Webb says more money needed for junior golf

Australia could have as many as 10 women ranked in the world’s top 100 in the next few years, if we go about it the right way, according to our own former number one Australian Karrie Webb.

Currently the only Australian ranked in the top 100, Webb has suggested more money needs to be spent by authorities in this country if we are to foster the talent we already have bubbling near the surface.

Karrie Webb Karrie Webb (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The World Golf Hall of Famer said the current crop of talent just needed the right push to go on and become world beaters.

“It’s quite surprising that, especially with the men going so well, that the girls aren’t doing it as well,” Webb said.

“Maybe it needs to be looked at where the money is being spent.”

“Perhaps more needs to be spent on women’s golf for the time being to bridge those numbers.”

Webb’s pleas certainly didn’t fall on deaf ears: Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt said besides the Australian Institute of Sport, they sought to capture talented players earlier in their development, particularly young women.

Two players that Webb did single out for special mention were amateur up-and-comers Minjee Lee and Su-hyun Oh.

“Minjee and Su-hyun were actually my two scholarship winners last year,” she said.

“I’ve played with them a bit and they’re both very, very talented.”

“When I said that we could have 10 in the top 100, I think that one or both of them could be doing that.”