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Golf Australia Express : December 2012
PRO-TEEN JAKE AUSSIE teen Jake Higginbottom turned pro after his breakthrough win at the New Zealand Open. The 19-year-old missed out on the $72,000 winner's cheque because of his amateur status, but he competed for cash for the first time at the NSW PGA Championship. The rising star also plans to play the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship. COOLUM DINO-SORES BILLIONAIRE mining magnate Clive Palmer has hit back at claims Jeff the robotic T-Rex at his prestigious Coolum resort is "tacky". Sunshine Coast councillor Russell Green told local ABC radio Palmer's plans to add another 149 dinosaurs to the Palmer Coolum Resort—home to this month's Australian PGA Championship—were bizarre. "It's almost turning into a scene out of Happy Gilmore where you putt down the fairway, you bounce the ball off T-Rex's left leg and get it into the 18th hole—it's quite bizarre," Cr Green said. Mr Palmer hit back saying Cr Green should first visit the resort before speaking out against his plans. "Well poor old Russell hasn't been out there to see it," Mr Palmer told ABC Coast FM. "There's no dinosaurs on any golf course at all.'' Mr Palmer insisted the the life size replica dinosaur would be a popular site at the PGA Championship. [Watch the video above]. OTG AROUND THE TRAPS SCOTTY SHORTENS A WEEK after golf's ruling bodies announced a proposal to ban anchoring by 2016, one of the sport's best exponents of the long putter appears to have ditched his broomstick. For two days in a row at The Lakes in Sydney, Australia's top- ranked golfer Adam Scott practised sweeping balls into the cup with what looked to be a shortened version of his broomstick putter. Despite trying out the new look, the 32-year-old Queenslander won't be taking his broomstick's 'Mini Me' to the course for the Emirates Australian Open starting today. READ OUR AUSTRALIAN OPEN PREVIEW HERE READ OUR AUSTRALIAN OPEN PREVIEW HERE