Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
news 10 February 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au Golf and football unite T hey might seem unlikely bedfellows, but golf and football have joined forces around one of Australia’s most rapidly developing sports. Golf Australia, Football Federation Australia and FootGolf Australia have signed a landmark memorandum of understanding to work together to promote FootGolf – a sport that could revolutionise the use of golfing real estate around the country. FootGolf is played the same way as golf on a golf course except players use a football instead of a golf ball and the ball is kicked rather than struck with a club towards a larger cup. GA’s golf development director Cameron Wade says the innovative game perfectly matches the plan of all three sports to boost participation and increase activity among Australians. “Golf Australia recognises the importance of developing and supporting innovative formats of the game that connect with potential future golfers,” Wade said. “FootGolf also provides a tremendous opportunity for golf facilities to diversify their revenue streams and to connect with new market segments that help participation.” “even better, it’s a great way for golf to open its doors and provide an opportunity for new sports participants to enjoy the stunning surroundings of a golf course.” FootGolf originated in europe as recently as 2009, but already there are 25 federations, including FootGolf Australia, under the rapidly expanding Federation for International FootGolf umbrella. FFA national participation manager Salv Carmusciano says the partnership between the bodies demonstrates how sports can work together to get more Australians active and healthy. “FFA is proud to enter into a unique partnership with both Golf Australia and FootGolf Australia for the benefit of community members. FootGolf is another way Australians can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle”. FootGolf Australia’s director Christian Wainmayer is delighted with the trust and support of GA and FFA. “ The public response seen at the three golf courses currently offering FootGolf (Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Cardinia Beaconhills in Melbourne and Colonial Golf Course in Sydney) has been very positive,” Wainmayer said. “The new year awaits with the launch of FootGolf at Teven Valley Golf Course on the New South Wales North Coast and we hope more golf courses across Australia become affiliated in 2015 to achieve the national coverage the sport needs. “We will be working with Golf Australia and FFA on a number of initiatives across both social and competitive levels aimed at increasing participation and engagement levels. “FootGolf gives Australians another great excuse for being out and fit while having fun ... and where better than at a golf course?”he said. • To see FootGolf in action and take a peek at some of Australia’s leading footballers playing, check out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f28imcaCYBs Stedman steady in Q-School Windsor Country Golf Club only 20 minutes from the Hills District McQuade Ave, South Windsor 2756|P 02 4577 4390|windsorgolfclub.com.au Tired of ringing around each week to see if you can get on a course? Seven day membership at Windsor Country Golf Club for only $299 until 30th September 2015. WANT TO PLAY MORE GOLF? C M Y CM MY CY CMY K WGC - Print ad 255x135mm.pdf 1 8/01/2015 10:08 am ed Stedman punched his ticket to the pro ranks, winning the 2015 PGA Tour of Australasia Qualifying School presented by Cobra Puma Golf. Played at Victoria Golf Club, Stedman fired rounds of 72, 66, 71 and 70 for a tournament total of 9-under 279. As a result of the win, he earned the highest category on offer (Category 8(a)) which will earn starts in all PGA Tour of Australasia tournaments, giving him the strongest chance of retaining his card for 2016. “It’s a good category, but not only that it’s good for the confidence too,” said Stedman. “It makes me feel good about myself and it’s a nice fresh start to the year.” “For the last few years I have been trying to keep my card playing the smaller events, it’s quite difficult if you don’t play the big ones.” Stedman is ready to tee off the season when the Oates Vic Open gets underway at 13th Beach Golf Links from 5-8 February. Other notable players to have earned their Tour cards include former PGA Tour of Australasia winners Michael Long, Scott Arnold, Jack Wilson, Brad Shilton and Matt Stieger. The other highlight of the day was Charles Wright’s hole-in-one on the 178 metre par-3 16th hole. Wright earned the 18th card with a tournament total of 1-under 287. Players finishing 2-25 earn category 11 while those finishing 26-50 will earn category 14. Those finishing 51-65 are eligible for membership of the PGA of Australia but will not hold a category on the PGA Tour of Australasia.
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