Date: February 23, 2016
Author: Golf NT

Juniors in the NT get a boost

It is a very busy period for Golf NT and all levels of Junior Golf development. Golf NT will be out visiting top end schools over the next week under the Sporting Schools program. In excess of 1800 primary age girls and boys will be part of the MyGolf School program. Each student will receive a minimum of three visits from the accredited Golf NT Community Instructors across Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs with the aim being for interested players to progress to a MyGolf program at local Golf Clubs.

The Carbine Club (Northern Territory inc), also play a critical role in the area of junior golf development in the NT. Through their fundraising efforts, monies are available for Golf NT to deliver school visits, school gala days and pathway opportunities for identified players. The Carbine Club representatives, David D’Silva (President) and Tony Pickering (Event Manager) last week, handed an incredible $16 000 cheque to Golf NT President, Stewart Cox with all money raised to be spent on Junior Golf Development.

The Golf NT Junior Academy is one program that receives direct assistance from the Carbine Club fundraising. This year, the Academy has provided eight talented junior players from the age of 11 – 14 years of age to access specialist coaching, athletic development assistance as well as assisting players when they travel to identified tournaments with entry fees and uniform costs covered by this sponsorship. Golf NT are hopeful that the number of players in the NT Academy will continue to grow as a result of the underpinning programs conducted at schools and at Golf Clubs.


The Golf NT Selectors have been checking form before selecting the team for the 2016 Golf Australian Boys Amateur and Interstate Teams Interstate series to be played in Tasmania. The selected team is Daniel Brown (Alice Springs GC), Mitchell Gridley (Alice Springs GC), Thomas Johnston (Darwin GC), Ben Steven (Dawin GC), George Worrall (Alice Springs GC) and Joseph Worrall (Alice Springs GC). Five of the six players will be backing up from the 2015 team with youngster, Ben Steven (13 years old) making his debut.

In a groundbreaking initiative, Golf NT, Golf Tasmania and Golf ACT have been granted approval to enter a combined team in the 2016 Girls Amateur and Interstate Teams series to be also contested in Tasmania. This is a fantastic opportunity for the three Golf entities to showcase their female talent at a National level. The Golf NT junior selectors have selected fourteen year old Jade Longstaff (Darwin GC) who plays of a Golf Australia handicap of 4.9 and thirteen year old Katelyn Rika (Gove Country GC) who plays off a Golf Australia handicap of 6.1. These two girls have been playing excellent golf and this opportunity is reward for all their efforts over the last twelve months.

Both Boys and Girls will be heading to Tasmania in April.