Well, what a summer of golf this has been.
Everyone will look back and see different highlights.
Maybe it was the outstanding success of both the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open and the men’s Emirates Australian Open and their world-class champions? What Jordan Spieth did on the last day at The Australian in November will long live in Aussie golf folklore.
Maybe, for you, it was the return appearances of Adam Scott and the publicity our first Masters champ continues to generate. And who can forget the marathon playoff he ultimately lost to Greg Chalmers in the PGA Championship?
Or maybe it was Nick Cullen’s dramatic bunker shot, arguably the best in Aussie Masters history, to clinch his first gold jacket at majestic Metropolitan?
Or how about how the state championships continuing to build and regaining the importance and appeal they once had?
We at Golf Australia were thrilled to see two or our national squad members – Cam Davis and Shelly Shin – salute at a tremendously successful Australian Amateur Championship in Sydney against world-class fields with arguably the greatest depth the of talent the tournament has ever known.
Or what about our young women’s team bringing home the Astor Trophy after an unbeaten week at The Grange against the Commonwealth’s best teams?
Their impact, along with a host of other amateurs, continues to remind us where the future of the game lies.
And it’s with that in mind that I toss up one more highlight – not one that many would expect, but one that’s so important to golf in Australia: the growth of MyGolf and junior participation.
Since we relaunched MyGolf last year alongside the PGA of Australia, we have been delighted with the uptake of the program by kids and clubs around the country.
To see clubs as prominent as Royal Melbourne throwing their full support behind MyGolf says everything you need to know about the importance with which we must treat the lifeblood of the sport in Australia.
If you’re reading this at your club and you’d like to see more boys and girls get involved to boost not only its future, but also generate a real vibe around the place, I urge you to act.
MyGolf is the game’s future – and it’s waiting for you to get involved.
Who knows? The youngster who creates the next generation of indelible memories could be on your club’s doorstep right now.