PGA Tour announces ‘January for Jarrod’ Month to support Jarrod Lyle

PGA TOUR and Tour veteran battling third recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida — The PGA TOUR today launched a fundraising effort, ‘January for Jarrod’ to help Jarrod Lyle and his family meet the significant costs he now faces after undergoing his third bone marrow transplant for acute myeloid leukemia on December 6.

Lyle, 36, and currently a member of the Tour who has also been a PGA TOUR member on five occasions between 2007 and 2016, suffered a third leukemia recurrence in July 2017. The surgery was performed in Melbourne, Australia, about 90 minutes from his home in Torquay. There is no timetable for returning to golf, with Lyle focusing exclusively on his rehabilitation at this time.

“It’s of utmost importance for the PGA TOUR family and the golf community to come together and help Jarrod and his family both spiritually and financially during ‘January for Jarrod’ month,” said PGA TOUR EVP and Chief Tournaments and Competitions Officer Andy Pazder. “Jarrod would be the first player to support others in their time of need, and now it’s our turn to help he and his wife Briony and their two young children, Lusi and Jemma.”

To make a non-tax-deductible gift to the Lyle family, do so directly at All proceeds will go directly to the family to offset day-to-day living, family and medical expenses.

Lyle’s first brush with the disease came in 1999 at age 17, as he was confined to his bed for nine months while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. It took another 12 months before he had the energy to walk a golf course again. Several years later, Lyle went on to earn his maiden PGA TOUR card in 2007.

In his fifth season on TOUR in 2012, Lyle’s season was limited to just seven starts due to chemotherapy and rehabilitation needed for his second battle with leukemia.  Lyle made a comeback in December 2013 at the Talisker Masters in his native Australia. He then returned to the PGA TOUR at the 2016 Safeway Open, having last played on TOUR at the 2014 Wyndham Championship.

Lyle was awarded the 2015 PGA TOUR Courage Award for courage and perseverance, overcoming extraordinary adversity and making a significant and meaningful contribution to the game of golf. His award came with a $25,000 donation in his name to Challenge – Supporting Kids with Cancer, an Australian non-profit organization that delivers daily support to children and families living with cancer.

Lyle has five top-10 finishes in 121 career PGA TOUR starts, with a best finish of T4 at the 2012 Genesis Open. On the Tour, Lyle has two wins, both coming in 2008, a season in which he finished fourth on the season-long money list.

About the PGA Tour

The PGA TOUR is the leading global platform in professional golf, showcasing the highest expression of excellence, both on and off the course. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, grow and protect the game of golf and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 25 countries (84 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1 billion households in 226 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2016, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than $166 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to $2.46 billion.

The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Golf Australia seeking National Female Participation Manager

Golf Australia is seeking a dynamic leader for a newly created role to drive the growth of female participation in golf at all levels throughout Australia and lead the implementation of “The future of women and girls in golf: 2025” strategic blueprint.

Are you someone who can change the state of play and promote greater participation in women’s sport – someone who has the nous to cause some deliberate disruption and influence with sensitivity?

For more information, visit the Sportspeople Job Market position information page for the role.

The role, which has been partly funded through the support of the R&A, will require a dynamic leader with a track record of leading and influencing sport participation growth and development or a similar role with exceptional outcomes.

To be considered for this role it would be advantageous to have experience in developing and implementing National programs; be an innovative and strategic thinker with strong project management and business acumen; exhibit outstanding communication and organisational skills; in depth knowledge of strategy development and female engagement and participation; demonstrate excellent negotiation and stakeholder management skills; competently lead and work in project teams; understand brand and consumer needs; the ability to write and deliver strategic documents; build stakeholder buy-in with ease and have an understanding of trends in golf and/or broader sport in Australia.

The role would suit a highly motivated and growth mind-set individual who has a passion for growing opportunities for female participation in sport at all levels and for all ages. Given the popularity and profile of the sport of golf, this role is clearly one of the prized sport-participation roles in Australia.

The role is hands-on with plenty of opportunity to be out and about, including at tournaments, speaking publicly, getting recognition, setting up club awareness training, creating greater pathways / opportunities / resources etc.

There is also opportunity for professional development / career advancement in this role.

Golf Australia launches #Play9 campaign

Story courtesy of Golf Australia.

Nine-hole golf is fast, fun and fits into busy lives – whether it’s early in the morning, after work, at weekends or even on holiday.

