Thank a superintendent this May

Story courtesy of Golf Australia

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) is encouraging all who love the game of golf to get behind its ‘Thank a Superintendent Week’ campaign which will run from 14-20 May 2018.

During this week the AGCSA is asking all golfers, club members, staff and administrators across Australia to give a shout out to their course superintendent and maintenance team for the effort that goes into presenting their golf course throughout the year.

Course superintendents manage the largest and most valuable asset of every golf facility – the course. A living, breathing and constantly evolving natural environment, it’s prudent and expert management at all levels is critical to the success and viability of any golf club.

Australia is blessed with some of world’s best golf courses and over the years Australian superintendents and their crews have developed a reputation for being among the leaders in their profession worldwide.

An affinity for the land, intimate knowledge of local conditions, a strong work ethic and a desire to present their patch of turf in the best possible condition, are just some of the many attributes a course superintendent brings to their club.

To give some kudos for their unstinting work and having to deal with the myriad challenges which confront them daily, the AGCSA has decided to launch ‘Thank A Superintendent Week’.

From 14-20 May, the AGCSA urges all in the golf industry to get involved by posting a message of thanks to their superintendent on social media (including the name of the club and the superintendent) and using the campaign hashtags #ThankASuperAUS and #OurAGCSA.

“The aim of ‘Thank a Superintendent Week’ week is to drive awareness and recognition of the great contributions that golf course superintendents and their teams make to the game of golf in Australia,” says AGCSA CEO Mark Unwin.

“From the many small regional gems to major metropolitan icons, Australia is home to some of the most magnificent golf courses in the world.

“Australian golfers are blessed to play on such world-class facilities week in, week out and this is largely as a result of the passion and dedication of the course superintendent and their team.

“The AGCSA is very proud of the role its members play in providing world-class playing conditions and elevating the game of golf in Australia,” says Mr Unwin.

“The #ThankASuperAUS campaign is designed for clubs, members and the Australian golf industry to recognise the efforts, the hours and the passion superintendents and their teams put in to managing and maintaining their golf course.

“Please join us in thanking our superintendents by sharing the pride in your course through photos, videos and stories of memorable moments and using the hashtags #ThankASuperAUS and #OurAGCSA.

“Because, if you are one of the millions of Australians who love the game of golf and are proud of your course, then let your superintendent know about it!”

Powerbrokers unite for women’s golf

Vision 2025 is up and running.

The program that will revolutionise women’s golf in Australia had its first committee meeting this week.

And the significance of the program was clearly evident with a strong representation of many of the sport’s key decision makers at the Golf Australia office.

Vision 2025 is a blueprint that sets out how golf in Australia can become a sport where women and girls are inspired to participate, welcomed, nurtured and developed to achieve their goals.

Under chair Jill Spargo, legendary professional Karrie Webb, ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn, PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman, Golf NSW board member Sally Kirkright, Golf Management Australia executive officer Jim Cail, ASC senior consultant Richard Redman and Stretch Forward consultant Rachel Piastri joined Golf Australia’s chief executive Stephen Pitt, golf development director Cameron Wade, female participation manager Chyloe Kurdas and female pathway manager Stacey Peters to set in train the incredibly important program.

Among other achievements of a productive session were refinements made to solidify Vision 2025, consideration of the key performance measures and a review of the draft women’s high performance strategic plan.

It was agreed that the year one priority activities will be to:

  • focus on culture and leadership
  • lay the foundations for success
  • prompt nationwide stakeholder engagement and whole of sport approach
  • seek commitment from all key golf bodies to support the Vision
  • educate in the area of equal opportunity and the importance of diversity
  • undertake benchmarking to establish robust baseline data
  • complete an audit of clubs and facilities

Pitt said the meeting had been dynamic and fruitful.

“Everyone in that room understands the importance of what Vision 2025 is all about and the fundamental importance of ensuring change happens smoothly and quickly,” he said.

“It is vital to have so many key elements of the industry involved in this project and to see everyone’s willingness to buy in was really encouraging.”

