Date: September 28, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Look no further, Australia is tops

Australia’s Eisenhower Trophy victory will have a lasting benefit for golf around the country, triumphant coach Dean Kinney says.

While full of praise for winning trio Curtis Luck, Cam Davis and Harrison Endycott, the New South Wales national coach said the record-breaking week was equally as important for those in elite amateur golf around the nation.

And, importantly, he says, for the next generation considering their pathways.

“They just dominated the field,” Kinney said of his team that equalled the World Amateur Team Championship’s lowest ever score of 38 under, leaving second-placed England an astonishing 19 shots in the rear vision mirror.

“We were very confident going in with the world rankings showing the guys were the best team in the field on paper.

“The thing is, those same world rankings don’t show how much of a disadvantage we are at geographically with the rest of the world’s best having so much easier access to the big tournaments that make those things tick.

“But what these three guys did was to prove to everyone in Australian golf that when we get an equal shot on a neutral venue, we have at least the equal of the best players in the world.

“We’re all really proud of these three for what they did and how they handled themselves.

“But for all the guys who were on the fringes of selection or might be in a couple of years, take note that Golf Australia teams are the cream of the crop because that’s exactly what the world realised in Mexico.”

Kinney, who leant on manager Matt Cutler and strength and conditioning coach Luke Mackey to help out the Aussie men’s team in Mexico, said many countries of great golfing pedigree had approached the unit for information on how the domestic program worked so well.

“Which is fantastic,” Kinney said.

“It shows all the guys playing golf at home against these three guys, competing with them and even beating them on occasion, that what they’re doing is very close to the best in the world.

“The unity that not only this team showed, but for everyone pulling in the same direction to make this possible at Golf Australia and around the state institutes and academies, should be very proud.

“That was a massive result for us now and for the future. I couldn’t be prouder of what they’ve done.”