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August 17, 2017: Golf Australia Limited: PODCAST: Episode #13 out now

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Recently out of hospital, Jarrod Lyle headlines Episode 13 (6:46), Jason Norris joins the show from the Fiji International (38:45), Rory's future is on everyone's tongues again (49:41) and Mr. Aces Greg Wall discusses his remarkable round that included two holes in one (56:33). Martin Blake and Mark Hayes join host Andy Maher.

INDEX

SECTION 1 GOLF AUSTRALIA LIMITED PROFILE

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2017

SECTION 1 GOLF AUSTRALIA LIMITED PROFILE

1.1 ACTIVITIES

Golf Australia Limited operates as a golf club. The company organizes and manages golf tournaments. Golf Australia Limited was formerly known as Australian Golf Union and changed its name in January, 2006. The company was incorporated in 2006 and is based in South Melbourne, Australia.

1.2 SUMMARY

Website: http://www.golfaustralia.org.au

Industry: Media

SECTION 2 PRESS RELEASES: 2017

June 05: Events Calendar: Golf Australia Limited: GMA National Conference 8-12 October 2017

Golf Australia is a proud supporter of the 2017 GMA National Conference. The GMA National Conference is an important biennial event for the golf industry. For managers, this is an opportunity to stay informed; meet with colleagues and industry stakeholders and hear from an array of quality speakers on the challenges and opportunities in the golf industry today. For club boards, this is an important professional development opportunity for your club's key executive. Golf Australia encourages boards to take an active interest in the attendance of their managers and the resulting key take-outs from the conference.

Source: Company Website

May 30: Golf Australia Limited: Drummond extends Golf Australia partnership

Drummond Golf has extended its long-term association with Golf Australia.

The nation's premier golf retailer for more than 40 years, Drummond Golf has inked a multi-year expansion of its previous deal, with the option for an additional extension.

Drummond has become the first existing partner to upgrade its association with Golf Australia since the sport's governing body reacquired the rights to the nation's handicapping system in a deal with GOLF Link.

In the first eight weeks of the GOLF Link integration, more than 260,000 individual golf handicaps were queried and 5.8 million page impressions generated.

The change has, according to Nielsen Data, made the website the fifth most visited site of any sporting body in the country, behind only those of the AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia and V8 Supercars.

Golf Australia's digital platform www.golf.org.au - home also for golf news from around the globe, club scores and course information - now provides an unprecedented opportunity to connect with golfers across Australia.

It will provide Drummond Golf the opportunity to amplify its marketing message to the golf participant on a daily basis.

GA commercial director Kent Boorman said the developments were exciting for golf's future and was thrilled their benefits could be used by "such an amazing long-term partner".

"We are incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Drummond Golf. They have been a long-time supporter of golf in the country and we look forward to working even closer with them towards the common goal of growing participation in the game," Boorman said.

"Our increased ability to connect our partners with the golf participant on a daily basis is very compelling and it seems to be resonating in the market place."

Drummond Golf chief executive Jamie Cooke was excited by the enhanced ties between the bodies.

"At Drummond Golf we have always felt an obligation to contribute wherever we can in growing the game of golf and our long-term partnership with Golf Australia is the cornerstone of that philosophy," Cooke said.

"The energy and enthusiasm we see in the team at Golf Australia gives us great confidence in the future of the sport in this country.

March 24: Golf Australia Limited: Cool Murray wins SA Classic

19-year-old Zach Murray from Commonwealth Golf Club in Victoria has won the 2017 Golf SA Amateur Classic, finishing the tournament 6-under par.

Murray carded rounds of 73, 72, 68, 69 (282) to finish one ahead of three players tied at 5-under, Western Australian's Min Woo Lee and Ben Ferguson and overnight leader Douglas Klein.

With Klein and Ferguson struggling, Lee skyrocketed to the lead thru 11 holes moving to 6-under, but once again had trouble on the hardest hole on the course the 442mtr par 4, 14th making bogey (he made triple in round three).

Murray maintained is composure though, playing error-free golf all week, recording no doubles for the championship and was one of only four players to shoot sub-par final rounds in tricky conditions on Royal Adelaide's championship course.

