Marc Leishman caps off “incredible year” with Greg Norman Medal

In a year where he won twice on the PGA Tour and welcomed a baby daughter in to the world, Marc Leishman has “shown true determination under pressure”, according to the man who has just bestowed on him his latest honour.

The World Number 13 picked up Australian golf’s most prestigious individual honour; the Greg Norman Medal, at a ceremony on the Gold Coast on Tuesday night.

“Like all Aussie golfers Greg was a hero of mine so to have earned an achievement in his name makes it that much more special,” Leishman said.

“2017 has been an incredible year for my family and me with the birth of our daughter and winning the Greg Norman Medal certainly tops it off.

“Lifting the Joe Kirkwood Cup on Sunday as the Australian PGA Champion would take it to a new level.”

In 2017, Leishman won the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the BMW Championship, and also recorded a further four top-10 results to reach his highest ever ranking of World Number 13.

Marc Leishman with the Greg Norman Medal 2018 PHOTO: PGA of Australia

Norman couldn’t be on the Gold Coast for the Awards Ceremony but sent Leishman a video message, saying his medal was “about more than just performance”.

“It is also about recognising an individual who had proudly represented Australia, who has shown true Aussie spirit, who has been determined and dedicated to their craft. Tonight’s recipient personifies all these traits,” Norman said.

“Not only has he won twice on the PGA TOUR, represented his country on the International Team at the President’s Cup and climbed the world rankings, he has also been a dedicated family man. Has shown true determination under pressure and above all else grace when things haven’t gone his way.”

The other highlight of the evening was PGA Life Members Alex Mercer and Charlie Earp being elevated to Immortal status.

Having completed his PGA Traineeship at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club and joining the Association in 1945, Earp has more than 59 years of experience within the golf industry where he has made his mark not only as a player but also as a coach.

Earp has nurtured many of the greatest Australian golfing talents the world has seen. Having coached Norman, Wayne Grady, Karrie Webb and Adam Scott.

While Mercer completed his PGA Traineeship under Eric Cremin at Roseville Golf Club before going onto to forge a successful career coaching some of Australia and New Zealand’s greatest players, including three Major champions; David Graham, Steve Elkington and Michael Campbell as well as counting Peter O’Malley, Brendan Joneas and Jan Stevenson amongst his pupils.

At 83 years of age, Mercer’s joy for the game has not dulled, he continues to work actively as a coach casting a watchful eye over his clients’ games and providing his understanding of the swing to the next generation of golfers.


No bail for man charged over huge GC police operation

A man who allegedly sparked a massive Police operation on the Gold Coast will stay behind bars after fronting court.

The 21-year-old who was armed with a rifle is accused of threatening to kill his partner and the two people she lived with at Upper Coomera.

He was confronted by a 67-year-old neighbour who tried to disarm him, but drove off, leading police on a chase across several suburbs.

He was eventually arrested in Oxenford, with a rifle found in a car he had allegedly hijacked at gunpoint from a young woman.

The Gold Coaster, who cannot be named,  did not apply for bail and will return to court on December 7.

He’s been charged with multiple offences including dangerous operation of a vehicle, armed robbery and going armed to cause fear.


Meghan Markle

WATCH: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged!

UPDATE @ November 28, 6.00am: PRINCE Harry and American actress Meghan Markle have stepped out for the very first time since announcing their engagement.

The smitten couple took a stroll through the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace to mark the momentous occasion, before taking part in an interview with the BBC to share details of their exciting news.

In true fairytale style, Harry revealed he knew Ms Markle was ‘the one’ from the very first moment they met.

“When did I know she was the one? Very first time we met,” the prince said.

Ms Markle’s stunning engagement ring was designed by the prince himself, using two stones which belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana.

“Not being able to meet his mother, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Meghan said of the ring.

During the interview, the Royal couple revealed the moment Harry popped the big question – while cooking a roast chicken at the cottage.

“It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet, and natural and very romantic,” Meghan said.

“I could barely let you finish, I was like, ‘Can I say yes now?'”

Harry added that it was a “very nice moment, just the two of us.”


The couple, who admitted they were set up by a mutual friend and had two back-to-back dates in London last July, will marry in Spring 2018.

Earlier, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “very excited for Harry and Meghan. It has been wonderful getting to know Meghan and to see how happy she and Harry are together.”

You can watch the couple’s first full TV interview below:

EARLIER @ November 27, 8.15pm: After weeks of speculation, it has finally been confirmed that Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are engaged!

Clarence House announced the exciting news in a statement on social media on Monday night AEST.

“His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle,” the statement reads.

“The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.

“His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty The Queen and other close members of his family.

“Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents.”

In a statement issued by Kensington Palace, Ms, Markle’s parents Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland said they are “incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry.”

“Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents.

“We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”

The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.

Kensington Palace confirmed the newly-engaged couple will take part in a photo shoot and broadcast interview, to be aired this evening, UK time.

Ambulance NSW

Man’s fingers ripped off in motorbike mishap

A MAN has been airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital after losing several fingers in an accident in NSW.

It’s understood the man was trying to lift a motorbike onto a trailer at Tabulam, west of Casino, when the bike slipped and severed three of his fingers.

The man, who is believed to be aged in his early 30s, was initially treated by ambulance paramedics while they waited for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to arrive at the scene.

Its crew took over treating the man before flying him to the Gold Coast hospital for treatment.

Gold Coast girl missing for 3 weeks could be in NSW

A Gold Coast family is growing increasingly concerned about the welfare of their teenage daughter.

The 14-year-old has not been seen since she left home on Tuesday November 7, and was reported missing.

Family members have told police they believe she is travelling with a teenage boy in New South Wales and may be in the Hay or Wagga Wagga area.

Elizabeth Desbleds (pictured below) is described as Caucasian, approximately 170cm tall, with a thin build, long brown hair and hazel eyes.

Image: Supplied

Anyone who sees Elizabeth or believes they know her whereabouts is urged to contact police.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

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