Nine-hole competition cards also now count for handicap purposes, so it’s also a great way to keep your skills sharp and your handicap up to date.

That’s why, this summer, we are encouraging Australia’s golf clubs and facilities to offer nine-hole opportunities to members and social golfers. Simply get in touch with your local club or facility and find out what’s on offer.

At the 2017 Emirates Australian Open in November, we kicked off a marketing campaign to inspire golfers to get out and #Play9. 24 lucky players from around Australia had the chance to play the back nine of The Australian Golf Club on the evening of the third day of the championship.

To help clubs and facilities promote nine hole golf, we’re providing video content, imagery and targeted social media advertising to help them promote their nine-hole initiatives.

We hope you’ll find something you like and have a great #Play9 experience this summer.

Good golfing.

Sports stars launch new ‘Play 9’ campaign

Story courtesy of Australian Golf Digest.

Brendon Goddard could be forgiven for having nightmares about Tom Papley. For the second time this year the former Essendon captain allowed the cheeky Sydney Swans small forward to embarrass him – this time on a golf course at the Emirates Australian Open.

The pair duelled as part of a ‘Play 9’ promotion just minutes after Jason Day secured the third-round lead at The Australian Golf Club. They were joined by former Test cricketer Stuart Clark and 24 club golfers, who had qualified through nine-hole competitions across six states.

Goddard, an accomplished low single-figure golfer, posted 16 Stableford points on the back-nine holes. Papley, a 23-handicapper with an A-grade swing, stitched him up with 20 points despite wiping the par-5 14th.

“I think he’s haunting me,” conceded Goddard, acknowledging Papley’s role in the Swans’ after-the-siren victory at the SCG five months ago when he smothered a kick in by Goddard that forced a boundary throw that led to the match-winning goal by Gary Rohan.

The pair’s battle marked the launch of a new campaign by Golf Australia to show how the sport can be ‘Fast and Fun’ and fit into busy lives. It’s supported by The R&A, which provided a grant to fly teams to Sydney for the promotion. Two years ago the R&A introduced a Play 9 initiative on the Sunday preceding the British Open.

The 5pm starting siren at The Australian marked the start of a new marketing campaign to inspire club members and social golfers to #Play9 over the Australian summer. Golf Australia aims to educate club members who aren’t yet aware that nine-hole cards can now be submitted for handicap purposes. It wants to emphasis that nine-hole golf is a great way to keep your skills sharp and handicap up to date.

Increasingly, golf’s stakeholders are concerned about the length of time it takes to play the game. The fear is that slow play is forcing people away from golf. There is a widespread belief – here and abroad – that nine-hole golf has a significant role to play in growing the game.

Meanwhile, the team event was closely fought and won by Victoria. The individual winners were Christine Wakefield (19 points) from the Northern Territory and Lachlan Bath (21 points) from Victoria.

Play 9: In the footsteps of legends

Story courtesy of Golf Australia.

A few minutes before 5pm on the Saturday of the 2017 Emirates Australian Open, just as Jason Day was making birdie at the last to secure the outright lead going into the final day, 24 club golfers were taking their positions on tees throughout the back nine of The Australian Golf Club and preparing to make their own little piece of golfing history.

Shortly afterwards, with applause still ringing in the air, the first shots were struck in the inaugural ‘Play 9 at the Emirates Australian Open’ event.

The participants, who had qualified through nine-hole competitions across six states, were joined by Brendon Goddard of the Essendon Football Club, Tom Papley of the Sydney Swans and ex-Australian Test cricketer Stuart Clark as they sought to accumulate as many stableford points as possible on a world-class championship golf course.

The team event was closely fought and won by Victoria, whilst the individual winners were Christine Wakefield (19 points) from the Northern Territory and Lachlan Bath (21 points) from Victoria.

The most commonly uttered phrase amongst those who were lucky enough to be part of this fantastic event was “experience of a lifetime” and, with consumers ever more time poor, there was a widespread belief that nine-hole golf has a significant role to play in growing the game in Australia.

This fantastic event was supported by the R&A as part of its international push to promote nine-hole golf, which has seen golfers in the UK play the last two years’ Open courses in the lead up to the championship.

The 5pm starting siren on Saturday also marked the start of a marketing campaign to inspire club members and social golfers to #Play9 over the Australian summer.

The campaign will emphasise that nine-hole golf is fast, fun and fits into busy lives – whether it’s early in the morning, after work, at weekends or even on holiday. It will also seek to ensure clubs and facilities around the country are offering nine-hole opportunities to club members, guests and social golfers alike.

