Date: October 21, 2009

Celebrities out in force for Play Golf day

Some of Australia s biggest names in entertainment have stepped out on course as the newly unveiled ambassadors of Shannon Noll, Andy Lee, Sarah Wilson, Tony Squires, James Mathison, Liz Ellis, Shelly Horton and Kerry-Anne Kennerly are among a growing list of famous faces who have signed up to be ambassadors. Television doyenne Kennerley was joined by fellow TV personalities James Mathison, Sarah Wilson, Deborah Hutton, Tony Squires, retired pro Lucas Parsons plus rocker Shannon Noll for 18 holes at New South Wales Golf Club home of the 2009 Australian Open. The celebrities have signed on as official ambassadors for an exciting new initiative from Golf Australia aimed at increasing participation in what is known by many as the sport of kings. The website,, aims to encourage more Australians to take up the game, providing information for beginners on where to get lessons or head to for a casual round, plus present regular golfers with a range of club membership options in their local neighbourhood. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt joined in the fun and said he was impressed with the talent that took to the field, whether they were beginners starting out or seasoned players. The day reinforced that golfers of all abilities can have a lot of fun playing golf. We had newcomers Sarah Wilson and Shelly Horton, playing their first 18 holes, who improved markedly on their way round, while Tony Squires putted like he plays with a handicap of two. Shannon Noll hit the ball a mile- leaving himself with a wedge shot into most of the par 5s and Kerri-Anne has a swing that would be the envy of most, he said. Television presenter and golfing novice Sarah Wilson said her great result on the par-3 17th hole made her enjoy the day even more. I had so much fun and managed to impress myself with my ability to focus for so long, she said. And the fact I beat retired pro golfer Lucas Parsons on the 17th just made my day .