Inside Golf : Inside Golf, April 2016
news www.insidegolf.com.au | April 2016 11 Summer of golf schedule announced AustrAliAn golf fans are set to enjoy one of the biggest summers of golf in recent times, with a three- week swing of world-class golf on offer. returning to royal sydney Golf Club, where rory Mcilroy claimed the stonehaven Cup in 2013, the Emirates Australian Open will be played from the 17-20 november. Melbourne and Kingston Heath Golf Club will then become the focus of the golfing world’s attention as the World Cup of Golf is played from 24-27 november. the Australian PGA Championship will close out the trio, played at rACV royal Pines resort from 1-4 December with the European tour returning for the second year to co-sanction the tournament. “Australia has a long and proud history of staging world-class golf tournaments which attract the best players in the world,” said Brian thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia. “in recent times Australia has had the privilege of hosting the Presidents Cup in 2011 and the World Cup of Golf in 2013.” “in each of those years the best players in the world have travelled to Australia which provides golf fans the opportunity to witness their heroes competing live in their own back yard.” “this year, like in previous years, players will arrive and take opportunity to compete in either or both of the events surrounding the World Cup of Golf,” added thorburn. “Over the coming months the PGA of Australia and Golf Australia will work to secure strong fields for the Australian PGA Championship and the Emirates Australian Open, ensuring golf fans in Victoria, Queensland and new south Wales have the opportunity to see these players in action.” the summer of golf will once again highlight the attributes of Australian golf and will boost tourism both from domestic and international visitors. “Australia is renowned as having some of the best golf courses in the world. Hosting the World Cup of Golf once again reinforces Australia’s standing and places it in front of the eyes of our global fans,” said thorburn. “With the calibre of field anticipated for each event, i am sure we will see strong crowds attending the tournaments with fans flying from both interstate and overseas to watch the action in person.” Dates announced for 2016 Isuzu Queensland Open tHEisuzu Queensland Open will be played from 20 - 23 October this year allowing for a greater alignment with the traditional golf tournament season. Golf Queensland chair Peter Castrisos said the dates will position the Championship early in the lead- up to the Australian summer of golf. “ We are excited about the opportunities the later date will provide through player availability and increased daylight resulting in a larger field,” Mr Castrisos said. “spring is the optimal season for golf and i am sure the Brisbane Golf Club will be presented in first class condition.” this year the Championship moves back to the Brisbane Golf Club after last being played at the venue in 1991 when stuart Appleby won as an amateur. Golf Queensland is also looking to expand the reach of the event in 2016 with the introduction of a number of regional amateur qualifying events. Further information on these initiatives will be announced in the future. Blind golfers get help reading greens MOunt lawley Golf Club Head Golf Professional and current Western Australian teaching Professional of the Year Duncan Kegg has recently conducted two Aimpoint Express Green reading Clinics for some of Western Australia’s Blind Golfers. Aimpoint Express is the much touted green-reading system used by some of the world’s leading Professionals including Adam scott, lydia Ko, Hunter Mahan and stacy Keating. Blind golfers generally rely on their caddies to read the green for them and help them to line up their putts.With Aimpoint Express the golfer is now responsible for their own green reading, they then direct their caddie where to aim them. 2015 Queensland Open Champion David Bransdon With a number of Blind Golfers competing in the Pro Am at the Perth international, they were able to put some of their newly learned green reading skills into play. “it was really inspiring working with the golfers and their caddies,” Kegg said. “Once they had an understanding of feeling the tilt of the green using their feet they were really taking ownership of their own putts and directing their caddies where to aim them. the caddies were particularly pleased as not only did they learn the skills to help their own games but they jokingly said it took the pressure of when the golfer missed a putt – it was no longer their fault.” the Blind golfer is now responsible for reading their own putts giving them ownership of this part of their golf game.
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