Magenta Shores CC, March 29-31, 2024

Bennett Inspiring Dreams on the Greens

For professional golfer Kelsey Bennett, success isn’t just about personal achievement; it’s also about paving the way for others.

As she tees up in Narrabri this week, a small, quaint town surrounded by flat plains of red dirt as far as the eye can see, she knows it’s the perfect opportunity to inspire others with a similar background to her own. 

The 24-year-old grew up in Mollymook on the South Coast, a coastal town three hours’ drive south of Sydney.

In a sport where the spotlight often shines on those from big cities and prestigious clubs, Kelsey has broken the mould. 

Throughout her career, she’s had multiple wins, been a member of the NSW State Team and the  & Golf NSW High-Performance squad, and played in the LET Access Series last year. 

Her biggest win came just weeks ago, taking out The Athena in Melbourne, but she says a win here at Narrabri Golfie in the Women’s NSW Open Regional Qualifying Event would take the cake. 

“Golf NSW and Regional Australia Bank are my two sponsors, so having a win in one of their events would definitely just make it that much better,” she beamed. 

Bennett admits she was ecstatic she could squeeze this week’s tournament into her busy schedule. 

“It’s really nice. It’s good to be able to play at least one of the regional qualifying events this year. I was in Singapore last week, so it’s good to be able to get out here and support the regional events.” 

But for Kelsey, it’s not solely about clinching victory; it’s also about proving a point.

After playing in the pro-am today, she ran a golf clinic at the club, and many eager-eyed members learned a thing or two from the pro.

“For me, being from a regional part of Australia myself, these things make a difference.

“The clinic today could be what makes someone choose golf as their career,” she reflected, recognising the impact of her presence in the community.

“It’s just about giving back and showing people that even if you are from regional Australia, it’s still possible to live out your dreams.” 

For her, it’s all about giving back to the sport that has given so much to her. 

“It’s definitely a good feeling to give back as much as possible. I’ll always do that throughout my career when I can.”

Bennett also understands the importance of these events for all the women who were taking part. 

“It’s been a massive boost to the WPGA schedule, having the six fifty-thousand-dollar qualifying events.

“I know it’s definitely benefitted a lot of the girls like no tomorrow. It’s really good to see, and hopefully can keep going.” 

As for her game plan? Precision is key, especially on the challenging greens of Narrabri.

“Being accurate,” she grinned. “The closer the better because the greens are quite grainy and a bit bouncy. Hitting them as close as possible will definitely be a big key.”

“I feel like I’m hitting the ball well; I’m in a bit of form. If I can hole some putts, I can hopefully be a chance.” 

If Bennett could do it, what a win it would be for not only herself but for every aspiring golfer from right across regional Australia.

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