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Over the past few months 20 Victorian high performance players have travelled internationally to compete in some of the world's major amateur golf tournaments.
Those players have played in a total of 62 events combined, with 16-year-old Cameron John's victory at the Scottish Strokeplay the highlight.
This pilgrimage has become an important part of our competition schedule and has now been in operation for some 20 years. Many of our best players also attend the Golf Australia camp in Houston while overseas, which has been introduced in more recent years.
For some it is a long trip, being on the road for a couple of months.
"This is great preparation for life as an elite player and a great learning process," said Golf Victoria High Performance Manager Ashley Marshall.
Players are spread far and wide, particularly across the summer events is the US. Whist Coletta, Murray, Micheluzzi and John were on the East coast at the Players Amateur, fellow VIS athlete Blake Collyer was making inroads in San Francisco at the famed Olympic Golf Club. Blake finished a highly creditable fourth in the TransMiss Amateur against a strong field of players from across the US, adding to his success in Britain a month earlier.
Whilst the girls don't seem to travel as much, Zara Woodbridge competed in the St. Rule Trophy alongside Grace Daniell, and also in the Womens British Amateur. Gabi Ruffels tried her hand in the US Girls Amateur, only to fall short of the matchplay by a single stroke, but played a solid tournament at the Junior Worlds where she made the cut and finished tied 39th.
David Micheluzzi and Jack Murdoch both qualified as alternates for the US Amateur, but it is unlikely they will stay around to see if they get a start.
One of the final events for many players, the Western Amateur, starts tonight (AEST). This is the third oldest amateur tournament in the world and boasts a rich history of the greats of golf on the honour roll. You can follow the scores at www.thewesternamateur.com.
The players will return afresh back on home soil with a hectic summer of golf tournaments ahead, and the opportunity to reconnect with their team and do the work they need to reach a higher level.