tournaments making 11 cuts and recording only 1 top ten finish. By her standards disappointing! She encountered every golfer’s nightmare that season with the onset of a niggling shoulder injury. Her performances saw her lose her full exemption as she dropped just outside the top 80 on the US tour. Not deterred she returned home for treatment on the shoulder to prepare her the 07 Australian season and her quest to turn her partial exemption in the US back to a full exemption in 07. In the business of golf, losing her full exemption at the end of 06 was costly for Nadina. In a sport where for Australian women sponsorship endorsement is difficult Nadina lost the financial support of Titleist Footjoy. Her other major US sponsor, YES Putters has stood by her and in the summer of 07 Puma Australia signed Nadina up to a clothing endorsement that saw her start her Australian season kitted out and looking like the champion she is! The season started solidly with Nadina recording a 13th placing at the MFS Australian Women’s Open at Royal Sydney. She had another solid performance the following week at the ANZ

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Ladies Masters. Her first tournament in the US, the SBS Open at turtle Bay in Hawaii showed promise with a tie for 25th, but Nadina already knew that the shoulder was not holding up well. She tried spacing tournaments to give her shoulder some relief and continued with extensive physio in the US during and between events. Having only played in 5 tournaments Nadina conceded she needed surgery and returned to Australia in May this year. Nadina explains the process she has been going through. “The rehab has been going well, I was in the pool doing Hydrotherapy twice a week for the first few months but since then I have been in the gym trying to get the strength back that I used to have. Both the Surgeon and Physio are happy with the progress. I won’t try to hit a full shot till December though just to be sure that it is fully healed”. Thanks to the LPGA’s medical exemption category Nadina retains her partial LPGA exemption and can pick up where she left off next season. But she won’t be taking it up! Nadina is applying for another exemption next year, one that has made her extraordinarily happy. Nadina is requesting a maternity exemption Womens GOLF Summer 2007


for 2008 and will pick up on the tour in 2009 after the arrival of hers and Michael’s first child. “I come from a large family and it’s always been a very important part of my life. Starting a family for us is a very exciting time in our lives, I am so thrilled, I have always wanted to have a family and although I am 29 and could have waited a little longer, we wanted to be fairly young parents and felt the timing was right. We had our first ultrasound last week and were both amazed at what we saw, it truly is a miracle” Nadina shared. Nadina went on to explain with enthusiasm “The LPGA has a child minding program which works great, they are usually set up very close or on the golf courses and there are plenty of mothers who use this service. Obviously, the mothers don’t spend as much time working on their games as they previously did but it at least gives them an opportunity to compete”. Her passion for this new period in her life is evident and

she shows all the determination to be a great mum as she has demonstrated as a competitive golfer. No doubt the Lights new arrival will be swinging golf clubs before he or she knows it!

Nerves of Steel Rod Woodman wins ‘Golf Works Shootout’

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PLAYER PROFILE

Leah Hart

looking to move to

another level

by Warren Sevil

As 26 year old, Leah Hart, relaxed at her mother’s home in Toowoomba, just over an hour west of Brisbane, in mid October, she looked ahead to the next two months, a period which could well play a definitive role in her professional golfing career.

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n late November Hart will tee it up at the final stage of LPGA Tour School qualifying in Daytona Beach looking to gain one of the 15 or so fully exempt cards for the 2008 LPGA Tour or, in hopefully the worst case scenario, one of the further 35 or so conditional status cards. If Hart is able to achieve her dreams she will not only be where she wants to be in a playing sense but she will also be back in the USA where she had previously spent several years developing her game. “Europe was where I wanted to play initially as in 2005 I felt I was not ready for the LPGA and that Europe would allow me to develop my game, but the LPGA and playing in America has always been my goal,” said Hart recently. Raised in Rutherglen on the Murray River in Victoria, Hart ventured away from home for the first time when she moved to Kooralbyn International College south of Brisbane in the late 1990’s to take advantage of their golf programme there. “I spend a lot of time in Queensland when I am back in Australia but I still call Victoria home.” Hart returned to Victoria to complete her final year of schooling but, unable to get into the AIS golf programme, she looked at opportunities to play collegiate golf in the US. “Ideally I would have liked to have stayed in Australia but there was little opportunity for me here and living at home and playing amateur golf did not seem to be working and was not something I could afford to do so I investigated options in the US. I wrote some letters and Augusta State seemed the most appealing. The coach there, Shannon Hanson, was great and very encouraging and even to this day she has been the most influential person in my golf career. She is still a great friend and is actually going to caddy for me at the LPGA Tour School finals. I just seemed to hit it off with her even over the phone before making the decision and the chance to play Augusta National a couple of times a year was an appealing carrot also.”

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in Europe can be very expensive. I certainly spend a lot of time on the internet trying to find travel bargains.” More consistent weather and a greater continuity of events are also attractive to Hart.

Hart attended Augusta State in 2002 and 2003 and in the competitive golfing environment she excelled. She was voted the NCAA Freshman of the Year in her first season - a huge achievement. “That has probably been the best year of my golfing life to date. I won four events that season and never finished outside the top five in eight events so things were going well and I really liked the collegiate scene. I also got to qualify for the US Women’s Open that year at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon so it was a really a dream start to my time in the US and cemented my feeling for the place.” A decision by her collegiate coach to move from Augusta State prompted Hart to consider options for the remainder of her collegiate career and she was encouraged to move to Auburn University in nearby Alabama which was the number two team in the US at that time. “I really enjoyed my time at Augusta State as the town lived and breathed golf but Auburn was a great experience also as their sport is such a big part of University life there. Even their stadium holds 120,000 and it is right in the middle of campus.” In 2004 Hart had completed her college career but the time she spent at Auburn in terms of golfing achievements was disappointing in that the team missed the finals of the NCAA. She turned professional in June of 2004 but it would not be until 2005 when she seriously focused on her career. “I played the Futures Tour on a part time basis in 2005 but by the end of that year I decided to change direction and started working with Dale Lynch from Melbourne who is a brilliant swing coach and with whom I am still working. I also decided to head for the Ladies European Tour School as I did not really feel ready to tackle the USLPGA Tour School at that stage and that perhaps a couple of seasons in Europe would help me reach that level” Hart finished 12th at the Ladies European Tour School in late 2005 and had a solid first season with top tens at the KLM Open and the SAS tournament in Norway. She returned again in 2007 but although she again retained her status in Europe it is the USA that beckons for her. “Europe has been good for me but I am really looking forward to the possibility of playing the LPGA Tour.There are a lot of things in Europe that I struggle with, more in relation to lifestyle and costs. I still have a big task to get my LPGA card but I feel that my time in the US in college and since has prepared me for playing there and hopefully things will work out. The opportunity to play in the US is exciting as it would mean obviously the chance to play for more money and the cost of playing would be less as playing Womens GOLF Summer 2007

One further benefit Hart has gained by playing in Europe is that she has developed a close working friendship with mentor Phil Wright who has been working with Hart and her close friend and housemate while in London, James Heath. Heath, one of the best ever amateurs in British golf before turning professional in 2004, was a close friend during Hart’s collegiate days in the USA and the pair has worked closely with Wright and although he has not been involved in the technical aspects of Hart’s game, he has been a great sounding board for her. My results this year might not necessarily have shown as much but I know in my own mind that I have improved significantly while in Europe. Just to gain access to the final stage of qualifying this year in the US has been a journey for Hart. She lost her golf clubs in transit prior to the first stage of qualifying in California and did not have time to adjust to the new set of clubs and missed out on an automatic graduation to the final stage. There was one last opportunity in Florida and, better prepared, she finished 10th and made it through to the final which will be played over 90 holes at Daytona Beach. If she is able to get through the final stage of qualifying Hart will be able to capitalise on an association she has with Pinehurst in North Carolina where she regularly stays when in the US. “They allow me to use the practice facilities there and play all the courses so it is great for my game and a nice environment to focus on my golf. It is a bit like Augusta in that it lives and breathes golf and the facilities are superb.” Leah Hart does have the fallback option of a place on the Ladies European Tour if things do not work out in December but in talking with her it seems clear that America is where she wants to be for reasons more than just money. Like so many young players in her position there is a fine line between pleasure and pain or in this case success or failure. Some would argue that Hart has succeeded already with her achievements to date but if she plays to her full potential then not only can Hart gain her card but she can perform with success on what is the holy grail of women’s golf, the LPGA Tour.

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Blackheath ladies’ double day

by Vicky Marquis

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n March 8th, International Women’s Day, Jeanette Hawkins scored a Hole in One on the 13th and Rhonda Lonegram scored a Hole in One on the 17th playing in the Blackheath ladies’ Championship event. This occurred on the final day. Not only were there two holes in one on the same day, but both players were sharing the same cart. This was Jeanette’s third hole in one at Blackheath in as many years. Discuss with your professional your expectations prior to commencing a program. This way you will both be on the same wavelength from the beginning and can set goals to work towards together. While it is important to track and recognise progress, also allow yourself the time to learn properly in a fun and relaxing manner. Placing high expectations on yourself and your professional will only add pressure to an environment that should be considered a pleasure and not a stressful chore. Enlisting the services of a Pro to help nurture your game is a progressive and positive step in gaining a greater appreciation and respect for the game that will always be a challenge to perfect, but in the process you will enjoy yourself, contribute to an increased level of fitness, initiate social opportunity and give you more great reasons to keep on shopping.

