Applications for the 2024 High Performance (HP) program are now officially open.
Looking back at the success of the 2023 program, it was a year filled with memorable moments. From professionals making waves to rising stars at the junior level, the highlights were nothing short of spectacular.
LPGA Tour Rookie Grace Kim had a stellar year winning her 1st event in only her 3rd start as an LPGA Tour Member. Kim ultimately finished 31st in the race to CME Globe Season. Also, on the LPGA Tour Steph Kyriacou also finish inside the Top 60 on the season’s standings.
After stellar amateur careers where they both cracked the Top 50 on the WAGR rankings, Harrison Crowe and Jeffrey Guan made the leap into the professional ranks. Mid way through the 2023 Challenger PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit both players are well positioned at 27th and 23rd respectively in the rookie seasons.
On the amateur side, HP newcomer Will Moody made the final of the Queensland Amateur. Fellow HP rookie Annika Rathbone had some good results finishing 9th in the Women’s Western Amateur (USA) in her first international event campaign as well as making her debut in the Women’s NSW Interstate Team and 3 other top 10 finishes in National Rankings events. Jye Pickin won the SA Amateur in September and made the Australian Team to play in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship.
There were some very impressive results from the juniors including Jake Riley winning the Queensland Boys Amateur, finished 3rd in the UNIQLO Adam Scott Championship (USA), and making the Australian Team to play in the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship. Ella Scaysbrook won the NSW Junior Championship, pre -qualified for the Australian Open, making the cut and ultimately finishing 21st. Rachel Lee also impressed winning her 1st professional event at the Mollymook NSW Open Regional Qualifier, pre-qualifying for The Australian Open and shooting 67 to lead the field after round 1.
Golf NSW HP Manager, Kahn Pullen, said this year was one of the most successful he has ever seen.
“2023 has seen the transition of three more squad members into the professional ranks. It was also a year in which there were seven new squad members added to the program.”
He added while there have been some great tournament performances on the course, there can also be personal challenges for some to work through.
“For the squad members still in school, or in the initial years out of school, balancing a tournament schedule, increased travel and training workload both in the gym and the golf course, attending HP training, working, studying, family and a social life can be a very difficult thing to manage.”
“Throughout this year I have seen some tremendous individual development, maturity and growth amongst the new squad members working through and overcoming some of these challenges. This has been extremely pleasing for me and the rest of the GNSW HP Performance Team to see.”
The closing date is January 26th, 2024.