In an ongoing sense, the group’s purpose includes to monitor the implementation of Vision 2025, provide recommendations on any other initiatives that drives the growth of female participation in golf at all levels throughout Australia and to influence its membership constituents to support the strategy and communicate its progress.

The R&A has provided funding to support the appointment of development managers in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and will soon be launching its Women in Golf Charter to galvanise the golf industry around increasing participation by women and girls and the number of women working within the sport.

THE VISION

GMA Partner, Golf Industry Central, wins QLD Golf Supplier of The Year Award

Story courtesy of Golf Industry Central

The annual QLD Golf Industry Awards night was held on Tuesday, 20 March at the Star Casino on the Gold Coast, with a record of 460 guests in attendance.

The gala night, which surpassed last year’s record of 453 attendees, was held in order to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, golf clubs and companies from across the industry over the past year.

A total of 30 awards were presented during the night’s three-course dinner, with Golf Industry Central (GIC) taking home the accolade of Golf Supplier of The Year.

Golf Industry Central Managing Director and PGA Member Mike Orloff said:

“What an honour to be bestowed this award especially when we were up against some big brands. Congrats to the other nominees and thank you to the award review panel.”

“I started in the golf industry 30 years ago and Golf Industry Central 10 years ago. It’s my life and I live and breathe it every day. Half of my career in the US and the second half here in Australia. I’m very fortunate to have met so many great people who make up this industry. I always had hoped to make some kind of difference within the industry, and now winning this award validates the endless hours of work and travel and vision I had of the company when I started it.”

“A special thanks to Paul Orloff, Andrew Howes and now Mathilda Andersson for the support given to help grow our little company over the past 10 years.”

“Thanks to my wife Chelsea and kids for supporting me as well as I chase this dream. There are still many more goals to achieve!”

Another prestigious award, the GMAQ Golf Club of the Year Award, was given to the City Golf Club, who has played host to the QLD PGA Championship for the last decade. It was the third time the club took home the award.

“2017 has been another great year for us at the City Golf Club,” said Golf Club President Ed Britnell.

“Award’s like this don’t come easily and I would like to thank my fellow board members as well as the management and staff, for all the tireless work and effort they put in to make our club so great.”

Other recipients of the GMAQ Awards include, Links Hope Island’s Ashlee Kachel who took out the Staff Member of the Year Award, McLeod Country Clubs Carolyn McIlvenny who won the Board Member of the Year Award while Parkwood Village’s Luke Altschwager claimed the title of GMAQ Manager of the Year.

Of the PGA Awards presented, Sanctuary Cove General Manager, Paul Sanders winning the PGA Management Professional of the Year, Emerald Golf Club Head Professional Matthew Victorsen taking out the PGA Game Development Professional of the Year, Adam Norlander from Headland Golf Club was presented with the coveted PGA Club Professional of the Year Award and Grant Field claimed the PGA Coach of the Year Award.

“It has been another successful year for a number of the golfers that I teach, but none of this would be achievable without the great team that surround me,” said Field, outlining the importance of surrounding himself with other quality coaches throughout the year.

“As a coach, I work alongside fellow PGA coaches Richard Woodhouse, Matthew Ballard, Tony Meyer and Virginia Irwin. We all want to succeed in what we do and it’s great to have these people to push you to maximise your ability as a coach.”

Queensland’s superintendents were recognised by the GCSAQ, with Parkwood Village’s Col Thorsborne taking out the Superintendent’s Achievement Award for completing work on the club’s irrigation system of all 18 holes, while successfully restructure four holes.

“It is a real privilege to receive this award, especially with so many great course superintendents applying their trade on courses around Queensland,” said Thorsborne.

“It is great to be back at a facility where my passion is at its greatest and I am looking forward to what the future holds for me at Parkwood Village.”

The evening also celebrated the graduation of 15 PGA Trainees graduates to Full Vocational PGA Members.

