mike clayton

Morri: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

Morri: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t

“If there weren’t a bunch of pros who didn’t like it we’d have done a poor job.” 24 Jan 2022
Morri: Add Royal Queensland to last week’s winners

Morri: Add Royal Queensland to last week’s winners

They only handed out two trophies but in truth there were three winners at this past weekend’s WPGA and Australian PGA Championships. 17 Jan 2022
Jed leaves them in his wake

Jed leaves them in his wake

They breed them tough north of the border, and in hot and humid conditions at Royal Queensland on Friday there was none tougher than former Australian Amateur winner Jed Morgan. 14 Jan 2022
Opinion: The best walk in tournament golf

Opinion: The best walk in tournament golf

Sure, Sunday has the excitement of deciding the winner and the three other tournament days proper have their charm. 11 Jan 2022
Elvis’ not so secret Aussie PGA weapon

Elvis’ not so secret Aussie PGA weapon

Queenslander Elvis Smylie was one of the breakout stars of the truncated Australian summer of golf in 2020/21. A slightly disappointing but important trip to Europe and back injury later, he is ready to mount a challenge for the Australian PGA Championship. 10 Jan 2022
Clayton: Remembering everyone’s mate ‘Shears’

Clayton: Remembering everyone’s mate ‘Shears’

This week the Australian PGA begins at Royal Queensland, but it will do so with heavy hearts as everyone remembers Bob Shearer, the champion of 1983. ‘Shears’ died suddenly on Sunday, aged only one over the par at Royal Melbourne. 10 Jan 2022
Opinion: Sandbelt Invitational spectacular, just don’t say the ‘P’ word

Opinion: Sandbelt Invitational spectacular, just don’t say the ‘P’ word

There is no such thing as perfect in golf. It simply doesn’t exist. 24 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Peninsula Kingswood

Sandbelt Invitational – Peninsula Kingswood

The Sandbelt Invitational is run and won, with Peninsula Kingswood member Brady Watt getting the chocolates. Here are the best images from the fourth and final day at 'PK'. 23 Dec 2021
Winner's Bag: Brady Watt – Sandbelt Invitational

Winner's Bag: Brady Watt – Sandbelt Invitational

West Australian Brady Watt took home the spoils at the first ever Sandbelt Invitational, his first four round win as a pro. Take a look inside his winning bag. 23 Dec 2021
Watt reigns supreme on the Sandbelt

Watt reigns supreme on the Sandbelt

Brady Watt’s eventual victory at the Sandbelt Invitational felt like something of a fait accompli at times on Thursday at Peninsula Kingswood. 23 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Yarra Yarra

Sandbelt Invitational – Yarra Yarra

The inaugural Sandbelt Invitational moved to the Tom Doak-redesigned Yarra Yarra Golf Club for the third round. Here are the best shots from day three on the course ranked No.17 in the country by Golf Australia magazine. 22 Dec 2021
Birdies and bucket hats, the recipe for Brady’s Sandbelt success

Birdies and bucket hats, the recipe for Brady’s Sandbelt success

Brady Watt was smiling from ear-to-ear as he strolled the fairways of the recently redesigned Yarra Yarra on Wednesday at the Sandbelt Invitational, where he holds a five-shot lead with one round to play. 22 Dec 2021
13-year-old Amelia Harris shines at Sandbelt Invitational

13-year-old Amelia Harris shines at Sandbelt Invitational

“Have you seen this 13-year-old girl play?” asked Sandbelt Invitational Tournament Director Mike Clayton. “She doesn’t miss a shot.” 22 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational getting by with a little help from its friends

Sandbelt Invitational getting by with a little help from its friends

Playing golf for a living might seem a pretty easy deal. 21 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Royal Melbourne

Sandbelt Invitational – Royal Melbourne

The second round of the inaugural Sandbelt Invitational at Royal Melbourne was a tough affair, even for major champions and Tour stars. Here are the best shots from Australia's premier course. 21 Dec 2021
Sandbelt Invitational – Kingston Heath

Sandbelt Invitational – Kingston Heath

The opening day of the inaugural Sandbelt Invitational at Kingston Heath was one to remember. Here are the best shots from on the grounds of the famed course. 20 Dec 2021
Opinion: Signs of something special on the Sandbelt

Opinion: Signs of something special on the Sandbelt

There are golf tournaments, and then there are golf tournaments. 20 Dec 2021
Birthday boy Blake celebrates at Sandbelt Invitational

Birthday boy Blake celebrates at Sandbelt Invitational

Brady Watt emanated everything about the Sandbelt Invitational at Kingston Heath on Monday. 20 Dec 2021
Ogilvy: ‘We will showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt, something we haven’t really done for the last 20 years.’

Ogilvy: ‘We will showcase the Melbourne Sandbelt, something we haven’t really done for the last 20 years.’

First things first. When my fellow Golf Australia columnist, Mike Clayton, mentioned to me that we should try to set up what has since become the ‘Sandbelt Invitational’, we were both aware that this was not a new idea. 17 Dec 2021
Golf Australia Magazine claims multiple industry awards

Golf Australia Magazine claims multiple industry awards

The Australian Golf Media Association (AGMA) presented its annual awards for the local golf media industry on Thursday evening. Golf Australia magazine taking home three gongs across a variety of categories. 16 Dec 2021
The Preview: Sandbelt Invitational

The Preview: Sandbelt Invitational

Monday signals the start of a brand new event in Australian golf. The Sandbelt Invitational, brainchild of Golf Australia magazine columnists Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Clayton, a hugely anticipated concept the world over. 16 Dec 2021