The series for everyone

The PGA Tour of Australasia and WPGA Tour of Australasia have joined forces to play a key role in developing pathways for Tour professionals in Australia.

It is incumbent upon the PGA and WPGA Tour to ensure these pathways remain viable so Australia continues to develop and produce world class professionals who compete and represent our country at the highest level on the world stage, while growing the profile of the sport and encouraging new participants.

The Webex Players Series provides playing opportunities for both male and female professionals competing in the same field for the same prize purse (with the course adjusted/scaled accordingly) in mixed pairings.

The series focuses on true equality. Both the R&A and Golf Australia are in full support and see the Webex Players Series tournaments showcasing how the sport can be played at an elite level with both men and women competing equally against each other.


Pictured: Hannah Green with TPS Murray River Trophy

World No.30 Hannah Green has created a world-first slice of history with a commanding four-stroke victory at the TPS Murray River at Cobram Barooga Golf Club on Sunday.

Part of a four-way tie for the lead through 54 holes, Green oozed class in the final round to compile a five-under par round of 66 for a four-round total of 20-under, the 2019 KPMG Women’s PGA champion creating a new place for herself within golf’s history books.

Female golfers have won mixed-gender pro-am events over one and two rounds previously but until today there had been no female winners of a Webex Players Series event or any four-round mixed gender tournament on any major world tour.

Playing alongside Green in the second-to-last group, Sydney’s Andrew Evans (70) held on for a share of second with amateur Hayden Hopewell (65) at 16-under, one clear of Kim (68) and Kobori (69), who herself won a two-day mixed New Zealand PGA-sanctioned pro-am last year.

“I feel amazing. I’m just so grateful that I came. It actually wasn’t my plan to play; I was hoping to go back to Perth. Things happen for a reason so I’m really glad that I made it,” added Green, who last Sunday won the Vic Open title at 13th Beach.

“I wanted to win these two events as soon as I said that I’d enter them. I didn’t think it was a ridiculous goal to try and get my name on these trophies so now that that’s done hopefully I can continue this momentum.

“I want to be in the top-10 in the world. I think I can achieve it. If I keep playing the golf that I am now hopefully I can get there.”

As her three overnight co-leaders were slow out of the blocks, Green leant on her major championship qualities to strike an early blow at the first to edge one in front.

Evans (even), Matt Millar (one over) and Blake Collyer (two over) all stalled through the first five holes but it would be just after the halfway mark that Green took a final stranglehold of the tournament she had lead since Thursday’s opening round.

A superb approach shot just short of the par-5 10th set up a chip-in eagle for Green to move three clear of Evans and when she backed it up with birdie from 20 feet at the par-4 11th extended her lead to four with seven holes to play.

The world No.30 made birdie at the par-5 15th for the fourth day in a row, dropped a shot at the long par-3 16th but then cruised home with two closing pars to achieve a world first for women’s golf.

“Hopefully it’s inspiring the rest of the girls not only in the juniors but in the field to try and get their name on a trophy,” added Green.

“I don’t think this will be the last time these events keep happening. I can easily see 20 on the schedule coming soon hopefully.”

In a dominant week for the women, the top three spots in the TPS Junior Murray River also went to the girls with Sheridan Clancy shooting two-under 69 on Sunday to win by four strokes from Jazy Roberts (73) and Chloe Wilson (75).

In Honour of Jarrod Lyle

Jarrod Lyle was a sports-mad kid from Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley Region who went on to become one of Australia’s most admired sportspeople. He was known and admired not only for his golfing talents but also as a result of his brave fight against acute myeloid leukaemia, a battle he faced three times from the age of 17.

On and off the course Jarrod was renowned for his huge presence, easy going nature and fun personality.

Jarrod turned professional in 2004 after a strong amateur career. In 2005 he had some great finishes on the Asian Tour before being runner up at the 2006 NZ PGA Championship, an event co-sanctioned on the Nationwide Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour) in the US. With several strong finishes throughout 2006 on the Nationwide Tour and a finish inside the Top 25 on the money list, he earnt his PGA Tour card for the 2007 season and prepared for his first year as part of the ‘big show’. After a tough 2007 season where he was unable to keep his card, Jarrod returned to the Nationwide Tour in 2008 and went on to enjoy two wins and a 2nd, ending the season in 4th place on the money list to return to the PGA Tour in 2009.

While the next few years were a battle to keep his card on the PGA Tour and saw him take on qualifying school on a couple of occasions, Jarrod was definitely making inroads to belonging at the very upper echelons of the game. In February 2012 he had his best finish in a fully-fledged PGA Tour event with a tied 4th at the Northern Trust Open. Unfortunately, within two weeks of this great result, Jarrod was to find out the devastating news that he was suffering from a recurrence of his leukaemia.

With the help of a stem cell transplant, Jarrod again overcame leukaemia. After confirming he was in remission, he returned to professional golf in extremely emotional scenes on the first tee at Royal Melbourne for the 2013 Australian Masters. Jarrod surprised everyone, even himself, by making the cut at that event, a remarkable effort and one that truly embodied his grit and determination and showcased many of the traits the Australian and worldwide sporting public had fallen in love with. He would go on to play a further 20 events on the PGA Tour in 2014 but was unable to keep his full status.

Sadly, Jarrod’s leukaemia returned for a third time in July 2017 and he passed away in August 2018 at just 36 years of age.

There’s no doubt that Jarrod packed a huge amount into his short life, however it was the tremendous work he did off the course with Challenge that he will also be remembered for. Challenge is a not-for-profit organisation that provides daily support for children and families living with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder. Jarrod was a member of Challenge as a teenager following his first diagnosis, and went on to become an official ambassador for the organisation in 2004. Along with his good mate and fellow professional Robert Allenby, he proudly wore a Leuk the Duck badge and carried a Leuk the Duck driver cover whenever he played in a professional event. Through Jarrod’s health battles over the years, the image of Leuk has become synonymous with childhood cancer and with Jarrod’s legacy of helping to support kids who are facing a similar experience to his own.

That legacy continues to live on and flourish in his absence, and is supported by Jarrod’s wife, Briony, and the work she does for Challenge, including the nationwide #DoingItForJarrod fundraising campaign, Yellow Day at the Australian PGA Championships and the sale of a range of Leuk the Duck merchandise items.

In the months following Jarrod’s death and as sign of respect for his legacy, Leuk the Duck badges were worn by professional golfers all over the world, including Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler. To this day, Leuk retains a strong presence on the PGA and European Tours with the help of Challenge ambassador, Tour champion and fellow Victorian, Lucas Herbert.

TPS Murray River wishes to pay tribute to one of Australia’s most cherished golfers by playing this event in Jarrod’s honour, but to also ensure his legacy continues by supporting the efforts of Challenge to raise much-needed funds that ensure young children and their families get the support they need.

To this end, people who knew Jarrod from various parts of his life will be engaged throughout tournament week to ensure the event is a resounding success and to honour one of golf’s most loved figures.

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