Young golfing talent given scholarship chance

IF you’re a young golfer looking to expand your talent, then Mayor Tom Tate could have just what you’re looking for.

Three young Gold Coast golfers are being offered the rare opportunity to win flights to watch the 2015 British Open, play a round at the famous St Andrews and receive three months of mentoring from the PGA.

The prizes are all part of the inaugural Mayor’s Junior Golf Development Scholarship, open to applicants aged between 16 and 19, with a handicap of 10 or less.


Mayor Tom Tate has announced details of the scholarship, which aims to inspire promising young golfers to pursue a professional career.

“This scholarship is about nurturing sporting excellence in our city as well as finding people who will be positive ambassadors for the Gold Coast,” he said.

“One of the aims of our inaugural Sports Plan is to grow participation in sport and to build on our status as a sporting events capital, and this scholarship is one of the ways we’re working towards achieving these aims.”

The scholarship applications will be assessed against golfing ability including current handicap, improvements in handicap and results in competitions.

In April 2015, applicants will be narrowed down to six finalists by a panel of judges represented by members of the PGA, Channel Seven sports commentators and the City of Gold Coast.

From these six, a final winning group of three will be personally interviewed and selected by Mayor Tom Tate.

The winners will undergo private coaching clinics with Mark Gibson, current coach of the PGA International Golf Institute.

“This is just a fantastic opportunity for developing golfers to experience what it takes to become a professional athlete and compete at the highest level,” said Cr Tate. “I urge every young Gold Coast golfer to give it a shot.”

All applicants will be invited by the PGA to play in a Junior Golf Development Event.

Applications open on 14 December 2014 and close on 31 March 2015.