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AIS Golf program

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Golf program was established in 1992 as a national elite development program for men and women. The AIS program, which ceased in 2010, was a part of Golf Australia’s high performance athlete pathway, and AIS scholarship holders were members of the Golf Australia National Squad.

It was a camps-based program, catering for golfers all over the country who lived in their home states.  The program was initially based in Sandringham, but relocated to Moonah Links on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula in December 2003.  Moonah Links remained integral to the success of the AIS Golf program as it was the base for the majority of camps that took place throughout the year.  Camps also utilised the AIS facilities and staff in Canberra.

The Moonah Links facility was purpose built to develop Australia's most talented players with an eye to producing world class golfers.  The facility at Moonah Links comprises offices, gymnasium, lecture rooms, physiotherapy facilities as well as purpose built indoor and outdoor hitting areas, short game bunkers and chipping area with many different lies and grasses which allowed AIS players to prepare for many and varied conditions.

During the program, AIS scholarship holders competed both domestically and internationally in a number of Amateur and Professional events.  They competed in approximately 20 domestic amateur events each year and were given the opportunity of qualifying for Professional events such as the Australian Open and Australian Masters. Scholarship holders were also assisted annually in overseas travel to events in the UK and US.

The benefits of the program included an increase in state and national programs of all standards. A National Skills Test has now been established that can be used for talent identification, particularly in isolated country areas. Physiological testing protocols have been established for strengthening golfers and identifying potential injuries before they occur.

Achievements and highlights

Although the golf program only began operation in February 1992, a great deal was achieved. A summary of recent AIS Golf highlights is outlined below:

2010

  • Stacey Keating won the Australian Amateur, Victoria Stroke Play, WA Stroke Play and the Victoria Amateur
  • Julia Boland won the Lake Macquarie Amateur
  • Jessica Speechley won the Riversdale Cup, WA Amateur and the Tasmanian Open
  • Ashley Ona won the NSW Amateur   
  • Matt Jager won theAustralian Stroke Play, the Australian Amateur and the WA Medal
  • Jason Scrivener won the Mandurah Amateur

2009

  • Julia Boland won the Lake Macquarie Amateur, the Victorian Stroke Play, the Australian Stroke Play and the Trans Amateur (USA)
  • Rebecca Flood won the NSW Stroke Play   
  • Stacey Keating won the Tasmanian Stroke Play   
  • Daniel Nisbet won the Keperra Bowl and Golf SA Classic


2008

  • Stephanie Na won the Australian Stroke Play, WA Stroke Play and the Victorian Stroke Play
  • Kristie Smith won the Australian Amateur, North and South Amateur (USA)
  • Stacey Keating won the Queensland Stroke Play and Canadian Amateur
  • Tim Stewart won the Tasmanian Open   
  • Scott Arnold won the Riversdale Cup   
  • Matthew Griffin won the Keperra Bowl, Mandurah Amateur and Rice Planters Amateur (USA)

2007

  • Frances Bondad won the Australian Stroke Play
  • Kristie Smith won the Victorian Stroke Play
  • Michael Foster won the Rice Planters Amateur (USA)
  • Rick Kulacz  won the NSW Open (Professional event), the SAGA Invitational and took out the Dunes Medal

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