"I started well, I chipped in on the first hole for birdie, but then I bogeyed the second and birdied the third, then played pretty steady from then on in. I was one-under thru 11 and made a couple of solid pars.

"I then hit a great shot into 14 to about three foot and made that for birdie, then I hit a six iron from 210m on 15 to about two foot for eagle, so that was a big help.

"I missed a couple of pretty makeable putts coming down the stretch, I thought if I could get to 7 or 8-under I would be pretty close to it and I thought my putt on the last was probably to get me into a playoff, but as it turns out it was for the win"

"It was a good day. I played pretty steady all week I just didn't putt that great, but my ball striking was pretty good."

Murray in the second to last group with Sam Earl (77) and Josh Armstrong (74) closed it out well.

"I was pretty happy, I was a little bit nervous on the last hole but it was good to get up and down. with the ball ricocheting off Sam's ball from the bunker.

March 22: Queensland Golf Industry Awards

The 2016 Queensland Golf Industry Awards Night and PGA Trainee Graduation was celebrated in style last night at Jupiters Casino joined by 440 of Queensland golf's finest in the industry.

The evening recognised the achievements of those from the Queensland Division of the PGA of Australia, Golf Queensland, Golf Managers Association Queensland (GMAQ) as well as the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Queensland (GCSAQ).

With 31 awards presented, it was a strong representation of the positive direction of the Queensland golf industry.

Golf Queensland presented six awards, including Rowes Bay Golf Club's Matt McCarthy for Volunteer of the Year, Charlie Dann for Male Amateur Golfer of the Year, Karis Davidson for Female Amateur Golfer of the Year, presented by Club Super, Jediah Morgan for Junior Male Amateur Golfer of the Year, Karis Davidson for Junior Female Amateur Golfer of the Year, and joint recognition for Carmel Smith and Tom Crothers as QGI Services to Sport Award.

Winners Background:

Charlie Dann - 2016 Golf Queensland Male Amateur Golfer of the Year Charlie Dann enjoyed an exceptional breakout in 2016, consistently finishing with top results.

The 23-year-old Sunshine Coast resident was elevated to the Queensland Academy of Sport squad and Queensland State Team, paying dividends in May where he remained undefeated in Australian Interstate Series.

In May he also travelled to Scotland with a Golf Australia squad returning with a Top 20 result at the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship. The trip prepared Charlie for his biggest triumphs on home soil taking out the Mandurah Amateur in Western Australian and his first Queensland state Championship title, the Keperra Bowl.

Charlie's spectacular results have enabled him to break inside the top 60 of the World Amateur Rankings and become Australia's second ranked Male Amateur.

February 27: Golf Australia Limited: Tasmania Wins Claremont Shield

Tasmania Golf Club has won the Claremont Shield by fifteen strokes from Launceston. The Southern Metropolitan Golf Association placed third a further four strokes adrift.

2017 CLAREMONT SHIELD - TOP FIVE

Pos Vs Par Total Club

1 -6 484 Tasmania

2 +9 499 Launceston

3 +13 503 SMGA

4 +14 504 Kingston Beach

5 +19 509 Claremont

Tasmania Golf Club's Paul Read has won the individual section of the championship. Read carded 67 and 66 for a seven-under-par total of 133. Launceston's Mitch Van Noord was runner-up and the Southern Metropolitan Golf Association's Josh Spaulding placed third.

Pos Vs Par Total Name Club 1st Rnd 2nd Rnd

1 -7 133 Paul Read Tasmania 67 66

2 -3 137 Mitch Van Noord Launceston 64 73

3 -1 139 Josh Spaulding SMGA 68 71

T4 EV 140 Matthew Glover Kingston Beach 71 69

EV 140 Richard Kube SMGA 71 69

EV 140 Mark Schulze Tasmania 69 71

Host club Claremont picked up the Eric Bourke Memorial Shield, five and a half strokes clear of Burnie Golf Club in second.

