Date: July 30, 2013
Author: Khan Pullen - High Performance Manager, Golf NSW

Golf NSW High Performance Update

Last week Callan O Reilly competed in the Porter Cup held at Niagara Falls Country Club. Callan had rounds of 68, 71, 71, 72 (+2) to finish in a tie for 29th. The event was won by Canadian Taylor Pendrith finishing on 264, 16 under for the tournament. National Squad member and current world number 7 Brady Watt from West Australia was the best place Australian finishing in a tie for third on 10 under par. For full field scores please [click here]. Cathleen Santoso and Carly Beck competed in the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. Cathleen had rounds of 77, 72, 74, 77 (+16) to finish in a tie for 31st. The back 9 of each round hurt Cathleen s chances of finishing higher up the leader shooting +14 on the 9 for the tournament. Unfortunately Carly missed the 36 hole cut by two with rounds of 76, 82. Both Cathleen and Carly have moved on to The Woodlands to attend the Golf Australia Camp to check in and do some practice and recovery. At the camp last week a number of NSW players attended the Golf Australia National Camp at The Woodlands including: JNJG players Grant Booth and Jess Lasky; High Performance Squad members Jordan Zunic, Ricky Kato, Ruben Sondjaja and Brett Drewitt. Also at the camp were Golf NSW physiotherapist Matthew Green and Strength and Conditioning Coach Chris Smith. During the week players were able to have swing check-ups with the Golf Australia National Coaches and 3D Biomechanical Analyst Ryan Lumsden. They also had access to the coaches to work on their short game and putting. Players worked on getting their bodies back in shape after such hectic playing schedules via physio treatments and massage with Matt Green. Chris Smith assisted in the physical regeneration by conducting group and individual warm up, strength and conditioning and recovery sessions. Sport Psychologist Noel Blundell was on hand to assist players with any concerns about their mental game or current state of mind that was hindering performance. Players had access to the TPC course, swimming pool and gymnasium during the week. It was also a chance to schedule in some down time with many of the players taking in the sights and shopping available in the Houston area. Jordan, Ricky, Ruben and Brett have now moved on to Little Rock, Arkansas to compete in the Western Amateur Championships. The Championships will be played at The Alotian Club. The Tom Fazio designed course is very undulating, with relatively wide driving targets. The challenge lies in the approach shots to large undulating greens, which feature many tiers. Putting will also be difficult if the players hit the green in a different section in which the flag is positioned.
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The Alotian Club is an amazing place. Owned by investment banker and billionaire Warren Stephens the course is carved out of the hills and forests of a town named Roland approximately 30 minutes North West of the capital Little Rock. Warren is the son of the former Augusta National Chairman Jack Stephens. Membership is via invitation only in which there is currently 160 members. Recent British Open Champion Phil Mickelson is a member.