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Contents Front Cover

Amy Yang – Winner of the ANZ Ladies Masters

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■ Letters to the Editor ■ From the Editor

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Amy Yang A Fresh Young Star

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ANZ Ladies Masters Yang Makes Most of Opportunity Battle of the Sexes

Instructions 16 Practice Tips & Drills Golf Course Review 19 Lakelands Keen to Foster Female Participations Tips Hints & Training 20 Mind Games Let your Mind be an Asset rather than a Liability Psychology 22 How to Prepare Your Mind for a Great Day of Play? Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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Golf Course Review 65 Royal Pines Resort

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Karrie Webb Receives the Ultimate Golfing Accolade The Induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame Bonville International Golf Resort Ladies Only! Refresh! Refresh! Refresh!

Travel 69 Live It Up On Norfolk State Women’s Golf Association News 70 Western Australia 72 South Australia 74 Tasmania 76 Victoria 78 New South Wales 80 Queensland New Zealand News 82 New Zealand Golf Rising Stars

66 Golf Course Review 23 Radisson Resort Stay & Play @ the Best ‘All-in-one’ Resort

Product Review 41 Sovereign Exquisite Jewellery by Pam Larsen

Player Profile 24 Ai Miyazato

Craft 42 Knitting Pattern Rib & Diamond Vest with Accessories

■ ALPG Tour 26

The ALPG Tour’s Summer Series

Tips Hints & Training 45 What’s All the Hype About Hybrids?

New Zealand Player Profile 84 Gina Scott Fashion 86 Five Under 86 Casall 87 Baker Finch Sport Product Review 88 Golfing Essentials The Latest Product and Technical Information Heath & Fitness 91 Having Problems Keeping Sight of your Ball? 92 Totally Teeth Is Your Smile on Par? 93 Staying Young and Fit with Yoga 94 Book Reviews 95 Gaia Retreat & Spa The Perfect Place to Relax Beauty 97 The Lotus Institute Healthy Skin Starts with Protection

Corporate Golf 28 Thurgoona win Australian & New Zealand Club Challenge

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Golf Course Review 30 McLeod Country Club “A Dream to Reality”

Health & Fitness 50 Graham Lawrence – PGA Chaplain 51 Celebrations of Life

Property Review 98 Golden Crest Manors A League of Its Own 99 Kooindah Waters

Player Profile 32 Brittany Lang Another Young Star on the USLPGA Tour

Player Profile 52 Belinda Kerr 55 Lindsey Wright

Golf Course Review 99 Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club

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Special Feature 57 The Phyl Bridgford Story

Product Review 100 Gifts & Essentials A Girl Must Have

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Support for our Future Stars

■ Celebrity Male Golfer 38

Danny Buderus Australian Rugby League Captain

Golf Course Review 40 Pacific Dunes Named Best New Tourist Development Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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International Travel 58 Singapore Swings Education 62 PGA International Golf Institute Product Review 64 Ladies FootJoy – Lo Pro Working Women in Golf 65 Suzanne Radliff

Skincare 105 An Ounce of Prevention Beauty 106 Beauty Products The Latest in Beauty Products 108 ■ The 19th Hole 109 ■ Golf Course Directory 112 ■ Tee Off To The Stars 3


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The PGA International Golf Institute on the Gold Coast extends its warm wishes to you and your team for the challenge you have taken. We wish you and your team great success. As a newly established golf education and training institute, we understand the leap you are taking in getting your magazine off the ground and into such a crowded space. However, a targeted focus such as this should be applauded. We would love to be able to contribute to your magazine as we have a number of great women golfers currently studying at our institute. One of them recently participated in the Pro Am leading up to the ANZ Ladies Masters and was fortunate to play with Ai Miyazato in that event. I would love to have my Marketing Coordinator send through some information and photos for you. All our students are amateurs with very focussed career aspirations in the golf industry either as players/coaches or as management. Well done, once again. ■ Tracey I. Howley, Chief Executive Officer PGA International Golf Institute I have just received my copy of the first issue of Australasian Womens GOLF, and would like to congratulate you on a terrific publication! You have admirably filled a gap in the market; may you go from strength to strength. The placement of our advert in the Western Australian section was perfect too. Well done to all of you ■ Jennifer Rupp – The Lady Golfer, Your Women’s golf glove specialists! Thank you so much for sending me a copy of the first edition of your magazine. It looks fantastic and I shall take some time reading many stories.Yesterday we also received a box of complimentary issues and we distributed those during our Council Meeting today. The ladies have all responded very positively!! They love it!! We asked them to take it home and promote the magazine in their clubs and with their members! Hope everyone responds as positively as our council. ■ Jennigje Galama, Marketing and Promotions, Women’s Golf NSW Congratulations on your first publication of Australasian Womens GOLF. It is a fantastic magazine and I wish you every success with the next one. Thank you for the copy, I will cherish it. Great job. ■ Estelle Bush 4

The magazine looks very great and the content is first class. ■ Wayne J Bosley – BozGolf, Australia I would like to congratulate Australasian Womens GOLF on their first edition of the publication on behalf of Pacific Dunes Golf Club, Port Stephens. It is refreshing to see a golfing publication dedicated to women and the sport.The quality of the publication and the content of articles is a credit to your and your team. We look forward to the next edition and welcoming you and your readers to Pacific Dunes in the future! ■ Kylie Petersen, Sales and Marketing Manager – Pacific Dunes Golf Club For what it is worth from a small State like Tasmania I congratulate you on a very eyepleasing, informative and well-produced magazine. The format is very easy to read, of interest to all golfers and very topical for all States. Thank you for the copies to “hand around” and the copies that you have sent to clubs. The reaction has been very positive. ■ Libby Brown – Women’s Golf Tasmania As the secretary of the Cooktown Golf Club, I received the new Australasian Womens GOLF magazine. I thought it was fantastic. Even though Cooktown is remote and dusty, I always want to look coordinated out on the course.Thank you, congratulations on the new mag, and I look forward to receiving the next copy. ■ Sally Saw – Cooktown Congratulations on a fantastic publication. I’ve now had the opportunity to read through your first issue of Australasian Womens GOLF and you have come up with a very exciting, informative and interesting publication to a niche market! I’ve already spoken with many members of my club, Parkwood International, and several ladies are interesting in subscribing. ■ Beryl – Women In Tourism International Alliance At last, a magazine for women golfers!!! It was a great read, but why is it going to be a quarterly magazine? While I like the men’s magazine I have been getting, they only have a women’s golf liftout twice a year. I have only been playing since January, to keep my partner company and to get a bit fitter. I was wondering

though if you would be doing stories on other golf clubs outside of Queensland? I play every week at Gawler Golf Club, Sandy Creek, SA. It is a great course, lovely greens and fairways, lots of wildlife (if you don’t see a kangaroo, it is going to be a bad round), and the people are friendly (and patient for us learners!). I recommend anyone coming to Adelaide to give it a go. Just a quick story and a plug for a great golf shop in Adelaide: When we started looking for clubs for me, I was amazed at the sales people who wanted to talk to my partner, Rob, and not me about my clubs. That was until we went to Pete’s Golf on Henley Beach Rd, Mile End. We explained that I had never picked up a club and needed everything. At no time was I made to feel like a “stupid woman” and the salesperson spoke to me and only asked Rob a couple of things I didn’t know and he answered all my questions with a lot of patience (and it wasn’t feigned patience). They did me a good deal on my clubs, etc and we now get all our golfing equipment there and are regulars. They have a great range of ladies gear and the staff are great. I would recommend them to any woman golfer who wants to be treated well. Sorry if my letter is too long, I haven’t written to a magazine before but I wanted to say so much. Thank you for your time. ■ Karlene Heathcote – Modbury North, SA I would first of all like to say what a fantastic new publication you have just produced. It was my first visit to a WIT breakfast at The Villa and I was surprised and delighted to see this terrific publication. I have recently returned from living and working in the UK where I was the Marketing Manager for a four-star golf resort. I have had the opportunity to read and place numerous advertisements in many a golfing magazine in the UK, and I must say I love the new, fresh approach you are taking to lifting women’s golf in this region … fantastic!. I’ve read your magazine very carefully and really enjoyed all the different articles from all over Australia, interesting advertising, and super pictures. I look forward to subscribing shortly – soon my golf clubs will arrive in Australia – they were misplaced on the first sailing shipment … Phew, the shipping company has just found them finally! ■ Karen L McMichael The exposure of my brand in your fashion feature was excellent, and I have had great feedback from a couple of buyers. I am very interested in advertising again in the next edition. ■ Nerida, Five Under Many thanks and congratulations on your first edition! Great mag, fantastic format and really focusing on women golfers! Wish you all the success. ■ Sue Griffin – Singapore Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


I can’t send my subscription off without a quick letter of congratulations and thanks for a really exciting publication. Wow! Everything a girl could want – articles to help us, profiles, health tips, equipment reviews – even the advertsing is exciting, particularly for those of us who live a long way from normal retail therapy – who knew you could purchase coloured golf bags for instance!! I can’t decide which article has been the most helpful, and I have already been contacting retailers chasing products (I make sure they know where I learnt about their product of course!). This is an excellent magazine and I look forward to more editions in the future. ■ Lola Norman – Broome, WA Congratulations on a wonderful new magazine. Although I am not a golfer, the fact that KerriAnne Kennerley was on the cover was enough for me to purchase it to read the story on her, also thinking that my golfer husband might enjoy it. To my surprise I read the whole magazine from cover to cover and really enjoyed it. I look forward to your next edition. ■ Sheryll Dobson – Emerald Lakes, Carrara I just had to write to you and “Thank You” for such a wonderful, interesting, informative and hard-to-put-down publication! I have just retired from work and reintroduced myself to the game of golf – only to find only men’s magazines available in the shops. Such a refreshing change to find one solely dedicated to women! I especially enjoyed the article on “Health & Fitness” and the “Basic Guide in Golf Etiquette”. ■ Sandra Watson – Gymea Bay, NSW Congratulations on your first edition. It’s informative, entertaining and great value. I’m so pleased I no longer have to buy the American mags for some women’s golf news, views, tips and stories. Thank you and keep up the good work. ■ Robyn Ferguson – Burnside, SA What great articles in the new Australasian Womens GOLF magazine. I was most impressed to see “my” coach (Anne Wilson) giving such useful advice. Isn’t it fantastic for women to have our own golfing magazine? We will be in Queensland for a couple of weeks in March, so hope to catch up with Anne then and have a couple of those lessons! I will keep an eye out for her program around that time. ■ Judy Hewett Thank you for this fantastic magazine – it was so full of interesting stories, tips and articles. My husband actually bought this magazine for me while we were in Sydney for the Christmas holidays. I spent the rest of the holidays reading it from front to back and then letting my friends know about it. I have posted my subscription as I don’t want to miss out on the new issues. The magazine is definitely one I plan on keeping as it will always be helpful to refer to. ■ Peggy (W. Broomhall) Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

We are extremely happy with the response we got from advertising in the mag. Also, congratulations – the magazine is just excellent, both Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed reading through it. Thank you for sending a copy of it to me, also – we actually ended up with two copies, because we raced out and bought it as soon as it hit the shelves! ■ Leonie/Nikki Martin – Asche Golf Accessories My name is Judy Harris and I am the Ladies Secretary for Richmond Golf Club in Sydney, NSW. I received the December copy of your magazine and I (and a few other ladies) have sent away for yearly subscriptions. I have also spoken to our Secretary/Manager, Mr Steve Steptoe, and he is looking into the possibility of advertising with you. I have been an avid reader of the American magazine – Golf For Women, so I was so excited to see that someone had started one in Australia. I had thought about doing something myself, but all I have got round to is doing a newsletter for our ladies, who, I might add, look forward to each issue. We are only a small group of golfers, by comparison, but we have had some great success stories over the past year. I would love to share this with you in one of your issues. I am certainly interested in sending information in to you and I look forward to communication with you. Well done on a good magazine, and I wish you all the success in the future. ■ Judy Harris Just a quick note to say what a fabulous magazine you have put together. Some very interesting articles. We certainly look forward to reading future copies. ■ Linda Ayson, New Zealand Golf I really enjoyed reading the first edition of your mag and was thrilled to receive the gift. Who would have thought Kerri-Anne is a golfer! ■ Lisa Cochrane Fantastic first issue. We had such an amazing response from the product profiles you included in the first mag – we are still getting phone calls! ■ Nikki Martin, Asche Golf Congratulations on this wonderful ladies golfing mag. Firstly, I was attracted to the magazine by the lovely photo of Kerri-Anne on the front cover; but then the content blew me away. I particularly liked being informed via the ads, of the ‘gear’ that is available especially for ladies, whether it be golf bags, buggies, clubs or clothes etc. I am already looking forward to Jenny Sevil’s next segment. This first one on YOUR MIND was easy to read and absorb and put into practise. GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN was excellent reading in it’s ‘no holes barred’ honesty. I liked that very much. ■ Helen Delle Vergin,Tura Beach, NSW

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elcome to the second issue of Australasian Womens GOLF. We have been overwhelmed with emails, letters and phone calls congratulating us on the first issue. I wish to thank all those people who made the effort to drop us a line, especially the advertisers that have received feedback and business from our first issue and have taken the time to advise us. To all our subscribers, I hope you enjoy your gifts. We have managed to get a fantastic exclusive interview with the dynamic 16-year-old Amy Yang. She has made world history by being the only amateur to ever win the ANZ Ladies Masters – a great achievement. This issue’s subscriber prize is a chance to win a weekend for four at the popular Bonville International Golf Resort, as well as receiving a great Australasian Womens GOLF towel, a Vision+ golf ball and tees, and the very latest Revlon ColorStay® Active™ Makeup. These are great gifts for any golfer. We have also managed to secure some fantastic exclusive offers for all readers. In order to qualify for these special savings, you need to mention that you saw the offer in Australasian Womens GOLF. Purchase the Eagle Compac by 30th April 2006 and you’ll receive a FREE Travel Bag with wheels and extendable handle worth $99 as well as a FREE Padded Battery Travel Bag worth $44. See page 1. Image On, along with Vision+, are offering personalised Gift Packs of premium balls all specifically personalised to what you require. See page 29. Totally Teeth are offering a free check-up to all readers who make an appointment, as well as great savings off the latest BriteSmile teeth whitening system, both in surgery and the take home package. See page 92. The Lotus Institute are giving away a deluxe Treatment Package to the value of $200 and this will be offered to the first ten readers who phone to book a Visia skin consultation. See page 97. When you book one of the 3, 5 or 7 day packages at the magnificent Gaia Retreat & Spa you get an additional night free as well as a further 10% discount. See page 95. McLeod Golf Club would like to offer all readers an incredible deal. Just phone today and mention this promotion and the nomination fee will be only $1. Yes, only $1! See page 30. If you purchase a 200gm of Renapur leather cleaner, you will receive a free 50gm travel pot absolutely free. I hope you enjoy this issue of Australasian Womens GOLF and please write to us with any stories or incidents you have had on the golf course. Our next issue will be on sale the first week of June. Enjoy, Cathryn Meredith 5


EXCLUSIVE FEATURE Shani Waugh

Amy Yang

A Fresh Yo

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he thing that strikes you about Amy Yang when you first meet her is the fresh, uncomplicated effervescence of youth in this young prodigy. In being catapulted from obscurity to beating some of the biggest contemporary names in world golf at the ANZ Ladies Masters held at the Royal Pines Resort in February, this young lady is shy, humble and when I met her at the Glades last week was very excited about her new mobile phone that her mother promised her if she did well in the tournament. Holding amateur status as a 16-year-old, Amy had to forfeit the $120,000 in prize money, which was transferred to Texan Catherine Cartwright who came second. Both Amy’s parents are elite athletes with her father being a kayaker of note and her mother an exponent of the javelin. They are both sports teachers and Amy’s coach, Lawrie Montague of Australia This incredible improvement in Amy’s game has been reflected in her results over the past 12 months, with the 16-year-old taking out the following: ■ Queensland Ladies Amateur Championship ■ New Zealand Amateur Championship ■ Greg Norman Junior Masters Champion ■ Runner Up in the Australian Junior Championship by one stroke ■ Created golf history in Australia by winning the 2006 Australian Ladies Masters in a playoff with Catherine Cartwright from the USA as a 16-year-old schoolgirl 6

High Performance Golf Academy, said her family heritage contributes to this remarkable young lady being able to have a level of focus and dedication that is unusual at such a young age. Korean-born Amy’s parents moved to the Gold Coast to improve her golf and her English in a decision that would set her on her exocet career in November 2004. The family settled on the Gold Coast and lives in the residences of the prestigious Glades Golf and Spa. Amy is member of the Glades Golf Club and attends the Robina Sports High School, next-door to the Glades where she lives. The Gold Coast has been a favourite destination for Korean golfers wishing to improve their career for the past five years, as the climate is warm, and it is relatively cheap in comparison to the United States and other countries for them to practice their sport. The early part of Amy’s career was spent practicing her sport on driving ranges, as the cost of actually playing on a golf course was out of the range of Amy’s parents. The youngster picked up a golf club when she was 10 years old and has embraced the sport with incredible passion and dedication. An average day sees the 16-year-old train from 5.30 am to 7.30 am, then off to school, and she then trains after school until 8.30 pm when she goes home, studies until 10.30pm as she is in grade 11 and has the same focus on her academic career as she does her golf. Amy enrolled as a student at the Australian High Performance Golf Academy (AHPGA) under the tutelage of Lawrie Montague at Palm Meadows Golf Range in December 2005, when her handicap was approximately 3 to 5 and had a score average of 75 and 80, and in 12 months this remarkable youngster now has an average score of 69 to 71. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Australasian Womens GOLF put some questions to the young star. AWG: Did you know from a young age that golf would be a chosen career, or if not, what other career were you interested in? Amy: When I was about 14 my parents realised that I was showing some promise. I don’t really know what else I would do, except swimming, as I was a good swimmer! I hear you practice 25 hours a week.With attending Robina High School and golf does that leave any time for you to do normal teenage things as in movies, shopping and just hanging out with friends? Many of my friends also play golf so I spend time with them on the golf course. Also I make time for things like shopping and movies on the weekend. Was there any one golfer that inspired you as you were growing up? I don’t really have a golfing hero, but I do like to watch Annika Sorenstam. Was the decision to move to the Gold Coast entirely based on your golfing career or had the family been to the Gold Coast before and fell in love with the place? My family moved to the Gold Coast so that I could improve my golf. We had never been here before, but my Dad came to have a look first, and decided this would be the best place for us all. You were extremely composed throughout the tournament. Is this natural ability or did your coach Lawrie Montague work with you on it? My coach Lawrie Montague has helped me not just with my game, but also with the mental side and my focus.

ung Star By Leanne St George

Did you start to feel the pressure on the 10th hole when you tee shot nearly found water? Not really – it was just a bad tee shot, but my Dad told me not to worry, I would still be able to make par. As it happened, I made a double bogey, but was able to recover. After your win you said you wanted to sleep. Had the pressure caused you to lose some sleep and were they tears of joy or relief after your win? I slept well all week, but the night before the final round I was a bit restless. The tears were a combination of joy and relief I think. It was a mentally tiring week, but very exciting! Did you secretly feel confident on the third day of the tournament having such great scores that you had a real shot at the title? I had confidence in myself and my ability, but I knew that the competition from the other players would be strong. What was going through your mind as you lined up to make the most important 10-metre putt that clenched the win? I was confident I could make the putt – I actually couldn’t hear or see anything that was going on around me, only my Dad’s advice. Having father James as your caddie, does that make it easier or more comfortable to be out there under pressure? My Dad has always been my caddy, and it makes it a lot easier. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Photos by Anthony Powter

Performance strategies by Lawrie Montague for Amy in the Australian Ladies Masters tournament: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Think Big – Goal was a top 10 finish Keep It Simple – Reduce errors and be patient Face Your Fear and say NO FEAR as you walk in to hit the shot Have Fun, enjoy the experience Breathe – Especially when it counts Goal for the last two days was to score 68 each day – “achieved 70 last two days”

You are obviously a close family, does your brother play golf as well? My brother plays golf too – he isn’t very good, but he always says “One day I’m going to beat Amy!” Your name is now mentioned in the same breath as luminaries Karrie Webb, Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam. How does that make you feel? It is great and very flattering, but I don’t feel I am as good as those players. Hopefully I will be one day! Do you plan to go professional in the near future? Yeah, when I turn 18 I am going to go to the LPGA Tour School. Where does you see yourself in five years? In five years time I hope to be playing well as a regular on the LPGA Tour. ■ 7


TOURNAMENT Amy Yang

Shani Waugh

Yang Makes Most of Photos by Anthony Powter

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For the 17th consecutive year the ANZ Ladies Masters was played on the Gold Coast in February, and for the 15th year it was held at the outstanding tournament venue Royal Pines. While not necessarily the toughest test of golf for the field of high-quality players lining up for the event, what Royal Pines does offer is a tournament venue that offers all the facilities necessary in the successful staging of such an event. By Bruce Young 8

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entrally located in the rapidly expanding Carrara region of the Gold Coast, Royal Pines boasts a five-star hotel, excellent practice facilities and good spectator viewing, and as such has provided a successful base for the event’s growth over such a long period. The other reason for the success of the event is the quality organisation and finishing touches put on the event by tournament organiser Bob Tuohy. In an era where tournament sponsorship in Australia has proven difficult to acquire and sustain, this event has had the support of strong sponsors throughout its existence, reflecting that they feel that a women’s event of this nature offers significant value for money. This year saw the reappearance of the pair who fought out the finish in 2005, Karrie Webb and Ai Miyazato. Much of the pretournament hype and discussion was about the duel between these two, but while such talk helped the tournament publicity, it hardly did justice to the numerous other players who were more than capable of upstaging the much-vaunted duo. Webb arrived here as the five-time champion and had also been runner-up on three other occasions, in 1994, 1997 and 2003, Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Katherine Hull

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ANZ Ladies Masters and so her domination of the event over an 11-year period has been unparalleled in the game in the modern era. Miyazato was caught and passed by Webb in her first appearance at Royal Pines last year, but since had gone on to win six Japan Ladies Tour events in 2005, and gained her right to play in the US in 2006 when she blitzed the field at the final stage of the USLPGA Tour school by an unheard of 12 shots. On paper, therefore, given their status in world golf, they appeared the most likely to win the event, although tournament golf has a way of making what appears most likely to not always end that way. When both Webb and Miyazato opened with first round 71s in the perfect early morning conditions they had opened the door for the rest of the field and provided an insight into the fact that neither was perhaps at the top of their game. On the Tuesday of the event, the ANZ Ladies Masters Junior Golf Clinic was held when selected golfers from local schools were given the opportunity for personal coaching from some of the game’s greats, including the likes of Karrie Webb, Rachel Hetherington Shani Waugh, Katherine Hull and others. It was yet another example of the stars giving back to the game and proved extremely popular and helpful to the excited group of youngsters. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Once the tournament was underway the first-round lead was shared by the 2003 Australian Women’s Open Champion Mhairi McKay and Italian Diana Luna. Luna played late in the day and like McKay produced a first round of 67, although hers was in more demanding afternoon conditions. McKay is a fine player who has struggled in recent times. She lost her full status in the US last season and on her return to the Tour School could only manage conditional status. “I will have to do some Monday qualifying this year, but Marisa Baena was able to do it from that position last year so I’m hoping to emulate her achievement,” said McKay, who makes her American home in California. “This is an encouraging start to 2006,” she added. Baena won the HSBC Match Play after starting the year with only limited status. The Italian Luna had won one event on the Ladies European Tour, in Tenerife in 2004, and 2005 was not as good as earlier years, but on day one she had 67 despite a last-hole bogey. It was a good start, especially given the fickle and confusing winds for much of her afternoon round. The disappointments of day one were both Webb and Miyazato, who although they were round in one under 71s, their starts hardly 9


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reflected their class as players and morning conditions that were conducive to good scoring. One player who was impressive early in the event, especially for one so young, was the 16-year-old Gold Coast-based Korean Amy Yang. Following a recommendation to the tournament organiser, Bob Tuohy, by local Gold Coast Bulletin golf writer Terry Wilson, the Robina State High School student received an invite to play the event as an amateur. She had not let either Wilson or Tuohy down with her impressive first-round showing. Little did they know, at that stage, just what an impact she would have on the later days of the tournament.

While things had gone well for Diana Luna on day one, they turned somewhat pear-shaped on day two. The Ladies European Tour and the ALPG had introduced a new rule for season 2006 relating to slow play.The rule essentially offers no respite or warnings for those guilty of such. If there appears to be a problem players are timed and once an official has adequate evidence of slow play a oneshot penalty is imposed immediately. Luna was playing with Sarah Oh and Lynnette Brooky and both Oh and Luna were advised of the penalty at the 12th hole of their round. They were not alone as the following day two others also received a penalty. Yang, who had also played early in the day on day one, had served notice that her first-round effort was no aberration when in the more demanding afternoon conditions she scorched through the front nine in five under 32 to move to eight under par for the tournament. Surely this was too good to be true and the 16-year-old would soon realise where she was. This was, after all, an event that contained some of the best players in the world. Not only did Yang show no signs of cracking, she actually went further ahead when she added a final birdie from two metres at the 17th, then holed a similar-length putt at the last for par to finish with 66 and hold a one-shot lead at the halfway mark. Mhairi McKay had also battled the afternoon conditions to be round in 69 to be one back of the teenager. One shot further back were South Australian Anne Marie Knight, who was looking to good memories from her good finish here in 2004 to rekindle a flagging career, and 22-year-old American Catherine Cartwright, who has also battled to fulfill a career that promised so much as a teenager. She has only non-exempt status on the USLPGA Tour, but after being encouraged by her friend Katherine Hull to come to Australia, she was taking full advantage of the opportunity. Webb had moved back into contention with a second-round 68, but for the other pre-tournament favourite, Miyazato, her troubles

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continued. The 20-year-old was penalised for inadvertently moving her ball while addressing it on the putting green on the second hole. She called for a ruling and was originally told there was no penalty. She later viewed footage of the incident after being told not to sign her card until after she had looked at some footage. Miyazato took it in her stride and was still signing autographs some time after finishing her round On Saturday not only would Yang be exposed to local crowds, but to a national and international television audience. This would be her ultimate test. She had won the New Zealand Amateur in December and had finished runner-up in the Australian Strokeplay, but this was a different level and a very much different stage. If there were any suggestions of nerves then Yang certainly helped put an end to them when she smashed her drive at the first hole longer than anyone on day three, and by the time she had reached the turn she was 12 under and coasting. She had opened up a three-shot lead at that point. She added another birdie at the 10th to move to 13 under par for the tournament and had a substantial lead at that point. Two groups ahead, Frenchwoman Ludivine Kreutz was just treading water when she reached the 13th tee. At that point she was nine behind Yang and just going through the motions. She was about to unleash a finish that would carry her within one of Yang. Kreutz birdied the difficult 13th and then at the 14th, with a six iron in hand, she turned away after striking her tee shot as if in disgust with what appeared to be yet another poorly struck shot. She was not even looking as the ball pitched five metres short of the green then ran towards the hole before going in for an unlikely ace. At the next, the Kreutz roll continued when she birdied the 15th, then the 16th and then with a five iron to the last she finished three metres from the hole. When that putt went in she had recorded a back nine of 29 and a round of 67 to be at 10 under. With Yang dropping shots at the 13th and 17th, the four-time winner and Solheim Cup player had made up eight shots in six holes and found herself just one behind Yang and perhaps with the momentum heading into day four. Webb had shown a brief glimpse of what might have been with a brilliant approach at the par five third to three metres, but when that missed her struggles on the green continued and her 74 had her just too far back. Day four would see conditions overcast and Selected golfers from local with a little drizzle early schools were given the on. By the time the leaders would tee off opportunity for personal however, there was a coaching from some of the gentle breeze and a hot, steamy day to greet the game’s greats. last few groups off. As had been the case on day three, Yang drove beautifully and long at the first, and when she pitched it absolutely dead she had made the dream start. Another two-putt birdie at the par five third and she had gone to 13 under and a lead of three over yet another amateur, American teenager Tiffany Joh and Catherine Cartwright. Joh is an 19-year-old attending the University of California, Los Angeles and had been invited back here mainly as a result of her course record 63 here last year. Yang recorded only her third bogey of the week at the fifth after finding the bunker at the par three, but she bounced back with birdies at the 7th and 8th. Cartwright, the tall and elegant American, put the cat among the pigeons when she holed her second to the 8th for an eagle, and when she followed with a birdie at the 9th she was at 12 under and two behind Yang. Yang’s first real blemish and one that had the potential to destabilise her came at the 10th hole when she pulled her tee shot close to the water at the par four. From a hanging lie and perhaps uncommitted to the shot, Yang found the front left bunker some 35 metres from the hole, and although she hit a reasonable recovery she three putted to fall back to 12 under and now in a share of the lead with Cartwright and Kreutz. Kreutz holed a putt of 50 feet or so at the 10th while Yang was in the process of taking bogey. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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For the first time since midway through her second round Yang lost the lead when Cartwright, who was playing the group ahead, birdied the 12th to move one ahead. Yang responded with a strong birdie herself at that same hole just a few minutes later and she was back level with Cartwright and one ahead of Kreutz. Several groups ahead yet another teenage amateur, Tseng YaNi, was making a run that threatened to challenge the leaders. The Taiwanese golfer recorded eight birdies in her last 13 holes to move to 12 under, and when she finished a full one hour ahead of the leaders she had posted a score that might just be a problem for those behind on the course. Tseng had beaten Michelle Wie in the final of the 2004 US Public Links Championship and looks to be yet another young (17) Asian star in the making Cartwright made a mistake at the 15th when, no doubt looking for a birdie there to break the deadlock, pulled her tee shot slightly and found the lake that guards the left-hand side of the fairway. She took bogey and so Yang had the lead on her own at 13 under. Yang hit a brilliant tee shot at the 16th to set up a birdie and move to 14 under and it then appeared that perhaps the fairytale was about to become a reality. Joh birdied from 14 feet behind the hole at the 17th to get within one, and as the last group stood on the tee, Yang had a one-shot lead over Joh with Cartwright in need of a birdie to have any hope. Cartwright found the green some 20 feet from the hole and when she had made that she had moved within one of Yang who had found the fairway with her tee shot. Joh had pulled her tee shot and was faced with a horrible lie.The best she could do was bogey after missing a six-foot putt to slip out of a chance of a playoff. From the middle of the fairway, Yang hit her six iron left into the stand and was forced to take a drop. She was then unable to get up and down from there and she had fallen back into a tie with Cartwright. The playoff ended quickly when Yang holed from 20 feet and the emotions that had been kept in check all week began to flow. For one so young to have withstood all the golfing and emotional pressure

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for so long in or near the lead it was perfectly understandable. The “no fear” attitude that she and her coach Lawrie Montague had talked about and worked on in the lead-up to the event had certainly paid dividends in that it helped her get over the fear that would no doubt haunt any such youngster in that situation. That fear and the other emotions she had stored inside for so long had to come to the surface at some stage and now was no better time. What the event lost by not having the “stars” of the game in the firing line at all throughout the week, it gained by producing what will undoubtedly be the first of many wins in professional tournament golf by Amy Yang. The exposure her win created worldwide is the sort of publicity that an event of this nature could only hope for. Still 18 months away from her 18th birthday, a timeline she has earmarked for turning professional,Yang still has a significant learning curve ahead of her. What Yang gained by playing this event and by being exposed to the situations she found herself in throughout the week, however, will ensure that she is just that better prepared for her entry into the paid ranks when that time comes. Many have said that it is unfortunate that she could not keep the money that was on line for the winner of the event, but the lessons learnt are priceless, and of even more value than the $120,000 that eventually went to the leading professional, Catherine Cartwright. The leading Australian was the lady we featured in the first edition of Australasian Womens GOLF Nikki Campbell, who finished in a share of 6th place. ■

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Battle of the Sexes T he PGA Futures Championship is without doubt the most unique golf tournament on the Australasian calendar. What sets this event apart is the format. It is the only Australian championship where both sexes compete for the same national title and prize money pool. The one concession to equality is that female trainee professional golfers play from forward tees. At the new age Sandhurst Club in Melbourne, the host venue of this increasingly prestigious 72-hole event, the distance gap between the men’s and women’s tees was 1173 metres, or an average of 65 metres per hole. Over 100 trainee professionals from every state as well as New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom competed for the title and $45,000 in prize money. The most recent winner, left-handed teenager Julian Reynolds, earned not only a sizeable cheque but also direct entry into the 2006 Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship at Hyatt Coolum and the USPGA Assistant Championship. Equally importantly, he also added his name to the trophy alongside the likes of current USPGA Tour players Rod Pampling, Euan Walters and Andre Stolz. “This is another big step forward in my career,” Reynolds said. “I played probably my best round of the week. I lost it a bit near the end of the front nine but regrouped in time to get the round back on track.” The prestigious tournament, now in its 28th year, is undoubtedly blessed with the participation of female trainee professional golfers. The best-performed woman was Kasey Henshaw, a second year trainee from Newcastle, who displayed pleasing consistency throughout the week. One of the other highlights for the organising committee was observing former champion Ryan Smith caddie for his wife Janelle, another of the female competitors, who gave plenty despite missing the halfway cut.

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INSTRUCTIONS Anne JennyWilson Sevil Golf Professional Anne has been named in the Best Top 50 Instructors List.

Sport has always been a big part of my life. I am very thankful that my parents gave me every opportunity in my growing years to try just about every sport available. I remember the first time I hit a golf ball. Dad took me out to Gailes Golf Club when I was about10. As he played the holes, I just wanted to get a chance at hitting that little white ball, but we had to wait till I was out of sight from the clubhouse. So when we were on the back nine, Dad gave me a five iron and a ball. Here was my big chance. I swung at the ball and it flew up in the air and went sailing over the green. Whoo, I just loved the feeling of hitting that golf ball. And I am still hooked on that feeling today. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I took up the game seriously. We moved to the Gold Coast and I went to Miami High. Golf was one of the sports available in PE, so off I went to learn more about the game that my dad was so addicted too. I soon dragged my sister into it and we joined our parents’ club, Surfers Paradise Golf Club. I really enjoyed my amateur career, representing Queensland and Australian teams. The two people who helped me most in the early years were June Howe from Kooralbyn Valley and the legendary Norman Von Nida. Thanks to their support, advice and encouragement, I got to a scratch handicap and gained the confidence to take the next step and turned professional in 1986. So I took off to Europe, a good starting tour for a lot of Australian players. I was fortunate to have a few Aussie mates to travel with and share expenses, which was a big help in my rookie year. My sister joined me on the tour in 1987, and after two years touring Europe, on the return flight back home I said we needed to find a sponsor. I knew there was a Japanese guy who owned Palm Meadows, and I figured if we went out to use the practice facilities we’d eventually meet this man. Within a few weeks we met the owner, Mr. Yokoyama, and our dreams came true. We secured a great contract with Daikyo and a chance to play on the lucrative Japanese Tour. We got our playing licence for the Japanese Tour in 1988 and spent the next 10 years living in Tokyo and playing on the Japanese Tour. An unbelievable experience, thanks to the support and sponsorship of Mr. Yokoyama. Golf has taken me all around the world and given me a wonderful life style. In 1998, I returned home to the Gold Coast and took up a teaching position at Lakelands Golf Club. I am very fortunate to have such a great working environment complimented by such friendly staff, management and members. My teaching experience has included working for Jack Nicklaus Golf Schools, Greg Norman Junior Golf, District, State and National training. I have also assisted the Premier and Prime Minister’s Cup series of events throughout Australia. I have been among the top 50 teaching Professional in Australia and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal. I really enjoy my teaching. It gives me a lot of satisfaction, seeing people improve and getting more enjoyment out of their game. I have been on the board of directors of Australian Ladies Professional Golf since 1987, and President for the past eight years. I really enjoy supporting and promoting our ALPG Tour. I still enjoy catching up with all the players and competing in a few Pro Ams during the ALPG season. I was privileged to be asked by Pat James and Cathryn Meredith to write some instructional articles and tips on golf. So I hope you enjoy my advice and tips.

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Practice Photos by Greg Minns

There are many practice tips and drills for golfers to experiment and try. The important thing is to use the ones that will benefit your swing and golf game. Drills for golf help to train certain parts of the golf swing that need assistance by repeating a motion to get it right. Once you identify the problem, preferably with your local professional, you can train your swing with specific set-up positions and movements, so you can swing the club and play shots more consistently.

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hat works for some may not work for others, due to the nature of each individual’s golf swing. So give these practice tips and drills a try the next time you are on the practice range. If they assist you, then work with them during your practice sessions, and take the simple key thoughts on the golf course to assist your golf game. Some golfers love to practice; others find it not so enjoyable. These drills just might give you a more enjoyable time on the range, and if you enjoy what you do you’ll spend more time with it.

