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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 201
DAY SAYS NO TO RIO DESPITE mounting pressure as other top players around him withdrew, World No.1 Jason Day has chosen to pass on representing Australia when golf returns to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month. Day made his decision the week after the US Open before sharing the news ahead of the WGC–Bridgestone Invitational last week. Like so many of the non-participating eligible players, Day cited concerns over the threat of the Zika virus for his decision. MORE> ______________________________________________________ FRASER, CHALMERS BOOK OPEN STARTS MARCUS Fraser might just buy Tiger Woods a beer when next they meet. The Victorian is now in the field for next week’s Open Championship after the still-injured 14-time major winner officially withdrew late last week. Fraser, who captured the European Tour’s Maybank Championship Malaysia in February, was the next player on the reserve list and so takes Woods’ place at Royal Troon. Tiger, incidentally, will miss three straight majors for the first time in his career. MORE> ______________________________________________________ SUPERS RECOGNISE THEIR BEST THE Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association recently bestowed its annual awards on the best in the industry during the 32nd Australian Turfgrass Conference in Melbourne. Euan Laird, the association’s first full-time executive officer, received the highest accolade as the AGCSA celebrates its 25th anniversary. Laird’s service to the industry was acknowledged with the AGCSA Distinguished Service Award. Four other major awards were distributed, with Maleny Golf Club’s Mick McCombe collecting the AGCSA Excellence in Golf Course Management Award, while for the second time in four years the AGCSA Claude Crockford Environmental Award went to a New Zealand superintendent as Andy Wood received the prize for the significant environmental works undertaken at Kauri Cliffs. TRAPS AROUND the
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