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High Performance

Selection policies

Golf Australia Selection By-Laws and Event Classification

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Selection process and policies

The Golf Australia high performance program pathway

The Golf Australia high performance program comprises four levels. The funding for service provision and development opportunities increase as the athlete moves through the levels from four towards one.     

1.  Golf Australia rookie program (professional golfers only)

2.  State elite program - (NSW, Queensland Academy of Sport, SA, TAS, Victorian Institute of Sport, WA)

3.  State development program - (NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA)

4.  State talent ID program - (NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA)

For athletes who sit within levels 2-3, the daily training environment and development processes are implemented, and or monitored by the state high performance program with Golf Australia adding value, providing guidance and offering support.  Funding for these programs come from Golf Australia, state bodies, state institute/academy programs and major sponsors. Level 4 athletes are invited by the state HP programs to attend talent ID camps for assessment and possible inclusion into level 2 or 3 programs.  Golf Australia benchmark athletes sit at level 2/3 of the high performance pathway. 

Golf Australia benchmark athlete

Athletes achieving benchmark criteria (formerly national squad criteria) receive direct funding from Golf Australia in addition to what they receive from their state HP program. Any athlete in the national pathway that does not reach benchmark criteria may be considered for targeted funding based on results, ranking and potential.

There is no minimum or maximum number of benchmark athletes.  The intent of the selection/performance criteria is to provide our athletes a series of participation, ranking and performance benchmarks. Golf Australia views these benchmarks as appropriate goals to achieve so athletes with such goals in mind are best prepared to have success at the international professional level. Golf Australia will adjust the criteria as necessary in order for our athletes to remain competitive on the international stage.

These criteria have been reviewed to remain as current as possible, reflecting the performance of today’s competitive international environment. If at any time during the year a non-benchmarked athlete reaches performance criteria for a sustained six-week period, they will become a supported benchmark athlete.  To be eligible for increased funding and support, athletes who meet benchmark criteria must also be members of their state HP program.

Ranking:

At the time of selection, the athlete’s most current ranking will be applied

Result:

Result components are valid for 12 months from the time they are achieved

Participation:

Participation components are valid for 12 months from the time they are achieved
 

Selection criteria as follows:

- Australian citizen

- Meet performance criteria. (see below)

- If at any time during the year a non-benchmarked athlete reaches performance criteria for a sustained six-week period, they will become a supported benchmark athlete.

- All Golf Australia high performance program athletes must have completed or be in the process of completing secondary school (graduated from year 12)

- To be eligible for increased funding and support, athletes who meet benchmark criteria must also be members of their state HP program.

 

2017 performance criteria:

Benchmark Athlete - Tier 1

(Players must meet two of the following criteria to gain selection)

Top 15 R&A world ranking (men)

Top 10 R&A world ranking (women)

Top 2 Asia Pacific Amateur (men) 

Top 4 of U.S Amateur Championship

Top 2 of British Amateur Championship

Top 15 at Tier 1 Australian professional event

Australian Amateur champion

Winner of 4 national ranking events (men)

Winner of 5 national ranking events (women)

Winner of Tier 2 Australian professional event

 

Benchmark Athlete - Tier 2

(Players must meet two of the following criteria to gain selection)

Top 30 R&A world ranking (men)

Top 20 R&A world ranking (women)

Top 4 Asia Pacific Amateur (men)

Top 8 of U.S Amateur Championship

Top 4 of British Amateur Championship

Top 30 at Tier 1 Australian professional event

Australian Amateur champion

Winner of 3 national ranking events (men)

Winner of 4 national ranking events (women)

Top 4 IMG Junior Worlds (for male athletes 18 & under)

Top 2 IMG Junior Worlds (for female athletes 18 & under)

Top 8 of U.S Junior (for both male and female athletes 18 & under)

Top 32 of U.S Amateur Championship (for both male and female athletes under 18)

British boys’/girls’ champion (for both male and female athletes under 18)

Top 16 of British Amateur Championship (for both male and female athletes under 18)

Top 2 at Australian Amateur (for both male and female athletes under 18)

Australian Junior champion (for both male and female athletes under 18)

Winner of 2 open level national ranking events (for male athletes under 18)

Winner of 3 open level national ranking events (for female athletes under 18)

Winner of 2 Australian junior rankings events not including the Australian Junior (for both male and female athletes under 18)

 

What is targeted funding?

Golf Australia also provides funding and tournament opportunities to non-benchmarked athletes if results, ranking and potential warrant funding.  Golf Australia will work with state HP program staff to identify candidates for targeted funding.  Some athletes are also based in the United States under the NCAA/US college system. Their development is also monitored by their respective state high performance programs. 

 

High performance program funding

State high performance program and individual athlete funding comes from multiple sources.  Golf Australia provides direct and indirect funding to athletes in state HP programs and helps fund the state HP programs by providing funding to cover coaching, camps, tournaments, athlete/coach education, service provision and equipment costs.  Further funding for the level 2-4 programs comes from the state body, institute or academy government programs, and commercial sponsorship.  The funding for The Golf Australia rookie professional program comes from Golf Australia through donations from private benefactors. 

There is an important difference between funding available for state HP program members and Australian/state representation. Only state HP program members are eligible for high performance program funding, while non-members are only eligible for Australian/state representation funding if their results and ranking warrant selection.

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