Australians playing more competition golf

A NEW report shows an increase of almost seven percent in competition rounds played by Australian golfers in 2009.

The Australian Golf Industry Council report says the additional rounds generated a $4.56 million boost to golf club revenues.

Much of the increased rounds came from male golfers — up by 7.7 per cent and they contributed 81 per cent of total rounds played.

Female rounds were up by 5.5 per cent.

NSW topped the state’s tally with about 4.3 million rounds ahead of Victoria (about 3 million).

Queensland, hit by floods, had about 1.9 million ahead of Western Australia (about 872,000) South Australia (787,000) Tasmania (273,000) and the Northern Territory (about 49,000).

NSW and Western Australia 9 per cent up on 2008, had the biggest increases.

Based on data submitted by GolfLink,  the club competition rounds tally accounts for about 50 per cent of all rounds of golf played, but records “single handicapped rounds only, not including rounds played from events such as fourball and ambrose”.

The database used for the analysis is from about 1600 facilities. GolfLink recorded about 11.265 million competition rounds played in 2009 an increase of 6.9 per cent on 2008.

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Brian is a former Sydney journalist who didn’t have a skerrick of interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded Australian Senior Golfer in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association.

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