Full list of Award Winners:

QGI Services to Golf Award

Val Bazley

QGI Supplier of the Year Award

Golf Industry Central

QGI Junior Program of the Year Award

Cairns Golf Club

Golf Queensland Volunteer of the Year

Jamie Sullivan

Golf Queensland Junior Male Amateur of the Year

Jediah Morgan

Golf Queensland Junior Female Amateur of the Year

Isabelle Taylor

Golf Queensland Male Amateur of the Year presented by Club Super

Shae Wools-Cobb

Golf Queensland Female Amateur of the Year

Rebecca Kay

GMAQ Golf Club of the Year Award presented by Richard Chaimberlain Golf

City Golf Club

GMAQ Manager of the Year Award presented by MiClub

Luke Altschwager

GMAQ Board Member of the Year Award

Carolyn McIlvenny

GMAQ Staff Member of the Year Award

Ashlee Kachel

QLD PGA Club Professional of the Year presented by Coca Cola Amatil

Adam Norlander

QLD PGA Game Development Professional of the Year

Matthew Victorsen

QLD PGA Management Professional of the Year

Paul Sanders

QLD PGA Coach of the Year

Grant Field

QLD PGA Trainee of the Year

Ben Pisani

QLD PGA Trainee Order of Merit Winner

Ben Pisani

QLD PGA Tournament of the Year

Schweppes Southport Pro-Am

QLD PGA Metropolitan Tournament of the Year

Schweppes City of Brisbane Pro-Am – Victoria Park Golf Complex

QLD PGA Regional Tournament of the Year

Crowe Horwath Yamba Pro-Am

QLD PGA Legends Tournament of the Year

Sunshine Coast Masters

PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing Rookie of the Year presented by OnPlatinum

Blake Proverbs

PGA Pro-Am Series Sunshine Swing Order of Merit Winner

Damien Jordan

GCSAQ Apprentice of the Year presented by Toro

Steven Lewisl

GCSAQ Superintendents Assistant Recognition Award presented by Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking & Mead and Greenway Turf Solutions

Garry McClymont

Superintendents Environment Award

Jason Lavender

Superintendents Industry Recognition Award

Peter Lonergan

Superintendents Achievement Award presented by Living Turf

Col Thorsborne

PGA IGI Excellence in Golf Education Award

Nicholas Bond

The Genesis Golf Link Cup – GMA Members Leaderboard is on again

Australia’s biggest competition for club golfers rewards the game’s most important administrators with the Genesis Golf Link Cup – GMA Members Leaderboard.

This is your chance to be part of a once in a lifetime weekend, vying for the title of Genesis Golf Link Cup – GMA Members champion at one of Australia’s best courses before enjoying a bucket list day at the Australian Open in the Genesis Marquee.

Luxury car maker Genesis and tournament organiser MPower Golf are always looking to grow the already hugely popular Genesis Golf Link Cup and they know one of the best ways to do that is through the club managers at the nation’s golf clubs.

Not only are GMA members at the forefront of the industry, many are also avid golfers themselves and so the GMA Members Leaderboard was born.

In 2017, the Genesis Golf Link Cup was delighted to host Andrew Davis (now Captain of The National Golf Club) and Chris Anderson, General Manager of Mansfield Golf Club at the luxury VIP Genesis experience and at NSW Golf Club to play off for the GMA title. Chris Anderson won the day with a solid 34 pts at the always challenging venue.

Said Chris, “The organisation of the weekend was faultless, and the experiences were truly amazing. From the golf at NSW GC to the accommodation at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, all of the finalists (myself included) thoroughly enjoyed their time and appreciate the effort put in to make the weekend a success.”

Andrew continued “A big thank you for taking care of me so well on the weekend, I can’t tell you how much fun I had”.

And the Genesis Golf Link Cup greatly enjoyed hosting them along with the other finalists.

The Genesis Golf Link Cup is played over two series each year with eight golfers from each series winning their way to the National Final. And you can add two GMA members to that list, one from each series.

To qualify for the National Final GMA members need to do two things: sign up a minimum of 50 new registered players to the Genesis Golf Link Cup over the course of the series then amass the most Genesis Golf Link Cup points in the GMA Leaderboard.

With MPower Golf a sponsor and supporter of the GMA all GMA Members are already automatically registered in the event.

Which means that, just like the club members they represent, all their golf scores are automatically counted in the competition without requiring any input from the golfer. You simply play and the Genesis Golf Link Cup does the rest.

