Date: May 25, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

British adventure just the ticket

For 14 of Australia’s brightest young prospects, Scotland and Wales is home for a month of invaluable on-the-fly golfing lessons.

Queenslanders Charlie Dann, Anthony Quayle and Steven Cox, New South Welshmen Cam Davis, Blake Windred, Harrison Endycott and Travis Smyth, West Australian Kiran Day, South Australian Matt Lisk and Victorians David Micheluzzi, Cameron John, Brett Coletta, Zach Murray and Blake Collyer are all part of what Golf Australia high performance director Brad James describes as an “incredible golf and lifetime investment”.

“These athletes have the chance to compete in several outstandingly run tournaments and an international challenge of which we’re a part – it’s a tremendous learning opportunity,” James said.

“It’s a chance for them to gain enormous international experience, not only of some great British courses which many of them have never seen, but also to test themselves against the best in the world.

“It’s just a brilliant investment in their future development if they decide to take golf on as a career down the road.”

Under the guidance of a rotating series of Golf Australia national coaches, various combinations of the 14 young men will play in a series of events beginning this week at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Gullane, near Edinburgh.

After a practice round at nearby Renaissance Club next Monday, the troupe heads to the “home of golf” for next week’s St Andrews Links Trophy.

South-west through Glasgow, the Aussie contingent then gathers in Kilmarnock for a growing tradition, a two-day match against Scotland, with England and South Africa also possible opponents.

Following that, the group heads south into Wales for the British Amateur Championship to be played at the Royal Porthcawl and Pyle & Kenfig courses west of Cardiff from June 13-18.

“It’s a brilliant itinerary for any young golfer,” James said.

“They’ll learn a lot both from their opponents and the courses. We put great stock in our relationships with Scottish Golf and England Golf – and the relationships we’ve struck with them really benefit everyone.”

“In particular, that match against Scotland really shows how tight our relationship is and that’s a ripping couple of days of really competitive and instructive golf – we can’t wait.”