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The PGA of Australia, Australian Ladies Professional Golf and Golf Australia extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Kate Nolan, who passed away at the weekend, aged 44.
Nolan played professionally in the US, Europe and Asia, with the highlight of her pro career her win at the 2003 Mollymook Womens Classic.
As an amateur, she was part of Australia's 1996 and 1998 World Cup teams. The latter year was arguably Nolan’s strongest season, during which she won both the Australian and Victorian 72-hole Stroke Play Championships.
Nolan later became a much-loved PGA instructor at Albert Park Driving Range. She was one of the facility’s inaugural coaches when it opened in 1996 and taught more than 10,000 golfers, with many of her pupils developing long-lasting relationships with the affable coach.
ALPG chief executive Karen Lunn said Nolan had been extremely popular and had a huge impact on the Australian golf industry.
“Kate was a much loved and charismatic person who made a lasting impression on all those she came in contact with,” Lunn said.
“As a player, Kate was incredibly talented, but I believe her greatest gifts were her positive nature and passion for the game which she passed on to the many students who were fortunate enough to be taught by her. The legacy Kate leaves to our game is the countless number of pupils she inspired."
"We would like to express our sincerest condolences to Kate's family and many friends; the ALPG family will always be there when needed to support Kate's husband Bernie and their beautiful children."
PGA chief executive Gavin Kirkman said Nolan left an indelible mark on those she coached.
“Kate was a passionate golf person who lived to improve others. The golfing industry will unite in our grief and ensure Kate’s legacy lives on,” Kirkman said.
Golf Australia's female engagement officer Serrin Bertino paid tribute to Nolan's passion and vast contribution to women's golf.
“The loss of Kate is such a tragedy for her family, friends and the golf community," Bertino said.
"I had the pleasure of working with Kate over many years in the female development space and I know she has worked alongside many other Golf Australia colleagues on all areas of development.
"As a teacher of golf, Kate was absolutely full of life – the laughter, humour and relaxed nature she brought to her coaching role was delightful.
"I witnessed her connect so well, especially with teenage girls and young women, making them feel extremely comfortable and confident to give golf a go.
"We will all miss her terribly and send our condolences and love to her family, friends and the Albert Park Driving Range staff."
Nolan died early on Saturday morning, surrounded by her loving family.