Golf Australia

Golf Australia
Sport Golf
Jurisdiction National
Abbreviation (GA)
Founded 2006 (2006)
Affiliation International Golf Federation (IGF)
Regional affiliation Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation
Headquarters South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Chairman John Hopkins
Board Members Malcolm Speed, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Stuart Cox, Robert Crosby, John Karren, Michael Sammells, Carmel Smith & Jill Spargo
Chief Exec Stephen Pitt
Official website

Golf Australia is the governing body for the sport of golf in Australia, formed in 2006 after the Australian Golf Union (AGU) and Women's Golf Australia (WGA) agreed to merge.[1][2] The decision, which was formally ratified at a meeting in Melbourne in August 2005,[3] was made after the Australian Sports Commission threatened to withdraw its financial support unless the two bodies amalgamated.[4] The Australian Sports Commission contributed approximately A$1.5 million annually to the Australian Institute of Sport for golf funding.[5]

Colin Phillips, the AGU's executive director since 1978, retired from his position in 2005, claiming that the way the decision to merge had been forced upon the sport by the federal government, had been a factor in his decision.[4]

Following the merger, IMG, the sports marketing company which organizes the Australian Open golf event, signed a three-year deal which increased its ties to Golf Australia.[6] Former tennis pro and new Open chairman Paul McNamee also renegotiated a deal signed by the old AGU, whereby the tournament would be hosted at the Moonah Links course in Rye, Victoria three times in every five years. That decision had been heavily criticized by golf professionals who found issue with the course layout, low attendances and poor corporate interest,[7] but the new organization was able to reduce its obligation to three tournaments before 2020.[8]

Golf Australia runs the Australian Open and the Women's Australian Open, the premier male and female golf tournaments in Australia, as well as the Australian Amateur and other national amateur events. It also runs key programs promoting golf in Australia, the two major being the MYGolf for juniors and the Crown Lager Social Golf Club. Australian golfer Stuart Appleby is the ambassador for the Crown Lager Social Golf Club.

Golf Australia supports the state associations Golf New South Wales, Golf Northern Territory, Golf Queensland, Golf South Australia, Golf Tasmania, Golf Victoria & Golf Western Australia who are responsible for the governance, delivery and direction of golf in their State.

The Golf Australia National Squad is the key component of the countries High Performance program which suppurts talented young golfers. Squad members have included Geoff Ogilvy, Karrie Webb, Adam Scott, Aaron Baddeley, Michael Sim and Katherine Hull.

With golf being readmitted back into the Olympic fold for Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, the role of Golf Australia was strengthend further. As part of this the Australian Sports Commission raised the funding to the sport in April 2013.[5]

Golf Australia owns and runs the Australian Handicapping system which operates throughout clubs nationally.

See also


  1. "About Golf Australia", Golf Australia official site
  2. "Merger averts funding crisis", The Age, 1 September 2005
  3. "Merger averts crisis", Herald Sun, 1 September 2005
  4. 1 2 "Merger forces Phillips to quit", Martin Blake, The Age 1 June 2005
  5. 1 2 "Sailing, golf and rugby among the winners in new sports funding", Alison Caldwell, The ABC 22 April 2013
  6. "No major changes … yet", Martin Blake, The Age 29 March 2006
  7. "Parry sees no virtue in venue", Martin Blake, The Age 27 November 2005
  8. "Sydney to keep Open until 2009", , Martin Blake, The Age, 11 February 2007

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