Golf Australia facilitates and encourages a number of pathways for young amateurs in Australia as they develop their games, including the continually expanding Golf Australia Give Back program.
Karrie Webb Series Scholarship
Grace Kim, Sarah Jane Smith, Karrie Webb, Hannah Green and Becky Kay at the 2019 KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
The Karrie Webb Series forms a subset of the Golf Australia Order of Merit with a combination of female amateur and professional events forming the Karrie Webb Series schedule. Minimum standards for an event to be included on the schedule are established by Golf Australia.
Players are awarded points based on their finishing position in each event. Points are weighted according to the caliber of event.
Players must compete in a minimum of six events from the Karrie Webb Series schedule to be eligible to win the series, with the best six finishes being counted regardless of number of events contested.
The Karrie Webb Series runs annually and concludes each year in April.
There are two recipients of the Karrie Webb Series scholarship per year with the scholarship recipients being determined as follows:
Leading Australian Female on WAGR
Selection based on performance in the Karrie Webb Series
The WAGR cut-off for the 2022-23 Karrie Webb Series will be 23 March 2023.
The KWS events are held across Australia and are inclusive of female amateur and professional events.
Minimum standards are established for conducting the events by Golf Australia (e
vents must be a minimum of 54-holes and qualify as a WAGR event).
Players are awarded points based on finishing position (forms a subset of the Golf Australia Order of Merit).
Points are weighted according to the standard of competition (amateur vs. professional).
Players must compete in a minimum of six events from the KWS to be eligible to win the scholarship.
Total points are accumulated from the best six finishes regardless of the number of events contested.
The KWS will run annually and conclude each year in April.
2022: Kirsten Rudgeley (WA) and Caitlin Peirce (QLD)
2021: Grace Kim (NSW) and Kirsten Rudgeley (WA)
2020: Grace Kim (NSW) and Gabi Ruffels (VIC)
2019: Grace Kim (NSW) and Becky Kay (QLD)
2018: Grace Kim (NSW) and Becky Kay (QLD)
2017: Becky Kay (QLD) and Karis Davidson (Qld)
2016: Hannah Green (WA) and Karis Davidson (Qld)
2015: Hannah Green (WA) and Julienne Soo (VIC)
2014: Minjee Lee (WA) and Su Hyun Oh (VIC)
2013: Minjee Lee (WA) and Su Hyun Oh (VIC)
2012: Breanna Elliott (VIC) and Whitney Hillier (WA)
2011: Ashley Ona (QLD) and Jessica Speechley (WA)
2010: Stacey Keating (VIC) and Jessica Speechley (WA)
2009: Stacey Keating (VIC) and Julia Boland (NSW)
2008: Stephanie Na (SA) and Kristie Smith (WA)
In 2021-2022 the following events form the Karrie Webb Series (in calendar order):
Keperra Bowl : 12-15 October, 2021
Port Phillip Open Amateur: 9-11 December 2021
Master of the Amateurs: 11-14 January 2022
Avondale Amateur: 18-21 January 2022
TPS Victoria: 3-6 February 2022
Vic Open: 10-13 February 2022
TPS Murray: 17-20 February 2022
Tasmanian Open: 24-27 February 2022
TPS Sydney: 3-6 March 2022
TPS Hunter Valley: 10-13 March 2022
Riversdale Cup: 10-13 March 2022
SA Classic: 22-25 March 2022
Australian Amateur: 29 March – 1 April 2022
The key aspects of the scholarships are:
Two scholarships to the value of $10,000 to be spent on international travel, playing experiences over the northern hemisphere summer and additional development opportunities (funded by Karrie Webb)
Mentoring support from Karrie Webb for the duration of the scholarship
Experiences enjoyed by past scholarship recipients:
Visit with Karrie Webb at an LPGA event
Train with Karrie Webb during this visit (if logistically possible)
Play a practice round with Karrie at nominated event
Scholarship recipients are selected by Karrie Webb following recommendations from national selectors in May each year following the completion of the KWS and before a northern hemisphere summer trip.
Potential Karrie Webb Scholarship winners are based on:
Performance in the Karrie Webb Series
One Australian selected from the WAGR
Community work supported by the individual (either inside or outside of golf)
Performance as an ambassador for golf in Australia and overseas
Shows outstanding demeanour both on and off the golf course
Must be Australian citizens
The objectives of the Karrie Webb Scholarship are:
The promotion of women’s golf in Australia
Improve the quality of the development programs for elite Australian women golfers
Provide increased opportunities for international playing experiences for elite women athletes
Inspire young women golfers through direct association with Karrie Webb
Recognise Karrie Webb’s contribution to Australian golf by way of meaningful support for female golfers
Cameron Smith Scholarship
Cam Smith with 2019 scholarship winners Tyler Duncan and Elvis Smylie
As a part of Golf Australia's Give Back program, Queensland's Cameron Smith founded his own scholarship program in 2016, a year after he cracked the top five at the US Open and kick-started his professional career.
Cam was heavily involved in the QAS, Golf Queensland's and Golf Australia's High Performance programs as a promising amateur and was desperate to give back to the framework that helped him transition to a professional golfer.
Evolving over its first few years, the Cameron Smith Scholarship offers two athletes an invitation to Cameron’s home in Florida for a week of practice, training and living like a PGA Tour professional, a truly unforgettable experience.
Re-live the 2018 experience with Queensland scholarship recipients Louis Dobbelaar and Jediah Morgan below: