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The Golf Life Aussies Making Headlines by Rohan Clarke
Newsmaker of the Month
EGISTERED one of professional golf’s most inspirational
victories at the Fiji International on the Natadola Bay
Championship Golf Course. Norris fired rounds of 69-68 -70-67
to win by four strokes from David McKenzie, James Marchesani and
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond.
It marks an incredible comeback for the 44-year-old South Australian,
who had been working at Adelaide’s Grange Golf Club. In 2007 while
at the top of his game, Norris sustained horrific facial injuries from
a terrible bicycle crash at Coolum Resort during the Australian PGA
After a long painful recovery, Norris was struck down by whooping
cough, suffered depression, lost most of his winnings through out-of-
pocket medical expenses, struggled with a degenerative injury to his
right wrist and then contracted viral meningitis in 2013.
Norris now has a $250,000 winner’s cheque and playing
opportunities abroad after victory in an event tri-sanctioned by the
ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour.
A self-confessed sufferer of the putting yips, Norris used three
different grips at various times in Fiji before settling on a backhand grip
in the final round.
“I said a couple of years ago when I was about to quit, that I didn’t want
to give it away until I had won a big tournament because I know I can.”
“I told the boss last week that I have probably two years left playing
golf and I just want to have a crack. This came up quicker than I
JARROD LYLE [above]: Confirmed he is
in remission during his third fight against
leukaemia. The 35-year-old was re-admitted
to Royal Melbourne Hospital in August for
chemotherapy after a routine blood test had
returned abnormal results.
ADAM SCOTT: Celebrated with his wife
Marie the birth of a second child, Byron
Scott, a baby brother for their two-year-old
daughter Bo Vera.
MIKE HARWOOD: Runner-up at the
Scottish Senior Open at Renaissance Club
where he was three strokes shy of England’s
TRAVIS SMYTH: Scorched the field to win
the Northern Territory PGA Championship
by six strokes at Palmerston Golf Course in
Darwin. The 22-year-old also progressed
to the quarter-finals of the US Amateur
Championship at Riviera Country Club.
STUART APPLEBY: Contended at the US
PGA Tour’s Barracuda Championship in
Reno where he eventually tied for fourth.
DOUG KLEIN: Captured the Queensland
Men’s Amateur Championship, beating
New Zealand’s Inia Logan 2&1 in the final at
Pacific Harbour on Bribie Island. The 2016
runner-up is the second Queenslander to
win his state title in the past eight years.
HYE PARK: The 14-year-old defeated Min
Kweon 1 up to win the Queensland Women’s
Amateur title at Pacific Harbour layout.
SUE WOOSTER: Won the Canadian
Women’s Senior Championship in
Newfoundland. The 55-year-old Victorian
defeated Mary Ann Hayward in a playoff at
Humber Valley Resort.
KARL VILIPS, FRED LEE AND JOSH
ARMSTRONG: Selected for the inaugural
Junior Presidents Cup in New Jersey.
PATRICIA BRIDGES: The long-serving
administrator passed away at the age of 95.
Golf Australia’s only life member, whose
name adorns the Women’s Australian Open
trophy, became involved in golf as a player
and committeewoman in southern NSW
from the early 1950s.
DON JOHNSON: The former executive
director of Australian Ladies Professional
Golf passed away at the age of 84. Johnson,
who also served as the PGA of Australia’s
general manager, is credited with building
the foundation of the ALPG Tour.
Shelly Beach Golf Club’s Greg Wall has achieved the implausible feat of two aces in the same round. Playing in a
Thursday competition on the NSW Central Coast, Wall’s 8-iron tee shot found the bottom of the cup on Shelly Beach’s
132-metre fourth hole. The 49-year-old coal train driver scored another ace on the 153-metre 18th where he holed out
with a 5-iron. Unsurprisingly, the 11-marker won the Stableford event with 39 points. The odds of two aces in a single
round are estimated to be 156 million to one.
Irons to touch your soul.
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