Jeanette Hawkins (left) and Rhonda Lonegram

Women’s Golf Club Championships It’s a club championship for a club without a course.

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he Women’s Golf Club (WGC) are holding their second club championship at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club in December. The Stableford competition is open to all WGC members, including those who don’t have a handicap, with prizes being awarded to the outright winner, runner up, longest drive and nearest to the pin. While members without handicaps can enter, they are not eligible to win Championship. Just like at a regular golf club, there will also be opporunities for all those who take part in the action to socialise and talk about ‘that shot’ that almost won them the Championship at a BBQ buffet dinner upon completion of play. 2007 has been a great building year for the club which often acts as a feeder system to traditional golf clubs. WGC members

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have been welcomed at club open days and Adam Power, the membership coordinator at Women’s Golf NSW, has been making arrangements for more courses to be available to players. Many clubs are now also reaping the rewards of WGC with a high percentage of 06/07 members transferring to full club membership and enjoying the benefits on offer. Because the club is particularly attractive to newcomers to the sport of golf, with its low fee structure and flexible playing arrangements, it’s the perfect ‘stepping stone’ for future golf club members to build their confidence on course by playing in regular competitions that more social than competitive. For further details on the Women’s Golf Club, club open day competitions and the club championships, go to the Women’s Golf NSW website www.wgnsw.org.au . Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Pacific Dunes Fashion

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acific Dunes Golf Club hosted their second Ladies Fashion Classic for the year on October 11th.

It was a day of golf, glamour and gossip for the women who indulged in the two person Ambrose tournament, a champagne lunch and fashion parade. Guests started the day with 18 holes on the championship course and enjoyed a leisurely lunch at the Golf Villa. Lunch was followed by the fashion parade which showcased Spring fashions from Five Under, Cutter & Buck, Ralsport and Footjoy. L-R Beverly Petersen, Sandra Pride, Barbra Smith & Chris Sears

Pacific Dunes Sales and Marketing Manager Kylie Davies said the day was a great success. “It was great to see so many women at the Club enjoying a day of golf and fashion,” Ms Davies said.

L-R Toni Café (Pacific Dunes) Fashion Classic Winners, Di Leahy and Gloria Smith, and Naomi Chapman (Pacific Dunes)

Peter Donnelly Automotive Ladies Classic Pro-Am To be held - 6th and 7th December, 2007

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eter Donnelly Automotive, the Southern Highlands dealer for Alfa, Citroen and Fiat at Mittagong is our Major sponsor this year and the Board and members are pleased to have them on board for this very poplar event.

The Pro-Am Committee and Board of Directors are excited at the prospect of having some of the best names in Women’s Golf playing at Moss Vale. At our Centenary Pro-Am five years ago the Moss Vale Ladies Pro-Am attracted such big names as Laura Davies and Carlie Butler. Along with the return of Carlie Butler we have players from NZ, Canada and Denmark including Shani Waugh, identical twins Angela and Wendy Hawkes, European Circuit qualifiers Frances Bondad, Dana Lacey, Kristie Newton (Jack Newton’s daughter) and our own local girl from Shellharbour Katy Jarochowicz.This is a great opportunity for Moss Vale to showcase Women’s Golf and of course, Moss Vale Golf Club. The Club has a capacity field of 130 players taking part in the individual and teams stableford events on both days. The field of 67 Professionals will compete for a total prize purse of $25,000, and $3,000 of trophies will also be on offer for amateurs. Entry for amateurs will cost $45 per day or $65 per player for both days, and all players will be eligible for prizes. All entrants must have a current AGU or WGA handicap maximum of 45 for ladies, 27 for visiting men and 32 for male members. Club Car Australia is putting up a HOLE in ONE prize of an electric “Club Car” valued at around $10,000 for Lady Professional’s only, on our 160 meter par 3 6th Hole which will be one of the feature hole on the day.

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The Club is staging a “Meet the Lady Professionals” Cocktail Party in the Clubhouse on Wednesday 5th December prior to Pro-Am on Thursday 6th, cost is $20.00 per head and a limited number of tickets will be on sale now. We are also staging a “Dine with the Stars” dinner on Thursday 6th December where members and guests can dine and mingle with the leading Lady Professionals from Thursday’s round at a 3 course dinner for $35.00 p/head. Tickets are on sale now. Spectators for the day are most welcome especially for the “Longest Drive” and “Shootout” on Wednesday afternoon at aprox 4 – 4.30pm, and enquires can be directed to the Club on 02 4868 1811. Playing enquires should be directed to the Pro-shop on 02 4868 1503.

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CLUB NEWS

Troon Golf holds its third Troon Invitational Event Over 80 golfers attended the Pacific Dunes Golf Club in Port Stephenson on September 14th with some excellent scoring.

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acific Dunes ambassador Kerri-Anne Kennerley was a special guest at the event and played the course with her sister and brother making it a true family affair!

The series of Troon Invitational events are very popular and have been designed for Troon’s Privilege Card holders who can bring a guest to play in the 2 ball Ambrose format. Director of Sales & Marketing for Troon Golf Australia Pacific, Nick Stewart said the Troon Invitational events are always popular with golfer. “With some great prizes provided by sponsors Nuturf, Coke and Callaway, the Invitational’s provide a forum for Troon Golf to display its excellence in golf facility management and allows golfers

to experience five star service and top conditioned golf courses,” Mr Stewart said. “Troon is planning between four and five Invitational events for 2008 with one planned for our new facility in Cranbourne, Victoria – Settlers Run,” he said. For more information about Troon’s Privilege Card and benefits for members, go to www.troongolf.com.au.

Twin Creeks supports Breast Cancer Foundation

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win Creeks Golf & Country Club added a touch of pink to the fairways when it hosted its annual Breast Cancer Golf Day on Tuesday October 30.

Joining forces with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club hosted their second annual Breast Cancer Golf Day, raising $8,000 towards breast cancer research. The charity golf event attracted more than 100 golfers including special guest, Ladies Australian Long Drive Champion Melissa Brydon. Twin Creeks General Manager Ray Manulat said participation at the event exceeded expectations. “It was encouraging to see so many golfers step out on the fairways and join the effort to raise money for such an important cause, We are thankful for the support we received from individuals and businesses through donations and sponsorship. These contributions were vital to the result we were able to achieve for the foundation,” Mr Manulat said. The winning team on the day comprised of Alan Middleton, Rowan Easterbrook, Grant Heanes and Brad Halton who scored 48.25 nett.

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Moya Sheppard, Lucie Gabb, Chrissie Greir, Rhonda Parkinson

Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club is New South Wales’ newest private golf club incorporating a Graham Marsh designed 18-hole championship course. It is located at Luddenham, just 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. The Club is managed by Troon Golf, the recognised leader in upscale golf course management and development around the world. The company currently manages 190 golf courses in 29 countries including the USA, Scotland, Japan, Mexico and the Bahamas. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Babes in Buggies Ladies’ Charity Golf Event

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acific Harbour Golf & Country Club hosted the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Babes in Buggies Ladies’ Charity Golf Event on Friday 12 October.

Keen golfers battled it out on the fairways, in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Working Wonders initiative. Pacific Harbour’s newest ambassador, Channel Nine personality and TV presenter Miranda Deakin was on hand at the Charity Golf Day. In its fifth year, the Babes in Buggies Ladies’ Charity Golf Event was a day of fun, networking and golf.

Bonville hits half a million

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ustralia’s Favourite Golfing Resort 2005 & 2006, Bonville International Golf Resort, Coffs Harbour has hit a milestone of 500,000 golf rounds played since opening in January 1992.The magic half million was achieved yesterday the 10th August by one of the 36 players in the “Legends” golf group, a group of Sydneysiders who have visited the Coffs Coast to play & stay at Bonville International for the last 15 years. To commemorate this milestone each member of the group received a special Bonville gift. “Legends” golf group organiser Andrew Dihm (pictured) was pleasantly surprised to hear the announcement that his group tipped the figures past the half million. “We’ve been coming since Bonville opened and will be coming back for our annual 4 days of golf, golf & more golf at Bonville for many more years to come, hopefully we can be the Millionth players as well! The determination of the players to play in this annual Bonville event is reflected by players travelling from Singapore & New Zealand.

