GOLF AUSTRALIA has confirmed that golf will not be part of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) program from the beginning of next year.
GA announced yesterday that although golf will leave the AIS program from 1 January 2011, government funding previously provided for the AIS program had been retained by the sport.
GA said it will continue to run its high performance program with the National Squad program expanding to take over activities previously run through the AIS program.
Golf Australia CEO Stephen Pitt said his organisation was very comfortable with the new structure moving forward.
“We enjoyed being part of the AIS and having the association with the AIS brand over a fairly long period of time, however, the upside is greater flexibility in terms of the delivery of our High Performance program,” Pitt said.
“The change will not negatively impact the services that Golf Australia is able to provide to its elite amateur and rookie professional players which is our primary focus.”
Golf Australia High Performance Director Brad James welcomed the decision and believed it would be beneficial for golf.
“I believe it will give us greater freedom and control in terms of how we administer the program and will allow us to have a more cohesive squad structure,” James said.
Pitt extended thanks on behalf of Golf Australia to all of the AIS personnel who had worked with Golf Australia and its predecessors to assist with the development of Australian golfers.