The aim of the Genesis Golf Link Cup is to encourage more golfers to play more golf more often at the golf clubs that are the lifeblood of the industry.

Convincing golfers to sign up for the Genesis Golf Link Cup couldn’t be easier. Once entered, the player doesn’t need to do anything but play their regular competition golf and the unique Genesis Golf Link Cup scoring algorithm does the rest.

But even better, all registered players who play six rounds of golf in a series are also automatically in the draw to win a luxury Genesis vehicle in that series.

Genesis Golf Link Cup scores are calculated using a unique algorithm which plots the golfer’s performance against the field that day.

To be eligible for the National Final simply play a minimum of six rounds with the best five and one worst counting towards your score.

The highest score among the GMA Members who added at least 50 new registrations qualifies in each series.

The National Final includes: expenses-paid trip to Sydney from nearest capital city; accommodation, in Sydney; golf at the National Final at a prestigious Sydney course; presentation dinner and Genesis VIP experience at the Australian Open.

Important Links

Genesis Golf Link Cup – Club by Club Leaderboard

Genesis Golf Link Cup – GMA Members Leaderboard

Genesis Golf Link Cup – Team Registration


How we’ll help you qualify for the Genesis Golf Link Cup – GMA Members Leaderboard and the National Final

A range of marketing initiatives supported by the Genesis Golf Link Cup offer GMA members a variety of ways to increase the number of their members registered for the event, ensuring their chance of making the National Final.

Club Leaderboards

Each club has a leaderboard within the Genesis Golf Link Cup. A link to this leaderboard will be provided to all club GM’s for their internal promotional use. It can be sent to their club members or highlighted on their websites.

Posters, Countercards

Each year the Genesis Golf Link Cup sends a series of posters and countercards to clubs to promote the event. These can be placed on noticeboards near comp registration or the locker-room and in the proshop. More are available on request.

Registration and Engagement Emails

The Genesis Golf Link Cup will send personalised content to each club to allow them to resend this from their own email systems, congratulating well-performing players and with a link to register. These will be updated monthly.

Teams Event this year

For the first time this year, the Genesis Golf Link Cup offers 4-ball teams an opportunity to play in the National Final, for an added route to this experience. Each series one team will qualify with the two teams playing off at the Final. Entry fee per team is only $120 per series. Interestingly the team scores are aggregated again from the golf played across the Genesis Golf Link Cup program, meaning team members need not play at the same time or even location.

See Team Registration here

Personalised Social Media banners

The Genesis Golf Link Cup produces personalised weekly winners’ images for use on social media, websites and within e-newsletters. These are emailed to GM’s.

Club winners – what could you do?

Given this is a national event run over two 15-week series each year with no additional work required by the club, how could the club take advantage of an opportunity to connect with its members? At present on average over a quarter of each club’s membership is participating. The nature of the event is that the players that do best are the most improved and most consistent players over the period of a series; could clubs have a presentation to the winning players at the end of each series?

Genesis Golf Link Cup Open Days

Would you like to host a corporate day in conjunction with the Genesis Golf Link Cup? As an addition to the event this year MPower Golf is looking to provide premium golf experiences to Genesis Golf Link Cup players looking for an Open Day. We’ll provide the event structure, supporting materials and run registrations through iseekgolf.com, and your club gains a busy corporate day. (Note to avoid confusion, the Genesis Golf Link Cup runs across all golf played by members, not just those at organised events such as these Open Days). Contact Nick Thornton GM at MPower Golf if interested.

New guide highlights clubs’ duty to be inclusive

Golf Victoria and Golf Australia welcome today’s release of Equal Opportunity in Golf, a practical guide to preventing unlawful discrimination and harassment in Australia’s golf clubs.

The guide, which was developed with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, reminds clubs they have a positive duty not to discriminate against women and minority groups.

Equal opportunity in golf is a key part of the sport’s efforts to address the under-representation of women in golf. Women make up 21% of all golf club members nationally and 23% in Victoria, which is significantly out of step with other sports and with contemporary Australian society.