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General Manager Brad Daymond, has been monitoring the numbers since January and is pleased the day has finally arrived ahead of our earlier predictions of Mid to Late September 2007. Of the half million rounds played, over 350,000 of these rounds have been played by visitors to the Coffs Coast. This achievement highlights the significance of Bonville International Golf Resort as a major tourist attraction on the Coffs Coast. 105


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1993 – LAUREL WREATH Which was presented to Val by Mrs. P. Bridges 1996 – NSWLGU COUNTRY FOURSOMES with G Hickly NORTH and NORTH WEST. Open Championship at Moree OPEN FOURSOMES – K. NICHOLSON 1997 – R/UP IN N.S.W SENIOR C’SHIP SYDNEY BANKSTOWN BRISBANE WATERS – OPEN C’SHIP (Tug/wyong) 1998 – N.S.W SAND GREEN C’SHIP played at Barraba R/UP N.S.W SENIOR C’SHIPS SYDNEY MANLY. Defeating E. Cavill, S. Dowling 1999 – SEMI FINALIST AUST SENIORS Killara (E Cavill) who won N.S.W SAND GREEN C’SHIPS Walcha. 2000 – R/UP AUST SENIORS C’SHIP Nudgee. N.S.W OPEN NORTHERN CUP. CENTRAL NORTH COAST. OPEN C’SHIPS South West Rocks No NW OPEN C’SHIPS Moree As well as NEDGA – the only lady to win all the c’ships in the same year. 2000 – AUST COM. SPORTS MEDAL COFFS HARBOUR CLASSIC 2000 and 2002 LISMORE SPRING CUP 2006 – R/UP 60-65 AUST SENIORS at ELANORA

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NEDGA OPEN C’SHIPS – 1979 – URALLA, 1988 – URALLA, 1990 GUYRA, 1995 – ARMIDALE, 1996 – GLEN INNES, 1998 TENTERFIELD, 1999 – GUYRA, 2000 – URALLA, 2002 – WALCHA, 2005 – TENTERFIELD – 2006 – GUYRA CLOSED C’SHIPS – 1979, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997 – INVERELL 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2005 and 2006 FOURSOMES – 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 – E. Hobdy 1995 – K. Nicholson CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS – 12 VET C’SHIPS – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 LOCAL 17 Times C’SHIPS FOURSOMES MIXED FOURSOMES Val has held every position on the ladies commitee since 1976 BOARD OF DIRECTORS SENTERMS VICE PRESIDENT NEDGA SECRETARY 1982 – 1993 Vice President 1994 – 1996 President 1999 – 2001 Treasurer 2001 NSWLGU 1993, 1994, 1995 NORTHERN CO-OPT 1996, 1997, 1998 NORTHERN DIV REPRESENTATIVE

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STOP PRESS

Lunch with TT

Legends

he trailblazer of women’s golf, Jan Stephenson, Hall of Famer, Jane Blalock, our Dawn Fraser and golf aficionado Kerri-Anne Kennerly made up an impressive and energetic combination at the Lunch With Legends this week at Concord Golf Club, Sydney. Golf Australia and Women’s Golf New South Wales collaborated to bring together pioneers of women’s golf to share their experiences and celebrate their combined achievements, as well as addressing potential challenges for the future. Master of ceremonies and fresh from the television studio, Kerri-Anne was evidently excited to be included. Guest speaker and winner of over 22 international tournaments, including three majors, Jan Stephenson expressed the importance of golf as a game of honour that teaches young players values that takes them through life. Her experience with the game has taught her about life and people. “You can tell a lot about a person by how they handle themselves on a course,” she said - even suggesting to play a round of golf with a potential partner before settling down! Jan also reminisced about the time she posed for that infamous ‘golf ball bath’ photo. Giggling, she said it was an incredibly uncomfortable experience and that ‘no’ she was not completely naked. She wore two, strategically placed, small cardboard circles and a triangle. In a recent house move Jan had come across these

Jane Blalock, Kerri-Anne Kennerly and Dawn Fraser

mementos of the shoot and Kerri-Anne was quick to imagine the eBay possibilities! The impact of that photo is now legendary. Dawn Fraser, Australia’s female athlete of the century and four-time gold medallist, as a member of Concord, felt as if she was inviting us into her home. She recalled her childhood days in Balmain and how she chose swimming over horse riding because she could afford to swim! Her love of golf developed after her retirement from swimming. Dawn’s involvement was considerable from caddying to playing to travelling around the country and generously giving her time at charity golf days. The issue of encouraging more women and young girls to the game was addressed with recommendations put forth to look at the busy lifestyle of modern women and suggesting ways to play in a shorter time and making golf more accessible. It was certainly unique to have so many champions in one room. The mind boggles at the amount of tournament wins and holes-in-one between them all. The drive and determination expressed by all of these women gave everyone an insight into what makes a champion and in this case – legends. The Legends Tour Open Championship and the Handa Australian Senior Open is on this week at Concord Golf Club, Sydney from 2 November to 4 November.

New Careers, New Skills

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If you are looking for ways to motivate your long term staff or improve their current work skills, or perhaps change your own career path, this is the time to do it!

he Australian Government is currently issuing Work Skills Vouchers worth up to $ 3,000 to interested Australians aged 25 years or over, who do not have a Year 12 or a certificate II level qualification or higher.

One of Australia’s leading registered training Organisations; National Institute of Training is approved to accept Work Skills Vouchers for the delivery of a variety of Certificate II qualifications throughout Australia.

The vouchers are an initiative to improve the basic skills of Australians currently in the workforce or looking for work; who have no formal qualifications.

“Our flexible delivery of training through either short intense workshops or self-paced distance delivery learning has been a winner” said Chris Gloufchis the National Manager.“Either way the student is under the guidance and mentoring of highly professional industry specific trainers” he added.

Improvements in basic skills help people who are already in employment to move into higher level positions and assist those who are looking to change their career path. Often the simple recognition of current skills and experience that a nationally recognised qualification can validate, gives confidence to long term employees to assist with their personal development and career progression.

Just some of the Certificate II courses offered by National Institute of Training are: BSB20101 – Business; PMB20401 – Process Manufacturing; ICT20102 – Customer Contact; TDT20102 – Transport & Distribution (Warehousing & Storage); FDF20103 – Food Processing; WRR20102 – Retail Operations; THH21802 – Hospitality (Operations)

Employers are benefiting by the improved knowledge and skills gained from the voucher training. With an increased level of job satisfaction, motivation and self confidence of their staff, the impacts on the bottom line is sure to be positive.

The Australian Skills Vouchers is an initiative of the Australian Government and for more information check out www.australia. gov.au/skillsforthefuture or the National Institute of Training at www.niot.com.au for an office in your state.

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JUNIOR GOLF

Colin Montgomerie leads applause for winners of Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge

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T ANDREWS, October 3, 2007 – Many of the world’s leading golf professionals and top amateurs led the applause as the winners of the Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge were presented with their prizes at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Welcome Party. Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie and Hollywood stars Hugh Grant and Samuel L. Jackson were among those in the Alfred Dunhill Pavilion overlooking the 17th green on the Old Course as the presentations were made by Julian Diment, Marketing Director of Alfred Dunhill Ltd. Angus Ritchie, aged 17, from Inverkeithing High School won the double as overall scratch winner and winner of the Senior Boy category. The net category winners were Louise Smith and siblings Jenna and David Scott. Golf is obviously in their blood as their father is David Scott, Director of Golf at Kingsbarns, one of the three golf courses featured in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. All contestants in the Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge, along with their parents and a school representative, will receive tickets for the final round of the championship on Sunday, where they will be invited to an exclusive golf clinic given by internationally renowned golf coach Robert Baker. Baker said: “This is a superb competition which encourages golf in schools in the area. I am really looking forward to meeting these youngsters and working with them. If kids can get the right coaching early enough in their golf career it will help them enormously for many years to come. And there is always the chance that we discover a champion.” Angus shot an impressive (79) gross in adverse weather conditions to take the overall scratch prize from a field of 110 from 18 schools from Fife, Tayside and Angus. The Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge was held on Sunday, June 24, and was decided by one 18 hole round of medal play over the testing Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland. Aimed at encouraging school-aged golfers to enjoy the unique challenges of links golf the competition was played in four divisions, off handicap, in addition to the overall Scratch Prize: Junior (S1-S3), Boy and Girl and Senior (S4-S6), Boy and Girl. The winners were: Junior Boy: David Scott from Bell Baxter High School with a net score of 69 Junior Girl: Louise Smith from Grove Academy with a net score of 79 Senior Boy: Angus Ritchie from Inverkeithing High School with a net score of 71 Senior Girl: Jenna Scott from Bell Baxter High School with a net score of 79 The world-class professional line-up for the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship includes World No 5 Ernie Els, Open champion Padraig Harrington, who will be bidding for a third Dunhill title, local Scottish hero Colin Montgomerie, Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion, Steve Elkington, winner of the 1995 US

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Winner’s of this year’s Alfred Dunhill Schools Challenge receive their prizes from Alfred Dunhill Marketing Director Julian Diment. From left to right, Senior Girl winner Jenna Scott, overall scratch winner and winner of the Senior Boys category Angus Ritchie, Marketing Director Julian Diment, Junior Boy winner David Scott and Junior girl winner Louise Smith.

PGA championship and Europe’s Ryder Cup captain Nick Faldo. Plus players from the World’s top 25, including Paul Casey, Luke Donald, Niclas Fasth, Trevor Immelman, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Former champions Paul Lawrie, Stephen Gallacher and Lee Westwood, winner of the recent British Masters, will also be in the field. Among the amateurs playing are Hollywood stars Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Murray, popular British actors Hugh Grant and Dougray Scott, US TV star Ray Romano from Everybody Loves Raymond, George Lopez, US sitcom writer and actor, music stars Don Felder of the Eagles, Ronan Keating, Huey Lewis and Tico Torres of Bon Jovi. Three of Britain’s greatest sporting knights – Sir Ian Botham, Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Steve Redgrave - lead a strong locker room of sports stars including football legends Johan Cruyff, Ruud Gullit and Matthew Le Tissier, Wimbledon tennis hero Boris Becker, Australia’s greatest ever cricket captain Steve Waugh, South African rugby giant Morné du Plessis, American Football’s renowned running back Marcus Allen and Austria’s Olympic gold medal skier Franz Klammer. 168 teams of one professional and one amateur contest the first three rounds, with one round being played at each of the three courses in rotation. Two competitions are played concurrently – individual professional and team. The team score will be the best net score of the two players at each hole. After 54 holes the field reduces to the leading 60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 leading teams, all of whom play the final round over the Old Course at St Andrews. Play will be in four-ball groups and in order to accommodate as many players as practical, all four rounds will start from both the first and tenth tees at all courses. Queries regarding accreditation should be e-mailed to Frances Jennings at the European Tour on FJennings@europeantour.com Womens GOLF Summer 2007


HEALTH & FITNESS Dr Michael Oei Sports and Musculoskeletal Physician President of the Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine.

