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The Golf Life Aussies Making Headlines by Rohan Clarke
Newsmaker of the Month
ANK a clutch three-metre birdie putt on the
72nd hole to win the Thornberry Classic in
Oneida, Wisconsin. The Queenslander’s third
LPGA Tour victory came seven years after her last
With a four-stroke overnight lead, Kirk shot a closing
70 to finish at 22-under par and one stroke clear of South
Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai.
It was an emotional victory for 35-year-old Kirk, now
in her 14th season on tour: “So much hard work and
patience,’’ she said afterwards. “I had a rough couple of
years, ’15 and ’16. I have an amazing team behind me,
my husband’s been there. I can’t put it into words, it’s
just a great feeling.’’
KARRIE WEBB: Double-bogeyed the
71st hole to miss a playoff by one stroke at
the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies
Scottish Open. Webb tied for second at
Dundonald Links as Korea's Mi Hyang Lee
made up six shots on Sunday to deny the
42-year-old Queenslander a 42nd LPGA title.
PETER LONARD: Made a sensational
Champions Tour debut by tieing for third
at the Senior Open Championship at Royal
Porthcawl. Having turned 50 on July
17, Lonard finished four strokes behind
German Bernhard Langer, who won his 10th
senior Major and third of 2017.
HANNAH GREEN: Stormed home with a
final-round 64 to finish third at the Symetra
Tour's Danielle Downey Classic in Rochester,
New York. It was the West Australian's
seventh top-10 result in 13 appearances.
CAMERON McCORMICK: Credited with
rebuilding Jordan Spieth’s putting confidence
to clinch a third Major title with his British
Open triumph at Royal Birkdale. The Texas-
based Melburnian has also overseen So Yeon
Ryu’s rise to the world’s No.1-ranked female
golfer and the progression of newly crowned
US Junior champ Noah Goodwin.
KARL VILIPS: Lifted the prestigious
Southern Amateur trophy after a superb
four-round performance against open-age
competition in North Carolina. The 15-year-
old Victorian, who is coached by Cameron
McCormick, added his name to a list of
champions that includes three-time winner
JARROD LYLE [above]: Faces what doctors
suspect will be a third fight against
leukaemia. A routine blood test returned
abnormal results and the 35-year-old was
re-admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Lyle has twice fought acute myeloid
leukemia – once in 1998 and again in 2012.
GOLF AUSTRALIA: Announced Jordan
Spieth will defend his Australian Open title
at The Australian Golf Club in November.
PGA OF AUSTRALIA: Landed Sergio
Garcia as its marquee attraction to play the
Australian PGA Championship at RACV
MIN WOO LEE: Eliminated in the round of
64 in defence of his US Junior Amateur title
at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Kansas.
NELSON BAY GOLF CLUB: Celebrated
the reopening of its clubhouse, which was
destroyed by fire on Fathers Day in 2015.
Almost $10 million has been spent on
rebuilding the clubhouse at Port Stephens,
which includes a 230-seat function room,
sports bar and children’s play area.
BECKY KAY AND KARIS DAVIDSON: Spent
a week with Karrie Webb as she prepared
for the US Women’s Open in New Jersey.
Queenslanders Kay and Davidson were
rewarded with the trip as recipients of this
year’s Karrie Webb Scholarship.
THE CLIFFS, KANGAROO ISLAND:
Granted development authorisation for a
new golf resort near Pelican Lagoon on the
pristine island off South Australia’s Fleurieu
Peninsula. Darius Oliver, who co-designed
Cape Wickham Links on King Island,
will design the Kangaroo Island course.
The project includes plans for a luxury
clubhouse/lodge and 180-bed hotel.
MARC LEISHMAN [below]: Welcomed the
birth of his third child, Eva, a baby sister
for Harvey (5) and Oliver (3). The addition
comes two years after Leishman’s wife
Audrey was given less than a 10 per cent
chance of survival while hospitalised
suffering toxic shock syndrome.
Irons to touch your soul.
THE MP-18 SERIES, REFINED BY OUR YORO MASTER CRAFTSMEN
It's hard enough to achieve a hole-in-one. So imagine the reaction when two playing partners aced the same
hole with consecutive shots at Concord Golf Club in Sydney. Playing in a two-ball competition,
Brian Ashmore and Neil Dobbs holed out one after the other, both using 9-irons on Concord’s short 14th.
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