The 3 Speed Rhythm Drill – Especially Usefully for Those Erratic Swingers with Poor Balance Good rhythm and timing of the golf swing is crucial for playing consistent golf shots. If your tempo is consistent throughout the swing, then there is a fair chance you will play a good shot and finish balanced on you left side (for right-hand players). (see photo above) So many times I hear people say that their playing partners tell them to slow their swing down. This usually results in a slow back swing and therefore an even faster down swing than before, because the mind wants to hit that ball a long way. The shot more than likely runs along the ground, doesn’t go all that far, and not to the direction intended. So what I would like to suggest to those erratic speed-freak swingers, who never seem to finish balanced, is try this 3 Speed Rhythm Drill, and you can swing as fast as you like as long as you finish balanced on your left side facing your target. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


How to practise the 3 Speed Rhythm Drill ■ ■

Use a 3 wood. Tee the ball up; half a ball above the top of the club. Position the ball inside the left heel. (see photo below) 1st Gear – Swing the club with your arms back in slow motion to the top of the swing. Your left shoulder should be over your right knee, with weight on the right foot. Then let the club swing back through the ball at the same pace as the back swing. Finish the swing balanced though on the left side facing the target. The ball should only go a third of your capable distance. For ladies approximately 40 to 60 metres. Repeat 8 to10 times.

2nd Gear – Swing the club back a little faster than 1st gear. Then swing forward through the ball with the same tempo. Finish balanced facing the target.You will be surprised at the distance you get from less effort. Ladies may reach between 100 and 130 metres. Remember there needs to be a little more room for top gear, so not too fast in 2nd gear. Repeat 8 to 10 times.

Tips and Drills 3rd Gear – Swing the arms and club back faster from the ball, completing a good shoulder rotation. Swing forward and through at the same speed to a good balanced finish on the left side. At the completion of our swing the weight should be on the left foot, left hip, and torso pointing to the target. (see right) If you can hold a balanced finish for a couple of seconds, then you’re on your way to swinging with good rhythm. You may like to increase the speed to see what results you get. But faster doesn’t always mean further and straighter. For those who have not tried this drill, 1st gear is the more difficult. But it’s a good challenge to be able to hit the ball a short distance with a full swing. I am not suggesting to swing this pace on the golf course. This drill is very useful for those who have inconsistent timing and balance problems with their swing. Give this 3 Speed Rhythm Drill a try. I am sure it will assist your rhythm. Timing and balance of your golf swing go together and allow more consistency in your shots and your golf game. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Left Foot Right Toe Drill

This is one of my favourite drills in teaching as it can assist faults in the set-up position and swinging motion. If you overswing, have poor posture, suffer the lateral sway, or have trouble with how to swing your arms, this could be a helpful drill for you to try on the practice range. This drill is similar to the feet together drill, however, this method assist the posture by leaning more over the ball.

How to Practise the Left Foot Right Toe Drill ■ Use a 6 or 7 Iron ■ Tee the ball up, just above the ground ■ Grip hands slightly down the handle ■ Place the left toe in line with the ball, knee

slightly bent with arms reaching slightly out to the ball ■ Bend forward from the hips, with right knee bent level with the left knee and right toe on the ground with right heel raised. (Check the starting positions from front on and side angle)

Step 1 – Swing the arms and hands back and hinge the wrists as the arms reach waist high. The right elbow is pointing down and the club and arms create the letter “L” shape. Arms to about shoulder height.

Step 2 – Swing the arms back to the ball and through to a similar mirror finish of the back swing. The left elbow points down and hands finish about shoulder height. This Swing drill is not at full speed or full length, so the length of shot won’t be the distance you would get from a normal set-up position and swing. But you may be surprised at how far you can hit a ball off one leg. Give this a try. Just remember, to fly the ball higher, you must slide the club under the ball, so make sure you hit the tee out of the ground. 17


Approach Shots

A good percentage of golfers have trouble playing shots into the green that require a half or three-quarter swing. You know the ones. When you are about 60 metres and closer into the green and can’t play a full swing. I am sure you have all experienced these indecisions. How far back do I go? Where do I take my arms to? How do I stand? Do I swing slower? What club should I use? Setting up for the length of shot is so important to play these shots consistently. Too many times I see people trying to hit a short shot of about 20 metres, but they are set up for a 100metre shot. Well here are some helpful tips to remember when you have to approach to the green.

Set-up for the Length of Approach Shot Step 1 – 20-Metre Shot / Closer Stance ■ Grip down the handle ■ Stand with your feet closer together with the ball in the centre of your stance ■ Arms and hands closer to your body ■ Swing your arms back and through the same distance and same tempo. eg. 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock (Under waist high to under waist high) Step 2 – 50-Metre Shots/ Medium Stance ■ Grip more up the handle than for 20-metre shots ■ Feet slightly wider apart, ball centre ■ Arms and hands more out from side. ■ Swing arms and hands 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock (waist high to waist Bookings essential high) Step 3 – 70-Metre Shots/ Almost Full Stance ■ Grip just down from the top of the handle ■ Stance a little wider ■ Arms and hands a little more out from the side ■ Swing arms and hands 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock (shoulder high to shoulder high)

Leapfrog Drill To assist approaching shots into the green, the leapfrog drill is a good one to practice, as it requires the appropriate set-up position, length of swing and rhythm to play shots accurately. As most practice ranges don’t have short-range targets to hit, this drill gives you the chance to practice approach shots without targets. 1st Step – Chip a shot within 20 metres. Watch it finish. 2nd Step – Set up for a slightly longer shot to leap over the 1st ball you played. 3rd Step – Take a wider stance and longer swing and leap over the 2nd ball. Continue this leapfrog process until you reach a full swing. You can start with a pitching wedge and work through all your short-iron clubs. This drill will assist you in setting up for the length of approach shot you need to play. Most people go to the range and spend more time on long shots and full swings. But in actual fact, shots can be saved more within 70 metres, so why not spend a bit more time on these approach shots? Helpful Tips to Remember when approaching into the green Make sure the club head brushes the grass under the ball at contact, this allows the club face to elevate the ball into the air. A Practice tip for pitching. Try placing a marker under the ball and while playing your pitch shot, if the marker moves, the ball will fly in the air. Use a more lofted club for a higher shot, like to pitch over a bunker or long grass. You can use a sand wedge off longer grass or if the ground is soft and spongy. Don’t use a sand wedge off hard ground, unless you have practiced it and confident you can get under Call 07 55 798700 the ball. A pitching wedge or 9 iron is a better option. Chip and Run Shot. Imagine you are hitting the ball under a fence or table in front of the ball. Use the lower-numbered clubs, like 6, 7 or 8 irons. Usually for running shots through short grass on to the green. With this running shot keep the arms and wrists straight throughout the swing. It’s like a putting shot, a pendulum action. Use any club, depending on the distance to the hole.

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Keen to Foster Female Participations B ased on a genuine desire to promote ladies golf, Lakelands Golf Club will provide some interesting alternatives to encourage greater participation during their Lady Bear competition. The competition, to be held on the first Tuesday of each month, will also become a social day out for established golfers, beginners and those just looking to enjoy the relaxed clubhouse facilities. “Lakelands wants to encourage increased female participation in the game by establishing the event as a social outing for both golfers and non-golfers alike,” said General Manager Mike Orloff. “In addition to our established lady golfers, Lakelands will offer newcomers a free golf lesson and fourhole competition, while players at the next level will Lakelands wants to be encouraged to play nine or 18 holes. The day will be encourage increased structured so that all players female participation in complete their ‘round’ at the same time, allowing them the game … to join us for lunch and presentation. As the day expands in popularity we will add more activities to keep everyone entertained.” Anne Wilson, President of Australian Ladies Professional Golf and a highly regarded teaching professional, will be available for lessons each month. “We are keen to encourage newcomers to the game and provide them with the opportunity to learn the basics.” The remaining Tuesdays during the month, between the Lady Bear competitions, will be for the regular Tuesday competition, with both members and public invited to play. The monthly Lady Bear competition began on February 7th and more information can be obtained by calling Lakelands Golf Club on (07) 5579 8700.

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2006 Lady Bear Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of a new phase of Ladies golf on the Gold Coast. Lakelands Golf Club hosted 50 ladies for its first Lady Bear of 2006 and the feedback was unanimous. Greeted by the Lakelands team upon arrival, the ladies were treated to devonshire tea upon arrival before venturing out to enjoy the course. A sumptuous buffet lunch awaited players at the completion of the round which was then followed by an introduction from General Manager, Mike Orloff, who took time to welcome all participants and thank them for their support. Presentations then followed with a lot of players taking home great prizes. The day finished with compliments and congratulations on what was a fantastic event. 19


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.

Let your Mind be an Asset rather than a Liability

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n my first article I discussed your overall attitude and preparing for the first tee. It is crucial to have an open mind to the concepts I will discuss here with you. Many of the world’s leading players are using sport psychologists to help achieve their goals and win more tournaments, highlighting just how important a focused and positive mindset can be to success whatever the level. My own personal experience in professional golf confirms that adopting a positive attitude yields results. I went from being a struggling professional and part-time waitress to winning tournaments both in Australia and internationally by studying and implementing the power of positive thinking on the golf course. There is little doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t stumbled across these mind techniques I would still be waiting on tables. Positive thinking benefits all golfers on the golf course – not just the professional. In a series of articles for Australasian Womens GOLF it is my intention to show you how you too can make greater use of the mind to assist in all areas of your golf game. The most important thing you need to learn from my articles on using your mind to improve your golf game is this: Everything you create or make happen in your life starts with a thought! A lot of the time when you hit bad shots on the golf course or have a bad golf day overall, it is either the result of what you are thinking on a specific shot or the game generally. A poor golf shot is as much the result of bad thinking as it is a bad swing. How to deal with hitting a bad shot: 1. Expect to hit some bad shots! I was once told that in every round of golf even the low-handicap golfer or professional will hit at least five bad shots. Obviously a highhandicap golfer would expect to hit a greater number of poor shots. There is of course a certain level of relativity involved here, as a poor shot to a low marker might not necessarily be such to a high handicapper, but clearly the higher the handicap the greater chance of poor shots. That does not mean that you necessarily plan for the bad shots or indeed try to make them happen, but the nature of golf is that no matter how good you become you will still hit a certain number of bad shots per round. It is important that you keep this in mind in order that you do not allow one bad shot to turn into a number of bad shots by overreacting. 20

In future, therefore, when that poor shot shows its ugly head, you can say to yourself either “oh there it is” or “got that one out of the way”. By doing this, it is a way of laughing it off rather than losing your temper and letting one bad shot snowball into a bad round. Just accept it, take a few deep breaths, and try to hit a better shot with the next swing. 2.Your mental reaction to hitting a bad shot: There is a golf book titled Golf is not a game of perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella. There has perhaps never been a greater phrase to take with you on the golf course. Nobody hits every shot exactly how they want to or plays a round without a few bad shots. It’s often been said that it is not so much how good your good shots are, but rather how good your bad shots are.Those who handle those bad shots the best come away with better results or a better score. There are two reactions to a bad shot. a. Use abusive language, throw your club, hurry your routine, rush the next shot, harp on about how the world is against you and constantly remind yourself that you’re the unluckiest golfer on the planet, never mind the golf course; or: b. You could try this: Allow yourself to feel frustrated by a bad shot, however, try to remain calm and remind yourself that it is one of your bad shots out of the way. Think about the times you have made good par or bogey saves even after a bad shot and concentrate on putting positive energy into your recovery from a bad shot. Don’t compound your problems by focusing on what has happened, but rather what is going to happen. Your physical reaction to hitting a bad shot The immediate physical reaction to a bad shot for a lot of golfers is to change their swing. What often happens if you hit a slice or go right you will try to go left on the next shot. * Don’t make a swing change based on the last shot you hit. To become a more consistent golfer you should try to repeat the same swing, have the same routine and same swing thoughts on every shot. Save any changes until after the round. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Planning your way to reducing your handicap Successful people in life, whatever their field, use goal setting as an important tool. Why not try this in order to improve your own golf game and lower your handicap? Sit down and write out a list of the things you want to achieve: ■ ■ ■

First, write a long-term goal. Example: In 12 months I will reduce my handicap by five strokes. Second, write a shorter-term goal. Example: In six months I will reduce my handicap by two shots. Then, write down your immediate goals, namely, what you have to do to make the long and shorter-term goals a reality. Make a list and put it in a place where it will constantly attract your attention. The following is an example of the list you could make: • Go to the driving range once a week to hit practice balls. • Get to the course 20 minutes earlier to practice my putting. • Practice my chipping, even in the back yard at home. • Regularly remind myself at practice or on the way to golf, “I am getting better at this game”. • Take a lesson from a professional and practice what they tell you. You need to know you are practising the right thing. • Write a sign and put it on the mirror in the bathroom “I will reduce my handicap”.

Writing a plan down makes you more committed and helps you see a way to achieving your goal. So, be conscious of how you react to your bad shots and set yourself some goals, then, I am sure, your game will improve! Until then good golfing,

Jenny

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PSYCHOLOGY

How to Prepare Your

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Jenny Sevil discussed your “mind” being the most valuable club in your bag during the first edition of Australasian Womens GOLF. By Suzy McRae

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eing aware of what our minds are processing is the first step to creating change in our behaviours and therefore results. Listening to our mind chatter will give us clues to where we would like to create some change. For those who may have children, you may in the past have said something similar to “Johnny, DON’T touch the stove, YOU WILL BURN YOURSELF!”. This is an example of negative future pacing. The conscious mind only takes instruction from what it hears after ‘DON’T!’, ‘Never!’, ‘Can’t’, etc. because the unconscious mind cannot NOT do something, it can only DO! something. So if your intention is to prevent Johnny from burning himself he needs an instruction that he is able to carry out, one that his mind processes with ease. A positive future pace may be “Johnny, stay away from the stove it is very hot, if you touch the stove, it will burn your skin”. Said in a calm manner, Johnny will begin to comprehend and understand what you’re talking about; instead of reacting to the emotion of what you fear may happen. We all have a choice to either react or respond to activity outside of us or within our own minds. The same type of fears may arise when we are driving to the course. Should we actually be thinking about the impending game? Such as “Oh I remember the last time I played the 10th, I went straight into the water, I will never do that again”. What we unwittingly have just done is negatively recalled an event attached to something you are about to experience and followed it up by “do that again”. Remembering that the unconscious mind takes on the instruction to make sure the ball goes into the water on the 10th. As fleeting as a thought may be, it is still powerful in how it influences your conscious and unconscious(or subconscious to the world of psychology) actions. What this means is that when it comes to the conscious and unconscious minds it may help to understand how they work so we can use this knowledge to control our internal language, which controls our physical actions, such as sinking a putt or making the green on the 10th. Remember when you learnt how to drive a car? Every action was a conscious action and movement until that day arrived when your actions of turning the key, putting the car into gear and reverse parking became unconscious actions. You were no longer consciously aware of every tiny action.You had practised how to drive and became 22

UNCONSCIOUSLY competent after beginning at the Consciously INCOMPETENT stage. Everything we learn and became competent at requires us to practice and move through these levels from incompetence to competence, from a conscious stage to an unconscious stage (or unaware of how good you have become). How do we think positive? Practice, practice, practice … you can start by rewriting your internal dialogue each moment you become aware of what’s being said. You are what you “believe” you are, you play how you believe you will play and those tiny insecure thoughts can take root if! … you let them. Prepare your mind from when you first wake up. Tell yourself that you feel great, relaxed, energetic and comfortably alert. You will be playing at your absolute best and feel consistently relaxed in your observations and actions for the entire round. To visualise a shot you could close your eyes and imagine the calm, liquid motion of your arms swinging like a pendulum. You may see the club face from the ball’s perspective, squarely being scooped off the tee leaving a white streak of smoke in a direct line to the pin. You can change the position of where you are in the picture and what you are.You may be the ball, or the club or you. Seeing the shot being played out from many different angles and perspectives like in life can be extremely valuable. The choice of how you see, hear and feel this image is up to you. Your unconscious mind may bring forth something that you had not noticed consciously the last time that you played that hole. Something that you are now, aware of. You could notice bright colours of the Have you ever been aware the tee area, seeing yourself of what your mind is up to step up, calmly place the ball on the tee. Go on the way to golf? through the motions of “your” particular set-up, take “your” perfect back swing and follow through smoothly. Feeling your hips release a charge of energy through to the ball as it takes flight in the exact line that you see so clearly in your mind. Taking notice of how loose and strong your body feels, you may hear the ting of the metal striking the ball, sending that shiver you know so well running up your spine, as you see (in your peripheral vision) the tee spin in another line towards the ball as it gently hits the ground. Hearing that pop of the ball as it lands on the fairway in the same spot that you decided it would land. You are left with a calm, relaxed feeling that leaves you knowing today will be the BEST game I have ever played and I will be driving home replaying every hole in my mind exactly how I know I am capable of playing it at my absolute BEST! I had a great day out there today. God I love this game! Now your mind is in the game you’re ready, so get out there and enjoy yourself. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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PLAYER PROFILE

Japan golf’s loss will undoubtedly be the United States gain when Japanese golfing superstar Ai Miyazato plays on the USLPGA Tour for the first time as a cardholder in 2006. The charismatic and engaging 20-year-old earnt the right to play in the US on a full-time basis when she blitzed the field at the Tour School in September to win by 12 shots over the 90 holes. After taking Japan golf by storm over the last two years she is about to unleash her remarkable talents on the USLPGA, and it is hard to imagine her not making a significant impact. By Bruce Young

Photos by Anthony Powter

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iyazato arrived at the ANZ Ladies Masters in late includes Ai and her two bothers, Kiyoshi and Yusaku, who both play January having had a break of a few weeks from golf on the Japan PGA Tour. before playing the World Cup of Golf in South Africa The diminutive (155 centimetres) Ai began playing the game two weeks earlier. “I needed to take a few weeks off as at the age of four when encouraged by her older brothers. She I was keen to be refreshed and ready to go for what will be a big played other sports including, and perhaps surprisingly given her year for me,” she said via a translator at the pre-tournament press physical stature, basketball, but at the age of 16 she left Okinawa conference at Royal Pines. After a year that had included victory and headed to Sendai, two hours north of Tokyo, to spend her at Women’s World Cup of Golf in January in 2005 and six further last three years at Tohoku High School there. The school had a victories on the Japan Ladies Tour, Miyazato had golf programme there that obviously would deserved her break. assist in the development of her game. She In 2003 and as an She had earnt the right to play at the final spent nearly three years there before turning stage of the USLPGA Tour School by storming professional. amateur, Miyazato home over the closing rounds of stage one to In 2003 and as an amateur, Miyazato won won the Dunlop Ladies finish runner-up to Brittany Lang there. At the the Dunlop Ladies Open, an event played near final stage in Florida, however, she dominated her high school, and in October of that year Open, and in October proceedings from the start. Some felt that she turned professional. In her first year as a of that year she turned perhaps she should have not even have been professional she won five events on the JLPGA required to attend the first stage, especially and then in January of 2005 she teamed with professional. given her worldwide success in 2005, but in Rui Kitada to win the Women’s World Cup of many ways it might well have been a blessing in Golf. It was a victory that further confirmed disguise. After a year that had seen her dominate golf in Japan, the her rise to stardom and provided a further boost to the booming opportunity to have to grind it out at the first stage may well have JLPGA Tour. She then played in Australia where she started the last properly prepared her for the final stage and she duly obliged. round of the ANZ Ladies Masters four ahead of Karrie Webb. Born and raised in a northern village on the island of Okinawa, The Australian, who has a mortgage of this event, caught and several hundred kilometres off the southern coast of mainland passed her, but Miyazato had provided her own international Japan, Miyazato comes from a golfing family. Her father was a keen standing and the event generally a significant boost and priceless golfer and now has a player management company that of course exposure in Japan.

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On her return to Japan she won six events on the JLPGA Tour in 2005 and at the end of the season she headed to the USLPGA Tour School where, as described above, she had considerable success. Two weeks after gaining here USLPGA Tour card, Miyazato played the Japan Men’s Tour event, the Asia Japan Okinawa Open, in her home of Okinawa. On reflection it was perhaps a move she regrets. “I would certainly not play it again,” she said at Royal Pines. She finished in last place after 36 holes, but there was no doubt part of her that felt the opportunity, to play in front of her home fans was a good one. Unfortunately nobody won in that situation. She likely did herself more harm than she did the tournament a favour by performing there. Her brother Kiyoshi finished runner-up in the event in which Ai finished last in late last year, and actually won that same event in 2004. The strength of Ai Miyazato’s game is perhaps as much mental as it is physical. She is complete in most departments of the game without any one area standing out above another, but it is her mental toughness that sees her achieving the level of success she is having. Japan golf would be keen to have her play further events in Japan in 2006, but she seems content to commit herself to the USLPGA Tour. “Now that I have my card I am going to focus my attention on the LPGA Tour. It is a great opportunity for me and I am keen to take full advantage of it. I will assess the situation as the year progresses as to how much I will play in Japan.” Whether Miyazato returns to play the Japan LPGA Tour on a regular basis or not, there is little doubt that the impact she has had there will resonate through Japan ladies golf for many years to come. The JLPGA Tour has witnessed record crowds and support over the last two years, much of that because of the role Miyazato has had in lifting the profile and awareness of the female game in that country. Not since the player that most Japanese lady golfers, including Miyazato, have looked up to as a role model, namely Ayako

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Okamoto, has there been such an interest in the game. Okamoto won 17 USLPGA Tour titles between 1982 and 1992, but most people are now predicting that Miyazato is destined to become the greatest female Japanese golfer of all time when she takes her game to the world this year. Given the progress she has made already in her relatively brief career she is already on target to be just that. ■

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ALPG TOUR Rebecca Stevenson is winning the ALPG Players Championship at Club Pelican

The ever-increasing number of one and two-day pro-ams in New South Wales and Queensland got the 2005/2006 ALPG Tour’s season off to a successful start, with 11 events played between November 17th and December 20th, 2005. This was an increase of three events on the eight staged in 2004 and highlighted the growing interest that the appearance of some of Australia’s leading female players is bringing to those regions.

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he tour started with a two-day event at the Bermagui Queensland’s Belinda Kerr, who only turned professional earlier in Country Club on the South Coast of New South Wales, the year, beat yet another recently turned professional, Sarah Kemp, won by Vicky Uwland, who’s second-round 69 saw her in a playoff, with the talented Nadina Taylor third. catch and pass first-round leader Nicole James to give the It was then back south briefly to the Catalina Country Club in Victorian and Ladies European Tour player her first win on the Batemans Bay for the Catalina Country Club Pro Am where West ALPG Tour. Uwland was a member of the winning Australia Espirito Australian Helen Beatty managed to prevent yet another Katherine Santo Team in 2002. USLPGA Tour player Katherine Hull, a fellow Hull victory when winning by two over a three-way tie for second, team member of Uwland’s at the Espirito Santo, eventually finished namely Hull, Sarah Kemp and Tamara Johns. runner-up, while James faded to finish ninth. At St Georges Basin, just south of Nowra, The Tour then headed about an hour’s it was finally Tamara Johns’ turn when she won The two-day event would drive south to the beautiful fishing village of by just one shot over 36 holes, beating Sarah witness another first-time Douglass, Melanie Holmes-Smith, Jane Leary Eden for the Eden Gardens Country Club Pro Am where this time Katherine Hull edged Alison Munt. winner when Queensland’s and The out Club Pelican’s Tamara Johns and West Tour turned 45 minutes inland for Australian Dana Lacey in a one-day affair. Her the Moss Vale Golf Club Pro Am where two Belinda Kerr, who had round of 66 was a new course record for the USLPGA Tour veterans fought it out, with only just turned pro, beat Queensland’s Karen Pearce winning in a playoff Ladies. Hull continued her domination at the next against Shani Waugh. Queenslander Rebecca another recently turned event as the Tour headed back north to the Stevenson and New South Wales’ Geraldine professional, Sarah Kemp. Brown shared third two shots behind. Sapphire Coast Ladies Classic at Tura Beach. The Queenslander put together rounds of 71 From Moss Vale it was north to Kangaroo and 66 to win by five over Tamara Johns and by six over Dana Valley for the Peugeot Kangaroo Valley Resort Pro Am. This time Lacey, both of whom again chased the Queenslander home. Her Australian World Cup representative Shani Waugh was able to win second round of 66, as had been the case at Eden, was a course a playoff over Futures Tour player Kylie Pratt. record. The Tour then headed to the western suburbs of Sydney for the The girls continued their way back north with the next port inaugural Bing Lee LG Oatlands Trophy at the Oatlands Golf Club. of call the Mollymook Women’s Classic, just north of Ulladulla. Here Jane Leary and recently turned professional Nikki Garrett The two-day event would witness another first-time winner when shared the honours before Leary won in a playoff after both had

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Shani Waugh Peugeot Kangaroo Valley Resort win

Series shot impressive rounds of 67. For the now 42-year-old New South Wales resident Leary, this was her first ALPG victory. The Tour then headed north to Queensland and Club Pelican near Caloundra for the 18-hole Titanium Golf Ladies Classic and Sarah Kemp secured the first of what will no doubt be many tournament wins in the professional ranks. Having just a few weeks earlier shared Medallist honours at the Ladies European Tour School, Kemp looks to have a bright future after a fine amateur career. So impressive was she that she won by four shots over Irish-born South Australian Rebecca Coakley. From Club Pelican, after a disappointing rain-out at the Caboolture Golf Club, it was a short drive north to the Peregian Springs Golf Club for the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic. Sarah Kemp would once again win by four in the end-of-year fun event, recording rounds of 70 and 69 to win from Rebecca Stevenson, with the group of players in third place including Canberra golfer Nikki Campbell, who performed so well on the Japan Ladies Golf Tour in 2005. That brought to an end the events prior to Xmas on the 2005/2006 ALPG schedule and at that point the Order of Merit showed, as a result of her consistent run of form, especially early in the season when twice a winner and three times runner-up, Katherine Hull leading with $15,400, some $3000 ahead of Sarah Kemp. The next event was the Optus World Coraki Golf Club Pro Am in northern New South Wales on January 22nd and again it was rookie Sarah Kemp to the fore. She won her third consecutive event with a brilliant six under par 66 and was on top of the world as she headed to Club Pelican for the ALPG Championship. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Dana Lacey Photo by Anthony Powter

The Titanium Enterprises ALPG Players Championship Following the inaugural staging of this event in 2005, players, officials and fans arrived at Club Pelican near Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast with the addition of yet another facility to further enhance the golf course as a fine tournament venue. The Ramada at Pelican Waters was opened just a week before the tournament and provided another dimension to assist in complementing the highquality Greg Norman-designed layout. The A$200,000 event saw the arrival of many of the Ladies European Tour (LET) players who would compete in the first event of their season at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast the following week. Laura Davies was the headline act, but there were many other high-class LET players looking to get their 2006 season underway. Some had arrived from South Africa where they had played the Women’s World Cup of Golf the preceding week, including Davies, Gwladys Nocera, Shani Waugh, Lynnette Brooky and Gina Scott. Much of the local interest was in the performance of the Sunshine Coast’s Katherine Hull, who was the defending champion and who had just completed her second season on the USLPGA Tour where she again comfortably retained her card. Nicole Lowien was another from the Sunshine Coast who captured the attention of local media and the tournament generally after an opening round of 70 to lead by one. Lowien represents Club Pelican as she looks to resurrect a career that saw her as one of Australia’s most promising players in the mid 1990s. She led from Austria’s Natascha Fink, Rebecca Stevenson and American Susie Parry. 27


Thurgoona win Australian & New Zealand Club Challenge

Thurgoona Ladies – Amanda Smith, Kerrie Paul, Melinda McDonald and Joan Nicholls

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he Thurgoona Country Club Resort (near Albury) ladies side of Kerrie Paul, Amanda Smith, Melinda McDonald and Joan Nicholls have won the Ladies section of the Australian & New Zealand Club Challenge on countback. In the first round of the 36-hole event, they trailed two shots behind the Buninyong Golf Club (near Ballarat) side from VIC of Jo Kennedy. Marlene Bevan, Helen Hovey & Lesley Tucker. A further 11 shots behind was the team from Coral Cove International Resort. After the first three cards from each side had been returned for the final day Thurgoona Country Club Resort had crept ahead by one shot from Buninyong Golf Club with a further three shots to Coral Cove International Resort. With one card still to be returned the club was abuzz and the cheer squads headed for the golf course to give support to their charges. At the end of the round and after all cards had been recorded, Thurgoona and Buninyong had tied, with Coral Cove only two shots behind.The team sheets were checked and Thurgoona were declared the Champions on countback from Buninyong. The Managing Director of GB’s Corporate Promotions, Mr Gary Begg, decreed that the tied Ladies sides would both be invited back in 2006 to compete. Ladies Division Final Scores Thurgoona Country Club Resort NSW Buninyong Golf Club VIC Coral Cove International Resort QLD Capel Golf Club WA Glen Innes Golf Club NSW

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Buninyong Golf Club – Helen Hovey, Lesley Tucker, Jo Kennedy and Marlene Bevern with GB’s Promotions Director Patty Ottaway

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Light drizzle but warm temperatures greeted the players early on day two and it would be the 27-year-old Perth-based Queenslander Rebecca Stevenson who capitalised on her opening round 71 with a follow-up 69 to lead by one at the end of 36 holes. Stevenson is an ex-Australian Amateur Champion who had not fulfilled the potential she had shown then and when finishing runner-up to Laura Davies at the 2003 ANZ Ladies Masters. She had safely retained her LET card each season, but had only one minor pro am win to her name to that point. As she headed into the third and final round, however, she had her best chance to prove to herself and others that she was more than up to the task. To do so she would need to hold off challenges from two of Australia’s best young players in Katherine Hull and Lindsey Wright, who had both improved on day two and were just one behind as they headed into the final round. Both Hull and Wright turned professional after successful collegiate careers and have already done well in their early exposure to the USLPGA Tour. It appeared on the surface as if their experience might give them an advantage over the leader, but the gritty Stevenson clearly had other ideas. A perhaps lucky escape at the first, when she holed a par saving out from seven metres, was a great assistance in settling any doubts Stevenson may have harboured, but when Hull and Wright birdied the second the trio were locked at four under. They had a one-shot lead over Lowien, who has started strongly with two early birdies, and the highly credentialled Maria Hjorth, who had also moved within one.

For Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright and others it was perhaps a disappointing Sunday, but there is little doubt that their time will come.

Hull bogeyed the 5th hole and when she and Stevenson bogeyed the 6th then Wright had the lead on her own.Wright maintained her lead until the 9th where a bogey from behind the green saw her slip back into a share of the lead. Stevenson rejoined Wright in the lead after a superb birdie at the 11th following a fine tee shot, but the crucial shot of the tournament came at the 14th when Wright was long and left at the par three and the resultant double bogey saw her fall two back. When Stevenson birdied the 15th she had opened up a threeshot gap, which she would hold on to to win from Katherine Hull and the Spaniard Ana Larraneta. Wright finished up in a share of fifth with yet another Spaniard, Sara Beautell. It was a relived and almost speechless Stevenson who faced the media soon after her win. “I’m not sure what to say,” she said, perhaps reflecting the inner joy of finally winning an event of this nature. “I’m very excited and a lot of things are going through my mind at the moment. I fought so hard out there today. I’ve had a sore back all day and now I am just exhausted and relieved. I’ve been perhaps trying too hard after doing so well earlier in my career at Royal Pines, and it even reached the stage at times when I didn’t want to play, but my coach, Andrew Mowatt, has kept at me telling me that I can win. I think we are going to share some of a bottle of 30-year-old whisky I bought him for Xmas when I get back to Perth.” For Katherine Hull, Lindsey Wright and others it was perhaps a disappointing Sunday, but there is little doubt that their time will come. For most of those who played at this event it was a case of heading south on the two-hour drive to Royal Pines on the Gold Coast for the ANZ Ladies Masters. ■ Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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cLeod has a membership base of over 1000 members, both male and female. To gain a better perspective of how McLeod came about it is necessary to go back in time, in fact over 42 years ago to 1963 when one of our founding members, Kathleen Atherton, attended a QLGU meeting and asked why a women’s golf club could not be created. The general opinion was that a women’s golf club would not be a viable proposition – that’s not exactly what Kath had in mind, but more a mixed club run by women so that they could be sure of having a fair share of the course. Undaunted, the ladies (Kath Atherton and Hilda Reid) started to look around for a suitable tract of land at a cheap price. They even ventured all the way out to Samford and looked at land, but prices were far too expensive at $1000 per acre! Then they heard that Centenary Estates were wanting to develop a golf course and had set aside an area of approx 125 acres. It was freehold and available at no cost to any group that would undertake to develop a golf course within three years. Then came the task of raising the much needed support and funds to get the golf club going. A public meeting was held in January 1967 and lively discussion ensued. Opinions varied, many thought that a golf club for women was not practical, and that after the initial outlay would not attract enough members for continuing maintenance, let alone to keep a golf club going. Kath’s idea was that although the Club would be administered by women it would be open to men, but it was thought that men would not want to belong to a club as “associates”. There was also a strong feeling that the only way it could be feasible was on a 50/50 basis with men and women having equal rights. Hilda pointed out that the situation could arise when male members outnumbered female members and thus vote to alter the constitution and the club administration could revert to men. It was later agreed to a 55/45 split and to this day the membership split is 55% female as the Members and 45% male as the Fellows. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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to Reality” September will always be an important month in the McLeod calendar for it was on the 20th September 1968 that the signed agreement between Centenary Estates and the McLeod Country Golf Club was handed to President Kathleen Atherton by Mr. Peter Lightfoot. At the signing of the agreement, a $1 bill changed hands to make the transaction legal. This same $1 bill was returned to the club as a memento and it now hangs proudly on the wall in the clubhouse. The rest so they say is history, but Founders Day and Anniversary Day at McLeod is a time when we all remember and thank those people that worked so hard to establish what we have at McLeod today. The history of McLeod was documented in 1980 by a Member, Ethel Gee. The book is called Dream to Reality. There have been huge changes at McLeod over the years. The clubhouse has been extended and now has function room and poker machine facilities, but our pride and joy is our course. We like to call it the “Best in the West”. The 18-hole course is not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination. Par for the Members is 74 and 71 for the Fellows. We have very strong Senior Ladies and Vets groups who enjoy allocated days for play, our Wednesday ladies field averages 120 plus, the Thursday Men’s field is consistently high and most Fridays is an open competition. Saturdays see the Fellows Competition with fields often over 180 and the Ladies field on Saturday with 80-100 players. Sundays are Mixed Comp days with usually 80-100 in the field. Social Club usage on Sundays is always high and like all golf clubs social golf income is important to the bottomline and social players are always welcome at McLeod. McLeod hosted the prestigious Gladys Hay event in 2004 and other notable events on the Queensland Golfing calendar including the Qld PGA. We field pennants teams in both male and female competitions and our junior and beginner groups are strongly supported. To cater to our high number of female members our Pro Shop reflects a great range of ladies golf apparel and equipment and ladies have been known Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

to drive all the way across Brisbane to buy the latest gear. Membership both male and female is always open and usually at least twice a year McLeod offers a Membership special. A recent membership drive saw 58 new members join in just one month – we have no cap on numbers and we do have a country membership category. For membership enquiries or to book a social game or find out about our Open Days just call our office on (07) 3376 3666.

