14 January 2013 – Commonwealth Golf Club
A feature event of the recent Australian Amateur championships held in Melbourne was a demonstration of golf played with hickory clubs.
A four comprising two Australian National Squad members and one from the Victorian Institute of Sport joined a four from the Golf Society to play with hickory clubs over 3 holes. Players for the Golf Australia ‘team’ were: Cameron Smith and Lucas Herbert, members of the Golf Australia National Squad, Grace Lennon, Victorian Institute of Sport, and Brad James, High Performance Program Director with Golf Australia. The Golf Society team comprised Max Findlay, Cliff George, Luke McDonald and John Surridge. Clubs used by the players were provided by the Golf Society.
The event was an initiative of Golf Australia championships department and all involved were thrilled at the way in which the young golfers embraced the event – several sourcing their own outfits and props and clearly enjoying taking part in recreating history. It was wonderful to hear them talking about golfers of the early 1900’s such as Frances Ouimet and the intricacies of the stymie for instance and to see them building tees of sand. Their form showed promise, too!
It is hoped that an event of this nature will become a regular feature of the Australian championship meetings.
Grace Lennon shows her style
The players on the tee