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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 178
SPIETH SPIED FOR SLOW PLAY THE ever-enterprising European Tour last week unveiled a new approach to assessing and penalising slow play, with world No.1 Jordan Spieth the first to feel the pinch at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Spieth was the initial player cited under the tour’s new policy when he took longer than the permissible time for a putt during the first round. He and playing partners Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler received word they were being monitored for slow play when they reached the 4th tee. On the 9th tee, officials told Spieth he took too long on the 8th green, leaving him open to a fine of nearly US$3,000 if he incurred another “monitoring penalty”. MORE> ___________________________________ RABBITS BE GONE! CURLEWIS Golf Club on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula has initiated an Australian first with the installation of a rabbit-proof fence circumnavigating the entire course. Costing more than $50,000, the recently completed installation spans 3.9 kilometres along the boundary of the golf course and is the first such installation in Australia. The fence comprises wire netting along the existing fence lines, curving onto the ground to about 30 centimetres, thwarting any rabbits attempting to dig into or under the netting. MORE> ___________________________________ LONG AND SHORTS OF IT GOLF took a tiny step away from its anachronistic past last week when the European Tour allowed its players to wear shorts during the pro-am for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. The sense on tour is that the relaxing of dress standards for pro-am day will eventually pave the way for shorts to be permitted throughout tournament play, perhaps as soon as 2017. The move required the players to vote for it at a player meeting, which they did, but onlookers didn’t need to wait for a show of hands to determine the popularity of the change – they could see it with a show of legs. MORE> ___________________________________ SENIORS CLASSIC POSTPONED STORMY weather put a dampener on Australia’s richest one-day seniors Pro-Am last week. Held at NSW’s Killara Golf Club, the 2016 David Mercer Seniors Classic Pro-Am saw names the likes of Australian veteran golfers Peter Fowler and Roger Davis, and 1992 Scottish Open winner Peter O’Malley tee it up to battle for a share of the $60,000 prize purse. American Perry Parker was the clubhouse leader posting a 3-under-par 69, when the weather turned with lightning strikes resulting in the postponement of the PGA Legends Tour tournament. MORE> TRAPS AROUND the With a golf course established in 1899 and views to the Blue Mountains conveniently located only 14km from Sydney’s CBD, prestigious Killara Golf Club offers a picturesque setting, both from the indoors and outdoors, making it a perfect venue. Killara Golf Club is known as one of Sydney’s most prestigious private member clubs, we warmly welcome membership, event and corporate golf enquiries. Choose Killara Golf Club. Killara Golf Club 556 Pacific Highway, Killara NSW 2071 PHONE: (02) 9498 2700 EMAIL: email@example.com WEB: www.kgc.com.au Killara Golf Club Golf is just the Beginning...
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