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PLAYER PROFILE Bruce Young Award-winning Golf Journalist and Commentator

Brittany Lang

Another Young Star on the USLPGA Tour Last year, 2005, saw the emergence of Texan Brittany Lang as a future star of the LPGA Tour. In February of this year she played the ANZ Ladies Masters and Bruce Young caught up with her to see why she is attracting so much interest. By Bruce Young

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wenty-year-old Texan Brittany Lang, who played at the recent ANZ Ladies Masters, completed an amateur career in mid 2005 that saw her among the leading amateurs in the world. Now, after attending the USLPGA Tour School late in 2005, she is headed for what could be described as the holy grail of women’s golf, the USLPGA Tour. The trip Down Under did not turn out to be a success in terms of where she finished on the leaderboard in the event, but she is obviously one who sees the importance of developing her game through exposure to a variety of conditions internationally. “With this being the start of my first full season, I thought this would be a good chance to ‘get my feet wet’ and get a good tournament under my belt before the USLPGA Tour gets going,” said Lang not long after her practice round on Tuesday of the event. “I had heard this was a well-run tournament and that it was the best of the events in this part of the world. I had also seen that Annika (Sorenstam) had played it and done well.” Lang attended Duke University where she was a star on their successful team.“I chose to go to Duke because they were the number one golf team,” she said when asked “why Duke” when she was raised a few States to the west in Texas. While at Duke, Lang herself claimed consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championships in 2004 and 2005 and was part of the all-conquering Duke team that has dominated women’s collegiate golf in the US for so long. While Lang may have been well-known in US amateur golfing circles, her profile worldwide received a huge boost when she produced one of the best last rounds of the day at the 2005 US Women’s Open at Cherry Hills to eventually share second with yet another US teenage amateur in Morgan Pressell. “Cherry Hills was the toughest golf course I have played. The rough was thick, the greens were firm and it was windy. The last hole was undoubtedly one of if not the toughest I have ever played,” she said. A bogey there on Sunday and a holed bunker shot from the winner, Kim, may well have cost her a chance of the most unlikely victory. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


While others may have rested on their laurels and perhaps gotten Like many others Lang was influenced to play the game by her carried away with such an incredible performance at such an early family. Her brother Luke played collegiate golf for Arkansas Tech and time in their golfing life, Lang sees it differently. “I finished second at he and her father have played a major role in her golfing life. Luke and the Open, but I still have a lot to prove. What the finish there did do Brittany were introduced to the game at the same time by their father though was to provide the final push in my decision-making to turn when Lang was aged nine. Luke is going to caddy for her in 2006 on pro.” Lang turned professional just after that event and played several the USLPGA Tour. LPGA Tour events by invite, including the Canadian Open where she Two years ago there was a dearth of young US players coming finished sixth. She made four cuts in the six events she played and through on to the USLPGA Tour. The last 18 months have seen a with that behind her and now a fully exempt Tour Card to her name significant change in that. Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan she is geared up for a fast start to her LPGA career. Pressell, Michelle Wie and Lang have all shown that the Americans Lang attended the first stage of the LPGA have responded to the foreign domination of Tour School at Mission Hills in California and their tour, which can only be a good thing for While Lang may have been finished as the leading qualifier when beating the growth of the USLPGA Tour. American Ai Miyazato among others. At the final stage sponsors have probably had some sense of well-known in US amateur two months later, Lang just scrapped through satisfaction that they were supporting a truly golfing circles, her profile when she was involved in a four-way playoff “international” tour, but it would be fair to for the final three cards. The difference worldwide received a huge boost assume that they will have even more reason between surviving that playoff or not was to be involved given the quality and style of when she produced one of the significant, as the full status she now has will young Americans now emerging. Such a ensure an almost full schedule of guaranteed scenario can only be of benefit to the future best last rounds of the day at starts in 2006. When asked as to how growth of the USLPGA Tour. nervous she was in the four-person playoff Lang said after the event that she had the 2005 US Women’s Open. for three cards Lang responded, “I figured I really enjoyed coming down to Australia had missed out as I had not played great at despite the fact that she had not performed the final stage, so when I made it to the playoff I was relieved rather well. “This has been a really well-run tournament and everything I was than nervous.” told about the event was right. It has been a great week.” Lang works hard on the fitness aspects of her golfing life, working Lang now heads to Hawaii with the rust out of her game and with out on a regular basis with core strengthening and cardiovascular a full season on the LPGA ahead of her. She has already shown that excercises. “I do a lot of cardiovascular like running or the elliptical, she is going to be a force to be reckoned with when she gets there, stuff like that. I go off and on with weights. I will lift them pretty hard and by the very fact that she was prepared to go out of her way to for all kinds of weights, a lot of free weights for a few months then gain global experience she has an edge over others who might have take some time off and then focus a lot on core stretching work,” she preferred to enjoy an extra week at home prior to the first LPGA said not long after her US Open week. events of the season. ■

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SPECIAL FEATURE 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.

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The success of Australian lady golfers both overseas and in Australia in the past 15 years has not been matched by the recognition they have received at home and compares poorly to the hero status many of our other sporting stars, male and female, have been granted.

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wenty-seven Australian ladies have now won golf events internationally, several with multiple victories. A survey in the typical Australian home, however, would likely result in most participants not being able to name more than one woman golfer that this country has produced. As a professional it is frustrating to be at the local driving range and have golfers, who may be practicing alongside, comment on how you have a good swing and ask you what handicap you have. The situation worsens when you are asked if you can make a living out of being a professional, even though the person they are talking to may have won several titles and made a comfortable and sometimes good living internationally. If our lady golfers received the same level of exposure and media attention of our Olympic sports stars, our footballers or our cricket players, whose achievements they have to some extent matched and at times surpassed, women’s golf in this country would be much better placed in terms of its profile. Corinne Dibnah and Karen Lunn are perfect examples, both having won the Women’s British Open, yet neither is suitably recognised for their achievement of winning one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of women’s golf! 34

A disturbing result of this anonymity is that many of our top players do not reach their potential. This can often be the result of a lack of opportunities available to our players, more often than not due to a lack of financial support. Many players are not in a strong enough financial position to tackle higher goals, even though they may have talent to easily achieve at a higher level. One of Australia’s bright young prospects won the ALPG players Championship in 2002, beating former world number one, Laura Davies, in a play-off. She was forced to put that money on the line to back herself on tour and now, three years down the road, she has been working in a picture theatre to fund her next attempt at a qualifying school overseas. If this player had been able to secure some support at that crucial time, based on her obvious talent and potential, she may well have taken her game to the next level and be winning tournaments on the international scene. Few players make a rapid and successful transition to the professional ranks. Often they take several years before becoming a truly competitive and successful touring professional. There are a number of reasons why this happens. Some give up after one or two attempts at playing overseas as their money runs dry. Some just Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Right: Corinne Dibnah, Winner of the British Open Bottom: Tamara Hyett, Winner of the ALPG Players Championship Bottom Right: Rebecca Stevenson, second at the Ladies Masters

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don’t have the money to attend the all-important qualifying schools that gain them their playing rights to compete overseas on tours such as the US LPGA, the Japan LPGA and the Ladies European Tour in the first place. Most other countries that are producing a stream of top world-class golfers get behind them and there is every reason for this to be happening here in Australia. We are after all one of the proudest and most successful of sporting nations. We are currently witnessing an emergence, indeed an explosion, of young talented female players on the international golf circuits. Players such as Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Ai Miyazato are all signing million dollar deals at 18 years of age and earlier and even before their professional careers have even begun. Here in Australia, players of that age and yes, even latent talent, often struggle to get enough money together to play the local pro-am circuit! Who’s to say our current leading amateur players could not go on to match this level of player given the same opportunity. The WGA (Women’s Golf Australia or Golf Australia as it is about to become) and its respective State bodies prepare and assist our very young and talented players up to the level of State and National representation. They do a wonderful job and are very much responsible for getting young girls interested in the game initially and, perhaps more importantly, keeping them interested. It is, however, the success and exposure of our leading professionals that will create the role models for our young players to emulate. Unfortunately, in many cases, when the top players turn professional they are often lost with the myriad of decisions and situations confronting them, including the huge burden that a lack of funds to support their endeavours creates. The ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf) is the professional body these players join to obtain their professional status, which in turn allows them to access the Australian and international professional golf tours. ALPG assists players by providing them with opportunities within Australia, along with information, references and contacts for the international tours. ALPG is unable, however, to provide personal, physical or financial support to rookie professionals or any professional. ALPG is a non-profit organisation with relatively few members and Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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tournaments on its schedule and, as such, is not in a position to assist companies not only want to provide sponsorship opportunities for in the funding of individual golfers. them, but to be convinced of the merit in supporting emerging players It is not possible for our professionals to make a living playing also. Karrie Webb was effectively the number one lady golfer in the world the limited events on the Australian circuit. The cost of playing for several seasons. Other fine players such as Rachel Hetherington, internationally for any Australian player though, young or not so young, Jane Crafter, Jan Stephenson, Wendy Doolan and Mardi Lunn have all is significant, providing of course that they are able to secure a tour on won on the USLPGA Tour. Corinne Dibnah, Karen Lunn, Shani Waugh, which to play. The lack of a home base to which they can return on a Alison Munt, Joanne Mills, Loraine Lambert, to mention a few, have won regular basis is further compounded by the lack of a support group in Europe and Jenny Sevil has won in Japan. The ANZ Ladies Masters with whom they are familiar and on whom they can rely. and the Women’s Australian Open golf tournaments have achieved It is little wonder, therefore, that they are often disheartened outstanding TV ratings in the past few years. Both events regularly by the time involved in adjusting to the tournament golfing trail. outrate men’s golf and other sporting events – a clear indication that Guidance and financial support at this early stage would very much the Australian public is interested in viewing women’s professional golf. assist in alleviating many of these difficulties. Therefore our players should be a marketable In most cases, when a young player turns commodity and an Australian export that It is not possible for our professional, they have no-one to advise should be fostered and encouraged. them except their families or other young We should be providing more players the professionals to make a living professionals, who are often making similar opportunities of achieving what the above playing the limited events on girls have done. Unfortunately there are mistakes to those outlined. They are unsure of which tour to attempt to play and they certain obstacles that are stopping this nation the Australian circuit. struggle to afford the costs of attending from producing more world champions in qualifying schools. At a time when they most women’s golf. Over the past 10 years there need the support of a financial sponsor they soon become aware are a number of Australian amateur Champions and Australian team that such is often not available until they actually secure a place to representatives that have not even been able to attend qualifying play or win an event, thus providing a real catch 22 situation. The schools and on occasions, even if they have and qualified, have not had offers of financial support often don’t come until they are past the the funds to travel abroad to compete. Some have lost the desire and point of being reliant on it. disappeared from the golfing scene because bad decisions and / or bad Usually when players do not enjoy success, they turn to sports advice have resulted in limited or no success. They lose confidence in managers, to handle their financial and endorsement affairs. Our their games and are lost to the game before their potential is realised. players need more guidance when they first turn professional. We We have a string of talented players coming through and every should be producing more Karrie Webbs. Other nations like Sweden year I see some get a lucky break, but many continue to struggle. I and Korea are producing so many world-class players, in many cases have already spoken with players like Tamara Hyett, Katy Jarochowicz, because of the support mechanisms within their own country. and Sarah Kemp who struggle to find the funds to attend qualifying The profile of our top players needs to be lifted to the point where schools because of the huge costs involved. If they do get to go

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One Flaw In Women

y the time the Lord made woman, He was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, “Why are you spending so much time on this one?” And the Lord answered, “Have you seen my spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart – and she will do everything with only two hands.” The angel was astounded at the requirements. “Only two hands!? No way! And that’s just on the standard model? That’s too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.” “But I won’t,” the Lord protested. “I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days.” The angel moved closer and touched the woman. “But you have made her so soft, Lord”. “She is soft,” the Lord agreed, “but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish”. “Will she be able to think?”, asked the angel. The Lord replied, “Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate.” The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman’s cheek. “Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one”. “That’s not a leak,” the Lord corrected, “that’s a tear!” “What’s the tear for?” the angel asked. The Lord said, “The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride.” The angel was impressed. “You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing.” 36

And she is! Women have strengths that amaze men. ■ They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. ■ They smile when they want to scream. ■ They sing when they want to cry. ■ They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. ■ They fight for what they believe in. ■ They stand up to injustice. ■ They don’t take “no” for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. ■ They go without so their family can have. ■ They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. ■ They love unconditionally. ■ They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. ■ They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. ■ Their hearts break when a friend dies. ■ They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. ■ They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you.The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning.They bring joy, hope and love.They have compassion and ideals.They give moral support to their family and friends.Women have vital things to say and everything to give. HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN … IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


they are often on a tight budget. This only adds pressure because their limited funds may mean that they only get the one shot at the qualifying process. It’s hard to become the best in the world working two jobs and only practicing half the time as your future international opponents because you do have to work to support your golfing endeavours. Unfortunately there is no quick fix answer to helping our young, talented players of the future. I personally have tried to take a number of players under my wing, but it is certainly no easy task to find financial support for them. I have for some time now been fostering an idea of starting an academy where all players may come once they have left the protective ranks of amateur golf. The academy would offer advice, mental training courses and financial support to get them started. My idea would require an initial corporate pool with top-ups each year.The key to this concept though would be that every player who benefits from the emotional and financial support of this academy must agree to give back to the system. This could mean contributing a percentage of their income from golf to sustain the program, thus supporting the younger players coming through after them. The academy could become self-supporting from our own professional women golfers. Companies supporting this program would benefit in a number of ways, including access to the players who would be available to host corporate golf days and offer individual and group golf lessons. The greatest benefit, however, would be the knowledge that they have given someone an opportunity, that they have kick started the careers of some of our potential world-class golfers. The last thing I am suggesting here is that our young golfers have a “God given” right to be supported irrespective. What I am suggesting, however, is that there are many capable of achieving significant success internationally who are missing the opportunity because of the lack of support available. There are solutions and the one highlighted above might just provide a win /win situation for all. Food for thought perhaps. ■

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CELEBRITY MALE GOLFER

Danny Buderus is among Australia’s best rugby league players and in 2005 was made captain of his national side. In this interview with Bruce Young it is clear, however, that he has a great love for golf. Like so many others in his situation, it is a case of finding the time to play as often as he would like.

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me interested in the game.” Taree Golf Club was the first course of t was probably no coincidence that when I contacted the which Buderus was a member. Golf is in the family to some extent Newcastle Knights hooker and the New South Wales and as his father, mother and brother play. Australian Rugby League captain, Danny Buderus, to interview On moving to Newcastle at the age of 16, Buderus completed him for this article, he was on his way back from a round of his schooling at St Frances Xavier’s College and then began working golf at the Newcastle Golf Club. through the grades at the Newcastle Knights. He was a keen surfer For Buderus, golf has become an absolute passion, and given and got into that for a while, but he appears to that the NRL playing season was still nearly two well and truly have the golfing bug back now. “I months away from kicking off in earnest, he was taking full advantage of whatever time he could I just love golf and it just wanted to focus on my footy when I first got down from Taree and went from playing two or afford to play his beloved game. “When the provides the perfect so times per week to virtually nothing, but the last season is in full swing, there is essentially only the two or three years I have really gotten back into one day off on Wednesdays, so often I will play the escape for me. it. I just love it and it provides the perfect escape competition day at Newcastle on that day, but on for me.” many occasions Wednesday is spent getting the While several of the Knights players also play golf, including Jack body right for the next weekend,” said Buderus. “So to have a break Newton’s son Clint, Matt Gidley and the ex-Knight Matt Parsons or a quieter schedule during the summer gives me the chance to and Buderus occasionally plays with them, he prefers to play golf play, which I do as often as I can.” with friends from outside of the game. “I enjoy playing with my Buderus first started playing the game while still living in his teammates occasionally but, it is nice to be able to get away from home town of Taree on the New South Wales mid coast. “There League and meet and mix with others from outside,” he said. were about eight of us who were mates from school and who Buderus played off a 12 handicap earlier in his life, but is now played league together in Taree and we would play a lot during the on 18, although he is determined to get it back to at least 12. “It’s holidays. I started playing league around the age of four, but golf going to be hard to do while I am playing footy, but I am keen to came later, and it was as much my mates as anything else that got 38

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try this year to play more Wednesday competitions and just see how far I can reduce my handicap.” The injury toll also plays its part in determining the amount of time Buderus can play the game. Early last year he was unable to play golf for four months while he recovered fully from surgery to his right foot. “Footy injuries, especially in the hand, can become a little arthritic and in the winter months it is not always possible to play, even on my days off.” Given his profile and his status in a game (League) so popular in the Hunter Valley region, Buderus often gets asked to play Charity and Corporate days. He has become an ambassador for the new Pacific Dunes Golf Club just north of Newcastle and is often seen there playing in golf days run by the club or in celebrity days in which one of the development’s co-owners, Pat Rafter, is often involved. “Pat is actually establishing an event in which people involved in other sports will play an annual event to establish who is the best golfer among the leading players in other sports.” The travel involved with the game has afforded Buderus the chance to play on some good courses elsewhere, but it was on a holiday to his fiancée Christine Hewitt’s home town of Adelaide where he played what he feels is the best course he has played. “I thought Royal Adelaide was just great,” he said, referring to his recent visit there. “It is as good as it gets and would probably be the best

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course I have played. I also played Kooyonga and The Grange while there and really enjoyed them also.” Buderus has also played the occasional game when away with the Kangaroos, although typically when on a Kangaroos trip to Britain late in the year it is often too cold to play. “I did have a game this past trip at a course near Leeds. “Chris plays occasionally, but I would like to get her into it a bit more,” said Buderus of his wife to be, Christine. “She needs to develop a little bit more patience as she tries to hit everything flat out, but if she can and gets the bug for golf like her dad has then she will be away.” Danny Buderus clearly has the desire to constantly Buderus took over the improve his golf, but creating role as captain of the more time to play may have to wait a while yet. His role Kangaroos this year as one of the leading players when Darren Lockyer at the Knights and his role as captain of New South Wales was sidelined. will place growing pressure on his time. He took over the role as captain of the Kangaroos this year when Darren Lockyer was sidelined. “It was a massive honour,” said Buderus. “It was not something I dwelt on while it was happening, but once I returned home I realised the significance of captaining your national side.” Like so many others who have successful careers away from golf, but a passion to be on the golf course, the 28-year-old struggles to find the time he needs to make the improvements and progress he so desperately seeks. His priority is clearly to the Knights and the game at which he is among the best in Australia. When the time comes for retirement, however, or in the periods where he can relax away from his football duties, it is a fair bet you will find Danny Buderus on a golf course somewhere. ■

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acific Dunes Golf Club has been named Best New Tourist Development in the 2005 Hunter Region Awards for Excellence in Tourism.The prestigious award comes less than six months after Pacific Dunes opened its doors in April 2005. The award continues the acclaim for the Port Stephensbased course, which has attracted great feedback from the golfing community since its opening. Pacific Dunes combines two distinct nine-hole loops to create a spectacular 18-hole championship layout. The opening nine holes wind through a native woodland setting, perfectly complementing the stunning wetland back nine.The layout allows golfers to experience two very different styles of play on the one course. Located in the picturesque Port Stephens region on New South Wales’ lower north coast, Pacific Dunes Golf Club is the centrepiece of the $180 million Pacific Dunes golf and residential community. Pacific Dunes Golf Club has quickly established a reputation for also being the preferred choice for corporate golf days by the business community and offers a comprehensive range of services to ensure that all group golf events run smoothly and guarantee a great day on the course: The services include: Personal Group Golf Coordinator to assist with your golf day, complimentary use of the driving range prior to play, provision of competition markers (NTP, long drive, etc), pre-event registration, assistance with golf competition format selection and scoring, assistance with post golf presentation, range of food and beverage packages and 40

options, range of prizes and merchandise, VIP packages. At the end of the round, the Golf Villa provides groups with a great place to have a few drinks and share stories from the round. To see why Pacific Dunes has quickly become the preferred choice for corporate golf, please contact the Club on (02) 4916 0500. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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CRAFT ■ VEST

BACK Using 3.75mm needles, cast on 119 (131-145) sts. 1st row – K2, * P1, K1, rep from * to last st, K1. 2nd row – K1, * P1, K1, rep from * to end. Rep 1st and 2nd rows 12 times, inc one st in centre of last row … 120 (132-146) sts, 26 rows rib in all. Beg rib patt. Note: This instruction has been written specifically for the stitch pattern given. Using any other stitch may result in a garment that is the wrong shape or size. 1st row – P9 (15-2), K2, * P18, K2, rep from * to last 9 (15-2) sts, P9 (15-2). 2nd row – K9 (15-2), P2, * K18, P2, rep from * to last 9 (15-2) sts, K9 (15-2). Last 2 rows form rib patt. Cont in rib patt until work measures 33 cm from beg, working last row on wrong side. SHAPE ARMHOLES – Keeping rib patt correct, cast off 8 (10-12) sts at beg of next 2 rows … 104 (112-122) sts. Dec at each end of every row until 88 (94-98) sts rem. Work 1 (0-1) row/s. Next row – K13 (16-18), P1, M1 (purlways), P1, M1 (purlways), [K18, P1, M1 (purlways), P1, M1 (purlways)] 3 times, K13 (16-18) ... 96 (102-106) sts.

Rib & Diamond Vest In 5 Ply

MEASUREMENTS

The vest is designed to be an easy fit. Designed for intermediate knitters. Vest Size Fits bust Garments measure Length Beanie (fits head) Golf Club Covers (length approx)

cm ins cm cm cm

8-10 75-80 30-32 90 55 56

cm

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12-14 85-90 34-36 100 56

PATONS YARN REQUIRED – TOTEM 5 PLY 50g balls Vests 7 8 Beanie 2 Golf Club Covers 1 ball for each Small quantity of Contrast Colour (C).

16-18 95-100 38-40 110 57

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IMPORTANT! Use only the yarn specified for these items. Other yarns may give unsatisfactory results. Quantities are approximate as they can vary between knitters. 1 pair each 3.75mm (No 9) and 3.00mm (No 11) knitting needles or sizes needed to give correct tension. A cable needle and 1 stitch holder for vest; Purchased rings for golf club covers. TENSION – 26 sts and 35 rows to 10 cm over stocking st, using 3.75mm needles. To work tension square, use 3.75mm needles, cast on 39 sts. Work 52 rows stocking st. Cast off loosely. Please check your tension carefully. If less sts use smaller needles, if more sts use bigger needles. 42

Beg diamond patt – 1st row – P12 (15-17), T3B, T3F, (P16, T3B, T3F) 3 times, P12 (15-17). 2nd and alt rows – Knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts as they appear. 3rd row – P11 (14-16), T3B, K2, T3F, (P14, T3B, K2, T3F) 3 times, P11 (14-16). 5th row – P10 (13-15), C3B, K1, P2, K1, C3F, (P12, C3B, K1, P2, K1, C3F) 3 times, P10 (13-15). 7th row – P9 (12-14), C3B, P2, K2, P2, C3F, (P10, C3B, P2, K2, P2, C3F) 3 times, P9 (12-14). 9th row – P8 (11-13), T3B, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, T3F, (P8, T3B, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, T3F) 3 times, P8 (11-13). 11th row – P7 (10-12), T3B, (K2, P2) twice, K2, T3F, [P6, T3B, (K2, P2) twice, K2, T3F] 3 times, P7 (10-12). 13th row – P6 (9-11), C3B, K1, (P2, K2) twice, P2, K1, C3F, [P4, C3B, K1, (P2, K2) twice, P2, K1, C3F] 3 times, P6 (9-11). 15th row – P5 (8-10), C3B, (P2, K2) 3 times, P2, C3F, [P2, C3B, (P2, K2) 3 times, P2, C3F] 3 times, P5 (8-10). 17th row – P4 (7-9), [T3B, P1, (K2, P2) 3 times, K2, P1, T3F] 4 times, P4 (7-9). ** 19th row – P4 (7-9), [T3F, K1, (P2, K2) 3 times, P2, K1, T3B] 4 times, P4 (7-9). 21st row – P5 (8-10), T3F, (K2, P2) 3 times, K2, T3B, [P2, T3F, (K2, P2) 3 times, K2, T3B] 3 times, P5 (8-10). 23rd row – P6 (9-11), T3F, P1, (K2, P2) twice, K2, P1, T3B, [P4, T3F, P1, (K2, P2) twice, K2, P1, T3B] 3 times, P6 (9-11). 25th row – P7 (10-12), T3F, (P2, K2) twice, P2, T3B, [P6, T3F, (P2, K2) twice, P2, T3B] 3 times, P7 (10-12). 27th row – P8 (11-13), T3F, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, T3B, (P8, T3F, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, T3B) 3 times, P8 (11-13). 29th row – P9 (12-14), T3F, K2, P2, K2, T3B, (P10, T3F, K2, P2, K2, T3B) 3 times, P9 (12-14). 31st row – P10 (13-15), T3F, P1, K2, P1, T3B, (P12, T3F, P1, K2, P1, T3B) 3 times, P10 (13-15). 33rd row – P11 (14-16), T3F, P2, T3B, (P14, T3F, P2, T3B) 3 times, P11 (14-16). 35th row – P12 (15-17), T3F, T3B, (P16, T3F, T3B) 3 times, P12 (15-17). 36th row – K13 (16-18), (P2tog) twice, [K18, (P2tog) twice] 3 times, K13 (16-18) … 88 (94-98) sts. Rows 1 to 36 incl form diamond patt. Beg rib patt – 1st row – P13 (16-18), K2, * P18, K2, rep from * to last 13 (16-18) sts, P13 (16-18). 2nd row – K13 (16-18), P2, * K18, P2, rep from * to last 13 (16-18) sts, K13 (16-18). Last 2 rows form rib patt. Work a further 28 (32-32) rows rib patt. SHAPE SHOULDERS – Keeping rib patt correct, cast off 8 sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 7 (9-9) sts at beg of foll 2 rows. Leave rem 42 (44-48) sts on stitchholder. FRONT Work as for Back to **. Work 1 row. DIVIDE FOR VEE NECK – Next row – Patt 48 (51-53), turn. *** Cont on these 48 (51-53) sts. Keeping diamond patt correct (thus dec st at neck edge in patt), dec one st at neck edge in alt rows 8 times … 40 (43-45) sts. *** 36th row – K1, (P2tog) twice, K18, (P2tog) twice, K13 (16-18) … 36 (39-41) sts. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


MAKE UP With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron (unless stated otherwise on ball band), press lightly on wrong side. Using back-stitch, join seam, reversing seam for 3/4 of rib brim. Turn back brim. If desired, using cardboard 7 cm in diameter with a 1.5 cm hole, make a pom-pon and attach to centre of crown.

■ GOLF CLUB COVERS

(worked in one piece) Using 3.75mm needles and M, cast on 49 sts. Work in rib as for beanie, until work measures 18 cm from beg, ending with a 1st row. Next row – Rib 5, inc in next st, * rib 1, inc in next st, rep from * to last 5 sts, rib 5 … 69 sts. Work in stocking st until work measures 11 cm from inc row, ending with a purl row. SHAPE TOP – 1st row – K1, * K2tog, K2, rep from * to end … 52 sts. 2nd and 4th rows – Purl. 3rd row – K1, * K2tog, K1, rep from * to end … 35 sts. 5th row – K1, * K2tog, rep from * to end … 18 sts. 6th row – Purl. Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up and fasten off securely.

with Accessories Beg rib patt – 1st row – P13 (16-18), K2, P18, K1, K2tog. 2nd row – P2, K18, P2, K13 (16-18). Keeping rib patt correct, dec at neck edge in next and alt rows until 23 (25-25) sts rem. Work 5 (7-3) rows rib patt. SHAPE SHOULDER – Keeping rib patt correct, cast off 8 sts at beg of next row and foll alt row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7 (9-9) sts. Join yarn to rem sts and patt to end. Rep from *** to ***. 36th row – K13 (16-18), (P2tog) twice, K18, (P2tog) twice, K1 … 36 (39-41) sts. Beg rib patt – 1st row – K2tog, K1, P18, K2, P13 (16-18). 2nd row – K13 (16-18), P2, K18, P2. Keeping rib patt correct, dec at neck edge in next and alt rows until 23 (25-25) sts rem. Work 6 (8-4) rows patt. SHAPE SHOULDER – Complete as for other shoulder. NECKBAND Using back-stitch, join right shoulder seam. With right side facing and using 3.00mm needles, knit up 48 (52-52) sts evenly along left side of neck, M1 (centre st), knit up 48 (52-52) sts evenly along right side of neck, then knit across sts from back stitchholder – dec one st in centre … 138 (148-152) sts. 1st row – * K1, P1, rep from * to end. 2nd row – Rib to within 2 sts of centre st, ybk, sl 1, K1, psso, K1 (centre st), K2tog, rib to end. 3rd row – Rib to within 2 sts of centre st, K2tog, P1, K2tog tbl, rib to end. Rep 2nd and 3rd rows 4 times … 11 rows rib in all. Cast off loosely in rib. ARMHOLE BAND Using back-stitch, join left shoulder and neckband seam. With right side facing and using 3.00mm needles, knit up 133 (143-155) sts evenly along armhole edge. Work 11 rows rib as for Back, beg with a 2nd row. Cast off loosely in rib. MAKE UP With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron (unless stated otherwise on ball band), press lightly on wrong side. Using back-stitch, join side and armhole band seams. Press seams.

■ BEANIE

Using 3.75mm needles, cast on 137 sts. 1st row (right side of brim) – K2, * P1, K1, rep from * to last st, K1. 2nd row – K1, * P1, K1, rep from * to end. Rep 1st and 2nd rows 23 times, then 1st row once … 49 rows rib in all. Work 30 rows stocking st (beg with a knit row). Shape crown – 1st row – K1, * K2tog, K13, rep from * to last st, K1 … 128 sts. 2nd and alt rows – Purl. 3rd row – K1, * K2tog, K12, rep from * to last st, K1 … 119 sts. 5th row – K1, * K2tog, K11, rep from * to last st, K1 … 110 sts. Cont dec in this manner, working one st less between dec each time in alt rows until 20 sts rem. Next row – (P2tog) 10 times … 10 sts. Break off yarn, run end through rem sts, draw up tightly and fasten off securely. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

MAKE UP With a slightly damp cloth and warm iron (unless stated otherwise on ball band), press lightly on wrong side. If desired, using C and Knitting Stitch embroider numbers on Golf Club Covers from Graph (see below). Using back-stitch, join seam. Press seam. If desired cover rings with buttonhole stitch. Stitch rings to top of golf club covers. Make a twisted cord and thread through rings as pictured. Graph for 3. Rib And Diamond Vest With Accessories.

ABBREVIATIONS K P sl psso tbl ybk

knit purl slip pass slipped stitch(es) over through back of loop(s) yarn back – take yarn under needle from purling position into knitting position; yft yarn front – bring yarn under needle from knitting position into purling position yfwd yarn forward – bring yarn under needle, then over into knitting position again, thus making a stitch yon yarn over needle – take yarn over top of needle into knitting position, thus making a stitch yrn yarn round needle – take yarn right round needle into purling position, thus making a stitch Ml Make 1– pick up loop which lies before next stitch, place on left-hand needle and knit (or purl) into back of loop garter st every row knit stocking st 1 row knit, 1 row purl purl fabric 1 row purl, 1 row knit (purl side is right side). When instructions read – “Cast off 2 sts, K2” (or similar stitches) – the stitch left on the right-hand needle, after casting off, is counted as one stitch. alt alternate

beg cont dec

begin or beginning continue decrease, decreased, decreases or decreasing foll following or follows inc increase, increased, increases or increasing incl including or inclusive 0 no rows, stitches or times patt pattern rem remain, remains, remainder or remaining rep repeat; st, sts stitch, stitches tog together cm centimetre(s) mm millimetre(s) ins inches The first row is always the right side of the work unless otherwise stated. T3B slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work, K2, then P1 from cable needle T3F slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, P1, then K2 from cable needle C3B slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work, K2, then K1 from cable needle C3F slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, K1, then K2 from cable needle.

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Think about it… when you hit tee shots like that… you’ve reduced golf to three or four clubs. Driver, wedge, putter. Heck… on shorter par-4 holes, you can just use ONE club. Launch your tee shot onto the darn green, and use your driver to putt it in. I’ve seen Brad do it. Eagle. EAGLE! How does a small guy like that FIND this kind of stunning power and accuracy? Turns out… you don’t need strength to hit impossibly-long tee shots. You don’t even need to be in shape… It’s all in the swing. Brad discovered this by accident. He saw big, strong golfers nearly bust an artery while

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TIPS, HINTS & TRAINING

Gemma Hobbs Golf Expert Currently a member of Lakelands Golf Club, Gold Coast, Australia

Age: 29 Handicap: 2 Grew up playing golf at Bargara Golf Club where my father, Norman Hobbs, was the golf professional for 23 years. Played colllege golf at Charleston Southern University, Charleston, South Carolina U.S.A. 1996-1998. Former Futures Tour Player in U.S.A. 1999-2002. Returned to Australia January 2005 after 8 1/2 years in the U.S.A. and now working full-time at the family owned House of Golf, Burleigh, Gold Coast.

What’s All the Hype About

Hybrids

Ladies, if you find yourself shying away from a traditional “hard to hit” long iron, then a hybrid is the solution.

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his extremely “user friendly” club is fast becoming a favorite among even the golfing elite. Approximately 83% of all touring professionals are carrying at least one hybrid club in their bag! All hybrids work on the same basic fundamentals. The unique hybrid design incorporates the traditional iron and wood heads together to form a compact and highly versatile club head. By positioning more weight toward the rear of the club, effectively the centre of gravity becomes lower, thus producing a high launch angle. For the player, this means that the ball has a high penetrating ball flight with increased distance, which can maintain the height and spin needed to hold an approach shot. Bulge and roll creates a gear effect so that off-centre hits have a tendency to come back to the centre line. The hybrid design is more resistant to twisting on “off-centre” hits, therefore, more forgiving. Leading golf manufacturers have produced varying lofts and specifications to replace corresponding irons or fairway woods. For example, replacing a 5 iron or 7 wood of 26 degrees could be achieved by adding a #5 hybrid. Because hybrids are shorter in length than equivalent fairway woods they are much easier to swing and control. Playing the hybrid requires the same ball position and swing that you would use with a traditional iron. Unlike their iron and wood counterparts, hybrids can be utilised from almost anywhere, including the fairway, rough, bunkers and side hill lies, producing more successful shots. So ladies, if you would like to gain some much-needed confidence with those long irons, do what the professionals are doing, and replace TaylorMade it with an easy-to-hit hybrid.

Nickent

NICKENT

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LOFT

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14°

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#2 Hybrid

17°

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#3 Hybrid

20°

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#4 Hybrid

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#5 Hybrid

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Should you desire to try one out, please see Norm’s HOUSE OF GOLF Burleigh or contact us at (07) 5593 4044 regarding details of the next DEMO day at Lakelands Golf Club. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Take the Virtual Tour Katherine Hull Photo by Anthony Powter

I’d like to clarify a misconception … the pro golfer’s touring life is not as glitzy as it seems to be conceived, nor is it a bed of roses, nor is it that glamorous lifestyle many seem to believe it is. By Fiona Pike

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n fact to secure the necessary pay packet each week to pay for their chosen career, a pro golfer’s life can be turmoil to say the least. Of all the young Australasian girls embarking on a tour overseas, few will snare those top notch, consistent, year in year out results to secure lifetime financial security and that superstar image so many of us believe is true for every golf professional. I am always surprised, somewhat dejected at times, when I hear people talk of the pro golfer’s lifestyle and the misconceived belief of their elegant, glamorous and easy way of life, so I hope I can give you a much better understanding of what life on tour is like. Don’t get me wrong, the pro-golf touring life is fantastic. It is also hectic, demanding, tiring, expensive, challenging, exasperating, but also very fulfilling, and one has to understand just what sacrifices the talented and committed golfer really has to go through to make their career choice as a touring professional an enjoyable and rewarding one for many years. Start with the decision of becoming a competitive professional touring golfer. Once the talented and aspiring amateur golfer completes the prerequisites to allow her membership to the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf) she is on her own to choose her destiny. The golfer simply does not appear in a country overseas of her 46

choice on a golf tour and tee her ball up. Far from that indeed! There are qualification schools (tournaments) to compete in prior to participating on any tour and that is rigorous. As there are so many talented golfers throughout the world but very few tours to compete on, qualifying events are held once a year to sort out just who is good enough to be on that tour. (Logistically, only around 140 girls can compete in each week’s regular tour event.) You can imagine how many girls enter for these qualifying stages, but how so few spots are available to actually get on to the main tours. For example, on the United States LPGA a total of over 500 girls entered the sectionals and final “q-schools” in 2005 to obtain a top 20 finish for an exempt position on the 2006 tour. If you finished between 20 and 30 you would be able to compete in some sporadic events throughout the next year, but by no means fulltime. You won’t be on the LPGA tour at all if An Aussie needs to be a you finished much higher than 35. An Aussie needs full-time golfer overseas to be a full-time golfer overseas (30 events to earn her livelihood. perhaps) to earn her livelihood. Miss out on playing altogether and you had better decide what you are going to do with your life for the next 12 months until the next q-school comes around. Oh, I forgot to mention it costs US $5,000 simply to enter the q-schools! And, you have to get over there and do all the right preparatory stuff that’s required beforehand to give yourself the best opportunity to play the best golf you can in each stage. So you can wave sayonara to US$8,000 at least by the time you are done with just the qualifying stages. To compete on the Japanese tour for the first time, the qualifying events are held throughout the year, making it virtually impossible not to live anywhere else but Japan for many months. This is expensive while not being able to earn one yen. And that’s how cutthroat this business is. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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Once again the lack of sponsorship dollars available for some of our young, really talented golfers makes this first entry stage to pro golf quite horrendous. To even consider q-school you must have this amount at hand, and I don’t advocate taking something for nothing in return, but support is required at the crucial time. It is not uncommon to miss out on your first attempt (or second) at q-school. It is saddening to see some girls attempt q-school for the first time after working multi jobs for years, miss out, and then not be able to try again because they can’t afford it. We all hate to see these bright talents not succeed in this way so we desperately need the backers’ support to allow our girls to reach their next level. Anyone knows (or should know) that it is entirely impossible to choose this career and remain in Australia. Our economy and corporate dollars for sponsorship are unfortunately not available to support an ongoing, much needed, yet probably very viable tour in Australia for several months. That’s about as honest as it gets, so we need to migrate to other countries for many months of the year so we can earn the dollars necessary to survive. The countries the Australian professionals choose to compete in mainly are The United States of America, Europe and Japan. (Asia has only about five or six events early in the year.) These means packing up all the golf gear, our belongings in a suitcase and backpack, hoisting the lap top over our shoulder too and leave our wonderful shores for months on end to chase the lucrative dollars overseas. That also means leaving family, friends, partners, pets and the great Aussie lifestyle to play golf courses all over the world, living week in week out in hotels (not the five-star variety), hospitality accommodation, lodges, camping grounds, and unfortunately, yes, I have seen it … tents and sometimes cars. Wow, that seems exciting I hear you say! And yes it can be, but after many years repeating this exercise, it does take its toll. Some girls never get to experience the fulfilment of the longevity of pro-golf life on the road because it is just too expensive, too demanding, and way too competitive, and sometimes in the first instance poor decisions re ability level makes life on the road almost impossible. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

I have seen some young golfers start off this exhilarating stage in their life quite ignorant of what lies ahead. For sure, some have terrific golfing talent, but playing golf really well is not the only requirement to fit this job description. And yes, I have seen some take tumble after tumble until the dollars dry up and with tail between legs they are forced to return home, quite down and out a year or two after they made their pro-golf career choice. That’s no way to live, earn your keep or enjoy life. After all it’s not a holiday tour. A touring golfer normally spends only one week in a location and hopefully she will be spending at least four competitive days on the golf course. The other days are taken up with diligent practice and physical exercise and some relaxation to perform the best she can. Taking daily sightseeing tours is not part of the itinerary unfortunately. So the touring golfer sees a lot of airports, motorways, freeways and golf courses in some of the most noted cities in the world, but sadly not much of the fun stuff in between. So this first step really requires us to be financially set up. In my first year on tour in Europe I allowed myself the benefit of knowing that I could be financially sustained for the entire tour (6 1⁄2 months) … even if I did not make one cut! I knew my performances would prove that this wasn’t going to be the case, but the pressure and stress was not there worrying about money all the time. I was a late starter as far as “turning” pro was concerned and perhaps my ability to make mature, sensible and calculated decisions was a real plus for me. From 1995 through to the year end 2003 I performed very consistently on the Australian, European, Asian, Futures (mini LPGA) and LPGA Tours. Nothing quite equates to the hype and challenges of the LPGA Tour I experienced when I competed there for five years from 1999 through to the end of 2003.The competition is stunning, the prize money extravagant, the golf followers obsessed, the Americans loud, and the touring life good if you can maintain the grade. If you don’t maintain the level it’s not much fun at all. Anyone knows (or should An example of why know that it is entirely the LPGA is “the” tour to compete on boils impossible to choose down to dollars. In 2005 the total prize money on this career and remain in offer for the season was Australia. around US$45million. Annika Sorenstam won merit honours and earned US$2.58m, while 90th position earnt US$81k. In comparison, the prize money in Europe only totalled Euro 8,500,000 and the order of merit winner, Iben Tinning, won Euro 204,000, while 90th position won only Euro 13,300. That’s some big difference between the tours! On LPGA those who finish 90 and better hold an exempt card for the next season. Those who finish 91 and worse do not have the comfort of another full-time competitive year and that’s when qschool might become a necessary evil. The reason why you need to finish consistently over the entire season and subsequent years is that living away from home on tour is horridly expensive. Knowledge on how to budget diligently is essential, as is learning to blend with the different cultures.

