Date: February 22, 2007

Inaugural Junior Golf Forum a huge success!

Earlier this week, the junior golf industry met at Moonah Links Golf Club on Victoria&aposs Mornington Peninsula to discuss the future of the game at a junior level. Golf Australia Game and Club Development Manager, Nick Green OAM said, “The forum created the opportunity for an open and candid discussion on the importance of junior golf. The outcomes agreed by the participants truly reflect the ongoing commitment to a united vision for junior golf in Australia.” One of the key outcomes to emerge from the forum was that junior golf needs to develop a national brand. To do this, Golf Australia requires a commitment from all stakeholders, particularly golf clubs, to ensure the game is given a chance to flourish at a junior level. There was also a strong emphasis placed upon Go Go Golf – the national schools program which is likely to continue expanding right across Australia, giving kids the opportunity to experience golf at a young age. Also at the forum, Golf Australia appointed the inaugural chair and deputy chair of the Australian Junior Golf Advisory board. Peter van Wegen from the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation was appointed the Chair and Sarah Barlow, Development officer; Women’s Golf South Australia was appointed Deputy Chair. Other board members include: Phil Ayres PGA of Australia Cedric Bell Western Australia Stuart Eaton Tasmania Judy Flanagan Australian Sports Commission Col Fuller Northern Territory Nick Green Golf Australia David Greenhill Victoria Priya Khanna Junior Golfer Stephen Pitt Queensland The forum was represented by nominated delegates from State Golfing Associations, State Golf Foundations, a junior golfer, the PGA, the Australian Sports Commission and Golf Australia. The Australian Junior Golf Advisory Board will convene again at the Australian Amateur Championships in NSW to commence the implementation of the National Junior Golf Strategy.