President Australian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine 2007-2009.

Golf elbow related pain/injuries Tendinopathy/Tendinosis: A major medical problem in sports as well as some work activities. It is a condition in and around the tendons resulting from overload and overuse.

One of the most common site of injuries in Golf players is the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Physical medicine ( Sydney University ) elbow. This condition is better known as www.musculoskeletalgolfinjury.com.au Tennis Elbow when it affects the lateral elbow (outer part) or Golfer’s Elbow when it affects the medial part (inner part). Also more commonly known as “tendonitis”/”epicondylitis” or epicondylalgia. However these terms with “it is” should no longer be used as it implies inflammation. Recent research advances showed that patients with overuse tendon pain DO NOT suffer from an inflammatory condition of their tendons. Fellow and Examiner of the Australian College of Physical medicine.

What is Tennis Elbow (Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy)? It is defined as a condition that causes lateral elbow tendon pain , localised tenderness and impaired performance. This condition is aggravated by specific physical and sporting activities. Diagnosis is determined through history and physical examination, which reveals localised tenderness over the lateral epicondyle (elbow) and reproduction of pain on loading the extensor tendons.

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1. Aging tendons. With increasing age there are changes in the structure and function of the human tendons as the collagen fibers increase in diameter and decrease in tensile strength and elasticity. Most characterised age –related changes are degeneration of the tenocytes ( tendon cells ) and collagen fibers. 2. Overuse. Lack of recovery time before the next training session / play.This is more common in better players and men as they play more frequently and do not allow sufficient recovery time. Women players were more irregular and that maybe the reason why their injury profile was less severe as they allow

more rest time for recovery. 3. Lack of specific fitness/conditioning for repetitive golf swing. 4. Poor Golf swing technique. A chicken wing ,which is defined as early loss of extension or breakdown of the lead elbow through the impact phase will lead to the development of Tennis Elbow.

Management of lateral elbow tendinopathy: Eccentric loading exercise is the key to success in prevention and management of tendinopathy. Specific tendon loading while lengthening the tendon has been shown to be more effective than concentric loading of the tendon in the prevention of injury. This type of exercise will stimulate faster healing. A Well defined exercise programme should be the cornerstone of treatment of tendinopathy. Physical therapy comprising of muscle energy stretching, heat and acupuncture maybe effective in conjunction with eccentric loading. The use of a tennis elbow brace maybe helpful when the golfer wants to continue playing. Injection therapy. Cortisone injection has been used in the past to suppress inflammation. As tendinopathy is not an inflammatory condition its effectiveness may only be short term and should not be used as a rule in view of its side effects. One of the latest therapy that have been gaining popularity due to its efficacy is the regenerative Prolotherapy injection, using glucose and local anaesthetic injected into the painful neurovascular bundles. These injections help promote the healing process of the tendons. Surgical management if all these measures fail ,but should only be considered as a last resort. Return to sport takes time. One should have a golf fitness screening by a qualified golf specific physician and a proper fitness programme to correct certain limitations as well as golf swing correction by a qualified golf pro. Golfer’s Elbow (medial elbow tendinopathy) is not as common as Tennis Elbow. Management is similar, but directed.

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PROFILE

Susan Richards – a love of her job by Bruce Young

The enthusiasm 33 year old Susan Richards has for her role as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at the Cape Schanck Golf Club on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is infectious. In talking with her for this interview it became abundantly clear that although this had not originally been her first career choice, she would not now swap it for the world.

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ichards was raised in the Cape Schanck area but her first venture into the workforce was in the retail industry. “After school I worked in a newsagency for about seven years and then just decided that I had had enough of that. I wanted to work outside as I had lived an outdoor life, growing up with horses and motorbikes and the like. Even though we had lived alongside Cape Schanck I had no real idea about golf courses and so instead dropped off my resume to horse studs and nurseries in the area.Then, almost as an afterthought and because of where we lived, I dropped in a CV to Cape Schanck also.”

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Richards was soon invited in for an interview and despite not being particularly golf savvy in those days, her passion clearly won over those interviewing her. “Chris Grumelart, who was then the Golf Course Superintendent, and a lady from administration, interviewed me for what was then a job as an unqualified worker and although I was nervous, the interview went well. Having no idea about golf courses I didn’t quite know what I was letting myself in for but I got the job and started here in September of 1999.” Despite her lack of knowledge in the role, Richards took an instant liking to her new working direction. “There was a lot of variety in the job and it was very rare that you would be doing the same thing day in day out.There was a lot to learn and even though some of the tasks weren’t all that pleasant, the advantages of the job far outweighed the disadvantages so to speak and importantly for me I was working outside.” Not only did Richards take to her new role, Cape Schanck took a liking to Richards. Sensing that she had a passion and ability in Womens GOLF Summer 2007


what she was doing, her then boss, Grumelart, suggested Richards might like to take up an apprenticeship to eventually become a qualified greenkeeper which she did. “I did the apprenticeship on my own from home as that was before the adult apprenticeship was available. I would go and pick up assignments from college and do all the theory work at home and they (the apprenticeship authorities) would come out and assess the practical side of my work.” Soon after gaining her qualification, Richards was offered the role as Assistant to the Head Superintendent at Cape Schanck and, although flattered and tempted by the offer, she initially turned it down. “There was a little disquiet here with me being offered the role as there were others who felt they were more deserving and better suited. Because I was not a particularly self confident person then, I decided to turn it down but when Chris said that if I didn’t take it they would advertise it elsewhere I made the decision to accept the position.” That was in late 2003 but Richards was soon making another decision along similar lines. “Chris resigned in early 2004 and so I ran the operation for a couple of months while they carried out interviews for the role. I was actually offered the position as Head Superintendent but again I just felt that because I had only been in the assistant role for four months, I didn’t really know enough to take over. People were very encouraging and said that I could do it but I knew in my own mind that I wasn’t ready. I didn’t want to take on such a role unless I was totally confident that I could stand up and say I know what I am doing and so decided to decline and instead gain further qualifications.” Those further qualifications started with a Diploma in Turf Management which she has since completed and Richards now feels that if a similar offer came her way again she would look at things differently. “I would consider such a role now. I have much more knowledge, experience and confidence now and really do love the work.” Even during the three years undertaking her Diploma course, Richards gave further evidence of her capabilities by being voted the Outstanding Diploma Student during that time. Asked why it is that she has done so well in a field that was initially so foreign to her, Richards had an interesting answer. “It’s probably because of a little bit of my own paranoia to some extent. I tend to double check everything I do to make sure that I am doing the right thing all the time and that likely stems from initially having self doubt. I also enjoy working hard, love the outdoor nature of the role and also have a lot of pride in my work. I really enjoying hearing of people coming here and saying they have enjoyed the golf course.” As for playing the game, Richards has only become actively involved in the last two years. “I would occasionally have a hit prior to that but two years ago I bought some new clubs and all the gear and I really enjoy it now. It makes me a lot better at my job also as I look at things from a golfer’s viewpoint more than I did previously.” While Cape Schanck is dear to her heart Richards lists other golf courses which she has also enjoyed playing including Kingston heath, Moonah Links Legends and the Moonah course at the National Golf Club. The issue of a woman doing well in what has, traditionally at least, been a man’s domain is not one that concerns Richards. “It can at times be a physically demanding job but not overly so. I’m quite sporty and an outdoors type and used to physical activity Womens GOLF Summer 2007

so do not find it too challenging in that regard. It may not suit all but most women would cope if they wanted to take on the job. I don’t think of it as a man verses woman thing but rather using the best person for the job whoever it is. I never feel like I am outnumbered and I find it is a great working environment.” When asked if she would recommend the role to other women, Richards had no hesitation. “Definitely, even though the salaries in this industry are not great compared to other trades and occupations, the lifestyle, working environment and other aspects of the job go a long way to making up for that from my point of view.” In talking with Richards you get the impression that she would have excelled in whatever she chose to do but it seems she and Cape Schanck Resort are better off for the decision they both made eight years ago.