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Some weeks when you don’t make the halfway score “cut” thousands of dollars go down the drain. When you miss a cut and don’t play on the weekend you don’t earn a cent. Air flights, accommodation, car rental expenses, caddy fees, tournament entry fees, nutrition, clothing, equipment and general living costs for the week can certainly make a big hole in your pocket. My weekly budget each week on LPGA was US$1,200 and that was pretty well spot on for me.That’s not living in five-star hotels either, but it is so important to give yourself a safe, clean and comfortable environment in which to live for the week. You have to play your best, so you must give yourself the best chance to do it, and that does not mean skimping on the necessities. Injuries or illness can put an even bigger hole in your pocket, so by living sensibly you try to avoid these mishaps. I don’t have that so called “glam” life, but I am content and happy and I am proud of my swing and the results it has given me. After all, it was my work ethics for hours, days, weeks, months and years dedicating myself to not only the sport I love but sacrificing a lot in life for the job I chose. I was fortunate enough to have my now husband Peter travel with me (and be the packhorse) for most of my international pro career and together we maintained a pretty successful run for the 10 full-time years I competed overseas until my international retirement at the end of 2003. Since then I have loved playing the very part-time tour in Australia as well as enjoying my coaching commitments. The career choice decision I made has been good for me. I don’t have the life of Karrie Webb, the world’s best Annika Sorenstam, or even the much publicised life of Laura Davies, who quite simply doesn’t enjoy practising! I can’t imagine what incredible scores and fortunes lay ahead for the young, hard-working phenomenon Michelle Wie. And take a look at the cream that rose to the top this year on the LPGA tour … yes, Paula Creamer has had a superb year announcing she is one day going to be the best in the world, winning rookie honours, and to boot finishes second behind Annika

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on order of merit to top off the season. Watch out for her! These girls have the necessary golf talent and package to perform on the ultra elite stage, and their individualistic styles turn them into world sport sensations. They probably do lead a glamorous life as we see it. Their house(s) may be opulent and huge, the car(s) they own and drive are expensive and red, their bank balances bulging and the pleasures they allow themselves are extensive. But please don’t forget the rest of us who make up the tour too. Even though the majority of us are not in the winners circle all the time, we are fighting hard to earn our keep, and by crikey we do a great job of it. If our Australian girls are good enough to get on to a tour and stay there consistently for a number of years, then they are great golfers. They will earn a solid wage for doing something they love and have worked so hard for. They may not appear in the press reports and magazines each tournament, they may not even be wellknown at all, but I can tell you that if they are consistently performing on the LPGA, for example, they receive a good wage. It is a tough struggle to perform consistently with the best in the world, especially when you are not even in your own backyard. But you have to accept the whole package of living away from home for months on end. You must accept all the baggage that goes along with being an overseas tour player if you are to be successful. You will not survive at all if you don’t make some enormous physical and emotional adjustments. The cultural variations of different countries, the food, the languages, the It is a tough struggle to homesickness, and different places to stay perform consistently with every week are things the best in the world, you need to adjust to weekly. The reality especially when you are not that you just can’t get on the phone and call even in your own backyard. family and friends at any time, Vegemite, stunning red wine and great fishing are all the things you will miss desperately but have to come to grips with. Oh, don’t forget you have to pay taxes appropriate to overseas countries where you have been successful, and this gets complicated too! You can see why it is really pleasant to return home after many months away, throw the suitcase in a dark cupboard and play in our wonderful albeit few Australian events each year. Wow, that first sip of savvy blanc is bliss too! It’s hard to then get your head around the fact that you may only be home for two or three months or so before your whirlwind tour starts all over again. But gee, those few months at home catching up with family, friends and the good life provide the necessary charge and motivation to pull that suitcase out of its dungeon again and pack up in preparation for another attack on the tour. You can always manage to squeeze just one more jar of Vegemite and a packet or two of Cherry Ripes and Violet Crumbles alongside the five iron as well! I hope this gives you a better outlook on how the not so glam professional lives her golfing life. Not really just a walk in the park, do you think? ■ Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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HEALTH & FITNESS

Graham Lawrence

PGA Chaplain

The Job Description of a PGA Chaplain

The support role of a chaplain involves a number of different areas. This includes: ■ Career counselling and support ■ Friendship ■ Relationship counselling ■ Marriage services, funerals ■ Hospital and crisis support ■ Relationship enrichment courses ■ Linking golfers in a worldwide Christian fellowship ■ Helping golfers in their relationship with God ■ Provide written resources on relationships, life, golf and God

Relationships, Counselling and Professional Golf

As a chaplain I have organised and run marriage enrichment courses for PGA members. I have also been involved in supporting a number of professional golfers in their relationships through counselling and help with separation. It is not always easy living the life of a professional golfer and having a long-term relationship at the same time. As a chaplain to professional golfers, I have seen many relationships and marriages of tour players and PGA members that are successful. But like so many other areas of modern life professional golfers go through their fair share of broken-down relationships and marriages. In many cases, relationships have

My name is Graham Lawrence and I have been a chaplain to the PGA in NSW and involved on the Australian PGA Tour since 1987. I am part of a combined churches organisation called Sports and Leisure Ministry (SLM). I work part-time (30%) as a minister of the Uniting Church at Punchbowl in Sydney and the rest (70%) as a Chaplain to professional golfers and the golf industry in general. I play golf at Oatlands Golf Club in Sydney and help run the junior program at Oatlands Golf Club. I am 49 years of age, married to Sandra and have four grown-up children. Contact Details: 30 The Broadway Punchbowl NSW 2196 Ph/Fax: (02) 9740 9069 Email: slmlinksaus@optusnet.com.au Website: www.slmlinks.org.au 50

deteriorated too much before couples seek counselling or support. This is why pre-marriage counselling and continuing support in a relationship is so important. The ideal is helping couples talk about their relationship with someone before problems begin and grow. When partners are open there is some hope that relationship support and counselling can really benefit a couple. For some tour players a relationships can provide a place of belonging and stability that the tour, travelling and fellow competitors cannot give. The novelty of living out of suitcases and in motels doesn’t last for long. Where players have solid relationships to support them, they are going to cope better with the disappointments and successes tour life brings. Many tour players start out when they are young and don’t have time to develop long-term relationships. They commit themselves wholly to their career. However, as time moves on, players begin to realise there is more to life than being successful at their sport, having money and recognition. They want to share their life with someone else, like most others do. Being a professional golfer at a golf club, shop, as a coach or tour player needs a lot of dedication and hard work. The pressure to be successful sometimes means working long hours and having few days off. As a tour player, you have to work and practise hard.The length of time away from your partner can vary from days to a month, or if overseas, even more. The wife of one professional golfer on tour describes her life like ”being a single mum”. This is not to say she is not happy, but this is a reality for many partners of tour players. Players today are travelling to Asia, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA and all around Australia for experience and to test their game. Once a player is successful, then choices about when and where to play are much more simple. More stability means it is easier to establish a long-term relationship. Money isn’t everything, but it certainly helps to provide stability and comfort in life for both partners. It is not easy for a golfer who is trying to establish himself or herself on the tour to give their partner the devotion they need. Often the non-playing partner has to take second place to the hopes, dreams, finances and needs of the other partner. It is not uncommon for the partner to work to help support a young player starting out on tour. When starting out, it is important for couples to sit down and discuss how their relationship will work when one partner is a tour player. Having clear goals, time frames and reviewing this can go a long way to managing conflicts and problems when they emerge. I have found the greatest pressure on a relationship comes when the player is not performing to his or her expectations and goals. The player comes under enormous pressure with negative thoughts, lack of money, unfulfilled ambitions and unstable emotions. This in turn puts more stress on the relationship, paying the bills and being fulfilled in life. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


When you begin to struggle on the tour, life can be very lonely and hard for both partners. If the relationship at home is not good, then resentment can set in and sometimes the partner at home and away will look for other support. This is when alcohol, sex, gambling and drugs can become problems. This is when the relationships can drift apart if not careful. A professional golfer needs to be open and honest with their partner in their dreams and hopes as a tour player. Sometimes these dreams turn out to be unrealistic, but are important to the player. If being a successful tour player is the most important part of their life, then their partner needs to be happy with this arrangement. It is not wise to enter a relationship thinking your partner will change later, because this rarely happens. A tour player also has to consider their partner, being in contact regularly and genuinely interested in what’s happening at home.When children are included, the demands and the benefits increase. Keeping a relationship going is more difficult today when we are much more self-orientated in our way of life. Successful relationships happen when both parties feel and know they are loved in a secure environment. Knowing what makes your partner feel loved can go a long way to maintaining a successful relationship. Gary Chapman, in his best-selling book, The Five Love Languages, How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to your Mate, has identified five ways that people experience love: ■ Words of affirmation ■ Quality time ■ Acts of service ■ Gifts ■ Physical touch While each of these is important in all relationships, Gary argues that one of the five in particular will be our primary way we experience love. For instance, if your partner is looking for quality time and you bring home a gift and it is isn’t received the way you thought it should be, it is because you are not loving your partner in the way they appreciate being loved. If you come home and said let’s go for a walk together, then this will be appreciated much more. The same principle applies with the other areas. If we show love to our partners in such a way that they need, then love and the relationship can grow. Loving our partners in their primary love language can help grow and sustain love and warmth in our relationships. If you are looking for ways to improve your relationship I encourage you to ask this question; Which of the five ways listed above does my partner appreciate more than the others? Which way is more important for me? Talk to your partner about this and look for ways to strengthen your relationship. Relationships can be restored and love can be rediscovered where there is openness by both partners to working through problems. Sometimes it is in the best interest of all for relationships to cease. Other times sharing your struggles with someone who cares can help get the relationship back on track. It is well-known that love can be rediscovered where there is a will by both parties. Over time, professional golfers realise there is more to life than golf and a good relationship is high on the list. If you are about to enter a long-term relationship, consider the value of relationship counselling. If you are interested in improving your relationship, then a good place to start is to purchase the book mentioned above and read it together. This is found in most bookstores. My encouragement to you is to do all you can to nurture your relationship. Also, if you would like to look at a website for help with relationships and family life, go to www.families.org.au or contact me.

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Rev. Graham Lawrence Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Celebrations Of Life

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eather Haynes OAM, appointed by the Attorney-General’s Department as a Civil Marriage Celebrant, is enjoying officiating at special occasions, sharing the joy and celebration of each circumstance. “People now want to mark all rites of passage in their lives and celebrants now regularly do funerals or celebrations of life, infant name giving, reaffirmation of vows, commitments, pet funerals and blessings of ashes for both humans and pets.” Also “This is your life” ceremonies for milestones, birthdays like 40th and 50th birthdays. Heather, who was associated with many charities as a volunteer, is honoured to be National Volunteer of the Year for the Cancer Patients Foundation, Zonta Gold Coaster of the Year, 2004 Gold Coast Citizen of the Year and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2000. “I thank my husband for my career change. We had attended Peter’s brother’s funeral, which was carried out by a celebrant, and it was just beautiful. He said to me you’d be good at that.” Heather’s ceremonies are individually designed and can be classical, traditional, simple, spiritual, meaningful and memorable. They are unique and cater for all needs, any time, any day, anywhere. Contact Heather Haynes OAM 0408 723 823 or email heather.haynes@bigpond.com

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It was competition with her older brother that drove Belinda Kerr to the greens as a 12-year-old. Now she has set her focus on becoming one of the world’s top women golfers. By Jeni Payne

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s Belinda tells it: “One day I had no homework, so I went down with my dad and had a hit. I thought it was a pretty stupid game, but then I got the hang of it and realised there were so many levels to it, so much strategy involved. I love it! Golf has everything in one sport – the physical aspect, concentration, competition, travel and meeting people.” Since turning pro six months ago, the 21-year-old Gold Coaster has had plenty of time to hone her skills. “I play all day, basically. My routine is I have breakfast, play golf for a few hours, go to the gym, have lunch, play golf again in the afternoon.” Lean, leggy and blonde, Belinda is a sponsor’s delight. The Grand Hotel at Labrador has supported her in the journey to the professional ranks, as have Titanium Enterprises, owners of Club Pelican on the Sunshine Coast where she’s based, and Oakley clothing. Recently in Japan for the first in a series of four qualifying stages, Belinda experienced a typhoon, earthquake and the rigors of the pro circuit. “It’s very different from being an amateur. Much more competitive. You’re not there to make friends. You’re on your own a lot more, and more self-focused, rather than being part of a team.” Playing as an amateur for the past three years, Belinda says she had hit somewhat of a rut. “It was time. I talked with my mum and dad and they gave me great advice: Just go for it! They’re great. When I have a bad day, they listen. No judgment. When I make enough money, I will definitely take them with me on tour.” In her first qualifying round she came 18th out of 95 and qualified 7th at “Tour School”. Her aim is to be ranked in the top 10 in the world and Belinda realises this will mean leaving Australia to play full-time in Japan and then one day, the more lucrative US circuit. “Despite the climate, it will be good for me to get set-up in Japan, ready for my US assault. There aren’t many Australian girls there so there are heaps of good opportunities for me.” Belinda does stand out, head and shoulders, from the locals. “Everyone is patient with the language difficulties and I am learning some Japanese to get by. But I am very tall and I take huge steps the caddies say.” With the rise of a new generation of young, attractive girls entering the circuit, women’s golf is starting to offer the rewards of their male competition counterparts. Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old sensation who has been snapped up by sponsors for a mega-million contract, outstripping that of the junior Tiger Woods, is one example. “It’s good for golf in general,” says Belinda. “Younger people can see it’s not an old man’s game. They’ll consider it as a sport and young girls will give it a try. Women’s tennis attracts huge crowds – sex sells. In golf, there are a lot more younger women choosing to play. The US circuit is quite glamorous. Of course, men are stronger, more powerful, but as women’s golf gets bigger and better, crowds will follow. In Japan, Miyazato has made women’s golf huge. Girls are nuts about it!” Despite the support from her family and sponsors, Belinda says she feels absolutely no pressure to perform. “Everybody’s encouraging. My brother is an awesome mentor. My coach, Tom Fielding, and everybody at Club Pelican – they just give me the quiet support and assistance I need to get the job done.”

In the past weeks, struck down with severe dermatitis on her feet, Belinda had an enforced break from golf. “I was literally itching to play,” she jokes, adding that her friends and family didn’t offer advice or warn her about losing her form just weeks before the crucial second round of qualifying in Japan. “Nobody was worried. Just concerned and supportive.” At only 21, Belinda is wise enough to acknowledge life beyond the sport. “It’s hard to have a boyfriend at the moment because he’d have to come second to golf and there’s so much travelling. If I got out of bed one day and didn’t want to play, well, I’d give it away. But I think I’ll have a long career. You can remain competitive until you’re in your 40s. I intend to do other things after golf – family, kids, enjoy other parts of life. A lot of people get caught up in sport, but at the end of the day your family is what matters.” Her feet healed, it’s back to routine. Golf, gym, golf. “I can’t play other sports in case I injure myself.” But she does love to dance. “I did seven years of physical culture and I really love singing and dancing – mostly hip hop these days. I want to get back into it. It keeps you fit!” ■

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Lindsey Wright As a 25-year-old Lindsey Wright relaxed at her home in Albury in southern New South Wales in December, she reflected back on her rookie year on the USLPGA Tour where she has continued to make steady progress in her career as a professional golfer. As has typically been the case in Lyndsey’s golfing life to date, however, she has done so without the publicity that many others have sought and received, but there is little doubt that this determined Australian is slowly developing into one of our leading lady golfers. By Bruce Young

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f one of Australia’s leading male amateurs had finished runner up in an NCAA Championship, been a finalist in the British Amateur Championship, a semifinalist in the US Amateur Championship, been the leading amateur at the Australian Open at the age of 18 and been a member of a winning World Amateur Team, there would have been much interest in that golfer’s introduction to professional golf. It was not the case with Wright, however. Perhaps it was because she had earnt much of that significant success while attending Pepperdine University in California, or perhaps it is more symptomatic of the lesser interest in the professional female game by the general golfing public here. It is unfortunate as Wright deserved accolades for her golfing achievements to that point and indeed since. Lindsey Wright was born in Tunbridge Wells in England, but moved to Australia at the age of nine when her parents were finally granted the necessary visas to emigrate. “Neither Mum nor Dad was university educated, so while they had been keen to come to Australia for several years, they were forced to wait until the lengthy visa process was completed,” said Wright. “Dad was a fitter and turner and after hearing that there was work in the Albury area, that is where we headed on arrival.” Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Wright had developed a pent-up interest in golf more by not being allowed to play than playing. “In England my dad and his brothers would go and play with my brothers and I always felt left out by not being allowed to join them. I was still too young and it was expensive to play in England. Then when we moved out to Australia my brothers got me interested and encouraged me to go with them, although to be fair it didn’t take a lot of persuasion. I liked sports anyway having done crosscountry running, soccer, netball and track and field and, in fact, anything athletic. I started playing golf at the age of 10 but it was only when I went to high school that I really got into it and it quickly took over from soccer as my first sporting love.” In 1998 and 1999, Wright attended the AIS in Melbourne after the now late Ross Herbert had convinced her that that was where she needed to be. “I had travelled down to see Ross at the age of 17 and had a few lessons from him. If it wasn’t for him I would not have been granted the scholarship there.” The opportunity to take up a scholarship at Pepperdine came at the end of her second year at the AIS. “I felt that I wasn’t quite ready to turn professional and in the back of my mind was the thought that if the golf thing didn’t work out I needed an education. The opportunity at Pepperdine would provide both options, plus the idea of going to America was appealing to a girl from Albury.” Wright left for the US in June of 2000. “It was a good experience and I have benefited from it, but I also feel I sacrificed a lot by going to college there. I left all my friends behind and the emphasis on money there in California was a bit hard to take for a girl from the country. It was a totally new attitude to what I had been used to.” Along with fellow Australian Katherine Hull, however, they formed the base for what was a very successful Pepperdine team and, as an individual, Wright was also producing some outstanding results. In 2002, in addition to collegiate golf success, she finished runner-up at the British Women’s Amateur to Alison Coffey and was beaten in the semi-finals of the US Women’s Amateur by the eventual winner, Becky Lucidi, at Sleepy Hollow in New York. “I played really well at the US Amateur, in fact, in the match against Becky, we really went low, and although disappointed to lose that match, it was good just to get my name out there.” In November of that same year, Wright narrowly missed out on individual honours at the Espirito Santo Championship in Malaysia. “It was great to win the Espirito Santo for Australia as a team with 55


Katherine (Hull) and Vicky (Uwland), but I also wanted to win the individual and just missed out. I felt confident I could do well there, and despite the narrow loss in the individual I was able to take a lot out of that performance.” In mid 2003, after finishing her degree in Sports Administration, Wright turned professional and headed for the Futures Tour (the USLPGA’s development tour) where she won an event early on. Because she had started so late in the season, however, she was unable to play enough events on that tour to gain her USLPGA Tour card for the following year, but she would earn non-exempt status for the LPGA Tour at Q-School later that year. Rather than play the USLPGA Tour on the spasmodic basis that such a status would allow, Wright made the decision to remain on the Futures Tour in 2004 and thus allowed her game to develop and benefit from the continuity of events she could play. That policy paid off to the extent that she won again and eventually finished second on the money list, thus gaining her full 2005 LPGA Tour card. In 2005 she has shown the benefit of that extra year spent developing her game. “There were stages through the year when I did not feel I was achieving as much as I should have and I was getting down on myself. I had a good start, but in the middle of the year I lost form, got a little ill and got a little tired with the travel, but managed to get it back on track later in the season. Now that I can look at it in the cold light of day and in retrospect, however, I am pleased with my rookie year,” she said. What Wright had achieved was to guarantee herself full status again in 2006 by finishing in 65th place on the LPGA Tour money list with US$146,000. Her best finish came late in the season when fifth at the Longs Drugs Challenge in Sacramento where she finished fifth behind Chilean Nicole Perrot and one shot ahead of Karrie Webb. She had already secured her card for 2006 by that stage, but the US$37,000 did not go astray. She had shared second place after round two and was heading for a top three finish before bogies at her last

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two holes saw her slip back to fifth. Still it was a great way to end what had been her rookie season in the US, although she would get one further LPGA Tour start in Korea when advised late in the piece that a place had become available in the field there. “I wasn’t expecting to get a start in Korea, but I got a call while home in Australia and told to get over to there. That was fantastic as, even though it was freezing cold, I got the chance to play with Annika Sorenstam that week, which was a great experience and an awesome way to end the season. I didn’t play all that well, but I tried to learn as much as I could from being close to her that week.” There had also been good finishes earlier in the year at Michelob Light event in Virginia, where despite a shaky back nine she held on for 19th, at her first major as a professional golfer when she did very well for 16th at the McDonald’s LPGA Championship and at the Canadian Open where she was also 16th. Another highlight, Lindsey Wright appears despite missing the cut there, was at the Women’s set to capitalise on British Open, Royal Birkdale. was a fantastic week the learning curve that “That and a great golf course. I got on the wrong side of was her rookie LPGA the draw to some extent season. and really battled in near tornado-like conditions, but it was a great experience. I had played so well in practice and was really ready to play, but I had often heard about being on the wrong side of the draw at a British Open and now I know what that means.” With the benefit of such a solid year behind her, further opportunities will open up in 2006.“I will get a start at the Kraft Nabisco in March,” she said. The Kraft Nabisco is the first major championship of the LPGA Tour each season and although she played the event as an amateur in 2003, this will be her first appearance as a professional. At times Wright struggled with the loneliness that comes from being a new recruit to the LPGA Tour, but she received support from many different areas. “The Australians were great. Karrie (Webb) and Rachel (Hetherington) were encouraging, but there can be times because of scheduling and tee times, etc where you don’t see those you know well for quite a while.” Wright has started working with a coach for the first time for some time. “I met an Australian guy called Peter Murphy who works closely with Hank Heaney (Tiger’s coach). He is based in Dallas and I liked what he had to say. I have had some very good Australian coaches in the past, but being on the road in the US makes that difficult.” With a year’s experience on the LPGA Tour behind her and with a few additional systems in place to make her second year just that much easier, Lindsey Wright appears set to capitalise on the learning curve that was her rookie LPGA season. It might just be that when she returns at the end of 2006 we will be heralding yet another Australian golfer succeeding in the United States. Perhaps Lindsey Wright already has. ■

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SPECIAL FEATURE

THE

Phyl Bridgford Story

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by Greg Minns

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he year was 1953 and Ben Hogan played in only six tournments of which he won five, and of those three were Major Championships, the U.S. Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open. After 1953 he never won another major.That same year a young lady at the age of 39, just one year younger than Hogan, took up a golf club for the very first time and started her love afair with the game of golf, which has now spanned more than half a century. You may not have heard of Phyl Bridgford and she may not be as famous as the great Ben Hogan, but Phyl has also achieved some outstanding things in her life. As a 12-year-old schoolgirl, Phyl played many sports, including hocky, tennis, basketball, softball and baseball, but had a passion for hockey, which she continued to play long after she left school. One of her highest hockey achievements was to play for the State of Victoria, then finally giving the sport away at the age of 33. It was her husband that changed her sporting interests, first introducing Phyl to snow skiing, where she and her husband operated the Falls Creek Skiing School. As with many people that take up snow skiing, Phyl too broke a few bones. Finally, after breaking her leg in three places for the second time, her husband took her skis away for good. A short time later Phyl became a member of Southern Golf Club in Victoria and the passion for the game of golf started. Leaving Australian shores, Phyl and her husband moved to Monte Carlo and in 1972 became members of the Monte Carlo Golf Club, situated on the road to Mont Agel in La Turbie, which is 10km north of Monte Carlo.The golf course with its high elevation had spectacular views of Monte Carlo and the coast below. Phyl explains that this was a very challenging layout, with large boulders scattered throughout the course, just waiting to deflect golf balls in any direction down the mountain. On returning to Australia, Phyl and her husband moved from Victoria to the Gold Coast in Queensland and were first welcomed as members of Burleigh Heads Golf Club and in 1982 moved to the Southport Golf Club. Over all these years there has been only one period when Phyl has put aside the golf clubs and not played, that was Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

to care for her late husband. After 12 months or so break, it was at the persistence of Les Wilson, the club professional at Southport Golf Club, that Phyl was persuaded to get back in the swing of things and play golf once again. Over the years Phyl has played at many golf courses around the world, but when asked which was her favourite course the answer was that “Australia has some of the best golf courses that I have played and of those I like Arundel Hills Golf Course, right here on the Gold Coast”. Many competitions have been played and Phyl has had her share of wins, but in 1988 Phyl was delighted to achieve her first hole in one, on the second hole at Southport Golf Club. Phyl is a regular player today and at the age of 93, she tees off every Friday with a group of good friends. To add interest and to keep their minds focused on the game, they have created a competition for a gold tee bracelet, with the winner permitted to wear the bracelet until the next week. Phyl attributes the longevity of her life to keeping active in body and mind – as well as a whisky now and then. Although Phyl admits that she now has trouble walking long distances, it has not stopped her playing golf with the aid of a motorised cart. Phyl Bridgford was born in Ballarat in Victoria on the 25th February 1913, and has one daughter, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Phyl is an inspiration to all and living proof that you are never too old to play golf.

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Golfing enthusiasts planning a trip to South-East Asia need look no further than the Lion City. Boasting more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world, players can choose from an extensive range of world-class private clubs and top-quality public courses suitable for handicaps of all levels.

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nly seven hours flying time from the East Coast, and the luxurious The Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore’s only outdoor boasting near-perfect weather all year round, golfing garden spa. holidays in Singapore are becoming increasingly popular The Singapore Island Country Club is the most exclusive with Australian travellers. golfing venue in the Lion City, and members include leading International tournaments such as The Singapore Open, Tiger politicians, prominent businessmen and foreign diplomats. Skins and the Samsung Ladies Masters are growing in prominence The Singapore Island Country Club is also the second-oldest in each year, so travellers can start their holiday by picking up a few the city, and enjoys reciprocal playing rights with several Australian pointers from the professionals before hitting clubs, including The Australian Golf Club, Royal the fairways themselves. Adelaide, Royal Canberra, Huntingdale, Royal Golfing holidays in Singapore is home to 18 courses in total, Hobart, Indooroopilly, Lake Karrinyup, Glenelg, and whether players are seeking a serious game Royal Fremantle, Royal Perth and Manly Golf Singapore are becoming or a leisurely round before a Singapore Sling on Club. increasingly popular with the 19th, they are sure not to be disappointed. Other premier golfing venues include: The Premier courses include the Laguna Keppel Club, with its tight, hilly course and Australian travellers. National Golf and Country Club. The Club excellent recreational facilities, including tennis boasts two championship courses, including courts, swimming pools and tenpin bowling the “Masters” an 18-hole, par 72 course built in the Scottish style centre; the Orchid Country Club, traditionally designed for the of St Andrews in Gleneagles and host course for the Samsung “worker”; and the elite Tanah Merah Country Club, which has Ladies Masters. recently undergone renovations and is set amid a beautiful lake. Players visiting the Sentosa Golf and Country Club are treated The club has also previously been voted the “Best Course in to a world-renowned course with stunning vistas over the South Singapore”. China Sea. Only a 10-minute taxi ride from mainland Singapore, Raffles Country Club is another highlight, with two courses a game at the Sentosa Golf Club can be combined with a stay at available, both designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. The gentle 58

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To make the most of your next visit to Singapore, try and fit some of the following into your itinerary: Enjoy chilli crab with the locals at East Coast Seafood Centre. See the world’s largest fountain at Suntec City. Go shopping at 4am at Singapore’s 24-hour mall, Mustafa Centre, and choose from over 120,000 products. Trek through the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a tropical rainforest in the heart of Singapore. Discover inner peace during an early morning tai chi session at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Sample a traditional high tea at historic Raffles Hotel. Immerse yourself in South East Asian art at the Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place. Learn about the medicinal benefits of spices such as cumin, coriander and lemongrass by visiting the Singapore Spice Gardens in Fort Canning Park. Have a henna painting before scouring through the gold shops in Little India. Discover the Chinatown of yesteryear at the Chinatown Heritage Centre. To ensure you make the most out of your golfing adventure, contact the Singapore Tourism Board on (02) 9290 2888 for further information on golf and activities to enjoy when off the green. You can also log on to www.visitsingapore.com for further information about public and private golf courses and associated costs in Singapore. Photos courtesy of the Singapore Tourism Board

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rolling Lake course is set among Tengah Reserve and is bordered by marshes, whereas the Palm Course offers lakes and undulating fairways bordered by small wooded hills. For a spot of night golf head to the Jurong Country Club. Recently renovated by Max Wexler, the front nine offers players woody and hilly terrain, while the back nine has open fairways landscaped with ficus trees. For visitors who enjoy their time off the green as much as on, Singapore also offers a diverse range of exciting day tours, shopping adventures, mesmerising arts performances, cultural curiosities, luxury day-spas and world-class restaurants, which can help round off any holiday itinerary. Enjoy a day of retail therapy along Orchard Road before treating yourself to a relaxing session of reflexology. Get right back into the swing of shopping with bargains galore at the newly opened Chinatown Night Market, before enjoying a meal alfresco at one of Singapore’s hottest new restaurants located by the river at Clarke Quay. For a cultural adventure enjoy an Original Singapore Walk through Chinatown, Little India or Kampong Glam before embarking on a batik lesson at the newly opened Malay Heritage Centre. Alternatively, take in a world-class performance at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay before learning the art of tea appreciation at YiXing Xuan Teahouse. ■ Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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From Left to Right: Raffles Country Club, Orchid Country Club, Jurong Country Club

Private Golf Courses Course Name

Telephone

Green Fees

Certification Required

Changi Golf Club (65) 6545 5133 Nine holes, 2378m, par 34 Advance booking recommended. No walk-on visitors weekdays or weekends.

Weekday only: Nine holes S$40

Handicap certificates

Jurong Country Club (65) 6560 5655 Phone bookings one week in advance (weekday only).

18 holes, 6219m, Par 72

Starting from S$118.45 weekdays Handicap or JCC proficiency certificates

Keppel Club Phone bookings.

18 holes, 5879m, Par 71

Weekdays 18 holes S$105

Handicap certificates

Classic Course: 18 holes, 6220m, Par 72

18 holes weekdays S$130

Handicap

Starting from S$110 weekdays

Handicap or proficiency certificates

(65) 6273 5522

Languana National Golf & Country Club (65) 6541 0200 Phone bookings accepted seven days in advance. National Service Resort & Country Club

Course Description

Airforce course: Nine holes, 3200m, Par 36 Navy Course: Nine holes, 3085m, Par 36 Army Course: Nine holes, 3015m, Par 36 Executive Par 3 Course: Nine holes Walk-in bookings, subject to availability. All golfers must wear soft spikes on the course. Orchid Country Club

(65) 6542 8288

(65) 6750 2111

Advance phone bookings. Raffles Country Club Phone bookings one week in advance.

(65) 6861 7655

Dendro Course: Nine holes, 3262m, Par 37 Aranda Course: Nine holes, 3051m, Par 36 Vanda Course: Nine holes, 3037m, Par 36 Starting from S$145 weekdays Lake Course: 18 holes, 5819m, Par 72 Palm Course: 18 holes, 6081m, Par 72

Valid USGA handicap card

Starting from S$123.60 weekdays Handicap certificates

Seleta Country Club (65) 6486 0801 18 holes, 6386m, Par 72 Bookings open Tuesday for the following week. Member guests only.

Starting from S$90 weekdays (member guests only)

Sembawang Country Club (65) 6257 0642 Walk-in bookings subject to availability.

18 holes, 5980m, Par 72

Starting from S$113.30 weekdays Handicap or proficiency certificates

Sentosa Golf Club Fax confirmation.

(65) 6270 0022

Serapong Course: 18 holes, 6349m, Par 72 Tanjong Course: 18 holes, 6251m, Par 72

Tanah Merah Country Club

(65) 6542 3040

Garden Course: 18 holes, 6402m, Par 72 Tampines Course: 18 holes, 6578m, Par 72 By members only. No walk-in visitors, guests must be accompanied by club members.

Handicap certificates

Starting from S$120 weekdays

Handicap

Starting from S$123.60 weekdays

Public Golf Courses Course Name

Telephone

Course Description

Green Fees

Certification Required

Executive Golf Courses Walk-in bookings.

(65) 6556 0600

Nine holes, 1425m, par 29

Starting from S$20.60 weekdays

Handicap and proficiency certificates

Green Fairways Walk-in bookings.

(65) 6468 7233

Nine holes, 1887m, Par 32

Starting from S$40 weekdays

Handicap and proficiency certificates

Seletar Base Golf Course

(65) 6481 4745

Nine holes, 2927m, Par 36

Starting from S$30 weekdays

Handicap of 24 for men, 36 for ladies issued by golf clubs affiliated with USGA or R&A of Scotland

(65) 6473 7236

Five holes, 668m, Par 15

Starting from S$10 for two rounds weekdays

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EDUCATION

PGA International Golf Institute

A new centre of excellence for the golf industry based on the Gold Coast in Australia is taking enrolments for five new courses which started in February. The PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI) offers job-based certificate programs, undergraduate degrees and industry short courses. A joint initiative of the PGA and Griffith University

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hese educational offerings cover business management, PGA IGI graduates can target a wide range of career paths. including golf operations and course management, finance, Past graduates are now general managers of clubs, directors of golf sports events and sport marketing studies. operations, a few have gone on to become PGA professionals and The Bachelor of Business (majoring in Sport Management coaches and others work in other business areas in the industry, and Applied Golf Management Practices) is a three-year, full-time including law, management and finance. degree course that is recognised internationally and has been fully “Practical experience is simply not enough these days, the endorsed by the PGA of Australia. diversity of the industry now requires graduates to have requisite Students can graduate with a Degree from Griffith University business experience,” said Tracey Howley, chief executive of the and an Industry Certificate from the PGA IGI. PGA IGI. “You just can’t get by on your understanding of sport. You Certificate courses – which are need managerial and marketing skills and Australian nationally accredited qualifications our courses equip tomorrow’s graduates Practical experience is simply – consist of studies in golf management and with the ability to manage the complex operations, marketing and golf skills and business of golf.” not enough these days, the techniques, as well as a specialised course The Queensland Government helped diversity of the industry now for elite golfers. These are of a 12-month fund this new centre of excellence that duration and intakes are available all year has a vision to create the equivalent of a requires graduates to have round. The Certificates are also recognised “Harvard School” for golf. by the PGA of Australia for credit into the Minister for State Development requisite business experience. national traineeship program. and Innovation Tony McGrady said the The PGA IGI was established to develop Queensland Government would fund the career pathways and opportunities for students, elite athletes, project to the tune of $471,000 over three years. course managers and administrators in the golf and related business “Golf is big business, and to put it bluntly, we want a bigger sectors. PGA of Australia CEO Max Garske said the PGA IGI was slice of the action here in Queensland. This institute will improve an important step forward for the golf industry in both Australia and our reputation as a ‘Smart State’, especially in Asia where golf is the Asia Pacific region. booming.” “The institute will provide a raft of education and training platforms for those currently working within the industry and for Tracey Howley can be reached on (07) 5552 9251 or those seeking to make a career in golf,” he said. traceyhowley@pgaigi.com

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Ladies FootJoy LoPro 97086

Features and Benefits Upper Technology Full Grain Leather Uppers: Full grain leather uppers offer outstanding waterproof comfort, breathability and durability. 1-Year Waterproof Warranty: FootJoy warrants that this golf shoe will be waterproof in normal use for one year (Australian Warranty).

