Ten Victorians have secured grants under the Golf Scholarship Program to support their careers on and off the green.
The program supports future golf industry stars with grants of up to $7,500 for administration, player support, horticulture and design.
Among the latest group of recipients is Mike Rolls, the world’s number one ranked multi-amputee golfer, receiving a grant of $7,500 towards progressing his playing career through an all-abilities high-performance program, while Sylvia Bourne from Keysborough Golf Club will complete a Diploma of Golf Management.
Mike Rolls (pictured above) said I hope this sparks more opportunities for golfers with a disability and it paves the way for all abilities athletes to reach their golfing potential despite challenging circumstances.
Sylvia Bourne thanked the Government for providing this opportunity and support to undergo further training that will quantify current skills and enhance opportunities for career progression in the future.
“I look forward to making a difference within the golf industry,” she said.
Other grant recipients include Kono Matsumoto from the Victoria Golf Club who will begin her journey on the Japanese LPGA Tour, and Brenton Clarke from Warrnambool Golf Club who will complete a Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology.
The scholarships are part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to boost golf participation across the state. This includes $15.3 million for the recently opened Australian Golf Centre at Sandringham Golf Links.
Golf in Victoria contributes $883 million to the state’s economy and supports 6,900 jobs - this program is part of the Government’s $7.46 million Supporting Growth of Golf Clubs Around Victoria initiative.
Since 2021, the program has provided 26 grants with 15 of those going to women. For more information about the program and successful grant recipients visit Golf Scholarship Program.