Kelsey Bennett - 2017 IAS Golf Athlete of the Year

Ace golfer: Illawarra Academy of Sport 2017 Golf Athlete of the Year Kelsey Bennett has won a host of tournaments this year. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Ace golfer: Illawarra Academy of Sport 2017 Golf Athlete of the Year Kelsey Bennett has won a host of tournaments this year. Photo: Josh Brightman – Balanced Image Studio

Kelsey Bennett

2017 IAS Golf Athlete of the Year

Kelsey has played some outstanding golf this year picking up several tournament wins and even a hole-in-one.

A member of Kiama & Mollymook Golf Clubs, Kelsey is currently the Junior Girls champion at both clubs and the Women’s champion at Mollymook.

Kelsey took out Golf Illawarra’s most prestigious tournament The Collegians 36 and was also crowned Golf Illawarra District Champion.

She also won the ClubsNSW Academy Games, Cronulla Junior Masters, Kiama Junior Masters, Macarthur Junior Masters and Catalina Junior Open. 

Kelsey was selected to represent NSW All Schools at the National Schools Championships and qualified for the Australian Girls Amateur championships, where she made the cut and finished in the top 50 young female golfers in Australia.

Established in 1985 and the pioneer for the Regional Academy model in Australian sport, the Illawarra Academy of Sport with the support of our many partners, provides athletes with the programs to develop, excel and achieve through sport.

The IAS is at the forefront of pre-elite athlete development in NSW and prides itself on the ability to engage the region’s leading coaches and industry experts to deliver life-changing programs.

Kelsey was selected to represent NSW All Schools at the National Schools Championships and qualified for the Australian Girls Amateur championships, where she made the cut and finished in the top 50 young female golfers in Australia.

Talented young athletes and coaches within the Illawarra region not only achieve excellence through sport but become respected young ambassadors for the community, the Illawarra Academy of Sport and their valued partners.

The Illawarra has a rich history in developing and elevating athletes to higher representative honours, with the Academy a significant vehicle in the process.

Over three decades, the IAS has supported more than 5500 young people from across the region in their pursuit of sporting excellence.

The IAS has produced, (including Rio 2016), 15 Olympians (17 medals), 17 Commonwealth Games Representatives (25 medals), 11 World Champions and 71 Senior National Team Representatives over the past three decades.

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