2017 ERIC BOURKE MEMORIAL TROPHY - TOP FIVE

Pos Vs Par Total Club

1 -6.5 483.5 Claremont

2 -1.0 489 Burnie

3 +2.0 492 SMGA

4 +5.5 495.5 Riverside

T5 +6.5 496.5 Kingston Beach

+6.5 496.5 Penguin

February 19: Golf Australia Limited: WINNER: OH: "I can't sook"

A gutted Su Oh has vowed not to allow her fade-out in the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open to ruin her season.

Oh, the 20-year-old Melbourne professional who had a chance to win her national championship, could not handle her first experience of playing in the final group on tournament Sunday.

She slumped to a 77, four-over par, and was never a threat to win the tournament as Ha Na Jang of South Korea destroyed her opposition with a back nine of 31 and a closing 69 for a three-shot win.

Oh had to be content with a tied-14th finish, leaving Perth's Minjee Lee, who closed with 70, and Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith as the leading local players at six-under in a tie for third behind Jang and Nanna Madsen.

"I said I was going to fight for it. I lost today," said Oh. "It's disappointing but 'don't get too sookie' and pick myself up."

The Victorian made six bogeys and two birdies for her round, her troubles starting at the par-four sixth where she hit a brilliant shot to the green from a tough spot in the rough, but three-putted.

It summed up her day, and all she could do was focus on was the future -- Thailand next week and then Singapore. "It feels like the end of the world but it's really not," she said. "It's just another event. Mondays of the tournaments are kind of sad. You build the whole year up for this. Hana won so I'm really happy for her, then Monday comes and you're like 'next event'. It's really disappointing for me but by the time it comes to Thursday, I'm pretty sure it'll be in the past."

Smith played in the second-last group and was within a shot of the lead midway through her round before the Jang explosion buried her, but the 32-year-old took a philosophical approach.

"Obviously I haven't been in this position a whole lot," she said. "I don't think I threw it away necessarily, but I definitely had chances, so it's disappointing that I couldn't get this one, it's one of my favorite places, so it would've been sweet to get it here.

February 19: Golf Australia Limited: Rumford wins World Super 6 Perth

The ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth has been won by West Australian Brett Rumford in commanding fashion.

Local favourite Rumford has finally won a tournament on Western Australian soil, his sixth European Tour victory coming at an important time in the 39-year-old's career just months after he lost his status on the Tour.

"Every single year this has definitely been on my radar to come out and win. Unfortunately I've given up leads," said Rumford.

This win is, being in the home state, family and friends, everyone wants to win in front of home crowds and it's so hard to do as well and it's quite unique. So I've got a couple of positives there today to reflect upon I think."

"I really missed just being out there having a tour card and just being out there with my other family.

"So it's really nice to get that back and feel as though I've got some worth as a golfer once again. Because once it's all taken away, it can happen so quickly, it's not a nice place to be."

After 54 holes Rumford held a commanding five shot lead and entered the match play round of the innovative format as the top ranked seed. While it meant little bar a bye straight through to the second round, Rumford's skill shone through to see him the inaugural champion.

"I'm happy with the kudos, that's it. I'm happy with that," Rumford said of winning wire-to-wire.

"The players know how well I played relative to scoring. I know how well I played, I'm taking confidence from that and if anything, you know, to say that I wasn't playing for that final score at the last nine holes, absolutely I was.

"Every other player was, because we're all competitors and we all want that number one next to our name. So I'm happy with that.

"I'm happy that obviously to come out with a win as well. So it's a double positive for me this week."

Rumford faced World Number 58 Hideto Tanihara in the second round, a thrilling encounter awaited in the quarter finals with Wade Ormsby which saw the pair play the shootout hole twice.

He then met Adam Bland in the semi finals where he was victorious 1UP.

February 03: Golf Australia Limited: Gregory wins an Amateur for the ages

England's Scott Gregory, the world no 10, and his countryman, Marco Penge, have turned on a scintillating display of golf in the final of the 2017 NSW Amateur Golf Championship at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club today.

