Lake Karrinyup member punches ticket to Royal Troon

16th May 2024

Sue Grenside

Lake Karrinyup Country Club’s Sue Grenside has won a dream trip to Royal Troon ahead of the Open Championship after winning Golf Australia’s Play 9 competition.

Sue was automatically entered into the prize draw simply by playing a nine-hole competition at her home club in February. She will now be flown to Scotland to watch the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon in July.

Better yet, Sue will also get to play a round at the hallowed coastal links during Open week, where she will represent Australia in an international pairs competition with fellow Play 9 winner Warwick Butler from Tutum Golf Club in NSW.

A delighted Sue says that she was bowled over when she was informed of her prize. “I never win anything, so when I received an email telling me I’d won a trip to Scotland my first thought was that it was a scam,” she told GolfWA. “It was only when I rang Golf Australia that I found out it was real. It’s so exciting!”

Sue has been a member at Lake Karrinyup for 40 years, with husband Richard, two sons and a grandson also members at the club. Richard will accompany Sue on the trip to Troon, with the pair hoping to play a round or two at Blairgowrie Golf Club around their Open Championship viewing.

Sue Grenside Play 9

Sue has been a member at Lake Karrinyup since the 1980s


Although Sue wasn’t aware that she was in the running for any prizes when she signed up to play in a routine nine-hole competition at her club in February, she is a staunch advocate for the shorter form of the game.

“Lake Karrinyup is a difficult course and it’s very hilly, which is why I often prefer to play nine holes rather than 18,” she said. “I enjoy playing in nine-hole competitions with all my friends. It keeps me active and it’s very sociable.”

Run by Golf Australia in conjunction with the R&A, the Play 9 initiative encourages club members to participate in nine-hole competitions at club level between February and April. Each round is automatically counted as one entry into the Play 9 competition, with the winners being drawn at random.

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