03 Jun 2021 | Professional golf |

National program squads finalised

by Golf Australia

Steph Kyriacou Bonville image
Steph Kyriacou on her way to victory at Bonville. Photo: Golf NSW

Athletes in Golf Australia’s national programs have been finalised for 2021.

High performance general manager Brad James said the second year of the “tiered” structure shows a clear pathway for all emerging athletes.

“We’ve seen great success already for our `Rookie Squad’ athletes, both this year and in previous years,” James said.

“And we think it’s already become a very visible path for all those in the tiers below to see and follow as they progress.”

“The Rookie Squad are professionals, our Tier 1 athletes who receive reimbursed funding towards the investment they make in expanding their career through training, preparation, travel and competition, visas, caddie fees and the like.

“Our Tier 2 athletes receive greater access to international and national competitions at amateur and professional level. They also have access to added resources that complement and integrate with each athlete’s training environment including strength and conditioning, sports psychology, physiotherapy, coaching and competitive drills.

“Our Tier 3 athletes are similar to those in Tier 2, but at a developmental level.”

James said inductions and training for Tier 2 and Tier 3 athletes had already begun.

“We want to help these young athletes make sense of the pathways through their state and territory high performance programs, through elite amateur golf and on to becoming young professionals.”

Golf Australia national program athletes for 2021: GA TIER 1 (Rookie Squad professionals) Robyn Choi (Qld) Maverick Antcliff (Qld) Brett Coletta (Vic) Karis Davidson (Qld) Stephanie Kyriacou (NSW) David Micheluzzi (Vic) Zach Murray (Vic) Dylan Perry (Qld) Gabi Ruffels (Vic) Elvis Smylie (Qld) Travis Smyth (NSW) Jack Thompson (SA) Blake Windred (NSW)

GA TIER 2 Aiden Didone (Vic) Louis Dobbelaar (Qld) Lawry Flynn (Qld) Lewis Hoath (Qld) Andre Lautee (Vic) Jed Morgan (Qld) Cassie Porter (Qld) Sarah Wilson (Qld)

GA TIER 3 Dylan Backhouse (Tas) Justice Bosio (Qld) Joey Bower (Tas) Jack Buchanan (SA) Phoenix Campbell (Vic) Konrad Ciupek (Vic) Mitchell Crabbe (Vic) Quinnton Croker (Qld) Tyler Duncan (Qld) Max Ford (Qld) Daniel Gill (Vic) Emily Giotis (SA) Kyle Gray (Qld) Lachlan Hancock (Qld) Alex Hilliard (Vic) Jade Kinita (SA) Shakira Kuys (SA) Jack Lakin (Tas) Rhianna Lewis (Qld) Antony Majstorovic (Vic) Keeley Marx (Vic) Kono Matsumoto (Vic) Hallie Meaburn (Tas) Matilda Miels (SA) Charlie Nobbs (SA) Caitlin Pierce (SA) Blaike Perkins (Qld) Hannah Reeves (Qld) Nicholas Siegmund (SA) Samuel Slater (Qld) Joel Stahlhut (Qld) Jasper Stubbs (Vic) Piper Stubbs (Vic) Mitchell Varley (Qld) Frank Vucic (SA) Toby Walker (Vic) Tiana Wanigasekera (Vic) Amelia Whinney (SA) Conor Whitelock (Qld) Mackenzie Wilson (Tas)

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