Inside Golf : Inside Golf, May 2016
IG BUSINESS - from the ceo 20 May 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au An Aussie start to the year Brian Thorbur n CEO – PGA of Australia It’s been an exciting few months on the professional golf circuit. We have witnessed significant success for our Australian Professionals overseas and delivered a contingent that couldn’t have been in better shape as we embarked on the first Major of the year, the Masters. Marcus Fraser started the ball rolling in Malaysia, notching up the first Aussie victory of 2016 at the European tour’s Maybank Championship in February. this win was quickly followed by Adam scott, who defied his putting critics to take out back- to-back victories at the Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship on the PGA tOUR. scott Hend also did his bit to keep the Aussie winning spirit alive in Asia; securing a victory at the European tour and Asian tour co-sanctioned true thailand Classic. Jason Day kept his 2015 form going, with back-to-back wins at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the World Golf Championships-Dell Match; returning him to World Number 1 and capping off a six week stretch that saw an Australian pick up a title every week on one of the major international tours. the depth of talent we have competing around the world is truly phenomenal and it’s a testament to the entire Australian golf industry. these champions have come through junior programs, been offered some of the best training in the world via our country’s elite programs and have wonderful PGA Professionals coaching and supporting them. For a small country to have produced so many wonderful golfers is something we can all be proud of. It’s an exciting time for Australian golf and I can’t wait to watch the success of our Professionals continue. Back home, we’ve had some exciting winners on the PGA tour of Australasia this year including Michael Long (Oates Vic Open), Ashley Hall (Mercedes-Benz truck and Bus Victorian PGA Championship), Louis Oosthuizen (IsPs HANDA Perth International), Brad Kennedy (Holden NZ PGA Championship), Matthew Griffin (BMW IsPs HANDA New Zealand Open) and David Klein (Coca-Cola QLD PGA Championship). the PGA is well underway with preparations for the Australian summer of golf, with the Emirates Australian Open, the World Cup of Golf and the Australian PGA Championship all set to give Aussie golf fans a season of golf that they won’t forget. these events will also provide a great opportunity to get the kids involved in golf. Jason Day has recently put his name to Australia’s national junior golf program, MyGolf, as the program’s official ambassador. Junior participation is vital to the future growth of golf and the PGA and Golf Australia have collectively spent considerable time investing in a national junior brand that will have a positive impact on participation, create a new legacy for the game and assist the development of Australia’s next generation of golfers. there is no greater priority for the PGA and Golf Australia than growing the game and seeing the positive results as juniors tee it up. to learn more about participating in MyGolf or becoming a MyGolf Centre, please visit www.mygolf.org.au • Golf rounds up in 2015 tHEAustralian Golf Industry Council recently released its National Competition Rounds Report for the final quarter and full-year results for 2015. Approximately 14.54 million rounds were recorded by GolfLink over a 12-month period ending December 2015, showing a 1.9 per cent increase over the same 12-month period from the year prior. Chairman of the AGIC, Brian thorburn, was pleased with the latest 12-month figures which showed a continued trend of steady growth. “It’s encouraging to see steady growth and that more and more clubs are seeing an increase in rounds being played,” thorburn said. “With our Australian Professionals performing so well overseas and with the reintroduction of golf into the Olympics, more interest in our sport is being generated. these events stimulate golfers, assist clubs and facilities to promote the game, and help to convert the casual golfer to a regular golfer.” slightly higher growth was recorded in rounds played by male golfers, who accounted for 82 per cent of all rounds played with an increase of 2.1 per cent on previous years, together with a small increase in rounds played by female golfers. “Female golf participation will continue to grow thanks to programs like swing Fit, which encourages more female participation in our sport,” thorburn said. Competition rounds growth was achieved in seven of the twelve monthly periods with WA experiencing the largest increase in rounds played for the financial year, recording growth of 10 per cent in 2015. Victoria also benefited from a less disruptive year weather-wise with rounds growth recorded in each quarter of the year. In NsW and sA, the autumn and winter periods delivered softer demand over the corresponding period in 2014. stronger results were recorded in metropolitan areas with the collective capital cities enjoying 3.6 per cent growth in 2015, with Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne markets the standout performers. For the final quarter of 2015, rounds were comparably subdued compared to the same period in 2014. Negative trends were recorded in NsW, sA and the Nt while Victoria, Qld, WA and tas recorded growth. Queensland stood out as the top performing state recording a 4.5 per cent increase in rounds played. In the month of November rounds played nationally fell by 7 per cent in 2014, while the same period in 2015 saw growth. 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