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SUBSCRIBER PRIZE WINNER Left: Mia and her husband Danny outside the Hydrate bar at Royal Pines Below: Mia Sherman, Mona Vale Golf Club on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Dear Cathryn and team at Womens Golf Magazine, I have been in the Army for 30 years and am retiring on 6 November 2007. I have always played and been involved with sporting activities such as netball, squash and tennis and now GOLF has taken over. In 1996 I had a bad fall while doing the obstacle course which is a part of the activities we have to do in the army. Due to the fall I hurt my neck and lower back, my neck has been operated on with two new titanium disks but my back is being monitored and will have a titanium disc implanted when the body is unable to cope anymore. My husband Danny has been a keen golfer for many years and has been trying to get me to take up the game. In 1999 we were living in Townsville and Danny was sent to Timor when the trouble first started so that left me home with too much time on my hands so I decided in January 2000 to learn how to play GOLF. This was the start of my journey on the golf course. I went in to a Pro Shop and was fitted for a set of golf clubs which arrived at the end of January 2000. I had two lessons to learn how to hold the clubs and at least hit the ball. I then become determined to know how to play before Danny returned home from Timor. I was on the golf course every morning at 6 am and played nine holes before work and back again in the afternoon for another nine holes. I worked hard at the game because I wanted to be able to play well enough to compete in competitions. After about 12 months the game started to become more enjoyable even though there was still a lot of shots that I would have much preferred to leave out there on the course. I found that GOLF is not the easiest game to learn how to play and it takes a lot of patience and persistence because it can frustrate you but you just don’t give in to it. Any ladies out there who have thought about taking up GOLF get out there and try it, I was 50 before I started and I love it, especially playing golf courses all over the country. I am left handed and so is my husband so we have joined the Left Handed Association which all left handed golfers can compete in the Nationals held every year in different states. We played on the Sunshine Coast this year and the courses we played were at Noosa, Twin Waters, Beerwah and Norton Park. The Nationals next year will be held in October down in Tasmania. I have also participated in the ADF Championships held every year for the members of the Defence, Army, Navy and Airforce. I have won the past two years for the ladies ADF but now I will have to let someone else take over because I cannot compete when I am discharged from the Army. I would like to add that the two nights I won at the Royal Pines Resort were absolutely wonderful. The staff at the hotel were great, nothing was a bother and they were always pleasant. It worked in very well for my husband and I because the 6th October was our 28th wedding anniversary and both being in the army we have only had six anniversaries together. We played golf on the 7th October and the course was brilliant I hope I get up there again soon to play the course. Well I am looking forward to seeing you in February at the Ladies Masters. I have just confirmed my accommodation at the Crown Plaza Royal Pines Resort from the 5th to 11th Februry 2008. A big thank you to Womens Golf Magazine, Henry-Griffits and Jeff Mansfield who fitted the clubs and gave me some expert tuition. It is great to have such a high-quality magazine focused on Australian Women’s golf not only at the professional level, but also the everyday golfer. 112

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BEAUTY AND SKIN CARE

The latest

beauty products for this summer Buff Off Apricot Kernel Scrub Reveal polished, smooth skin and give dull skin the brush off with this gentle exfoliant. This creambased scrub contains nature’s own exfoliator, ground Walnut Shells combined with Apricot Kernel Oil to nourish and soften the skin. Gently scented with Geranium essential oil. 100g/3.53oz. Recommended Retail Price $20.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque An oil-free, water based gel masque that refreshes, stressed, dehydrated skin. Calming botanical extracts of Bitter Orange, Hops, Cucumber, Green Tea and Arnica reduce inflammation, Antioxidant Vitamins A, C & E help repair damage caused by free radicals and Panthenol nourishes, restoring critical moisture to dry, dehydrated skin. Ideal for the delicate eye area and fabulous when used as an eye masque. Suggested Retail Price - $55.00

Clean with Envy Green Clay Mask Get to the bottom of clogged pores and draw away dirt for enviously clean skin. Treat yourself to a clay mask designed to draw out toxins and impurities. Kaolin Clay with Sweet Almond Oil and Rosehip Oil nourish and hydrate while Petigrain and Lavender essential oils calm and soothe the skin. 100g/3.53oz. Recommended Retail Price $24

Daylight Defense

New Olay Touch of Sun Get the sun kissed glow you want with the protection you need! Love the sun-kissed skin you’re in this summer, thanks to NEW Olay Touch of Sun. The four-product range is formulated with skin-softening Olay moisturisers plus a touch of sunless tanner, to give you soft, supple skin and a subtle golden glow from top to toe without streaks! What’s more, it’s fresh, soft scent will refresh and uplift you every time you use it!

Pucker-up with Sugarbaby Pout Plumping Potion Designed to stimulate the collagen in your lips, SugarBaby’s Pout Plumping Potion will leave you with a pillowy pout, minus the nasty needle. SugarBaby’s exclusive formula contains Maxine collagen to smooth lines and establish a fuller pout, whilst the aromatic peppermint flavour generates a mild tingling sensation, which stimulates collagen and creates that instant beestung look. Recommended Retail Price $14.95 114

Available from mid-September, the Dermalogica Daylight Defense line provides customised, effective protection against exposure to UV light. As with all Dermalogica products, professional recommendation is advised. This and all other Dermalogica products are available at professional skin treatment centres and spas that carry the Dermalogica line. To locate your nearest Dermalogica stockist, visit www.dermalogica.com.au or call 1800 659 118.

Superfade Face Unveil Your Shining Beauty The time has come to face up to flawless skin with the effective, well-priced and painfree formulation SUPERFADE FACE which provides measurable results in the battle against unwanted pigmentation. It is your time to shine, with SUPERFADE FACE. For consumer information or stockist details call 1300 366 833 or log onto: www.plunkettpharma.com.au Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Illume Essentia

Hawley’s psychedelic neons for guilt-free summer nails Hawley’s new NEON collection has arrived! It’s anything but boring, so forget matching fingers and toes, safe neutrals and softly, softly taupes. For knock me over, high impact colour that screams ‘look at me’, Hawley’s new line up of seven intense, shocked-filled and highly spiced shades have an attitude, are fast and on the edge ... so be outrageous, let the bold babe in you shine!

Arthro-Aid Arthro-Aid Direct Cream Taking the pain out of arthritis fast this summer. When planning for summer picnic hampers don’t let those joint pains and swellings hamper your day. Arthro-Aid direct cream is the revolutionary and clinically proven product that heals arthritis which affects 3 million Australians. No need to resort to the expensive surgical option; 6 minutes and the work is done. For more information please contact Bianca Leonardi on (02) 9360 0300 or email: clubcommunications@bigpond.com

French Parad’ox Breakthrough beauty product direct from the vine It is indisputable the benefits of red wine. Outside lowering cholesterol and minimising the chances of heart disease, it has been proven that the antioxidants found in this delicious drop work to fight against the free radicals which contribute to cell ageing. Imagine if you could smear red win on your skin? So instead of having a swill, you can pop a pill. For more information, images or to sample the product please call Annabelle Jones on (02) 9360 0300 or email: clubcommunications@bigpond.com

Deep penetrates formula is absorbed through the cuticles to help replenish the nutrients. Essential for healthy nails: • Promotes adhesion of acrylic nail • Just apply one drop to cuticle area and massage gently White Side- buff each nail with short, quick strokes to create the ultimate shine. Hawley International has the most expansive range of Buffers and Files in Australia. We cater for all facets of natural nail needs, through to acrylics, gels and wraps, in fact all requirements for nail extentions. For more information and stock list call 02 9713 2980

Cosmedix products Defy - Age Management Exfoliator Challenge nature and win. Defy uses chirally correct -lactic acid to gently exfoliate your skin. This calming, all-natural exfoliating moisturizer delivers nutrients deep into the skin to realize a luminous complexion. Defy is safe and effective for all skin types.

Lightning - Fading Serum Cherished over the centuries as an all natural skin lightener, Licorice and Mulberry combine to effectively lighten and brighten your complexion. CosMedix chirally correct Lightning has taken these ancient ingredients and added Green Tea Extract and the most potent natural lightener, L-arbutin, to maximize its effect and reduce inflammation.

Clarity Serum - Acne Serum Make breakouts from oily skin a distant memory with Clarity Serum’s unique blend of oil reducing and repair stimulating ingredients. Clarity Serum uses the power of nature to control breakouts and diminish the appearance of scarring.Tea Tree Oil to speed healing, witch hazel to clarify, willowherb root to reduce inflammation and the powerful addition of L-retinol A to stimulate cell turnover and collagen production, make this remarkable product a necessity for oily and acne prone skin.

4.3.2.1 Slim & Detox Kickstart your summer glow in... 4.3.2.1 The slim & Detox accelerator Put your pedal to the metal this season and kickstart that summer glow it is time to get out of hibernation mode and get your motor running leaving behind sluggish winter habits. The Detox ACCELERATOR from ARKOPHARMA will certainly get you into top gear by detoxing your whole system. 4.3.2.1 Slim & Detox... ACCELERATE ME NOW Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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NEW PRODUCT REVIEWS Reelfit Ladies Introducing the latest breakthrough in golf shoe performance technology – ReelFit for ladies. Developed to provide the most precise and consistent fit, ReelFit shoes utilise BOA® Technology lacing system rather than traditional laces. Just dial-in the desired fit and the ReelFit shoes will ensure custom comfort for the duration of the round – no more tightening laces at the turn. Pull the dial out for quick release and removal of shoe. Built on a high-performance outsole, ReelFit shoes deliver tremendous stability and motion-control, establishing a solid hitting foundation. The ladies ReelFit range includes two styles: white with black & white striped saddle, white with taupe nubuc saddle. Both are now available, with a suggested retail price of $249. Contact FootJoy Customer Service on 1800 660 535 or visit www.footjoy.com.au for stockist details.

Ladies Contour IV Contour IV shoes are constructed with a technique often found in running shoes. This unique construction allows a shoe to be made without an insole board, producing a more contoured underfoot platform and vastly increased flexibility. The contemporary new pattern and colours offer a perfect blend of comfort and fashion. The ladies Contour IV range are available in three styles, with a suggested retail price of $189. Contact FootJoy Customer Service on 1800 660 535 or visit www.footjoy.com.au for stockist details.