In addition, the campaign provides an opportunity for Golf Australia to educate club members who aren’t yet aware that nine-hole cards can now be submitted for handicap purposes through nine-hole competitions. The campaign therefore also emphasises that nine-hole golf is a great way to keep your skills sharp and your handicap up to date.

Golf Australia and the R&A have already started talking about how this event and its qualification process can be bigger and better in 2018, and they are looking forward to golfers around Australia sharing their #Play9 experiences on social media this summer.

Full Results


  • VIC, 55 points
  • QLD, 49 points
  • SA, 48 points
  • NSW, 47 points
  • NT, 45 points
  • TAS, 42 points


  • Winner: Christine Wakefield (NT), 19 points
  • Runner-up: Sandra Winter-Dewhirst (SA), 16 points (countback)
  • Robyn Elphinstone (QLD), 16 points
  • Wayne Best (SA), 16 points
  • Rachel Dawson (TAS), 15 points
  • Maria Neill (NSW), 14 points
  • Sue French (VIC), 14 points
  • Kathy Naoumidis (VIC), 12 points
  • Kay Byrne (NT), 11 points
  • Kellie Drew (QLD), 11 points
  • Glenda Attenborrow (TAS), 9 points
  • Jan Myers (NSW), 5 points


  • Winner: Lachlan Bath (VIC), 21 points
  • Runner-up: Michael Hu (VIC), 20 points
  • John Craig (NSW), 19 points
  • Campbell Kerr (QLD), 17 points
  • Ben Flavel (SA), 16 points
  • Alan Grieve (QLD), 16 points
  • Lorian Cogo (NT), 15 points
  • Michael Geeves (TAS), 14 points
  • Peter Greig (NSW), 14 points
  • Josh Lawrence (TAS), 13 points
  • Ben Hopkins (SA), 13 points
  • Scott Revie (NT), 10 points

BMI expressions of interest sought

Following strong support from Golf Management Australia (‘GMA’) members in the Educational Survey conducted in February 2017, GMA, in partnership with Golf Australia, is excited to announce that the first BMI course will be held in Australia in the second half of 2018.

The BMI program consists of a series of week-long courses designed for the benefit of all managers, both new and experienced.

The Board of GMA seeks Expressions of Interest from members wishing to receive further information once registration details become available.

Registration information will be confirmed by March 2018.

It is anticipated that the cost of the course excluding transportation and accommodation will be $2000.

For more information on the BMI Program and to indicate your interest, click here.

Dates revealed for 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, USA –Tournament officials announced today that the 2019 Presidents Cup will be held on December 9-15, 2019, when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The return to Melbourne, Australia, will mark the third time in the biennial event’s 25-year history.

The Presidents Cup was previously held in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011, also at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. No other international venue has hosted a Presidents Cup more than once. Melbourne also holds the distinction as the site of the lone International Team’s victory in 1998, which saw Peter Thomson’s International Team defeat Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Team, 20.5 to 11.5. In 2011, Fred Couples led the U.S. Team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman and the Internationals. The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

Matt Kamienski, PGA TOUR Executive Director, said: “Australia has proved to be an incredible host for the Presidents Cup in the past, and we expect nothing short of the first-class hospitality and welcoming culture that our fans, players, their families, our guests and our staff have received in each of our previous two events in Melbourne.”

“We promise the 2019 edition will again showcase Melbourne to the world when the best players from around the globe come to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.”

The oldest golf club in Australia, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club was founded in 1891 and moved to its current location in 1926, becoming the anchor of what is now known as the Sandbelt. The gem of Australian golf, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club has two courses, both ranked in the World’s Top 100, which were designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie. In 1959, in order to host the first of many international tournaments, 12 holes of the West Course and six from the East Course were combined to create what is known as the Composite Course, which also hosted the 2013 World Cup of Golf, won by Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will bring the very best for fans interested in world-class team competition with the top 12 players from the United States taking on the top 12 from across the globe, excluding Europe. While golf fans can expect an incredible atmosphere and unmatched access to the competition, the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne will be a social, lifestyle and business gathering that will bring all backgrounds and interests together to enjoy a week-long festival atmosphere. On the course, players from across the world will be celebrated for their achievements, sportsmanship and love of the game. Off the course, fans will be able to find culinary options from around the world as well as hospitality and fan venues to match all levels of spectating and socializing, all while enjoying the very best in Australian culture.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren, said: “No other city outside the United States has hosted the Presidents Cup more than once – it’s a badge we’ll wear with honour.”