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WORKING WOMEN IN GOLF

Photo by Greg Minns

Suzanne’s control. Royal Pines Resort is now known as the home of the Australian Ladies Masters. In all this time there has been only two major sponsors. First it was known as the Alpine Ladies Masters, and in 2001 it became the ANZ Ladies Masters. An event of this size takes a lot of planning. Work begins in October to prepare the course in time, ready for the big tournament. This year, the ANZ Ladies Masters was broadcast live to Japan, and was seen in about 200 million households worldwide. This is the perfect vehicle to showcase Queensland’s Gold Coast and the Royal Pines Resort as a host location for world-class events. Originally not a golfer herself, after a number of years involvement with the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines Resort Suzanne has finally got the golfing bug. She finds a round of golf relaxing, and a great way to wind down from her hectic schedule. It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Suzanne, working full-time and raising a family, but hard work and achieving one goal after another is Suzanne’s

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s the lyrics in the AC/DC song go, “It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll” and it’s been a long, hard road for Suzanne Radliff.This hardworking, motivated and passionate woman, is now on her way to the top of the events corporate world. Suzanne started at Royal Pines Resort in 1993 as a co-ordinator in the banquet department. However, she was not satisfied with that. After progressing through three Director roles she reached the position of Resort General Manager. Now, 13 years later, Suzanne has accepted a new challenge. She has accepted the role as the General Manager for the resort’s major events, attractions and entertainment business unit. In the new role, Suzanne will be responsible for the management of world-class events such as the ANZ Ladies Masters golf tournament, Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourt tennis championship, ABC Development Learning Centres Callaway Golf Hi-lite Pro-am tournament and the annual Australian International Movie Convention. With so many major events now being held in Queensland, especially on the Gold Coast, Royal Pines Resort has positioned itself to take full advantage of new business and seek further opportunities from overseas companies and visitors. Holding large major events is not easy. It takes a good team of dedicated people and a leader such as Suzanne to plan and prepare for all aspects of the event. The Australian Ladies Masters golf tournament has been played at Royal Pines Resort since 1992, and is just one event that comes under

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adies, don’t let your golf go into hibernation this winter, the sun is shining on the Gold Coast, and Royal Pines Resort is sure to warm your spirits with one of their great value Winter Golf packages! Tailored to meet your every need, Royal Pines’ specialty golf packages offer a number of options to keep you moving, and are available from as little as $165* per person, per night. Choose from the flexible ‘Pamper and Play’ package, the ‘Unlimited Golf ’ package for serious golfers, or the crème de la crème of golfing packages, ‘Royal Selection’, a package that enables you to play at any of the region’s leading courses. Set in the heart of the Gold Coast, between the pristine beaches of Surfers Paradise and the subtropical rainforests of the Hinterland, Royal Pines Resort is the region’s only 27-hole composite golf course, with three separate 18-hole combinations. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

way of climbing the corporate ladder. Away from the office, Suzanne’s life is just as hectic, keeping up with two teenage boys who are involved in a wide range of school and sporting activities. Then there is husband Ron, who adds another dimension to the word hectic. He is constantly on the go as the assistant coach of the Brisbane Bullets Basketball team. This is not your average family, it has somewhat of an unconventional lifestyle. The whole family is on the go at all times of the day and night, and the phrase 9 to 5 doesn’t fit within their framework. This means that all members of the family must pitch in and work together with any of the jobs around the house. This lifestyle is normal for the Radliff family as they have become accustomed to the hectic pace and the excitement it brings. Suzanne is looking forward to the next few years in her new role to make a mark on the events industry within Australia, and to lift the profile of the Royal Pine Resort as a major player on the world stage of events, attractions and entertainment.

Personal Profile Place of Birth: Star Sign: Married:

Sunshine Coast, Queensland Taurus Husband – Ron Radliff

Children:

Two boys – Joshua, 18 Jordan, 15 Favourite Wine: Big Red – Cabernet Sauvignon Favourite Music: Latin American Favourite Food: Japanese Ideal Holiday: The Riviera or China

With the newest nine holes, Wangara, proving more challenging by the day, Royal Pines Resort promises to test your every stroke. Undulating terrain, magnificent greens and tight fairways that demand respect characterise the golfing encounter you’ve been waiting for. Continuing to inspire, motivate, and challenge the very best in golfers, Royal Pines Resort is the ultimate golfing destination. The Resort’s championship composite course, Aroona, has been home to the Australian Ladies Masters for the past 13 years, as well as host to many other prestigious golf tournaments, so you can play where the champions play, see what the champions see, feel what the champions feel … Winter doesn’t need to be a time of hibernation for your golf. Royal Pines Resort presents great value Winter Golf accommodation packages in five-star surrounds. Along with three terrific golf-course combinations, warm sunshine and great hospitality, there is no better place to stay to enjoy the game you love. *Conditions apply.

For more information or to make a booking contact Reservations on +61 7 5597 1111 or visit www.rpr.com.au

Miss Queensland Nicole Dixon enjoys a round on Royal Pines Resort’s championship course

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SPECIAL FEATURE Photo courtesy of World Golf Hall of Fame

In November of 2005, Queenslander Karrie Webb received one of the greatest honours that could be bestowed on an Australian golfer when she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Australasian Womens GOLF contributor Jenny Sevil was there and she outlines the events of that special day.

Karrie Webb

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s you turn into the grand entrance and make your way up the long tree-lined drive, highlighted by its superbly manicured gardens, there is already a sense of anticipation building. Just arriving at the opulent Renaissance Hotel in the centre of the World Golf Hall of Fame village in St Augustine, Florida is an occasion in itself. You automatically sense that this is a hallowed place in golf and those who become members are unique and very special people in the game’s history. You are immediately aware of the prestige and the sense of history that prevails and, for any golfer, what lies in wait in the golf museum is sure to impress even further. The museum honours and immortalises the most elite golfers and visionaries who have given shape and personality to the sport.

The Karrie Webb Record Major Championships: 6 Women’s British Open: 2002 U.S. Women’s Open: 2000, 2001 Du Maurier Classic: 1999 Nabisco Dinah Shore: 2000 LPGA: 2001 LPGA Tour Victories: 30 LPGA Rookie of the year: 1996 Vare Trophy: 1997, 1999, 2000 Leading Money Winner: 1996, 1999, 2000 LPGA Player of the Year: 1999, 2000. First Women Golfer to Earn US$1 million in a Season 66

Induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame is arguably the greatest honour any golfer can receive. On November 14, 2005 a once little girl from Ayr, Queensland, Australia, Karrie Webb, became the first Australian woman to have that honour bestowed on her and she joined her rightful place among the most significant players the sport has ever seen. My husband Warren and I were privileged to be among the small group invited to attend this prestigious event. Warren, as the head of the ALPG Tour, and myself, as a former player, felt grateful to be part of the group of friends and family Karrie had invited to share this occasion with her. We have both known Karrie for a long time now and as friends were delighted to be there to support her. This accomplishment is one that all Australians, particularly golfers, but even other sports people, should honour and recognise for its magnitude. To become No. 1 in any sport in your own country is a huge accomplishment, but to come from a relatively small female golfing population in a country like Australia, and go on to become No. 1 in THE WORLD is something all Australians should be proud and in awe of. As a fellow professional golfer I am aware of the dedication, commitment and sacrifice it takes to reach certain goals in the game. Karrie though has taken it to another level and in doing so she has boosted the focus on Australian ladies professional golf as a whole. Let’s take a look at Karrie’s record and how she became eligible for nomination to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Karrie is the youngest player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at 31. She had, however, achieved so much by the age of 25 that she met the criteria then. She could not though be inducted until she had been a member of the US LPGA for 10 years. Karrie, of course, achieved this earlier in 2005. ■ Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


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hen Karrie walked on to the stage, after being introduced by the past commissioner of the LPGA, Ty Votaw, 2500 people in attendance rose to their feet in voluminous applause … a moment that brought goose bumps and a sense of pride to anyone that has the pleasure of knowing the girl from country Queensland. As the crowd hushed and Karrie moved to the podium, a moment she had been nervous about all day, all were silent waiting to hear what this young Australian had to say about the road that led her to this point. Apparently family members, caddies and close friends had taken bets – a real Aussie flavour to this prestigious moment – to see how far she could get through her speech before the tears flowed. Karrie is known by those close to her as a very emotional and sensitive person, perhaps a side of her the golfing public never sees when she is competing and focused in any golf tournament. Karrie starts her speech in a composed manner, thanking Votaw for his kind words and also for his relationship with her on the LPGA tour. Karrie retells the story of how she started golf at the tender age of four when her grandparents would take her to the local course in Ayr to play nine holes. At that tender age Karrie couldn’t make it all the way round and so when Karrie had had enough, her grandfather would sit her on his buggy and pull her around for the last few holes. Karrie’s grandmother, Joyce, was sitting in the audience with the family. Karrie’s grandfather had passed away on the Sunday night of her winning the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in 2002 to complete her Grand Slam in majors, but at that moment you could almost sense he was smiling down on her from above.

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She thanked the LPGA and Australian ALPG, her long-time coach Kevin Haller and new coach Ian Triggs. She thanked her friends in the U.S. who had become her family away from home. She thanked her caddies who were in the audience there to honour her. Then it was time to thank her Mum and Dad, Evelyn and Rob Webb, and the tears began to flow. Not just Karrie, but of course her whole family and the audience that were taking in every word. Karrie thanked her mum and dad for everything they had done to make an 11-year-old’s dream come true! Well done Karrie, if you were going to cry it was good that you made everyone else cry along with you. With speeches over, the Hall of Fame village was alight with a magnificent display of fireworks! Earlier that day, Karrie attended a press conference where she spoke candidly of the difficult times in her career, how her shyness made it difficult to deal with the media and the attention that came with being the No. 1 woman golfer in the world. I felt that Karrie had often been misinterpreted and people perhaps had gotten the wrong impression of this young lady from the other side of the world who had often struggled with her new-found fame and place in golf. It became clear to all that evening that Karrie Webb has

World Golf Hall of Fame Karrie also thanked her idol Greg Norman for all that he had done for her. Karrie decided to become a professional golfer after watching Greg play when she was 11 years old. She later went on to win a trip with the Greg Norman Junior Golf Foundation where she went to visit Norman’s home in Florida, and from that point on they have remained good friends.

matured into a smiling, well-spoken, well-presented personality who has a new grasp on things and has become a complete and wellrounded ambassador for the game of golf. Karrie Webb personifies what being a member of the World Golf Hall Of Fame is all about and as Australians we have every right to be proud of what she has achieved.

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Refresh! Refresh! Refresh Spring into Spring at the inaugural Bonville (Ladies only) “Refresh” weekend.This event will consist of 4 x 1 hr golfing clinics, hosted by 4 fully qualified PGA golf professionals covering all areas of the short game – putting, bunker shots, chipping & pitching. The event will also include an 18 hole competition round at the famed Bonville layout. The first night of the weekend will see a cocktail night held in the proshop with representatives from various golfing brands demonstrating the latest golfing products and clothing, combined with gourmet canapés & cocktails. On the second night there will be an a la carte dinner held on the terrace lawn overlooking the 18th hole. Bonville will also host all attendees in the on course accommodation overlooking the 1st fairway for 2 nights inclusive of breakfast each day. “Refresh” yourself this Spring on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd of September at Bonville International Golf Resort for only $390 per person (twin share).To avoid disappointment book now as numbers are limited to 60. For more information on this “Refresh” weekend or to make your booking please contact Bonville International Golf Resort on (02) 6653 4002 or via email at info@bonvillegolf.com.au Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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ou’ve no doubt heard friends boast around the dinner table of playing some of the most spectacular and famous golf courses in the world, but imagine their intrigue when you tell them you’ve just played one of the planet’s most scenic courses on tiny Norfolk Island. This stunning nine-hole expanse of ever-green carpet, with separate tees for a second round to make up 18 holes, sits snug between the island’s rugged coast, gorgeous Georgian convict buildings and rolling meadows, with Norfolk’s famous pines completing the appealing tapestry. And with green fees just $65 for a whole week, you can hit the course every day, taking a dip in the adjacent beach if your ball ends up in the wet – or even if it doesn’t! Norfolk Island is acclaimed as one of the world’s most beautiful and peaceful islands – and one of the friendliest. The pine-clad island, midway between New Zealand and New Caledonia, 1600km north-east of Sydney, is attracting a new breed of visitors keen to savour Norfolk’s rich and colourful heritage, the romantic coastal scenery and, of course, the legendary tax-free shopping. An increase in the number of luxury cottages and hotels together with a bevy of stylish new restaurants and cafes has boosted Norfolk’s appeal. A range of low-cost holiday packages has also made Norfolk one of the most affordable vacation options available. As an external territory of Australia, Norfolk boasts its own government, postal stamps and separate Customs, Quarantine and Immigration laws – even its own language, although everyone speaks English as well. Home to the majestic Norfolk Pine and the friendly descendants of the Bounty mutineers, Norfolk is a unique island paradise perfect for holidaymakers who want to relax and escape the city bustle. Visitors can swim in turquoise lagoons, tuck into the famous clifftop fish fries and go surfing, kayaking, diving, bushwalking, picnicking, horseriding, four-wheel driving and snorkelling. 2006 is a special year for Norfolk – the 150th anniversary of its settlement by the descendants of the famous Bounty mutiny. A year of celebrations are planned, if you can drag yourself away from the island’s beguiling golf course! Norfolk Island is serviced by regular Qantas-ticketed jet flights from Brisbane and Sydney. For general information on Norfolk Island, visit www.norfolkisland.nf or call Norfolk Island Tourism on 1800 214 603 for a free information pack. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women’s Golf

Western Australia VALUED VOLUNTEER Jan Plaisted

L From left: Anna Parsons, Dianne Tomlin (President WGWA), Joe O’Dea Jnr (Sponsor) and Bree Turnbull

WA to host Bowra & O’Dea 72-Hole Classic and Australian Amateur Championships

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owra & O’Dea are continuing their relationship with WGWA and are once again sponsoring the WA 72-hole event from Monday 10-Wednesday 12 April. It is to be held at the picturesque but challenging Lake Karrinyup Country Club. Anna Parsons from WA, one of Australia’s top ranked amateurs, will be defending her title after winning the 72-hole event last year from Emma Bennett from Victoria. Bowra & O’Dea will be hosting the Sponsors Day on Sunday 9 April, which last year proved to be a huge success for sponsors and players alike. Joe O’Dea, the Managing Director from Bowra & O’Dea, is passionate about golf and is particularly supportive in the development of the elite players from Western Australia. Last year the event attracted players from interstate and overseas and WA is looking forward to another successful event. The Australian Amateur Championships are to be held also at Lake Karrinyup, so our interstate and international visitors will return to this magnificent course. The Australian Foursomes will be held on Sunday 21 May and the Championships from Monday 22-Saturday 27 May. Last year Anna Parson qualified first for the Championship, but was unfortunately eliminated in the first round. Anna is hoping to turn the tables this year on home soil, and along with the other WA players look to take home this coveted title. Other strong contenders from WA will be Rochelle Miles and Bree Turnbull who are currently ranked in the top 10. 70

ike most sports, volunteers are the heart and soul of our sport. It is interesting, with the Commonwealth Games on our doorstep, to hear of so many volunteers withdrawing their services because of the expectations being placed upon them by the organisers (reportedly working 12-hour shifts!). It is not only the workload but also the expenses the volunteers incur. Some of these people would have been travelling from outside of Melbourne, probably from as far away as Perth, Darwin and Cairns, and have had to fund their own travel and find accommodation – not mentioning finding the time to eat! WGWA has so many dedicated volunteers, each and every one of which is valued by our Association. Then, of course, all of the clubs survive with the volunteers in their own club structure. This is the story of one of our most valued volunteers: Jan Plaisted has legendary status in Western Australia and also around the country as she enters her 10th year of involvement with Women’s Golf in Western Australia. Jan has been on the Board of WGWA since 1996. She has held the positions of State selector, a member of the marketing and promotions committee and Director of Match (1997 – current). Jan is also a member of the Women’s Golf Australia Technical Panel. The technical aspects of the sport are not all that interest Jan, she has also been the non-playing Captain of the State teams for a number of years and is passionate about providing every opportunity for aspiring golfers to achieve their goals. Jan is well-liked and respected throughout WA in the world of golf. She is always available to talk through any issues with club members and is one of the most generous people involved in our sport. Pam Glossop, Executive Director of WGWA, has worked with Jan since May last year and stated, “Jan is worth at least one full-time staff member in the office. Her knowledge of golf and the way WGWA conducts itself is invaluable. Although Jan has been around for some time, she is always looking at ways in which we can improve our services to our members.” Jan also loves to travel and has been responsible for ensuring WGWA helps the country clubs wherever possible. Her antics are legendary and she recently has become the proud instigator of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) “Frock”, which is worn at tournaments with funds raised going to the RFDS. On top of all this, Jan also manages to find time for family and, of course, have a round of golf at her Wanneroo club where she plays off a respectable handicap. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Program of Events DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Junior Pennants 1 WGWA Bowra & O’Dea Sponsors Day WGWA Bowra & O’Dea Sponsors Day Junior Pennants 2 WGWA Network Gala Day WGWA Foursomes Championships WGWA Country Seminar Junior Pennants 3

Cottesloe Golf Club Lake Karrinyup Country Club Lake Karrinyup Country Club Gosnells Golf Club Seaview Golf Club Royal Perth Golf Club Katanning Country Club Mount Lawley Golf Club

APRIL 2 9 10-12 23 23 24 28 30

MAY 1 1&2 14 15 28 29

International Bowl starts WGWA Regional Seniors Junior Pennants 4 GolfBox Challenge starts Junior Pennants 5 Metropolitan Pennants 1

Capel Golf Club Royal Fremantle Golf Club Wanneroo Golf Club Cott/Neds/Mand/Hart

JUNE 4 9 12 18 19 23 26 28-30

Junior Pennants 6 Metropolitan Pennants 2 Metropolitan Pennants 3 WGWA Glen Iris Junior Classic Metropolitan Pennants 4 WGWA Flora Brownfield Cups Metropolitan Pennants 5 WGWA Rural Bronze Tournament

Royal Perth Golf Club WAGC/LKCC Mt Law/RP/RF/Joon Glen Iris LK/WAGC/Gos/Wann Royal Fremantle Golf Club RF/Mand/MelG/L’lds Hannans Golf Course

Gypsies say “Viva South America!”

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nnovative and awardwinning Perth-based tour operators Global Gypsies have added another exotic destination to their travel portfolio with an exciting new tour to South America. The 16-day fully Jeremy Perks & Jan Barrie of Global Gypsies enjoy a dhow cruise in Zanzibar during the company’s safari to East Africa last year. escorted, catered and accommodated “Incas & Islands Expedition” includes a visit to Machu Pichu and the Sacred Valley in Peru, and a five-day cruise on a private yacht through the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, one of the world’s most fascinating eco-systems. Tour dates are October 4-19, and only 14 fortunate clients will be able to participate. The gypsy calendar also features two African safaris, one to Kenya, which visits the Masai Mara and other leading game parks during the annual “migration”, and one to Botswana, which explores the Okavango Delta, Moremi, Chobe and Victoria Falls, as well as a cruise in Croatia. Closer to home, Global Gypsies safaris in Australia for 2006 include escorted, self-drive adventures in the outback to such remote and rugged destinations as the Canning Stock Route, Rudall River and Karijini National Parks, the Kimberley and the Holland Track. On these tours, clients drive themselves in their own or hired 4WDs and travel in a small convoy led by an expert guide. There are also luxury tented safaris to the Kimberley region and coach-type tours to Coral Bay and Cape York in which clients travel as passengers. Many adventures are personally escorted by Tour Guide of the Year and Global Gypsies Director Jeremy Perks. Born and raised in Africa, Jeremy Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

has extensive guiding experience on two continents and has an extensive knowledge of local flora, fauna and culture. Says Jeremy, “Our personally escorted, nature-based, small-group tours give people the opportunity to explore wild and wonderful destinations, independent but not alone. We offer a combination of soft adventure, wonderful scenery, personalised service and peace of mind and try to visit somewhere different and exciting each year. In 2007, we hope to visit mainland China followed by India, Alaska and Antarctica. “ Between tours, Global Gypsies run training programs in four-wheeldriving, caravan safety and tour-guiding. For more information, contact Jan or Jeremy at Global Gypsies on (08) 9341 6727, email info@globalgypsies.com.au or visit www.globalgypsies.com.au

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Women’s Golf

South Australia Queen Sirikit Cup

The 28th Asia-Pacific Ladies Amateur Team Championship

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rom 5 April-7 April 2006, Women’s Golf Australia (now merged with the Australian Golf Union to form Golf Australia) and Women’s Golf South Australia will be hosting the 28th Asia-Pacific Ladies Amateur Team Championship at the prestigious Royal Adelaide Golf Club. Entries for the 2006 event have been received from 13 AsiaPacific nations. Each country is represented by a team of three players and a non-playing Captain. Three 18-hole rounds are played to decide the winner of the cup, donated by HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand. The Queen Sirikit Cup, a unique annual event, was first played in 1979 in Thailand. Australia has hosted this championship on two previous occasions, in 1984 at Kooralbyn Country Club, Queensland and at The Vines Resort in Western Australia in 1993. In the 27 years that the competition has been played, statistically only four countries have won the cup. Korea has been the most successful country with nine wins. Australia has won the 72

title on eight occasions and has been runner-up at seven other attempts. This international championship has proven to be a stepping stone for top amateur players from the Asia-Pacific region to enter professional ranks. Former Australian representatives have included Karrie Webb, Rachel Hetherington, Jane Crafter, Wendy Doolan, Corrine Dibnah and Michelle Ellis. Grace Park, Se Ri Pak, HeeWoo Han and Jennifer Rosales have also brilliantly represented their countries and all of these former cup representatives have moved on to successful careers on the USLPGA tour. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and the South Australian Government’s Australian Major Events are the principal sponsors for the event. The R&A’s Golf Development Committee has provided a grant for the past two years and again this year for the Queen Sirikit Cup, which clearly demonstrates a commitment to women’s golf development in the Asia-Pacific region. The sponsorship funds have been generated from the British Open Championships. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Program of Events DATE

WGSA Metropolitan Open Days 11 April 3BBB – 9am shotgun start Glenelg $45

EVENT

VENUE

Queen Sirikit Cup

Royal Adelaide

The Grange Salver Mastercard Junior Masters Australian Foursomes Championship Australian Amateur Championship Nora Maskell Foursomes

The Grange The Vines Resort (WA) Lake Karrinyup (WA) Lake Karrinyup (WA) Tea Tree Gully

LM Gordon Bowl State Championship – Qualifying rounds Bronze Cup – Qualifying rounds State Championship & Bronze Cup – matchplay rounds

Royal Adelaide Glenelg Tea Tree Gully Glenelg

APRIL 5-7

18 May Canadian Foursomes Riverside $10 members $10 visitors

MAY 14 15-19 21 22-27 26

JUNE 4 5-6 5-6 7-9

The Queen Sirikit Cup has served its objectives well since 1979. Not only is it a very competitive event to assist young women golfers for future participation on the world stage, but its stated objectives also seek to promote friendships and understanding between the competing Asia-Pacific nations. The fact that it is now in its 28th year is testimony to the success of the purposes for which it was initiated. An information booklet for the 2006 championship has been distributed to golf clubs throughout Australia, sports journalists, newspapers and the golf associations of Asia-Pacific nations. The final preparations for the golf competition and the opening and closing ceremonies are now being addressed. Women’s Golf South Australia is delighted to be sharing hosting duties for this important female international event, and we are looking forward to welcoming players, officials and spectators to Adelaide and the Royal Adelaide Golf Club in April 2006. Promotion of goodwill and friendships in the staging of golf events have a long history in South Australia. Since 1938, women golfers who play the game at golf clubs throughout South Australia have experienced ‘Country Week’. At these meetings old friendships are renewed and new friendships are forged between women from all country regions and the city. Women compete at golf with enthusiasm and in the spirit of healthy competition, which stimulates friendships. During July of each year four country golf clubs host Country Week. Handicap divisions determine a player’s venue club, and in 2006 women statewide will travel to Port Augusta (Northern District), Tumby Bay (Eyre Peninsula District), South Lakes-Goolwa (Southern Zone) and Warooka (Yorke Peninsula District) for this very popular golfing week. The venue club’s members are remarkable. Many of the State’s country clubs are in towns with small populations and as a result have small membership numbers. One of this year’s venue clubs, for example, has 25 women members and another 22 and our experience suggests that both of these clubs could have in excess of 100 visiting women golfers at Country Week 2006.Two 18-hole rounds are played to decide the winner of the major trophy and a foursomes completes the competitions. Throughout the years the hosting clubs’ members, women and men, and other volunteers have given special attention to their golf courses, clubhouses and catering needs prior to the commencement of the event. Their hospitality and generosity to the players in attendance is splendid. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron.Not even God can hit a 1-iron. Lee Trevino

The town’s business community and the wider community give generous support to the golf clubs with sponsorship or as volunteers for the numerous tasks associated with hosting. And the town’s economy receives a boost in providing accommodation and other needs as a consequence of Country Week. Approximately 500 women statewide, in recent years, have travelled annually to their various venues for this very special contribution to women’s golf by affiliated country clubs in South Australia.

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Women’s Golf

Tasmania Around Tasmania International Bowl 2005

The International Bowl winners for 2005 were Silver: (+-18) Deidre Panton from Malahide Golf Club with –7. Bronze 1: (19-29) Dot Davey who plays at Mowbray Golf Club with –6 and Bronze 2: (30-45) by Bev Goodman, a member at Richmond Golf Club. Congratulations girls. The International Bowl is an annual event played at each club. The best nett score throughout the State becomes the winner of their division. All entry money is donated to the women’s national body to assist with the expenses of international events.

Another win for Tasmania On December 13th Enid Brown and Heather Tonks of Llanherne and Sue Sharman and Robyn Tate from Ulverstone were successful in winning the Konica Minolta Cup National Final played at The Victoria Golf Club with a combined total of 80 stableford points, a massive nine points ahead of Victoria. What an experience, congratulations. 74

Farewell to the “Old” and Welcome to the “New”

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he President of Women’s Golf Tasmania, Libby Brown, wishes to thank the retiring members of the board and extend a warm welcome to the new members. From the South Meridith Graham of Royal Hobart replaces Janne Thompson, Mavis Phair of Longford will represent the North in place of Judith Iles and Sandra Southwell from the Northwest will join us in Jane Donohue’s position, while Jane will become Vice-President North on June Atkinson’s retirement. June, after many years of service to the Northern District, State Board and Women’s Golf Australia Technical Committee, has called it a day, although we have seconded her as Chairperson of the AWCR Committee where her expertise will be greatly appreciated. Thanks June for your tremendous contribution to golf over the years.

NEW CONTACTS

President: Libby Brown Ph: (03) 6257 1417 Mob: 0438 857 293 Email: he.browngairloch@bigpond.com Match Committee Chairperson: Jennifer Greenhill Ph: (03) 6249 2760 Mob: 0411 434 066 Email: jennifer_greenhill@hotmail.com Handicap Manager: Kathryn Greenwood Ph: (03) 6244 1337 Mob: 0438 341 337 Email: kgreenwood@southcom.com.au Tournament Director: Libby Doddridge Ph: (03) 6259 1263 AWCR Chairperson: June Atkinson Ph: (03) 6356 1623 Mob: 0418 125 225 Email: june_a@bigpond.net.au Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


PLAYER PROFILE Laura Richards Age: 17 Achievements for 2005 Tasmanian Ladies Open Amateur Championship State 72-hole stroke play (Elvie Whitesides) Tasmanian foursomes Championship Southern 36-hole junior Masters Championship Schweppes 72-hole junior Masters Championship Tasmanian Junior Champion Southern Tasmanian Open Champion Kingston Beach club junior champion Kingston Beach club Open Championship Champion of Champions Australian Amateur Championship – Q/F Australian Foursomes Championship with Bree Arthur – equal 3rd Australian Junior Championship – 9th Sunshine Coast Ladies Open Championship – 2nd Surfers Paradise Ladies Open Championship – 16th Southern Junior Championship – 2nd Northern Junior Championship – 4th Got down to scratch handicap 25th October Tasmanian Junior State Team 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

THE BARCLAY SISTERS

Tasmanian Senior State Team 2003, 2004, 2005 Personal Achievements 2004, 2005, Australian National Junior Squad 2004 State gross averages 2004, 2005, scholarship Tasmanian Institute Of Sport 2006 Tasman Junior Cup Team Course Records Kingston Beach Golf Club – 1 under 70 Claremont Golf Club – 4 under 69 Seabrook Golf Club – 1 under 73 I started golf at the age of 10 in the backyard with my dad. I attended junior clinics at Kingston Beach golf club and gained my first handicap of 36. I’m coached by Anthony Rowlings, whose support has been great throughout my golfing career. I was selected in the Tasmanian junior team at the age of 12 and have continued to play at State level up until now. I got my handicap down to scratch in October this year and my golf is going well at the moment. I’ve been selected in the Australian Junior Tasman Cup team to be played in New Zealand and I’m hoping to do well in that.

Program of Events DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Foursome Championship

Mowbray GC

Tasmanian Amateur Championships (National Stroke Average Event)

Mowbray GC

Tasmanian Junior Championships Pennant final Series – State finals

Devonport GC Launceston GC

APRIL 30

MAY 1-5

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he Barclay sisters were involved in the administration of women’s golf in Tasmania for over half a century from its inception in 1923 as the Tasmanian Ladies Golf Union, becoming legendary figures of their time. Twin sisters Grace and Lil Barclay were both foundation members of the Tasmanian Ladies Golf Union (1923), with Miss Grace being Secretary for 50 years and Miss Lil as President or Vice-President for some 26 years. Miss Lil was also Secretary of the Kingston Beach Golf Club for 47 years, with her sisters holding other positions of responsibility. Miss Grace and Miss Lil were both State Champions and with Miss Effie frequently represented Tasmania in national events. Grace and Lil were both Life Members of the Tasmanian Ladies Golf Union, now Women’s Golf Tasmania. They both were honoured with Life Membership at Kingston Beach Golf Club and at Royal Hobart Golf Club. All three sisters were very easily identified on the golf course, as Miss Grace always wore navy blue, Miss Lil, brown and Miss Effie, grey. The Tasmanian Ladies Golf Union recognised the sisters’ dedication to the game of golf by introducing a State event in their honour and memory. The Barclay Shield, a foursome competition, is played and qualified for at Club level with the two best combinations representing their club at State level. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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Victorians To Celebrate

Jane Lock (wearing her flares). Jane was Victorian junior champion a record five times in succession and Victorian Champion twice before forging a successful professional career.

100 Years

Of Women’s Golf C

elebrating its centenary year in 2006, Women’s Golf Victoria has plans to involve all 28,500 golfers in the 380 clubs across the State in the commemoration of their 100-year milestone. Achievements of the past century will be honoured with activities including a special tournament, celebration functions commencing with a Centenary Cocktail Party scheduled for February 15 at Commonwealth Golf Club, and the launch of a beautiful address book illustrating the sport and its players over the past 10 decades. The major event of 2006 will be the Centenary Tournament, a pairs-based tournament with winning pairs from each club playing in the District finals. Club rounds will kick off from early in the New Year through to June; the district play-offs will be held at nine venues during August and the final in Melbourne in November. To be played at the Royal Melbourne GC, the final will feature 19 pairs representing districts from across the State playing to win this commemorative event. The sport of women’s golf in Victoria has bloomed since 11 enterprising women met in Melbourne’s Mia Mia tearooms in April 1906 to form the Victorian Ladies Golf Union. With six foundation clubs and 278 members their objectives were to promote the interests of the game of golf to women, establish a uniform handicapping system, and to organise and control inter-club matches. The history books reveal the past century has delivered extensive growth in clubs and members, the formation of many successful tournaments including pennant, and junior and adult development activities and the handicapping of courses statewide. From the early days the push for gender equality in clubrooms and on courses was continuous and eventually became a political issue in 1984 when the then Premier John Cain threatened to pull the liquor licences from Victorian golf clubs unless the men granted full membership to female members. One hundred years on their vision is surprisingly similar. Today, Lucinda McLeish, the current CEO of WGV, works with the Board, committees and staff to ensure “golf is the sport of choice for Victorian women”. When looking back over the century, what is obvious is that many women golfers have a lifelong passion for the sport. To commemorate 76

the 100 years, WGV has gathered a portfolio of over 40 photographs depicting golf over the past century and presented the shots in a beautiful hard-cover address book. Whether leading players or social hitters, many women also took on administrative positions in the Victorian Ladies Golf Union, usually voluntary, and were committed to their roles for many years. Five-time Victorian champion Nellie Gatehouse, with her long skirt, twin set and brimmed hat, was the name player of the early part of the century; while Mona Macleod starred in the ’20s and ’30s on the greens and won the first gold medal brooch for scoring a sub-par round at Metropolitan in 1927. Burtta Cheney was another golf pioneer. After winning the junior championship in 1935 she went on to have an enormous impact on the game over the next 50 years as both a great player and administrator. She was later awarded an MBE for services to women’s golf. The first Australian woman to turn professional, Margie Masters also made her mark – not only with her great golf. In a bold move she dropped the traditional skirt in 1967 and emerged on the green, ready for competition, in a pair of figure-hugging Bermuda shorts.

1932 State team – winners of the Gladys Hay Interstate series of that year. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Program of Events DATE

EVENT

VENUE

APRIL 3-5 5-7 7 9 21 23 28

Veterans’ Amateur Championship of Victoria Queen Sirikit Cup Metropolitan Town Pennant, Round Two Victorian Championship for Business Women Metropolitan Pennant, Round Three Victorian Championship for Business Women Metropolitan Pennant, Round Four

Shepparton GC Royal Adelaide GC, SA Goonawarra GC Rosanna GC

MAY 1 2-3 5 12 19 21 TBC 22-27 TBC 26

Open Heart Open Country Tournament Metropolitan Pennant, Round Five Metropolitan Pennant, Round Six Metropolitan Pennant, Round Seven Australian Amateur Foursomes Championship Australian Amateur Championship Metropolitan Pennant Final (Reserved for play off/rescheduled matches)

Huntingdale GC Wonthaggi GC

Lake Karrinyup GC, WA Lake Karrinyup GC, WA Keysborough GC

JUNE 2 4 5-23 18-20 20-23

Metropolitan Pennant Final (Reserved for play off/rescheduled matches) Victorian Family Championship Final Reserved for Club Championships Junior – Three Day Camp Junior – Four Day Camp

Barwon Heads GC Anglesea GC Anglesea GC

In 1968, June Gashler also caused a media sensation when she donned stone pipe slacks in a tartan print instead of the knee-length skirt. The press had a field day, and shortly after dress regulations were altered to allow for trends in fashion. The only time women’s golf competition ceased over the century was during the war years, when women felt time spent enjoying themselves on the golf course was rather indulgent while their men were away at war. They banded together and devoted their time to fundraising. In WW1 they raised £550 and donated a Rolls-Royce motor ambulance to the war effort; while in WW2 the VLGU War Relief Fund was set up and the women managed to raise over £8,500 over the six years of war via various fundraising events and war medal competitions. Post-war the game of golf once again grew, with the number of clubs in the WGV increasing from approximately 235 to the current membership of 380, and structural changes to the union and competitions were undertaken. The 1970s, however, probably marked the end of longtime domination by any one amateur player as more women tended to turn professional after just a few years at the top of the amateur tree. Today WGV goes from strength to strength, and with funding from VicHealth, Sport & Recreation Victoria and the Victorian Golf Foundation WGV has been able to place enormous emphasis on attracting new players from all spheres of the community. For information on the centennial celebration activities or to get your copy of the address book ($20 + postage), contact your district delegate, WGV office or www.womensgolf.org.au. A portion of the sale of each book and of the statewide centenary tournament will be donated to the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

7-14 Handicappers Development Day –

What a success!

