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Golf Australia October 2021 - Issue #389

Each month, Golf Australia showcases great Australian courses and golfing holidays, profiles players and conducts road tests of the latest equipment. Leading PGA professional share instruction tips to improve your game and keep your handicap tumbling.

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2 min
“the sideshow, for me, is always the main event.”

Golf is fun. But you already knew that because you, like me, keep going back for another round even if the last one was more about duffed than flushed shots. There is a theory I certainly subscribe to that it only takes one good shot, then one good round for the game of golf to play its way into your heart. Adding to this is the social aspect of the sport. Is there any more fun to be had than spending time on the course with your friends or family? Again, you know that already. All of the aforementioned and more was discussed at length during the two-day Australian Golf Strategy webinar held recently. The online conference brought together about 250 people from every corner of the golf industry to present ideas about…

8 min
kalgoorlie golf course

GOLDFIELDS • WESTERN AUSTRALIA Kalgoorlie is the quintessential Australian country town. Driving passed the “welcome to Kalgoorlie-Boulder” sign, the red ochre soils of the surrounding outback landscape give way to a wide main street that is home to some grand historic buildings and pubs, most of which date back to the gold rush era. I pull into the iconic Exchange Hotel and the cold beer arrives swiftly along with a welcoming smile and a bit of chat. For my short stay in Kalgoorlie, I was to find this kind of welcome is the norm everywhere from the pubs, to the golf course to the service station on the edge of town. It is this kind of embracing hospitality that has made Kalgoorlie, and the WA PGA Championship, one of the most popular…

4 min
“…the european tour deserves more credit than criticism for the way the circuit has evolved…”

Let’s face it, there hasn’t been much for the world – never mind a relatively trivial sport like golf – to celebrate over the last 18 months or so. Our planet has seen many changes, not many worthy of commemoration. But if it’s not too blasphemous to say amidst the carnage of Covid-19, our wee pastime has managed to survive and sometimes thrive. Certainly, the amateur game has seen a huge boost in playing numbers during those periods when “open up” has superseded the dreaded “lockdown.” The pro game hasn’t done too badly either in the circumstances. Take the European Tour. Unlike its parochial big brother – and now “partner” – across the Atlantic, the Old World circuit’s largely international nature brought with it unprecedented difficulties. Having to deal with officials in…

1 min
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3 min
australian golf’s groundbreaking moment

Following an historic gathering of more than 250 people across the Australian golf industry, the key bodies – the PGA of Australia, the WPGA Tour and Golf Australia – have committed to publishing a new Australian golf strategy by the end of 2021. This follows an exhaustive consultation process and a two-day online conference held recently. Speakers included U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy and a range of industry figures, club managers and broader sports consultants along with former AFL Commissioner Colin Carter. The chief executives of the three main bodies – Karen Lunn (WPGA), Gavin Kirkman (PGA) and James Sutherland (Golf Australia) also made impassioned speeches. The strategy will be an all-of-golf document and a blueprint for the future. Kirkman noted the significance of the timing. “With a career spanning more than 35 years across…

3 min
parry’s aussies pipped by spanish armada

Throughout his playing career, Craig Parry earned a reputation for his fighting spirit and his gritty determination to win. He had 23 wins worldwide, including two on the PGA Tour. Had the various global Tours hosted more match play events, ‘Paz’ probably would have had more wins on his resume. In his three Presidents Cup appearances (1994, ‘96 and ’98) he was undefeated in singles play, beating major winners Corey Pavin, Mark Brooks and Justin Leonard on each occasion. So, when it came time to select the Australian trio to contest the 1999 Alfred Dunhill Cup on the Old Course at St Andrews, Parry was a lock to play his fifth Cup. When Steve Elkington and Stuart Appleby made themselves unavailable, Parry – the third highest-ranked Aussie in the world ranking at…