“As we welcome thousands of golf fans to Melbourne, Australia, our city will be beamed into millions of homes around the globe – images that will inspire many to travel here and see for themselves what we have to offer.”

As the event visits the coastal capital of the Southeast Australian state of Victoria, those visiting can expect to find its sporting culture prominently on display. The city of Melbourne has a strong history of hosting major international sporting events including the 1956 Summer Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Formula One and the Grand Slam of tennis’ Australian Open. As a premier destination for golf enthusiasts in Australia and around the globe, Melbourne is well-positioned to stage another exhilarating chapter in Presidents Cup history.

The Presidents Cup offers the ultimate setting for business development and networking for local, national and international corporations, and numerous companies will use the event as an opportunity to entertain clients, CEOs and employees from around the world. The Presidents Cup will be attended by top business leaders affiliated with the TOUR, professional golf, travel and global business.

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not paid for their participation, but each competitor allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the event’s inception, more than $38.4 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, as well as contributions made on behalf of the Presidents Cup, including a record charitable donation of $6 million from the 2015 event alone.

For more information, or to learn more about the Presidents Cup, information on travel packages, or get their names added to find out about ticket sales visit, Join us on Facebook at, Twitter and Instagram at @presidentscup and sign up for the Presidents Cup e-newsletter.


About the Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won nine of the 11 previous Presidents Cups, and the only outright win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. A historic 17-17 tie came in 2003 when the event was held in South Africa.

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of the Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $38.4 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds. Over the past 21 years, the Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.

Generational change at Society of Australian Golf Course Architects

Harley Kruse, founder of KruseGolf, was elected President of the Society of Australian Golf Course Architects (SAGCA) at its 27th Annual General Meeting held recently on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Harley replaces the outgoing President, Ted Parslow, an original founding member of the SAGCA who served 3 years in the role. 

The election of Harley, along with Paul Mogford as Vice President and the re-election of Paul Reeves as Secretary/Treasurer, sees the passing of the SAGCA Executive baton to the next generation of Australian golf course architects.  

On his appointment to the Presidential role, Harley said, “It’s an exciting time at the SAGCA and I look forward to working alongside the two Pauls. The golf course design world has become truly global. Our members are not only designing and remodelling courses in Australia, but also in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, the USA and the home of golf, Scotland.  My mission as President is to ensure the SAGCA is proactive in promoting the excellent services and exceptional work of our members. From consulting to humble country courses, through to private and public suburban courses, and the development of new courses and resorts, I would like to see a greater awareness of the value of excellent golf course design and the services that our members can bring to the table. Most importantly, I look forward to growing our existing relationships within the golf industry, while also forging new ones”

About Harley Kruse

Prior to establishing KruseGolf, Harley had an extensive design career across the Asia Pacific region.  He is the only golf course architect to have worked for two of Australia’s greatest male golfers, Peter Thomson (the Patron of the SAGCA) and Greg Norman (SAGCA Honorary Member). At Greg Norman Golf Course Design Harley’s work included the highly acclaimed Dunes Course, Danang Golf Club, Vietnam; The Norman Course at Mission Hills, China; Jade Palace Golf Club, South Korea and Settlers Run Golf +Country Club in Melbourne.

About the SAGCA

As the eminent body representing the profession of golf course architecture in Australia, the SAGCA was formed in 1989 and today, boasts 37 members from across Australia and New Zealand, as well as members residing in Asia, the UK and USA. 

The SAGCA serves to develop and promote the profession of golf course architecture and the specialist services its members provide.  The SAGCA is a member of the Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) comprising Golf Australia(GA); The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia; The Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG); The Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) and Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASG).

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Eastern Golf Club’s GM, Ben Telley, on “Inside the Ropes” podcast

“Inside The Ropes” is an innovative new podcast arrangement between Golf Australia, Radio RSN and the state golf associations.

Each week, hosts Andy Maher and Mark Hayes bring you news, views and special guests from around the world, across Australia and even your local club with no noteworthy story too big or small. Join your hosts as they delve into what makes golf tick, right around the nation.

We encourage you to promote the podcast to your members.

Episode 7 features an interview with The Eastern Golf Club’s General Manager, Ben Telley, discussing issues currently impacting on golf clubs and golf club management in Australia.

For more information on the “Inside the Ropes” podcasts, visit the Golf Australia website.