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ost of British Open qualifying and the 2000 Australian Open, Kingston Heath GC was home to 40 women, six professionals and a number of volunteers for the inaugural Women’s Golf Victoria 7-14 Handicapper Development Day on January 19, 2006. The day was developed by WGV to provide women in the 7 to 14 handicap range a day where they could receive high-performance coaching from some of the State’s leading teaching professionals. WGV CEO Lucinda McLeish said the Development Day was in line with the organisation’s strategic vision by offering programs to develop the games of women across all golfing abilities. It also gave golfers the opportunity to fine tune their games prior to the pennant season. The event was a huge success with pros Malika Mahfoud, Michelle Howard, Tim Stone, Gareth Jones, Denis McDade and Richard Cooney providing instruction and advice on all areas of the golf game. The program for the day was designed to assist participants to take their game to the next level. The morning session consisted of 5 x 45 minute sessions covering putting, chipping, approach shots, recovery shots and video swing analysis. After lunch, with the mercury soaring, the women took to the esteemed Kingston Heath course for nine holes, to put into play what they had learnt. Despite the improvement to skills and attitudes, it was apparent that the course, as always, still won.

Rookies Mix with Australia’s Elite Junior Girls

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uring the Australian Junior Championship at Southern GC, Melbourne, Women’s Golf Victoria conducted two clinics and two nine-hole events for rookie junior girls. For most girls it was their first taste of golf, and judging by the ease they took to the game and the laughter coming from the practice fairway, it could safely be said they were hooked. Not only were the rookies inspired by their new-found golfing abilities, they were fortunate enough to spectate Australia’s leading junior girls competing in the Australian Junior Championship. In awe of the older girls, many of the rookies joined the WGV Junior Girls’ Golf Club hoping to one day emulate what they had witnessed. 77


STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women’s Golf

New South Wales WGNSW Partners Up With Champion for Their Biggest Event of the Year

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omen’s Golf NSW is excited to bring to NSW Golf Clubs once again the opportunity to participate in the 3BBB Ladies Team Classic; one of our most successful tournaments of the year – this year proudly supported by Champion & Orlimar. Since the event’s inception in 1990 it has proved to be one of WGNSW’s most successful tournaments.The number of participants has varied from 6,000 to 11,000 players per year.The concept of the tournament is unique in that it provides the opportunity for nonelite players to represent their club and/or district in a State Final.

Outline of the Event

Open to all women golfers with an official handicap who are members of a club affiliated with WGNSW. Each team consists of three (3) players who are members of the same club, and players can nominate their own team. Players who have qualified at club level will represent their club in a district play-off. (Country or Metropolitan) The winners of the district play-offs will represent their club at a State Final. Every club in NSW has the opportunity to schedule the WGNSW 3BBB event, which commences early February at club level and only costs each player an initial $5. Later in the year the Club winners represent their Club at a District or Metropolitan final, with those winners eventually playing in the all-expenses-paid State final. 78

Every Team that competes at Club level goes into a draw to win free VIP greenfee vouchers at The Vintage (Hunter Valley) or Pacific Dunes (Port Stephens). Both are an example of the outstanding quality associated with Troon Golf courses. The District and Metropolitan 3 person Team winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the State Final, to be held at Glenmore Heritage Golf Club and Penrith Panthers World of Entertainment on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 November 2006. The winning team of the State Final will win a trip to represent NSW in the 2007 ANZ Ladies Masters as part of the Champion ANZ Ladies Masters 10th Anniversary Amateur Classic. At the District & Metropolitan Play-Offs Champion will conduct demonstrations of selected Orlimar products to all players. There are wonderful prizes to be won at every level. Women’s Golf NSW hopes to see many golfers enter the Champion 3BBB Ladies Team Classic this year.

Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Program of Events DATE

EVENT

VENUE

Details: www.wgnsw.org.au APRIL 3-5

WGNI Annual Tournament

St Georges Basin Golf Club

3, 4, 5 & 7

NSW Senior Championship

Cronulla Golf Club

5-7

FSC&TGA Annual Tournament

Bermagui Country Club

5-7

Queen Sirikit Cup

Royal Adelaide Golf Club

22-23

Weekend Tournament

Kangaroo Valley Golf Club

MAY 1-4

Autumn Meeting

Yowani, Murrumbidgee, Gold Creek, Queanbeyan Gungahlin Lakes & Belconnen GC

2-4

NEDGA Annual Tournament

Guyra Golf Club

9-11

WDLGA Annual Tournament

Orange Ex-Services & Duntryleague Golf Club

22-27

Australian Amateur Championship

Lake Karrinyup GC, WA

26-28

Statewide Pennants Classic

Nelson Bay & Pacific Dunes GC

29-31

N-HDLGA Annual Tournament

Horizons, Nelson Bay and Maitland GCs

6-8

N&NWDLGA Annual Tournament & Open Western Cup

Tamworth & Longyard GC

19-22

NSW 72 Holes Stroke Play Championship

Glenmore Golf Club

JUNE

PLAYER PROFILE Sarah Oh Age: 17 A Player for the Future When people talk about women’s amateur golf in Australia there is definitely one player who comes to mind – NSW’s Sarah Oh. At just 17 years of age Sarah has turned women’s amateur golf into her own after winning nearly every event. Based at Macquarie Links Golf Club on the outskirts of Sydney, Sarah dominated women’s golf in 2005 when she convincingly won Australia’s most prestigious amateur event – the Australian Amateur Championship – with an 8 and 7 victory over The Lakes Golf Club’s Sunny Park. Sarah followed that victory by claiming the NSW 72 Holes Stroke Play Tournament and one month later added the NSW Amateur Championship to her ever-increasing list of achievements. Needless to say Sarah also won the 2004-2005 Jean Derrin Averages, defeating the likes of Sarah Kemp and Nikki Garrett. Since Sarah took up the game six years ago, her achievements have been remarkable, with one of her most notable when she equalled Karrie Webb’s course record at Ashlar Golf Club at the age of 12. She also won the NSW Junior Championship at the age of 13 and captained the NSW High Schools Team that same year. Only time will tell how far Sarah can go, but there is no doubt she will be in the headlines for many years to come. To start the 2006 year, Sarah has just won the Junior Australian Amateur Championship. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

WGNSW Metropolitan Grade Spare Date 1

Friday 7 April (Seniors Championship)

Round 4

Friday 21 April

Round 5

Friday 28 April

Spare Date 2

Friday 5 May (Autumn Meeting)

Round 6

Friday 12 May

Round 7

Friday 19 May

Spare Date 3

Friday 26 May (Australian Amateur Championship)

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STATE WOMEN’S GOLF ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women’s Golf

Queensland Sandgreen Championship

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omen’s Golf Queensland officials are certainly an adventurous group of women. Annually, they travel to remote areas of Queensland to conduct their Sandgreens Championships and apparently thoroughly enjoy the experience. This year in the middle of July, when most people were huddled by their heaters or at least seeking some sunshine, President Nance Flohr and Vice-President Carmel Smith set out for Boulia for the weekend event. After a delay of three hours owing to the illness of the appointed pilot, they boarded their small plane at Brisbane Airport and set off for the tiny town of Boulia The Dinner (Boulia GC) in North West Queensland. Seven hours later after scheduled stops at Charleville, Quilpie, Windorah, Birdsville and Bedourie to deliver passengers and mail, they arrived to a warm welcome by Boulia lady golfers. This set the tone for the weekend where the sincerity and warmth of the outback hospitality was evident and appreciated. Sixty golfers from all over Queensland descended on the town to participate in the event. All available accommodation was utilised, with about 10 of the ladies using the dormitory-style accommodation provided in the extra room at the clubhouse. 80

Clermont girls

Wendy O’Connell (Wantima) set a sizzling new course record 68 (4 under par) on Sunday to add to her 75 on Saturday to run away with the title. Runner-up was former six-time Champion Robyn Clayton (Charleville) on 157. The Bronze one Championship was taken out by Merle Vandersee (Clermont), who has attended every Sandgreens Championship since the inception of the event in 1988. Her rounds of 84, 87 (171) were good enough to hold out local postmistress, June Jackson, who finished strongly on Sunday for 176. The Bronze two Championship was won convincingly by hardworking Boulia Captain Daphne Hindom. Her consistent rounds of (97, 96) left her six strokes ahead of Veronica Luck (Mt Isa) (102, 97), who survived a countback from Tanya Beck (Roma) to take out the runner-up prize. Nett winners in their respective divisions were Joyce Koy (Goomeri), Dawn Irwin (Roma) and Tanya Beck (Roma). Nance and Carmel were fascinated by the Min Min Encounter, a unique theatrical experience incorporating animatron, fibre optics and other high tech wizardry. It is a tribute to the long-honoured art of the bush yarn, all leased around the formed Min Min light Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Program of Events DATE

EVENT

VENUE

President’s Cup Four Ball Queen Sirikit Cup Qld Junior 54 Hole Strokeplay C’Ship Middle Ridge Open Amateur C’ships International Junior Tasman Cup

Caloundra Golf Club Royal Adelaide Golf Club Horton Park Golf Club Toowoomba Golf Club Hutt Golf Club NZ

Brisbane Cup South Pacific Mixed Foursomes South Pacific Ladies Open Classic All 3 rounds used for State Ranking 2nd & 3rd rounds only used for National Ranking Qld Country championships Australian Amateur Foursomes Australian Amateur Championship Pacific Cup

Brisbane Golf Club Surfers Paradise GC Surfers Paradise GC

Gailes Cup Brisbane & District Champs Caloundra City Open Amateur Champ North Qld District Championships & North Qld District Junior Championships Gold Coast District Championship State Mixed Foursomes Junior Jug

Gailes Golf Club Royal Queensland Golf Club Caloundra Golf Club Mackay and Pioneer Valley Golf Clubs

APRIL 3 5-7 9-11 15-16 18-19

MAY 7 7 8-10

15-17 21 22-27 30

Mackay & Pioneer Valley Golf Clubs Lake Karrinyup Country Club WA Lake Karrinyup Country Club WA Pacific Golf Club

JUNE 1 2&5 11-12 11-12 19-20 25 25-29

phenomenon. The attached café, a Tourist information Centre and a souvenir stockist were also utilised. Boulia’s Fossil Museum exhibits a fascinating look at the prehistoric era, while the Stone House Museum shows visitors the style of accommodation used by the early pioneers and showcases an expressive display of artefacts and photographs from the bygone era. They visited the town’s new sporting complex (including a swimming pool and other facilities) and also took in a visit to the race track and rodeo grounds. The famous Boulia camel races were due to be conducted there the following weekend. They completed their outback experience visiting Elrose Station where the brolga on the banks of the dam staged a special dance for them. Golf is a relatively new pursuit in the area, starting only in 1960, but with a dedicated group of members it is a buzzing social hub of a fascinating community. The officials left with a tinge of sadness, but with the feeling they have made long-standing friendships, and had experiences that will be remembered for a long time.

Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Emerald Lakes & Southport Golf Clubs Brookwater Golf Club Maryborough Golf Club

Special discounts for ladies s committee

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NEW ZEALAND NEWS

Larry Graham

New Zealand

Dasom Lee

GOLF Five months after the historic merger between the New Zealand men’s and women’s golf bodies, the new organisation continues to go from strength to strength.

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Sharon Ahn

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he new organisation – New Zealand Golf – has already implemented a number of key initiatives and will be launching its new brand, including a new logo, later this month. New Zealand Golf chief executive Larry Graham said it will also be launching a new and improved website at www.nzgolf.org.nz, which will include many new functions. “We will also be developing an exciting café-style environment in our reception in Wellington where members will be able to come in and have a coffee while reading about the history of golf or simply checking their handicaps online,” Mr Graham said. Other initiatives completed in the past few months include the launch of a business partner programme, which is part of the organisation’s on-going emphasis of delivering “exclusive offers” to its 140,000 members and golf clubs throughout New Zealand. New Zealand Golf has also recently appointed another staff member, Kelly McAra, to the newly created position of communications and marketing manager. “This position will be responsible for growing the profile of the sport in New Zealand and, more importantly, ensuring open and timely communications with our members,” Mr Graham said. Even the New Zealand Golf coaching philosophy has taken a new direction. Instead of a sole national coach position, the organisation is now focused on recruiting a team of elite golf coaches to develop its young talent. It has also replaced its national junior golf coaching school with a series of 15 district-based schools. New Zealand Golf sport development manager Graeme Scott said this was to make the schools and knowledge more accessible to more juniors. “We are excited about the new structure and have had lots of positive feedback from our members,” Mr Scott said. “We believe it will begin to show results pretty much immediately.” Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Rising Stars Dasom Lee

Rising young New Zealand golf star Dasom Lee shot a record breaking 10-under par final round to win the Junior Under-19 Kaimai Classic at Mt Maunganui Golf Course in New Zealand earlier this year. The 16-year-old Auckland teenager finished with a 72-hole total of eight under par 280, five shots clear of Hye Eun Choi, of Auckland, and Lisa Wright, of Nelson, who were tied in second place on 285. Lee went into the final round five shots behind the leaders and shot an outstanding eight birdies and one eagle for her 10-under par round of 62. New Zealand Golf high performance manager Gaylene Eyre said it was a course record and was also one of the lowest women’s rounds ever recorded in New Zealand. Lee is a member of the Titleist Academy, New Zealand Golf ’s elite development programme, and a member at Pakuranga Country Club. The previous women’s course record of 68 was set by Tammy Cleland, of Taupo, in 2004.

Sarah Nicholson

New Zealand golfer Sarah Nicholson prevailed over Australia’s best to claim back-to-back Kiwi wins in the prestigious Lake Macquarie Invitational near Newcastle, New South Wales in January.

The Wellington player produced a magnificent performance in difficult windy conditions to win by four shots from Australian Kate Thomas at the Belmont Golf Club. She shot a superb three-under par final round of 69 in the blustery conditions for a 72-hole total of 279, nine under par. Nicholson’s effort followed that of compatriot Jenny Park, who was the first New Zealander to win this top-rating amateur tournament last year.

Larissa Eruera

Young Auckland golfer Larissa Eruera won the under-14 age group at the Australian Junior Women’s Amateur Championship at the Southern Golf Club in Melbourne in early January. Eruera shot a 52-hole total of 232, 12 shots ahead of her nearest U14 rival Ellie Reeves, of Tasmania. Eruera is a member of Aviation Country Club and attends St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland.

Sharon Ahn

Sharon Ahn, who became the youngest winner of the New Zealand Women’s Amateur Stroke Play title when she won last year’s 72-hole championship at the age of 14, has been named as the recipient of the Marilynn Smith Golfer of the Year for 2005. Ahn, 15, beat the best female amateurs from Australia and New Zealand to win the stroke-play crown at Titirangi Golf Course. The Takapuna Golf Club member was a member of the winning Junior Tasman Cup team and represented New Zealand in the Queen Sirikit Cup in Bangkok and the Spirit International in the United States.

Kiwi Women Secure Back-to-Back Lake Macquarie Championships

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fter dominating the 2005 Greater Building Society Lake Macquarie Women’s Amateur Championship, the New Zealand Team made it back-to-back titles at Belmont in January 2006. Sarah Nicholson, the New Zealand Amateur Champion from Hutt Club, took out the title after four changeable days and 72 holes finishing with 279 (9 under) to equal the tournament record set by Victorian Vicki Uwland in 2001. Last year’s winner, Jenny Park from Otago Club, New Zealand, has returned to Korea and did not defend her title. On the first day players were tested by frequent showers and fresh south-easterly winds. Only Emma Bennett from Kingston Heath Victoria broke par with a four under 68. Four other players, Sarah Nicholson, Kristie Smith, Haeji Kang, Claire Choi and Stephanie Brennan opened with even scores of 72. The second day began with clearing showers and the sun reappeared. Bennett fell back with a five over 77 while Kristie Smith, the West Australian Senior and Junior Amateur Champion, was best on the day with one under 71 to lead the field on one under 143 after 36 holes. Sarah Nicholson and Kate Thomas from Manly Club were even on 144. Sunny conditions returned to Belmont on the third day with the usual gusty nor’easters in the afternoon. Sarah Nicholson fired a six under 66 to set a new course record, while Kate Thomas had a five under 67. They led into the fourth day on six under and five under while Kristie Smith was one under and Emma Bennett was even – both still in touch with the leaders. Sarah Oh, the Australian Senior and Junior Amateur Champion, was well back on five over. On the final day Belmont once again provided sunny conditions with the gusty nor’easterly sea breezes. On the front nine Nicholson was steady with even par 36 while Thomas went out in 35, one under, to join Nicholson on six under. Emma Bennett and Kristie Smith were together on two under. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Going into the back nine Thomas birdied the par five 10th to take the lead at seven under, but Nicholson birdied the par four 11th to join the lead. With pars on the 12th and 13th they were level on seven under. While Kate Thomas was shorter off the tee than Nicholson her accuracy to the greens kept her in touch. However, a tricky down-hill putt on the par three 14th saw Thomas go back to six under. After a birdie on the long par four 15th Nicholson went to eight under, but Thomas was still in touch – only 2 behind. However, the major turning point on the final day came on the par five 16th where Thomas became a victim of the notorious Belmont saltbush on the seaside dune and could only struggle a double bogey seven while Nicholson two putted for birdie and went to an unassailable lead of nine under. Both players birdied the par four 17th. A relieved Sarah Nicholson walked towards the gallery behind the 18th green on 10 under with Thomas on five under. Both were on the green putting for birdie, where Nicholson took the liberty of three putting to finish with a bogey while Thomas finished with a par.

The Kiwi Team, led for the second year by manager Gaylene Eyre, were jubilant at achieving back-to-back titles. Leading scores were: ■ Sarah Nicholson Hutt NZ – 72 72 66 69 279 – Nine under ■ Kate Thomas Manly NSW – 74 70 67 72 283 – Five under ■ Emma Bennett Huntingdale VIC – 68 77 71 69 285 – Three under ■ Kristie Smith Joondalup WA – 72 71 71 74 – 288 – Even ■ Sarah Oh Macquarie Links NSW – 76 74 71 73 294 – Six over ■ Haeji Kang Surfers Paradise QLD – 72 75 73 74 294 – Six over 83


NEW ZEALAND PLAYER PROFILE

Gina Scott wants to be normal again. It’s not that she looks strange, or has any peculiar habits. Well she might, but we won’t be discussing them in this story. No, it’s because the 33-year-old New Zealand touring professional would like to live in her own home with husband Mark for a while. For the last five years she’s been roaming around Europe on the women’s tour, and it’s time to live in one place. By Emma Keeling

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e probably got to the stage where we were ready to come home and do some normal things,” she says. “Mark’s travelled with me for the last five years, which has been fantastic. But I think you get to the stage where you just kinda of think, it would be really nice to be at home and nice to do some normal things.” Back in Te Awamutu, the couple live in a home, not a palace. Scott joined the European tour in 2000 and during those first five years the lowest she was ranked was 24th. Her highest ranking of 14 was achieved in her rookie year. But while she played well, the pay packet didn’t always match. “We did OK.” OK equates to career earnings of just over 260,0000 euros. “I had no sponsorship at all other than products. I had no money or travel, anything like that. And that’s another reason too. I played pretty good for five years and really didn’t make a lot of money. And we just sat down at the end of it and thought, we’re doing well but we’re still not making a whole lot. So you’ve got to ask yourself whether it’s worth the hassle.” Hang on. That doesn’t make sense. Surely it’s easy for a top 20 player to sign up numerous sponsorship deals? Well no. Not if you’re a little-known Kiwi on a tour that receives very little media coverage 84

in Europe or back home. “Everybody came back to us and said we never see you on TV, you get no coverage here. And you can’t argue with that because there’s not a lot they can get out of it. But at the same time you went to people overseas and they said well hang on, you’re from New Zealand. We’d rather sponsor European players. So it was quite tough.” Scott sounds more philosophical than frustrated. It would be easy to get bitter and twisted if you looked at the money available on the European Men’s Tour. For a start there are only 19 tournaments on the women’s tour and 50 on the men’s. In the 2005 season Iben Tinning was top of the women’s money list, earning 205,000 euros for 15 tournaments. Colin Montgomerie made 2.8 millions euros for 25 tournaments. To make more money Scott would have to change tours. Last year she played in Asia, plus a handful of events in Europe. But instead of giving her bank account a new lease of life, it drove her back home. “I went to Japan this year and played pretty awful too so that probably helped make the decision.” But she’s not ready to put the golf clubs permanently in the garage just yet and is still pleased she turned pro back in 1997. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Gold Class Cinema arrives for “Golden Age of NZ Cinema”

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Although playing for money wasn’t always the plan. “When I was playing competitively my ambition was to see how good I could be. And whether that just took me to the top of the amateur level or to the pro level, early on I wasn’t sure.” A consistent performer as an amateur, the big hitter from Kawhia was a New Zealand representative from 1992-97. She won the national championships and played in numerous international teams. But despite her success she didn’t feel she got the respect she deserved from the national body and decided to turn pro. “In the end I got dicked around by NZ women’s golf. That helped make the decision.” At the time she thought, “I’m not over playing yet and I’m not prepared to be treated by them as I’m being treated now. There were a couple of threeperson teams. And when you’re ranked number one or number two in the country and you don’t make them, you’ve got to ask yourself what you have to do.” Despite the bold move she wasn’t sure she had the game to succeed. “I struggled in my first year. But you’ve got to go to find that out. And there are so many amateurs that aren’t great as amateurs that go and play pro golf and do really well. So I thought I’d give it a whirl and see what happens. Early on I played pretty ordinary and missed five or six cuts of the first six tournaments I played in. But I won in the first year as a rookie at the end of the year. So I think that was a good thing for me just because it made me think maybe I am good enough. And I was pretty competitive. I had some really good finishes and that’s all you can really ask for.” And let’s not forget, being based in Europe for your job isn’t such a bad thing. Experiencing the many cultures opened Scott’s mind and in some cases her tastebuds. “Portugal had really good port,” she says with a laugh. “No, I loved it all. The friends that you make and the people that you meet, you can’t put a price on that.” In some ways being a New Zealander was a disadvantage. But when in London you do what the other thousands of Kiwis and Aussies do, you rely on your mates. And a mate of Scott’s made her career possible. “We had a good friend in London and we based ourselves with her, which was great. She was fantastic. I don’t know what we would have done without her. On a Sunday night it would be like, oh cool, let’s go home. We always looked forward to going back there and spending a couple of days. We had a key for six years basically, and came and went as we wanted. Whatever suited us suited her. We couldn’t have had it better. If you were paying what you’d have to pay for public accommodation, there’s no way you could survive.” Scott’s survival now relies on the bank. But it’s not as bad as it sounds. She worked for the Bank of New Zealand when she was an amateur. Now, using her family’s farming background, she has an agricultural business role. “In the last three years I’ve always gone back to them. When I’ve been home there’s always been a position created or available.” The BNZ’s flexibility with their golfing star means that Scott will be able to play in the World Cup in Africa with fellow Kiwi and European tour player Lynette Brooky. Then she’ll be off to Australia for a couple of tournaments before going back home for who knows how long. “Yeah, we’ll see how we go. But right now I’m so happy to be at home and doing normal stuff. Because that was something I was a little worried about when I made the decision to come home and have a year off. I thought God, what happens if I decide to do that and then get here and think, God I wish I was travelling. But it’s good to get on the Internet and see how the girls are going, but at no stage have thought I wish I was there. So that’s a good sign.” ■ Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

n what’s been hailed as the “Golden Age of New Zealand Cinema”, the ultimate cinema experience – Gold Class – opened in New Zealand at Village SKYCITY Cinemas, Queen Street, Auckland, on Friday December 9, 2005. Chief Executive of Village SKYCITY Cinemas, Joe Moodabe, says the launch of Gold Class this month is ideal as we enter a “golden era in the history of New Zealand movie making. We’ve had Whale Rider, Once were Warriors and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but these titles opened one at a time with years between each other,” says Mr Moodabe. “The next few months puts New Zealand filmmaking in the spotlight with fantastic local movies opening virtually back-to-back. Last month with The World’s Fastest Indian and this month with Narnia and King Kong. Early in 2006 there’s River Queen (by award-winning local director Vincent Ward), North Country (directed by New Zealand’s Nikki Caro and starring Charlize Theron), Number Two (Toa Fraser), Sione’s Wedding (from Oscar Kightley and the makers of Bro-Town) as well as Legend of Zorro (NZ director Martin Campbell) and Perfect Creature (Glenn Standring).” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe will be the first movie on offer when Gold Class cinemas open next week with a range of highly anticipated titles earmarked for release at the new premium cinemas. These include King Kong, Memoirs of a Geisha, River Queen, North Country and Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Munich. Mr Moodabe says that Gold Class cinemas will offer a full range of top-quality movie titles – both “mainstream and arty”. “Based on the international experience, Gold Class cinemas appeal to a broad movie-going audience – basically to those wanting to make a special night of it. We are scheduling movies that provide a wide range of quality product,” he says.The New Zealand experience (modelled on Village Roadshow Australia’s) will offer two Gold Class auditoria, one with 30 seats and one with 40 seats, complete with full-sized movie screens, waiters and a fully licensed bar with two exclusive lounge areas. Tickets will cost $25 through to $35 each (depending on the day of the week and session time), with special group or corporate rates. Complete with sweeping wall-to-wall screens and superb state-of-the-art digital surround sound, Gold Class is more like relaxing in the comfort of your own private luxury theatrette. Electrically operated, fully reclining armchairs arranged in pairs, complete with footrests and personal tables enable patrons to be waited on hand and foot. Mr Moodabe says while you will find the traditional movie fare like popcorn and soft drinks, there are other delicious items such as tapas, cheese boards and desserts and a full bar menu to satisfy all tastes. There’s also waiter service where you can arrange to have your order delivered to your seat during the film. Or you can relax in the exclusive Gold Class lounge. “The Gold Class experience is unlike anything else currently offered in New Zealand and is one of the most exciting developments in the New Zealand cinema industry for a long time,” says Mr Moodabe. The Gold Class screens at Village SKYCITY Cinemas in Queen Street are the first to offer the Gold Class luxury cinema experience.The next to offer the Gold Class touch – also on two screens – will be Village SKYCITY Cinema’s soon-to-be-completed, nine-screen complex at Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt, Wellington (planned to open mid April 2006). Village SKYCITY Cinemas are located in Hamilton and Auckland (Broadway Newmarket, Highland Park Pakuranga, Manukau, West City Henderson, Westgate, St Lukes and Queen Street – Auckland City). Recently, Village SKYCITY Cinemas purchased the operational management of the historic Embassy Theatre in Wellington. In addition,Village SKYCITY Cinemas’ plans are well under way for two new complexes to be completed in conjunction with Westfield next year: a six-screen complex at Westfield Chartwell Mall in Hamilton and the previously mentioned nine-screen complex at Westfield Queensgate Mall in Lower Hutt. Village SKYCITY Cinemas is a joint venture between Village Roadshow and SKYCITY Leisure. Contact Vanessa Regan (SKYCITY) or Lisa Chambers (Village SKYCITY) on (09) 363 6017, 021 665 253, (09) 306 0222 or 027 271 7719 85


FASHION

Five Under Fresh and Funky

Casall Active Fashion

Combining the best of two worlds – fashion and sport – Casall has put itself on the map as a one of the key players in the women’s sport/fashion industry during two decades.

The Collection

The collection consists of different lines – Active, Body & Mind, Golf & Leisurewear, Swimwear and CSLL by Casall. A small men’s collection will be launched in 2006.

The Philosophy

When Casall was founded 20 years ago the Casall philosophy came down to three vital elements – Design, Function and Quality – and today that conviction remains. Casall never compromises on these three elements. That is the essence of Casall.

Five Under have released an inspiring autumn range, including an awesome collection of accessories to funk-up your golfing wardrobe. Five Under is the latest golf-inspired fashion label designed by young Australian golfers, for golfers who are young, or young at heart. Our sexy fitted cap sleeve and t-back polos in soft cottons and candy stripes are joined this autumn season with the softness and performance of Meryl shirts for women. In stunning colours, these shirts are teamed with slim-leg, knee-length shorts and a gorgeous range of caps, visors and belts. For the cooler months, Five Under will deliver generous fitting stretch golf pants and capris in musk pink, bitter chocolate, black, khaki and white. Everything coordinates together, with a range of long sleeve polo shirts in cosy cotton lycra, including our signature argyle print winter polos with matching argyle beanies – can’t wait until it gets cold!! The guys don’t miss out either, with the coolest selection of Five Under men’s gear hitting stores, including pants in pinstripes, plaids and cottons in white, baby blue and chocolate. Our stylish pants can be coordinated with slim-fit pique polos, fitted retro shirts, a selection of funky caps and white leather belts. New ranges from Five Under continue to be fresh and fun, as many of Australia’s elite young golfers discovered this summer, with a selection of players receiving clothing gifts with our support. Five Under will continue to support young golfers, both amateur and professional with their endeavour to look great and feel comfortable during a game. Five Under is about enjoying the golfing lifestyle your way. It doesn’t matter if you’re just playing with mates or obsessed with lowering your handicap, golf is a great platform to express yourself and feel great.

Casall was founded in Sweden in 1980 by Carl-Axel Surtevall. The company paved a new path as one of the first companies to produce sportswear for women only, paying attention to both sport and fashion. Today you can find Casall all over the world, in Australia, Benelux, Canada, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and US. In 2006 the first concept store will open in Stockholm, Sweden, following the two concept stores in Florida. Casall will also increase its cooperation with Harrods (UK) and Lafayette (France) during 2006. For more information contact ros.morgan@activefashion.com.au

For the latest Five Under range and your closest stockist check out www.fiveunder.com.au. For Five Under phone enquiries call (03) 5256 8316. 86

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Baker Finch Sport Ian Baker Finch has become a household name in Australia through his style, performance on the golf course and a myriad of open class wins. His career highlights include winning the British Open, which underscores his importance to the professional golfing world. His sojourn into golf course design and the fashion golf market is another step into creating the complete golfing story . When you take a long look at the golf apparel market today, one points stands out: Golf wear for women is predominantly conservative. But who says that all women playing golf are conservative? We know that there is a broader variety of women playing golf these days, each with their own style and approach, and a burgeoning raft of younger women looking to express their individuality in the game. Baker Finch Sport is an Australian owned and operated company, which understand the Australian golfer, men and women; the climate and the culture. The company has revolutionised ladies golf wear, identifying a niche market in women’s golf apparel, injecting lively colours and prints, interesting fabrics and fashion-driven styling to what was a dull and uninspiring sector. Baker Finch Sport recognises that women’s golf has come of age and provides the opportunity for golfers to express their personality, their style and their spirit with bright, stylish golf apparel. Baker Finch Lead Designer Michael Ridley comments: “Golf wear should be fun, fashionable and functional. Looking good gives you the confidence to play well … it improves your swing!” Golf is a sport and the Baker Finch range features engineered functionality and comfort in all of its pieces. This is achieved through unique design features, functional fabrics and natural fibres. All of the pieces enhance freedom of movement, helping to improve performance. Baker Finch Sport is always mindful of the varied and harsh Australian climate and provides protection from extremes of sun, wind and rain.

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Baker Finch Sport allows women to show their individuality, personal style and enhance their achievements. Baker Finch sportswear is distributed through exclusive golf retail outlets, both club shops and specialty stores. For enquiries for all states contact Baker Finch Sport on (07) 5571 1672.

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The Latest Product and Technical Information ALAN MOIR Alan Moir is the award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald, and has been caricaturing the famous, and infamous, for many years. But he also offers caricatures based on photos for us normal folks, a very individual and lasting gift. There have been requests for a hundred topics – fishing, football, cooking, bridge – but by far the most popular is golf! What is it about golf fanatics? Not satisfied with the frustration and exasperation at the course, they get given a caricature of their most hilarious golfing moments, and they love it! Gluttons for punishment! The caricatures are based on recent photos, are about A3 size and can be colour or black & white, unframed or framed. Send them to Alan Moir, PO Box 1629, Bondi Junction NSW 2022, or visit www.moir.com.au for more information.

KAHMA GOLF Female golfers have always been major buyers of Kahma Golf products. This is acknowledged once again by the release of a new golf bag designed specifically for women golfers. This bag has all the premium qualities and functions offered by the company’s other bags, but lighter-weight fabrics and colours chosen by women for women is what makes this bag different. One bag features pink “aircool” fabric trimming and the other turquoise “aircool” fabric trimming. All the new Kahma golf bags integrate the technologically superior Kahma Soft Grip protector/organiser into the most functional and easy to use golf bag ever produced. These golf bags simply have no peers anywhere in the world. The lateral thinkers at Kahma Golf have not been influenced by a misguided trend back to multi-divided top golf bags offered by many companies. The latest Kahma golf bags are ironically an extra step even further from that trend. These bags have only two major compartments. One full-length, heavy-duty divider separates the irons and the woods. The Kahma Soft Grip magically organises up to nine irons in one compartment and the large open design of the other compartment has ample room for all the woods (even if you use five or six woods) and any extra irons, etc. The external putter can be safely used with no cover. The shafts of the irons in these bags contact no part of the bag or other clubs (a necessity if you use graphite-shafted irons)! The unparalleled ease of club selection, removal and replacement has to be experienced to be believed. The silent operation on the golf course is a bonus for the mental side of your golf game, but it is also proof that the bag is protecting your valuable clubs. The irons are all in front of the woods when used vertically and above them when the bag is inclined as on a push/pull or electric trolley. This unusual format offers unprecedented ease of operation and performance. Once you have been spoilt by using one of these bags you will never be happy playing golf any other way, unless of course you have your own caddie equipped with one of the bags. The Kahma Soft Grip can be purchased separately and fitted to most existing standard 6-way divider type golf bags. For further information phone (02) 4959 8200, email lesley@kahmagolf.com or visit our website www.kahmagolf.com 88

EAGLE COMPAC Australians take over in 2005 Eagle Compac, the company that designed the most compact golf buggy in the world for ease of travelling convenience, is now an Australianowned company. Eagle Compac ANZ started a year and a half ago as the warehouse distributor in Australia. Eighteen months later the Australian distributor purchased the company from the Americans and took control of manufacturing for the worldwide golfing market. Australian golfing experience and feedback has improved the patented design many fold. Three new models of Eagle Compac for 2006 were released at the recent PGA Golf Show on the Gold Coast. See the Eagle website for all models at www.eaglecompac.com.au In 1996, German designer and shipbuilder Cal Hansen, with the aid of American engineer Larry Royer, set about revolutionising the electric golf buggy. They experienced repeated frustrations with the folded size and weight of the buggies available at the time. As a result the Eagle Compac was born. The company claims this buggy to be the most compact electric golf buggy in the world. The buggy is unique in that it telescopes internally to fold down to the smallest footprint of any electric buggy in the world. Over the years modifications and adjustments have seen the Eagle Compac developed into the refined buggy now available. The transformation is a result of many hours spent in research and development both on and off course. The 2006 Eagle Compac, with its 200-watt motor, 33-amp battery and bronze gear with steel worm drive, is engineered like no other buggy. The Eagle Compac is constructed using aircraft-quality powder-coated aluminium, high-grade bolts and fasteners. The new and improved flotation rubber tyres ensure a smooth path on even the roughest of courses. The Eagle Compac is fully adjustable to enable golfers of all shapes and sizes a comfortable fit. The sleek 2006 Eagle Compac is bound to make you the envy of your playing partners. Contact Eagle Compac for your local stockist on 1300 787 924 Web: www.eaglecompac.com.au Email: info@eaglecompac.com.au

THE BAGMAN THE BAGMAN electric golf buggy is the product of a thorough evaluation process. Recently, on an overseas purchasing trip, one of the principals of the distributor selected 6 buggies which were felt to be suitable for Australian conditions. Samples of the six were brought to Australia and evaluated by a buggy repairer and a golf professional. The winner is BAGMAN! The principal features of BAGMAN are its light-weight compactness when folded, and its simplicity. For example, its total weight is 16 kg! Yet it is entirely suitable for playing 18 holes of golf. When the battery is removed, it can be lifted easily into a car boot, even by the most petite of golfers. BAGMAN comes to the market fully “optioned up”, being complete with battery, charger, drink holder, hook, seat, carry bag, rain cover and score card holder. BAGMAN carries a 12 month guarantee, and on the battery six months. The price for BAGMAN, equipped as described, is an extremely competitive $499 plus freight. For more information call 1300 362 276 or (07) 3368 3361. Email: larrymoses@bigpond.com Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


SSENTIALS MGI GOLF BUGGIES MGI, Australia’s largest manufacturer of motorised golf buggies, has just released the Superlite SL300 and SL500. With price tags of only $1295 and $1495 for the Superlite’s SL300 & SL500 respectively, they represent fantastic value. Both new models use MGI’s proven Superlite design featuring the new generation A-frame. The aluminium buggy is strong yet lightweight and the handle locks down when folded enabling easy lifting. The SL300 and SL500 are ideal for all women golfers. The SL300 has standard digital electronics and is more suited to less undulating courses. It has a single axle and the drive occurs in both rear wheels simultaneously. The SL300 also has freewheeling capability. The SL500 is the only buggy in the world with electronic cruise control. Cruise control tames those hilly courses. Automatic braking down hills gives you total control over your buggy without having to hold on. A must have for hilly courses. In addition, the Electronic Controlled Distance Function enables you to send your buggy preset distances of 10, 20 or 30 metres with full braking. You can send your buggy to the rear of the green without you having to be there. MGI is committed to quality of product and has over 50 service centres Australia wide and is backed by a 24-month warranty including chassis and motor/gearbox and 12 months on electronics, wheels, battery and battery charger. Purchase programs with low or no deposit and no interest are available from all golf-course professionals and golf retailers. Call MGI on 1800 633 425, speak to your local golf professional or golf retailer or visit our website www.mgikaddy.com

