Online Applications

Applications for the 2021/2022 NIAS Golf program are now closed and the squad has been selected. However applications remain OPEN for Development age athletes! 


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To be eligible, athletes must be aged 13 - 18 years old in 2022 (born 2004-2009).

To be eligible for the Development Squad, girls and boys must be aged 9-12 years of age in 2022 (born 2010 - 2013). 

Coach Nominations for the 2021/2022 season are now OPEN. Download the form here.

If you require more information, please contact the NIAS office.

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Applicants will be accepted off their handicap. They must provide their golf link number.


2022 "Jack Newton Junior Golf" Golf Program

2022 Athletes

Will Aitken Daruka
Nixon Bird Walcha
Ryan McKinnon Tamworth
Matthew Reece Inverell
Oliver Thomas Hillvue
Harley Tickle Inverell



James Davis Inverell
Mitchell  Johnson Tamworth
Isaac Stackman Winton


Head Coach,  Darren Burger, PGA

Development Squad Coach: Harrison Russell

Application Details

Who is Eligible?

Male and female athletes must be turning 13-18 years in 2022 (born between 2004 and 2009), reside in Northern Inland region and be a member of an affiliated club or association (or be prepared to join).

A Development Squad will be offered to those turning 9 - 12 years of age in 2022 (born between 2010 -2013).


Selection Process & Criteria

Athletes must have a golf handicap of 25 or under to gain selection. If your handicap is slightly greater, please contact NIAS. Up to 9 athletes (male and female) will be offered a place in the Golf Program based on Handicap. Selection will not only be based on handicap but also based on your attitude and commitment to golf. 

Interviews may be required. Discussions with you local club may also be conducted in some cases. We encourage all athletes that fit within the age bracket to apply even if your handicap is outside the range. NIAS may look to invite juniors throughout the region to a NIAS training session.

The Development squad is offered to boys with a handicap between 10 - 30, or girls with a handicap between 15-40. However, we strongly encourage any interested athletes to apply, even if your handicap is outside the range listed.

Program Year

Scholarship period is November 2021 to April 2022. The program will consist of  six regional weekend sessions. Athletes will be invited to attend an inter-academy golf camp weekend. All athletes will participate in the Life Skills Education Weekend and the Clubs NSW Academy Games in Wagga Wagga in April 8th-10th 2022.

Regional training weekends will involve training Saturday morning followed by afternoon comp, and a training session Sunday morning. JNJG will attend a regional training session throughout your program.  Please note all training sessions are compulsory, exceptions are made for illness, injury, school excursions and competing at a  Representative Golf Event.  An email must be sent to your head coach with a copy to the NIAS Office prior.   Failure to attend may see you lose your position in the 2021/2022 NIAS Golf program 

Please Note* We will plan on completing the training sessions pending COVID-19 restrictions. A priority for NIAS  is to ensure you have a completed program, therefore if originally proposed training sessions are unable to take place due to COVID-19, alternatives will be sought.

Training dates for the 2021 program are:


Your Local Club Academy Games 8th - 10th April 2022 in  Wagga Wagga. 

Awards Night – Date TBC (August)


The Development Squad will have a modified program to the Golf Squad. This will include six regional training days, golf competition, access to athlete education where appropriate, and one ticket to the awards night.

Program Content

The program is developed in close consultation with Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG).  Skill sessions and camps are held within the region throughout the stated program duration. Specialist coaches and competing whilst representing NIAS will be available to squad members. Athletes will attend the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend. This program covers education sessions on Goal Setting, Resilience, Opportunities beyond Sport, Health management, Testing and fitness, radio and print media and Healthy mind healthy body. The Squad also competes in the annual Your Local Club  Academy Games each April.

Program Outcomes

The skill program is designed to provide players with increased skills and education to better prepare them for selection into Regional and NSW squads.


Subjectivity is an unavoidable element in all selections. Athletes who feel the selection criteria has not been adhered to should be aware that NIAS has a formal 'Appeals' process available.

Contact NIAS if you would like to make an appeal and recieve feedback on your application. 

Athlete Benefits

  • Intensive training support by quality regional, guest and state level coaches.
  • Attendance at the NIAS Life Skills Education Weekend (off-field education)
  • Individual home training program and structured satellite training sessions where applicable.
  • Sport Science fitness testing and support.
  • 1 Ticket to annual awards night.
  • Travel Assistance to attend NIAS regional training sessions and camps.
  • Financial assistance if selected into state team.

Athlete Commitments

  • Attend all program activities.
  • Golf is number 1 priority sport while on scholarship.
  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development, both on and off the course.
  • Comply with the training requirements and respond in a positive manner to any suggestion or criticism.
  • Maintain an appropriate performance standard to continue to receive a scholarship.
  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing the NIAS and its sponsors.
  • Wear Academy apparel when representing the Academy at events.
  • Make yourself available (within reason) to sponsors and the media for promotional purposes.
  • Adhere to NIAS anti-Doping policy.
  • Maintain communication with NIAS and coaching staff as required.


Athlete levy:  $195 GST inclusive.  This levy covers training camps, coaching support, fitness testing, Awards Night ticket
Sports Trip:  $190 GST inclusive. This is an approximate number, can change depending on tour activities.

Academy Games: $250 GST inclusive (cost is indicative and subject to change).

Golf Clothing Pack:  $TBC (Includes NIAS polo shirt, cap, training shirt, training shorts, tracksuit pants, and hoodie).  Additional NIAS merchandise can be purchased.

Development Program Costs TBC.

Please note: Athlete levy support programs are available for those experiencing financial difficulty.

We understand COVID-19 provides some uncertainty, however it is our priority to ensure each program is completed in full and will source avenues to make this happen. If this is unable to occur due to COVID-19, NIAS will look to provide partial refunds for  what has NOT been provided. 


Open Date: 01 September 2021
Close Date: 14 December 2021

For further information please contact the NIAS office on 67 662526 or email

Applications currently closed