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.
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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.