Golf Aus­tralia

Inside Golf - - Inside The Industry - Stephen pitt

WE’RE into the height of sum­mer and the New Year will see the golf ac­tion con­tinue at the same pace we fin­ished 2011.

Tra­di­tion­ally, Jan­uary is one of our busiest months and will be in 2012 in par­tic­u­lar as prepa­ra­tions are into full swing for the first visit of the LPGA Tour to Aus­tralian shores for some years for the ISPS Handa Women’s Aus­tralian Open.

This year’s ti­tle prom­ises to be one of the most ex­cit­ing edi­tions of the cham­pi­onship in years with at least 40 of the top 50 play­ers in the world ex­pected to com­pete for the record US$1.1 mil­lion prize purse.

Adding to the ex­cite­ment of the world’s best play­ers com­ing to Mel­bourne will be see­ing the tour­na­ment con­tested over the com­pos­ite course at Royal Mel­bourne Golf Club for the first time. It will be the first time that any women’s pro­fes­sional event has been played over the com­pos­ite.

Book your tick­ets now via Tick­etek online or by phon­ing 132 849.

While those prepa­ra­tions con­tinue, our Cham­pi­onships team will run our first ma­jor am­a­teur cham­pi­onship of the year – the Aus­tralian Am­a­teur held at Wood­lands and Hunt­ing­dale Golf Clubs from 17-22 Jan­uary

The Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship has moved to Jan­uary to fit bet­ter into the in­ter­na­tional sched­ule and give the best ama­teurs in the world the op­por­tu­nity to come and com­pete. National Squad mem­bers Matt Stieger and Ash­lee De­whurst will be back to de­fend their ti­tles.

Our High Per­for­mance unit held a suc­cess­ful four-day National Squad camp at Moonah Links in De­cem­ber to round out a busy year. The new 2012 Squad mem­bers went through four chal­leng­ing days of phys­i­cal and men­tal test­ing, prac­tice, nu­tri­tion and strength and con­di­tion­ing work to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for 2012.

2012 is also a World Am­a­teur year so all play­ers will be keen to start the year well at the Am­a­teur in the lead up to se­lec­tions be­ing made to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Eisen­hower Tro­phy and Espir­ito Santo Tro­phy to be played in An­talya, Turkey.

In­deed, Jan­uary is go­ing to be a great month for Aus­tralian golf.

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