All State associations throughout the country have scheduled events and tournaments for all levels of junior and amateur players. These events provide ranking points for elite players who wish to be considered for State and National team selection. Check with your state association for relevant information.
Golf Australia- National High Performance
Golf Australia is the governing body of golf in Australia. Golf Australia run national tournaments, manage the Rules of Golf and handicap system as well as develop opportunities and programs for all players from grassroots to elite. They also run and manage the National High Performance squads and teams. For more information please refer to their website.
Are you ready?
Regular season PGA tour events are often won with a score between 12-20 under par for a 4 round event. The cut for these events is usually around even par to 3 under par after 2 rounds. Most of the PGA tour events are held on golf courses of length 6800-7200 yards and played in all weather conditions.
Regular season LPGA tour events often have the winning score between 10-25 under par for a 4 round event. The cut in these events is on average between 1 under par and 1 over par. Most of the LPGA events are held on golf course of length 6200-6800 yards and played in all weather conditions.
The most common way to gain access to a tour is competing for one of the spots available at one of the many qualifying schools around the world. Qualifying school is one of the hardest most gruelling events any player will ever compete in. Below are the numbers for some 2016 qualifying schools with both the winner’s score and the last place score to secure a full tour card for the 2017 season:
- 2016 LPGA -Winner (-13) with the 20th place finishing (-4) over 5 rounds.
- 2016 European Tour -Winner (-16) with the 30th place finishing (-5) over 6 rounds.
- 2016 Ladies European Tour Winner- (-17) with the 25th place finishing (-3) over 5 rounds.
- 2016 Asian Tour (Mens) Winner- (-13) with the 40th place finishing (-4) over 4 rounds.
Are you ready to turn professional?
When guiding players in this decision it is important to look at many factors as this is one of the biggest decisions an elite player will make and should not be made lightly. “How do I know if I am good enough?” is first question to be asked. Below are a few examples of what should be looked at in detail before deciding to turn professional.
- Current scoring ability
- Amateur world ranking status
- Personal motivation
- Quality of your amateur playing experience
- Ability to fund the venture
- Emotional Awareness (EQ)
- Mental and physical health
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For more information regarding professional golf within Australia, please refer to these websites:
PGA of Australia