A nine-strong rookie squad will benefit from Golf Australia support on the world’s professional tours this year.
Golf Australia high performance director Brad James today announced the 2018 rookie squad, with three new additions after a string of encouraging performances in recent months.
Six of last year’s squad – Su Oh, Todd Sinnott, Ryan Ruffels, Brett Coletta, Hannah Green and Australian Open champion Cameron Davis – are back, this time joined by newly minted pros Travis Smyth and Karis Davidson and the in-form Lucas Herbert.“
James said he would carry high hopes for the stellar 2018 squad for their continued progress on international stages, with many having already taken large strides.
“We have already been delighted with the results these and previous members of the rookie squad have produced in years past and we believe those results have been made easier to achieve by the safety net the program affords them.
“We have been very excited with the way of our amateur athletes performed again in 2016, so we're excited to have Karis and Travis take the natural step up,” James said.
“And in the past year, Lucas has been exemplary in his commitment to improvement and we couldn't be more delighted to offer him a rookie squad position he has fully earnt.”
“All nine of these young athletes are branching out around the world, but it’s important they continue to utilise their service teams as they develop all aspects of their games – and work through the rigours of being professional athletes.”
All nine receive reimbursed funding towards expenses they incur in expanding their career through training, preparation, travel and competition.
The 2018 squad:
Brett Coletta (2nd year)
Karis Davidson (1st year)
Cameron Davis (2nd year)
Hannah Green (2nd year)
Lucas Herbert (1st year)
Su Oh (3rd year)
Ryan Ruffels (3rd year)
Todd Sinnott (4th year)
Travis Smyth (1st year)
To view player profiles, click http://www.golf.org.au/rookieprofiles