The guide, which also comes in a handy ‘quick guide’ version, can help clubs understand their obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. It details their ‘positive duty’ to provide an environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, and to take ‘reasonable measures’ to eliminate these practices in their clubs and in membership policies.

Golf Victoria CEO Simon Brookhouse says the guide will help clubs to encourage people from all walks of life to participate in golf.

“Victorian golf clubs are known for their friendly environments and are often seen as the backbone of communities, especially in regional Victoria,” says Brookhouse.

“Although golfers like to think that their sport is fair and open to all, there have been examples of individuals or groups that have been excluded or prevented from participating equally.”

Brookhouse says discrimination can have adverse effects on health, confidence and performance and may result in people leaving the sport.

“Clubs that allow such behaviour risk losing members and volunteers, often resulting in a reduced income,” he says. “They also face the prospect of legal liability and financial costs.”

 “I encourage clubs to work with Golf Victoria to help grow the game and to ensure it continues to be welcoming and inclusive to all members of our diverse community.”

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton congratulated Golf Victoria and Golf Australia for their work on the guide.

“Golf clubs provide a great place for the community to meet and socialise,” Ms Hilton said. “They also have a legal obligation under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 to provide equal opportunity for people to participate, regardless of their gender.

“Clubs play a key role in setting standards of behaviour. They must act as role models by ensuring that that club memberships are provided without discrimination,” she said.

Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt thanked the Commission and Golf Victoria for their work in producing such an important publication.

“We encourage all clubs to carefully review the guide and consider if their current practices are compliant,” Pitt said.

“The feedback we have had already from clubs is that it will add significantly to the golf industry’s understanding of its legal obligations regarding equal opportunity.”

Chief Executive of the R&A Martin Slumbers commended Golf Victoria and Golf Australia for taking the initiative to provide such useful guidance on discrimination and equal opportunities legislation to their member clubs.

“Golf – like all sports – has a duty to ensure that those joining clubs are treated equally and do not suffer discrimination on grounds including gender, race, religion or nationality,” he said.

“It is important for clubs to understand their responsibilities under equal opportunities legislation and ensure their policies and procedures are fully compliant.”

Golf clubs and members can download the report here, and are invited to visit the Commission’s website or call 1300 292 153 for free information and tools to prevent unlawful discrimination.

Final Rules changes for 2019 confirmed

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019.

The R&A and the USGA finalised golf’s new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes. Golfers can now access the official 2019 Rules of Golf by visiting RandA.org or usga.org/rules.

The process to modernise the Rules began in 2012 and was initiated to ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply for all golfers and to make the game more attractive and accessible for newcomers. 

While the majority of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated. The most significant adjustments made following review of the feedback received from golfers around the world include:

  • Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).
  • Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).
  • Removing the penalty for a double hit:  The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.  (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 included the existing one-stroke penalty).
  • Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance:  A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change:  this is a new addition to support pace of play)

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are pleased to be introducing the new Rules of Golf after a collaborative and wide-ranging review process which has embraced the views of golfers, rules experts and administrators worldwide. We believe that the new Rules are more in tune with what golfers would like and are easier to understand and apply for everyone who enjoys playing this great game.”

 “We’re thankful for the golfers, administrators and everyone in the game who took the time to provide us with great insight and thoughtful feedback,” said USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status, Thomas Pagel. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the new Rules ahead of their education and implementation.”

Major proposals introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernised Rules include:

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.

Presented in digital, text-based form today, the new Rules will also now be translated into more than 30 languages and readied for final delivery via print and digital formats, including searchable Rules of Golf official apps developed by The R&A and the USGA.

Three important publications, to be distributed in September, will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied: 

  • The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.
  • The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.
  • The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations on the Rules, committee procedures (available local rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication.

More than 30 “how-to apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes are now available at usga.org/rules.  Additional education tools will be released in September. 

Players are reminded that the current edition of the Rules of Golf (2016) must be applied when playing, posting scores or competing for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.   

As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and the USGA’s efforts to modernise golf’s Rules. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organisations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

More information here

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

PGA TOUR and Web.com 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 Web.com 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 www.youcaring.com/januaryforjarrod. 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 Web.com 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, Web.com 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.