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Total investment 2016-17: $1,634,500 (high performance: $959,500; participation $650,000; other: $25,000)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 11% 

The targeted result for the men’s team at the Rio Olympics was not achieved, with withdrawals from potential gold medallists Jason Day and Adam Scott. Marcus Fraser finished tied for fifth, far exceeding the expectations based on his pre-event world ranking.

The women’s team was competitive and came close to a podium finish. Minjee Lee was a strong final- round performer making several back-nine birdies to push into medal contention however finished tied seventh. Su Oh was also in the medal mix with a few holes to play.

Golf Australia and its partners worked hard to allow the athletes to prepare and recover for the Olympic Games as they would for a normal major championship. Team leader Ian Baker-Finch’s decision to arrive early and study the golf course provided the athletes and caddies a complete understanding of how to best prepare during the practice rounds. Ian’s experience also helped several times off the golf course with athletes reaching out for advice on handling pressure and media commitments during the tournament.

While Golf Australia’s ranking has moved to on track, the program continues to provide an exceptional pathway for prospective future professional athletes and is the envy of major competitors. It continues to provide national squad athletes with exposure and the support required to compete on the professional circuit. Over the past four years Golf Australia’s Winning Edge athletes continued to have a major presence on the USPGA and LPGA Tour. Jason Day climbed to a world No. 1 ranking after securing his first Major — The USPGA Championship in 2015. In 2016 he secured three wins on the PGA Tour including the unofficial fifth major The Players Championship. Adam Scott has climbed back into the top 10 rankings.

Golf Australia’s Rookie Squad member Minjee Lee has continued her rise in the women’s world rankings, currently 14th after securing two tournament victories since turning professional in late 2014.

Golf Australia continues to invest in its national and rookie squads with promising results from these athletes across the amateur and professional ranks. Australian Squad member Curtis Luck is Australia’s leading amateur with a world ranking of No. 2 after winning the US Amateur title and along with fellow Australian team members Cameron Davis, Brett Coletta and Anthony Quayle, secured the Eisenhour Trophy for the World Amateur Teams title.

Governance commentary

Golf Australia is performing well in adopting the ASC’s Mandatory Sports Governance Principles. It has had significant engagement with stakeholders to develop the strategic direction for the sport. The nominations committee has been operating well using a documented skills matrix that is regularly updated. Golf Australia would benefit from conducting a board evaluation in 2017.

2016 Benchmark event // Olympic Games

Medal target: 0-2

Actual: gold 0 silver 0 bronze 0 total 0

Non-medal target: N

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