PRESTIGE GOLF CARTS AUSTRALIA New USA-made Luxury Golf Carts without the Luxury Price Tag An exciting new range of luxury golf carts from Western Golf Carts have recently been released on to the market in Australia by Prestige Leisure Carts. The carts are manufactured in Palm Springs, California and are an affordable, yet luxury alternative to the established brands on the market. Brand new to the market here in Australia, the carts are already achieving an amazing level of interest from residents of golf-course developments and keen golfers in Queensland and across Australia. They not only boast the finest standard features and accessories, but have luxurious finishes and are spacious beyond the limits of a traditional golf cart. They possess state-of-the-art electric engines that are simple to charge and completely environmentally friendly. Apart from a series of standard models, the top of the range ELEGANTE model can be fitted with a standard fixed roof or a convertible roof. Owners of a Western Golf Cart ELEGANTE will enjoy a huge number of standard accessories, that will make driving and golfing a pleasure. The Western MODEL 100 is a sleek, sporty type golf cart. The main standard feature on this cart is the 48-volt 11-HP electric motor that does up to 40 km/h. A few more standard features are, large built-in ice chest with hinged lid, large lockable under-bonnet space, CD, AM/FM radio with fourspeaker system, custom carpet on floor and velour or vinyl seats, tinted split windshield, adjustable driver’s seat, custom burlwood lockable dash, 12-volt power point, chrome wire wheels and lots more. The Western MODEL 400 satisfies the needs of the weekend resort and Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

club golfer. Owners of a Western Golf Cart will enjoy a huge number of standard accessories that will make driving and golfing a pleasure. Standard features include a built-in ice chest with hinged lid, under-bonnet storage space, custom designed carpeted floor, velour or vinyl finished seats, tinted split windshield, adjustable driver’s seat, timber finish dash with ball and drink holder, divot repair kit, inbuilt ball and club cleaners, inbuilt rubbish bin and much more. The on-board battery charger is both convenient and environmentally friendly, the cart only requiring a 240-volt outlet to recharge. The Western MODEL 400 x 4 seater satisfies the space needs of the weekend resort golfer who enjoys dining with friends or family at the club. Owners of a Western Golf Cart will enjoy a huge number of extra accessories that will make driving and golfing a pleasure. Standard features include a built-in ice chest with hinged lid, under-bonnet storage space, two rear seats, custom designed carpeted floor, velour or vinyl finished seats, tinted split windshield, adjustable driver’s seat, timber finish dash with ball and drink holder, divot repair kit, removable golf bag holders and much more. The on-board battery charger is both convenient and environmentally friendly, the cart only requiring a 240-volt power outlet to recharge. The vehicle is fitted with chrome wire wheels as standard. A very important aspect of these vehicles is that in most of the USA they can be driven on normal roads (not freeways) so they have a NEV (Neighbourhood Equipped Vehicle package) as standard, 4 x lap retractable seat belts, headlights with high beam, tail lights, indicators front and back, reversing light, number plate light, horn and rear view mirror. Some of the options are heater/cooler roof, tilt column, garage transmitter, rain enclosure and GPS. With a range of 27 colour selections and 68 different carpet, velour or vinyl colours you are able to design your own dream golf cart. If you feel that the standard features are simply not enough, there are plenty more enhancement options available for those golfers who insist on golfing in style. Some of these options include a CD player stereo upgrade, television set, 48-volt system, alloy wheels, rain enclosure, burlwood or carbon fibre dash and GPS. With a range of 27 colour selections and 68 different carpet, velour or vinyl colours, you are able to achieve the same level of comfort and luxury on and off the golf course. For more information, please visit www.westerngolfcar.com

SUNDOG Sundog Eyewear adds new Styles to Pro Signature Series Zilla II named Golf Product of the Year Sundog Eyewear announces the addition of 2 styles to their Pro Signature Series. The new additions are the Zilla II and Weir Golf styles. The Sundog Pro Signature Series also includes the H-Drive, introduced in 2005 and worn by PGA Tour Pro Hunter Mahan. “Seeing the Power in Pink” Sundog Eyewear announces its Newest Genuine Performer Sundog Eyewear has also signed Paula Creamer to develop her own signature glass collection that will be added to Sundog Eyewear’s exceptional line of golf eyewear. Mike Boyles, Sundog Eyewear Vice President of Sales and Marketing, stated: “Paula is arguably the most dynamic face in women’s golf today and we are absolutely thrilled she has chosen our offer to work together to create the Sundog Eyewear Paula Creamer sunglass collection that will represent the perfect blend of golf performance and off course fashion”. Sundog Eyewear is now one of the largest distributors of sunglasses in golf and other sports markets, with over 6000 golf accounts in 51 countries worldwide. Phone (07) 5437 6900, Email sundogeyewear@dodo.com.au www.sundogeyewear.com 89


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HEALTH & FITNESS

Having Problems Keeping

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Sight Ball of

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By Sam Patrick RN, ND – Naturopath

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id you know that nearly all babies are born with normal sight? And by the time people reach 80 years old, 6% will have impaired vision? Obviously eye diseases are due to degeneration. The reason for this degeneration is not conclusively known. Deteriorating vision has been attributed to eye strain, stress and diet (things such as computers, poor diet and stressful lifestyles). This could explain why Indigenous people living in their native settings have very good vision and have retained natural methods for preserving good eyesight. As Western medicine and research don’t really understand what leads to eye degeneration, intervention is usually to assist with symptoms, not to correct the underlying problem. So lenses, glasses and surgery can help allay deterioration, but not necessarily cure the disease. There are certain things that can help strengthen your eyes and delay degeneration. Some of these proven methods to maintain eye health will be discussed here.

Let’s have a look at the eye

Rest your eyes Stress and tension will deteriorate your eye health.Your eyes need rest (as do all parts of your body) and this should be considered if on the computer all day, reading by night lights, driving long distances. Try to rest your eyes every two hours. Protection from UV rays The sun emits damaging rays that can literally fry the back of the eye. To avoid the damage seek out a good pair of glasses. Unfortunately most retinal damage is done before the age of 20. Encouraging young people to wear sunglasses is the best way to assist here.

The eye is surrounded by a protective outer cavity with two chambers. The front chamber (anterior) enables light to enter the eye and the back part of the eye (posterior chamber) houses the blood and nerve supply. The front part is avascular (no blood vessels) and keeps moist with tears and mucous. The conjunctiva lines the eyelids and helps make tears. The cornea covers the iris (coloured part) and pupil (black middle) and admits light to the eyes. The white part is called the sclera and is like a soft filling. The posterior chamber has the choroid and retina, which converts the light along the optic nerve to the brain where is it interpreted into images. The choroid and retina are supported by a fragile network of capillaries that carry blood to and from the eye. The capillaries can be damaged with high blood pressure, smoking, oxygen free radicals and diabetes to name a few.

Eye checks Optometrists are professionals that specialise in eye care. There are a variety around and most will conduct a 30-minute appraisal (some of which is covered by Medicare) of your eyes. This will assist in early detection of eye damage and the need for corrective glasses. It is recommended that you have your eyes checked every 2-3 years.

Improving and preserving vision with diet. It has been proven that eating a diet high in vegetables and fruit provides the eye with valuable anti-oxidants and minerals. A study showed a reduction in the risk of macular degeneration of 25% by having a supplement in vitamins C, E, beta Carotene (A), zinc and copper. Bilberries and berries provide valuable bioflavonoids that strengthen capillary structure.

The Top 5 Tips for Eye Health

Improving vision with exercise Putting your eyes through regular exercises can improve vision. A simple exercise to strengthen your eyes is to: 1. Hold up a finger and focus on it. 2. Now look at an object approx two metres beyond your finger. 3. Steady your focus on this object. 4. Now shift your focus 10 times between the two. You can do this a few times a day. Your optometrist can give you more advanced exercises. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Sam Patrick, registered nurse and naturopath, principal at Sanxing Qld Natural Medicine and Pain Relief Centre. Clinics are at Runaway Bay and Burleigh on the Gold Coast or Milton in NSW. Ph 0405 669 135. Call for an individual appointment.Sam recommends Harmony Vision at Robina for eye check-ups.

Eat a healthy variety of fruit and vegetables or take a supplement for eye health ■ Exercise your eyes ■ Rest your eyes (especially if working for long periods on the computer, driving or reading at night) ■ Wear good UV protection sunglasses ■ Have regular optometry checks. ■

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Is Your Smile On Par?

Totally Teeth is THE place on the Gold Coast to relax, unwind and brighten your smile!

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ocated in the recently built Shores Retail, off Queen Street in Southport on the Gold Coast, you will find Dr Sharon Timoney and her team. Fresh, bright, friendly and ready to make you smile, Sharon and her husband, Mike, have created what looks to be the future of quality dental treatments. Emigrating from the UK, Sharon, Mike and their four children were drawn to the Gold Coast for its warm and relaxing atmosphere. “It makes such a difference working in a sunny, friendly and easygoing environment. Everything is great over here, the people are wonderful and the beautiful places to visit are endless,” says Sharon. “I knew the sort of dental practice I wanted to create and we found the ideal spot in Southport. We offer a vast range of dental procedures to make sure we can cater for everyone. Not everyone wants a brand-new smile, some people just want a place they feel comfortable in and can rely on to look after their regular check-ups every six months. At Totally Teeth, that is exactly what we have created.” When you turn the corner on to Como Crescent you are welcomed with a beautiful and friendly entrance. Walking into the practice is much the same. Beautifully presented yet particularly inviting, you know that you are in good hands. From a general checkup to a more extensive smile assessment, the Totally Teeth team has been chosen to offer each of their patients a comprehensive experience and educate them on what is best for their individual

Editors Note

We have managed to secure some exclusive deals from Totally Teeth for all Australasian Womens GOLF readers. If you want a BriteSmile teeth whitening, which I can totally recommend, you will receive $100 off. For a take home whitening kit, normally priced at $390 Totally Teeth are offering readers a 50% discount. Also ALL readers will receive a free checkup just by making an appointment. So if you are planning a golfing holiday to the Gold Coast or you live in Brisbane or locally, call Totally Teeth now to make a personal consultation or appointment. Phone 07 5591 3433 92

dental treatment and how the desired results can be obtained. “Our philosophy is that we have everything you need for a healthy smile. We want our patients to not only look good, but to also understand their dental health and maintain it on a regular basis.” A new and extremely popular treatment at Totally Teeth is teeth-whitening. There has been an extensive amount of press on the different teeth-whitening experiences, so it is good to get a doctor’s opinion on not only the best results, but how it works. “Teeth whitening is an effective treatment that will brighten your teeth either in an hour or over the course of 14 days, depending on the chosen product,” states Dr Timoney. “We offer both a takehome whitening treatment and an in-office whitening treatment. The whitening kit that you take home takes a little longer to see the results as the formulated gel that is applied to your teeth is not as strong as the in-office treatment. We use a product called BriteSmile for our in-office whitening here at Totally Teeth and we find the results are fantastic. In an hour you see amazing results that, if looked after correctly, can last for years. Using a specially created blue light, the BriteSmile whitening treatment removes most staining and reveals a great white smile. We find that most people choose a BriteSmile whitening treatment due to the convenience and the promised results.” Some of the procedures that Totally Teeth can offer you include: ■ General check-up for all ages ■ Crown & Bridge ■ Snoring & Sleep Apnoea Solutions ■ Headache & Jaw Pain Solutions ■ Cosmetic Smile Makeovers ■ Whitening ■ Fillings ■ Implants ■ Veneers ■ Orthodontics Totally Teeth is the place on the Gold Coast to relax, unwind and brighten your smile! Totally Teeth look forward to welcoming all readers of the Australasian Womens GOLF Magazine to their practice. For more information contact Totally Teeth on (07) 5591 3433, visit their website www.totallyteeth.com.au or go in and see them at Shores Retail,Shop 419,1 Como Cres,Southport Qld 4215 (nearAustralia Fair,off Queen Street). Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


HEALTH & FITNESS

Staying Young and Fit The first female swami in Australia and one of the country’s foremost yoga gurus, Roma is an inspiration to many and at 83 can still perform the perfect splits. Still one of the city’s best dressed and most stylish women, Roma has also written a book “From Prison to Paradise” on her life, from her time in a Japanese prisoner of war camp to top international model. Her guru in India named her Swami Nirmalananda, meaning ‘pure and bliss’.

Yoga

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By Swami Roma Blair

Photos by Greg Minns

Yoga promotes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits for everybody (regardless of age, sex, ability or disability). It gives increased strength and flexibility, improved concentration and increased awareness, improved breathing and good health, aids digestion and circulation, increases ability to manage stress through relaxation, brings balance to the mind, the body and the soul and gives you a greater zest for life. Position 1

STANDING SPINAL TWIST

Position 2

Can be done warming up at tee-off time ■ Position 1 Standing tall, feet together, with hands straight out in front in line with shoulders. Inhale and as you exhale twist with feet still to front taking right hand back as far as possible. ■ Position 2 Twist head towards outstretched arm bending left arm towards inside of right arm. Inhale, hold for the count of three and as you return to start position, exhale. Repeat other side.

Position 1

ARM – ELBOW CIRCLE ■ Position 1 Stand up straight, look straight ahead, fingertips touching on shoulders. ■ Position 2 As you inhale bring elbows towards front. Pull right around creating a circle and a back to original position. Inhale, and as you exhale, lower hands to side before repeating.

Position 2

STANDING TO LOOSEN SPINE ■ Position 1 Hands outstretched, feet apart, inhale and exhale in that position. ■ Position 1 Slowly breathing in and out twisting, letting arms swing loosely from side to side.

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Position 1 Position 2

SEAGULL STRETCH Loosens hips and whole body. ■ Position 1 Legs well apart, arms straight out in line with shoulders, looking straight ahead. ■ Position 2 Inhale, exhale and stretch out over to the count of three, gently bouncing. This is a good stretch for hips, spine, back of legs and entire body.

PLEASE NOTE: Correct breathing techniques must be continued throughout all stretch routines. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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BOOK Reviews

BOOK REVIEWS

Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

Golf is a Game of Confidence

by Dr. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen

by Dr. Bob Rotella with Bob Cullen

Dr Bob Rotella is one of the hottest golfing performance consultants in the world today. Among his many professional clients are Darren Clarke, Padraig Hamilton, Davis Love III, John Daly, Nick Price and many others. Unlike other performance consultants, Rotella goes beyond the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What he does in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of the golfer’s game, from mental preparation to competition. And, as some of the world’s greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Filled with charming and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

With the success of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, “Doc” Rotella, whose client list includes Nick Price, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Billy Mayfair and Tom Kite among many others, is firmly established as the premier performance enhancement specialist in the golf world. This new book, filled with anecdotes and inspirational instructions, focuses on the most important skill a golfer can have: the ability to think confidently. Confidence, or “playing with your eyes”, can be the difference between making par and a bogey, one-putting and three-putting, winning and losing. To help readers revolutionise their own course management and mental game, Rotella relates stories of the game’s legendary figures, from Byron Nelson’s unsurpassed streak of 11 wins in a row and 17 wins in a year in 1945 to inspirational rounds in the careers of Brad Faxon, Tom Kite, and Davis Love III. In this highly instructional and motivational book, Rotella shows all golfers how they can use the same mental processes to achieve their own dreams.

Published by Pocket Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster

“Bob Rotella’s knowledge and practical approach to psychology have been an enormous help to me.” Nick Price

Published by Simon & Schuster

RRP $43.50 “Bob Rotella taught me to throw away doubt and fear, and as a result I am enjoying golf, learning more and playing better.” Brad Faxon “Bob Rotella is a mentor, a friend, and a great storyteller. Working with him has helped me win on the LPGA Tour; better yet, it’s been fun. He’s helped me understand my game and make it more exciting to me. Even more remarkable, Bob has helped me understand myself.” Val Skinner RRP $26.50

The Golfer’s Guide to Happiness by Joe Kohl

Published by Nic van Oudtshoorn Hilarious cartoons that poke fun at the myths of “lucky pants” and “special clubs” that all duffers cherish. Witty drawings that skewer the foibles and fantasies of the golf obsessed. A host of quips and quotes to give you an apt retort for each and every golfing situation. Add to that a laugh-out-loud funny introduction by humorist Dave Barry and you have a book that’s destined to be given a place of honour on every golfer’s bookshelf! RRP $9.95 94

Rosemary Conley’s Gi Jeans Diet by Rosemary Conley Published by Random House

The new Gi diet book from Britain’s bestloved and best-selling diet and fitness expert. Rosemary Conley CBE is Britain’s most trusted diet expert. So who better to bring us a diet book that takes the scientifically proven success of Glycaemic Indexing (Gi) but presents it in a way that is straightforward and easy to follow. Unlike other Gi books, Rosemary Conley’s Gi Jeans Diet will do all the hard work for you. No calculations or complex charts, but a simple, easy-to-follow diet plan that promises sensational weight loss – fast! To maximise progress and achieve a truly great shape everyone needs to get active. Rosemary brings you her best-ever toning exercises plus a fitness quiz for you to discover which type of fat-burning exercise best suits you. With a choice of tried and tested diet plans and delicious low fat recipes, this is the perfect diet for getting into shape – and getting into those jeans – without ever having to go hungry. It’s healthy for the whole family too! In trials dieters lost an average of 7.2lbs in the first 2 weeks! RRP $23.95 Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


HEALTH & FITNESS

Gaia Retreat & Spa The Perfect Place to Relax G

aia … meaning spirit of mother earth … is nestled among green valleys and undulating hills in the subtropical hinterland near Bangalow, just minutes from Byron Bay. Gaia Retreat and Spa is the ideal place to renew, refresh, and restore. Often people are misled by the word “retreat” but Gaia has set a new bench mark in creating a nurturing environment for people to simple relax. From the moment you arrive on the property its beauty and serenity embraces you and you can’t help but completely surrender. Olivia Newton-John (one of the five co-owners of Gaia) says “It is like bare foot meets Armani”, an elegant yet unpretentious retreat where you find solace in the simple things, while enjoying the good things in life … In this fast-moving new millennium world it is important to keep in touch and care for our health. Many people spend holidays running around more hectically than their every-day life. The team at Gaia are warm and friendly, but not in your face, they are very much committed to your wellness with gracious hospitality. Inspired by the healing cultures of the Byron Bay region and its fresh local organic produce, it is not just an accommodation holiday, it is a unique boutique experience.The rooms are contemporary, simple and elegant in style and inspire a feeling of beauty, calmness and balance. Gaia seems to be about choice; without pressure, they give you the freedom to choose your own experience, whether it is total relaxation, time to refocus or simply rebalance your wellbeing. The property has its own day and night tennis court, saltwater swimming pool, sauna and spa. Morning Yoga is daily as well as selected activities, like Tai Chi, clay

sculpture, Pilates and body balance. For those of you who just can’t live without your golf, Byron Bay Golf course is less than 15 minutes drive. Gaia’s wellness approach to spa cuisine is second to none. Head chef Todd Cameron personally chooses the freshest organic produce available from Gaia’s own established organic garden and the wide variety of local suppliers. The cuisine is tailored to suit your individual requirements, with unique flavours to compliment each meal. The presentation is exquisite and offers a variety of delicious dishes, varying from chicken, seafood and vegetarian. For those who like a glass of wine with dinner, a selection of fine Australian wines is also available. The heart of Gaia is the stunning Amala Day Spa where they offer a wide range of treatments from over 30 highly skilled healers and therapists from the region. Amala … ancient Sanskrit meaning … pure … is just that. Here they take you on your own personal journey to the self with tailored treatments and beauty rituals. Drop deeper into yourself as you are nurtured in a completely safe and private environment, allowing you to retreat, replenish and truly restore. Gaia’s philosophy is to make your stay an experience as comfortable and as peaceful as they possibly can, something they achieve beautifully. Congratulations Gaia for giving back the heart to mother earth. Mention Australasian Womens GOLF when you book one of the 3, 5 or 7 day packages and get an additional night free as well as a further 10% discount.

renew, refresh and restore

a unique boutique experience Surrender to the tranquillity and beauty of Gaia Retreat & Spa, nestled in the green valleys of the Bangalow hinterland minutes from Byron Bay. Gaia is the perfect place for you to get away and completely renew, refresh and restore. Accommodation – 20 rooms, contemporary, simple and elegant in style, inspire a feeling of beauty, calmness and balance. Each room is decorated in earth tones to create a mood of peace and serenity. Amala Day Spa - Escape the stresses and be pampered with a myriad of nurturing and revitalising treatments from rejuvenating massages, body polishes and wide range of beauty therapies. Cuisine – Dine in style with innovative spa cuisine with great emphasis on a balanced diet. Enjoy creative flavours from the rich bounty of local organic produce varying from chicken, seafood and vegetarian. Activities – Daily Yoga as well a selected variety of other activities eg. Tai Chi, Clay Sculpture, Body B alance and Meditation. BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES Phone: 02 6687 1216 Fax: 02 6687 1310 Email: info@gaiaretreat.com.au Website: www.gaiaretreat.com.au Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

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Perfection, purity, beauty... is just around the corner The Lotus Institute is proud to announce that our new practice in Coolangatta has just opened its doors. Conveniently located at Airport Central our new rooms provide clients with the highest level of care, service and professional standards. The Lotus Institute is one of Australia’s leading cosmetic surgeries, combining superior technology with first class care to achieve excellence in surgical and non surgical procedures.

Our service is discreet. Our facilities are state-of-the-art. Our environment is totally relaxing. Surgical procedures Dr. Paul Downie Plastic Surgeon MB. BS (Qld), FRCS (Ed), FRACS (Plastic) Dr. Peter Widdowson Plastic Surgeon MB, ChB, FRACS (Plastic) Fully qualified - plastic surgeons providing a full range of cosmetic plastic surgical procedures. Non surgical procedures • Wrinkle treatments and relaxants • Dermal fillers including permanent filler • Frown injections • Chemical Peels • Microdermabrasion • Medical grade skincare treatments • Laser hair removal All procedures are provided by fully qualified and accredited staff. Come and visit our new practice and see why the Lotus experience is considered second to none. Call us now to take advantage of our complimentary Visia Skin Analysis. Bookings essential. Valid until 30/04/06

Southport office Ph 07 5509 4488 • Coolangatta office Ph 07 5536 7477 or visit www.lotus-institute.com.au Level 2, 2 Short Street, Southport • Shop 8B, Airport Central Retail Precinct, Gold Coast Highway, Coolangatta


BEAUTY

The Lotus Institute is passionate about skin care and believes that prevention is better than cure. They also believe that the most beautiful cosmetic you can wear is a healthy skin.

Healthy Skin Starts with Protection VITAMIN INFUSIONS

The most important step in healthy skin is protection. However, if your skin appears dull, pigmented or lacks lustre, the Lotus Institute has a range of medical-grade treatments and cosmeceutical products that can revitalise and rejuvenate skin back to a healthy glow. Vitamin infusion can be administered to the skin, and in conjunction with “Sono Phoresis”, the vitamins can be delivered 400 times deeper than simply being applied topically. Your skin will feel invigorated and energised and your makeup and skin care products will work much more effectively.

sun protection based on titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are physical sunscreen ingredients that give instant UVB and UVA protection. Jane Iredale “Purepressed Base” is available at The Lotus Institute or by phone order on (07) 5536 7477.

THE ULTIMATE IN BEAUTY SCREEN

Most people do not like the feel of sunscreen on their face during the hotter months, particularly if they are in humid climates, for example Queensland. Often people complain of sunscreen running into their eyes, stinging and blurring their vision, and when you are an up-and-coming champion golfer, or attempting your first hole in one, the last obstacle that you need is to be swinging blind. So what are the alternatives? You can achieve protection with the stroke of a brush. Jane Iredale “Purepressed Base” is like a little pot of gold, a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one pressed powder, which can be applied quickly, simply and effectively with the stroke of a brush. You can be assured that from tee off to the 18th hole your skin will look radiant and be completely protected from the harsh environment by using Jane Iredale. In fact it can be used on any exposed skin. One quick application provides unsurpassed coverage that needs minimal touch-ups and the minerals allow the skin to breathe and function normally. The vitamins and antioxidants contained in this makeup are pharmaceutical grade; they contain broad-spectrum Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Dr Peter Widdowson and Dr Paul Downie – Directors of The Lotus Institute

A Treatment Package to the value of $200 will be offered to the first ten readers who phone to book a Visia skin consultation on (07) 5536 7477. 97


PROPERTY REVIEW

Golden Crest Manors

A League of Its Own

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old Coast Mayor Ron Clarke will officially launch Golden Crest Manors’ award-winning $10 million clubhouse on March 8. Constructed over 10 months, more than 300 subcontractors and 6000m2 of concrete were used to create the engineering masterpiece, where the championship-size 10-rink lawn bowling green is accommodated on a suspended deck forming the rooftop of the 3500m2 clubhouse. The first-class recreational facility will be centrepiece of the resort’s social and sporting activities and has expansive Surfers skyline views from its entertaining pavilions. The air-conditioned multi-entertainment centre includes a 30-seat cinema, fully equipped gymnasium, games room with billiards, darts, table tennis, poker machines, computer workstations and library, arts and crafts studio, sports bar with plasma screens, marble entry foyer with aquarium, library, ballroom, workshop. On-site, there is also a hairdressing salon, convenience store, newsagency and coffee shop. In addition, the resort offers two tennis courts, three heated pools and two spas, barbecue areas, golf putting green and more than 5km of walking tracks through designer-landscaped gardens. Residents also have access to a residents’ bus that makes regular trips to the local shopping and restaurant precincts and other popular destinations. The resident managers and full security-gated entry offer peace of mind to those travel enthusiasts who want to be able to lock up and

go, with plenty of storage space for caravans and boats. With more than $5 million recorded sales in less than a month, the release of Stage 4 ensures the development is on track to be completed at the end of this year. Residents Margaret and Ivor White said they stumbled across Golden Crest Manors after searching up and down the East Coast looking for the perfect place to retire. “We travelled from Townsville to Yamba and had no good feeling about anywhere,” Mrs White said. “But as soon as we entered Golden Crest Manors we knew we this was the one. We could see it would be fantastic and we’re thrilled to retire here – we feel like we’re on a permanent holiday in a five-star resort, the people and facilities are wonderful and there is a great sense of community.” With a contemporary design, the estate features two and threebedroom homes, with a choice of 14 designs and 50 external colour schemes. “These are matched with a choice of seven internal colour combinations, so it is unlikely many will look the same,” said marketing manager Nicky Cunningham. All homes have Colorbond roofs and steel-frame construction, with block sizes ranging between 250 and 350m2. Prices start at $285,000. For more information, visit the sales centre at the western end of Pappas Way, Nerang (behind McDonalds), call toll free 1800 733 844, visit www.goldencrestmanors.com or email info@goldencrestmanors.com.

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PROPERTY REVIEW

Kooindah Waters New South Wales Central Coast

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ooindah Waters on the NSW Central Coast, 80 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD, combines architect-designed contemporary homes, an 18-hole championship-standard wetlands golf course and a stylish resort, with full resort facilities. Nestled in a serene setting with distant mountain views, Kooindah Waters is capturing the hearts of people yearning to trade hurried suburban living for a lifestyle of relaxation. What could be more conducive to relaxed living than a day spa a few steps from the front door, a golf buggy on the doorstep, and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, gymnasium and tennis courts available every day? Designed by leading golf course architect Ross Watson, with input from Touring PGA Professional Craig Parry, the course is certain to be memorable and challenging, offering a rewarding experience for all golfers. To complete the lifestyle, a collection of single-storey and two-storey homes has been created to blend seamlessly with the environment and maximise golf-course views. Sweeping balconies, outdoor living areas and low-maintenance gardens capture the essence of coastal living Flexible floor plans showcase spacious formal and informal living and entertaining areas, well-proportioned bedrooms, designer kitchens and indulgent bathrooms, with games room, rumpus room, family room and study available in some two-storey designs.

With a plethora of waterways and pristine beaches nearby, the homes are suited to use as both an idyllic retreat and a permanent residence. Good schools and a Westfield Shoppingtown are within a short drive. Completed two-storey homes priced from $555,000 are ready to move into. Single-storey homes priced from $495,000 are available to purchase off the plan. The 108 luxury resort apartments in the resort complex are available for purchase off the plan, offering an excellent investment opportunity. Display homes are located on Pollock Avenue, Wyong. Private inspections of the homes and golf course can be arranged by contacting Carl Holt on (02) 4353 9085.

Yarrawonga & Border Golf Club

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arrawonga and Border Golf Club’s 72 accommodation units offer superb views of the golf course, Lake Mulwala and natural bushland, providing the perfectly tranquil and serene environment for your next getaway. Situated in easy reach of the mighty Murray River and beautiful Lake Mulwala, the club also offers a style of accommodation to suit every individual, from the wellappointed cabins to the more luxurious spa apartments. The spacious units take the hassle out of holiday accommodation, with all units containing bed linen, bath towels, etc., as well as cooking facilities for your convenience. There are various activities for the whole family to enjoy, and make the most of your short break or extended holiday. In addition to the magnificent 45 holes of golf, try your hand at lawn bowls, tennis, croquet, or relax by the swimming pool. Enjoy the clubhouse as a great place to stay and play for all ages. With stunning views of the golf course and the natural surrounds, the clubhouse offers many delights. Enjoy fine wine supplied by one of many local wineries or choose from an extensive selection of beverages at the bar, while soaking up the unique beauty and ambience. Each evening the Border Bistro offers a variety of dining options, including seafood, steaks and mouth-watering daily specials. The chef ’s carvery operates each Friday and Saturday evening, providing a selection for the whole family. If you are simply looking for a light meal after your round of golf, visit the Sand Wedge bar, which operates from 10am6pm daily. For your next group event, take full advantage of the indoor/ outdoor facilities, with our professional staff catering for your individual equirements. An additional benefit to all members and guests is the operation of the courtesy bus, available from 5pm daily until closing within the local area. Opening Hours: Clubhouse Sunday to Thursday 10am-11pm, Friday and Saturday 10am-midnight / Reception Sunday to Monday 7am-8pm. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Located alongside the Murray River, Yarrawonga and Border Golf Club is a golfer’s paradise with perfect blue skies and immaculate greens. It has 45 holes of some of the finest golf in Australia, winning rave reviews for its design, great condition and spectacular settings. Every time you visit Yarrawonga and Border Golf Club you are assured of a great golfing experience. Designed by the renowned Thomson and Wolveridge, the Murray Course meanders through towering river gums and lagoons that border many of its fairways. The opening four holes wind their way back to the bank of the Murray River, providing a setting that will make this round of golf one you will remember for a long time. Also designed by Thomson and Wolveridge, the Lake Course provides a more open layout than the Murray, boasting exquisite natural gums, various challenging water hazards and an array of strategically placed bunkers, proving many a challenge for the avid golfer. Alongside the Murray and the Lake layouts lies the Executive Course. This nine-hole layout is much kinder to the golfer, providing the perfect game for the beginner while still maintaining a worthy challenge for the more advanced. For enthusiasts, Yarrawonga and Border offers additional sporting facilities, including two immaculately groomed floodlit bowling greens and spacious quality croquet lawns, both providing an extra challenge during your visit. If its golfing apparel or equipment you are after, or simply a couple of tips on the course, visit the fully stocked pro-shop and say hello to the resident professionals and friendly staff, equipped to service your golfing requirements. Contact our friendly reservations team on (03) 5744 1911 or visit our website on www.yarragolf.com.au for details of our facilities, great value mid-week or weekend stay and play packages. 99


PRODUCT REVIEW

Pinnacle Lady

New Cobra Speed Series Drivers

Distance doesn’t have to be hard with the new and improved Pinnacle Gold Lady. The long-standing tradition of superior distance just got longer as new and improved cover and core technologies provide you with the distance you need and the performance and quality you demand. Pinnacle continues to partner with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The new Gold Lady is available in traditional white with the pink ribbon logo. SRP: $32/dozen.

Pros know it. Now you know it: Ball speed is the key to greater distance. And, by matching your swing to speed tuned club technology, the Speed Series increases both your ball speed and accuracy. M/Speed offers moderate ball speed players an offset design (for maximum draw bias), lighter shafts, mid-ball spin and extra-high launch to create unmatched distance and forgiveness. SRP: $499.

Call 1800 660 535 for more information.

Visit cobragolf.com.au for upcoming demo days in your area.

Ladies Contour Series

Ladies FootJoy Estate

The Ladies Contour Series is the most flexible shoe in the FootJoy range and now includes a 2 year waterproof warranty. Contour Series feature full grain leather uppers, and slip last construction which enables the midsole to fit and flex to the contours of your feet. Contour Series are designed for golfers seeking a balance of player comfort, performance and style. SRP: $199.

Fashionable looks, elegant upper materials, and fine attention to detail are blended together in the all-new Estate Collection by FootJoy. The new Milano last is sleek and fits great. Like all high performance FootJoy shoes, the Estate Collection includes a waterproof warranty and 30-day comfort guarantee. SRP: $229.

Visit FootJoy.com.au for more information.

Visit FootJoy.com.au for more information.

Gifts & Essentials A GIRL MUST HAVE

Tee Time

The Lady Golfer

Australia’s own golf rules book on display at the P.G.A. Golf Show in Orlando, Florida. Mike Anderson and Jeff Herd (pictured) reported huge interest in Do I Get A Drop? from retailers, clubs and associations in the USA and Canada and also from South Africa, Ireland, England, France and Spain. Their opinion of the show; “money well spent”. Many quotes for orders in the thousands were given to clubs, associations and corporate sponsors, and many retailers gladly became customers.

Women golfers in Australia now have a choice of styles and colours in a full range of golf gloves. From HJ Glove of America – the Gripper Fashion Colour range features top-quality gloves made from an exclusive micro-fibre material. They have ‘cool tex‘ inserts for ventilation and custom fit and a durable palm patch. These gloves provide a secure non-slip grip in all weather conditions and are hand washable. Left and right hand available in 17 colours and 4 sizes. Also from HJ Glove we offer the Cool Classic – great gloves in 4 colours, especially suitable for hot weather. From Hattie Smart of England we offer superb quality Cabretta leather gloves in 4 colours and 3 sizes. All these gloves are available from the Australian importers and distributors, The Lady Golfer in Perth, and selected retail stockists around Australia.

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Contact us at ladygolfer@globaldial.com or phone (08) 9295 0424 for more information.Trade enquiries welcome. www.ladygolfer.com.au Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Caddy Linker™

Welcome to eCaddy eCaddy is a digital golf scorecard that resembles a real scorecard. It is small, light and portable. While it is on your belt, the hinged clip’s revolving action allows you to operate it without taking it off. It is easier to use than a paper scorecard yet provides all the data every golfer has ever wanted. Features: Up to 4 players, 20 rounds of games, 10 courses, total (Current, front, back, gross, net), clock & calendar, shot breakdowns: full swing, adjustment, putts, driver accuracy (fairway, left & right rough), sand saves, stable point score entry.

Caddy 4x™ differentiates itself from other scorekeepers with its ability to download information to your computer with CaddyLINKER™. CaddyLINKER™ is a custom-designed cable that connects your Caddy4X™ to your PC via the RS232C port. It even has its own batteries to save the battery life of your Caddy4X™.

Email ecaddy@ihclubsol.com.au www.ihclubsol.com.au/ecaddy

Email ecaddy@ihclubsol.com.au www.ihclubsol.com.au/ecaddy

CaddyLYZER

Nike

Smart21.com™ ‘s proprietary software, CaddyLYZER™ provides detailed game analysis. To view statistics of your game, download the data in Caddy4X™ to your PC with CaddyLINKER™. A matrix of every hole in the course, including pars and handicaps, is available. The front 9, back 9, gross and net totals are also accessible for each player. From greens in regulation to par saves, CaddyLYZER™ calculates several different statistics. CaddyLYZER™ determines the percentage of albatrosses, eagles, birdies, pars, all types of bogeys, as well as the average score of all games. The number of percentages of each type of swing is also broken down. The downloaded data can be treated as regular computer files so that you can save and read them any time you want. With a permanent record stored on your computer you can review and track your progress. Discover exactly where you need to improve. It is an excellent learning tool, especially for those players serious about analysing their game.

SP5 II Footwear Nike Golf ’s SP (Sport Performance) collection is a successful marriage of NECESSITY and DESIRE. The need for COMFORT and the DESIRE for style. Golfers acknowledge comfort as the most important attribute in their footwear. So Nike Golf ’s combined supple full-grain leather uppers, a Watershield membrane and large-volume heel air unit to address this need. Matched back with Neo-Classic upper styling and you’re sure to look the part. In addition Nike Golf has utilised an athletic last for the SP5, acknowledging that golf is in fact an athletic endeavour and product must compliment its use. Available in multiple colours, the Nike SP5 will certainly appeal to the masses. SRP – $189.

Email ecaddy@ihclubsol.com.au, www.ihclubsol.com.au/ecaddy

For your nearest Nike Golf stockists call (07) 3265 4211.

