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The Golf Life Aussies Making Headlines by Rohan Clarke
Newsmaker of the Month
ENT from golf purgatory to rewriting the record book at
one of the world’s great national championships. Nisbet
closed with a superb nine -under 62 for a two-stroke
triumph in the 99th ISPS Handa New Zealand Open at Millbrook
Resort near Queenstown.
It was the second tour victory for the 27-year-old from
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He collected $191,000, the Brodie
Breeze Cup, an Asian Tour card and three starts on the Japan Golf
Tour from the tri-sa nctioned event.
Nisbet’s aggregate of 258 smashed the tournament record (262
set by Rodger Davis at The Grange in 1986). And his 27-under tally
also bettered the lowest score to par (26-under by Kel Nagle in 1964
at Christchurch Golf Club).
The performance was a world away from 2010 when Nisbet
first came to Queenstown as a caddie. Then a 19-year-old hotshot
amateur, Nisbet had been banned from playing tournaments for 18
months (November 2009 to May 2011) after being found guilty of
possessing an ‘over-the-counter’ steroid.
Nisbet never tested positive for any drug, however the
suspension derailed the career of the 2008 Australian Boys
champion. Now, it seems the boy from Caboolture has put the
incident behind him and started to fulfil his enormous potential.
DANIEL FOX: Scorched the final nine at
City Golf Club in Toowoomba, shooting five-
under 32, to win the Coca-Cola Queensland
PGA Championship by a stroke from
Matthew Millar and Steven Jeffress.
JASON DAY: Saved par from the beach on
the final hole of the AT&T Pebble Beach
Pro-Am to tie for second place, three strokes
behind winner Ted Potter Jnr.
TERRY PILKADARIS: Dropped just one
stroke in 72 holes at the New Zealand Open,
falling two shots shy of the record-breaking
performance of Daniel Nisbet.
JAMES NITTIES: Runner-up at the ISPS
Handa World Super 6 Perth, losing the final
match to Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat
at Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
LUCAS HERBERT: Finished second at
qualifying school for the PGA Tour China in
Mission Hills Haikou. Herbert also reached
the semi-finals of the World Super 6 Perth.
ASHLEY HALL & DEYEN LAWSON: Tied
for second in the Horizon Golf NZ PGA
Championship, two strokes behind Kiwi
Ben Campbell at Manawatu Golf Club in
MINJEE LEE: Followed up her Oates Vic
Open title with a runner-up at the Canberra
Classic, T-5 at the Women’s Australian
Open in Adelaide, 4th at the Honda LPGA
Thailand and T-6 at the HSBC Women’s
World Championship in Singapore.
DEAN HERDEN [right]: Registered his 51st
and 52nd victories as a caddie on the bags of
Jiyai Shin in the ActewAGL Canberra Classic
at Royal Canberra Golf Club and Jin Young
Ko in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian
Open at Kooyonga Golf Club.
HANNAH GREEN: Tried valiantly to chase
down Jin Young Ko, finishing third behind
the Korean in the Women’s Australian Open.
TAHNIA RAVNJAK: The 24-year-old
produced a wire-to-wire victory at the China
LPGA qualifying school on Hainan Island.
SUE WOOSTER: Won the New Zealand
Women’s Senior Championship, beating
fellow Victorian Helen Pascoe 2 up in the
matchplay final at Bay of Islands Kerikeri.
COFFS HARBOUR VOLUNTEERS:
Showcased their town on the NSW North
Coast during a fortnight when it hosted the
Australian Ladies Classic Bonville (won by
France’s Celine Boutier) and Women’s NSW
Open (won by England’s Meghan MacLaren).
LEE McCULLAGH: The 2-marker from
Bendigo won the Australian SpeedGolf
Open at Albert Park Golf Course. He shot
80 in 47 minutes and 26 seconds in his first
SpeedGolf event for a score of 127.26.
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from redevelopment after a petition and
presentation by passionate golfers. Parks
Victoria had considered replacing the 18
holes with a nine-hole course and space for
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