Applications for the 2023 High Performance(HP) program are now open. Closing date is Tuesday, February 7th.
2022 saw several impressive performances from both current participants and recent graduates of The Program.
Harrison Crowe claimed the NSW Amateur and NSW Open Double, becoming the first amateur since the legendary Jim Ferrier in 1938 to hold the twin titles concurrently. Crowe capped off his remarkable year by claiming the 2022 Asia-Pacific Amateur Crown in Thailand during November, securing his invitation to the 2023 Masters Tournament and Open Championship.
2017 graduate Harrison Endycott capped off an equally remarkable year by claiming his first win as a professional at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Huntsville Championship in Alabama. The victory helped the 26 year old to graduate to the 2023 PGA Tour, where he has already recorded a top-10 finish.
Grace Kim, who graduated to the professional ranks late in 2021, also capped off a remarkable rookie year with victory on the US LPGA Secondary Epson Tour at the IOA Golf Classic. Like Endycott, the win enabled the 22 year old to graduate to the LPGA Tour for 2023.
On the amateur side, HP squad members recorded several impressive performances over the last 12 months. Jeff Guan who successfully defended his Australian Junior Championship before going on to claim the prestigious AJGA’s Junior Players Championship in September, also became Golf NSW’s second Junior Presidents Cup Representative when he teed it up in the biennial clash in the United States.
With Covid restrictions easing, it was the first time for some of the squad members to be able to travel to compete. High Performance Manager Khan Pullen said with the challenges of the pandemic now mostly over he was pleased with the way many of the squad had re-adapted to an almost-normal playing schedule.
“I am delighted with how the squad continued to do the best they could and remain engaged during the challenges of 2021 and into 2022.”
“This group are very supportive of each other and the success they are having since tournament golf recommenced is due to the work they did through the lockdown.”
“When one player has success it inspires the others to do the same.”
The 2023 program will aim to build on previous year’s successes by continuing to support Golf Australia Rookies and their teams as they develop their careers on international professional tours.
“We are here to assist the transition of those looking to enter the professional ranks in the next 12 months, as well as identify and support the next batch of emerging NSW players who are looking to get to the next level and make a mark on the national stage,” Mr Pullen added.