Recent News

Australian Golf Teachers Federation,  in conjunction with  Australian Golf Academy in Hong Kong and the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick Victoria,  recently supported  an initiative in  the promotion  of international  junior golf.

The Future Olympic Star Junior Golf Tour (FOST) final was held at the Forest Resort Golf Resort in Creswick, Victoria, Australia on August 20th and 21st 2011.

The Future Olympic Star Junior Golf Tour is an international tournament format designed to encourage a new generation of junior golfers in Hong Kong and China and in years to come other Asian nations.

In coming years most Asian nations will field a team of golfers to represent their country at Olympic level. This tournament is to give junior golfers  the feel of higher level international competition and to foster relations between countries (as well as the cultural experiences  for each golf student)

Eight children, sponsored for winning the Hong Kong final in their respective age groups, came to play the Australian students.

In a keenly fought final the Australian contingent with home soil advantage gained the advantage and won all age categories.


Age 5-7 Sebastion Block 118, Josh Chong (HK) 124,Joel Smith 128

Age 8-10 David O’Donnell 118, Jackson Chong (HK) 120,

Age 11-13 Corey Haase 85, Shannon Dawkins 88,

Age 14-16 Daniel Staples 85,Ben Suen (HK) 92

Age 17-19 Braden Christofferson 77


As it was the very first time for such young golfers from Hong Kong to come to Australia  to play in a serious competition, the local media gave a very good coverage on the event.

Lilian Lee, the FOST competition director, was very impressed with the performance of all participants and pleased that besides golf, the junior golfers (as well as the parents) greatly benefited  with the cultural exchange. “All players will definitely have higher incentives to improve their game when they go home and I wish we could make the events a bigger one with more countries involved next year” Lilian said.

The tournament was a great success.  The young golfers (and their families) from both countries enjoyed an experience of their young lifetime not at  only with the golf but with the personal relationships that they established.

It is our hope that in 2012 we could have many WGTF nations run their own FOST  tournament and send students to Australia for the 2012 finals for a truly International Junior competition.

Visit for further information and contact andrew@australiangolf if you are interested in your GTF participating in year 2012


PRESIDENTS CUP NOV 14th -20th  2011

The Presidents Cup has grown to become one of the most eagerly awaited and highly watched events in the world of golf.  Every two years top players from the United States and an International Team culled from the ranks of the finest golfers outside Europe clash on a global stage in four days of team match-play competition.

In November of 2011 The Presidents Cup will return to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the first time since 1998 when the International team scored its first and, to date, only win over the United States with a decisive nine-point victory.

The Club has a reputation for excellence and this year will achieve the distinction of being the first course outside the United States to host The Presidents Cup more than once.

Two of the games greatest champions in Greg Norman for the Internationals and Fred Couples for the United States will revive their roles as captains for their respective sides in 2011.

Both men have been global ambassadors for the game and embody everything that The Presidents Cup stands for.  There is no doubt that Captain Norman and Captain Couples will once again showcase the incredible sportsmanship, leadership, and camaraderie that is hallmark to this storied competition.

If any International GTF members are interested in flying down under we would welcome our visitors with open arms.



AGTF CUP NOV 21st -22nd  2011

The annual AGTF Cup will be held at the Forest Resort Creswick on the Monday and Tuesday after the Presidents Cup with the hope that some International Golf Teaching professionals may elect to play in our premier event.

See our we website for details or Contact for entries or enquiries


On-going education for members

We see the need to involve more golf mechanics teaching in our courses and for existing members to incorporate that teaching in their own business. Over the last two years we have offered the opportunity to members to do the Get Fit to Golf program and we propose that later this year, in conjunction with the AGTF cup and also on separate occasions to hold workshops to bring all members up to date with this teaching.

We are fortunate to have Roger Podmore available to lead the workshops and Roger is a Master Teacher in Golf Biomechanics as well as a Master Teacher with AGTF and one of the Top 100 Teachers with the WGTF.

The intention is for members  to complete the Get Fit To Golf assessment program and upon completion of the course  members will also be required to complete the International College of Golf Biomechanics Course (ICGB).

The ICGB course covers advanced teaching in golf biomechanics which includes fitness  and understanding how you should teach someone with a disability.  This is an on-line course which could be finished in a whole day or alternatively take approximately 2  hours per night for maybe three nights to finish it.

We are proposing that all existing members do these courses as part of their ongoing education commitment and to be able to promote themselves as teachers versed in understanding of golf biomechanics.

We see this as essential for the future of our profession.

AGTF CUP 2010/11

The AGTF Cup initially was to be held on the dates of 21,22 and 23 of November 2010 at the Novatel Forest Resort in Creswick, Victoria but due to the terrible weather conditions last year we had postponed until we thought  suitable weather would be forthcoming.  Unfortunately, the weather was so bad for so long we decided to look to later in 2011 to hold the AGTF Cup. We will keep you informed as the weather forecasts predict better weather for later this year.


The AGTF Public Liability Insurance facility is managed by one of our long standing members, Des Heffernan. Des has his own business acting as an Authorised Representative of Finance & Insurance (Broking) Australia P/L based in Adelaide.

