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Total investment 2015-16: $1,625,000 (high performance: $1,010,000; participation $615,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 12% 

Golf Australia’s high performance program is rated as performing, with its Australia’s Winning Edge athletes continuing to have a major presence on the USPGA and LPGA Tour.

Jason Day had an outstanding year, finishing as the world’s No. 2 ranked player after five tournament victories, including his first Major — The USPGA Championship. He has had 12 top-10 finishes.

Adam Scott had a poor year by his standards with only three top-10 finishes. Marc Leishman had a breakout year with four top-10 finishes including tied second in the British Open after playing in a three-way play-off to decide the winner. Golf Australia Rookie Squad member Cameron Smith finished fourth at the US Open and gained full status on the PGA Tour for 2016. Australia has three golfers in the PGA top 50 and seven in the top 100.

Golf Australia’s Rookie Squad member Minjee Lee continues to climb the world rankings and has overtaken Karrie Webb as Australia’s highest-ranked golfer at 13th on the LPGA. Minjee Lee won her first Tour victory, the Kingsmill Championship, in May as well as having five top-10 finishes. Karrie Webb continues to be competitive on the LPGA circuit and is eager to compete at Rio.

Golf Australia’s high performance director continues to excel in managing a complicated program involving the difficult logistics of athletes on tour.

Governance

Golf Australia is performing well in adopting the MSGP. The organisation has made significant progress toward ensuring all parts of the federated structure are working in cohesion and toward a single direction for the sport. Golf Australia is actively pursuing a one management model and this work is positioning golf as a benchmark for national alignment. Golf Australia should continue developing its integrity policies and procedures.

2015 benchmark event // major championship (combined)

Medal target: 1-2

Actual: gold 1 silver 1 bronze 0 total 2

Performance target

2016 benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-2

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