I grew up on a farm 2 hours west of Melbourne. After completing year 12, I shifted to Melbourne to pursue a career in golf. I had a successful amateur career which included:
- 4 years with the Victorian Institute of Sport, 4 years in the Victorian state team
(2 interstate championships)
- 3 top ten finishes in the Victorian Open
- competing in 3 Australian Opens
- 2 trips to Europe to compete in events such as the British Amateur and British Open Qualifying
- 3 trips to America to play their major amateur tournaments.
I turned professional in January 1996 and spent 4 years playing the Australian tour, 3 seasons on the Asian tour and one season on the Canadian Tour. In January 2000 I started my three year traineeship with the PGA of Australia. I spent the first two years at Brighton Public Golf Course. In 2002, I was one of only two trainee professionals in Australia to be selected for a twelve month scholarship with the Australian institute of Sport.
Victorian and Australian Institute of Sport Programs
The Victorian and Australian Institute Of Sport programs are well respected around the world for their cutting edge technology on producing elite athletes. A scholarship with the Institute of sport program includes elite coaching, sports science, sports medicine, complete fitness programs, sports psychology, athlete career and education courses as well as international travelling experience. Notable players that were in the program at the same time as me include Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby, Stephen Allen and Craig Spence.
Highlights of Golfing Career
- 61 (11under) at Victoria Golf Club
- Competing in the 2005 USPGA Qualifying School in Houston, Texas
- Winner South West Open 1996
- Winner Portsea Pro Am (2005) Richest one day pro am in Australia $40,000
- Winner Royal Pines Pro Am (2002) Richest pro am in Australia $100,000
- 4th Rolex Masters in Singapore 69,69,70,68
- Playing the Australian, Asian and Canadian PGA Tours
Victoria Golf Club – A Record Low Score
(Article below from Victorian Golf Club Newsletter) Click on score card on right.
It has often been difficult to recall who holds the course record at our course due to the many variations to the layout over the years. Chris Tatt with a 64 some years ago, Stephen Leaney with a 67 in 1998, Peter Fowler with a 65 in this year’s Australian PGA all may have been record holders at times.
However on Thursday 30 March there is no doubt who club members thought was the best of them all! Playing with Tony Carty, John Lindsay and Wayne Meckiff in the last group, Gavin Vearing took 30 shots for the first 9 including seven consecutive birdies. Somehow that fact swept around the course ‘like’ an email and when he walked in at the end of the day, having had a 31 on the back nine for an amazing 61 off the stick, he was applauded to the dias to make his speech, and applauded back to his table again.
John Lindsay, who shot a 68 himself, added to the feat by declaring it the finest round of golf he had ever witnessed. No eagles, no long putts, simply brilliant golf from a modest country character who is liked by everyone. His score will be framed and displayed at the club.