In a match that begun under cloudy skies and drizzle, the complete opposite of the conditions competitors faced all week, it was Gregory who got a head start on his less experienced opponent by grabbing a four-hole lead early, and for all intents looking like he would cruise to an easy victory.

For Penge, the early part of the contest was something he'd likely rather forget. As soon as he would win a hole, he would immediately follow it with a wayward tee shot, a missed putt, or a poor recovery shot that made his opponents task easier.

Little could be done by Penge to put a dent in Gregory"s early dominance, and when the morning round was complete, he held a comfortable four-hole lead.

But there could be no denying Penge's desire to get back into the contest. As the match resumed for the afternoon round, Penge stayed in touch. He won the 26th hole (8th) to claw back one of Gregory's lead. Then, when the British Amateur Champion failed to take advantage of a poor chip by Penge on the 27th, there was still a glimmer of hope.

Marco Penge Marco Penge in action in the 2017 NSW Amateur final

That glimmer turned into a bright light as the combatants turned for the homeward nine. Wins on the 10th and 11th for Penge meant that the match was turning his way, and quickly too.

When Gregory dumped his tee shot on the par-three 12th hole into the hazard, and Penge picked up his third hole in a row, the match was back to one.

The pair halved the 13th with pars. Then, on the 14th, a decison by Penge to layup from the rough with his second allowed him pitch his third to within 6 feet and have a great chance for a four.

January 19: Golf Australia Limited: Open spot for Asia-Pacific winner

If a Masters ticket wasn't enough, the "loot" on offer at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship has today gone next level.

The R&A today announced the winner of the 2017 AAC will win entry to the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Dominic Wall, the R&A's Asia-Pacific director, said: "The R&A is committed to developing and enhancing the status of amateur golf throughout Asia-Pacific.

"The exemption for the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship will provide a fantastic opportunity for talented amateur golfers from this part of the world to qualify for The Open."

The AAC now becomes one of four elite amateur events -- alongside The Amateur Championship, European Amateur and US Amateur -- to offer golfers the opportunity to qualify for The Open.

Since 2009, the AAC has been conducted in partnership between the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation, the Masters Tournament and the R&A with the winner earning an invitation to the following Masters.

Two of the past three winners have been Australian with Adelaide's Antonio Murdaca in 2014 and Perth's Curtis Luck last year.

New Zealand's Royal Wellington Golf Club will host this year's AAC from 26-29 October.

SECTION 3 OTHER NEWS: 2017

August 17: Golf Australia Limited: Perry finally catches a break

He's had a brilliant world tour, but even Dylan Perry was due an ounce of luck.

And it came today at a critical time in the US Amateur Championship in Los Angeles.

The impressive Perry was one of three Australians to reach the round of 32 at famous Riviera Country Club, alongside fellow New South Welshman Travis Smyth and Queenslander Shae Wools-Cobb.

Only Victorian Blake Collyer bowed out, unable to repeat his qualifying heroics in going down 6&5 to American Collin Morikawa who became Perry's next opponent after a stunning finale by the 22-year-old from the Hunter Valley.

Perry had been 3-up and cruising through 11 holes before "losing my swing" a little down the stretch.

A bogey on the 18th hole allowed Alex Smalley, who played in the US Open last year, to force overtime and it would only have been natural for Perry to allow thoughts of previous late-hole dramas to creep in.

Perry had a putt to win the Interstate Series for NSW hook out, then ceded a late lead in The Amateur final at Royal St George's in June before eventually falling in 38 holes.

But not today, as lessons learnt by this steely competitor shone through at just the right moment.

Heading back down the long par-four first hole, Perry found himself in trouble when Smalley hit his approach to 3.5m above the hole and his own 8-iron approach came up 5m shy of the green.

"I obviously couldn't afford to be short, so gave it a good whack and it hit the hole pretty hard, but it bobbed up for a second and went straight down, so it was great," Perry said.

"You don't think of those other things at the time, but yeah, I've had a couple get away, so this was nice."

Perry, who's had a great two months on the road in Britain and the United States, also featuring solid results in the European Amateur and Western Amateur events, said those setbacks had been great teachers.

"It would have been nice to win those, for sure.

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