From the Rough

Well known talented North West golfer Sarah Johnstone was introduced to golf by her father at age 8 years. He organised the junior clinics at the Ulverstone Golf Club at that time and Sarah and her brother were keen participants. She later was coached by former PGA Professional Ron Garwood at what was then the Devonport Golf Club.

Sarah Johnstone playing for Tasmania in the recent Australian series.

Sarah currently works for Regional Imaging Tasmania at the North West Medical Centre Burnie as a sonographer.

Sarah has had a most successful golfing career to date and currently plays off a scratch handicap which is a remarkable achievement. She was the Tasmanian Amateur Champion in 2016 and runner up in 2008, 2011 and 2012.Partnering Ash Dewhurst Sarah took out the Tasmanian Foursomes Championship in 2009 and 2010 and was the North West Singles Champion in 2009 and 2013.

She has represented Tasmania as a member of the State Women’s Team from 2007 to 2019 and Captained the team for the past 7 years. Recent coach of the Tasmanian team, Simon Weston says “Sarah Johnstone is a role model for all young women golfers in Tasmania. She is well respected, and the other members of the team look up to her. Her determined attitude & spirt make her a strong competitor. Sarah continues to inspire the next generation of young women golfers in Tasmania”.

Sarah is very keen to see more girls and women beginning golf and can see the need for greater promotion of programs for women such as Golf Australia’s ‘Swingfit” to introduce more females to the game. She also believes that Clubs may need to be more creative in the way they deliver golf to the wider community. Although she loves playing competition golf, it is apparent people are becoming increasingly time-poor, so 4 plus hours to play a round is not achievable for many interested in playing golf.

Sarah believes it would be great to see more alternative, condensed versions of the game organised that promote the social side of golf. Perhaps creating a more social and friendlier atmosphere within our club facilities would encourage the participation of non-golfers and families.

Sarah recently attended the North West Coast launch of Vision 2025, a Golf Australia initiative to encourage greater participation of girls and women in golf. She believes her home club at Ulverstone is reasonably progressive in giving women equal opportunities, particularly around participation in all competitions, such as Saturday events. However she thinks we can still do better when it comes to running events to include everyone. For example, creating a format for club championships that allows everyone to play, such as working women and students. “I have been a state member for the last 13 years and a previous Tasmanian State Champion but have only been able to play my own club championships once, as this event is held on a day during the week”.

Well done Sarah on all your achievements to date.

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