Date: May 22, 2015
Author: Olivia McMillan, PGA

Record books for Lisa Jean

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Lisa Jean delivered a performance for the record books becoming the first female to win the Victorian Club Professional Championship this week.

Jean, the Golf Operations Manager at Horsham Golf Club in country Victoria, teed up in the prestigious PGA title with little expectations.

At the end of the 18 holes Jean had etched her name on the trophy and earned a place in the PGA Tour of Australasia's 2016 Victorian PGA Championship.

"I haven't been playing at all, so I was just hoping to have a good day and play reasonably so not to embarrass myself. I went in relaxed, I didn't think I had much chance of winning but it ended up being a very good result," said Jean who fired an even par round, from the ladies championship tees at Eynesbury Golf Club.  

Ensuring vocational PGA Professionals have the opportunity to compete in the Victorian PGA Championship the winner, Jean, was provided an invite to the PGA Tour of Australasia tournament.

"Our vocational PGA Professionals are exceptional players in their own rights, providing the Victorian Club Professional champion a place in the Victorian PGA Championship allows them the opportunity to measure their game against their Tour Professional colleagues," said Simon Butterly, General Manager – Tournaments Division of the PGA of Australia.

"That Lisa, as a female, has been able to qualify is a remarkable feat and also goes to show the depth of talent we have across Victoria in both the male and female game."

"But I think the biggest winner out of Lisa's experience is her students at Horsham Golf Club. To have a player of Lisa's calibre also coaching is a real benefit to regional Victoria."  

No stranger to tournament golf, Jean competed on the Ladies European Tour for six years before trading in the clubs for a place on the lesson tee.

"I think having played a lot, I back myself, I know that I will play reasonably, it definitely helps when you are in tight spots," added Jean.

"Just play your shots and not get worked up about things."

Jean's experience will come in handy when competing against the male Tour Professionals which is a daunting prospect.

"I am pretty nervous about the thought of playing, but I am trying not to let the thoughts get to me," added Jean who will play off the men's tees in the Victorian PGA Championship.

"Obviously playing against the men, they are going to be out driving and out hitting me."

"I just need to play my game and see how it goes, if I start trying to play a different game to what I am used to them it will effect what I do."

"If I do some decent practice going into the Vic PGA then it will be nice to make the cut but that is a lofty expectation. To play around par, maybe, is a good goal to have off the men's tee."

Jean won't be the first female to compete on the PGA Tour of Australasia, recent LPGA champion Minjee Lee was a regular competitor at the WA Open as an amateur from 2011 until 2013, more recently fellow West Australian amateur Hannah Green has also teed it up.

"I have always been of the thought process that women can't compete against the men off the men's tees, so for the experience of playing alongside them I think it's good provided they don't feel too much pressure," added Jean.

The PGA Professionals Championship of Victoria was played concurrently with the Victorian Club Professional Championship with Nick Dastey taking out the honours on 2-under 70.

Lisa Jean finished runner-up and along with the top-11 finishers, finds herself in the field for the PGA Professionals Championship at Hamilton Island.

"I am really looking forward to these upcoming tournaments, once a competitor always a competitor," added Jean. "It's got me excited about golf again."

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