Davis, Ruffels named in top level 2016 GA squad

The feats of Sydney’s Cameron Davis and Melbourne’s Ryan Ruffels both here and overseas have gained them the rare status of Tier One level in Golf Australia’s 2016 national squad.

The pair have competed in events in the US and Europe this season, with Ruffels now ranked the seventh-best amateur in the world behind Spain’s John Rahm-Rodriguez while the lanky Davis comes in at No. 30 despite being sidelined through injury in recent weeks.

Ryan Ruffels Ryan Ruffels (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Davis and Ruffels join an elite list of just five players in the past five years who have reached Tier One level.

Minjee Lee, Oliver Goss, Cam Smith, Su Oh and Lucas Herbert are the previous players to reach that level and most are already making their mark on the world’s golf stages.

Hannah Green, Brett Coletta and Zach Murray are on the way up the ladder too as each has attained Tier Two status after some outstanding results in the past year.

Gold Coast youngster Becky Kay is another worth keeping an eye on as she has been named a junior member of the national squad.

“Our state high performance programs continue to do an exceptional job delivering their under-pinning programs to provide the right structures and resources necessary as the athletes move along the pathway towards the Golf Australia national squad level,” said GA high performance director Brad James.

“The national coaches and all the key stakeholders of Australian golf continue to provide a culture of integration that is vital to the success of a national system.

“And our national camps run here and overseas continue to provide us with talent identification and developmental opportunities for all athletes involved.”