Date: February 15, 2013


HP Squad Training

The first training session for the members of the 2013 Golf NSW High Performance Player Development Squads took place at Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club on Tuesday February 13th. The players went through a number of skill drills that covered the various facets of the game. Players also received some advice about their pre-shot and post shot routines from Golf NSW Sport Psychologist John Crampton. John also discussed with the group how to mentally prepare and debrief for each tournament round.

The group then played a 9 hole competition in which they had to role play a player/caddie relationship and the interaction between the two prior to each shot played. This lead to some funny interactions during the game, but the squad could see the benefit and many commented that how much more they were able to visualise and focus on the process of hitting a good shot as they discussed varying details of each shot with their caddy.

National Rankings

Fourteen year old Shelley Shin from Concord Golf Club has just moved into 1st place on the Golf Australia Girls National Rankings list. With her recent sound performances at the Australian Amateur and Women&aposs NSW Open, Shelley continues to show why she is player of the future to watch out for.

  • Men Golf NSW Elite Squad Members Brett Drewitt (Long Reef -5th ) and Jordan Zunic (Bonnie Doon- 10th) are inside the top 10. The biggest movers have been Dale Brandt Richards (Mona Vale – 21st) and 17 year old Cameron Davis (Roseville -25th) who both moved into the top 25.
  • Women Lauren Hibbert (Pennant Hills 6th) and Adriana Brent (The Lakes 10th) are inside the top 10. The biggest mover is Shelley Shin (23rd -Concord) has moved inside the top 25. Another 14 year old Celina Yuan (Bankstown) is hot on Shelley&aposs heels moving into 27th.
  • Girls Shelley Shin 1st while Golf NSW Emerging Squad Member Cathleen Santoso (The Australian) is in 9th place. Golf NSW/ JNG Junior Elite Squad Members Celina Yuan (13th) and Elizabeth Elmassian (The Australian -16th) also find themselves in the Top 20.
  • Boys Golf NSW/JNJG Junior Elite Squad Members Dylan Perry(Long Reef) and Cameron Davis find themselves in 5th and 9th place respectively after the solid summer of golf.

Smith and Lee win Australian Amateur

Golf Australia National Squad members Cameron Smith (Qld) and Justine Lee (WA) won the 2013 Men&aposs and Women&aposs Australian Amateur Championship played at Commonwealth Golf Club during January.

Golf NSW/Jack Newton Junior Golf Junior Elite Squad Member Dylan Perry (Long Reef GC) along with Dale Brandt- Richards (Mona vale GC) were the best performing NSW players with each making it through to the quarter finals.

On the women&aposs side the best performing NSW players were Lauren Hibbert, Cathleen Santoso and Shelley Shin who were all defeated in the second round. Santoso was narrowly beaten by the eventual winner Minjee Lee on the 19th hole, while Shelley Shin was defeated by finalist Jenny Lee.For full [click here]

Yuan wins Gold

Fifteen year old NSW State Junior Boys&apos Team member Kevin Yuan (Bankstown GC) has won the first ever Australian Olympic Gold Medal in Golf by winning the individual boys title at the Australian Youth Olympics Festival Golf Tournament held at Twin Creeks Golf & Country Club. Celina Yuan claimed Silver in the individual girls championship, while the Australian Team also clinched Silver in the teams competition.For full story [click here]

NSW Amateurs Perform well at the Bing Lee/Samsung NSW Open

Although the headlines show that Swede Caroline Hedwall won her second Bing Lee/Samsung Women&aposs NSW Open at Oatlands in January over two raising stars in the amateur game Lydia Ko and Minjee, sound performances were turned by several leading NSW Women. State Team Members Cathleen Santoso, Lauren Hibbert and Carly Beck all had decent finishes of 17th, 27thand 29th respectively. Talented 14 year old Shelley Shin also performed well to finish 17th.For full story and results of the Bing Lee/Samsung Women&aposs NSW Open [click here]

NSW State Junior Teams to be announced in upcoming weeks

The NSW Boys and Girls Teams to compete at the Australian Junior Interstate Teams Matches in April will be announced in the upcoming weeks.The boys team will be announced at the presentation of the Concord Cup on Saturday February 23rd, while the girls&apos team will be announced at the presentation of the NSWGC Silver Cup on Monday February 25th.

Golf NSW High Performance Manager Khan Pullen commented “The performances of many of the juniors has been very consistent over the last 12 months, making it a very difficult decision for the Golf NSW selectors to decide on the final 6 places for each team. With a heavy influence on current form taken into account in the selection process, the performances of the players in the final few selection events will be very important for any hopefuls.”For more information on the Golf NSW State Teams [click here]

NSW is hoping to break the drought in the Boys’ Championship since a NSW boy last won the event in 1986. Peter O&aposMalley guarded the title in 1986 following previous wins by NSWs’ Brett Ogle in 1985 and Stephen Jackson in 1984. The title has eluded the boys ever since.

For more information about the Junior Interstate Teams Matches lease click on the following links:

Entries are also open for the Australian Boys and Girls Championship. To enter click on the following link;