Date: November 25, 2009

Juniors learn from the Shark at Australian Open

He may have been forced to withdraw from the field with a slow-healing shoulder injury but that won t stop the Shark from imparting his golfing expertise to a group of elite junior players in a special clinic being held during the 2009 Australian Open at New South Wales Golf Club. Greg Norman will be joined by his own former coach, the legendary Charlie Earp, to conduct a one hour clinic for four junior golfers from the Greg Norman Junior Golf Foundation at 1.30pm on Saturday 5th December. Members of the public attending the Australian Open will be able to watch and learn from the golfing greats in what is certain to be a popular addition to the Open schedule, particularly among the junior fans. Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said the clinic was a great way to excite and encourage junior players into the game. The Shark s clinic is a great addition to the Australian Open schedule. It ties in nicely with our new website which ensures all those fans inspired by the players at the Australian Open can find a clinic or program to learn or book a tee-time, Pitt said. The clinic is the latest addition in an already packed Australian Open schedule which kicks off with a gala cocktail party at iconic Sydney venue, Guillaume at Bennelong, at the Sydney Opera house on Tuesday, 1 December. Wednesday 2 December is the official Australian Open Pro-Am, which will see many of the Open s marquee players including Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, John Daly and Fred Couples, tee off with some of Australia s best-known amateur golfers radio star Andy Lee, TV personalities James Mathison and Kerri-Anne Kennerley, ARIA nominated rocker Paul Dempsey and sporting greats Liz Ellis, Andrew Johns, Steve Waugh and Matthew Burke. Tickets to the Pro-Am are free but arrive early to ensure you snare a prime position to get up close to your favourite players. The real action heats up when Australian Open proper kicks off on Thursday 3 December with United States Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples joined by Australian stars including Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott, James Nitties, Greg Chalmers, Aaron Baddeley, Stuart Appleby, Michael Sim, Marc Leishman and Mathew Goggin. Americans John Daly, Steve Marino, Kevin Stadler and Bryce Molder will lead a strong international contingent including players from Korea and Japan.