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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 202
JOHNSON, SPIETH OPT OUT OF RIO NEWLY minted US Open champion Dustin Johnson and compatriot Jordan Spieth have become the latest top-ranked players to forgo playing in the Olympic Games next month. Like many before them of a certain age and time of life, both cited the health threat posed by the Zika virus behind their decision. Still, they remain the first Americans to withdraw (Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar are next in line to take their places). And while these withdrawals mark the 11th and 12th top-line male opt-outs, the question becomes whether or not the trickle becomes a flood now that each country’s line-up is officially set. ______________________________________________________ NEW INDUSTRY SNAPSHOT AN IN-DEPTH Australian Golf Industry Council research project has updated analytics and statistics in a manner not seen since 2005. Providing fresh insight into the golf landscape in Australia, the AGIC says the data collected will enable the golf industry to understand and engage current and potential participants in order to grow participation and ensure the continued relevance of the sport to future generations. The comprehensive study surveyed males and females aged 18 and older across metropolitan and rural areas and produced some interesting key findings, including: 1.15 million Australians have played a round of golf in the past 12 months; 2.1 million Australians have picked up a golf club to practise or play some form of the game in the past 12 months; one-third of current players have participated in a golf lesson or clinic; and the most common way people start playing golf is via a friend or partner introducing them to the game. ______________________________________________________ WILLIAMS TOPS THE FIELD IN CAIRNS A WEEK’S-BEST round of 67 propelled 21-year- old rookie pro Jack Williams to victory at the Qantas Golf Club Cairns Classic at Paradise Palms, part of the PGA of Australia’s Pro-Am Series. “I had a really tough start to the year. A wrist injury set my preparations back a little so I wasn’t expecting much this week,” Williams said. “Winning my first ever tournament as a pro is something I will always remember. I’m really happy it was here in Cairns. My parents have been here with me, to win with them watching has made the week even more special.” TRAPS AROUND the We’re taking 20% off storewide! Order Now www.thatsmyball.com.au Ph: 1300 445 054 What every golfer needs to know... Simply visit www.thatsmyball.com.au and use the promo code word GAEXPRESS in your cart! That includes 20% off shipping too! Plus every order gets a BONUS scorecard magnifier FREE! Did you know that all golfers should put an identification mark on their ball? (Rule 12-2) That’s My Ball stamps and markers allow you to do this quickly and simply. Check out our huge range of golf ball ID stamps, markers, accessories and gifts online today. JULY PROMOTION That's my ball HalfSlide GAJULY16.indd 1 11/07/2016 10:14:02 AM
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