Eagles & Birdies Ladies Designer Golf Bag Collection This innovative Australian golf company has released with priority a limited edition Eagles & Birdies ladies designer collection line of golf bags into the market this month. Fashion and colour are the two main trends influencing ladies buying decisions, as the majority of ladies have a favourite colour which should be catered for in either the Anna or Bridget models. Inviting ladies to “choose their flavour,” the ladies bags come in cherry red, liquorice black, navy/sky blue, and beige with clever use of fabric choices coupled with accessory creativity. The two models reflect a “trendy” look as well as a highly functional club carrier. The four bags reflect ladies personalities yet still maintain the customary Eagles & Birdies features and benefits that are enjoyed by golfers.

Cane-It... Natures Friendliest Tee Golf being a green grass sport and with environmental issues reaching priority levels, consideration has to be given as to the products we use on our golf courses, especially disposable items such as Golf tees... tee fragments are responsible for the unsightly litter left behind on the tee and damage created to mower blades.. Keeping in mind that hundreds of thousands of trees are destroyed each year to make a disposable item... Unacceptable and inappropriate Cane-It tees have been designed to eliminate the problems mentioned and above all to protect our environment......bamboo being of a fibrous structure, strong and durable will shred into grass like fibres when struck by mower blades without causing damage and quickly decompose..... 116

The hand bag accessory has a long shoulder strap or carry handle for club house use after a round of golf or at the shopping centre. RRP$279, to receive a stockiest list please contact (02) 9417 4055 or email: brett@underpar.com.au

Environmental awareness is the future and by using CaneIt bamboo tees YOU are helping the wonderful game of golf do its bit for the environment. Cane-It Tees are available from most off course shops and some on course Pro shops. If your club has not got our tees in stock as yet, please contact Ralph Lennan at Resort Sales; email:ralph@resort-sales.com.au. Phone 1300 361509.....or visit our website for more information www.cane-it.com.au Womens GOLF Summer 2007


Gymstick This amazing total body fitness tool is being used by people from all walks of life from professional athletes to senior citizens, from patients recovering from injury or surgery to young athletes wanting to build up their strength, power and flexibility. GYMSTICK is a new fitness tool which was developed to effectively train: total body fitness and is ideal for improving cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, balance and flexibility, muscle toning, fat loss and coordination.

Sundog Eyewear The Paula Creamer Collection features three distinct glasses all personally designed to Paula’s approval. Each sunglass compliments Paula Creamer’s winning image, style, and presence. While all glasses deliver exacting performance for all golf course conditions, they each reflect a unique aspect of Paula’s personality: Strive has competitive sport styling, Impression compliments her exceptional sense of fashion, and Prowl embodies Paula’s positive outlook for use in all leisure related activities. For more information about Sundog Eyewear please visit the corporate web site at http://www.sundogeyewear.com

ECCO shoes are made with absolute comfort in mind.

New Classic in black/white RRP $289.95

They have used the natural human form and motion as a basis for shoe design, then combined it with the most advanced technology to create shoes with ultimate comfort and unsurpassed performance. The final result is a golf shoe designed to let your foot stand, step, flex, stretch and breathe.There is no breakin period, which means ECCO shoes are blister-free and can be worn painlessly, right out of the box. ECCO designs shoes to live up to people’s functional needs, all whilst embracing comfort as an absolute necessity. Matching innovative designs with cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box comfort, the Spring/ Summer 2007 ECCO Golf Collection includes classic, casual and sport models in a variety of new styles alongside several returning favourites. ECCO golf shoes provide the ideal platform for the perfect swing. This is enforced through a network of performance technologies that includes ultra-soft, high-grade leathers and a direct-injection process which is unique to ECCO. The result of this technology is increased durability, comfort and infallible shock-absorption, reducing stress on the knees, hip and back. Internal stabilisers in ECCO golf shoes reduce torque and provide a stable swing platform, all whilst aiding performance and providing the most comfortable golf experience possible.

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Sport Tempo in white/peppermint RRP $249.95

Women’s Sport in white/black RRP $289.95

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FASHION Club Hart Australia

Club Hart Golf celebrates its 1st birthday this month! It has certainly been a busy year for us but we have had such wonderful positive feedback from all our loyal customers and friends that it drives us to continue with our quest to be the best golfing brand in Australia. We only use the best performance fabrics, Meryl and Tactel and each season will add new vibrant colours to the palette. Our aim is to allow you to continually add to your Club Hart wardrobe with pieces that will accessorise with each other without the need to start from scratch again. Saving a costly exercise each season to stay better dressed than the rest. Our corporate philosophy is ‘look good, feel good, play good’®.We guarantee that by ‘looking good’ you will not only ‘feel good’ but actually ‘play good’ too! We currently sponsor 4 promising young golfers and have just added another young tennis player to our stable. Visit the website to read about these wonderful talents. www.clubhart.com.au However, Club Hart not only appeals to the young players because we are constantly introducing exciting fashion to the sport but also to the veterans who are looking for something different. We find those that wear our label are competitive not only on the course but with their styling too. This is what we offer them, a point of difference. We find a few of our customers want to keep the source of their purchase a ‘secret’ from their counterparts in order to keep that exclusivity. Luckily not all of our customers are like this! We will never mass produce but will strive to be a little exclusive in order to keep all of our loyal customers happily beautifully dressed. Visit our website to view stockists or shop online through secure site or visit us at Head Office Showroom in Cronulla, NSW. Keep an eye on the website to view the following new range featuring 10 fabulous colours due in Australia in February. Agent and Stockist enquiries Australia and New Zealand call June on + 61 2 9523 3545 Fax + 61 2 9523 8283 or email: info@clubhart.com.au

Tee 2 Sea Ladies Golf and Leisure Boutique, located in Mandurah, was created to provide stylish apparel for ladies who enjoy golf, tennis and boating. By bringing leading, as well as lesser known brands together, we offer outstanding quality clothing from not only Australia but designers worldwide. Our unique collections have been specifically designed to create an affordable, sporty and sophisticated look by mixing and matching a selection of skorts, capri pants, shorts, skirts, tops, accessories and shoes from a number of international designers. We pride ourselves in being able to cater for the smart mature woman to the younger sports woman across our complete range. Each item in our collection has been carefully chosen to look fantastic and also feel comfortable by using the latest material technology to ensure comfort and protection from the sun and wind all year round. Visit us at our boutique, 20 Tuckey St, Mandurah WA or visit our website: www.tee2sea.com.au. Ph: Tracy 0438 984 925 or Trudy 0400 118 320. Email: tee_2_sea@yahoo.com.au

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Birdee Golf Apparel – Summer 2007

The 2007 Spring Summer collection is in store now and consists of exceptional fabrics sourced around Australia, Europe and New Zealand in smart fun colours to make our customers feel sporty yet sophisticated. Birdee devotes an enormous amount of time and energy into the choices of fabrics now used. The cut, the detailing and the construction are again created for the women over 35 who love their golf. Now into it’s third year, Birdee Golf Apparel has become one of the top players in the fashionable golfwear industry, creating garments with that point of difference, necessary to enable the player to look terrific and feel comfortable. The fashion prints in red, blue and aqua give a new look to conventional pastels, using crush free microfibre fabrics, which are perfect for travel, and suit women of all sizes. There is also a very chic rib knit available in white, sky blue and black which will mix and match across the entire coordinated range. Cotton spandex knit tops with the perfect for all shapes Birdee skirt compliment each story. Now available all year round are the Birdee Classic shorts and pants long or 7/8 length, as more and more women find once they own a pair, they find they want to purchase another colour. Add to this super stripe spandex shorts with button detail and cuff, to add a touch of fashion on the course, also suitable for resort and weekend wear. With the increase in sun protection fabrics available Birdee is forever looking to develop its Uvee range and will be offering great new styles in fashion colours in the coming months to keep up with the increased demand for this product. The technical fabrics can ensure the comfort and protection from the sun and wind is met all year round. It certainly has been an exciting and very busy time for Birdee Golf Apparel with the PGA Golf Show in September, plus growing demand for involvment in special Golf Days, Fashion Parades, and Fundraising. Visit the Birdee website: www.birdee.net for a look at what is current, and find a stockist near you. Or call Michelle on: 0438 004 309 & Marilyn on: 0417 099 919

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FASHION Fabulous Finds, Diva Pants Whether you’re thigh shy or blessed with long, long legs, the new Fabulous Finds DIVA pants are for you. Created for the real life woman, you’ll be pleased to pull them out of the wardrobe every day to wear and wear and wear! Fuss free, with no intruding buttons or stiff, tight waist band, these no zip, crafty numbers, designed for active lifestyles, tee off with you on the first hole and stay fresh to impress on the 19th! A marvel at whittling down the thigh, their slightly wider leg cut makes for a super slimming and flattering look. Their lightweight, cotton/spandex mix slips on for a comfie and heavenly fit and feel, sitting smoothly around the hips and bottom. Featuring a unique and longer waist band that can easily be turned down for a sexy, lower on the hip style and teamed with a flirty cami or favourite cotton tee (for those with nothing to hide) or extend the waist band and partner with a floaty, chiffon smock or jacket (to hide a multitude of sins!) for off the course wear! Cold water wash and fade resistant. Available in sizes small, medium, large & extra large. Bright white, dramatic black, olive green and deliciously dark chocolate. Versatile as they are practical, the new DIVA pants take you from business meeting to coffee with the girls and the golf course, lunch or dinner, and, are perfectly portable for holiday wear. Suitable also for Mums to be. Priced at $54.99 for full length and $49.99 for 7/8 length plus $9.95 postage. Please call Fabulous Finds on 0448 420 008 or email: fabulousfinds@pacific. net.au to find out more.

