The PGA of Australia is pleased to announce its team for the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup with well-known Australian PGA professional Lisa Jean [pictured] to captain the team in the first-of-its-kind competition.
Formed by the PGA of America, the international tournament will be a 54-hole strokeplay event with each team’s lowest three scores counted after each round where the winning country will be the team with the lowest 54-hole aggregate total.
The Australian team will feature Australia’s best vocational female PGA professionals with captain Jean (VIC) to tee it up alongside Gillian Rae (NSW), Bronte Colbert (WA), Jade Fisher (QLD) and Sienna Voglis (VIC) at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, this October.
“We’ve assembled a great team for the Women’s PGA Cup and I’m honoured to lead them as captain,” Jean said. “We’re all really excited to be a part of a tournament that gives us the chance to showcase what we do on the world stage and show other countries the calibre of female PGA professionals in Australia.
“We each have strengths in different areas of the game but I think that’s what will make us such strong competitors.”
Get to know the team:
Leading the way for Australian women, Lisa Jean is a name many will already be familiar with. Entering the record books in 2015 as the first female to win the Victorian Club Professional Championship, Jean was subsequently awarded a start at the ISPS Handa PGA Tour of Australasia’s Victorian PGA Championship in 2016 to tee it up alongside the men. No stranger to tournament golf, Jean competed on the Ladies European Tour for six years before making the switch to teaching where she now works as an assistant and teaching professional at Huntingdale Golf Club.
A PGA of Australia professional since 2001, Gillian Rae joins the team as a teaching professional at Golf Paradise at Manly in Sydney. A tournament professional early in her career, Rae now focuses on the vocational side of the game with an emphasis on children’s and development golf. Her vast level of experience across many facets of golf will undoubtedly prove beneficial for the Australian team.
Joining the ALPG Tour in 2019, 25-year-old Bronte Colbert is the youngest member of the Australian team. A teaching professional at Marangaroo Golf Course in Perth, Colbert’s tournament results continue to improve with her best finish coming at the Sheraton Deva New Caledonia Women’s International Pro-Am where she placed 22nd. Completing her PGA traineeship in 2017, Colbert’s recent experience will be an asset come tournament time.
Assistant professional at Jindalee Golf Club in Brisbane, Jade Fisher has recorded some strong results in her tournament golf career. A player on the ALPG Tour since 2014, Fisher’s best finish came at the Brisbane Invitational in 2017, where she tied for seventh, before going on to compete in the Women’s Vic Open in 2018. Working closely on development and all abilities golf as a professional, Fisher will bring important game knowledge to the Australian team.
Victorian Sienna Voglis joins the Australian team as the teaching professional at Melbourne’s Ivanhoe Public Golf Course. With tournament experience between 2013 and 2017, Voglis has turned her focus to the teaching side of the game in recent years but it hasn’t stopped her from posting some top scores in recreational rounds. A passionate golfer and member of the team, Voglis will make her tournament return at the Women’s PGA Cup in style.
All five women will play an important part in the team with Australia electing for Jean to take part as a playing captain in the tournament, a point of difference to other teams that may choose a non-playing captain to lead the team.
PGA of Australia chief executive Gavin Kirkman was thrilled to announce such a strong team for the tournament which will see Jean, Rae, Colbert, Fisher and Voglis represent Australia’s PGA professionals on the world stage.
“We are very excited to finally announce the Australian team for the Women’s PGA Cup after confirming our involvement early last year,” Kirkman said. “Our female PGA Professionals in Australia are highly skilled and are certainly some of the best in the world.
“I am sure Lisa will lead the team to a fantastic result while encouraging each of the women of Team Australia to perform to the best of their ability and give their all. I look forward to seeing them take on the rest of the world and do us all proud.”
In addition to the USA; Canada, Great Britain & Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden have committed to play the 2019 Women’s PGA Cup.
Each member of team Australia is a vocational PGA of Australia member working full-time in the Australian golf industry to comply with the Women’s PGA Cup eligibility criteria.
The Women’s PGA Cup will be played at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas with all rounds to be played on the Tom Fazio-designed Foothills course from October 22 to 26.