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Congratulations to my student Issy Taylor for her outstanding results at the Tasmanian Amateur and Women’s Strokeplay Championship with PB’s and course records!

Issy made a formidable start shooting a course record 67 on the tough Tasmania Golf Club at the Tasmanian Amateur where she emerged Medallist beating top Australian junior Grace Kim from NSW.

Moving onto the Women’s Strokeplay Championship at Royal Hobart, Issy opened the 4-day event with another 67 followed by 74, 73 and the day’s best score 70 in the final round to finish 8 under for the tournament and runner up. Making her achievements all the more remarkable Issy only just finished her year 11 exams in time to get to the Tasmanian Amateur!

Issy’s been working hard on her mental game to make birdie opportunities count and this week she’s proven that she can, also throwing in a couple of eagles! Issy has also been making improvements in the gym and understands the value of physicality in golf. Well done Issy!

Last month, I was in Japan and one of the highlights of my trip was catching up with Shun Ueno(my student) who was a member at Sanctuary Cove Golf Club about 3 years ago.
A tragic pool accident last December left Shun paralysed and turned his world upside down along with his family rearranging there lives. I’m really excited to show everybody a shot I took at Shun’s home in Tokyo! After 10 months of intensive rehabilitation and great work by doctors in Tokyo Shun is standing and can walk independently which is a miracle and goes to show what determination Shun has inside!

Still Shun has some work in front of him no doubt but full function is his goal. His family has shown great strength during his rehabilitation and it’s great to see Shun improving and back at school plus catching buses to come home.

Well done Shun we are all proud of you!!! We often should appreciate what we have and know how precious life can be.πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

It’s been great working with Norika Tsukamoto who has been with MJ Golf for the past 9 months at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club.
Norika has enjoyed our holistic approach to Golf Performance and it’s been reflected in Norika’s handicap reducing from 14 to 8. Specific golf fitness training programs and clubfitting have increased Norika’s learning curve.With kangaroos to watch Norika practice she has really enjoyed the world class practice facilities at Sanctuary Cove and Country Club.

Great sportsmanship by Harry Phillips in a junior tournament last month at Pacific Harbour Golf Club. After one of his playing partners had a really tough hole and got a little emotional, Harry consoled him and encouraged him to play better on the next hole! In this day and age with trophy parents and all cost winning it’s refreshing to see kids supporting one another when things are tough! Great gesture Harry!

A massive congratulations to my student, Issy Taylor, who has been selected by Golf Australia to represent her country for the first time at the Toyota Junior World Cup in Japan June 11th-16th.
Issy is the first Junior to represent her country from Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, which is an amazing achievement!
Issy is the reigning Queensland schools champion, was third in the national schools title, and last year became the youngest player to win the Gold Coast District women’s open title. Issy started playing golf only three years ago when she walked approached me for lesson – her improvement has been phenomenal.
This has been a team effort with Issy taking advice from @coolclubsoz @jeremycrossphysio @pmpstudios @racheljoneslifthpc @mjgolfperformance plus one other very well qualified professional!
I’m sure your parents are proud as we all are Issy! We look forward to hearing how you play in Japan!

A massive congratulations to my student Baxter Ward who has completed his degree while competing full time on the golf team at a NCAA Div 1 University!

An amazing achievement!Β  πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

Baxter was named a first team CoSIDA men’s at-large Academic All-District selection!

Playing in her first Women’s Interstate Series, rookie 16-year old Issy Taylor from Sanctuary Cove has brought home 4 wins for the Queensland Women’s Team at Royal Freemantle.

Playing in #3 position Issy was up against older and more experienced players making her winning results of 7&6, 6&5, 5&4 and 1 up even more impressive. Her first time in the west, Issy also had to quickly adapt to the fast greens and cooler conditions. Her last round, played against Doey Choi from NSW, was tough with Doey holding on to win 2&1 but that didn’t stop them enjoying the round and making the most of a great day’s golf. Issy’s wins earned valuable points for Queensland which finished 4th overall.

Next stop for Issy is the Singapore Junior Championship 5-8 June. Being played at Seletar Country Club Issy will once again have to quickly adapt as this will be only her second international tournament but after a solid week at the interstate series we know this young rookie player has got what it takes. Go Issy!

Golf brings people together. As my students Norika Tsukamotoand Issy Taylor found on the Monday long weekend, golf’s a great way to spend an afternoon, share a story and enjoy some fun moments all the while playing on one of the best courses Sanctuary Cove Pines in Australia.


Preparing to compete in the Women’s interstate series next week as part of the Queensland team, 16-year old Issy played 9-holes with my newest student 18-year old Norika who has relocated from Japan to spend time in Australia improving her golf game.


A big fan of Japanese culture Issy picked up a few new Japanese phrases including β€˜sugoi’ when Norika birdied the 4th par 3.

Well done girls! Great to see you playing good golf and enjoying the afternoon!

MJ Golf Performance can assist with lesson and membership packages for overseas golfers who wish to take advantage of Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club world class learning facilities.

On the Japan Tour in 2017, Brad Kennedy found something in his game to not only make the cut but finish top-10 at The Crowns tournament.

Brad Kennedy one of Australia’s most consistent performers in Japan in recent years, Kennedy had missed his first two cuts of the 2017 season with some poor golf but turned things around this week.

A two time winner on the Tour, Kennedy had failed to break 70 in 2017 but ended that streak with a second round 69 at the Nagoya Club.

He added scores of 66-67 over the weekend to improve his position on the leaderboard each day and eventually finished T9 at the Crowns JGTO.

Well done BradπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Shooting 73, 71, 75, 75 Issy has finished with a +2 and 5th overall at the Aussie Girls’ Amateur. The standout Queensland player, Issy competed against Australia’s top juniors at the Port Kembla course all vying for the coveted title.

What a difference a year makes… In 2016 Issy travelled with Golf Queensland as a development player to the Aussie Juniors and finished T20. This year the 16 year old is Captain of the Queensland Girls team and proving that she’s a top pick for representative golf also being selected for the Queensland Women’s Team to play in WA in May.

Goes without saying I’m a very proud coach! As Issy balances her year 11 academic workload with her golf, my focus is to continue to improve Issy’s game by combining technique with golf fitness gym sessions and help with mental strength so she can make good decisions under any playing conditions.

Starting tomorrow the Queensland team will compete in the Girls’ Interstate Teams event which is a series of Matchplay rounds. Having made the Matchplay quarterfinals at the recent 2017 NSW Amateur I know Issy will bring her best golf to lead the Queensland team. Go Issy keep up the effort.

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