Make Golfing More Fun

Ame & Lulu arrives at Victoria Park

Right now Victoria Park Golf Complex stocks the latest in designer golf accessories. September marked the exclusive arrival of American label Ame & Lulu with a collection that is guaranteed to turn heads on the green.

Loudmouth Makes ‘Bad’ Pants For Good Golfers Speaking softly on the links is understandable, but boring clothes is not the same thing. Tennis whites have been replaced by designer outfits, so why not follow the trend with golf pants. Let your pants do the talking! Remember the days of Johnny Miller in his houndstooth pants and red shirt and Jack Niklaus sporting his plaid polyester Sans-a-Belts? Remember the plaids, stripes, and bright coloured pants on tour back in the seventies? What sartorial choices are we given today; Khaki, Grey, Black? Aaron Baddeley is bringing some of that colour back into the Tour but what about you? But what about your man? Why should he look like everyone else on the golf course? Make him an individual and put a little flare into his game with Loud Mouth Golf pants. RRP $125.00, including delivery within Australia/New Zealand. Exclusive to golfclubsdownunder.com.au 120

The ‘Endless Summer’ collection features golf head covers, bags, belts and accessories in stylish prints and cheerful colours. It began when designer and keen golfer Amye Kurson sought out her own set of sophisticated and trendy golf head covers. The lack of such accessories produced the ‘Ame & Lulu’ collection; a must Amye says for women ‘seeking to make a fashion statement while playing in the great outdoors’. The Victoria Park Pro Shop continues to lead the way in quality apparel and equipment and with Ame & Lulu gracing the shelves; ladies golf fashion has never looked this good. Marketing Manager Kellie Vane says, ‘It has been our aim to show women that fashion doesn’t have to end it comes to golf. Ame & Lulu is unique, fun and high quality and definitely in tune with how ladies want to feel when they step out onto the course’. For golf fashionistas everywhere, Ame & Lulu is also available for purchase online at www.golfstyle.com.au. Womens GOLF Summer 2007


B-Rapt Apparel - The Whopper The Whopper was created out of interest. As the new owner of the business I wanted to add my creative thoughts to inspire growth and refresh the label. The Precious Cargo Visors are being manufactured on the Gold Coast where we have golfing enthusiasts from all over the world playing our great courses.The Precious Cargo label is sent all over the world through our web site as well. With the increase of skin cancer, women are becoming more conscious of protecting their faces and décolletage (neck & chest area) hence the Whopper’s 17cm brim. The whopper has a Velcro band at the back for comfort and fit. It is only available in darker colors at this stage due to the plastic insert brim being black.

Five Under: Cheeky, Girly and lots of fun The new Five Under Spring/Summer 2007 introduces our first ever collection of skorts and skirts. With an emphasis on bright and cheeky design, the new range has pieces that epitomise girly golf wear. Mix and match a box pleat mini skort with a racer back polo in vivid stripes or bright plains and you are ready to play! Or for something sophisticated, try on a Five Under knee length skort or A-line skirt; Flattering, bright and stylish, all of our summer skorts and skirts are made with a very light weight cotton stretch fabric. We are excited to introduce Sarah Kemp to Team Five Under this summer. Sarah is an exciting young golfer who has enormous potential to become one of the countries finest golfing exports. She will be hard to miss during the coming season in our bright girly outfits, providing inspiration to girls all over the country, to get out there, play well and look great. For the latest Five Under range, phone orders or to check your closest stockist check out www.fiveunder.com.au.

Bella Golf Designs Bella Golf Designs is a new concept store recently opened in Woodville, South Australia. Bella’s owner Luciana Di Mella, is a woman as passionate about fashion as she is about golf. After noticing an absence of originality in the local market, Luciana decided to combine her two loves. “Bella offers something different to women as keen on the smartness of their appearance as on the integrity of their swing” says Luciana. The shop offers fashions sourced directly from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, as well as individually selected pieces.Luciana’s aim is to offer a range of clothing suitable for golf as well as casual war which provided excellent comfort and fit. Come and share Bella’s motto: Passion for life and the Game. Womens GOLF Summer 2007

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L-R: Michelle O’Brien, Marilyn Robinson from Birdee, Sally Griffiths and Julie Gregso from Tchak

Golfing Women Exciting news ladies, a brand new clothing and accessories store has opened in Sydney’s inner west!

a real celebration of the store opening. This is not just a business for me, this is a passion, I love my golf but was so frustrated by having to travel to multiple destinations to get any sense of choice about clothing. To promote the stores first month, Sally is running a competition for all new customers to enter in store to win not only a $100 voucher for themselves, but also one for their clubs Women’s committee.

Golfing Women is located in the brand new Empire Square Shopping Centre (in fact Golfing Women is the centre’s second new tenant!) on bustling Ramsay Street in Haberfield.

There is also the Golfing Women loyalty club to consider joining, not only will regular customers be rewarded with early notice of new stock and styles arriving, but also invited to members only special events and receive special discount opportunities.

With over 1000 pieces of clothing from a wide range of suppliers, in all styles and sizes for both on and off course wear, plus a great range of accessories, Golfing Women could well be Australia’s largest women’s only retailer of golf clothing and accessories.

If however you can’t make it into the store, then from the 1st of December 2007, you can instead shop securely online at www.golfingwomen.com.au, or just use the website to browse the amazing in store range.

Owner, Sally Griffiths, recently held an opening party for family, friends and supporters on the 26th of October, which very quickly turned into a shopping exercise for many guests. Sally says she was thrilled with the night, it was just what I wanted,

Fine Lines

Luck be a lady with Fine Lines Lingerie’s Spring/ Summer 07 collection The Fine Lines Spring/Summer 07 range encapsulates the fine, soft touches of femininity, with that less is more appeal. Through a colour palate of both cool, crisp tones and more vibrant, playful shades with soft, hand-crafted detailing, this range has the ladylike undertones of the elegant 1930’s woman. Fine Lines Lingerie is available from Myer and David Jones and specialty lingerie outlets nationally. For Stockist enquiries please call (03) 9416 3300

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Christmas Gifts Spring out of spring in Skechers

Dynaflex Powerball Gyro Dynaflex’s Patented Powerball Gyro Exercises generate over 13,000 RPM’s and 38 Lbs. of Torque Force to maximize grip strength and control while eliminating Carpal Tunnel and other hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder conditions.

As the weather warms up and spring comes to an end, Skechers entices you into the outdoors with their latest casual footwear selection. Spice up your shoe wardrobe, with scrumptious cocoa, cinnamon, berry and vanilla or luscious licks of gelati pastels. Skechers latest offering of delectable styles satisfies every summer craving. The women’s range is a mouth-watering mixture of comfortable open or closed-back lace-up runners, elegant round toe slip-ons or mary-janes, and fun flip-flops to suit almost every mood or occasion. Designs show sprinkles of soft suede and seductive hints of lace & mesh, each complemented by tasteful trimmings or a subtle touch of shine. Skechers feminine fashions combined with comfort, create fantastic feet! Skechers latest array of delicious designs - perfect for sunny afternoon strolls and alfresco adventures – are the only way to emerge this summer..

NSD Power Ball Without even the slightest vibration, NSD Power Ball can spin over 16,000rpm – creating up to 22 kg’s in weight, all powered by simple arm and wrist movements. The resistance climbs in proportion to the speed of the internal rotor, the faster it is spun the more demanding it becomes. People find themselves using and exercising muscles that they weren’t even aware they had. Available at selected retailers throughout Australia and on-line via www.powerballs. com.au

golfgiftsonline Gift Certificates The perfect gift for the golfer you “just don’t know what to get!”

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The Powerball is available in Blue or Amber colors and features internal LED lights that glow once the gyro is activated. The high tech constructions generates up to 13,000 RPM’s and over 38lbs. of torque force. The DynaflexPro has exactly the same features as the Powerball except without lights.

Diamonds and Citizen Eco-Drive are a girl’s best friend The ‘Palidoro Diamond Collection’ is an exquisite timepiece featuring 32 diamonds and a blue Mother of Pearl dial. Combining beauty and technology in harmony this impressive jewel is available in silver or gold coloured stainless steel, or for a striking combination of the two. This prestigious range from Citizen Eco-Drive are perfect for day or evening wear and are sure to be a stunning finishing touch to any outfit this season. For further information, please contact Hush Communications on 02 9331 1170. For stockists please contact Citizen Watches Australia on 1800 069 098.

Take control of your game Well known Performance Coach, Peter Richard-Herbert helps you address issues you may have with your Golf game on his popular ‘Focus on Golf’ CD. This guided self-hypnosis CD was purpose built for women golfers looking for an edge and is highly effective in a most enjoyable way. For more information please call 02 9967 9226 or email: cds@therapymusicgroup.com.au. 123


Christmas Gifts Bonjoc

Specially created with 100% genuine Swarovski crystals. Each ball marker is designed by Bonjoc artisans who handcraft these whimsical accessories for the stylish golfer.