He can be contacted on 0408 848 147 or (08) 8267 6365 or email:

The facility provides Public and Products Liability protection to a limit of $20,000,000 any one occurrence.    The cost is very competitive by using the purchasing power of the members. We encourage those members who don’t currently use the facility to participate so that we can continue to provide members with this benefit.

Des is also happy to help you out with any other General Insurance enquiries.

Recent Certification Courses

We recently conducted two courses as an alternative to the seven day certification course.


We have been aware of the need to offer options to do the course and we have trialled the option of a

Four day attendance course with separate Playing Ability Test (PAT) plus online learning.

The course content  remains essentially the same as the traditional seven day course but includes the candidate’s  own self assessment under the GET FIT TO GOLF assessment program (and upon completion of the course Candidates will also be required to complete the International College of Golf Biomechanics Course (ICGB).

The Four Day course has the same content and testing as the traditional course, but with a different sequence.

There is an online component to this course which needs to be completed by the second day of the course and the on line work is sent out to candidates on receipt of course fees.

Australian Golf Teachers Cup 2009

The 2009 Australian Golf Teachers Federation Cup was  held at Gainsborough Greens Golf Course in QLD (Gold Coast) on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th November.


Although we had a limited field participate a great time was had by all and as usual it was a great time to catch up with old friends and to forge new friendships. Networking opportunities and ideas for better teaching all make the event a very worthwhile exercise in any Golf teachers calendar – five participants in the field had completed a certification course in the previous week and enjoyed meeting some of their AGTF counterparts.


The AGTF Cup open scratch was won by Robb Tickner after a sudden death playoff against one of our newest members Trevor Osborne.

Over the two days the playing conditions were hot and the the course played as a severe test. On day one Trevor had an unbelievable first round of 69 and seemed to have the field at his mercy. Day two revealed that the course was in fact as tough as most other participants were finding it and Robb Tickner fought back to draw level with Trevor on a final two round total of 156.

A sudden death playoff ensued and members were out in support watching the event unfold. After the first sudden death hole Robb Tickner was the overall winner of the AGTF Cup


The hot conditions and difficult course setup saw only 6 players break 80 over the two day event.


Results of the competition are listed below


AGTF CUP- Open scratch- professional

Robb Tickner          78-78 =156
Trevor Osborne       69-87 =156

Andrew Cartledge    79-79=158

AGTF CUP -Senior Winner-Open scratch- professional

Greg Ashton           78-83 = 161
Isao Iwatsuki          81-87= 168

AGTF CUP – Ladies Open scratch- professional

Tiffiny Mika           82-87 = 169

Sue Plug                86-92=  178


AGTF CUP -Open handicap


Scott McKenzie    = Nett 152
Shaun Martyn       =  Nett 154

Nearest the pin

3rd Kevin O’Neill
11th Trevor Osborne
16th Scott McKenzie

17th Jun Sin

Long Drive

Robb Tickner



In the teaching seminar this year we had two great presentations fom Dr Ron Burke from Get Fit to Golf and Kevin O’Neill, The Professor of Putting.


Ron Burke gave a presentation on Golf Biomechanics and showed members how important postural and fitness matters are to all of your students and how swings fail if their is postural defect. The Get Fit to Golf biomechanical assessment and ‘Chirofit’ program relies on the extensive knowledge of sport biomechanics and experience of Ron Burke DCDO licensed doctor of chiropractic medicine who has 30 years in the sports medicine industry and over 10 years invested in the development of this program.


Ron founded Get Fit to Golf (GFTG) and the International College of Golf Biomechanics (ICGB) and  AGTF has teamed with GFTG and ICGB to bring  the latest in golf biomechanics and golf fitness training for the golf teaching professional.

Golf biomechanics is becoming an integral part of the golf teaching profession.


To keep pace with these changes the AGTF has teamed with GFTG and the ICGB.

Ron also provides Golf Pro Select (GPS), an international online directory of golf teaching professionals, associations and retailers and is searchable by name, facility or location.


Full details of the GPS directory will be forwarded to members and all AGTF members will receive a basic listing at no cost featuring your contact details, in the directory

A more detailed full page listing will also be available including all your business details like facility description, bio or staff description and business hours. This is a great way for AGTF members to promote your business, especially if you don’t have your own website.

For more information on how the Get Fit to Golf program works and how to integrate it into your training please go to


Kevin O’Neill (The Putting Professor) demonstrated the finer points on putting to the members on his Sam Putt Lab (one of the highest level pieces of equipment made) for the measure and diagnosis of putting strokes. Kevins expertise in the field of putting was evident and his presentation gave everyone a renewed interest in Putting Instruction.


Both speakers provided members with practical application of their topics and it is obvious there will be tremendous benefit to members to enquire further of these speakers for their own personal development as well as the knowledge to pass on to their students.

A special thanks to some sponsors and contacts who assisted in the success of the event. Glenn Palmer , Gainsborough Greens Golf Course and Martin Weir (Corporate events).