Gifts & Essentials A GIRL MUST HAVE

Precious Cargo

Precious Cargo

Cool Jelly Tie – Cool Under The Collar Keeping cool ALL DAY during hot rounds of golf is simple. The Cool Jelly Tie is soft, cool and comfortable to wear. Just soak the tie in cold fresh water for approximately 30 minutes before first use to soften the crystals. Dry off excess water – can be refrigerated. It lasts more than a day and crystals can be re-hydrated for further use. The tie comes in a range of colourful quality cottons, suitable for male or female with instructions included. Great for golf, tennis, walking or spectator sports. Pink available for cancer charity events.

The Floppy Rain Hat Especially for the dedicated sportswoman, out in all weathers. Exclusive plastic filament in the outer brim designed to keep your face and spectacles free of rain drops. One size fits all with adjustment toggle to elastic head band. Folds yet holds, light as a feather. Stylish colours of navy, red, bottle green or black in showerproof nylon with cotton lining for comfort.

More information from Precious Cargo on 1300 309 299 or visit www.preciouscargo.com.au for secure shopping online.

More information from Precious Cargo on 1300 309 299 or visit www.preciouscargo.com.au for secure shopping online.

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BEST SELLER: Navy rain hat with golf print under (as pictured)

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Fridge to Go The ICE-FLOW Chilling Technology at the core of the unique Fridge To Go product is used to ensure the top of the range waterbottle cooler stays cold for at least 8 hours – that is 2 rounds of golf (if you’re keen)! The product has been specifically modified to suit the modern-day golfer, including tees & tee holders, a clip for easy attachment to your golf bag, and a mesh pocket for storage. All you need to do is keep the Fridge To Go in your freezer overnight, remove it from the freezer and place your water bottle in it on your way out to the golf course – It’s that simple! The product is 100% reusable and can sit in your freezer day-in, day-out until you’re ready to use it. Fridge To Go is the highest quality, durable & reasonably priced waterbottle cooler available – give it a try – we know you’ll just love it! For further information please phone (07) 3374 0388 or email sales@tantis.com.au

Retractable Scoring Pens & Pencils These pens and pencil holders are attached to a string which can be pulled up to 90cm away from where you’ve attached the base. Clip the base of the product on to your belt, a pocket or your golf bag. This essentially means that losing your scoring pen or pencil isn’t going to haunt you ever again! This product is such a great idea, at a great price – when you consider how many lost scoring pens & pencils are floating around our golf courses! There are three different styles available, and a range of colours.

For stockists please contact Asche Ladies Golf Accessories Ph: (07) 3374 0388 or email sales@tantis.com.au

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Ladies Designer Golf Gloves with Pouch and Matching Visor Our designer golf gloves and visors are available in many patterns to best fit your style … on the course … at the practice range … or at the 19th hole. You gotta GloveIt! Great as a present or tee prizes for tournaments and Member/Guest events! Washable and available in Small, Medium and Large 100% Cabretta Leather/Lycra

Ladies Golf Jewellery A gorgeous range of unique brooches, lapel pins, earrings and bracelets. These additions to a female golfer’s wardrobe are so stylish, fun-loving, simple & effective. Within a very reasonable budget, you could mix and match this golf jewellery to reinvent older or plainer outfits – on & off the golf course.

For more information or stockists, please contact Birdie Golf Products (07) 5455 5590, Mobile 0402 860 777, www.birdiegolf.com.au

For stockists please contact Asche Ladies Golf Accessories Ph: (07) 3374 0388 or email sales@tantis.com.au

Gifts & Essentials A GIRL MUST HAVE

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Butthead Covers 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. They are especially made for the serious golfer who wants to kick butt on the golf course, or the occasional duffer who wants nothing but(t) fun. Available designs include: Tiger, Baboon, Cow, Chicken, Pink Flamingo, Ostrich, Pig and many more.

Explosive Distance with Hyper Soft Feel The VOLVIK CRYSTAL BALL features a unique semi-transparent two-piece construction to provide both outstanding distance and exceptional soft feel. It is specially designed with a soft compression and high velocity core to create a combination of high spin rate for control, and high levels of maximum distance. The true 70 low compression enhanced core produces substantially better spin and feel creating extra long and straighter shots. Available in 8 attractive colours. 446 Dimple – patented in the USA. 1 Cover + 1 Core Structure. The colourful semi- trans ball with true 70 low compression.

For more information or stockists, please contact Birdie Golf Products (07) 5455 5590, Mobile 0402 860 777, www.birdiegolf.com.au

For more information or stockists, please contact Birdie Golf Products (07) 5455 5590, Mobile 0402 860 777, www.birdiegolf.com.au Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


Bulgari

Visiball Australia

Bulgari presents the Flower Special Edition Flower Special Edition, a new exclusive sunglass collection by Bulgari, features the pureness of crystal and polychromic expressions. Fine workmanship and contemporary design blend to create an original collection inspired by Bulgari’s latest Sapphire Flower jewellery line, in diamonds and sapphires. Bold Swarovski crystal corollas bloom on acetate frames revealing pink and violet shades or just simply sparkling crystal. The unmistakable Bulgari style – precious and unique. A charming chromatic range enhances wraparound frames. Warm caramel and bordeaux shades as well as classic nuances such as black and tortoise. A sophisticated, refined elegance. Smooth yet accurate shapes combine a mix of materials for a confident woman. An expression of femininity through daring luxury.

New Invention To Find Lost Golf Balls Is Winning The World Visiball “Golf Ball Finder” Lenses are a remarkable new golf device, scientifically designed to make finding lost golf balls easier. Visiball Glasses are set to revolutionise the way golfers approach the game of golf. Every golfer will want a pair of Visiball Glasses clipped to their golf bag ready to use when they hit that wayward shot. The glasses are tough enough to last for years and come in a weatherproof carry bag. Australian Distributor and Managing Director John Dunwoody is proud to announce that Visiball Golf Ball Finder Glasses were the official winner of the “Best New Golf Product For 2005” at the recent PGA Merchandise Golf Show In Orlando, Florida. This is the largest golf show in the world with over 1000 exhibitors from over 70 countries. Resembling an ordinary pair of sport sunglasses, Visiball Lenses are designed with a special filtering technology to help players spot their golf ball when a wayward shot is lost. With Visiball Glasses, golfers’ scores are lower, their frustration is reduced and money is saved on not replacing as many golf balls. The glasses work by virtually blocking out various colored light waves while allowing the white light wave of the golf balls to pass directly to the eye of the golfer. The special lenses make the lost ball almost appear to glow, making it easy to locate and resume play quickly. Visiball Glasses are sweeping the world in countries from Canada, USA and England to South Africa and Japan. The glasses are now available in Australia and New Zealand. Visiball Glasses are now the Number #1 golf accessory in Canada. There have been many articles in such publications as Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Toronto Star and the Calgary Herald. The glasses have also appeared on CTV Canada, Global TV, and ABC TV in America.

Available in all Bulgari stores and at a selected network of authorised opticians. Stockists: Bulgari Sydney, 75 Castlereagh Street NSW, (02) 9233 3611 Bulgari Melbourne, 119 Collins Street VIC, (03) 9663 8100

Visiball Glasses can be found at the website www.visiball.com.au For further information contact John S. Dunwoody on (03) 9779 9390, 0419 338 324 or jdunwoody@visiball.com.au

Bulgari Bulgari presents the New Sunglass Collection 2006 Contemporary shapes and sophisticated details Bulgari presents the preview of its sunglass collection 2006 at Silmo. Eclectic interpretations of the most representative aesthetic motifs of Bulgari design. An extraordinary collection of luxury accessories. The distinctive Parentesi motif is repeated in all versions highlighted by stylized geometries. Sophisticated elegance blends with an essential yet intriguing style, creating wrap around or pure glass and frames with Swarovski crystals. Bold acetate versions are enhanced by Swarovski flowers and inspired by the latest Sapphire Flower jewellery line, in diamonds and sapphires. Captivating chromatic shades as purple, green and orange for a sophisticated look. Design plays with unexpected combinations in several versions for men too. Tortoise fronts and acetate “crocodile” effect frames for a very original edition of the Ergon model. A sports interpretation for the Quadrato frames, proposed in a wrap around version with metal and acetate or in a contemporary aviator shaped is distinguished by an essential and minimal frame. Avant-garde and futuristic design for a dynamic style.

Available in all Bulgari stores and at a selected network of authorised opticians. Stockists: Bulgari Sydney, 75 Castlereagh Street NSW, (02) 9233 3611 Bulgari Melbourne, 119 Collins Street VIC, (03) 9663 8100 Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

The Golfing Boutique The Golfing Boutique is an exclusive women’s golf wear boutique offering the latest classic styles that are suitable to wear both on and off the course. At The Golfing Boutique, our clothing range has been selected with our tropical climate in mind, therefore you will discover cool, comfortable fabrics perfect for today’s active woman. We take great pride and care in ensuring that The Golfing Boutique is able to provide clients with the freedom and comfort to enjoy and relax on the golf course as well as look their best.

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An Ounce of Prevention Dermalogica Introduces Multi Vitamin Power System

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emember when you were a child and you looked forward to taking your Flintstone vitamin, hoping that you could start the day with Dino, not Fred. As we grew older, many of us stopped taking vitamin supplements, relying on food sources to provide our required nutrients. But, while leafy lettuce, broccoli and orange juice may supply our bodies with enough vitamins, our skin doesn’t always receive the full dose it needs for optimum health. Studies show that orally ingested vitamins are not always transported to the skin in sufficient quantities because of poor absorption, ageing and improperly functioning metabolic systems. By applying vitamins topically, the skin can receive the nutrients it needs to combat a variety of skin disorders and conditions. Researchers at The International Dermal Institute, the world’s leading postgraduate education for skin and body care therapists and the research and development centre for the Dermalogica Skin Care System, were among the first to discover this and have spent years creating an optimally effective formula that combines Vitamins A, C, E and F in a stable, concentrated form with molecules small enough to be absorbed by the skin. The result of their research is new Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Concentrate and Dermalogica MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque. Each combines the powerful effects of a multi-vitamin complex with anti-inflammatory active botanicals. MultiVitamin Power Concentrate is a unique skin treatment that delivers a concentrated dose (22%) of pure vitamins to help reduce the signs of premature ageing and diminish fine lines. Leaves skin visibly firmer, smoother and revitalised. Packaged in a twist-open capsule, each premeasured dose remains stable until applied directly on to the skin. The formula contains Vitamins A, C, E and F. ■ Vitamin A according to clinical studies helps to improve the skin’s elasticity and thickness and reverse the signs of photo-ageing. ■ Vitamin C provides antioxidant protection and a photo-protective function against ultraviolet radiation while stimulating collagen biosynthesis. ■ Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory emollient that helps soothe skin and aid tissue healing. ■ Vitamin F (Linoleic Acid) is an essential fatty acid that helps restore the barrier function of the skin while imparting a smoother feel and texture to the skin. And because Dermalogica wants you to take your vitamins every day, MultiVitamin Power Concentrate offers a 45-day supply and a free travel-size “pill box”. MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque is a powerful anti-inflammatory masque used to calm and sedate hypersensitive, environmentally stressed skin. It combines Vitamins A, C, E, F and B5 with mineral and nutrient-rich botanical extracts of algae, allantoin, licorice, comfrey and burdock to soothe the skin and decrease sensitivity. ProVitamin B5 (panthenol) aids in tissue repair and promotes healthy tissue regeneration. The masque should be applied whenever skin is irritated or stressed or (once a week) for maintenance MultiVitamin Power Concentrate – $78 MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque – $66 Dermalogica products are available in appointed skin care centres by recommendation of qualified skin care therapists. For the name of a Dermalogica skin care centre in your area, call 1800 659 118. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

SKINCARE

Revlon Introduces New ColorStay® Active™ Makeup Makeup That Keeps Up With Your Active Lifestyle Revlon, the brand that created the long-wearing makeup category in 1994, continues to innovate with NEW Revlon ColorStay Active™ Makeup. A flawless finish makeup, ColorStay Active™ provides light coverage that won’t fade, rub or sweat off. Beautifully comfortable, Revlon ColorStay Active™ Makeup lets you look and feel fresh throughout your busy day. ■ Provides light, breathable, sweatproof coverage for active lifestyles. ■ Looks fresh and feels comfortable all day. ■ Patented ColorStay® “won’t rub off” technology ensures ColorStay® Active™ Makeup looks beautifully fresh all day. ■ Weightless formula features SPF 25. ■ Available in eight shades for all skin types. Available in Ivory, Buff, Sand Beige, Nude, Natural Beige, Medium Beige, Golden Beige and True Beige. RRP: $29.95 Available from department stores, mass variety retailers and pharmacies nationwide.

La Prairie

Wrap Yourself in Sensual Extravagance Skin caviar luxe body emulsion firms and moisturises Lovers of La Prairie’s cult Caviar Collection will be delighted with the new product addition of Skin Caviar Luxe Body Emulsion, a luxuriously rich yet light lotion that drenches the body with pleasure while it firms and moisturises. For those who have yet to enjoy the full-body Caviar Luxe experience, now is the time to discover its many beautifying benefits and the reason for its cult following. Replaces dull, dry skin with new firmness and luminosity Aside from being the most indulgent follow-up to a bath or shower, Skin Caviar Luxe Body Emulsion does wonders for the skin. The silken, instantly absorbed lotion gently exfoliates dull, dry skin cells, improves the skin’s firmness and tone, stimulates its own natural repair system and adds a healthy luminescence. It also helps maintain the body’s youthful firmness, while discouraging the formation of cellulite. RRP: $280 – 200 ml / 6.7 FL. OZ. La Prairie is available from selected David Jones and salons nationally. For further information or stockists, please call 1800 251 010.

Ultraceuticals

Skincare technology breakthrough – No more dark circles!

Nothing spoils a flawless complexion more than the appearance of dark circles looming underneath the eyes.They are difficult to cover up, and heavy foundation and concealers only make wrinkles more obvious around the eyes. Ultraceuticals has undergone extensive scientific research to create an eye cream specifically for sufferers of dark circles, and it’s ultra amazing. Using an advanced, patented delivery system, Ultraceuticals’ Dark Circle Eye Cream works by releasing Vitamin K and Retinol into the affected area, significantly reducing the appearance of dark circles. Scientifically proven, Vitamin K helps to decrease the skin pigmentation and repair the damaged blood vessels. Combined with Retinol (Vitamin A), the vitamin aids in softening the delicate skin around the eye area, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Ultraceuticals’ Dark Circle Eye Cream can be used as a powerful night eye cream as well as a skin lightener. The highly advanced Microsponge technology controls the delivery of the Vitamin K and Retinol into the affected area, maintaining a slow release to optimise results. Ultraceuticals’ Dark Circle Eye Cream has a gentle, moisturising effect, designed specifically for the sensitive skin around the eyes. The results are incredible, regular daily use will distinguish a change in appearance of dark circles from two weeks, while there will be significant reduction after eight weeks of use. RRP: $86 For your nearest stockist please contact Ultraceuticals on 1800 355 890. 105


BEAUTY SkinCeuticals Phyto+

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

The Advanced Treatment For Hyperpigmentation that Works to Improve the Health Of The Skin Phyto+ is an advanced lightening formula with actives that work to diminish discolorations and improve the overall health of the skin. While breaking up melanin deposits and lightening, the SkinCeuticals Phyto+ is also a superior hydrator for acneic or oily skin. SkinCeuticals Phyto+ contains Arbutin Glycoside (the active ingredient in Uva Ursi), a natural plant extract that is known for its skin-lightening abilities and healing properties; Thyme Extract helps to soothe skin and stimulate circulation, improving the appearance of tired skin (and also dark under-eye circles); cooling and antiinflammatory, Cucumber Extract helps to soothe, tighten and refresh tired and sagging skin (has been used in the treatment of skin disorders such as itching, burns and wound healing, and Kojic Acid helps to lighten skin by inhibiting the production of melanin, the substance that gives skin its colour.

Feeds The Skin With A Moisture Surge This fact-acting serum from SkinCeuticals charges the skin with an immediate moisture surge. Doubling the benefits of your daily moisturiser, this ultra-hydrating but lightweight, oil-free gel is rich hyaluronic acid (the skin’s natural moisturiser) and B complex vitamins to help with tissue repair. Replenishing essential nutrients and restoring suppleness, share it with the man in your life. It’s instantly absorbed and also soothes irritations caused by the daily shaving routine! Add the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel to your kit of skin-saving essentials for a remarkable improvement in softness and smoothness. Suitable for most skin types, but not recommended for the acne prone. RRP: $121.80 for 30ml, $72.55 for 15ml.

RRP: $143.90 for 30ml, $79.20 for 15ml. Salons and clinics nationally. Call stockists of Superior Skin Care on 1800 242 011 or visit the website www.superiorskincare.com.au

Clinics, salons, spas, dermatologists. For stockists call 1800 242 011 or www.superiorskincare.com.au

Beauty Pr The Latest in Beauty Products

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum The Super Antioxidant Cocktail to Protect, Prevent and Repair The secret weapon in the quest for flawless skin, a security blanket and a reservoir that won’t wash off, that’s new SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, the first and only combination antioxidant containing L-ascorbic acid, alpha tocopherol and ferulic acid, proven to provide an unprecedented eight-fold photo protection. This breakthrough product neutralises free radicals, protects against environmental oxidative stress to help prevent premature signs of ageing, helps stimulate collagen production and diminish the appearance of existing photo damage. It provides significantly better results than any one antioxidant alone. Ferulic Acid is a plant phenolic acid found in the seeds and leaves of most plants, especially in the brans of grasses such as wheat, rice and oats. Ferulic Acid protects from the ageing effects of UV light, neutralises free radicals, acts as a sunscreen by absorbing UV light and in addition, has anti-inflammatory properties.

SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense SPF20 For Protection Plus This broad-spectrum sunblock from the experts at SkinCeuticals contains 5% transparent zinc oxide (Z-Cote) to protect against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Its non-greasy and invisible formula makes it ideal as a daily wear sunscreen, under makeup or alone for additional moisturising benefits. Its specialised encapsulated formula reduces the chances of irritation, making it perfect for all skin types. SkinCeuticals Daily Sun Defense is paba, fragrance and oil free. This product provides maximum protection against harmful UVB (burning) and UVA (ageing) radiation including UVA1; it is the only 106

C E Ferulic is scientifically optimised and formulated at the precise pH level and concentration proven to provide maximum delivery of active ingredients for maximum effectiveness. C E Ferulic contains 15% L-ascorbic Acid (pure Vitamin C) to neutralise free radicals, stimulate collagen synthesis, regenerate Vitamin E when it is used up fighting free radicals and provide photo protection ~ 1% Alpha Tocopherol (pure Vitamin E) to neutralise free radicals, primarily in the cell membranes and cell lipids, aid the healing process and provide photo protection and .5% Ferulic Acid to improve the stability of Vitamins C and E, promote photo protection and neutralise free radicals. The best way to achieve highest fold protection is daily application of C E Ferulic and a broad-spectrum sunscreen such as the SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense or Daily Defense. RRP: $269.25 for 30ml, $146.90 for 15ml. Clinics, salons, spas across Australia. For stockist details or further information please contact 1800 242 011 or visit www.superiorskincare.com.au

all-encapsulated sun product on the market providing maximum UV protection with fewer sunscreen chemicals; Z-Cote does not degrade in the presence of sunlight. When used with SkinCeuticals Topical Vitamin C it provides optimal protection against photo-ageing. SkinCeuticals recommends liberal application to all exposed areas of the skin and to follow with re-application after 2-3 hours of exposure, swimming or exercise. RRP: $63.55 for 90 ml, $37.10 for 45 ml. Salons, selected spas and clinics. For stockist details please contact Superior Skin Care on 1800 242 011. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


ATQOL Plus 3 Therapeutic Mask The Smooth Mover You won’t have to chant ‘ohm’ to achieve facial nirvana, just try a daily session with the new Plus 3 Therapeutic Mask, the latest tool that is triumphing over the woes of ageing. Putting the glow back into cheeks and giving the skin a more relaxed and refreshed look, it targets the 3 major facial acupressure points to enhance the skin’s repair process ~ unblocking, encouraging and restoring the flow of vital energy, which in turn accelerates circulation, increases blood flow and carries vital nutrients to the cells. The Plus 3 Therapeutic Mask is proving to be an alternative to injectables for its skin-softening benefits and results in relieving lines and wrinkles while reducing puffiness and significantly improving muscle tone, elasticity and puffiness. In addition to its anti-ageing benefits, the new mask releases stress and tension and promotes an overall wellness. Find a quiet spot, secure the mask and quell the constant chatter of the mind for 10 mins a day. It works wonders on mind, body & soul! – RRP: $69.95. Professional salons.

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Heritage Healers Wattle Husk Peel Balancing Act For Skin And Spirit From the Australian outback and ancient Aboriginal traditions come the newest ingredients to keep skin refined and spirit tranquil: an infusion of pristine wildflower essences and pure organics to create the Heritage Healers allround skin-smoother, Wattle Husk Peel. Set in a base of organic clay Heritage Healers combines ground Australian Wattle Husks for a gentle but effective exfoliation with Geranium (to help balance oil flow), Yarrow (a great tonic and skin calmer) and Sage (that can aid in circulation and added moisturising benefits). Harnessing age-old wisdoms and stepping into 21st century technology, these pure power plant extracts have been mindfully blended with the wildflower essences of Ursinia, Star of Bethlehem and White Spider Orchid to care for the skin and straighten out inner beauty! This botanically prepared, clay-based exfoliator is suitable for all skin types. – RRP: $46 Stockists 1800 685 050 or visit the website www.heritagehealers.com

Call ATQOL on 1800 010 508 or visit www.atqol.com to find out more.

OmVeda Withania Honey Body Polish and Honey Body Moisturiser

OmVeda has whipped together two sweetly soothing and revitalising honey potions for an all-over glow giving dusty, dry bods a radiant new look and feel with skin-refining remedies in herbs and a hit of hydration and sensory delight! Withania Honey Body Polish is an active but gentle pure Ayurvedic formula containing ultra-fine skin polishers that do not upset the natural acid mantle or scratch the skin’s surface. Its herbal combo is made with fresh organic figs, winter cherry and walnut, to buff away surface cells with the added benefits of anti-inflammatory aloe, wheatgerm and almond oils and fortified with soothing honey (rich in vitamins). Leaves a hydrating film of protection after rinsing, rejuvenates inactive cells, improves blood circulation and gives a newfound feel and smoothness. – RRP: $48 for 130ml. For a grand finale glow and finishing touch, reach for Honey Body Moisturiser and you’ll be wishing you had more centimetres to cover with this organic skin soother! Combining the protective properties of Sandalwood, the nourishment of Honey – rich in Vitamins C, D and E, amino acids and enzymes and Rose to soften and lift skin tone, counteract dryness and soothe sensitive types out there! Containing lush Black Sesame Oil (100% pure), a key ingredient and one that is used extensively in traditional Ayurvedic preparations recognised for its natural antioxidant content while also acting as a super hydrator and nourisher. Deliciously decadent, its enriched texture immediately returns a suppleness to the skin. RRP: $42 for 200ml. Salons and spas nationally. Stockists (02) 9810 1830 or visit www.omveda.com.au

OmVeda Vitamin Mask A serum-based, multi-tasking gel mask with its potent antioxidant formula of specialised vitamin booster capsules that release Vitamin E into the skin by compressing gently on to the skin, penetrating deep down to help regenerate and rejuvenate fatigued, dry and mature types while hydrating even the most sensitive skin. Perfect as a skin booster and nourisher for those experiencing prolonged stress or grief, which results in undernourished skin. Evening out skin texture, renewing and protecting, Ayurvedic anti-agers combine with plant and herb-based antioxidants to improve the health of skin tissue, increase moisture absorption, leaving the skin firmer, radiant and feeling satiny smooth and glowing. OmVeda’s new rejuvenative Ayurvedic herbal mask can be left on overnight to soak into the skin, feeding and nourishing, or just leave on for 15-20 minutes for an instant skin booster. OmVeda’s Vitamin Mask contains Calamus, Aloe Vera, Honey, Wheatgerm and Almond Oils. – RRP: $43 for 65mls. Salons, spas and specialty outlets. Stockists (02) 9810 1830 or www.omveda.com.au. Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006

Heritage Healers Chakra Nourishing Cream Moisturising Miracle Keep skin youthfully nourished and the spirit tranquil with an infusion of pristine wildflower essences and botanical extracts to create the Heritage Healers super hydrator, Chakra Nourishing Cream. Power plant extracts of Lavender, Thyme and Hawthorne and oil from the fruit of the Avocado (rich in vitamins A, D and E) have been mindfully blended with Ursinia, Star of Bethlehem and White Spider Orchid to care for the skin and straighten out inner beauty! This extra rich and creamy moisturerestoring combination nourishes and protects the skin from environmental conditions while replacing lost moisture and minimising wrinkle formation by rebuilding the acid mantle (the protecting factor of the skin). Harnessing age-old wisdoms and stepping into 21st century technology, Chakra Nourishing Cream also contains Repair Complex CLR that has a firming and tightening effect on the surface of the skin, Tocopherol Acetate, natural vitamin E, nature’s most potent antioxidant and Squalene. RRP: $58 for 70g. Available from salons and spas nationally. Contact 1800 685 050 or visit the website www.heritagehealers.com

Heritage Healers Revitaliser Mask Nourish, revitalise and regenerate the skin with a unique blend of Wildflower Essences, botanical extracts and the goodness of Kaolin and Bentonite. Formulated to gently cleanse, firm and tighten the skin while absorbing impurities and refreshing the epidermis. The Heritage Healers Revitaliser Mask contains Kaolin, a naturally occurring clay to refine, Bentonite, extracts of Aloe to cool and moisturise, Thyme for its anti-inflammatory prosperities which calm and soothe and Hawthorne, an ingredient that aids circulation and has a calming effect. For best results use weekly on dry skin – apply the Heritage Healers Chakra Nourishing Cream followed by a thick layer of Revitaliser Mask, leave for 10-15 minutes then remove with warm water and face cloth. Pat dry and follow with Chakra Nourishing Cream. – RRP: $46. Available from salons and spas.

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Rent to Own Team: Helen, Karen, Vicky and Melissa

Jack Newton Celebrity Classic

Channel 7 Team: Suzanne, Liz, Kym and Gab

Richmond Golf Club In 2005 the Richmond Golf Club Pennant 1 and Pennant 2 teams won the Nepean District Pennant Final and both teams, with caddies and some other supporters, headed to Nowra to play in the Zone Grand Final. The Pennant 1 team was victorious and won, and the Pennant 2 team lost and became runners-up. A great achievement by all and considering the Pennant 2 team had only two ladies who had ever played pennants before.

The Pennant 1 Team Diana Clark (Captain), Jenni Somi, Kay Leonard, Narelle Lyons and Amanda Ford (Absent – Pauline Hurst)

The Pennant 2 Team Back: Christine Findley, Val Ness, Jenny Deegan and Glennice Miller. Front: Judy Harris (Captain) and Shauna Proctor

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Queensland Weekender Team: Dy Fitzgerald, Kylie O’Keffe, Tiffany Storey and Sofie Formica

Mercedes Benz Team: Magie Smythers, Judie Burling, Russell Bussian and Chris Budd

Colin, Sharon, Shelley and Peter Australasian Womens GOLF March 2006


GOLF COURSE DIRECTORY ✓ Only 55 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast ✓ Country hospitality ✓ Tee times available 7 days a week ✓ Well stocked golf shop ✓ Social / corporate / visitors welcome

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Phone (03) 5978 6215 • Fax (03) 5978 7511 125 • Tyabb/Tooradin Road, Somerville 5667m, Par 71, 69 acres, 18 holes The Claremont Golf Club extends a very cordial invitation to prospective members to join the club and enjoy our facilities which are comparable to anything else available in Tasmania. For further information, you are invited to ring the Club’s Manager, on 03 6249 1000

incl. Cart, Golf, B&B incl. Cart, Golf, B&B

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SLEEPING 2 TO 28 PEOPLE – 10 MINS FROM COURSES Paxton Hotel, 22 Millfield Road, Paxton NSW 2325 (1 hour from Hornsby) Phone (02) 4998 1226 Fax (02) 4998 1524 Email enquiries@paxtonhotel.com.au www.paxtonhotel.com.au

Part of the Peninsula since 1962 Hosted - Australian Open Final Qualifying 2005 36 holes of Quality Golf North Course 6160 metres South Course 6052 metres Pro Shop (03) 5986 2338 Office (03) 5986 1481 Motel 1300 363 349 www.rosebudcountryclub.com.au

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Modern clubhouse Restaurant – Lunch & Dinner 7 days Large groups & functions catered for Motel on site

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PROMOTE YOUR GOLF CLUB HERE Phone (07) 5528 2222 Wynnum Golf Club is an easy walking course measuring 5,135 metres Par 72 AWCR 71. We hold ladies competitions on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Open mixed events on Wednesdays and Sundays. So now is the time to join and you too can start enjoying the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of Wynnum Golf Club. Ladies Membership: $440 joining fee and the current yearly fee of $512. You can download an application form from www.wynnumgolf.com or phone the office on 07 3396 9000 for more information.

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Tee Off To The Stars

Tracey Godfrey has been a Clairvoyant / Astrologer professionally for the past 12 years. Tracey is an author,

having written her first book in 2004 titled Signs of Life in 2005. She also currently writes for numerous newspapers and other publications around Australia and regularly does radio talkback and TV Australia wide. Tracey is currently based in Perth and travels around Australia on a regular basis to conduct personal readings, shows and seminars for both private and corporate clientele. Astrology relates to so many areas in our lives and has a big impact on who we are and how we play the sports we choose. This is certainly the case when it comes to golf because personality and temperament are both very important factors when trying to reach a certain level of playing ability. Therefore Tracey hope these star signs will inspire you to both enjoy and improve your game so you can step on to that next tee with a new-found confidence.

■ Pisces The Fish

20 February - 20 March

■ Gemini The Twins

22 May - 21 June

■ Virgo

The Maiden

24 August - 23 September

■ Sagittarius The Archer

23 November - 21 December

Your sign can be greatly affected by the atmosphere and this can make you feel tired and fatigued. It will be important to look after yourself during this period and this includes relaxing. Believe it or not, golf is a great form of therapy and you will want to be out there enjoying yourself during this quarter. You can expect to do some fantastic shots and may even end up surprising yourself at the end of the day. Take your time when teeing off and remember to check your body stance as this will save both time and energy, not to mention lost balls. Also, be sure to take a bottle of water with you as any headaches are often a result of you not drinking enough. Your words will carry weight and others will be keen to seek your advice on matters to do with golf so don’t be afraid to come forth with those pearls of wisdom.

Your mind may not be on the job, or should I say your game at the moment and this may cause feelings of frustration at times. Try not to be so hard on yourself as we all have our down times. Look for easy ways to deal with things and try not to take too much on board all at the same time as this will only weigh you down. The current planet line-up does, however, favour your money and wealth sector making this the perfect time to negotiate or plan ahead. Many of you who are lucky enough to be born under this sign are superstitious, so try wearing or taking some turquoise out on the golf course with you as it will give you the edge that you are seeking. One thing is for sure, you will certainly emerge a much wiser person in terms of golf knowledge and this is information that can be both stored and used in the future.

Try not to make mountains out of molehills Virgo as this is not your best approach at the moment. You will need to carefully think things through before acting and if anyone can achieve this it’s you. Your brainpower is awesome and this is because you are ruled by the planet Mercury. Look for all the positives in your game and don’t focus on the negatives as this will only pull you down. Many of you will also consider taking some golf lessons and this is a good idea as your game is forever changing and it will be important to keep up with the demands. Travel is also highlighted during this quarter and there could be a few short trips for you to make. An answer to a problem that has been ongoing will be provided and this will bring a lighter approach all round. Don’t forget to soak up all that wonderful scenery.

If you are finding it hard to concentrate on your game then why not try a little meditation as this will help to relieve any built-up stress that may have accumulated over the past months. Golf requires continual practice and perhaps you are finally realising this fact. There is a strong support system around you and you will only need to call should you require any assistance. Sometimes we forget that we are also out there to have fun, laugh and enjoy ourselves. This next quarter will bring some home truths, but this is very positive for you and you will also learn a lot about what makes you tick. Watch where you place you feet, wear adequate footwear and hire a golf buggy if you find that your ankles are giving you trouble. Someone may also give you a gift in the form of a golfing book and this will make you smile.

■ Aries

■ Cancer

■ Libra

■ Capricorn

The Ram

21 March - 20 April

The Crab

22 June - 23 July

The Scales

24 September - 23 October

The Goat

22 December - 20 January

The next three months sees you having to tackle some pretty big challenges if you are going to fulfil your goals. You have already worked hard to get to this point and you may need to recharge those batteries in order to keep on top of your game. Any advice will be greatly appreciated, but you will need to listen and then apply this. One big factor for you to consider is that the current planet line-up highlights your thinking and planning side and this means that you will be hard to beat, and at times, unbeatable. Winding fairways could see you having to work just that bit harder and you will also need to stock up on extra balls, but it will all be worth your time and effort in the end. Keep an eye out for the tall lady dressed in a black top and skirt and hot pink socks and remember the golden rule, never judge a book by its cover.

Believe it or not, you tend to do very well on golf courses that have plenty of water hazards and this may relate to you being born under a water sign. You will be keen to meet any challenges head-on and others will admire you for your courage. That new set of golf clubs that you are considering will certainly give you the edge that you are looking for, therefore making them a worthwhile investment. Pay close attention to any intuitive messages that you are lucky enough to receive as they will light the way and this is going to make things so much easier. Life will move at a fast and furious pace during this quarter and at times it will be difficult to find that much needed peace and quiet in order to plan and think things through. Do your best and try to go with the flow as this will decrease any extra stress and pressure.

Those early starts could tend to be a bugbear at times and if this is the case then try swapping games around. Librans need their beauty sleep if they are going to function at their absolute best and it would pay for you to remember this. The ocean courses will call to you during this period and you will be so happy to be outdoors in all that blow and freshness. Not so surprisingly, the colours blue and green will also hold special appeal for you, so do try to include them in your golfing attire. Many of you have been practising on your swing and it’s an added bonus that you have natural talent in this area. You can also expect to receive some important information in the mail and this may be something that you have been waiting on for some time now. Try to stick by any decisions that you make.

You have probably decided that motivation is important and this has made you feel very different about your game of golf. Evolving is important and sometimes we need to shed things in order to move on. Take a long look and decide what changes need to be made. It will also be important for you to get adequate rest and relaxation as there has not been much of this recently. This quarter sees you taking on new endeavours and challenges and you can expect to learn a lot as well. Don’t let the crowds distract you too much, in other words keep your eye on your game and you will find your way through. Try not to wear gear that makes your body hot as this will only make you tired and sluggish. Light shirts and comfortable shorts will work best as these will allow your body to move freely. Expect lots of laughter.

■ Taurus

■ Leo

■ Scorpio

■ Aquarius

The Bull

21 April - 21 May You will need to keep your eye firmly on your game during this quarter and there is also the possibility of some minor injuries. This is all courtesy of the current planet line-up that tends to bring some ups and downs for you Taurus. There is no point in you worrying yourself unduly, as your best approach will be to work your way through slowly and steadily. Your sign always comes out on top even when the going looks extra tough. Try to get a game plan in place before starting as this will save both time and effort on your part. An offer may be put to you that will be hard to refuse, but you will need to juggle things around in order to fit this into your already busy schedule. Don’t forget to wear a hat on the course as sunburn could hinder or cause some painful problems. The tall tower will be a helpful landmark in an important game.

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The Lion

24 July - 23 August This is a great time of the year for you to just get out on that course and enjoy yourself, and at the end of the day that’s what golf is all about isn’t it? It’s also a good time for you to take part in any competitions as your easygoing nature will shine through and others who are associated with you will gain valuable strength from this. One caution though, make sure that your golfing attire is comfortable as this is going to make a big difference to your overall game. Many of you may also experience some muscle or joint ache during this period and it may be time to get the old Dencorub out of the cupboard. Be sure to check your body stance as well as this could help to minimise any problems at the end of the day. Some advice may come at just the right moment and you will be ever so grateful.

The Scorpion

24 October - 22 November It may turn out to be a game of give and take at the moment and at times you will find yourself calling on patience in order to get through. Your diet may also need to be looked at and it will be important to eat foods that are high in energy as this will provide your body with the extra fuel that it needs at this time. Keeping your focus and attention on your game will make a big difference to the end outcome so try not to take on too many tasks all at the same time. It is not in your nature to settle for second best at any time and you will be out to prove that you have what it takes to go all the way to the top. Take stock of where you are at during this quarter and then set your goals in place. The rest will then follow on of its own accord and you will find that you end up where you are supposed to be.

The Water Carrier

21 January - 19 February If something is not quite clear to you then sit for a while and ponder the situation and you will find that the answers will come. Finding the time to fit everything in has been posing some problems, but this should start to leave you during this next quarter and you will feel much lighter and happier as a result. An opportunity to join a club or organisation will appeal to you, but you will need to think things through before making any strong commitments. This is also a social time and you can expect new friendships to be formed and perhaps even find romance on the golf course if you are single. Strong, vibrant colours will work best for you so don’t be afraid to go for reds or even purples. Remember, setting new trends has never been a problem for your sign and you will be keen to express this.

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