Golf Australia names High Performance squads

Eleven Athletes have been named today to the tier two Squad and a further 32 Athletes in the tier three Squad.

They will receive assistance with funding for trips Overseas in 2022 including Tours of the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia for elite Amateur competitions, and continuing tuition in a high performance training environment through their State HP programs.

This follows the recent announcement of the tier one Squad of 12 top level Athletes, which represents the Golf Australia Rookie Squad. Some of those athletes include Jed Morgan, Stephanie Kyriacou, Louis Dobbelaar and Grace Kim.

Tier two Golfers are elite Amateur Athletes who have demonstrated the ability to compete successfully at national and international levels and are showing the potential, desire and commitment on and off the golf course to be a future tier one athlete. This program is designed to add value to the athlete’s current training environment while providing both professional and Amateur tournament access nationally and internationally.

Tier three Golfers are developing amateurs who show the potential ability to compete successfully at the national and international level and the desire and commitment on and off the golf course to be a future Tier 2 athlete.

RIGHT: Recent Golf Challenge NSW Open Winner Harrison Crowe was among those named in the HP squads. PHOTO: Kirsty Wrice / Golf Australia.

Golf Australia’s Director of High Performance Brad James said he was delighted with the standard of players selected in the Squad.

“This is the next generation,” said James. “That’s how we look at it. We’ve effectively had two years without full training and competition because of the Pandemic. At this point, we just need to expose these athletes at international level because that’s going to be possible now. They’ve been lacking in international competition and it’s a focus for us to get them traveling overseas and playing at the top level. “

South Australians Jack Buchanan and Caitlin Peirce were among those to jump from tier three into the tier two group in the past few days after Peirce won the prestigious Rene Erichsen Salver at Royal Adelaide, and Buchanan was runner-up to Western Australian Connor McKinney in the SA Amateur Classic, also at Royal Adelaide.

Sydney’s Harrison Crowe, Winner of the Golf Challenge NSW Open at Concord earlier this month has also been named in the tier two squad.

“This is the next generation. That’s how we look at it. ” – Brad James.

“Harrison’s already had an excellent amateur career, and the next step for him is to have the kind of results he’s had here in Australia at an international level,” said James. “A guy like (NSW player) Jeffrey Guan played well in the US recently, that’s the kind of thing we want to see. We need to see where their games are at, and use that information and data when they come back home to train in the environment that their State high performance programs provide them. “

There are some newcomers to the High Performance Squad and some young stars in the making, such as Yarra Yarra’s Amelia Harris, just 13, and The National’s Molly McLean, only 16.

Western Australia retains separate High Performance squads which explains the absence of WA players.

HP SQUADS 2022

VICTORIA

Tier One
Gabi Ruffels
Zach Murray

Tier Two
Andre Lautee
Keeley Marx

Tier Three
Abel Eduard
Amelia Harris
Jasper Stubbs
Konrad Ciupek
Molly McLean
Phoenix Campbell
Rupert Toomey
Toby Walker

QUEENSLAND

Tier One
Karis Davidson
Dylan Perry
Jed Morgan
Louis Dobbelaar
Elvis Smylie

Tier Two
Blaike Perkins (QAS)
Justice Bosio (QAS)
Lewis Hoath (QAS)

Tier Three
Billy Dowling
Hannah Reeves (QAS)
Harry Takis
Joel Stahlhut (QAS)
Kai Komulainen
Quinnton Croker (QAS)
Rhianna Lewis
Sam Slater (QAS)
Sarah Wilson (QAS)
Shyla Singh
Tyler Duncan (QAS)

TASMANIA

Tier Three
Hallie Meaburn
Hunter Gillard
Joey Bower
Mackenzie Wilson

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Tier One
Jack Thompson

Tier Two
Caitlin Peirce
Jack Buchanan

Tier Three
Amelia Whinney
Charlie Nobbs
Matilda Miels
Nicholas Siegmund

NEW SOUTH WALES

Tier One
Stephanie Kyriacou
Grace Kim
Blake Windred
Travis Smyth

Tier Two
Belinda Ji
Harrison Crowe
Jeffrey Guan
Kelsey Bennett

Tier Three
Chris Fan
Josh Fuller
June Song
Jye Halls
Jye Pickin

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