Saturday 2nd May 2020
Adam Scott is no doubt one of our best local Aussie golf exports. The first Australian to win the US Masters, 31 worldwide wins including two WGC’s, a Players, two Australian PGA’s and an Australian Open. He also owns arguably the best swing in golf.
Not only is he one of the best golfers out of Australia, he is also a wonderful ambassador for the game in our country. Adam is one of the few big name players that come home basically every year to support our major events, the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship. Sadly, the number of big events has declined over the last decade, but Scotty still returns home to tee it up and do his best to promote the local tours. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for some of our other big name stars. The argument is that the events are too small, carry too little prizemoney, clash with other events with bigger purses, too far to travel home after a big end of the season in the US, and so on.
Personally, I feel as though they should come home as often as possible to support our end of season events, and here's why. These players came through our junior ranks, attended our golf specific schools, represented our amateur teams, and their home clubs and fellow members often assisted financially to give them the best chance of ‘making it’. Now that they have made it, and are playing the best tournaments in the world and making millions of dollars in the process, should they not feel compelled to come home and support those that supported them?
Now more than ever our tournaments and tour need to attract more interest, more sponsorship dollars, more viewers, more spectators. We need these players to support our events to continue to grow the game into the future. The locally based players that play each event in Australia throughout the year are fantastic players, they engage very well with spectators and sponsors, shoot some great scores, and provide a great show, but they unfortunately don’t have the pulling power of our bigger name stars.
I commend Adam for returning almost every year to help grow the profile of Australian golf. He may not play great each year, but that can be easily forgiven due to the fact that he has a hectic media schedule when he returns. But he realises the importance of returning home each year and teeing it up.
You also may not realise what Adam does for golf on a local level. When he returns home each year, Adam plays a lot of golf at local golf courses, often inviting local members and staff to join him. What an experience for those golfers to have a hit with a legend of Australian golf! Imagine turning up for your tee time to find out that Adam Scott is playing in the group in front or behind you, I’m sure there would be a few nerves on that first tee shot!
Even in the current Covid-19 crisis, Adam is going out of his way to inject some hope and positivity into the golf industry. You may have seen this week that Adam hosted a live broadcast on Instagram while playing nine holes at Maleny Golf Club in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with former tour professional and now club manager Wayne Perske. Adam was very engaging and entertaining, answering questions from viewers, explaining swing thoughts and feels, talking about preparing for his rounds, equipment, and more. He didn’t have to do this, but he realises that there are plenty of people that are struggling at the moment and he wanted to show his support.
Another thing you may not know about Adam, is each year in December he hosts a junior golf tournament at Sanctuary Cove Golf & Country Club on the Gold Coast. Adam attends each year, leads the presentations, signs autographs for the kids, hosts a Q & A, takes photographs with the kids. What a fantastic way to inspire the next generation of golfers! And I’m sure all those junior golfers go home with the biggest smiles on their faces and a great story to tell their friends for years to come.
Some of our other big name stars are wonderful ambassadors for Aussie golf as well, such as Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, who also come home to support our events almost every year. But there is a couple of notable absentees each year, no names named although it's not hard to work out who they are.
But to the man who continues to give back, Adam Scott, thank you for doing such an amazing job of promoting golf in this country and inspiring kids all over the country to take up this wonderful game. We sure need it.