Buttheads

Butthead Covers is turning the golf world upside down with its furry, functional and funny club covers! Rather than the animal head sticking out of the golf bag, they have designed the other half, so it looks like the animal jumped into the bag. The covers have a specially designed insert that snuggly fit the latest 460cc driver as well as the smaller fairway woods and have the wool sock to protect the club shaft.

Full Release Grips

The Full Release Grip gives you a correct Tour player like grip right away for an easier and more powerful release through impact, which increases distance, while reducing wayward ball flight!

Blossoms

Blossoms understands the importance of performance products that allow today’s woman to look and feel good. With coordinating color schemes, your golf game will enter a new era with matching golf bags, golf gloves, golf umbrellas along with ladies caps and visors. For more information or stockists please contact Birdie Golf Products 07 5455 5590 www.birdiegolf.com.au

Less Stress and Better Mindset before, during and after your Golf game If you are less stressed you will be mentally stronger and you will play better golf and perform even better in all areas of your life. Leading Australian Tour Professionals are now seeing results since they have been wearing a Q-Link Pendant and it has been used by players who have won over 100 tournaments. QLink has been endorsed by the likes of Lorena Ochoa, Birdie Kim, Mark Calcavecchia and Charles Howell III just to name a few. Q-Link Pendant with Sympathetic Resonance Technology is a perfect gift for Christmas as it is simply worn on the body under or over the shirt. We have to appreciate that we are under more work and life stress which affects our performance. Q-Link Pendant is the most effective innovation in years for those just wanting to reduce the bodies stress levels and increase focus and concentration which assist in improving their sporting game and day to day life. Test it yourself; Q-Link Pendants comes with 100 Day Money Back Guarantee. Visit Q-Link online at www. qlink.com.au or by calling toll-free 1800 175 465. Q-Link Pendants start from $198 models available are the Q Black, Q White, Q Titanium, Q 925 Silver Pebble and Q 14K Gold Pebble. 124

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Wine

Wine Wine

with David Ellis

Coconut Luggage Australian brand, Coconut, has launched a truly limited edition range of luggage. With only 380 sets available worldwide, this vibrant yet stylish tropical print luggage is the only way to travel. Available in red or green, an affordable ($669) six piece sets include a toiletry bag, backpack, wetpack/carry on, 18” trolley suitcase, 24” trolley suitcase and 28” trolley suitcase. Pieces can also be purchased individually, (priced from $29). While will never lose sight of your luggage again, you also know you travel in true jetset style. Ph: 0409 143 041 or visit www. coconutluggage.com

Pocket Peepers will make excellent Christmas gifts for all the golfing Baby Boomers! Much to our delight, Pocket Peepers have been eagerly embraced by golfers who appreciate their superb practical application and versatility. Pocket Peepers are the perfect Baby Boomer golfing accessory and gift. Players no longer have to find, and then constantly put reading glasses on and off every hole to mark score cards. There is also no need to remove sunglasses when using a Pocket Peeper. A Peeper can be attached to a golf buggy, stored in a pocket or worn on a lanyard. Perfect for quick reading tasks and far more stylish than reading glasses. Also great for reading menu’s in the club house restaurant. The crystal collection features Swarovski crystals around the lens, and there are several models available in the Deluxe collection including classic stylish Black, elegant Pearl and wild Leopard. RRP Deluxe $22.90 and Crystal $29.90. Freecall 1800 08112 for stockists www.lapofluxury.com.au Womens GOLF Summer 2007

Delivering Beyond Expectation

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osemount’s Show Reserve is an interesting range of wines sitting between their Diamond and Flagship Labels, and giving consumers goodvalue fresh, bright and vibrant wines around the $20 a bottle mark. They’ve a half dozen wines in the range from vintages in NSW, South Australia and Western Australia between 2004 and 2007, with one of the real crack-a-jacks their Show Reserve Western Australia Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2007. This is an aromatic wine that delivers beyond expectation: there are plenty of lychee and passionfruit aromas, and the palate has generous notes of orange blossom, kaffir lime, red grapefruit and honeydew melon, reflecting the fruit from which the wine was sourced from across a variety of WA vineyards. For those who like a touch of oak there could be some disappointment in this wine having no oak, but the intense fruit flavours certainly make up for any perceived shortcomings in this regard. Excellent buying at a recommended $20.99; enjoy with asparagus quiche, green salad and a crusty baguette straight out of the oven. ONE FOR LUNCH: Pinot Grigio – or as the French call it, Pinot Gris – is gaining increasing favour in Australia, particularly with those who enjoy a splash of white with seafood-enhanced pasta dishes. The 2006 Starvedog Lane Pinot Grigio from the Mediterranean-climate Adelaide Hills is a great example of the variety, with fresh, rich flavours of blood oranges, poached pears and savoury spice, and crunchy acidity. Nicely priced at $24 to match with – naturally – Italian dishes. Try linguine vongole (clams): simply cook the clams in some white wine, garlic, a little chili and plenty of chopped Italian parsley, then toss into the cooked linguine to which a good splash of olive oil should be stirred before the clams.

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Miranda Deakin with firies at Pacific Harbour Golf & Country Club

Players on the course at Kooindah

Scott Fitz-Gerald & Cheryl Smith at Kooindah

Players on the course at Kooindah

Nike Week launch at Vanity Fairways

Winning team Jill Macpherson & Rebecca Goldsmith with Scott Fitz-Gerald

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Jan, Sarah & Tiger at Vanity Fairways

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SPECIAL FEATURE

The Gender Golf

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hen Annika Sorenstam decided to play a US Tour event with the men she shone a light into a dark corner of the very relationship between man and woman. It is a dark corner that is hard to believe still exists. After decades of conditioning to the notion that men and women share equally the unalienable rights of life, that such an innately sexist comment could be uttered by such a public figure was truly amazing. Why is the idea of a woman playing golf against a man so confronting? Being a game which is far more reliant on skills and mental strength than simple physical force, golf tends to bring the abilities of the sexes far closer together than most other sports. Annika proved that, for while she missed the cut she beat a lot of guys along the way. In January 2004 a fourteenyear-old missed the cut by one stroke in a fully-fledged US Tour event – the Sony Open in Hawaii. Had the player been a boy we would be proclaiming him as the next Tiger Woods. As it happened he was a girl – Michelle Wie – and the significance of her achievement got caught up in the controversy of the mixing of the sexes. So why does Vijay care? My partner Rachel puts it down to the Cave.

And I think Rachel is right.Witness the men’s only competitions which are still played at so many golf clubs around the World. Witness the multitude of high profile American golf clubs that won’t even let women on the property. But for the Sensitive New Age Golfing Guy (SNAGG) the Cave does not belong on the fairways or on the greens.

Vijay Singh 11 May 2003 commenting on Annika Sorenstam playing in the 2003 Bank of America Colonial

My Cave involves darkening the room then lying on the couch with a microwaved pie on a plate on my belly, holding a beer in my hand and having a packet of chips in a bowl on the floor next to me while watching the footy on the TV. Here I retreat to my most basic form. The thoughts running through my head are all monosyllabic and comforting. In this place I can achieve a transcendental state of meditative inner piece to which Nepalese monks have been aspiring for centuries. There are no obligations in the Cave. There are no household chores for the Cave never needs to be cleaned. There is no requirement to change the baby’s nappy or walk the dog.The Cave is all about me and is all mine. And every now and again Rachel lets me go there. The Cave is the last male enclave, and Rachel believes that golf is the last bastion of the Cave. Old blokes gather together on the first tee, in an oestrogen free environment, and give modern 128

expression to the cavemen sitting around the fire sharing war stories about the last woolly mammoth hunt.

It’s just different for ladies to play on the men’s tour... If I’m drawn with her (Sorenstam), which I won’t be, I won’t play.

Every man has his Cave. He may inhabit it with other men or treat it as a fortress of solitude.

by Richard Marles

For the male of the new millennium who is involved in child rearing and acutely feels the difficulties of balancing work and family, the Cave is no place in which to lounge for the hours it takes to play a round of golf. We can crib a half hour in front of the footy but if we want to play golf if can’t compete with family. For years golf in my life competed with my relationships. To play a round meant negotiating a block of time away from my partner on the weekend. Then I met Rachel who actually wanted to play golf and ever since it has been an activity to be enjoyed with my partner. My eight-year-old boy plays too and I push my threemonth-old daughter around in the pram.As a result I am playing more, my handicap is dropping and I am getting the scores of which I only dreamed in my youth.

Rachel and my problem remains the male only competitions on a Saturday. It effectively cuts our weekend golf opportunities in half. Women have their day during the week but what good is that to a working woman like Rachel and what good is that to a SNAGG like me. In 2003 Vijay was speaking from the Cave about Annika and every year the traditional clubs everywhere are having their Cave competitions on Saturdays. It is precisely for this reason that so many SNAGGS are secretly cheering for Annika and Michelle and the other women who want to invade the golfing Cave. For what starts on the professional tours eventually finishes in the local golfing clubs. The pros started wearing short socks with their shorts - about ten years later we could do the same. If the pros can have mixed comps then we can too. So go Annika. If you don’t beat Vijay on the course at least you’ll smoke him out of his Cave.

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