Play 9 at the Australian Open

by Ms Tricia McLeod @ 10:44 PM, 19th Dec 2019

Lyn Tobin represented South Australia in the Play 9 at the Australian Open recently. 

Please read Lyn's account of her experience at the Play 9 Golf Final.

Play 9 Golf at the 2019 Australian Open in Sydney

What an amazing experience. Maybe YOU could be part of it next year.

Play 9 at the Australian Open is part of Golf Australia’s commitment to promote nine-hole golf. This competition gives golfers the chance to win the experience of a lifetime and play like a pro at the Australian Open. The male winner and female winner of the Australian National Play 9 final in 2019 won a trip to England to play in the 2020 9 Hole challenge hosted by the R&A at Royal St Georges in England the week before the British Open.

I am very pleased to say that I was fortunate enough to be one of those lucky golfers to play in the Play 9 Australia wide final at the Australian Golf Club during the Australian Open this year. It was an absolutely amazing experience to meet some of the players and play on the course on Saturday afternoon after the Professionals had finished their round. The course was set up exactly as it had been for the professionals with many tricky pin placements and very fast greens. There were 28 players in the final (2 male & 2 female representatives from each State & Territory) and I am pleased to say I tied for 3rd in the women’s competition and South Australia tied for 2nd in the Team event. The prize for qualifying for the National final was not only the trip to Sydney to play in the final but also tickets to the Australian Open every day, Tickets into the Champions Cocktail party where we met Matt Jones the winner of the Australian Open and Golf Australia also put on a Play 9 presentation party. It was a very special time which I will always remember.

You are probably wondering how I qualified for this fantastic experience.

Golfers Australia wide who put a 9 Hole competition card in to Golf link for handicapping between 6th May – 10th November 2019 were entered into this Play 9 Competition. People can play in multiple competitions but they must have an official Golf Australia handicap to be eligible. Women with the top 30 scores (out of over 7,000 scores) and the Men with the top 30 scores (out of nearly 4000scores) qualified to play in the state final. The South Australian final was held at Glenelg. The winner and runner up in the Women’s and Men’s state final won a trip to Sydney to play in the National Play 9 final at the Australian Open.

Golf Australia is planning to run this event again next year so maybe YOU could be the one to win this prize. The Play 9 National final in 2020 will be played during the Australian Open at Kingston Heath Golf Course in Melbourne.

Good luck Lyn Tobin


Lyn Tobin and the 28 finalists of the Play 9 Final 

Lyn meeting Matt Jones the winner of the Australian Open


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